Local News Football

WCA Standout Signs With LCU

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer As a high school player that normally blocked or either tackled the opposition, Brenn Ray is preparing to enter a different dimension when he first steps onto the Louisiana Christian University practice field. At Westminster Christian Academy, Ray was a standout offensive and defensive lineman who for the past two years Read More…

Local News Parish Council

Courtableau Bridge Will Receive Attention

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer A dangerous St. Landry Parish bridge is scheduled to receive top priority funding. Parish president Jessie Bellard told the Parish Council Wednesday night that a decades-old wooden bridge spanning Bayou Courtableau is scheduled to be replaced as soon as revenues are available. “The project is being pushed up on the (bridge replacement) priority Read More…

Football Local News Opelousas High School

Zachery Was The Right Hire For OHS

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Contributing Writer It became evident to St. Landry Parish School District officials during the initial interview process that Jimmy Zachery, Jr. was the right person to resurrect the football program at Opelousas High. “We recognized the passion and the professionalism that (Zachery) showed when he told our interview committee why he wanted to Read More…

Local News Basketball St Landry Parish

Boys Playoffs Feature First-Round Home Games

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer There’s a good chance St. Landry Parish could experience sufficient representation in the 2024 boys’ Top 28 Tournament and beginning Friday night, local spectators have numerous opportunities to watch that process to begin. The first round of the boys Louisiana High School Athletic Association postseason features five parish teams which play Read More…

Local News

Veterans Center Is A Milestone For Ongoing Mission

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer Pat Mason-Guillory had an important message for the crowd that assembled Saturday morning for a visitor’s center dedication that complements the adjacent St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial complex. The completion of the $450,000 Bobby Dupre Visitors Center is just another milestone in an attempt to continue recognizing the efforts of parish Read More…

Police News Arrest Reports SLP Sheriff Department Local News

Latest Arrests By St. Landry Parish Sheriff

Arrest Reports February 13-16, 2024 FROM THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE Donald Jack Gabriel, Jr., B/M, age 45, 134 Louise Street, Grand Coteau, LA., 70541, Violation of protective orders. Arrested by St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office. Kain Allen Roy, W/M, age 20, 557 Fontenot Road, Opelousas, LA., 70570, Failure to secure vehicle registration, aggravated Read More…

Police News Arrest Reports St Landry Parish Local News

Sheriff Arrests Krotz Springs Man

FROM THE DESK OF ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE Press Release: February 14, 2024 ARRESTED: Brent James Lahaye, age 44White / Male138 Waterfront RoadKrotz Springs, LA., 70550 CHARGES: Cruelty to Persons with InfirmitiesFalse Imprisonment NO BOND AT THIS TIME KROTZ SPRINGS RESIDENT CHARGED WITH CRUELTY TO PERSON WITH INFIRMITIES AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT According to Sheriff Read More…

Local News Football

Northwest Athletes Sign Scholarships

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer A pair of Northwest High athletes have announced that they intend to play college football. McKenzie Ardoin has agreed to play at the United States Naval Academy, while Davontae Brown indicates that he plans to join the Louisiana Christian University program. Ardoin and Brown were both all-district selections and members of Read More…

Local News

OPD Chief Highlights Department Progress

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer The Opelousas Police Department hosted the first of several projected community meetings Monday night, as Chief Graig LeBlanc indicated that his officers plan to maintain their visibility and continue a proactive approach for solving crime. A large crowd of nearly 100 packed into the City Hall meeting room as LeBlanc touted the Read More…

Local News Football

Opelousas Linemen Move On To College

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer A pair of all-district and all-parish offensive linemen who blocked last season for state champion Opelousas High now have opportunities to perform at the college level, after signing to play with  separate state football programs. Seniors Joseph Milton and Keegan Moten announced last week that they will continue blocking for offensive Read More…

Local News

EMMY-Winning Opelousas Native Enjoys Love Of Storytelling

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer Giovanni Lamonte remembers a childhood often engaged in cerebral creativity that included an affinity for reading, writing and most importantly the need to chronicle an unfolding of events involving others. “Ever since I was little, I have wanted to tell stories and put people in them,” says Lamonte, a 2017 graduate Read More…

Local News Police News

Deputies Use Tip For Opelousas Arrest

St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s OfficeSt. Landry Crime Stoppers FROM THE DESK OF SHERIFF BOBBY J. GUIDROZ Press Release: February 6, 2024 ARRESTED: Dexter Keith Broussard, age 30Black / Male8221 Wallior StreetOpelousas, LA., 70570 CHARGES: Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I CDS (THC Moon Rocks)Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses BOND: $3,500 ARRESTED: Lyric Lanie James, age Read More…

Local News Police News Arrest Reports

Sheriff Executes Opelousas Drug Arrest

FROM THE DESK OF SHERIFF BOBBY J. GUIDROZ Phone 337-948-6516 Fax 337-407-9458 Press Release: February 5, 2024 ARRESTED:Hattie Marie Savoy, age 35White / Female230 Pine LoopOpelousas, LA., 70570 CHARGES:Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III CDS (Suboxone)Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (Marijuana)Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (THC Wax)Possession with Read More…

Local News School Board

Certified Short Term Substitutes Receive Pay Increases

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer St. Landry Parish public school officials are hoping that a funding increase for short term substitute teachers will help eliminate the search for temporary certified classroom instructors. After discussing a short term substitute shortage during January committee meetings and again during a regular meeting held last Thursday night, school board members Read More…

Local News People & Places

Museum Event Highlights First Black City Officers

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer They are labeled now as trailblazers, three Black Opelousas city police officers who decades ago endured episodes of racial indifference within the department, yet persevered despite those obstacles to now serve as role models for those who followed. Police lieutenant Julius Guillory and sergeants Phillip Stelly and Bernard Lewis were remembered Read More…

Local News

School Launches Sunset High Campaign

Legacy of Lions: Pave the Way for Sunset High’s Revival with École Saint-Landry’s Brick & Boardwalk Campaign Sunset, Louisiana – École Saint-Landry announces the launch of their Brick & Boardwalk Campaign. This exciting initiative is set to renovate the Sunset High School building, transforming it into École Saint-Landry’s upper elementary school. The French immersion school invites the Read More…

Local News Police News

Parish Man Arrested For Malnourished Cattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Landry Parish Government Responds to Concerns of Animal Cruelty, Arrest Made OPELOUSAS, LA – St. Landry Parish Government was alerted by concerned citizens regarding potential cases of animal cruelty in the vicinity of Canal Lane in Opelousas. Responding to these reports, investigators Spencer Cornette and Mark Kidder conducted an on-site investigation, Read More…

History

Opelousas Museum Highlights Black History Month

The Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center is honoring Black History Month with a celebration of the first black law enforcement Lieutenant Julius Guillory, Sergeant Bernard Lewis and Sergeant Phillip Stelly on Saturday, February 3rd from 1-3pm. In the mid-1950s, three courageous black individuals joined Opelousas Police Department during a time of segregation. These three trailblazers of law enforcement include Lieutenant Julius Read More…

Local News Mayor' Office

Mayor Issues Statement on Police Chief

Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor released a statement on Police Chief Graig LeBlanc “Since shortly before Christmas, we’ve closely followed the events involving Chief Leblanc, his wife Captain Crystal Leblanc of SLPSO, and one of our officers.” On January 29th, the City of Opelousas Mayor’s Office was notified that Police Chief Craig Leblanc had been arrested and charged in relation Read More…

Local News Police News

Melville Juvenile Arrested On Four Counts Of Attempted First Degree Murder

FROM THE DESK OF SHERIFF BOBBY J. GUIDROZ Press Release: January 31, 2024 MELVILLE JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR FOUR (4) COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER; SECOND MELVILLE JUVENILE ARRESTED FOR CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA. According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz “On January 20, 2024 St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Highway 105, Melville, Read More…

Local News Community

United Way Holds Appreciation Event

(Lead Photo of UW Board members:  Seated L-R Josie Frank, Wanda Verrette, Sonia Ardoin, Suzy Lemoine; Standing L-R Stephen Morrow, Dr. Joe Wilson, Tim Marks, Brian Ardoin, Ginger LeCompte, Charles LaCaze, Steve Smith- Credit: United Way of St. Landry-Evangeline) This annual affair provides St. Landry-Evangeline United Way the opportunity to recognize donors, volunteers and advocates. Read More…

Local News Sports Football

Former OCS Standout Receives SLC Academic Honor

(Photo: Donovan Green celebrates making a tackle against Lamar in October. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services) NATCHITOCHES – Donovan Green’s hard work on the field made him a starter on the Northwestern State defensive line. His work in the classroom landed him on the Southland Football All-Academic Team, which was announced Tuesday afternoon by the Read More…

Local News Police News Crime Stoppers

1/29/24 Narcotics Press Release

CRIME STOPPERS TIP LEADS TO METHAMPHETAMINE DRUG TRAFFICKING OPERATION IN EUNICE According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “Recently, the narcotics detectives with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office received a Crime Stoppers tip regarding a crystal methamphetamine drug trafficking operation. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify Charles Wesley, Jr., aka “Cali”, as the Read More…

Local News Police News OPD

OPD Arrests Two Men For MLK Shooting

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer A pair of 19-year-old males have been arrested on multiple charges by the Opelousas Police Department in connection with a Jan. 19 shooting incident on Martin Luther King Drive which has left a pregnant woman in critical condition. OPD announced on Wednesday that Terryondray Keithon Fountain and Monterrion Green, both of Read More…

Local News Sports Basketball

 Hamilton Is Off The Recliner And Back In Coaching

(Lead Photo: OCS Coach Returns To The Game, photos by Mike Curley) BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer Sitting in his recliner watching basketball during over three years of retirement became almost too much for Berwick Hamilton to endure. So instead of suffering any longer from harcourt withdrawal, Hamilton became proactive and willfully submitted to what has Read More…

Local News St Landry Parish

Parish Could Achieve Stability in New Minority District

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer A newly-created Congressional minority voting district that includes St. Landry Parish could ultimately provide local voters with a chance for more representative stability in national politics. When the lines were finally approved by a state legislative and senate committee on Friday, the entire parish was included in District 6 which is Read More…

Sports Football

2023 ST. LANDRY NOW.com ALL-PARISH FOOTBALL TEAM

Bobby Ardoin, Editor/Consulting Writer ALL-PARISH FOOTBALL TEAM (Nominated by the coaches) FIRST TEAM Offense WR – Korey Fontenot, Opelousas  WR-Roderick Tezeno, Opelousas Catholic WR-Reginald Lavergne, Northwest  OL-Joseph Milton, Opelousas  OL-Landon Rougeou, Eunice OL-Curtis Harrison, Northwest OL-Chris Rideau, Jr. Opelousas OL-Grayson Charles, Port Barre TE-Marcus Gradney, St. Edmund QB-Zach Malveaux, Opelousas RB-D’Shaun Ford, Opelousas RB-Ja’Vian Reese, Read More…

Local News Parish Council

Litter Prosecutions Are Increasing

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer St. Landry Parish council members were told on Wednesday night that authorities are beginning to prosecute and issue stiff fines for those accused of parishwide littering. Parish landfill executive director Richard Lebouef revealed during a regular Council meeting that there are currently five litter-related cases scheduled to be prosecuted on the Read More…

Local News St Landry Parish

Opelousas, Parish Endure Freezing Conditions

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer St. Landry Parish and Opelousas city government offices are expected to reopen on Wednesday, following one-day closures after local temperatures dipped into the mid-teens and residents continued bracing for wind chills. However, public schools parishwide were scheduled to remain closed again on Wednesday due to potential cold weather and road icing Read More…

Local News Public Notices Parish Council

Public Hearing Notice and Regular Meeting Notice/Agenda for 1/17/2024

ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL Notice is herby given that a St. Landry Parish Council Meeting has been called and will be held as stated below. Wednesday, January 17th 2024 at 6:00pm at Old City Market located at 131 W. Bellevue Street, Opelousas. Click on the files below to enlarge for Public Hearing details and Regular Read More…