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.

'I am a leader'

Ross Elementary first graders show off “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” the basis of the Leader in Me program which students, faculty and staff have all taken to at Ross Elementary.

A first grader calls to attention her fellow classmates with one simple word.
“Class?”
“Yes?” they respond in unison.
She calls them to attention once more as they prepare to show off Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to a room full of community and business leaders from across the southern part of the state.
The habits are sandwiched between a sentence that the students are not just saying because they were taught it, but because they believe it.
“I am a leader!”
And it is through that — the Leader in Me Program — that local schools Ross Elementary and Martin Petitjean Elementary, as well as other schools, have really found their way.

Rayne Garden Club Plans Flower Show On Friday

RAYNE GARDEN CLUB PLANS ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW - Members of the Rayne Garden Club who are planning their 2015 annual Standard Flower Show on Friday, Ap

Mire-Branch band performs at Walt Disney World Resort

MIRE-BRANCH ELEMENTARY Band entertained resort guest at Epcot Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, April 23.

Orlando, Fla., (April 20, 2015) — Members of Mire & Branch Elementary Schools Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on April 20,

Whether it’s clear or cloudy, Relay is Saturday

There will be no raining on Relay For Life of Acadia Parish 2015 this year.
After a couple of years of rain forcing Relay’s early closure, this Saturday, Relay For Life will be held at Rayne’s Frog Festival Pavilion, meaning the weather will not stop the fun or the cause Saturday, April 25, at 6 p.m.

ASO&C’s Do-Re-ME! program netting great results

The Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed a report from the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music Tuesday on the Do-Re-ME! program that is netting great results thus far. On hand were, from left, Debbie Spallino, program organizer; Iya Tsyrkot and Rebecca Doucet, ASO; and Mary Zaunbrecher, club president.

With just one 30-minute session per week, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music’s Do-Re-ME! program is netting good results.
Their goal of 20 percent increases in student test scores – labeled as aggressive for a low-dose program – are being met.

Raising awareness to veterans’ plight

THE POST-SIGNAL / Howell Dennis
Gulf War veterans Cliff Lee and Paul Gregg have formed a group called Two Veterans On a Mission to raise awareness to the problems that many veterans face upon returning home. On Thursday, they visited The Welcome House, where they discussed veteran homelessness and made a donation. From the left are Lee, Welcome House Director Stacey Miller, Gregg and James Martin, who has been supporting the group’s cause in Acadia Parish.

BY: HOWIE DENNIS

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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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