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Tea bushes naturally grow as shrubs, either arching or spreading sideways like this Montgomery variety or more upright. Photo by Yan Chen/LSU AgCenter

Get It Growing: Tea, a legendary camellia

History tells us that people began consuming tea in China in 2700 B.C. Countless books have been written on the history of tea and how it has made its way from an emperors cup in China to around the globe. The healing properties are heavily documented, and countless studies have been conducted on the medicinal uses of tea. The research continues today.
Tea plants made their way from China to Japan and spread to Taiwan, Burma, Assam and Sri Lanka. The Dutch East India Company brought tea from China to Europe in 1610. Tea is now grown throughout the world in favorable climates.

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Pre- and postnatal items will be available at the New Life Pregnancy Center, 1415 Seventh St., Mamou. The center is scheduled to open Jan. 21. From left, are Sharon Fontenot, Doris Brown and Lynn Pavich, all of Eunice. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Sharon Fontenot, of Eunice, is with an examination table at the New Life Pregnancy Center, 1415 Seventh St., Mamou. The center is scheduled to open Jan. 21. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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The New Life Pregnancy Center is located at the Sanctuary of Praise, 1415 Seventh St., Mamou. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Acting for life

A nonprofit support center for expecting mothers is to open Jan. 21 at Sanctuary of Praise, 1415 Seventh St., here.
The center, across from Savoy Medical Center, will offer assistance in pregnancy and with postnatal care.
Sharon Fontenot, a Center Board member, said the center started over meetings at Cafe Mosaic in Eunice in the summer of 2019.
Fontenot, who has been a leader in Right to Life for nearly 50 years, said shutting down abortion clinics has occurred in recent years.

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Parish sales tax collections hit $69.9M in 2019

More than $69.9 million in local sales taxes were collected in St. Landry Parish in 2019.
That’s about $845 annually per person in the parish with a population of 82,764.
The total doesn’t include state sales taxes.
The St. Landry Parish School Board collected the most in sales tax of any parish entity — a combined $24,721,185 in 2019.
Cankton is at the bottom with collections of $48,991 in 2019.

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Sen. Heather Cloud

Cloud takes office as D28 senator

Heather Cloud is the new state senator for Senate District 28. The Ville Platte Republican replaces former Sen. Eric LaFleur.
Cloud was one of 20 new members sworn in during an organizational session of the Senate at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge Monday.
Cloud said, “I am humbled to have the privilege of serving District 28 in the state senate. I am confident that working together, with bold leadership, we will do great things. Louisiana is too good to be last and I’m committed to fighting for a better Louisiana for all of our families.”

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Michael H. Landry

Landry announces for district judge in 15th District

Michael H. Landry has announced his intention to seek election to the 15th Judicial District Court.
The November election will fill the vacancy to be left by the retirement of Judge John Trahan.
Landry is the son of the late J.W. Landry Jr. and Lois Landry. He has been married to Angela Adams Landry for 25 years and they have three children: John Richard Landry, Elise Katherine Landry and David Michael Landry.


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