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KPEL 96.5 Top Website Stories Of 2011

The year is wrapping up, and along with all the festivities, it's time to look back on what you looked at on Here are the stories that were viewed the most in the past 12 months.



A search on foot and horseback is underway for the six Lafayette Boy Scouts and their two scout leaders missing in the Arkansas Ouachita National Forest. The scouts from the Evangeline Troop 162 were suppose to return to Lafayette last night. Scout Executive Art Hawkins tells KPEL News bad weather has hindered the search.




Congressman Jeff Landry gave President Barack Obama his opinion of his Jobs Plan — during the actual speech. Landry printed out a small white sign to raise when Obama mentioned how, exactly, he planned to put more Americans to work.




Amtrak is using buses at the Louisiana end of the City of New Orleans’ twice daily route and freight trains are delayed because flood damage has closed a train bridge just west of New Orleans.Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron says inspectors think debris hit a pier supporting the rail bridge over the Bonnet Carre Spillway.




At the end of each regular semester, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recognizes those students named to the President’s List and Dean’s List. Eligible students must be enrolled full time. To be included on the Dean’s List, students must earn at 3.5 GPA or better and to be included on the President’s List, students must earn a 3.8 GPA or better.




State Troopers in Jefferson Davis Parish discovered almost 20 pounds in cocaine during a routine traffic stop this morning. State police say a Chrysler van was pulled over for a traffic violation. When permission to search the van was denied, police bought in a drug canine.


Former Governor Edwin Edwards gets out of prison early next month, but will he be swapping one “ball & chain” for another? Friends & family report that 83-year-old Edwards is romantically involved with an Alexandria woman in her 30′s.




A deputy with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office says there has been a major explosion at Multi Chem, a business on Admiral Doyle near the Acadiana Regional Airport. State Police have confirmed that all businesses within a one-mile radius of the airport have been evacuated.




Governor Bobby Jindal says the additional rain in the Lower Ohio River Valley has emergency officials in Louisiana preparing for even higher Mississippi River water levels than previously estimated.The Army of Corps of Engineers will consider opening the Morganza floodway near Morgan City for the first time in decades.




Geologists and oil and gas experts are saying Louisiana could be ready to experience another oil boom soon. A 2.7-million acre oil and gas deposit called the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Area stretches across 21 parishes, including St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes




An update to a tragic story that began nearly three weeks ago. KPEL reported a man, later identified as Mark Berthelot of Bayou Vista, was found dead in a cane field off Highway 317 in Centerville. Now, St. Mary Parish Authorities have charged Darby Frickey with 2nd degree murder after they say he admitted to the murder. Berthelot had been missing since November 10th.


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