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The Rayne Acadian-Tribune is the oldest weekly newspaper in Acadia Parish. The first newspaper published in Acadia Parish was The Rayne Signal, begun on March 13, 1886. It was purchased by W.W. Duson in Sept. 1, 1886 and later converted to a daily newspaper and moved to Crowley. Other predecessors were The Acadia Sentinel, begun Sept. 14, 1886; The Ranger, published from 1891 to 1894; The Acadia Herald, begun in 1894. In 1904, James L. Craig purchased the Rayne Tribune and it remained in the Craig family until the early 1950s when it was combined with The Acadian. Myrta Fair Craig served as the publisher from 1924 until her death in 1994. The Rayne-Acadian Tribune was the first newspaper acquired by Louisiana State Newspapers in 1963. Rayne is known as the Frog Capital of the World and the Louisiana City of Murals. The newspaper office is located at 108 North Adams Avenue and is published on Thursdays and the first Sunday of each month. The mailing address is P.O. Box 260, Rayne, LA 70578. Main telephone number is (337)-334-3186, and fax is (337)-334-7478.

Alice C. RocheRAYNE - Funeral Services were held Saturday, June 15, 2019. at 2 p.m. in the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in ...
06/18/2019

Alice C. Roche

RAYNE - Funeral Services were held Saturday, June 15, 2019. at 2 p.m. in the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in Rayne for Alice C. Roche, 79, who passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 5:36 a.m. at The Ellington in Rayne.
Deacon Denis LaCroix of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne officiated the services. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Church New Cemetery in Rayne.
The family requested the visitation on Saturday, June 15, at 9:30 a.m. until time of services. A Rosary was recited at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the funeral home chapel.
Survivors include a daughter, Dawn and husband Eric Clostio of Abbeville; son, William Roche and Valarie Bourgeois of Crowley; daughter, Danielle and husband Zohaib YaQoob of Lake Charles; one sister, Shirley LeBlanc of Rayne; 10 grandchildren, Tiffany, Doies III, Joseph, Brandon, Laney, John Eric, Little Billy, Tabitha, Zachary and Tyler; and nine great-grandchildren.
Ms. Roche was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel J. Roche; her parents, Early and Eva B. Cormier; and two brothers, Earlis and wife Marjorie Cormier and Norris Cormier.
Visitors may view the obituary, sign the guest registry and express condolences online to Ms. Roche’s family at www.duhonfuneralhome.com.
Duhon Funeral Home- Rayne, (337) 334-3600, 900 East Texas Ave., Rayne, LA 70578 was in charge of all arrangements.

Ernest Holloway, Jr. RAYNE - - Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at a 1 p.m. in Gossen Funeral H...
06/18/2019

Ernest Holloway, Jr.

RAYNE - - Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at a 1 p.m. in Gossen Funeral Home Chapel in Rayne, for Ernest Holloway Jr., 70, who died Tuesday, June 18, at residence in Rayne.
Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery #2 in Rayne.
Pastor Larry Evans of Parkerson Ave. Baptist Church, Crowley, will conduct the funeral services.
Survivors include his daughter, Nicole Holloway of Crowley; son, Nevin Holloway of Crowley; companion, Emma Lou Robinson of Rayne; four sisters, Annette Holloway of Sulphur, Joann H. White and spouse Cecil White of Sulphur, Louann H. Credeur and spouse Doug Credeur of Iowa and Pauline H. Dorty of Sulphur; two brothers, John Holloway and spouse Vickie Dawn Holloway of Lake Charles and Larry Holloway; and three grandchildren, Janna Benoit, Gage Holloway and Tavin Holloway.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Marie Menard Holloway; father, Ernest Holloway Sr.; mother, Rose Mae Martin Holloway; and sister-in-law, Dot Holloway.
The family requests visitation be observed in Gossen Funeral Home in Rayne on Thursday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friends may view the obituary and guestbook online at www.gossenfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Gossen Funeral Home, Inc. of Rayne, LA, (337) 334-3141.

Felica John RomeroRAYNE - A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for Felica J. Romero I, 71, who passed away on...
06/18/2019

Felica John Romero

RAYNE - A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for Felica J. Romero I, 71, who passed away on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 8:40 a.m. at Iberia Medical Hospital in New Iberia.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ula C. Romero of Rayne; four daughters, Shannon and husband Kevin Villejoin of Lafayette, Rachel and husband Bryan Leger of Rayne, Samantha Romero and companion Joey Baudoin of Breaux Bridge, and Mackenzie and husband Russell Guillory of Rayne; one son, Felica and wife Lyndsy Romero of Rayne; four sisters, Bernadine and husband James Broussard of Mermenteau, Carrie Hanks and companion Clyde Dyson of Egan, Kathy Navare of Crowley and Linda Navare of Crowley; two brothers, Harry and wife Sue Romero of Estherwood and Wallace and wife Mary Romero of Estherwood; 21 grandchildren, Eric and wife Brittney Dogua, Brandy Romero and companion Austin Briggs, Joleena Romero, Sheena and husband Frankie Carran, Neil Bourqe, Brandon and wife Driscilla Istre, Tayla’r Istre and companion Brandon Dugas, Johnathon and wife Rebecca Istre, Jade Leger, Brannon Leger, Daniel Forrestier, Major Forrestier and companion Rissa Hatcher, Katina Baudoin, Nicole Baudoin, Alcee Baudoin, Justus and husband C.J. Morvant, Jacqueline Guillory and companion William Kibodeaux, Russell Guillory, Shauna Romero, Shani Romero and Vance Romero; 15 great-grandchildren, Braden Dogua, Syntoria Istre, Xavier Kibodeaux, James Kibodeaux, Jalub Thibodeaux, Maxton Morvant, Alyssa Guillory, Abagail Baudoin, Zoey Broussard, Ellie Doucet, Jessica Doucet, Harley Quin Patin, Daniel Patin, Blanny Carran, Bastion Carran; and grandmother, Elnor Boudion of Breaux Bridge.
Mr. Romero was preceded in death by one son, Gene Aaron Romero; one granddaughter, Clara Rea Leger; one great-grandson, Maverick Doucet; his parents, Joseph and Anest Romero; two sisters, Vivian and Glenda Romero; and one brother, Jimmy Romero.

RitaMonceauxRAYNE - A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Chur...
06/18/2019

Rita
Monceaux

RAYNE - A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne, for Rita Monceaux, 73, who passed away on Saturday, June 15, at 10:19 a.m. at her home in Rayne.
Fr. Christopher Cambre, Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne, officiated for the services. Burial was held in the Leger Cemetery in Rayne.
The family requested visitation on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. until time of services in the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in Rayne. A Rosary was recited on Tuesday, June 18, at noon in the Funeral Home Chapel.
Survivors include three daughters, Jessica and husband Daniel Credeur of Lafayette, Jennifer and husband Tony Weisenbach of Lafayette, and Jeanne and husband Ferral Manuel of Lafayette; one son, Jodie Foreman and fiancé Bridgette Wills of Indian Bayou; two sisters, Pam Monceaux of Carencro and Joyce Alleman of Rayne; seven grandchildren, Jenee and Shanena Constantin, Sebastian Richard, Jacob Privat, Jack, Julianne and Jamison Manuel; five great-grandchildren, Savanna, Jayla, Shane, Jade and Grayson.
Ms. Monceaux was preceded in death by her grandson, Andre Foreman; her parents, Deus and Margaret Monceaux; three brothers, J. D., George and John “Tat” Monceaux; and one sister, Willie Mae Dronet.
Guests may view the obituary, sign the guest registry and express condolences online to Ms. Monceaux’s family at www.duhonfuneralhome.com.
Duhon Funeral Home - Rayne, (337) 334-3600, 900 East Texas Ave., Rayne, LA 70578 was in charge of all of arrangements.

05/22/2018

From Staff Reports
RAYNE - Rayne Police Chief Carroll J. Stelly announced Rayne Police Officers arrested a 13-year-old male at Armstrong Middle School Tuesday morning after an officer learned from an anonymous source that the student had a handgun on campus.
The juvenile was taken into custody for violating the following offenses: carrying a concealed weapon, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, possessing a firearm in a firearm free zone and possession of a stolen firearm.
As of press time, the student was being held at the Lafayette Detention Center until a scheduled hearing Wednesday morning.
Louisiana law prevents police from releasing the identity/name of a juvenile.

Rayne Acadian-Tribune
05/03/2018

Rayne Acadian-Tribune

Residents were being evacuated and traffic was halted along Interstate 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon as a major chemical fire at Flo Chem Industry was battled along the service road at the Duson/Mire exit (exit 92). Area fire departments, Acadia Parish Sheriff Department, Rayne Police, State Troopers, Hazmat and additional departments were on the scene of the massive fire and associated explosions. Motorists are urged to avoid the area. Additional pictures and info will be updated it they become available. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)

Residents were being evacuated and traffic was halted along Interstate 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon ...
05/03/2018

Residents were being evacuated and traffic was halted along Interstate 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon as a major chemical fire at Flo Chem Industry was battled along the service road at the Duson/Mire exit (exit 92). Area fire departments, Acadia Parish Sheriff Department, Rayne Police, State Troopers, Hazmat and additional departments were on the scene of the massive fire and associated explosions. Motorists are urged to avoid the area. Additional pictures and info will be updated it they become available. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)

Gunshots fired during disputeRAYNE - Investigators with the Rayne Police are investigating a report of multiple shots fi...
04/19/2018

Gunshots fired during dispute
RAYNE - Investigators with the Rayne Police are investigating a report of multiple shots fired at the Econo Mart Convenience Store in Rayne located at the 300 block of West Branche St.(Hwy 90).
The report was submitted just before the noon hour as to what is believed to be an ongoing dispute. A number of gunshots were fired in the store’s parking lot during an argument, as noted by Rayne Police Chief Carroll Stelly and investigators.
Other reports indicate an additional incident took place during the early morning hours at the Rayne location of Valero located near the Rayne interstate intersection.
The incident is under investigation.

01/18/2018

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Three vehicle wreck at the Rayne exit of Interstate 10 early Saturday afternoon (March 25). Rayne Police, Rayne Voluntee...
03/25/2017

Three vehicle wreck at the Rayne exit of Interstate 10 early Saturday afternoon (March 25). Rayne Police, Rayne Volunteer Fire and Acadian Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

12/03/2016

As announced by Rayne Fire Chief Allen "Noochie" Credeur, Rayne residents are asked for their patience as testing of fire hydrants around the city will be completed this weekend, causing discoloriing of water for some residents.

Get your ticket.
10/15/2016

Get your ticket.

The annual October dinner fundraiser of Arceneaux Post 77, American Legion, has been planned and tickets are now available for purchase.
This year’s fundraiser, scheduled Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Legion Home, will be hosted by the Sons of the Legion with all proceeds to be donated to Post 77.
Tickets for the jambalaya dinner can be purchased from any Legionnaire , at the Legion Home or Gabe’s for $8 each.

Complete with costumes and travel decor, “Around The World” was the theme Sunday afternoon as the Rayne Civic Center was...
10/04/2016

Complete with costumes and travel decor, “Around The World” was the theme Sunday afternoon as the Rayne Civic Center was the site for the 2016 Miss Rayne Pageant.
Crowned as the city’s new honoree was Castherine Elise Castille, 18-year-old daughter of Kendall and Annette Castille, who will represent the City of Rayne for the coming year.
Catherine received her crown from last year’s honoree, Victoria Richard, who has completed her year-long reign by representing the City of Rayne in a most regal manner for which she was presented the annual Miss Rayne scholarship by Suzette Leonards, event director. Mayor Charles “Chuck” Robichaux also presented Victoria with a personal check for $250 for her dedicated service to the City of Rayne while MIss Rayne.
Completing the presentations to the new Miss Rayne were Mayor Charles “Chuck” Robichaux, Suzette Leonards, Nikki Link and Angie Broussard.
A freshman at LSU-Eunice where she is majoring in radiology and specializing in ultrasound, Catherine is a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame High School and has recently completed her reign as Frog Derby Queen. She was sponsored for the pageant by the Rayne Lions Club.
Named 1st Runner-Up and given the opportunity to attend the International Rice Festival next month was Brooklyn Rena Mire, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Prejean and Mr. and Mrs. Jody Mire. Brooklyn is a senior at Rayne High School and was spsonsored for the pageant by her parents. She was presented her award by Director Suzette Leonards and Dakota Henry (2009 Miss Rayne).
Corinne Juliet Doucet was named 2nd Runner-Up and was also given the option to attend the Miss Acadia Parish Pageant. She is the 17-year old daughter of Patrick and Desireé Doucet and is a senior at Notre Dame High School. She was sponsored for the pageant by her parents and was presented her awards by Rayne City Councilman Pete Babineaux and Angelle Hollingsworth (Miss Rayne 2008).
Blair Elizabeth Bergeron, 17-year-old daughter of Sarah and Eddie Bergeron, was named 3rd Maid. She is a freshman at UL-Lafayette where she is majoring in the nursing program. She was sponsored for the pageant by her parents and grandparents. Making her awards presentation were City Councilman Michael Doucet and Madison Vidal (MIss Rayne 2014).
Blair was also presented the People’s Choice Award during the pageant, awarded to the contestant as it is voted upon by the attending audience. She was presented the award by Taylor Hollier, Miss Rayne 2012.
Blair was also awarded the banner and silver tray as she was named Miss Congeniality, a prestigious honor voted upon by the contestants prior to the pageant. Making the presentation was Dakota Henry, Miss Rayne 2009.
Completing the list of the lovely Miss Rayne contestants were:
Meka Renee Cormier, 17-year-old daughter of JoAnn Cormier, sponsored by Vincent Enterprizes and Shake Back ENT;
LaShonda Nicolette Delco, 18-year-old daughter of Chandra Delco and the late Cleveland Hollir Sr., sponsored by her parents;
Breanna Rice, 17-year-old daughter of Emily Haure and Laura Pardee, sponsored by Cajun Fitness; and
Haylee Elaine Young, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Young, sponsored by the Ebonites Social and Civic Club of Rayne.
Serving as emcee for the event was Cheryl R. Boudreaux. Judges were Felicia Tucker, Michelle Peters and Veronica William.
A special remembrance was presented to the family members of the late William LeBlanc who served as Miss Rayne Historian for many years as a member of the Miss Rayne Committee. Accepting on behalf of the LeBlanc family were Grace Suiter and Barbara Richard. The 2016 pageant was formally dedicated in memory of LeBlanc.
In addition to the numerous special guests in attendance for the 85th annual event were a number of past Miss Rayne title holders, including Tessa Richard Fischler (1999), Jennifer James Autin (2001), Angelle Hollingsworth (2008), Dakota Henry (2009), Taylor Hollier (2012) and Madison Vidal (2014).
Committee members were Suzette Leonards director; Nikki Link, co-director; Angie Broussard, Dakota Henry, Josie Henry, Taylor Hollier, Paula Hollier, Kelsey Primeaux Lormand, Paulette Primeaux, Claire Trahan Meche and Tessa Richard Dischler.
Special thanks were expressed to the following for another successful Miss Rayne Pageant: City of Rayne for sponsoring the competition, DJ Phil Peltier for providing sound, Cheryl R. Boudreaux as emcee, Nikki Link with Project Dance for providing opening number, the Rayne Acadian-Tribune for coverage and announcements, the Rayne Lions Club who manned the concessions for the evening, the Rayne Chamber of Commerce for manning the door entries, and the many volunteers who helped to make the 85th Annual Miss Rayne Pageant a complete success.

In addition to the Wolves claiming a win on the football field, a new Homecoming Queen was selected Friday during the 75...
10/04/2016

In addition to the Wolves claiming a win on the football field, a new Homecoming Queen was selected Friday during the 75th Annual Rayne High Homecoming Game.
Tajané Butler, daughter of Tashaka Butler and Barry Roberts and granddaughter of 1976 honored classmate Osborne “O.B.” Butler, was crowned the 2016 Homecoming Queen durng traditonal halftime ceremonies. She was presented her crown by last year’s honoree, Whitley Larry.
Assisting with the presentations were: RHS Principal Wendall Prudhomme; Little Miss Mila Anne Hanks (daughter of Mariel Meche and Tyler Hanks and granddaughter of 1981 alumnus Glen Meche; Master Jackson Comeaux, son of Seth and Ellen Melancon Comeaux and grandson of 1976 alumnus Darrell Melancon; and RHS Student Council secretary Evan Whatley.
Completing the Homecoming Court honorees were Destiny Alleman, daughter of Brandy Alleman and Byron Sias; Natalie Alleman, daughter of Troy and Connie Alleman; Kalon Byrd, daughter of Karry Pack and Michael Byrd; Jada Castille, daughter of Nick and Mia Castille; Whitney Comeaux, daughter of Chris and Eva Comeaux; Chloe Duhon, daughter of Melody Evans Goodwill and Leonce Duhon Jr.; Brailey Guidry, daughter of Candace and Craig Guidry; Naomi Istre, daughter of Cristie Cormier and Johnathan Cormier; Madison Lavergne, daughter of Russell and Michelle Lavergne; Brooklyn Mire, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Prejean and Mr. and Mrs. Jody Mire; and Blaire Thibodeaux, daughter of Robert and Tiffany Gossen.
Traditional events and programs associated with Rayne High’s Homecoming Week were enjoyed on and off campus throughout the week.
Special honorees during the 2016 Homecoming activities included classmates of classes ending in “6”.
Thursday’s events included the traditional Homecoming Parade. The event invited all RHS classes and alumni to participate in the 6 p.m. parade, following its usual route from Rayne Central Kindergarten and ending at Rayne High School where the annual community-wide pep rally and Powder Puff Game were held.
Also invited to participate in this year’s parade were all Rayne High former students who joined the Homecoming Court who took their honored place.
Friday included a full schedule of events, including: Annual Alumni Reception at 10 a.m. in school library and school tours; Pep Rally at 2 p.m. in north gym; Homecoming Court introductions at 6:45 p.m. prior to football game at RHS stadium; Homecoming Game at 7 p.m. against DeQuincy High School with halftime introduction of Homecoming Court and crowning of the new 2016 Homecoming Queen.

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