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School board member Charlotte Detraz talks with school board member Dr. David Dupuis before a meeting.

Vermilion Parish School Board brings back summer work program

There was some positive news that came out of last week’s school board meeting that dealt with the children of Vermilion Parish.
The school board overwhelmingly voted to bring back the summer work program for a few weeks this summer, and the board also gave the OK for the Abbeville Rotary Club to apply for grants in hopes of converting the old post office into a new, larger virtual school.

Maurice receives new population estimate

MAURICE — As the Village of Maurice has experienced remarkable growth during his time as mayor, Wayne Theriot has said many times that he does not want to see Maurice lose its village charm.
While it may never lose that feel, Maurice will eventually lose its official designation as a village.
During Wednesday’s regular Board of Aldermen meeting, Theriot updated the population estimates. At 1,896 people, it puts Maurice well over the threshold for town status.

The faces of those arrested.

Operation Broken Heart Produces 63 Arrests for Child Exploitation

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to announce the success of Operation Broken Heart – a two-month initiative to identify, apprehend, and prosecute those who produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; engage in the sex trafficking of children; and travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.

Elise LaFleur is currently a junior at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Elise LaFleur and MP Seema Kennedy on the balcony of British Parliament.

Elise LaFleur joins the 2019 Lamar Governor’s Fellows in front of the Louisiana Governor's Mansion.

Political experience: LaFleur works in various levels of government

Elise LaFleur’s interest in politics began while taking civics as a sophomore in high school.
For the now 21-year-old Abbeville native, that interest has grown into opportunities that have brought her to Baton Rouge, Washington, D.C., and England.
LaFleur, the daughter of Cecile and Ricky LaFleur, is currently a junior at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., where she is majoring in politics with a concentration in American Government. She will graduate in May of 2020.

District Attorney announces recent convictions in Parish

The following defendants were convicted or pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 15th Judicial District Court, Parish of Vermilion:
1. Tekoa Schexnider, Unauthorized Entry into an Inhabited Dwelling; 2 years hard labor
2. John Harrington, Indecent Behavior with Juvenile; 7 years hard labor, suspend all but 2 years, 3 years supervised probation
3. Kinnie Henderson, Jr., Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; 5 years hard labor
4. Kinnie Henderson, Jr., Failure to Register as Sex Offender; 2 years hard labor

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