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OCS Again Uses Productive Ingredients

April 17, 2024
BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer The formula that was so successful during the regular season pulled Opelousas Catholic one game closer to the state softball tournament Tuesday afternoon. Pitching and defense once again combined to provide the top-seeded Vikings with a victory, this time during a 3-0 regional round Division IV select playoff game at Scotty Speyrer Memorial Field. OCS junior Ashley Little was dominant inside the circle, striking out 14 Cedar Creek batters, while the Vikings’ defense was flawless and assisted in diffusing two Cougars’ bases loaded scoring opportunities. The Vikings are scheduled to host No. 9 Ouachita Christian later this week. The winner of that game advances to the state tournament. Offensively OCS produced five hits, which were sufficient to overcome the offspeed pitching of Cedar Creek seventh grader Kendall Rainey. The Vikings took a 1-0 third inning lead and then added two more during a three-hit sixth. Defensively…
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OGHS Foundation SPICE Employee Giving Program

April 16, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: CINDY TORIANFOUNDATION DIRECTOR(337) 678-4266FAX: (337) 943-7182Opelousas General Health System Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 7th SPICE Employee Giving Program Opelousas, LA 04/12/24- The Opelousas General Health System Foundation is preparing to begin its 7th  S.P.I.C.E (Special People in a Caring Environment) campaign.  S.P.I.C.E. is the Opelousas General Health System's employee giving program.  Because our employees genuinely care about our community, our patients, and each other, they have raised over one million dollars through S.P.I.C.E. in the past 17 years.  These funds have been utilized to support local non-profit organizations, fellow employees in need, andhospital projects. As a result of a very successful 6 th  Campaign, S.P.I.C.E donated $100,000 toward the purchase of a state-of-the-art 3-D Tomosynthesis Mammography Unit for the Posner Center. A new S.P.I.C.E. campaign is developed every three years and new non-profit organizations are selected to support financially.  We are accepting applications from the non-profit (501c3) partners…
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Love the Boot Week

April 16, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:April 11, 2024 ST. LANDRY BANK & TRUST COMPANY TO HOLD BEAUTIFICATION EVENT AT THE EUNICE COMMUNITY GARDENTHE WEEKS OF APRIL 15TH-26TH FOR LOVE THE BOOTLove the Boot Week, April 20-28, 2024, is Louisiana’s Largest Litter Cleanup Organized by Keep Louisiana Beautiful EUNICE, LA — During the weeks of April15th- 26th, St. Landry Bank will host a beautificationproject at the Eunice Community Garden and Food Farmacy as part of Love the Boot Week,Louisiana’s largest litter cleanup effort held in conjunction with Earth Week, April 20-28, 2024.Love the Boot Week is organized by Keep Louisiana Beautiful and supported by the Office ofthe Lieutenant Governor.St. Landry Bank and Trust Company has partnered with Eunice Community Garden and FoodFarmacy to accomplish a beautification project consisting of painting a mural on the fence of aplay area within the Eunice Community Garden. Over the course of two weeks, staff from ourMain Branch in…
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OC vs. Cedar Creek

April 16, 2024
Softball action Wednesday at Scottie Speyrer Memorial Field
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2nd Chance Job Fair

April 16, 2024
The Department of Corrections, St. Landry Parish Government and Acadiana Workforce Solutions have partnered up to present a 2nd chance job fair on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 9am – 12pm at the Yambilee Building. What is a 2nd Chance Job Fair? Acadiana Workforce Solutions serves to strengthen the workforce development system through innovation and improving employment, training, and education programs by promoting individual and economic growth. The St. Landry. Parish Sheriff's Department pictured above, was one of the vendors that participated in the job fair. Second chance job fairs are geared towards individuals who have recently or previously been released from jail. Acadiana Workforce Solutions will offer resume and interview preparation for individuals who would like assistance. Call 1-844-385-1919 for help with resume and interview prep. For additional information regarding this event contact Kyle Pitre at 337-459-1377 or Krystal Jean-Batiste at 337-591-5334. Second chance job fairs are geared towards…
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OHS Confronts LHSAA Again

April 16, 2024
BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer The battle between Opelousas High and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association is continuing as school officials and the St. Landry Parish administrators are contesting a recent LHSAA ruling which mandates that OHS now compete athletically as a select program. At issue currently is the Opelousas High biomedical curriculum which LHSAA officials apparently consider to be a magnet academy or open enrollment school which has caused the organization to place the school among teams competing in select classification, according to principal Greg Campbell. The Contentious Matters Since February Opelousas High and LHSAA have engaged in confrontations which include vacating the football program of a 2023 state championship, reimbursing the organization with proceeds earned from state title competition and placing head football coach Jimmy Zachery Jr. on probation for one year. OHS subsequently met with LHSAA officials after the ruling, but the appeal by the school was…
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Parish Council Schedules Meeting This Week

April 15, 2024
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Seven Siblings Celebrate Seventy

April 15, 2024
Staff Report Seven Lillie Family siblings who are at least 70-years-old celebrated the milestone recently with a series of reunions that stretched across three parishes. The gatherings attended by the seven siblings occurred over a weekend in Breaux Bridge, Lafayette and Opelousas. Carola Ann Lillie Hartley, publisher of St. Landry, was among the celebrants who celebrated at the three locations. Among the siblings in a provided photograph, are Tom, Robert, Joe and Chuck Lillie. Pictured among the female Lillie family members are Bernadine, Carola Ann and Rose. (Photo was submitted).
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Rodeo Returns After 15 Years to St. Landry Ag Arena

April 14, 2024
It's a weekend many have been waiting for in St. Landry Parish with the comeback of the heart-pounding, action-packed world of rodeo. Excitement filled the air as the Acadiana Jr. High and High School Rodeo made its return to the St. Landry Ag Arena. It is the first time in over 15 years that the Ag Arena has hosted the event, signifying the growth of the rodeo among our younger generation of cowboys and cowgirls. The stands were filled spectators as the ag arena hosted over 300 families and rodeo-goers who came out to participate in and witness the excitement of the event in the Equine Capital of Louisiana. The return of this event highlighted the recent improvements at the St. Landry Ag Arena. The upgrades with the addition of the new announcer box were made possible through the supportive efforts of the Parish and helps to keep our city…

Resident Asks For Help On Opelousas Street

April 13, 2024
BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer Caren Chambers says life on Trosclair Street is beyond exasperating and she has the photographs to prove it. Chambers told the Opelousas Board of Aldermen last week that the deep and expansive hole in front of her house has remained filled with water as long as she can remember. The situation continues affecting her quality of life on Trosclair, a small street located off West Grolee, Chambers pointed out. “I really need to get something done. I want to speed it up. This has been going on for a long time,” Trosclair told the Board. During her address at the meeting, Chambers held up a large photo, which she said tells the story of how the collected pool of water seemingly never recedes. The situation, Chambers noted, has caused her to purchase a truck that she said is necessary to navigate the hole. “For a long…