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Dustin “Goldmouth” Johnson

Street crime arrests pileup

By Harlan Kirgan
The arrests are piling up for Eunice Police who are combatting a summer wave of shootings, vehicle thefts and burglaries, which they say stem from drug trafficking.
Once identified a target in a June 6 shooting, Dustin “Goldmouth” Johnson, 30, 100 block of East Ardoin Street, Eunice, was arrested on several charges on Wednesday.
Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said a tip was received that someone was parked near Central Middle School trying to sell marijuana.

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St. Landry Parish School Board member Roger Young, left, listens to a discussion during the Board’s Executive Committee meeting Monday in Opelousas. Also in the photos, from left, are Board members Huey Wyble and Candace Gerace. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

St. Landry Parish graduation rate is 4th lowest in La.

The St. Landry Parish public high school graduation rate in 2016 was 66.6 percent, down from the state’s rate of 77 percent, and fourth lowest in Louisiana.
The St. Landry Parish 2016 graduation rate had declined from 67.7 percent for the class of 2006, which is a 1.1 percent drop in the graduation rate over 10 years.
The parish’s highest graduation rate was 74.6 percent for the class of 2014 and the lowest was 63.2 percent for the 2010 class.
The graduation rates were included in a report from the state Department of Education released Friday.

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DL Menard

Erath to honors DL Menard on 55th anniversary of ‘The Back Door’

ERATH — July 2017 marks an important date in the life of Cajun music legend DL Menard, and his hometown of Erath is planning a celebration.
Fifty-five years ago this July, Menard released his biggest hit, “The Back Door” (“La Porte En Arrière”). The Erath 4th of July Celebration is having a “Tribute to DL Menard” to celebrate the life of its favorite son and his famous song, “The Back Door.” The tribute will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on the festival bandstand in downtown Erath.
The celebration is open to the public.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

When’s the next session?

After convening three different times this year, the Louisiana Legislature isn’t scheduled to go into another lawmaking session until March 12, 2018.
That’s when the House and Senate will begin their annual regular session — just like the one that was concluded in early June.
Legislators, however, may have to gavel in sooner than that to address a $1.2 billion shortfall for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

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Sensory lab highlights role of taste in food science

Attendees of an event at the LSU AgCenter Sensory Services Lab listen as AgCenter food scientist Ashley Gutierrez, right, explains features of a kitchen during a tour of the Animal and Food Sciences Laboratories Building. The event was organized by Geaux Rouge and held on June 15. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)

Sensory lab highlights role of taste in food science


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