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Rotary Club seeks nominees for top citizen award

The Eunice Rotary Club is accepting nominations for the 2020 Citizen of the Year Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize a person who has shown extraordinary community spirit and given outstanding service to the greater Eunice community during 2020, although service for other years may be considered.

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Mardi Gras in Eunice 2020. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice downtown Mardi Gras canceled

The downtown Eunice Mardi Gras celebration is officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was announced at Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.
Mardi Gras is on Feb. 16.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said, “I think it would be a public health issue to invite the world to Eunice...”
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ restrictions include a limit of 150 people at an event, he said.

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Board faces question about repair or replace jail doors

The Eunice Board of Aldermen faced a question about whether to repair or replace electronic doors at the city jail during their meeting Tuesday.
Police Chief Randy Fontenot had presented a proposal from a company to repair the 40-year-old electronic doors. The company estimated the cost at $113,000.
Mayor Scott Fontenot said the cost could be greater than the company’s quote.
In a Dec. 18, 2020, letter to the mayor and council, the police chief stated the doors have been in serious disrepair and inoperable for several years.

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COVID-19 vaccination site list adds Eunice pharmacy

The initial list of sites for the first round of COVID-19 public vaccinations skipped Eunice, but a second round added the pharmarcy at Super 1.
More than 100 pharmacies were added across the state on Monday.
The first limited supply of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine became available at 107 pharmacies on Jan. 4 across the state.
This Monday 102 pharmacies were added.
The vaccine is designated for people 70 and older and additional health care workers.

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United Way to oversee FEMA food, shelter funds

St. Landry-Evangeline United Way will oversee distribution of $34,736 in federal funds made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Phase 38 funds are to be used by eligible local service agencies to supplement and expand the capacity of existing emergency food and shelter programs in St. Landry Parish.
Funds are not to be used for creating new programs.

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