LSN STAFF PHOTO / Claudette Olivier
George White, 84, and John Arabie, 65, of Eunice were married by Acadia Parish Ward 2 Precinct C Justice of the Peace John Wayne Doucet at the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Office in the Eunice Municipal Complex on Tuesday. White and Arabie are the first same-sex couple to be married in St. Landry Parish. The two have been together for 45 years.

BY CLAUDETTE OLIVIER, LSN STAFF WRITER Their relationship may be a 45-year-old history, but John Arabie and George White made history Tuesday morning as the first same-sex couple to be married in St. Landry Parish.

Drs. Herry Utomo and James “Jim” Oard talk about their advances in rice breeding over the past year and what they will be focusing on in the upcoming year. The duo were the fifth of six stops along the field tour that focused on weed control, rice breeding, pathology, entomology, hybrid breeding and genetics and agronomy, during the annual Rice Research Station Field Day Wednesday.

At the opening of the 106th annual Rice Field Day at the Rice Research Station, there were droves of farmers and industry personnel on hand to learn all they could about the latest advances in rice from researchers and commissioners, professors and more.

New Rotary Club of Crowley President Pat Miers, far right, was happy to welcome Laurie Suire, president and CEO of OneAcadia, and Katherine McCormick of Project Front Yard (Lafayette) second and third from left, respectively to the club’s Tuesday meeting. The duo spoke about Project Front Yard and the impact it looks to have in Acadia Parish. With them is program organizer Georgie Petitjean.

It was an afternoon of “new” at the Rotary Club of Crowley’s Tuesday meeting. A new president, Pat Miers, took over the club for the year, and the club heard of a new parishwide initiative that looks to improve its façade and attractiveness to new businesses, new residents and more.

LSN STAFF PHOTO / Claudette Olivier
George White, 84, and John Arabie, 65, of Eunice were married by Acadia Parish Ward 2 Precinct C Justice of the Peace John Wayne Doucet at the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Office in the Eunice Municipal Complex on Tuesday. White and Arabie are the first same-sex couple to be married in St. Landry Parish. The two have been together for 45 years.

Drs. Herry Utomo and James “Jim” Oard talk about their advances in rice breeding over the past year and what they will be focusing on in the upcoming year. The duo were the fifth of six stops along the field tour that focused on weed control, rice breeding, pathology, entomology, hybrid breeding and genetics and agronomy, during the annual Rice Research Station Field Day Wednesday.

New Rotary Club of Crowley President Pat Miers, far right, was happy to welcome Laurie Suire, president and CEO of OneAcadia, and Katherine McCormick of Project Front Yard (Lafayette) second and third from left, respectively to the club’s Tuesday meeting. The duo spoke about Project Front Yard and the impact it looks to have in Acadia Parish. With them is program organizer Georgie Petitjean.

Theunissen descendants gather for reunion

REUNION HONOREES - Members of the eldest generation, survving children of Joseph Daniel Theunissen and Helen Meyer Theunissen, in attendance for the Theunissen family reunion were, from left, Matilda Johnson, Hilda Haure and Louise Landry, all of Rayne. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Josie Henry)

The St. Leo Catholic Church Hall in Roberts Cove served as the setting on Saturday, Feb.

Rayne High HOSA students place at State Conference, qualify for HOSA Nationals

QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS - Members of the Rayne High School chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) recently attended the 2015 State HOSA Conference in Alexandria with all participating delegates placing and qualifying for nationals in their respective competitions. HOSA members attending were, front row, from left, Megan Marcantel, Cheryln Fusilier, Caroline Bergeron, Lindsey Runner, Kaleigh Cormier, Destini Carrier; back row, Whitney Fontenot, Charlyne Peltier, Evan Alleman, Mallory Runner, Brooklynn Mire and sponsor Cassie Ancelet.

Members of the Rayne High School chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) attended the 2014-2015 State HOSA Conference held in Alex

Gour of Honor Held for Scouts

COURT OF HONOR: Boy Scout Troop 61 conducted a court of honor Wednesday night, March 4, in the Rayne Volunteer Fire Department’s headquarters.

Outstanding business, employee honored

GARY AND LAURA MATTE was named co-recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Business Person of the Year during the Rayne Business Appreciation Night at the Civic Center. Presenting the award was Chamber President Jimmy Prevost. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)

Gary and Laura Matte were named co-recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Business Person of the Year and Lilly “Raine’ Rhodes were honored as the 2015

'Contentious session' expected

Those who sponsored and participated in the Acadia Parish Legislative Luncheon included, front row from left, Katie Chiasson, Cleco Power; Alaina Segura, Centerpoint Energy; Sen. Dan ‘Blade’ Morrish; Sen. Jonathan Perry; Rep. Jack Montoucet; and Crowley Chamber President Amy Thibodeaux. In the back row are Kerry Gibson; Darrell Minix, Centerpoint Energy; Fran Bihm, Rayne Chamber of Commerce; Sabrina Salling, Cleco; Willie Bergeron, Cleco; and Jimmy Prevost, Rayne Chamber.

At the Acadia Parish Legislative Luncheon Monday at the LSU AgCenter, Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, Rep. Jack Montoucet and Sen.

Friday accident leaves community shaken

Students gather at Crowley High School Monday morning for a “Meet me at the Pole Prayer” to show support for the families of the students who were in a violent Friday accident which left Redemptorist School student Halle Thompson dead and CHS student Brooke Habetz in critical condition. (Submitted Photo)

The school week here got off to a somber start on Monday with students at Redemptorist Catholic School and Crowley High School still reeling from t

Fatal crash in Acadia Parish

According to Louisiana State Police, one person was critically injured and another killed in a Friday afternoon crash in Acadia Parish.

Mire Band plans fourth performing trip, events planned

FISH FRY BAND FUNDRAISER - Mire Band students, parents and volunteers were busy on Wednesday, Feb. 18, for the 2015 Mire Band Fish Fry to raise funds for the group’s performance trip to Disney World.

The Mire Marching Band, including students from both Mire Elementary and Branch Elementary Schools, have again been invited to perform at Disney Wo

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Sports

RAYNE TAKES CROWLEY TOURNAMENT - Members of the Rayne Mustang Girls 10 and Under All-Stars (Wreckers) who claimed second place over the weekend all-star tournament held in Crowley were, seated from left, Macy Dailey, Victoria Peltier; kneeling, Claudia Kibodeaux, Analie Dupuis, Kate Daigle, Bailee Royer, Addison Richard; standing front row, Karlee Daigle, Graci Alleman, Elizabeth Comeaux, Addyson Gautreaux, Kamrie Breaux, Grayci Dupuis, Amelia Dailey, coach Dusty Stelly; standing back row, head coach Shannon Royer, coach McKenzie Dailey and coach Troy Kibodeaux.

Despite cancelled tounaments the previous weekend, Mother Nature cooperated over the weekend, allowing all Rayne all-star teams to participate in local and area tournaments.

Lifestyle

THE POST-SIGNAL / Danette Bourque
The Crowley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., recently installed new officers for 2015-2017. Those installed include, seated from left, Cheryl Lewis, chaplain; Latikka Charles, first vice president; Yvonne Mills, president; LaQuanta Evans, recording secretary; Vicky Milson, parliamentarian; standing, Audry Spencer, assistant financial secretary; LaTanya Evans, assistant treasurer; Charlesetta Andrus, treasurer; Bertha Stevens, sergeant-at-arms; Michelle Calloway, journalist; and Ruth Wilson, financial secretary.

Obituaries

William Vincent Thompson, 78, died surrounded by his family on June 30, 2015, in Seabrook, Texas. Billy was born on May 27, 1937, in Breaux Bridge to Henry Brooks and Mary Narrow Thompson.

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