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Jason Harrington, music teacher with the Vermilion Parish School System, teaches students how to play the fiddle. It was made possible thanks to the Al Berard Memorial Fund.

Al Berard Memorial Fund Kicks Off Annual Fundraising Campaign

Al Berard Memorial Fund, a fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), launched its annual fundraising campaign for 2019.
There are a variety of sponsorship levels that range from $2500 to $250. All donations to the Al Berard Memorial Fund are tax deductible and should be made before December 31. You can view the sponsorship levels and descriptions online at www.cfacadiana.org/alberard.

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Capt. Drew David shows how the box works.

‘Drop Box’ now option to dispose of unused medication

For the past several years the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Department has taken part in the DEA’s drug take back program.
This program was conducted twice a year and allowed persons from around the parish to bring in unused prescription medication to be disposed of in the proper manner, at no cost to them.

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National Weather Service tracking Tropical Depression 17 in Gulf

The National Weather Service has declared the system over the west central Gulf as Tropical Depression 17 this morning.
An aircraft will investigate this system early this afternoon. While there is a chance of this depression becoming a tropical storm (next name: Olga), it would likely only remain a tropical storm for just a few hours. It is forecasted to merge with a cold front and move into south central Louisiana by this evening. No tropical storms warnings are expected across our area.

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Unforeseen expenses: Vermilion Parish School System ends fiscal year $2.4 million over budget

The Vermilion Parish School Board ended the 2018-2019 fiscal year $2.4 million over budget because of unforeseen problems that occurred in the school year.
The school board’s budget year runs from July to July each year. Eric Johnson, the school system’s chief financial officer, updated the school board on how the year ended financially.
The total budget for the school system in 2018 to 2019 is right at $98 million.

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