UL Lafayette Coach Tony Robichaux, third from left, spoke on the behind-the-scenes work Ragin’ Cajuns baseball does with the players to make them better people. With him are, from left, vocational speaker Alice Whiting, President Pat Miers and program organizer Melinda Malmay.

Tony Robichaux knows that, without his hometown of Crowley and God, he wouldn’t be where he is today. “I always try to thank God when I’m out because I don’t think we can have any success without a successor,” he said.

(File photo) The Crowley Fire Department and other community members help prepare plates of jambalaya for the evacuees staying in Crowley at the fire station.

Moments of coming together have always been the bright spot of national tragedies. Most recently, and locally, it can be seen in “Lafayette Strong” following the shooting last month at The Grand 16 Theatre on Johnson Street.
Lt. Clay Higgins, St. Landry CrimeStoppers’ intimidating media sensation, will be speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Acadian Baptist Center near Richard on Sept 15. Music for the event will be provided by Benji Richard and the emcee will be Gene Lee, a pastor at First Baptist Church of Rayne.

UL Lafayette Coach Tony Robichaux, third from left, spoke on the behind-the-scenes work Ragin’ Cajuns baseball does with the players to make them better people. With him are, from left, vocational speaker Alice Whiting, President Pat Miers and program organizer Melinda Malmay.

(File photo) The Crowley Fire Department and other community members help prepare plates of jambalaya for the evacuees staying in Crowley at the fire station.

McDowell talks ‘Leader in Me’ with Rotarians

Leah McDowell, a former Martin Petitjean Elementary student, spoke about the Leader in Me Program to the Rotary Club of Corwley, which has effected her life tremendously. On hand Tuesday were, from left, program organizer John Suire, McDowell, Raven Babineaux, President Pat Miers and special guest Superintendent John Bourque.

It isn't often that someone can send a 9-year-old as a replacement speaker and it works perfectly.
Kim Cummins was at one point scheduled to serve as guest speaker for Tuesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Crowley. When she realized she wouldn’t be able to make it, she called upon not only a girl with great knowledge of the Leader in Me Program, but a program participant.
Leah McDowell has long-since been one of Martin Petitjean Elementary School’s shining examples of the great success the program has created. That’s why she has spoken at educational symposiums with 500 or 1,000 educators sitting, staring and listening to her every word.

Celebrating Presbyterian’s history

Singing hymns like “Amazing Grace,” a community choir (comprised mostly of members from Crowley and Welsh’s First Presbyterian churches) delighted the packed First Presbyterian Church of Crowley as part of Sunday’s 125th anniversary celebration service.

As candles flickered against stained glass windows in the afternoon, a packed house of worship helped First Presbyterian Church celebrate 125 years of service.

New laws are in effect

State Rep. Jack Montoucet, D-Crowley, spoke Friday morning to AP40 – Acadia Parish’s young professionals group – recapping the latest legislative session.

State Rep. Jack Montoucet has been doing this for eight years now, but this year was probably the worst.
“It was probably the most grueling and horrible session I have ever been in,” he said.
Montoucet, D-Crowley, spoke Friday morning to AP40, Acadia Parish’s group of young professionals. He recapped the recent legislative session, touching on the budget and bills of local interest and much more.

Property damaged in severe storm

Windows were blown out their pane at Shetler-Corley.

Thursday evening saw a weather system moved into the area and caused extensive damage to a few businesses in the city of Crowley.

St. Leo feast day observed

BISHOP GLENN JOHN PREVOST of the Diocese of Lake Charles and a former pastor of St. Leo IV Church was among the religious who participated in the celebration Sunday, July 19, in Roberts Cove marking the feast day of St. Leo IV, patron saint of the congregation. Pictured in front, from left, are Sister Margaret Ohlenforst, Sister Clare Cramer and Sister, Mildred Leonards, while standing, from left, are Father Paul Broussard, the pastor, Joshua LeBlanc, Bishop Provost, Father William Blanda, pastor of St. Peter Church in New Iberia who celebrated the Mass, and Deacon Jay Bergeron of Lafayette. Not pictured is Seminarian Brent Didier, a member of the St. Leo IV parish.

Looking good for 125

Built in 1929 to replace the first wood frame structure, the brick and mortar Presbyterian church that many have always known to stand at 321 E. Fourth St. in Crowley is as much part of First Presbyterian Church’s rich 125-year history as the people who helped build it.

When members of the First Presbyterian Church congregation began worshipping together in Crowley in 1890, they could only hope their flock would gr

Boys/Girls State held at Northwestern, Rayne’s Alleman attends

PREPARE FOR BOYS STATE TRIP - Rayne’s Evan Alleman, center, joins other Acadia Parish students for their trip to Natchitoches for their participation in the 2015 Boys State program held on the Northwestern State University campus

NATCHITOCHES – The Louisiana Boys and Louisiana Girls State leadership and citizenship programs took place on the campus of Northwestern State Univ

2015 Children’s Fishing Derby winners announced

CHILDREN’S FISHING DERBY WINNERS - The City of Rayne was again joined by community partners (Acadiana Sportman’s League, Rayne Lions Club and Maison d’Memoire) and hosted the 2015 Annual Children’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 11, at the ponds located on the grounds of Maison d’Memoire at 8450 Roberts Cove Road (Hwy. 98). Category winners and hosts included, seated from left, Isabella Reiners and Isabella Trahan (0-5 years), Jace Freeman and Drake Bellard (6-8 years); standing front row, Lions Club member Craig Houston, Mackenzie Olinger and William Guidry (9-12 years), Nolan Olinger and Luke Guidry (13-15 years), and City of Rayne Chairman Suzette Leonards; back row, ASL member Joe Guidry, Mayor Chuck Roichaux, and ASL members Charles Trahan and Dee DeRouren. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Josie Henry)

The City of Rayne was again joined by community partners Acadiana Sportman’s League, Rayne Lions Club and Maison d’Memoire, to host the 2015 Annual

Rotary Club assembles plan for new year

Lily Smith, a senior at Crowley High, recently participated in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Camp and spoke Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Crowley’s meeting.

At the beginning of every Rotary year, it’s tasked to the president of the club and its members to formulate a plan to create a successful year.
Tuesday, that was Crowley’s assignment in lieu of a typical meeting.
There was, however, a guest speaker on hand.

Family keepsake goes national

David and Wendy Moore with a copy of their family cookbook "Moore Recipes to Love."

David Moore’s passion for cooking was not handed down from a family of restauranteurs, nor was it from living in an area known for it’s wonderful cuisine.
Quite simply, it was born out of necessity.

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Sports

PASS COMPLETION - Rayne High quarterback Jaylon Reed tosses a completion during the Wolves’ pre-season scrimmage against Opelousas. The Wolves will face Crowley High tonight (Thursday) during the 2015 Acadia Parish Jamboree. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)

RAYNE - The Rayne High Wolves hosted Opelousas High on Friday, Aug. 21, during a pre-season scrimmage at Wolf Stadium.

Obituaries

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Vincent Funeral Home - Kaplan honoring the life of Reese Broussard, 64, who died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at his residence.

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