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Front Row, Left to Right - Chad Vallo District 14, Scott Broussard District 11, Paul Bourgeois - Vice President District 7, Dane Hebert - President District 1, Wayne Touchet District 5, Ronald Darby District 4, Brent Landry District 3. Back Row, Left to Right - Sandrus Stelly District 13, Chad Lege District 9, Ronald Menard District 10, Dexter Callahan District 12, Errol Domingues District 8, Mark Poche’ District 6 and Jason Picard District 2.

Vermilion Parish Police Jurors sworn in

Some new faces are joining familiar ones on the Vermilion Parish Police Jury.
The 14 members of the police jury took their respective oaths during a meeting Monday night.
Returning to office are Paul Bourgeois Jr. (District 7), Dane Hebert (District 1), Wayne Touchet (District 5), Ronald Darby (District 4), Brent Landry (District 3), Sandrus Stelly (District 13), Ronald Menard (District 10), Errol Domingues (District 8), Mark Poche (District 6) and Jason Picard (District 2).

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Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter
A harvester cuts sugarcane in a Vermilion Parish field. The amount of cane was down in 2019, but sugar recovery
increased slightly.

Prior harvest affected 2019 sugarcane crop

CROWLEY — Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist, said the muddy 2018 harvest affected the recent sugarcane crop with reduced cane tonnage.
“It was a light crop,” Gravois said. “Anytime you have a muddy harvest in the previous year, you have a hangover effect into the next year.”
The average yield was 30 tons per acre statewide, compared to 39 tons the previous year.
“That was a record tonnage last year,” he said.

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EXPECT LANE CLOSURES ON BASIN BRIDGE

ST. MARTIN PARISH — The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) announced a rehabilitation project to replace the existing bridge deck surface on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge in St. Martin Parish from the Whiskey Bay exit to mile marker 125.
The contractor, Gibson & Associates, will mill the existing deck surface and replace it with a modified latex concrete pavement.

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UL Lafayette forges Crescent City connection with Saints, Pelicans partnerships

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has gone pro – twice.
The New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans have each named UL Lafayette their Official Higher Education Partner.
Academic partnerships between the University and Louisiana’s only professional sports franchises were finalized late last year, said Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president.

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Improvements being made in downtown Abbeville; work expected to be completed later this year

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Crews begin work on the streetscape project Monday morning. The beautification project is expected to be completed later this year.

Streetscape project underway in Abbeville

There are signs in numerous spots in downtown Abbeville.
Those signs are alerting people to some work that has been years in the making.
“The long-waited streetscape grant is now underway,” Councilman Brady Broussard Jr. said.
The beautification project that will improve sidewalks, add multiple handicap accessibility points and make other improvements is being largely funded by a $450,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

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