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.

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. Particularly, the 1600 block of North Parkerson Avenue saw a brunt of the damage with signs being dismantled and window panes blown completely out.

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 grow and continue worshipping for many years to come.

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

Windows were blown out their pane at Shetler-Corley.

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.

Broussard speaks of good Rotary Foundation does

Rotary Club of Crowley President Pat Miers, left, also served as program organizer Tuesday and invited Past Rotary International District 6200 Gov. Linwood Broussard to speak on the Rotary Foundation.

Past Rotary International District 6200 Gov. Linwood Broussard isn’t the guy to speak on the facts of the basics of the Rotary Foundation.

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.

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Sports

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 Children’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 11, at

Lifestyle

Colter Allen Wilson and Jennifer Ann LeJeune

Jennifer Ann LeJeune and Colter Allen Wilson, both of Iota, have announced that they are engaged and committed to be wed on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 8, at Bethel Church in Jennings.

Obituaries

Emma Lee Sanches, born Dec. 14, 1921, passed away July 28, 2015. She was the daughter of Gaston and Beatrice LeBlanc; wife of Joe; and mother of Gail, Chip, David and Jeff.

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