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 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.

Northside Christian School confers 15 diplomas

Presented plaques in recognition of earning a 4.0 grade point average at Northside Christian School’s graduation by Principal Randy Trahan, second from left, were, from left, Delaney Rivera, Abigail Howie and Brooke Thompson.

In a special afternoon ceremony, 15 seniors from Northside Christian School became graduates of their school and were set to embark on the next cha

2015 Frog Derby Queen crowned, tradition continues at Frog Festival

NEW FROG DERBY COURT NAMED - The Rayne Lions Club again hosted the annual Frog Derby Saturday morning of the 2015 Rayne Frog Festival. Named to the new court and participants were, front row, from left, outgoing Frog Derby Queen Victoria Richard, new 2015 Frog Derby Queen Catherine Castille, new 2015 Frog Jockey Queen Corrine Doucet, outgoing Frog Jockey Queen Cailey Morgan, Lion Chairman Luke Beslin; back row, Lion John Jude Beslin, Lion Tim Prevost, co-director Lion Linda Credeur, and director Dommie Perez. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Josie Henry)

Tradition continued Saturday morning of the 2015 Rayne Frog Festival as Catherine Castille was crowned Frog Derby Queen, the long-time event held s

Rayne Jaycees host 2015 Annual Diaper Derby at Frog Festival

2015 DIAPER DERBY WINNER - The Rayne Jaycees once again hosted the annual Frog Festival Diaper Derby held Saturday morning of the 2015 Rayne Frog Festival. The top racers and guests were, front row, from left, Miss Tadpole Ashlyn Baudin, Deb Frog Festival Queen Alyssa Theriot, Mr. Tadpole Lake Hamlin; back row, Diaper Derby Winner Annabelle Credeur, 2nd place Lee-Michael Guidry, 3rd place Maddox Aucoin, and chairperson Angela LeBlanc. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Josie Henry)

The crowd was cheering and babies were crawling towards the finish line during the 2015 Annual Diaper Derby held Saturday morning of the 43rd Frog

Visitors enjoy ‘Hoppin’ Good Time’ at 2015 Frog Festival

FROG RACING WINNERS in the Frog Festival’s children’s division included, from left, Anni Mire, first with her frog Spice; London Bourque, second, with his frog named A Frog; and McKenna Sellers, third with her frog Alyssa. They were joined by Jaycees Brain Petitjean and Robert Pellessier. The competition is sponsored by the Rayne Jaycees and the Rayne Acadian-Tribune, (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Paul Kedinger)

Frogs were hopping and so were their handlers as the annual Frog Jumping and Racing Contest took center stage around high noon during the 2015 Annu

Ebonites host ‘A Spring Bouquet of Debs’

DEBUTANTES AND ESCORTS - Members of the 20154 Debutante Court and their escorts introduced during Saturday’s introductions and ball held at the Rayne Civic Center of the Ebonite Civic and Social Club, Inc. were seated from left, (Debs) Bailey Kristian Thomas, Charlesha Jenee Dugas, Cierra Monique Harmon, Queen La’shonda Delco, DaKea j’nae Cole, KaWani Reneé Cormier and Jacquanna Michaelle Marie Steiner; standing, (Escorts) Deion Handy, Jacqeu Price, Drakkar Broussard, Dondre Whheler, Tyrin Gordon, Darius Delco and Zyon Mouton.

RAYNE - La’shonda Nicolette Delco was named the 2015 Debutante Queen on Saturday, May 2, during the annual Debutante Introductions and Ball hosted

Committee recommends renewal

Jeff Polzien, owner of Student Transportation Specialists, LLC, addresses the Budget/Finance Committee and other board members during Wednesday night’s meeting.

Most nights, committee meetings for the Acadia Parish School Board clock-in under an hour in total. That was not the case Wednesday night.

Early Morning Fire Destroys Cyn City Saloon

INSIDE CLAIMED TOTAL LOSS - State Fire Marshal and Acadia Parish Sheriff vehicles were on the site of an early Wednesday morning blaze at Cyn City

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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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