Jamie Hebert, Provost of UL Lafayette, speaks to incoming freshmen. Hebert is from Abbeville.

Abbeville native speaks to new UL students

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette welcomed roughly 3,000 first-time freshmen during its Fall 2018 Convocation ceremony.
Dr. Joseph Savoie, University president, told the Class of 2022 gathered on Tuesday at the Cajundome that they “are here to pursue knowledge and we want you to accept every opportunity to do just that.”

A whooping crane chick (left) with its parents.

Five chicks hatched this year in LDWF’s Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project

Five whooping crane chicks have hatched and fledged this summer in southwest Louisiana, marking a major milestone in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries whooping crane reintroduction project. The five chicks are the most to hatch in one year in the nascent project, which launched in 2011.
The first chicks hatched in 2016 with one chick fledging, followed by three chicks hatching in 2017, also with a single fledgling surviving.

Raj Patel is happy to have found his way to Abbeville High.

Patel ‘thankful’ for opportunity at Abbeville High

Abbeville High School senior Raj Patel moved to the U.S. from India in 2010 when he was in the fifth grade. Patel, along with his parents and older sister, Krishna moved in with their Aunt in Texas. He says that he enjoyed school in Texas, but when his parents’ work moved to Louisiana, the entire family packed up and made the move.

Renee Fontenot Free

Renee Fontenot Free announces for Secretary Of State

Renee Fontenot Free, a Lake Charles native, has announced she is a candidate for secretary of state in the Nov. 6 election.
Her announcement includes the following.
Free attended McNeese University and then moved to Baton Rouge to attend Southern Law School. Upon graduation, Fontenot worked for a judge and practiced law before working in the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s office from 1990 to 2004, serving as section chief beginning in 1995.

Acadia Sheriff: 2 are suspects to multiple burglaries

A couple from Acadia Parish face multiple charges in connection with burglaries, according to Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson.
Gibson identified the suspects as Christopher Byerley, 38, of Broussard and April Viguerie, 37, of Erath. Both are charged with four counts of possession of stolen property, 11 counts of possession of firearms by convicted felons and one count of possession of a unregistered firearm, he stated in a news release.
Their bail has been set at $60,000.


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