Parish Council Local News

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…

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Board Blocks OCS Request

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer Opelousas Catholic School officials had their rezoning request to potentially install lighting at a Prudhomme Street football practice field facility denied overwhelmingly Tuesday night by the Opelousas Board of Aldermen. Opposition to the request made by OCS Chancellor Neil Pettit and Principal Matt Citron originated from several Board members who expressed Read More…

Local News Opelousas High School Football

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…

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Resignation Approved But Payment Delayed For Ex-Officer

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer An Opelousas city police officer charged in a December shooting incident which allegedly injured the police chief and his wife, had her resignation request granted Tuesday night, but the Opelousas Board of Aldermen rejected her effort to be paid for annual unused sick leave and compensatory time. The Board voted 5-1 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…

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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…

Local News Police News Arrest Reports SLP Sheriff Department

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…

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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 Community

Diapers and Donated Items Coming In for the Opelousas Pregnancy Center

In a great need for baby diapers to replenish resources for new moms, the Opelousas Pregnancy Center put out a call to action on social media prompting the community to host a diaper drive. Macaroni KID Acadia-St. Landry answered the call by partnering up with the community to host a Diaper Drive and provided drop 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…

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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…

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Parish Council gets serious about littering

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer The St. Landry Parish and Solid Waste Commission are considering the establishment of a litter hotline, a citizens’ task force and tightening the existing ordinance penalties in order to prevent an increase in unwanted trash dumping. “We want to encourage the public to become involved. We would like them along with 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…

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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…

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…

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Douments allege Chief LeBlanc failed to assist his wife with medical help

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer State District Court documents indicate that the three felony charges filed this week against Opelousas Police Chief Graig LeBlanc allege that he failed to perform his duties as a police officer following a Dec. 22 shooting incident that injured him and his wife. LeBlanc has been arrested with one count of Read More…