The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI), a satellite campus of the Southern University Ag Center, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development, Farm Service Agency (FSA), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold a community stakeholder informational meeting on June 30, 2022.
One of the city’s historic landmarks was recently lost when a fire destroyed Toby’s, also known as Toby’s Little Lodge in Opelousas. Toby’s started operating on the Sunset Road to the south of Opelousas as a restaurant in the 1950s. For four decades it had a reputation as being one of the best restaurants in the Opelousas area, serving some of the most delicious foods. But there is so much more to Toby’s story.
Opelousas’ Famed 1912 Baseball Club: The featured photo from the past for today shown the members of the 1912 Opelousas Baseball Club.
St. Landry Now is pleased to announce that Bobby Ardoin, Editor and contributing writer, will be honored by the Louisiana Press Association (LPA) for 50 years of dedicated service to journalism. The award will be presented at the LPA Luncheon to be held in Baton Rouge on Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Lorraine M. Guillory, Age 36, of 240 Acadia St, Eunice, LA was arrested June 17, 2022 in connection with the double homicide that occurred on E. Maple Ave., in Eunice on Thursday, June 16.
A small group from Haiti attended the Juneteenth Celebration in Opelousas on Saturday. They were part of a larger deligation of 30, representing cities from throughout Haiti, visiting Louisiana for two week. Part of the deligation is pictured with Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor and others from St. Landry Parish at the celebration held at the Read More…
William Schwing came to Washington from the New Iberia area in the early 1880s and along with his brothers John and Joseph opened the Pelican Oil Mill in town, believed to be the first cottonseed oil mill in the southwest Louisiana area.
Four individuals and their families who make a living on St. Landry Parish soil and grasslands were recognized Tuesday by the Opelousas Rotary Club.
The Tri-Parish Fair in Eunice was one of the top highlights of the year for the parishes involved. Promoting the three parishes of St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline, the fair was started in 1927 and went on until the early part of the 1950s.
Juneteenth National Independence Day falls on Sunday, June 19, 2022, this year. It is a federal holiday with most federal employees having Monday, the 20th, as a day off of work. It is also a new Louisiana State holiday celebrated on the third Saturday in June each year. State offices will be closed on Friday, with celebrations and activities planned for Saturday across the state.
The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission will pay a tribute to Clifton Chenier on June 25, 2022, which is his birthday, and the day set to honor him in Louisiana.
Designated by the State of Louisiana, tomorrow, June 14, 2022, is the official Tony Chachere Day in the state. What an honor for this Opelousas native son.
A special event to benefit the St. Mary’s Residential Training School for Special Needs children and young adults is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday June 11th in Sunset.
This photo from the past shows a group of young ladies enjoying themselves on Main Street in Washington over a century ago.
Studying the history of Opelousas for so many years, I’ve discovered many firsts for the town. I enjoy researching to find things like when did Opelousas get its first bank. Here is what I found about the start of the banking industry in Opelousas.
Did you know before there was a Cedar Lane Club, there was the Cedar Crest Country Club and Golf Course? The opening of that golf course created great excitement in and around Opelousas.
International Harvester Farming Store, located at 1111 Second Street in Alexandria, LA. – c.1927
J. S. Clark was a school that excelled in many ways including sports. The school had several sport championships over the years, with numerous talented athletes participating in football, basketball, track and field, tennis and other sporting activities. One of those teams was the 1953 J. S. Clark Bulldog football team
In 1922, Frank Truman Daly became the area salesman and associate dealer for the Dodge Motor Car Company.
Located on the corner of East Grolee and Main streets, the building in this
photo from the past was one of the Opera Houses of Opelousas, known as
Located on U. S. Highway 190 at the east entrance to the city, Le Vieux Village du Poste des Opelousas is a historic treasure. Created by the Opelousas Tourism and Activities Committee in 1988, development of the village took over two decades. Today the village features historic buildings of interest to the St. Landry Parish area of southwest Louisiana.
Memorial Day has a deep meaning that we all need to respect. What we now consider a three-day celebration was really intended to be a commemoration.
Many Opelousas citizens got to see an airplane for the first time in 1912 when the Airbirds came to town.
During the 1870s to the 1890s, the old livery barn, facing Landry Street but located on the grounds of the hotel, was owned by James Samuel “Sam” Perkins (1847-1892).
At the East entrance to Opelousas sits a historic treasure known as Le Vieux Village du Poste des Opelousas, the Old Village of the Opelousas Poste. Created in 1988 by the Opelousas Tourism and Activities Committee, the history of the development of the area where the village is located goes back over fifty years.
The Governor’s Mansion once stood on the corner of Grolee and Liberty streets in Opelousas. It is pictured on this post card, produced 50 years ago.
The Boscoe Hotel operated on Bellevue Street in downtown Opelousas from 1932 to about 1940.
Interior of Toby’s Little Lodge in 1977.
CAROLA LILLIE HARTLEYPublisher and Contributing Writer Dezauche – Chauvin – Womack Home on North Lombard Street in the Opelousas Historic District. The home was owned by several Opelousas families over the years. This photo from the past, belonging to Joann Caillouet, is on loan to Fredric James Larson, Jr., the present owner of the historic Read More…
A 136 year old cold case may now be solved. The mystery of who set the fire that destroyed the St. Landry Parish Courthouse in Opelousas on March 22, 1886 may finally be known.
73-year-old David Sweatt, a carpenter from Brownsville, Texas, with daughter walking at his side, is shown pulling their wagon loaded with his wife and other four children on c. May 9, 1938. The family is pictured as they leave Opelousas following a ten day stay in town while Mrs. Sweatt gave birth to a baby daughter.
How often do you hear this question asked in Opelousas – What is a historic district?
Featured Photograph: The City Hotel in downtown Opelousas was thoroughly modern with bathtubs and other up-to-date conveniences. It operated on the old Bloch Corner from 1897 to 1907.
St. Landry Parish Properties Listed on the National Register of Historic Places through the National Parks Service.
The Washington State Bank is one of the oldest banks in St. Landry Parish. organized on April 11, 1893.
Happy Mother’s Day! Today I want to share memories of my momma. She was a special person in so many ways. She was hard-working, she was loving, sometimes she was serious and sad, but more often, she was cheerful and fun to be with.
A derby weekend crowd was treated to a skillful ride by jockey Deshawn Parker aboard Winning Romance in the $60,000 EVD Distaff at Evangeline Downs on Friday night.
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Arrest Report – St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.
Immediately following the Courthouse fire, on Wednesday, March 24, 1886, the St. Landry Parish Police Jury called a special session to make decisions regarding the courthouse.