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St. Landry Parish to open shelter today

St. Landry Parish Parish President Jessie Bellard announced Saturday that the parish would open a shelter at the Yambilee Building for residents without heat. The shelter will open at noon Sunday.  Anyone wishing to use the shelter should bring their blankets and pillows.  COVID-19 protocols will be in place at the shelter.
"We want to make sure that no one is left out in the cold," said Bellard.  "The parish has prepared for this event, and we are ready to assist our parish residents."

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Cut potatoes and allow them to heal for 24 to 48 hours. Be sure each potato seed planted contains at least one eye or bud from which the plant with grow. (Photo by Kiki Fontenot/LSU AgCenter)

Potato-planting time arrives

For those of you who keep a vegetable garden, it’s time to get those potatoes in the ground. Potatoes are easy to cultivate and provide many essential vitamins such as calcium, iron, vitamins B6 and C, and potassium. They also provide dietary fiber, some protein and prebiotic resistant starch to boot.
Potatoes can be started in Louisiana as early as mid-January in the south and throughout the month of February. The window we like to tell people to work with is Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. North Louisiana should start a few weeks after the rest of the state.

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Paul “Jackie” Loewer

Branch farmer named to La. Ag Hall of Distinction

Three fixtures in Louisiana agriculture will be inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction during a ceremony at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge on March 4.
The new inductees are former Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson, of Ethel; sugarcane farmer John Gay, of Plaquemine; and Paul “Jackie” Loewer, of Branch, a rice farmer who has been a strong advocate for the rice industry in state and national organizations.

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Eunice Alderman Chad Andrepont talks about the registration for the youth baseball and softaball season at Tuesday Board of Aldermen meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Recreation Dept. hopes for COVID recovery

COVID-19 has been devastating in many ways, but for youth baseball and softball leagues the impact last year was to wipe out the season.
Robert Johnson, city recreation director, spoke to the Eunice Board Board of Aldermen on Tuesday about the current registration period that ends this month.
“We need players, but we also need parent volunteers, coaches, league organizers, “he said.
“Over the last four years we’ve seen about a 15% decrease in participants in baseball and softball, which are our biggest programs,” he said.

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Eunice Mardi Gras Capitaine Pat Frey at the 2019 run. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Rain, sleet, snow, cold, COVID the Mardi Gras run will go on

The Eunice Mardi Gras Run is scheduled despite certain cold and the threat of freezing rain, sleet, snow and the ever-present COVID-19.
Captaine Pat Frey said there are still a few spots left for participants in the run. Registration is being accepted. Check the Le Vieux Mardi Gras De Cajuns de Eunice’s Facebook page. The registration fee is $30.
The run is limited to 150 participants due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Normally, the run includes hundreds of participants on horseback, foot and riding on trailers.
This year marks the 125th run, he said.

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