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Mary Grace Sherlock, president-elect of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is interviewed at the State of the Coast Conference in New Orleans.

UL Lafayette civil engineering students cited for coastal restoration efforts

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter recently earned a stewardship award from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
The award recognizes work related to preserving Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. UL Lafayette’s ASCE chapter was recognized last month at the coalition’s State of the Coast Conference in New Orleans.
The yearly awards observe “outstanding commitment to the coast” and “significant contributions to the restoration and conservation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands,” according to a press release.

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Rural bars may be next to be banned from smoking

It was only a matter of time until the Vermilion Parish Police Jury began looking at creating the same no smoking in bars ordinance that the city of Abbeville recently adopted.
At Wednesday night’s police jury committee meeting, police jury administrator Keith Roy introduced the idea at the committee meeting.
Roy informed the jurors that he is bringing up the idea of not allowing rural bars to allow smoking because police juror Wayne Touchet approached him about the idea.
Touchet was not able to attend the meeting because he was out of town.

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Bridge in downtown Abbeville to close on Monday, June 18

The Old Abbeville Bridge on LA 14 Business between LA 335 (South Henry Street) and North Main Street will be closed until further notice beginning Monday, June 18 at 8:30 a.m., for bridge maintenance.
The detour route will include US 167, LA 14 Bypass and LA 82. The detour will be posted.
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

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SOS race shaping up, another candidate announces

Like he did during last year’s special election for state treasurer, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is picking sides again in the special election for secretary of state — by endorsing no one in particular and critiquing one person specifically.
At the same time, the developing race has picked up its second announced contender, Attorney General Public Protection Director Reneé Free, who confirmed her candidacy recently to LaPolitics.

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Christine Payton, left, of Team Mergist, and Michele Veillon of Elder Outreach go over details of the June 20-21 program that will establish a world record for the longest Bingo game. The event, to be held at Southwind Healthcare and Rehabilitation Activity Center, will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

World Record Bingo attempt is fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Assoc.

CROWLEY — Elder Outreach and Team Mergist are combining efforts to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the “Longest Bingo Game” on record.
“While our application for the world record is still in the process of being approved, we are continuing to move forward like the true record-holders we are,” said Michele Veillon, program director for Elder Outreach. “At the close of our event, we are determined to declare victory.”

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