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Vermilion Parish schools closed this week due to the storms

Because of two tropical systems in the Gulf of Mexico, public, private, and Catholic schools have been canceled at least for the first few days of this week.
Catholic schools (Maltrait, VC and Mt. Carmel) began last week and but because of the storms, the Catholic schools canceled school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Harvest Time Academy, a private school in Abbeville, canceled school on Monday and Tuesday. The Harvest Time administration will decide Tuesday at 1 p.m. for the rest of the week.

Public school schedule

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Vermilion Parish residents will have to bag their own sand.

Sand bags are available in Vermilion Parish

Sandbags are now available in Vermilion Parish.
Every person will be required to fill their bag.
The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has sand available at its area barns throughout the parish.

In Erath, sand is available at the police jury barn on 13115 Mack Switch Road (937-5668).
There is also sand available in front of Erath City Hall. It would be best if you bagged your sand.


In Gueydan, sand is located at the parish barn at 29429 Veterans Memorial Drive (596-6930).

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Aaron Carter

Alleged murderer, Aaron Carter, thought he was leaving jail after paying bond

Alleged Gremlin gang member Aaron Carter thought he was about to leave the Vermilion Parish jail after posting a reduced bond of $25,000 for allegedly murdering an Abbeville teen in 2018.
Instead of becoming a free man after posting the bond, Carter was held in the parish jail and arrested by the Rayne police for a murder he is accused of committing in 2015.
The police first arrested Carter in 2015 for the alleged killing of Christopher Trent of Rayne. Trent, who was 32 years old at the time of his death, was shot multiple times in March of 2015.

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Seaman Apprentice Clayton Rachalla signals pilots of an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter on the ship’s flight deck.

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Clayton Rachalla (left) is a 2018 Abbeville High graduate who now a seaman aboard the USS Thomas Hudner.

Abbeville native Clayton Rachalla serves aboard USS Thomas Hurdner

ATLANTIC OCEAN - A 2018 Abbeville High School graduate and native of Abbeville, Louisiana, is serving aboard USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), a guided-missile destroyer, currently conducting operations in the Atlantic Ocean.
Seaman Apprentice Clayton E. Rachalla is part of the aviation team responsible for assisting helicopters in taking off and landing on the ship.
“I help with on loading and offloading supplies,” Rachalla said. “Without me, the helicopters can’t land or take off from the flight deck.”

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Tommy Byler, shown interviewing for the superintendent job, was named the superintendent by a vote of 8-0.

Vermilion Parish School Board votes 8-0 to name Tommy Byler the new superintendent

The Vermilion Parish School Board voted 8-0 to name North Vermilion Principal Tommy Byler as the new superintendent.
Byler beat out interim superintendent Brad Prudhomme and assistant superintendent Paul Hebert.
The school board also named Byler as the interim superintendent until he and the school board agree on Byler’s contract.
During the interview process on Monday, school board member Dale Stelly asked Byler and the other two candidates why they wanted to be the new superintendent with the COVID-19 problems.



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