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Angelle Bellard, park guide at the Jean Lafitte Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, spoke recently to the Eunice Kiwanis Club about the center and its role preserving the culture that once dominated this area.

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center message is about language

The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is in its 25th year and from its beginning it has been a place where Cajun-Creole French found a shelter.
On Saturday evenings, the Liberty Theater showcased Cajun and Creole music.
Its emcee for many of those 25 years, Dr. Barry Ancelet, would speak Cajun French in show that was broadcast live over the radio.
Angelle Bellard, park guide at the Jean Lafitte Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, spoke recently to the Eunice Kiwanis Club about the center and its role preserving the culture that once dominated this area.

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Alderman Marion “Nootsie” Sattler, left, listens to Alderman Dale Soileau talk about amending the city’s noise ordinance at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Economic Development Committee ordinance in motion Eunice aldermen vote to amend noise ordinance

An ordinance to create an eight-member Eunice economic development committee was introduced at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said the ordinance replaces one that had been in place since 1961 that formed a 12-member industrial development board.
“I’m ready to get this thing rolling,” Fontenot said after Tuesday’s meeting. “I spent a lot of time working that ordinance up and I believe it is something simple, yet something that is going to be very resourceful to get some things going.”

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Jeremy Alford

Frequency of local tax votes questioned

Some lawmakers are concerned that local governments and political subdivisions are abusing the “in cases of emergency” exception in the Louisiana Constitution for submitting tax propositions more than once within a six-month period.
Leading that war cry is House Natural Resources Chairman Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, who wants the Legislature do something about the issue.
The worst kind of abuser, said Bishop, are local government entities that fail to gain voter approval for a tax and immediately want another shot on the same exact proposition.

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Karen Olivier, of Eunice, was honored as the St. Landry Parish Principal of the Year at the School Board meeting on Thursday in Opelousas. Olivier is principal of the Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts in Opelousas. With her, at left, is Charles Ross, a School Board member from Opelousas. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Principal from Eunice wins parish award

Eunice educator Karen Olivier was honored as St. Landry Parish High School Principal of the Year during ceremonies at the School Board’s meeting Thursday in Opelousas.
Olivier has been principal of the Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts in Opelousas since 2012. Prior to that was the school’s assistant principal since 2011.
The school opened in 2005 as part of a court-ordered desegregation plan for St. Landry Parish public schools.

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From The Eunice News files

The following are from the April 1997 files of The Eunice News.
Dr. Scott Parks, a 1979 graduate of Eunice High School, spoke to the Eunice Kiwanis Club about playing bagpipes. Parks received his medical doctorate from the LSU School of Medicine in 1987.
LSUE Chancellor William Nunez was planning to attend the Eunice city council meeting to ask its support to keep LSUE as part of the LSU System.

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