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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (center) stands with several local officials during a press conference hosted at the Evangeline Parish 9-1-1 Office on Sunday, May 19, 2019, where he addressed the massive amount of storm damage that occurred early Sunday morning in Evangeline Parish. Local officials present for the press conference included: Louisiana Senator Eric LaFleur; Louisiana State Representative Bernard LeBas; Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor Dirk Deville; Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Liz Hill; Major Jeremy Mitchell, with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office; Pat Derouselle, Chairman of the Evangeline Parish 9-1-1/OEP Board and Solid Waste Commissioner; Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue; Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine; Ville Platte Fire Chief Chris Harrison; and Evangeline Parish Police Jury President Ryan Williams. Officials at the state level that Edwards recognized were: Kevin Reeves, with Louisiana State Police; Major General Glenn Curtis, General of the National Guard; James Waskom, who runs the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; and Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Shawn Wilson, who participated in a conference with local officials by phone prior to the press conference. (LSN photo by Elizabeth West)

Gov. Edwards visits storm damaged areas in Evangeline Parish; offers advice to those affected

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards made a special trip to Evangeline Parish on Sunday to address the massive amount of damage caused by tornadoes and severe weather that passed through the parish

Pine Prairie officials lower the flag at the Pine Prairie Village Hall in honor of former Pine Prairie High Principal and Mayor Ralph Soileau, who passed away on Thursday, May 16.

Village of Pine Prairie lowers flags to half mast for passing of former mayor Ralph Soileau

Pine Prairie officials lowered the flag flying over the community's town hall on Friday in honor of former Pine Prairie High Principal and Mayor Ralph Soileau, 81, who passed away on Thursday, May

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