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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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Charles and Rose Broussard

Broussard family creates endowment for LSU internship

BATON ROUGE — The children of Charles E. and Rose Ashy Broussard, of Vermilion Parish, have created an endowment to support an internship. The internship has been supported widely through contributions and funding by many friends and business associates of the Broussard family, for which the family is grateful.
The endowment sponsors, Yvonne Simon and her brothers, Richard, Alan and Hal Broussard, each have their personal memories of great moments in their father’s life.

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Kaplan Mayor Mike Kloesel reported damage around the city from the storm that passed through Saturday morning.

Saturday storm

Storms rolled through Acadiana Saturday morning, bringing heavy winds and rain.
That resulted in damage and thousands of power outages throughout the region.
In Vermilion Parish, Kaplan Mayor Mike Kloesel reported damage to multiple areas around the city. The mayor also reported some outages on the west side of the city.
“We must have certainly had a small twister come over Kaplan before daybreak,” Kloesel said in a social media post. “There are no injuries reported but we do have property damage and lots of limbs down so be careful.”

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Brad Prudomme

Prudhomme ready for opportunity

Brad Prudhomme’s phone began to ring Monday night, not long after the Vermilion Parish School Board voted to name him the interim superintendent of the school system.
And it kept ringing into Tuesday, even as he spoke to members of the Kiwanis Club of Abbeville.
“My phone has not stopped,” Prudhomme said with a laugh. “My last call on Monday was at 11:15 p.m. and it started again on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m.”
People are congratulating Prudhomme after the board voted 5-3 to name him the interim superintendent during a special meeting Monday night.

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