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Allyson Huval performs a pose during an aerial yoga class. (Photos by Allyson Huval)

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Allyson Huval teaches some of her students a pose during an aerial yoga class.

Aerial yoga puts a new spin on poses, dance moves

By William Taylor Potter
Manship School News Service
For Allyson Huval, the closer her head is to the ground the more alive she feels.
Huval, an LSU freshman from Lafayette, is an instructor for aerial and hammock yoga. Aerial yoga is a technique that involves performing yoga poses and dance moves while suspended on a silk hammock.
The studio where Huval teaches, The Yoga Garden in Lafayette, started offering aerial yoga classes in April 2015.

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LSU announces Dean’s List, President’s Honor Roll

LSU has announced the names of the students who have made the Dean’s List and the President’s Honor Roll for the fall 2016 semester.
The Dean’s List is available directly at, and the President’s Honor Roll is available directly at

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The chalice used by the Rev. Verbis Lafleur is on the altar at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Lafleur, who received the three Sacraments of Initiation at Sacred Heart, died while he was a Japanese prisoner of war in World II. (Photo by Raymond Partsch III/Ville Platte Gazette)

Chalice used by priest who died in WWII returns home

By Tony Marks
Ville Platte Gazette
VILLE PLATTE — A novena published in 2006 with ecclesiastical approbation from Bishop Michael Jarrell of the Diocese of Lafayette begins with the following: “O, God of Goodness, You never tire of sending us examples of Your love. You called Your servant Father Verbis Lafleur to the Priesthood from an early age and kept him in Your sight. In the fulfillment of time, he willingly offered up his life for his God and his country.”

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Jeremy Alford

Race for state treasurer revs up

With U.S. Sen.-elect John Kennedy preparing a move to Washington, the list of names of who might replace him as treasurer in Louisiana seems to be growing with each passing day.
Kennedy took 69 percent of the vote over Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell on the state’s pre-Christmas runoff ballot, which means a special election for treasurer will have to be called soon.
Former state House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, a Republican from Lake Charles, told LaPolitics that he might be a candidate for the post.

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Acadia Police Jury budget includes 10% pay cut for employees

A 2017 budget that includes cuts in pay and even the termination of one parish-paid employee was adopted by the Acadia Parish Police Jury here Tuesday night.
Overall, the jury adopted a $31.4 million operating budget for the coming fiscal year. However, that figure includes numerous “dedicated” funds — money that can be used only for a specified purpose. The actual day-to-day operation of the parish is handled through the General Fund, which has a budget of $7.3 million for fiscal 2017.


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