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A manatee was seen Nov. 25 in Lake Palourde near Lake End Park in Morgan City. (Photos Courtesy Jennie Berglof Epperson)

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The manatee surfaces in Lake Palourde at Morgan City. Manatees sightings are common in Louisiana, but not around Morgan City.

Manatee spotted in Morgan City lake

An unusual visitor was spotted in Lake Palourde relaxing in the marina area of Lake End Park.
The visitor seen Nov. 25 was a 5-foot long, roughly 330-pound manatee, said Toney Wade, lead investigator with the Louisiana Animal Cruelty Investigation Task Force.
The manatee was on the small side for an adult. According to, manatees typically range from 8 to 13 feet and weigh from 440 to 1,300 pounds.
Manatees are also known as “sea cows” and federally protected as an endangered species.

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St. John Berchman's relic to visit Grand Coteau

The story of the miracle performed by St. John Berchman at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau has been told throughout the years.
The relic, the heart of St. John Berchman, will leave Belgium for the first time on Dec. 7 to head for Shreveport.
On Dec. 14 the relic will be in Grand Coteau all day available for viewing and veneration at Berchman's shrine at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
The relic's arrivable will mark the 150 anniversary of the commemoration of the apparition and the miracle.

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Jobless rates drop from September to October

The unemployment rate in Louisiana dropped to 5.9 percent in October, down from 6.7 percent in September, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
St. Landry Parish’s unemployment rate in October was 7.8 percent, down from 8.8 percent in September, but up from 7.7 percent in October 2015.
Acadia Parish’s October jobless rate was 7.2 percent, down from 8.2 percent in September, but up from 6.7 percent in October 2015.


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