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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.

Local church hosts district mini-congress

MINI-CONGRESS PARTICIPANTS of the Seventh District Baptist Association, hosted by Starlight Baptist Church, included seated, from left, Rev. Freddie Brown, Rev. Freddie Jack, Pastor Nathan T. Stevens, Association President Gerald W. Perkins, Rev. Joe Green, Jr., and Rev. Joel Green, Sr.; standing, from left, Rev. Arthur Johnson, Rev. Jimmy Stevens, Rev. Keith Alfred, Rev. Albert Tezeno, Rev. William Hornsby, Rev. John Stevens, Association Secretary Martin L. McLendon, and Rev.Carl Sonnier.

The Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association District Mini-Congress of Christian Education was held at Starlight Baptist Church, on October

Eunice Rotary shows off ‘Experience Louisiana’

Rotary Club of Crowley President Mary Zaunbrecher, far left, welcomed Eunice Rotarians Pat Dossman, Dwight Jodon and Tony Fuselier to the Crowley club’s meeting Tuesday to talk about the Experience Louisiana Festival.

Sometimes a look back is all you need to look forward.

Boil advisory in Estherwood

The village of Estherwood is now under a boil advisory until further notice.

State Police seize narcotics taken in pharmacy thefts

$3 million worth of narcotics believed linked to a string of pharmacy break-ins, including the burglary of Rayne Pharmacy on Sept. 28, have been seized by State Police. The drugs were discovered in a storage unit in East Baton Rouge after a search warrant was executed on Oct. 23. (Submitted Photo)

Baton Rouge – Approximately $3 million of narcotics believed linked to a string of pharmacy break-ins, including one in Rayne, have been seized by

Zappi talks engineering, partnerships with Rotary Club

Dr. Mark E. Zappi, center, dean of the University of Louisiana of Lafayette’s engineering program, spoke to the Rotary Club of Crowley Tuesday. Welcoming him and his program were President Mary Zaunbrecher, left, and program organizer Katie Chiasson.

One thing became abundantly evident at Tuesday’s Rotary Club of Crowley meeting, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s engineering

78th Rice Festival queen crowned

78th International Rice Festival Queen Allison "Ali" Hoffpauir

It was a gorgeous morning Saturday as the 78th International Rice Festival Queen was selected from a bevy of outstanding candidates to represent “T

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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.

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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.

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