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Parish president race ends with runoff in Nov.

St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot will face Parish Councilman Ken Marks in the Nov. 16 runoff election.
With 90 of 92 precincts reporting, Fontenot received 30% of the vote and Marks had 32%.
Total votes cast were 25,101 with the 90 of 92 precincts reporting.
Don Menard, who served two terms as parish president, received 21% of the vote.
Tanisha Bellard Wiltz received 17% of the vote.
Fontenot. Menard and Wiltz ran as Democrats. Marks ran as an independent.

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St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz

Guidroz wins 4th term as sheriff

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz won a fourth term as he overwhelmed a three opponents in Saturday’s primary election.
With 90 ot 92 precincts reporting, Guidroz garnered 60% of the 26,349 votes cast.
Paul DiCapio came in second with 31% of the vote.
Carl Hardy polled 6% and Lawrence Richard had 3%.

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Homecoming rocks. St. Edmund High is celebrating homecoming this week with dress days. Students had the opportunity to dress as rock stars on Tuesday. Pictured in front from left are Maggie Miller, Zack Ardoin, Caitlyn Olivier, and Catherine Bowie. In back from left are Olivia LaFleur, Skye Bergeron, Katie Richard, Elizabeth Heinen, Cade LeBlanc, Dominic Sonnier, Morgan Kreswell, Kylie Smith, Alana Guillory, and RaDonna Johnson, civics teacher.

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St. Edmund seniors wore pajamas Monday in observance of the school’s homecoming week activities. Tuesday was declared Rock Star Day, Wednesday was On the Farm Day, and Thursday is traditional Blue & White Day. Sitting in front from left are Dylan Sittig, Lacey LaFleur, Abbie Brown, Laynee Jo DeBarge, Mandy Bertrand, and Jada Miller. In back from left are Andre Aguillard, Trey Quirk, and Andrew Ardoin. All students are sophomores.

From The Eunice News files

From the October 2009 files of The Eunice News.

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River Road submitted as All-American Road

The Louisiana Office of Tourism, along with the 9 additional states through which the Great River Road National Scenic Byway runs, is planning the submission of the Louisiana’s Great River Road byway for designation as an All-American Road.
In September, the “Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019,” set the requirement for The U.S. Secretary of Transportation to re-open the application process within 90 days and to designate a round of new National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads within one year.

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Yi-jun Xu, a hydrology researcher in the LSU AgCenter, shows a photo of high water in the Mississippi River during the 2019 record flood stage. 9Photo by Rick Bogren/LSU AgCenter)

High river pushed more CO2 into atmosphere

Many scientists believe rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are contributing to climate change. The increase may be related to the frequency that water moves from the ground into rivers and then into the air before returning to land as rainfall.
This water movement is called the hydrologic cycle, and an intensifying hydrologic cycle could increase global carbon cycling, said Yi-jun Xu, a hydrology researcher in the LSU AgCenter.
Xu is finishing up a short-term study of the carbon cycle on the Mississippi River.

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