Heaven’s Kitchen Year-End Drive

A newly formed charity organization, Heaven’s Kitchen, is making big moves in the community through its mission of helping those in need during their most desperate and catastrophic moments. A year-end campaign has launched to help the organization move forward with upcoming events for 2024! What is Heaven’s Kitchen? Heaven’s Kitchen was formed to identify Read More…

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Opelousas Schools Closing for Super Dome Event

From St. Landry Parish School Board We’re thrilled to announce that the OHS football team is heading to the Superdome in New Orleans on Friday, December 8, 2023, to face off against Cecilia High at 12:00 PM. To ensure the Opelousas community has the chance to cheer on the Tigers, all Opelousas High feeder schools will be Read More…

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New Clark School Completes A Dream, Says School Officials

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer When construction work is completed in 2025 on a 12-acre site that will contain a new J.S. Clark Leadership Academy campus, the event will represent the completion of a dream that officials from the charter school have pursued for over a decade. J.S. Clark founder, president and CEO Tiffanie Lewis told Read More…

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Saturday is Election Day for Runoff Election

This November ballot holds three crucial elections as voters will decide on candidates for vacant statewide offices which include attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. The November 18 Runoff election will include Opelousas Board of Alderman in District A as Victor Lewis and John Guilbeaux runoff. On the ballot for Saturday voters will also Read More…

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Tourist and economic incentive-related events were introduced on Thursday during a luncheon hosted by the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. The event held at The Parlor on South Main Street in Opelousas, featured presentations for equine tourism and high school rodeo, while the Town of Washington and Eunice introduced several events that will occur during Read More…

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Burn Ban Update for St. Landry Parish

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST. LANDRY PARISH, LA — Following a review of recent rainfall and guidance from the National Weather Service, which indicates that the present fire risk has dropped to below normal and is classified as “low,” St. Landry Parish Government officially announces its decision to lift the parish-wide burn ban, effective November 16, 2023. 

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Former Opelousas Resident Dies After Ruston Stabbing

BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer Former Opelousas resident Annie Weinstein Richardson, has died of injuries sustained last week in Ruston, after she and three other women were apparently victims of a knife attack that occurred on the Louisiana Tech campus, according to Ruston mayor Ronny Walker. Walker told the Ruston Daily Leader in a published story Read More…

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Parish Football Teams Enter Second Round

Photographed: Michael Cunningham of Westminster Christian, photo by Freddie Herpin Bobby Ardoin Consulting Writer/Editor Four St. Landry Parish football teams remain in the state playoffs as second-round postseason games are scheduled to unfold Friday night.Opelousas High, Northwest High and Westminster Christian Academy defeated bi-district opponents last week, while Opelousas Catholic had a bye. Northwest and OCS Read More…

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Port Barre Celebrates 37th Annual Cracklin Festival with New Division

The aroma of fried cracklins and the sounds of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music filled the air from Veterans Memorial Park in Port Barre for the annual Cracklin Festival. The Cracklin Cook-off is the highlight of the 3-day event, showcasing local vendors’ culinary expertise as they compete for the bragging rights for the best cracklins Read More…


St. Landry Parish Government Hosts Third Community Clean-Up Day in Arnaudville

For Immediate Release Arnaudville, LA – St. Landry Parish Government announces its third Community Clean Up Day, scheduled to take place in Arnaudville on Saturday, November 18, 2023. We are extending our efforts across the entire parish to assist citizens in cleaning up their properties.  Event Details: There will be dumpsters on-site, offering a convenient solution for waste disposal. Residents are encouraged to bring Read More…

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St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission November Events

See what’s coming up in St. Landry Parish this November by checking out From the 29th Annual Holy Ghost Catholic Church Creole Festival & Parade, to the Port Barre Lion’s Club Cracklin Festival, there’s a ton of information packed into their Gumbo Guide Newsletter. See the latest newsletter for November events and subscribe here: Read More…

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October 26, 2003 Arrest Rport

From the desk of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz PRESS RELEASE Calvin Boagni, Jr., B/M, age 44, 1620 Iris Drive, Opelousas, LA., 70570, Bench warrant, possession of schedule I CDS, possession of schedule III CDS, resisting an officer, stop sign violation. Arrested by Opelousas City Marshals.Markaylon Jude Chaisson, B/M, age 23, 1013 George Calais Drive, Cecilia, Read More…

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Spirits Speak Again During Cemetery Tours

A female medical field pioneer, Confederate soldiers, pioneer educators, Swamp Pop musicians and the legendary Jim Bowie are among the spirits whose memories will be recreated beginning Saturday evening during the two-weekend Cemetery Tours and Historical Reenactments at the St. Landry Parish Catholic Church Cemetery.