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Former Eunice priest accused of improper behavior with minors

Additional Eunice News staff reporting.
The Lafayette Diocese on Thursday announced a new allegation involving a priest abusing minors.
The Rev. Jody Simoneaux, pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in Jeanerette, is accused of being “involved in improper behavior with minors” more than 30 years ago, while he was assigned to St. Anthony Church in Eunice and St. Anne Church in Youngsville, according to a news release.
The statement released by the diocese does not describe the improper behavior, nor specify the number of alleged victims or their gender.

Most Eunice area elections to be decided Tuesday

There are only three elections in the Eunice area that have a chance of entering a runoff on Dec. 8.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for an election that includes a contest at the top of the ballot for secretary of state.
Perhaps the strongest focus in the election has been the municipal election that has contests for all but alderman at-large, which was won by Marion “Nootsie” Sattler when he was the lone qualifier for the job.

Mary Ellen Donatto

School Board members wrangle over little known position

A school job that many people probably never heard of snared the St. Landry Parish School Board in nearly an hour long discussion.
The assistive technology job involves helping special needs students with devices that enable them to learn.
The job is open after it was filled for up to 25 years by the same person.
Board members Mary Ellen Donatto, of Eunice, and Hazel Sias, of Opelousas, found the job description handed to the Board by the administration lacking at Thursday’s meeting.

Eric Morrow setting up his tomato stand at the Red Stick Farmers Market early on a recent Saturday. (Trey Couvillion/LSU Manship School News Service)

State offers financial assistance to farmers markets

For Earlene Watts, walking to a farmers market with her 15-year-old son has become a weekend ritual. The LSU student and mother of four has visited the downtown Red Stick Farmers Market every week for seven years and counting, delighted that farmers there let her use state assistance to buy more nutritional food.  
“We’re are able to shop for healthy items, and I am able to teach my kids how they can benefit from being healthy,” she said.

New York Times Opinion Editor James Dao, right, discussed the paper’s decision-making process with LSU journalism professor Len Apcar.(Photo by Abbie Shull/LSU Manship School News Service)

NYT editor discusses anonymous Op-Ed on Trump

James Dao, opinion editor of The New York Times, on Tuesday acknowledged the risk of using anonymous sources but said it was necessary to disclose the quiet resistance within the Trump administration.
Dao’s remarks focused on the contentious anonymous Op-Ed piece published last month by a senior Trump administration official who was critical of the president’s policies.
“This was one person’s effort to reconcile an ethical dilemma they were having,” Dao said.

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