Terry Fendley

First Guaranty Bank names Abbeville native new commercial lender

Hammond – First Guaranty Bank is pleased to welcome Terry Fendley to the lending team, representing the Lafayette and Acadiana Markets. Fendley is a native of Abbeville, LA where one of our 22 Louisiana locations are located. Fendley is bringing 33 years of lending and management experience from the financial industry, with 9 years of that being at Capital One. Fendley also received Omega Performance training for Business Banking (commercial loans and small business) and Financial Accounting for Lenders, which makes him a highly qualified lender no matter the project at hand.

Construction of the fire station continued Thursday afternoon.

Abbeville Fire station work on schedule

Re-opening of the Abbeville Fire Department’s Hebert Substation No. 2 is moving closer to reality.
Construction of the station, which had to be torn down after it was heavily damaged during the historic flooding in August of 2016, is expected to be completed around November. The station is located on Morgan Street on the west side of the Vermilion River.

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco served as Louisiana governor from 2004 to 2008. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Babineaux Blanco).

UL Lafayette honors Blanco’s public service with creation of policy center

LAFAYETTE — Planning is underway for the establishment of the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Blanco is a UL Lafayette alumna and the only woman to serve as Louisiana governor.
The policy center and archive will house Blanco’s gubernatorial papers. It also will contribute interdisciplinary, independent research to a host of public policy areas, including criminal justice reform, poverty and economic opportunity, governmental ethics, and education.

The bridge has been closed since June 20.

Abbeville's Downtown bridge expected to reopen next Wednesday

Despite rumors of a lengthy closure, the bridge in downtown Abbeville is expected to reopen next week.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) closed the bridge on June 20 to make repairs. The initial estimate for closure had the work completed after three weeks.
Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said he spoke with Rep. Bob Hensgens Tuesday afternoon. Hensgens spoke with a Bill Oliver of the DOTD about the bridge earlier in the day. Oliver told Hensgens that the bridge is likely to be reopened on July 18.

Kaplan Mayor Mike Kloesel

New Kaplan Mayor issues appointments

Kaplan’s new mayor, Mike Kloesel, called for a special meeting last Tuesday to make appointments for his four year term.
In a standing room only crowd, four appointments breezed through the nominations and were unanimously voted on. They include:
•Kaplan Herald - official publication.
•City attorney - Calvin Woody Woodruff.
•City auditor - Kolder, Champagne and Slaven.


Vermilion Today

Abbeville Meridional

318 N. Main St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: 337-893-4223
Fax: 337-898-9022

The Kaplan Herald

219 North Cushing Avenue
Kaplan, LA 70548

The Gueydan Journal

311 Main Street
Gueydan, LA 70542