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‘Angel’ brand yams with a Rayne connection

RAYNE - The aroma of sweet potatoes baking in the oven on a chilly fall evening -- something Acadiana is experiencing at this time of the year.
For one particular Rayne resident, that sweet smell brings back more memories than most.
Judy Broussard Gautreaux of Rayne remembers that sweet smell very well as her maternal grandfather, Will J. Angelle, was the owner and operator of Angel Brand of Louisiana Porto Rican Yams.

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Apparent road rage leads to attempted murder charges

A Rayne man faces attempted murder charges after an apparent road-rage incident Sunday night.
Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson said Michael Nugent, 22, was booked into the parish jail on two counts of attempted second-degree murder afte he allegedly fired a gun at a vehicle.
Gibson said the incident occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Friday on Louisiana Highway 35 (Branch Highway) north of Rayne.

Police: Two teens caught with marijuana

Two teens were caught with marijuana after Morgan City police talked to them on Front Street, Police Chief James Blair said in a news release.

—Dakota Voisin, 19, of Federal Avenue in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana first offense less than 14 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

—Zachary Trahan, 18, of Aucoin Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday on charges of possession of marijuana first offense less than 14 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Statewide, ACT scores down for Class of 2018

Louisiana students’ scores on the ACT exam fell in 2018.
Data the state released Wednesday shows an average composite score of 19.3 for the 2017-2018 class. The 2016-2017 average was 19.6, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.
Jessica Baghian, Louisiana’s assistant education superintendent, said the state data is based on students’ “best’’ scores, because the test can be taken multiple times and colleges accept students’ best score.

Warrant out for former Bunkie Police Chief

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Bunkie Police Chief Bobby Corner and another Bunkie police officer, according to reliable sources. The Louisiana State Police investigated the police department earlier this year. Corner has reportedly agreed to turn himself in today.

The other officer was also reportedly to be arrested today.

No details as to the charges of either warrant have been released.

Corner served one term as Bunkie's elected police chief and was defeated in his bid for re-election earlier this year.

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