(File photo) The future of these modular buildings, once used to house prisoners at the Acadia Parish Jail, will once again be the topic of discussion when the police jury meets on Sept. 8.

CROWLEY - They declared them surplus and tried to sell them — twice — but there were no takers. Then they talked about having them demolished and hauled off.

Acadia General Hospital CEO Heather Harper spoke to the Crowley Lions Club on Tuesday. Harper touted the numerous upgrades and her plans for the future of the hospital. From the left are Crowley Lion Ann Mire, Harper and Lions Club President Bryan Borill.

The improvements made during Heather Harper’s first year as CEO of Acadia General Hospital have been obvious and well-documented. “I notice it as soon as I walk through the doors,” said Crowley Alderman Bryan Borill. “They used to not even greet you. And it’s the same thing throughout the building.”

“Skygazers with Baby on Box” - oil on canvas

During the month of September, visitors to The Gallery in Crowley will find themselves immersed in a magic world of fantastical flowers and whimsical birds, all of which are the creation of Dr. Lyn Fontenot.

(File photo) The future of these modular buildings, once used to house prisoners at the Acadia Parish Jail, will once again be the topic of discussion when the police jury meets on Sept. 8.

Acadia General Hospital CEO Heather Harper spoke to the Crowley Lions Club on Tuesday. Harper touted the numerous upgrades and her plans for the future of the hospital. From the left are Crowley Lion Ann Mire, Harper and Lions Club President Bryan Borill.

“Skygazers with Baby on Box” - oil on canvas

Opera House gearing up for 8th season

Program organizer Amy Thibodeaux, left, and Rotary Club of Crowley President Pat Miers, right, were both excited to welcome back Grand Opera House Director Kim Gattle to speak on the upcoming season.

For seven seasons, the Grand Opera House has worked to bring great talent to Crowley and improve upon the previous season.
Kim Gattle, director, believes the Opera House is set to do so once again this season, their eighth, which begins in September.

Rayne Rotary Holds Installation Banquet, Members Awarded

STEVE BANDY, right, received the Service Above Self Award from Kyle Broussard during the Rayne Rotary Club’s installation banquet June 25. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Paul Kedinger)

The 2015 recipient of the Rayne Rotarian of the Year Award, Natasha Domagalski, was out of state when she was recognized during the annual officers

Charles Habetz given Bishop’s Medal of Honor

CHARLES HABETZ, center, was presented the Bishop’s Medal and Certificate awarded by Bishop Michael Jarrell by Father Paul Broussard, right, during Mass on Father’s Day. He was joined by his wife, Kay Link Habetz.

Charles Hebetz attended Mass on Father’s Day at St.

Several Acadia winners at 4-H U

Acadia 4-H members Eric LaCombe, Maddie Ardoin, Macie Breaux, Merideth Raspberry and Kathryn LeBlanc came home as state winners from 4-H University.
This was a jubilant accomplishment for Acadia Parish 4-H. The four day LSU AgCenter event, held on the LSU campus recently was packed with competitions, workshops, and socializing with 1,515 4-H’ers from across the state.

Area’s first same-sex wedding conducted in Opelousas

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

Let’s talk hybrids

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.
And they kept coming as even the weather cooperated for the field tours this year.

Rotary Club of Crowley hears about Project Front Yard

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.
Project Front Yard, which got its start in Lafayette about three years ago, has since expanded into other areas of Acadiana, and as announced recently, is making its way into Acadia Parish.

Gay marriage licenses available in Acadia on Wednesday

According to Clerk of Court Robby Barousse and Chief Deputy Clerk Blane Faulk, same-sex couples will be able to get marriage licenses at the Acadia Parish Clerk of Court’s Office beginning today.
Both say that any delay in the process was not due to any political beliefs, but simply a matter of getting their computers programmed properly.

City’s budget to include raises

Looking at the city of Crowley’s budget for the new fiscal year, there is not much difference than this past year’s, except for one thing civil servants have been in search of for months: a raise.
There is a 4 percent raise for all current full-time employees except for the police, who will receive a 6 percent increase if the budget is ultimately adopted.

Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage is nationwide right

In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable.
However, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said not to expect same-sex marriages any time soon in Louisiana.

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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.

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“Skygazers with Baby on Box” - oil on canvas

During the month of September, visitors to The Gallery in Crowley will find themselves immersed in a magic world of fantastical flowers and whimsical birds, all of which are the creation of Dr.

Obituaries

Patricia “Pat” Smith Granger, 75, of Lake Charles died peacefully, surrounded by her daughters, on Monday, Aug.

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