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The Boy Scouts Troop 425 performed a flag raising ceremony Wednesday’s Veterans Day program held at the VFW Post 8971. From left, are Caden Schoeffler, Travis Marcantel and Donald Babino. (Photos by Myra Miller)

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Guest speaker during the Veterans Day program Wednesday was the Rev. Lloyd H. Antoine, right, a retired U.S. Army sergeant. Antoine is the pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Vidrine.

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Don Reber, commander of the VFW Post 8971, extended an invitation for all attending veterans to introduce themselves and their military rank served. Above is Donnie Thibodeaux, a Navy veteran, and Thibodeaux serves as senior vice commander of the VFW Post 8971.

Veterans honored

A Veterans Day ceremony was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the VFW Post 8971. All those who have served and are serving in the military were honored.
Each veteran at the ceremony had the opportunity to introduce themselves and the military branch he or she served in.
Guest speaker at the program was the Rev. Lloyd H. Antoine, pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church in Vidrine. A veteran himself, Antoine, 71, spoke about his service to the country and extended honor and recognition to all those who have served and are serving.

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Shirley Vigé,

Despite COVID, audit finds city’s finances healthy

After a review of the city’s audit, Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “Looks like we’ve done really well this year considering what type of year we’ve gone through.”
Shirley Vigé, of Vigé, Tujague & Noel, presented the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Vigé said he was concerned about the city’s sales tax revenue, but the collections went up.
“The city did well despite everything that is going on,” he said.
In March, COVID-19 caused disruptions to businesses, government, schools and personal lives with shutdowns and slowdowns.

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By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
Eunice aldermen honored former Mayor Curtis Joubert with a proclamation that also names the entrance to the Liberty Theater for him.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said the signage at the theater will be a way for the city to remember Joubert, who was instrumental in reviving the theater.
Alderman Chad Andrepont read the proclamation written by Joel Savoy at Tuesday’s city meeting.
The proclamation stated, “Mayor Curtis Joubert was largely responsible for transforming the Liberty Theater into a nationally and internationally known showcase and emblem of our local and regional music and culture; and ... regularly promoted involvement with the Rendez Vous des Cajuns and other programming of the Liberty Theater; and made a point to personally welcome visitors arriving to the theater at its entrance at the intersection of Park Avenue and South 2nd Street.”
“I remember Mayor Joubert from growing up as a kid here in Eunice. The thing I remember most about him is him being at the Liberty, in front of the Liberty constantly promoting everything that had to do with the Liberty Theater,” Andrepont said.
Savoy, who heads the non-profit Association for the Liberty Theatre of Eunice, said the group received its IRS tax-exempt status.
He also said an all-day strategic planning session was held to solidify the vision for the theater. Community stakeholders were surveyed as part of the planning, he said.
Other business at the city meeting included:
— City crews have about 60% of the Hurricane Delta debris cleared from city streets, Mayor Scott Fontenot said. FEMA will pay 75% of the cost of removing the Hurricane Laura debris from the city.
— The Eunice Kiwanis Club is not holding a Christmas parade this year, but KEUN radio plans one at 5 p.m. Dec. 3.
— The city’s museums on CC Duson are open Wednesday through Saturday.
— After a traffic study where will be no change at North 10th Street and West Vine Avenue.
— Liquor licenses for 2021 were approved. The city received $16,180 in fees.
— Show cause hearings are scheduled next month for properties at 331 Pierotti Street, 600 E. Peach Ave., 610 E. Peach Ave., and 330 E. Ash Ave.
— Condemnation was ordered for 241 Childs St.

Board adopts proclamation to honor Joubert

Eunice aldermen honored former Mayor Curtis Joubert with a proclamation that also names the entrance to the Liberty Theater for him.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said the signage at the theater will be a way for the city to remember Joubert, who was instrumental in reviving the theater.
Alderman Chad Andrepont read the proclamation written by Joel Savoy at Tuesday’s city meeting.

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Eunice sales tax revenue up in October

Any slowdown from the coronavirus is gone in the October sales tax report from the St. Landry Parish School Board tax division.
In Eunice, October collections totaled $594.775, up 28.7% over the October 2019 collection total of $462,284. The Eunice collections in October were up 22.3% from September.
The Eunice year-to-date total in October was $5,357,806, up $822,149 or 18.1% from the same 10-month period in 2019.

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Voter registration deadline is Saturday

Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters, announced the deadline to register to vote online (geauxvote.com) for the Dec. 5 election is Saturday.
The deadline to request a mail ballot is Dec. 1 for all voters except military, overseas and hospitalized voters. Mail ballots must have a witness that signs the affidavit with their enclosed ballot.
Early voting begins Nov. 20 to 28. The office will be closed for Thanksgiving and Acadian Day, Nov. 27. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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