The Crowley Garden Club has announced that it will once again host the Front Door Decorating Contest for the 80th International Rice Festival. The contest, which is open to both businesses and individuals, is intended to promote the International Rice Festival, the rice industry and an interest in floral design.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Danette Bourque
Among those honored at the 80th International Rice Festival Queen’s Ball and Honoree Cocktail Party were, seated from left, 2016 IRF Grand Parade Co-Grand Marshall Jared Monk, Elizabeth Lawson Monk, Dianna Abell, 2016 IRF President Elisabeth Leleux, 2016 IRF Queen Camille Quebodeaux, 2016 IRF Junior Queen Emmy Navarre, 2016 IRF Chairman Patty Simon, Karen Leonards, 2016 IRF Children’s Parade Grand Marshall Kelly Cart Leonards, 2016 IRF Festival Coordinator Roxie Viator; standing, 2016 IRF Grand Parade Co-Grand Marshall Jason Monk, 2016 IRF Honoree Charles “Chuck” Abell Jr., Albert Leleux, 2016 IRF Vice Chairman Chad Monceaux, 2016 IRF Farmer of the Year Donald A. Leonards, Jude Leonards and Jody Viator.

FEMA’S Peter Sessum wants to remind the residents of Acadia Parish that they are still working out of the Wells Fargo building on North Parkerson Avenue and that they are still here to answer questions and assist in anyway they can.

THE POST-SIGNAL / Danette Bourque
Among those honored at the 80th International Rice Festival Queen’s Ball and Honoree Cocktail Party were, seated from left, 2016 IRF Grand Parade Co-Grand Marshall Jared Monk, Elizabeth Lawson Monk, Dianna Abell, 2016 IRF President Elisabeth Leleux, 2016 IRF Queen Camille Quebodeaux, 2016 IRF Junior Queen Emmy Navarre, 2016 IRF Chairman Patty Simon, Karen Leonards, 2016 IRF Children’s Parade Grand Marshall Kelly Cart Leonards, 2016 IRF Festival Coordinator Roxie Viator; standing, 2016 IRF Grand Parade Co-Grand Marshall Jason Monk, 2016 IRF Honoree Charles “Chuck” Abell Jr., Albert Leleux, 2016 IRF Vice Chairman Chad Monceaux, 2016 IRF Farmer of the Year Donald A. Leonards, Jude Leonards and Jody Viator.

Acadia Players’ ‘Holy Ground’ opens Friday night

THE POST-SIGNAL / Jeannine LeJeune
Taking the stage in the Acadia Players’ production of “Holy Ground” are, seated from left, Shage Guynes, Eric Drake, Louis MIre, Andrew Mire, Jude Schexnyder; standing, Taylor Fontenot, Frank Andrus Jr., Alyson Hetzel, Jason Werth Jr., Samantha Leger, Ron Ronkartz, Lily Mire, Amanda Caldwell.

The Acadia Players have a new production premiering this weekend, and it sure is an interesting one.

Sunday shooting reported at Rayne Burger King

RAYNE - Rayne Chief of Police Carroll J. Stelly announced his Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a shooting that occurred today (Sunday) in Rayne.

At 1:01 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016, Rayne Police officers responded to a call of shots fired at Burger King. Upon their arrival, officers discovered the victim had been transported in a personal vehicle to Acadia General Hospital in Crowley where he is undergoing surgery. The victim of the shooting today was the same victim shot on Sunday, May 8, 2016 on Holt Street in Rayne.

Monday night shooting leaves 1 injured

After a Monday night shooting, one is injured and schools are on lock down.
According to the Crowley Police Department, authorities are currently seeking shooting suspect near Kathy Meadows Apartments. Schools in the area were advised to lock down until further notice.

Festival Poker Run riders brave storms during 3-hour jaunt Saturday morning

Poker Run Organizers: Chairing and organizing Saturday morning’s Frog Festival Poker Run were Clint Morgan, chairman, and Dawn Gerbine, co-chair, on motorcycles; kneeling Evan Perez, Maggie Reed; second row from left, Karen Dupont and Stephanie Leger; back from left, Fran Bihm, Roy Credeur, Keith Vienne, Mona Vienne, Steve Bandy, Blaine Dupont, Wayne Leger and Michele Autin. (Acadian-Tribune photo by Josie Henry)

Participants in Saturday’s Frog Festival Poker Run gave a whole new meaning to the term “storm troopers.”

USDA Rural Development funding programs explained

AT RAYNE PRESENTATION: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, presented information on various funding programs available to individuals, businesses and governmental entities during a meeting Wednesday afternoon at Rayne City Hall. Among those in attendance were, from left, Crowley Mayor Greg Jones, Ricky Hulin, construction analyst, USDA/RD; Charles Miniex, area director, USDA/RD; Callie F. Francois, community programs specialist, USDA/RD; Laurie Suire, president and CEO of OneAcadia, sponsors of the event; Morse Mayor Darlene Thibodeaux, Church Point Mayor Russell Stelly and Rayne Mayor Charles “Chuck” Robichaux. (Acadian-Tribune photo by Steve Bandy)

There are more projects out there funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, than most people think.

Flooding rain storms sweep across parish

RESCUE SERVICE: Emergency vehicles drive through high water in the Mire area Sunday following a line of severe weather that swept through the area. Personnel with the Mire Volunteer Fire Department rescued five people and a pet during Sunday’s actions.

ACADIA PARISH - A strong thunderstorm system with high winds and pelting rain swept across Acadia Parish Saturday and Sunday, leaving several downe

Frog Festival Blood Drive May 9

The 2016 Frog Festival Blood Drive will be held on Monday, May 9, from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Rayne Chamber of Commerce.

Jury questions opening of pontoon bridge

CROWLEY - The Acadia Parish Police Jury has a couple of questions concerning the operation of the pontoon bridge on Louisiana Highway 91 in Estherw

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Sports

Notre Dame's Wynn Olinger and Garrett Cormier combine for a tackle last week during the Pios' 44-12 victory over Opelousas Catholic in the District 5-2A opener for both teams. (Photo by Jason Faul)

OPELOUSAS – Notre Dame ran for 314 yards and posted 502 yards of total offense in rolling past Opelousas Catholic in the opening game of District 5-2A play for both teams Friday night.

Obituaries

Eugenie “Jeannie”
Ann Bourque
Melancon

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at a 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne for Eugenie “Jeannie” Ann Bourque Melancon, 76, who died Monday Sept.

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