Officials at a university in the coastal Louisiana Parish of Lafourche are keeping an eye on tropical weather.

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux issued a statement Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed.

The university said it has begun early-stage hurricane emergency preparations while monitoring the strength, speed and path of Karen.

The university remained open and classes were continuing.

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For the past eight years, over a thousand high school football players from all over the country — and the world — have converged on Thibodaux, La. for the four-day Manning Passing Academy.

It’s known by many as the premier offensive football camp in the country.

Re-enactors based in Thibodaux will tell the history of the Bayou Lafourche region during the Civil War and demonstrate camp cooking, military drill and other aspects of life in the Union and Confederate armies this weekend.

The unit called Hellfire Stew Mess/Bouanchaud's Battery will spend the weekend encamped at the E.D. White Historic Site.

A news release from the Louisiana State Museum and Friends of E.D. White Historic Site says the event is free and open to the public.

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is moving forward with plans to build a $63 million wellness center that will focus on preventative health care with an education and fitness focus.

Thibodaux Regional is a 185-bed hospital that employs about 1,100 people, including 225 doctors. The hospital sees about 100,000 people annually on an outpatient basis.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a home burglary in Thibodaux.

Webre said Tuesday that the burglary was reported Jan. 8. The victims returned home that day around 4 p.m. to find a broken window and several items missing from the home, including several firearms, jewelry and gold coins.

Investigators believe the crime likely occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 8.

The annual Thibodaux Senior Citizens Mardi Gras Ball is set for Feb. 6 at the Thibodaux Civic Center.

The Daily Comet reports the event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.

Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the Peltier Park Recreation Department.

More details are available by calling 985-446-7235.

A new fire station planned for Thibodaux will serve residences, a hospital and Nicholls State University.

The founders of Acadia Plantation donated 1.5 acres of land for the station, which the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department has been planning for years.

The Daily Comet reports that the station will be the department's tenth in the city. Fire Chief Randy Pate said he hopes to begin the public bid process for contractors in the next six to eight months and to break ground possibly by the end of the year.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed-handgun training course on Jan. 19.

The class will be held at the National Guard Armory in Thibodaux from 8 a.m. to noon and at the Sheriff's Office's Raceland training range on Louisiana Highway 182 beginning at 1 p.m.

The Daily Comet reports the class costs $110.

To register, contact Sgt. David Robichaux at 985-449-4480 or

Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph has imposed a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday because of Hurricane Isaac.

Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete says it applies to the city, too.

Officials say anyone found violating the curfew will be stopped and questioned, and may be arrested.

Count documents show doctors believe a Thibodaux man accused of decapitating his disabled 7-year-old son nearly a year ago is competent to stand trial.

The Courier reports doctors have been treating Jeremiah Wright at the Feliciana Forensic Facility in Jackson for the past nine months.

Wright is accused of the Aug. 14 first-degree murder of Jori Lirette, who had cerebral palsy. Jori used a wheelchair and had to be fed through a tube.

A competency hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21.