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. Leo IV Catholic Church in Roberts Cove, he didn’t expect to be singled out for special recognition by the pastor, Father Paul Broussard.
Acadia 4-H members Eric LaCombe, Maddie Ardoin, Macie Breaux, Merideth Raspberry and Kathryn LeBlanc came home as state winners from 4-H University.

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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.

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.

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.

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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Members of the Rayne High School Volleyball Team who are participating in the 2015 Summer Volleybeach League in Lafayette are, from left, Katie Benoit, Karla Richard, Blair Bergeron, Charlyne Pelti

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Selma Lyons Hebert

On Sunday, June 28, 2015, a birthday celebration honoring 97-year-old Selma Lyons Hebert of Scott (Ossun community) was held. This celebration was shared with over 50 family members and friends.

Obituaries

Debra Ann Simon, 58, died Sunday, July 5, 2015, at 7:28 a.m. surrounded by her loving family in Estherwood.

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