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SLCC is expanding its short-term welding program in Abbeville and Opelousas.


LAFAYETTE – South Louisiana Community College will be offering its 15-week Basic Welding program at its Gulf Area Campus in Abbeville and its T.H. Harris Campus in Opelousas beginning in May. The Corporate College division already offers short-term welding courses in Lafayette and Morgan City.
The expansion of this program is to meet industry needs.

Residents are raking and cleaning their yards, which is keeping the police jury busy

Vermilion Parish Police Jury adjusts schedule to roadside debris pickup

Spring has arrived in Vermilion Parish, which means yard work is underway, which also means more than your average amount of debris will be alongside roads.
Abbeville’s police jurors are worried that the new system that the Vermilion Parish Police Jury has been using for picking up roadside debris will be backed up.
For the last few months, the police jury has separated Vermilion Parish into three zones. The grab trucks are in those specific zones on different days of the month.

Louisiana survey shows support for teachers raises

BATON ROUGE – Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found the majority of Louisianans – 88 percent – support raising teacher salaries, and the majority – 81 percent – also support an increased minimum wage of $8.50 an hour.
Two-thirds of Louisiana residents report that they have a good deal of confidence or a very great deal of confidence in the state’s public school teachers, although three quarters of people surveyed believe teachers earn less than they actually earn.

Holden Matthews

Opelousas Man Arrested In Connection With St. Landry Church Fires

ST. LANDRY PARISH — An Opelousas man has been taken into custody in connection with arson fires at three churches in St. Landry Parish.
Holden Matthews, 21, was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on three counts of Simple Arson of a Religious Building.
On March 26, a fire was reported at the St. Mary Baptist Church in the 100 block of Saqueget Road in Port Barre.
On April 2, a fire was reported at the Greater Union Baptist Church in the 1400 block of Hwy 742 in Opelousas.

Attending the Erath Council meeting with 96-year-old Willis Granger (sitting) were family members (from left to right) Monica Harrington (care taker), Janice Granger (daughter), Charlie Byford (son in law), Erath Mayor Taylor Mencacci, Alderman and son-in-law Jason Connor, Tommy Granger (son) and his wife Arlene, along with Courtney Connor (grand daughter).

Not forgetting veterans: Erath mayor has veterans say Pledge of Allegiance before each meeting

ERATH — When Taylor Mencacci became mayor of Erath, he vowed to have a veteran lead the Pledge of Allegiance before each Erath council meeting.
On Monday at the town’s monthly meeting, one of only a handful of remaining World War II veterans from Erath led the Pledge.
Willis Granger, who is 96, was surrounded by friends and family when he began saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
When Granger entered the Navy in 1944, he spoke no English. He was a seaman who worked on maintaining ammunition aboard the USS Catoctin.


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