Photo by LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station

Rice industry to profit from China sales

Abbeville farmers and the Louisiana rice industry on the whole should reap the benefits of the recent trade agreement that will enable the United States to export commodities like rice to China.
China consumers and produces more rice than any other country. Last year, China imported about 5 million tons of rice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.
Abbeville farmer and President of the Vermilion Parish Rice Growers Association, Allen McLain said countries like China want to consume
U.S. rice because of its strict regulations.

Tommy Byler, Louisiana Principal of the Year

Byler reacts to award

The Louisiana Department of Education honored Tommy Byler, principal of North Vermilion High School in Maurice, with the title of 2018 Louisiana State Principal of the Year at the Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala in Baton Rouge.
Nominations for Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year have seen a 300 percent increase since 2014. Byler was one of three finalists at the awards ceremony on Friday. He now represents the 1,400 principals in Louisiana.

Timothy Shake Jr., 25

Carencro police go on high speed chase with Abbeville man

According to KATC, Carencro Police arrested an Abbeville man Saturday after a high-speed chase.
Timothy Shake Jr., 25, was booked with Hit and Run Driving, Reckless Operation, Aggravated Flight, DUI (2nd Offense), Possession of drugs, and possession of a firearm in the presence of drugs.
Carencro Police were called to Interstate 49 northbound near Carencro Saturday afternoon for a report of a hit-and-run crash, Chief David Anderson said.

This pistol, badge and baton belonged to Felicien Domingues, Jr., the former Chief of Police in Abbeville.

Claude Ledet

Abbeville native shares the history behind his antique pistol

As the caretaker of his grandfather's antique pistol and police baton, Claude Ledet has preserved a piece of Abbeville history.
Ledet, who was raised in Abbeville, inherited the pistol and baton from his parents. His mother, Audrey Domingues Ledet, inherited the mementos from her father, Felicien Domingues, Jr.
Domingues worked as a sheriff's deputy for 15 years before being elected Abbeville Chief of Police. He served as Chief of Police from 1928 to his death in 1948.

Jason El Koubi (right) listens as Acadian Ambulance Chairman and CEO Richard Zuschlag tells the story of how he started and grew his business. The discussion was part of One Acadiana’s Lessons from the Corner Office series.

Business leader speaks to One Acadiana members

What can be learned from the corner office?
For those who have attended One Acadiana’s Lessons from the Corner Office series, the answer is plenty.
One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, has held events this year that bring business leaders from the area together with its members and investors.
Richard Zuschlag, Chairman and CEO of Acadian Companies, joined the conversation Friday morning, giving One Acadiana members some insight into what it took to create one of the most successful companies in the region’s history.


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