State should fund testing


It has happened again. A man who served 17 years in prison for three rapes has been exonerated by DNA testing and was freed this week from prison in Missouri.

According to a report by The Associated Press, Lonnie Erby, 49, was convicted in the 1985 rapes of three girls and received a sentence of 115 years in prison.

Finally, this week, he was freed. DNA tests showed that the semen taken from the girls definitely was not his.

It is the second time in St. Louis that a person has served years for a rape he did not commit.

According to the report, more than 300 prisoners across the United States have been released from prison because DNA testing showed they could not have committed the crimes for which they were jailed.

Although it is good to see …

Bayou Blue Senior Center has special guests for meeting


Senior center news: The members of the Bayou Blue Senior Center met Aug. 19 with group president Ruth Deroche opening the meeting to a membership of 45 people in attendance. This meeting was also the center’s monthly birthday luncheon celebration. Ruth Deroche welcomed guests Allie and Alvin Cuneo and the Rev. Richard Jones and his wife Alice, to the festivities. Jones led the club collect and blessed the food. Jones will be retiring, and he and his wife will be returning to their hometown of Bay St. Louis after retirement. Everyone will miss them, but wish them good luck.

Birthday celebrants were E. J. Bergeron, Jack Flippo, Ruth LeBlanc, Marie Prejean, Norris Levron and Shirley Fournier. Everyone present enjoyed a delicious meal. The featured item of the meal was ham, which was prepared by members Frances Lester, Ruth Daigle …