Opelousas Catholic Sports

Opelousas Catholic Navigates The Playoffs On The Road

Photograph by Mike Curley BOBBY ARDOINEditor and Contributing Writer Continued playoff advancement for the Opelousas Catholic football team will require further trips aboard the team bus. If the Vikings plan to win out and capture a state championship trophy, those potential victories will have to occur away from Donald Gardner Stadium. It’s not easy being Read More…

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Lt. Governor Candidate Elbert Guillory Arrested

Opelousas attorney Elbert Guillory, who earlier this year announced his campaign for Louisiana lieutenant governor, was arrested by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department over the weekend on several charges that State Police say resulted from a two-vehicle collision near Opelousas. According to a State Police report, Guillory has received a summons to appear in Read More…

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McAlister’s Officially Opens In Opelousas

Customers began lining up outside shortly before the doors officially opened Thursday morning at the newly-completed McAlister’s Restaurant located at 685 Creswell Lane in Opelousas. Once inside, diners seated themselves and began ordering and were promptly served items from the McAlister’s traditional menu offerings of soup, salad, sandwiches and potatoes.   Assistant manager George Lewis stepped Read More…

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Opelousas High Falls To Lakeshore By Late Scoring Drive

It’s difficult to beat two opponents in the same game. Opelousas High however discovered that was true Friday night, as the Tigers found themselves victimized by their own crucial mistakes as well as a Lakeshore High team that initiated a late-game scoring flurry and a signature win for the Titans’ football program. Stares of anguish Read More…

Opelousas Catholic player Chris Brown
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Vikings Focus on Stopping Central Catholic Running Back

The defensive improvement Opelousas Catholic has shown over the past eight weeks will be tested in the Division IV-select playoffs Friday night against Central Catholic-Morgan City.If the Vikings advance to the postseason quarterfinal round scheduled for Morgan City Junior High School Stadium, Vikings head coach Thomas David said his defense has to contain CCMC running Read More…

Opelousas High linebacker Cory Amos.
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Opelousas Uses Bye Week to Prepare for Playoffs

Playoff advancement often requires talent and luck.The Opelousas High football team is also glad for the addition of a recent bye week accompanying the Tigers’ preparation for a Division II regional Donald Gardner Stadium playoff game Friday night against Lakeshore High.It’s the second straight postseason appearance for Opelousas (9-1) which won the District 5-4A championship Read More…

Parish Head Start director June Inhern discusses mental health presentation with Shirley Joseph Tuesday night.
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St. Landry School District Developing Mental Health Awareness Program

The St. Landry Parish School District has begun taking steps that address classroom stress and mental health issues that often affect campus environments, members of an Academic Committee were told Tuesday night.Shirley Joseph, a mental health practitioner employed by the school system, said the District has now hired a full-time mental health specialist to deal Read More…

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Rosenwald School Dedication

The total refurbishing of a 102-year-old nationally-recognized Rosenwald School has been completed and celebrated with the intention of continuing to serve the educational needs of the Plaisance community. State and St. Landry Parish school officials gathered Saturday for a dedication ceremony at the school building which was constructed originally to provide early 20th-century education for Read More…

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Veterans Day Salute: Highly Decorated Opelousas Veteran Flew 50 Missions in World War II

Editor’s note: The following story about the World War II experiences of U.S. Army Air Corps Capt. and longtime Opelousas resident Wilfred L. Smith is being told through his own wartime photographs, several newspaper articles from 1943 and personal letters discovered about 12 years ago just before his military remembrances packed into garbage bags on an Opelousas street corner, were destined for the parish landfill.

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Looking Ahead Is The Best Solution For Cajuns

When the final result is inexplicable, the best approach is to move the thinking forward. That’s the most suitable plan currently available for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, who have only five days to regroup after a stunning defeat that included surrendering 23 unanswered points and 201 yards in the final 15 minutes to Troy University Saturday night at Cajun Field.

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Opelousas Board of Aldermen Candidates Present Their Views

Editor”s Note: This is the first of three stories from a political candidate forum hosted Wednesday night by the St. Landry Parish Democratic Political Action Committee at the Delta Grande in Opelousas. This story focuses on the Nov. 8 Opelousas Board of Aldermen candidates that each spoke for a limited time during the event. Each of the incumbents has challengers for their positions.