Sen. Bill Cassidy in Opelousas in 2015. (File photo)

Senator supports president’s shutdown strategy

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now entering its third week, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said in an interview that he’s following the lead of President Donald Trump.
“The issue is do we secure our southern border or not,” Cassidy told LaPolitics. “The president, and I agree with him, feels as if that is what is necessary to keep Americans safer and more secure.”
Louisiana’s senior senator said any resolution to end the shutdown would have to emerge from the lower chamber of Congress, which Democrats seized control of this term.

Board members Jean Broussard (standing, left) and Kibbie Pillette (sitting) want to be the school board president for 2019. However, after three separate votes, the board stayed deadlocked at 4-4 on who the new president will be. They will vote again on Jan. 24.

Vermilion Parish School Board locked at 4-4 vote for new president

In the first Vermilion Parish School Board meeting of 2019 with three new school board members, a familiar result occurred.
The new school board members could not decide on whom they wanted to be president. After three votes, the result came up 4-4.
Board members Jean Broussard and Kibbie Pillette put their names up to be the new president.
Last year’s vice president Laura LeBeouf did not want the job.
When it came to voting for Broussard, Chris Gautreaux, Jean Broussard, and Jason Roy voted for Jean.

Abbeville's ‘19 budget officially underway

When the new year kicked in just a few short days ago, so did the City of Abbeville’s new operating budget.
The city’s fiscal year runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. The City Council approved the new budget during its last meeting in 2018.
“It’s a balanced budget,” Mayor Mark Piazza said. “It does include annual cost-of-living pay increases for city employees.
“We are very happy about the outcome of this year’s budget.”
Funds are adequate to maintain the budget.

Leo Touchet to be honored as Living Legends

Andy Perrin, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Acadian Museum, announces that the Acadian Museum will induct Leo Touchet into its Order of Living Legends on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
 The event will take place at the Joie de Vivre Restaurant, Cafe & Bar, 107 N. Main St., Breaux Bridge, LA  70592 at 1:30 p.m.
Leo Touchet’s earliest memory of photography was at the age of six in his hometown of Abbeville, when an uncle returned from World War II with boxes of photographs he had taken, and he has since wanted to travel.

Sheriff reports all guns recovered after early burglary, search continues for suspect

According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon at approximately 5:34 a.m. Wednesday morning a call was received from the owner of Duhon’s Gun Shop in regards to an alarm activation and noise coming from inside the gun shop.
Two (2) Patrol Units responded and arrived on scene at 5:41 a.m. and a perimeter was established.
Abbeville Police Department responded with their K-9 to begin tracking. During tracking, a bag and a bicycle were recovered near the edge of a sugar cane field in close proximity to the gun shop.


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