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André Touchet with his family for his EHS graduation in 2017. His parents are Laurie and Jeremy Touchet. His sister is Ann-Racheal.

Erath 21-year-old dies of COVID complications

ERATH — The community of Erath is mourning the loss of one of its own.
André Touchet, 21, died from COVID-19 complications Monday afternoon in a Lafayette hospital.
Touchet, who graduated from Erath High in 2017, was a UL student and had to be hospitalized on Dec. 5 with COVID 19. Three days later, he was placed on a ventilator in ICU and began his biggest fight.
The fight ended Monday afternoon and posted on social media a few hours later.
Funeral arrangements are still pending as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Hurricanes help push sales tax collection to new high for Vermilion Parish

It is not uncommon to see sales tax collection jump when there a disaster such as a flood due to a hurricane or heavy rain because parish residents spend money to repair their homes. Well, that theory is holding up once again.
Despite limited access to restaurants or bars and movie theaters, Vermilion Parish residents spent their money to either get ready for the busy hurricane season or to repair their homes after hurricane season.
In November, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of hurricane season, residents spent an impressive $430 million.

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Agents recovered drugs, weapons and case during the arrest.

Narcotics Task Force agents arrest two juveniles in Abbeville

According to PIO and Narcotics Task Force Commander Drew David, the Vermilion Municipal and Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force made the following arrests for narcotics related offenses within the parish.
On Jan. 19, agents with the narcotics task force along with officers with the Abbeville Police Department executed a search warrant at 1101 Greene Street in Abbeville. Upon a search of the residence agents located a large amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a 9mm pistol, an AK 47, crack cocaine and a large amount of US Currency.

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Dale Stelly at 30.

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Dale Stelly at 66.

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Dale Stelly (left) is the new Vermilion Parish School Board President. Dr. David Dupuis will serve as vice president.

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36 years later, Stelly is school board president again

Boy, have things changed since Dale Stelly was the president of the Vermilion Parish School Board.
In 1981, he became the second-youngest school board member ever elected in Lousiana. He was only 26 years old.
In 1985, at the young age of 30, he was named the School Board president.
What was happening that year?
•Pecan Island, Meaux, Maurice, Indian Bayou and Henry still had high schools in their communities.
•Ronald Reagan was the United States president, and interest rates for a home loan were 10.75 percent.

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