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Abbi Jo Faul and LaBelle Maria are a team.

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Abbi Jo Faul rides her horse, LaBelle Maria, during competition.

Passion To Ride: Abbeville teen finds love in equestrian riding

Seventeen-year-old Abbi Jo Faul of Abbeville will be attending the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Pony Finals this month. Partnered with her horse, La Belle Maria, she will compete against other Pony Finals qualifiers in the nation.
The competition is set to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Faul is a student at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, LA and she, along with ‘Maria’ will be representing the Academy of the Sacred Heart Equestrian Center during the competition.

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Superintendent Jerome Puyau showed up to work last week with tape on his mouth after the school board instructed him not to speak to school employees while on administrative leave. This week he removed the tape and went to work, getting ready for a new school year.

Puyau continues to show up to work

Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau went to work as usual this week despite how the Vermilion Parish School Board voted last week.
A week ago the School Board placed Superintendent Jerome Puyau on administrative leave to investigate the superintendent. Thus far, Puyau has not spent a day at home since he has been placed on paid leave. Instead, Puyau showed up for work Friday morning and continues to show up for work.
He has worked six days since being placed on administrative leave.

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Maurice Police wearing body cameras

MAURICE — Whether it is during a traffic stop or responding to other calls, Village of Maurice Chief of Police Guy Nerren will be able to view interactions between his officers and the public.
That is because when police officers interact with citizens in the Village of Maurice, there will be a video record.
Chief of Police Guy Nerren said that he has purchased body cameras for his officers. The total cost for the five cameras is $3,400.

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Gueydan Man Killed in Head-On Crash in Jefferson Davis Parish

ELTON – On July 31, shortly before 2:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA 26 about four-and-a-half miles south of US Hwy 190.
The crash claimed the life of 27-year-old John Russell Venissat V of Gueydan.
The initial investigation revealed that Venissat was traveling south on LA 26 in a 2000 Toyota Corolla. For unknown reasons, Venissat crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 2010 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 66-year-old Joanette L. Klumpp of Kinder.

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Louisiana’s New child seat belt laws go into effect on Aug. 1

Parents and caregivers of children need to inform themselves and prepare for a new Louisiana child safety seat law that goes into effect on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, the executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission said.
The new law keeps children in more protected restraint systems and safer positions until they are older, LHSC Executive Director Lisa Freeman said.

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