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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, center, listens to St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot at a meeting on rural tourism Tuesday at the St. Landry Visitor Center on Interstate 49. At left is Doug Bourgeois, director of the Louisiana Byways program. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Acadiana tourism leaders air their wish lists

OPELOUSAS — About 50 tourism leaders were queried Tuesday about their ideas on how to improve rural tourism in a meeting attended by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center.
“We want to know those ideas and those thoughts whether it is additional off road trips, attractions or things we can put together,” Nungesser said.
“We are excited to learn more and see how we can better coordinate moving people around the state,” he said.

Dispatcher Kaitlin Dugas holds B.J. while Paramedics Kimberly Connor (left), Thelma Stelly (center) and EMT Kevin Duhon are reunited with the baby six months after they all participated in keeping the baby alive after he was born en route to the hospital.

Paramedics reunite with tiny patient

On Sunday, July 23, 2017, Paramedic Thelma Stelly, Dispatcher Kaitlin Dugas, Paramedic Kimberly Connor, and EMT Kevin Duhon were able to reunite with a very small patient they had met six months prior.
Baby Brantlyn James Touchet (B.J.) was born at 23 weeks, weighing only one pound, 10 ounces, and considered a micro-preemie.
The story begins when Sabrina Kestler, a Kaplan resident, was not quite six months pregnant. When she returned home from working the midnight shift, she began experiencing pain. She went to bed hoping the pain would stop.

From left to right: wife, Paula Chautin Guidroz Trahan, sister, Vicki Dees, mother, Hazel Trahan, daughter, Emily Trahan Woods, son, Christopher Trahan, son-in-law, Peter Woods, step-daughter-in-law, Tina Guidroz, step-son, Michael Guidroz, Godmother, Fanny Broussard. Grandchildren in front row: Allie Woods, Jemma Guidroz, Kate Woods, Ethan Woods and Reeve Guidroz.

The late Errol Trahan.

Honoring an educator: Bench at Erath Middle School dedicated to late Errol Trahan

ERATH — On Tuesday, Aug. 8, Erath Middle Principal Wendy Stoute welcomed family and friends of the late Errol Trahan to dedicate a special bench in memory of the school's former assistant principal.
Trahan passed away after a long battle with cancer on Feb. 22, 2016.
Erath Middle Principal Wendy Stoute shared this at the dedication, “Errol Trahan was a wonderful giver and he was happiest when he could help our students and teachers.
“Now because of him we have a place to sit and rest, I know he is happy once again.”

Rep. Blake Miguez (left) and Vermilion Sheriff Mike Couvillon take part in discussion during Monday night’s Vermilion Parish Police Jury meeting.

Vermilion Parish Police Jury discusses part of boundary with Iberia Parish

Officials with the Vermilion Parish Police Jury will request a meeting with counterparts in Iberia Parish in hopes to determine once and for all a disputed line between the two parishes.
The Police Jury brought the issue to the table during its regular meeting Monday evening. The area in question is around 1,000 acres west of La. Hwy. 89/Coteau Road near Parc Perdue Drive.

Caroline receives her $1,000 scholarship from Ms. Gloria Pierce, President of the Volunteers of Abbeville General.

Volunteers of Abbeville General award Caroline David Healthcare Scholarship

Caroline David, daughter of Danielle and Lance David, is the most recent recipient of the Healthcare Scholarship awarded by the Volunteers of Abbeville General.
Caroline is a Junior Nursing Student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is expected to complete her degree in May 2019. She currently has an overall GPA of 3.30.

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