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Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate second lowest in Acadiana at 10.6%

BATON ROUGE – While the state unemployment average is 13 percent, the good news is that Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate is well below that and is one of the lowest in Acadiana.
As of this week, Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate is 10.6 which is the second lowest out of an eight-parish area in Acadiana.
The lowest is Cameron Parish at 7.9 percent, followed by Vermilion and then Acadia Parish (10.7).
The highest unemployment average in Acadiana is St. Mary Parish at 13.9 percent. Iberia Parish is second at 13.3 percent.

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Vermilion Parish has its sixth COVID-19 death; number of cases reaches 238

State health officials are reporting one new death in Vermilion Parish that is related to COVID-19.
The number of deaths from coronavirus in Vermilion Parish is now six.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), there are also 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the parish, bringing the total to 238 since the state began a tally in March. There were nine new cases reported on Sunday, June 28, after the state added 35 cases on Friday. That state did not report cases on Saturday, due to a planned power outage.

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Search begins for new superintendent in Vermilion Parish

The search is officially underway for a new superintendent in Vermilion Parish.
School board attorney Bob Hammonds met with the school board members in a special meeting on Wednesday to go over the guidelines on how to hire a superintendent.
One of the first questions Hammonds said the board has to decide is when do they want to begin advertising for a superintendent.
The answer was immediately, as the process could take two months.

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Avery Franques encourages people who utilize the library in Godchaux Park to wear a mask and practice other COVID-19
safety measures.

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Joining Avery Franques, third from right, during the ribbon cutting are (L-R) Abbeville
Councilman Brady Broussard Jr., Friends of Godchaux Park’s Lloyd Doré III, Mayor Mark Piazza, Avery’s sister, Cecelia, Councilman Francis Plaisance and Donita Franques, Avery’s mother and Girl Scout Troop leader.

Franques’ love of reading inspires her

Good things come to those who wait.
Avery Franques had to play the waiting game when it came to completing her Girl Scout Gold Project, creating a little free library in Abbeville’s Godchaux Park.
She was ready to put it up in March. Then the COVID-19 pandemic changed that plan.
“I thought it was best to wait until things got a little better,” said Franques, 16, who is heading into her senior year at North
Vermilion High School.
That wait was set to end a couple of weeks ago. Again, Franques had to reschedule due to weather.

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Kaplan woman returns ‘wad’ of money left on counter

KAPLAN - What would you do if you found thousands of dollars in cash? Would you turn it in or keep it? For 29 year old Na’Kia Sinegal of Kaplan, it was a no brainer.
On a Saturday morning after working a 17-hour shift at a hemodialysis center administering dialysis treatments, Sinegal stopped at CVS in Kaplan and stumbled upon a wad of money; thousands of dollars to be exact.
“After seeing it, I counted those crispy dollars and immediately went looking around to see anyone that seemed to be in distress or looking for missing money,” she said, “To my surprise, no luck.”

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