McManus named a Louisiana Angel for her “Library” work. Eunice literacy activist Jean McManus has been named one of eight recipients of the 2009 Angel Awards, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Some of the children enrolled in Eunice Imagination Library and their parents or grandparents or other relatives line up for a group photograph Saturday with organizer Jean McManus, right.

“Fairy Tale Animals” at StoryTime. The StoryTime hour theme Wednesday was “Fairy Tale Animals.” The guest reader was Fay Vasseur. She read, “The Three Little Pigs,” by Gaim Bishop, “Three Little Cajun Pigs,” by Mike Artell, and “Harry and Shelburt,” by Erick Ingram. The children received coloring sheet of three pigs with wolf, tortoise and hare, and farm stickers. They enjoyed a snack of three little pigs straws, sticks and bricks, which are known as pretzel sticks, bread sticks and corn Chex. There were door prizes of piggy bank, fairy tale coloring book and a T-shirt.

From The Eunice News files

From the July 2009 files of The Eunice News.
Emmanuel Baptist Church holds Bible School. Emmanuel Baptist Church held its Vacation Bible School “Son Rock Kids Camp,” where kids build their lives on the rock, Jesus, this past week. Children ages 5-12 years enjoyed Bible stories, and activities, songs and arts and crafts. Above are Mia Bellow, left, and Selerina Soto putting together a mosaic craft. The pre-k through kindergarten class instructors were Sharlene Leger and Michelle Arnaud.

Barry was a different storm

Barry was a strange little storm. I’ve never seen anything like it in the 50 years I’ve been watching and reporting on hurricanes.
Over those years I have always been fascinated by their power and often by their whimsey. They go where they want to go and do what they want to do, no what the experts and their computers say.
I’ve seen them loop around in circles, bounce inland and offshore and back again, suddenly get stronger, suddenly get weaker, do all sorts of unexpected things.
But I’ve never seen one like Barry. He got everything backwards.

Rainfall from Hurricane Barry left cattle stranded near flooded land in Vermilion Parish. Photo provided by Andrew Granger.

Hurricane Barry floodwaters affecting crops in southwest La.

Hurricane Barry had a minimal effect on Louisiana croplands, but its aftermath left a narrow strip of flooding rain that will cause damage.
Some soybeans were flooded, and rice was submerged in areas that received heavy rain. There were reports of lodged sugarcane and some damage to corn.
“For the most part, rice in the region was spared,” said Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter rice specialist. “We were very fortunate for the most part.”

Mayor hoping library reopens in August

Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said he plans to reopen the Eunice Library by August.
The library on 2nd Street has been closed since July 10, the morning after the Eunice Board of Aldermen approved actions to create an independent library.
The action was greeted with a note on the door of the library stating, “... due to City Council & Mayor’s decision. We will gladly fill your library needs in Opelousas until 8-1-19.”
On Friday, Fontenot shared a lettter sent to Estelle Perrault, Opelousas- Eunice Library Board chairwoman.

Lisa Vidrine, director of the parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, speaks at Wednesday’s St. Landry Parish Council meeting in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

A debris pile at the Eunice City Barn on Bobcat Drive was a mix of storm and other items on Friday. St. Landry Parish Government announced Hurricane Barry debris will be be picked up beginning Monday and continue for several weeks. Crews are to make three passes for the debris, according to a news release from Parish Government. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Barry curfew draws fire at Parish Council

A curfew called in St. Landry Parish for Hurricane Barry drew criticism at the Parish Council meeting, but it was a non-issue in Eunice.
As Tropical Storm Barry approached with a prediction to become a hurricane, Parish President ordered a curfew from noon July 13 to 6 p.m. July 14.
The first day of the curfew turned out to be mostly breezy and sunny. The second day saw rain.
And on Wednesday, Lisa Vidrine, director of the parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, experienced a couple of stormy reactions from two Parish Council members.


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