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SARDI/USDA to hold a Community Stakeholders Informational Meeting on June 30

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.

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A Place Called Toby’s

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.

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Juneteenth, the Newest Federal Holiday, and State Holiday, to be Celebrated

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.

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The Buildings and Other Attractions of Le Vieux Village

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.

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Le Vieux Village du Poste des Opelousas – A Historic Treasure

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.

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Photo from the Past – Dezauche – Chauvin – Womack Home early 1900s

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…

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David Sweatt and Family, Traveling in Wagon Pulled from Texas to Louisiana, Stop in Opelousas for Baby’s Birth in 1938

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.