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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.

Grande Court Ball celebrates "A Night At The Oscars"

REIGN OVER MARDI GRAS BALL - Reigning over the 2015 Rayne Grande Court Mardi Gras Ball held Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Rayne Civic Center by the Rayne Chamber of Commerce were Rayne Grande Court Mardi Gras King IV John Jude Beslin and Rayne Grande Court Mardi Gras Queen Claire Benoit. Additional court photos can be found in the Rayne Acadian-Tribune newspaper or at www.raynetoday.com. (Photo Courtesy/Colin Burnum Photography)

“A Night at the Oscars” was the theme of the 4th Annual Rayne Chamber of Commerce Grande Court Mardi Gras Ball held Saturday, Jan.

Rotarians get cold facts on synthetic marijuana

Jackie Boddye, second from left, shows the effects drugs can have on the body through photos as well as some of the many items being used to conceal drugs in everyday life to interested Rotarians, from left, Crowley Rotary Club President Mary Zaunbrecher, Tracy Young (program organizer) and Vicki Ramos.

For the past year or two, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and various other law enforcement agencies in the area, as well as across t

In Teen Scene: All's fair in love, war and cupcakes

The winning displays and cakes from each Food and Nutrition Class at Iota High did not disappoint; (1) the Mardi Gras Float cupcakes were as tasty as they were fun atop their homemade float in second hour; (2) the Beach Bash cupcakes brought the beach right to fourth hour; and (3) the fun of the circus was on full display in fifth hour.

Note: This is a special look inside 'Teen Scene', a semi-annual special edition that features and focuses on teenagers in the parish.

Crowley honors King's dream

Dr. Ricky E. Carter, pastor of Good Hope Baptist Church, was the keynote speaker at Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. The event, sponsored by the Crowley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is annually held at the Martin Luther King Center in Crowley on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

While offices and schools were closed Monday, the city of Crowley took a moment to reflect on the message Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Guillot talks Revelers, Mardi Gras

Rotary Club of Crowley President Mary Zaunbrecher, left, and Program Chairperson Carolyn Barousse, right, welcomed Judy Guillot, director of this year’s Krewe of Town Revelers ball, to the club’s meeting. Guillot discussed this year’s ball, “00 Cimmer” and much more.

It takes a lot of work to put on a ball; it takes even more to outdo the previous year’s event, just ask the Krewe of T

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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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