In an interview for St. Landry Now, on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, Police Chief Graig Leblanc discussed violent crime in Opelousas and presented his plans for addressing this problem.
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Annual Krotz Springs Sportsmen’s Heritage Festival
The 2023 Krotz Springs Sportsmen’s Heritage Fetival is set for June 1-3 in Krotz Springs on the Atchafalaya River.
Pickleball in the area
This weekend is a big ‘dill’ for local pickleball players John Buck and Morgan Dennis.
For Your Health — The Importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D: Why do dietitians and nutritionists encourage a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy (or sources of calcium for those who cannot consume dairy?).
Letter to the Editor – – Curing The Problem: It’s Up To Voters, Says Writer
Letter to the Editor: Louisiana is ranked last–again–in a report which cites an atmosphere of surging violent crime, poisonous industrial pollution and in series of studies listing Louisiana as the worst or among the worst states in key quality of life areas.
Northwest High Grad Prepares For Educating Others
Jordan Guillory learned a lot about himself on his journey to becoming an educator and he leaves Northwestern State University with a desire to improve upon himself, build community and make a positive impact on his students.
Opelousas Rotary Club Meeting of May 2, 2023
The Lunch Rotary Club of Opelousas is up to some exciting things
Opinion: Removing Statues Insults Soldiers, Writer Says
“Soldiers do not fight for a political ideology. They fight for duty, honor and country.” Opinion by Link Savoie
Local Dancers Capture Awards
Elite Academy of Dance, located in Opelousas, Louisiana, traveled to Houston, Texas March 31st through April 2nd to compete in the Starpower Regional Dance Competition.
Historic Venus House Being Repaired
The historic Venus house at Le Vieux Village is getting some much needed attention.
Yvonne Normand, St. Landry Community Volunteer is Awarded District 6200 Rotary Governor’s Cup
Congratulations to Yvonne Normand, Past District Governor, for receiving the prestigious Governor’s Cup Award at the District 6200 Rotary Convention held April 21 – 23 in Lafayette.
Exotic Animal Races in Opelousas Brings in Exponential Number of Visitors
The camel and zebra races held at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Saturday night brought in more visitors than anticipated!
St. Landry Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Business Summit
The St. Landry Chamber of Commerce held its second Annual Business Summit on Friday at LSUE.
Port Barre Elementary Act of Kindness Day Hair Donation
Port Barre Elementary students and 4th Grade Teacher Sarah Keys participated in a hair donation ceremony for children diagnosed with cancer as an act of kindness for PBE’s Act of Kindness Day on April 5th.
2023 WOMEN WITH HEART LUNCHEON AND POWER OF THE PURSE
The Women With Heart 13th Annual Luncheon will be held at the Opelousas Civic Center on May 23rd where a woman from St. Landry Parish and a woman from Evangeline Parish will be presented a Woman with Heart Award.
Op-Ed: SLP Board Member Offers Ideas On School Violence
Op-Ed by Tiffany Nolan: Today, one of the topics of concern within St. Landry Parish is the violence and disregard for
authority among our youth.
St. Landry 4-H Achievement Day Held at the Yambilee Building
St. Landry Parish 4-H held its annual Achievement Day in-person for the first time in 3 years since COVID-19. The event took place on Saturday, April 1st at the Yambilee Building.
Port Barre PD Hosting Law for Paws Spring Event April 15th.
The Port Barre Police Department is hosting its annual Law for Paws Spring event on Saturday, April 15th. It will be a family fun day with great food and activities for all to enjoy and it’s all for a great cause!
St. Landry Parish School Board Student of the Year Banquet Held Last Evening
St. Landry Parish School Board held their annual Student of the Year Banquet on April 4th, Tuesday evening at Our Savior’s Church in Opelousas.
Free Tree Seedlings Through ANPP for Immediate Pickup
The Acadiana Native Plant Project received 15,000 surplus bare root seedlings thanks to Ethan Eichler and Morganne Guidry of RES, an ecological restoration company.
Reviews are IN| The Importance of Being Earnest is FUNNY!
There is one week left to see the latest Opelousas Little Theatre production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
The Great Train Accident of 1925
What may have been the greatest tragedy in my ancestors’ history occurred in 1925 in the little community of Lawtell.
Letter to the Editor – Vacant Commercial Building Ordinance
Last night was disappointing to the many who support the vacant commercial building ordinance. With over 60 vacant buildings in our economic corridor the city leadership passed on an opportunity to make a bold statement for the city’s future.
-Gretchen Erlingson, Opelousas, LA-
Opelousas Catholic Boys Basketball Photo Gallery
Opelousas Catholic Boys Basketball vs North Vermilion Photo Gallery.
Opelousas Catholic Girl’s Soccer Photo Gallery
Opelousas Catholic Soccer Photo Gallery
Letter To The Editor – Supporting Opelousas Downtown Ordinance
“I’m all for the creation of jobs and putting our community to work. Yes, that means my tax dollars helping to create wealth for the community and others, I fully support the change. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. I fully support passing ordinances to help this community grow.” – Gretchen Erlingson
Letter To The Editor – Saving Downtown Opelousas
“I want to thank the Mayor and Council members of Opelousas for finally addressing the immense problem downtown Opelousas has had for almost 40 years.”
‘Did You Know’ – Workplace Violence Part 1 of 4
Workplace violence has continued to rise. In this 4 part series we hope to explain it and help to deter it.
A Little Louisiana History – How Louisiana Became Spanish in 1762
The Historic New Orleans Collection continues its “Exhibition Shortcuts” YouTube series with a video that explores the factors that brought Louisiana under Spanish control.
That’s One Kool Kid
Macaroni KID would like to introduce our current Kool Kid, Landry S., who is a Kindergartener at Port Barre Elementary.
Did You Know – Suicide Prevention and Facts
To conclude the suicide series, we will talk about the risk factors. Once again using sources with the HELPGUIDE.ORG a trusted guide to mental & emotional health here are their findings.
Opelousas Museum Presents Interfaith Conversation About Spring Holidays
The Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center presents an interfaith program with a panel of religious leaders discussing rituals and beliefs related to Ramadan/Eid al-Fitr, Easter and Passover.
Bissell Foundation Agrees To Provide Support For Animal Control
Cathy Bissell from the Bissell Pet Foundation is flying into St. Landry Parish today to assess the animals in the St. Landry Animal Control Shelter.
Cleco Working To Restore Power Following Severe Weather
As of 4:30 p.m., 3,436 Cleco customers are without power due to
severe weather that continues to move across portions of the company’s service territory.
‘Did You Know’ – From the Desk of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz
Suicide Prevention and Facts
Matching History: NSU Men Win Seventh Straight
This was the type of game the Northwestern State men’s basketball team had searched for. By finding it, the Demons did something 70 years in the making.
Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Partners to Host Thrive Summit
WHO: Second Harvest Food Bank, in Partnership with the St. Landry Community Accelerator Committee Additional Participating Community Organizations Include: • Well-Ahead • New Life Church of God • Opelousas General Health System Foundation • St. Landry Parish Economic Development Local Government and Civic Leaders will also be attending. WHAT: A gathering of community members to have meaningful dialogue Read More…
St. Landry Arrest Report
Marion Baker, B/M, age 24, 694 Hinckley Road, Opelousas, LA., 70570, Bench warrant. Arrested by St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.Manuel D. Vallier, B/M, age 25, 430 W. Kello Street, Apt. #A-6, Church Point, LA., 70525, Possession with intent to distribute schedule I CDS, illegal carrying of weapons (2 counts), felon in possession of a firearm Read More…
Second-Degree Murder Charges Handed Down in St. Landry Parish
Late Tuesday, November 29, 2022, the St. Landry Parish Grand Jury indicted three men and one juvenile for the second-degree murder of a fifteen-year-old that happened on November 2nd on North Main Street in Opelousas. Daylan Wheeler, Christopher Coleman, Desment Green and juvenile Daqualon Robinson, along with the homicide, were also charged with obstruction of Read More…
Lottery priority open for French-immersion school in Sunset
WHAT: Early Registration for École Saint-Landry’s third year closes January 1. As with all public schools, École Saint-Landry will be free of charge to admitted students and transportation will be available for all students. École Saint-Landry, one of only three full french immersion schools in the state, aims to prepare students from the Acadiana region Read More…