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  • Vermilion Parish farmer dies in crawfish pond

    May 17, 2014 7:51 PM

    According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff's office, a Kaplan man has lost his life today following a farm accident. The incident took place in a crawfish pond located off Meridian Line Road south of Kaplan. Vermilion Parish officials say the discovery happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, after another farmer... more »
  • No injuries in Hilcorp facility fire in Vermilion

    May 17, 2014 5:23 PM

    KAPLAN, La. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the cause of an early morning fire at a Hilcorp Energy Co. facility north of Kaplan in Vermilion Parish. According to The Advertiser of Lafayette the fire was reported at 5:41 a.m. Saturday, Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillion said the fire caused a... more »
  • Lafayette boundary ordinance up for adoption

    February 3, 2014 8:30 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected Tuesday to consider adopting an ordinance that would start the process of resetting the boundary line between Lafayette and Vermilion parishes. City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert said during a Jan. 21 meeting that state law requires that Lafayette Consolidated Government fix... more »
  • Lafayette-Vermilion dispute continues to smolder

    January 17, 2014 9:26 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council is scheduled to consider a measure next month that would push the parish line a little farther into Vermilion Parish. The Advocate reports Vermilion Parish sees things a bit differently, and the issue seems unlikely to be resolved outside of a courtroom.... more »
  • Search for Escaped Inmate Expands

    December 2, 2013 9:05 PM

    Neighboring parishes have joined the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office in their search for a man who escaped from the Vermilion Parish jail this weekend. 30 year old Christopher Dyson is accused of scaling a fence while working as a trusty in the laundry room of the Vermilion Parish jail... more »
  • Overnight Vermilion Parish fire under investigation

    September 24, 2013 7:06 AM

    Vermilion Parish fire officials are investigating an overnight house fire. The fire started just before midnight at the intersection of West Port and Pershing streets in Abbeville. There are no injuries to report, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
  • Vermilion 4-H Foundation Sporting Clay Fundraiser Play Video

    August 28, 2013 6:55 AM

    Vermilion 4-H Foundation, Inc. will be hosting a fundraiser at the G.O.L. Shooting Range in Maurice, La. This event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2013. There are three divisions which include one adult and two youth divisions. The first place winners in each youth division will receive a... more »
  • Vermilion courthouse security funding at issue

    April 29, 2013 8:37 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury will try to hash out how it will pay for court-ordered security at the parish courthouse this week. Earlier this month, state District Judge Edward D. Rubin ordered parish officials - including Sheriff Michael Couvillon, police jurors and District Attorney Mike... more »
  • St. Martin, Vermilion Superintendents Fire Back Against Accusations from State

    October 18, 2012 10:49 PM

    St. Martin Parish Schools Superintendent Richard Lavergne is fighting back after the Louisiana Department of Education publicly called out his school system for not following the law. The law is part of the education reforms pushed through by Governor Bobby Jindal earlier this year and it takes away seniority... more »
  • Multi-Chem Meeting Scheduled for Tonight

    July 10, 2012 10:42 AM

    Vermilion Parish residents opposed to a Multi-Chem facility moving into their area plan on speaking at the fire department's monthly meeting tonight. The group flat out does not want Multi-Chem in their backyard. They say they worry about the effects it could have on their community. Construction is well... more »
  • Residents Protest New Multi-Chem Facility

    July 2, 2012 11:14 PM

    The chemical company Multi-Chem, recently bought by Halliburton, is building a new facility in Vermilion Parish. This new location off highway 92 will have an office, field laboratory and blending facility on 64 acres of land. Multi-Chem said it will eventually replace the New Iberia facility. While there are... more »
  • Vermilion expands summer school program

    May 31, 2012 10:38 AM

    ABBEVLLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish school system is expanding a different kind of summer school with the help of grant funding from the United Way of Acadiana. The Advocate reports the district received $25,000 from the nonprofit agency to offer a developmental kindergarten class this summer to help... more »
  • Vermilion schools ramp up hiring for new year

    April 25, 2012 7:44 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board is seeking 72 new employees for the new school year. Charlotte Waguespack, assistant superintendent of personnel and administration, tells The Advocate the majority of vacancies for the 2012-13 school year are classroom teacher spots with at least seven support positions available.... more »
  • Offensive or Just a Joke? Students Speak Out on Comic in UL Paper

    March 10, 2012 12:14 AM

    Some University of Louisiana Lafayette students are upset over a comic strip that ran in this week's edition of the campus newspaper, The Vermilion. Those students say the cartoon is racially charged and shouldn't have run in the student-run paper. The Vermilion's editor in chief explains why they printed the... more »
  • Tornado Watch for Today 01/25/12

    January 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    Severe weather is heade our way, and we are currently under a Tornado Watch for the following Louisiana parishes: ACADIA, ALLEN, AVOYELLES, BEAUREGARD, BIENVILLE, CALCASIEU, CALDWELL, CAMERON, DE SOTO, EVANGELINE, GRANT, JACKSON, JEFFERSON DAVIS, LAFAYETTE, LA SALLE, NATCHITOCHES, OUACHITA, RAPIDES, RED RIVER, SABINE,... more »
  • Vermilion School Board approves flood project pact

    January 24, 2012 10:41 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board has voted 5-3 to approve an agreement with the Vermilion Parish Police Jury for flood mitigation at Erath High School and Erath Middle School. Board member Tony Fontana, who voted against the agreement, told The Advocat e he had questions as... more »
  • Vermilion task force sting; one arrested

    December 13, 2011 3:22 PM

    The Vermilion Municipal Narcotics Task Force conducted a drug sting that lead to the arrest of Joshua Griffith. An undercover operative made contact with Griffith on December 12th and negotiated the sale of suspected marijuana to the agent. The undercover operative traveled to Griffith's residence where the drugs were... more »
  • Two arrests made for narcotics

    December 12, 2011 11:40 AM

    The Vermilion Municipal Task Force made two arrest for illicit narcotics. While working on street level sales, patrol agents received information that a vehicle was parked on private property and was distributing drugs. Officers received another call while traveling to the location that claimed that two people had just... more »
  • Saltwater Intrusion Causes State of Emergency

    November 29, 2011 7:39 PM

    Vermilion Parish is now under a state of emergency because of severe saltwater intrusion. The problem has been building for several months and is caused by severe drought, several breaches in saltwater barriers along the Mermentau basin, and damage to the Leland Bowman Locks. Vermilion Parish Police Jury President... more »
  • Barge Hits Lock; Saltwater Intrusion Expected

    October 13, 2011 1:58 AM

    Farmers in western Vermilion Parish are bracing for saltwater intrusion, which could threaten crawfish and rice yields in the months ahead. The intrusion is expected because of damage at the Leland Bowman Lock outside of Intracoastal City, which was hit by a barge on September 30th. "It's not too... more »
  • Vermilion property taxes going up

    October 4, 2011 7:34 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Assessor Kathyrn Broussard says Vermilion Parish can expect about $1.7 million more in tax revenue for 2011 because of an increase in tax assessments. In a brief presentation to the Vermilion Parish Jury on Monday, Broussard said 2011 real property values were $190.38 million, an increase... more »
  • Vermilion Police Jury opposes tax move

    August 16, 2011 10:37 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has passed a resolution opposing a move by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association to try to have the state reduce the value of subsurface oil and gas equipment. The Advocate reports the move... more »
  • Vermilion to start credit card lunch plan

    July 8, 2011 10:27 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board has voted 5-2 to enter into an agreement with MCS Software to allow parents who pay for school lunches to make payments online with a credit card and check students' accounts from home. At a June meeting, the board directed Mary... more »
  • Church Sued

    April 6, 2011 11:14 PM

    A Catholic church in Vermilion Parish and the Diocese of Lafayette are being sued. The suit was filed this week by an Abbeville lawyer who represents 25 people. They say, St. Anne's cemetary officials removed personal items from gravesites without their permission. "They thought is was vandalized," said Mona... more »
  • Body of Mitch Jackson Found in the Vermilion River

    March 10, 2011 2:55 PM

    Update: Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries confirm agents found the body of Mitch Jackson in the Vermilion River behind 200 Farmington Rd. in Lafayette around 10:15 this morning. Jackson had been missing for six days since Friday after he was involved in a five-car crash on Ambassador Caffery. ... more »
  • Update: Helicopter Lands on Hwy 167

    February 22, 2011 4:49 PM

    Statement from Director of Operations Larry Adams with Rotorcraft Leasing Company on helicopter landing on highway. This afternoon at approximately 2:20 PM Rotorcraft Leasing Company, LLC had two pilots conducting a maintenance check flight after the completion of routine maintenance on one of the company's aircraft operated from their... more »
  • Update: Missing Fisherman Found Dead in Vermilion Parish

    February 13, 2011 12:02 AM

    UPDATE: At around 3:00pm Saturday, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office along with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries found the body of 56 year old Jullien Gajan Jr. of Abbeville, reported missing Thursday. According to witnesses, Mr. Gajan left in his boat to go hunting Wednesday and never returned.... more »
  • Search for Missing Vermilion Parish Fisherman

    February 11, 2011 7:46 PM

    Four agencies are searching for a missing commercial fisherman in Vermilion Parish. Officials say the man may have been missing since Wednesday afternoon. They began searching Thursday evening. The search and rescue team was stationed at Hebert's Landing in Forked Island on Friday. The team is made up of... more »
  • Lafayette Man Killed in Hunting Accident

    December 18, 2010 1:33 PM

  • Vermilion Plans for BP Money

    December 16, 2010 7:55 PM

    All 9 parishes in Acadiana will receive a portion of over $2 Million from BP to promote tourism. That announcement was made last month. But, so far no parish has received any of that money, because it comes with some strings attached. Here's a breakdown of BP's grants to... more »
  • Suspect Arrested After Marijuana is Found in a Tree

    November 5, 2010 1:06 PM

    From VPSO: The Vermilion / Municipal Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant Wednesday November 3rd which yielded the seizure of marijuana and suspected drug proceed money. The Task Force had been receiving information in reference to suspected marijuana being sold from 1711 Fairmont St in Abbeville by one Cody... more »
  • Vermilion Parish road closure due to flooding

    November 2, 2010 7:50 AM

    Due to the significant amount of rainfall today in Vermilion Parish, Sheriff Mike Couvillon is urging all motorists to use extreme caution when traveling in Vermilion Parish. Sheriff Couvillon says that at present time, the only road closure is that of East Jane Street in Abbeville. Sheriff Couvillon... more »
  • Crucial New Levy in Intracoastal City

    October 7, 2010 5:20 PM

    A crucial levy in Vermilion Parish is finally finished, after years in the making. Hurricanes Rita and Ike destroyed a levy in Intracoastal city that blocked saltwater from ruining a staple in the Parish-- rice crops. "It was allowing saltwater into the Mermentau River basin, one of the... more »
  • West Nile Found in Vermilion & Iberia Parishes

    October 7, 2010 10:32 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed two new human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 27. The two new cases come from Iberia and Vermilion parishes. These cases are reported in DHH's weekly Louisiana Arbovirus Surveillance Summary which can be found in the... more »
  • ACLU in Federal Court Appealing Same Sex Class in Vermilion Parish School

    October 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union went before a federal appeals court Tuesday in hopes of stopping what they say is an unconstitutional system of sex-segregated classes at a southern Louisiana school. The ACLU filed a federal suit in 2009 against the Vermilion Parish School... more »
  • RESULTS Vermilion Parish Election 2010

    October 3, 2010 12:18 AM

    Election results are in for Vermilion Parish. Voters ousted the incumbent mayor in Maurice. Newcomer Wayne Theriot defeated Robert Ferguson on Saturday night. Maurice voters keep their Police Chief. Warren Rost has been in the office more than two decades. Here's a look at the final numbers:... more »
  • New State Park in Acadiana

    September 30, 2010 2:51 PM

    The highly anticipated Palmetto Island State Park is about to open in Vermilion Parish, between Abbeville and Intercoastal City. This thirteen million dollar project has been in the making for years but was put on hold after several hurricanes. Now, after the oil spill, the tourism dollars are... more »
  • 10th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival Set For October 3rd

    September 29, 2010 9:52 AM

    The Bayou Vermilion Festival will be this Sunday October 3rd from 10am - 6pm. There will be Cajun and Zydeco bands, festival food, water activities, children's crafts, wooden boats and antique car displays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for members and students (6-18); and childern 5 and under get... more »
  • Second Vermilion Parish Bus Crash in 2 Days

    September 24, 2010 6:43 PM

    One day after a school bus crash in Meaux, another Vermilion Parish school bus gets in a wreck. It happened Friday just after 3 o'clock along highway 14 business route in Erath. The bus driver rear ended a car, after the car suddenly stopped. The bus had completed its elementary... more »
  • Robley Bridge Opens At Lafayette/Vermilion Parish Line

    September 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    Lafayette, LA-- The bridge on Robley Drive at the Lafayette Parish and Vermilion Parish line opened yesterday. The bridge was closed over two years ago because of deteriorated support pilings, and funding was not immediately available to make the bridge safe. After further investigation, government officials determined that repairs were... more »
  • Body of a missing man found in Vermilion River

    September 8, 2010 6:23 PM

    Hours after reporting him missing, Deputies discover the body of Breaux Bridge man along the banks of the Vermilion River. Deputies have identified him as 32-year-old Bobby Lindsey. He was found right on the parish line between St. Martin Parish and Lafayette Parish. Deputies in St. Martin were investigating the... more »
  • Summary of Vermilion 380 Explosion

    September 2, 2010 6:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - An oil platform exploded and burned off the Louisiana coast Thursday, the second such disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in less than five months. This time, the Coast Guard said there was no leak, and no one was killed. The Coast Guard initially reported... more »
  • New Photos From Oil Platform Explosion

    September 2, 2010 2:39 PM

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  • Housing Authority scandal: Where's HUD? Exec. gets $55,000 raise amid DHAP height

    August 27, 2010 7:36 PM

    Board positions with the Lafayette Housing Authority are still up in the air... following an audit highlighting questionable payroll practices. City-Parish President Joey Durel is still waiting on commitments from two candidates. He now expects the board to be ready by Tuesday... questions still surround HUD and who... more »
  • Heavy Equipment Theft Arrest

    August 25, 2010 10:46 AM

    A multi-agency investigation including the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), and Louisiana State Police Detectives which began on August 19th 2010 has resulted in the arrest of James Hurst, (W/M age 52) of New York, on charges of Felony Theft and Possession of Stolen Property.... more »
  • Vermilion Parish Arrest

    August 20, 2010 2:15 PM

    The Vermilion / Municipal Task force and Abbeville Narcotics Division were busy this past week seizing over six ounces of cocaine and over a pound of marijuana from suspected drug dealers. They were also busy arresting other drug violators on outstanding warrants. The following are arrests made by the task... more »
  • Elevation Funds Debate

    August 19, 2010 7:45 PM

    Some Vermilion Parish homeowners are struggling with a huge financial decision. Thursday afternoon, The Office of Community Development held a meeting in Abbeville to try to resolve a debate between 540 people across Louisiana and State officials. It all started in 2008, after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, when residents... more »
  • Memories On Hardback

    August 11, 2010 7:04 PM

    One woman's memories are now reaching hundreds in hardback. An Acadiana author is putting nearly a century of life experience into a 350 page book. 92 year old Zoe Sagrera Lynch was born and raised on Cheniere au Tigre. It's a small island in Vermilion Parish. You can only... more »
  • Shrimp season to start, but is it safe to eat?

    August 10, 2010 7:25 PM

    Captain Cherie Broussard unloads her boat full of chilled shrimp. She and her crew just came back from Southwest Pass. Her reputation and livlihood is on the line if any contaminated shrimp are found. "People are scared," Broussard said. "If they feed it to their family, their family will... more »
  • Vermilion Parish Safety Checkpoint

    July 28, 2010 11:22 AM

    On July 29, 2010, Louisiana State Police Troop I will conduct a safety checkpoint within Vermilion Parish. The checkpoint will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Troopers will be actively looking for vehicles that are not insured. Vehicles without insurance could be towed and the driver issued a... more »
  • Vermilion / Municipal Narcotics Task Force Arrest

    July 23, 2010 1:00 PM

    According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon the following arrests took place by the Vermilion / Municipal Narcotics Task Force. - On July 15th 2010 agents with the task for arrested Rudy Harington of Kaplan La DOB 9/2/1957 for Distribution of Lortab Prescription Pills. Harrington allegedly sold these schedule III narcotics to... more »
  • Cuts Looming For Vermilion Parish Schools

    July 13, 2010 7:18 PM

    Gueydan families are fired up about the fate of the community's only high school. "This is the heart of our community," said parent Jodie Mayer. It's among two schools potentially on the chopping block as school leaders search for an extra $1.6 million to cover a state mandated increase in... more »
  • Teen Dies in Vermilion Parish Crash

    July 1, 2010 9:14 AM

    KAPLAN, La. (AP) - State police are investigating a three vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Kaplan teenager. Troopers say 17-year-old Joseph Eddington was traveling south on La. Highway 35 south of Kaplan Wednesday when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a truck head-on. After impact,... more »
  • Boom Vandalism

    June 23, 2010 6:35 PM

    What's supposed to be being used to protect Louisiana's coast from the oil, is instead being vandalized. After several reports of boom vandalism,a Public Service Announcement was released in hopes of preventing further damage. The PSA urges residents to help protect the State's shoreline and marshes by not cutting,... more »
  • Vermilion Parish Fishing Closure

    June 2, 2010 7:39 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced a closure in a portion of the territorial seas near Freshwater Bayou in Vermilion Parish effective immediately, today, June 2, due to confirmed reports of oil. Territorial Sea Closure All state outside waters extending seaward of... more »
  • Fatal ATV Crash in Vermilion Parish

    June 2, 2010 2:58 PM

    According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, one Gueydan man is dead following an ATV accident yesterday afternoon. Sheriff Couvillon says that approximately 9:00 pm last night Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call off of Oliver Road in Gueydan, and found the victim Preston Broussard Jr. w/m... more »
  • Vermilion Parish Defense Against Oil

    May 6, 2010 2:50 PM

    Vermilion Parish police jurors finalized a plan to protect coastal Vermilion Parish from the oil spill on Thursday morning. After the spill they began working with Iberia and St. Mary parishes on a plan to stop the oil in its tracks. "We came up with a plan to... more »
  • Oil Spill Impact on Seafood

    April 29, 2010 8:42 PM

    State leaders opened a Special Shrimp Season late Wednesday night along parts of the coast. The idea is to allow shrimpers to harvest the profitable white shrimp before the oil spill has an effect. Local shrimpers tell KATC right now, they're just trying to save their harvest, while it's... more »
  • Best Dressed Deputies in the U.S.

    April 27, 2010 2:22 PM

    A local sheriff's department's new uniforms are getting national recognition. The Vermillion Parish Sheriff's Office and its uniform maker, Guidry's Uniforms, won the 2010 Best Dressed Sheriff's Department award. "It's something our whole parish can look forward to, that we come out on top in the nation," says... more »
  • Update on Rice Season

    April 9, 2010 4:07 PM

    It's turning out to be a good spring for planting rice after all. About 80 percent of south Louisiana's fields are seeded, and farmers in both Louisiana and Mississippi plan more acreage than a year ago. Producers in both states had worried that the wet... more »
  • Acadiana Fishermen and Farmers Could be in Danger.

    March 21, 2010 7:44 PM

    Clean water comes at price. At least that's the case for those who live in Lafayette, Vermilion, St.Martin and Iberia Parishes. The outcome of a March 27th election could affect farmers and fisherman in a big way. It's something that happens every 10 years. This Saturday voters will decide... more »
  • Vermilion Sheriff's Department's Annual Certification Underway

    March 17, 2010 3:26 PM

    According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department is currently undergoing its annual certification training. Today there are over 20 deputies, including some police officers from various municipal police agencies receiving instruction and certification in defensive tactics. "Our deputies work very hard and put their lives on the... more »
  • Vermilion Parish Drug Arrests

    March 12, 2010 2:09 PM

    According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon the Vermilion Municipal Task force arrested one Junius Lewis Jr of 701 S. East St Abbeville after executing a search warrant. On 3/10/10 Agents with the Task Force obtained a search warrant for 701 S. East St for selling Prescription pills out of the said... more »
  • Vermilion Task Force Makes Drug Arrest In Abbeville

    March 9, 2010 1:41 PM

    DATE: March 8, 2010 Type of Investigation: Narcotics Name of Establishment: House Address of Establishment: Abbeville Status of Investigation: Complete NO Are more arrests expected: YES Type, Amount, & Value of Evidence Seized: 1. 56 grams of Cocaine 2. 115 grams of Marijuana 3. Xanax marked 6 3722 Schedule IV... more »
  • Vermilion Lawmakers Push To Postpone Coastal Restoration Vote

    March 2, 2010 12:29 PM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has voted to delay until October putting a proposed 5.7-mill property tax for coastal storm protection before voters. The tax, if passed, would fund $20 million in bonds for coastal protection. The jury initially agreed at its last meeting in February... more »
  • ACLU Representing Family Fighting Sex Segregation Policy At Middle School In Vermilion Parish

    February 24, 2010 1:01 PM

    LAFAYETTE, LA - In the first court hearing ever about sex segregation in coed public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana argued today that the school board in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana illegally discriminated against both boys and girls at Rene A. Rost Middle School by... more »
  • Vermilion Parish police jury blocks delay in tax election

    February 18, 2010 7:27 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has voted to block an attempt by Juror Mark Poche to delay a special March election that calls for a 5.7 mill tax for coastal storm protection. Potential revenue from the tax, if passed, is expected to be used as leverage... more »
  • Judge: Felony bars ex-police juror from election

    February 12, 2010 10:36 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A state district judge rules that a former Vermilion Parish police juror cannot run for Abbeville City Council because he pleaded guilty in 2005 to a felony. Ernal "E.J." Broussard says he will appeal the ruling handed down Thursday by Judge Marilyn Castle. Councilman Francis Touchet... more »
  • Vermilion Couple Arrested For Aggravated Incest

    January 27, 2010 12:52 PM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A mother and father have been arrested on charges of aggravated incest. State Trooper Stephen Hammons tells The Advertiser that 29-year-old Adam Marceaux and 35-year-old Kristie Marceaux, both of Kaplan, were arrested Tuesday and booked with aggravated incest as part of an ongoing investigation. Hammons said... more »
  • Vermilion school board retains interpreters

    January 22, 2010 12:17 PM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board has voted to retain six of its eight interpreters for non-English-speaking students. Chief Financial Officer Phillip Sellers tells The Advocate that the school district has two full-time interpreters and six contract employees, with federal Title I and Title III funds... more »
  • Vermilion Awarded Money for Coastal Restoration

    January 21, 2010 11:35 AM

    Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Task Force (CWPPRA) approved nine projects for design and construction that will ultimately benefit more than 3,100 acres of Louisiana’s fragile coastal wetlands, barrier islands and beaches. The task force approved the projects at its meeting... more »
  • Two Vermilion Parish Schools Among "America's Best"

    January 14, 2010 11:19 AM

    (Abbeville, LA) Deputy Superintendent of Education Ollie Tyler recently announced that Gueydan High School and Erath High School were included as two of the best high schools in America in the latest U.S. News and World Report. Vermilion Parish School Board Superintendent Randy Schexnayder said, "We are extremely proud... more »
  • Dozier Elementary Flood Wall Complete In Vermilion Parish

    January 13, 2010 8:24 PM

    In Vermilion Parish, the flood wall around Dozier Elementary is complete. The school flooded for the first time during Rita and again for Ike. Flooding closed the school and many feared it would be shut down forever. 3.2 million dollars of state and federal dollars were used in... more »
  • PUBLIC NOTICE: Vermilion Parish Waterworks Dist. No. 1

    January 9, 2010 4:58 PM

    Vermilion Parish Waterworks District No. 1 is asking that customers connected to the water system conserve water in the next few days with the freezing temperatures. Customers are allowed to let the water run over night, but please make sure as little water as possible is running. This request is... more »
  • Weather Damage: Gueydan

    December 24, 2009 12:14 PM

    According to Colonel Kirk J. Frith with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department, a tornado touched down in the Gueydan area off LA. 91, just south of La. 14 causing major damage to several homes in that area and within the city of Gueydan. According to the Colonel, there were no... more »
  • Vermilion Street Scheduled Closure On Sunday

    December 18, 2009 11:29 AM

    Tony Tramel, Director of the Traffic and Transportation Department, announces the closure of the 200 block of Vermilion Street as well as the intersection of Vermilion and Jefferson Streets. The closure will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday December 20, 2009. Regular traffic flow with begin at 5 p.m. that evening.
  • Group home files appeal

    December 3, 2009 1:57 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lawyers for a Lafayette group home whose license was revoked last month have filed an appeal with the Louisiana Department of Social Services. The state license for Harmony Center's Vermilion Group Home was pulled after an October inspection. DSS said it found children were... more »
  • U.S. Rep. Boustany announces grant to Vermilion coastal protection

    December 1, 2009 1:36 PM

    Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., (R-Southwest Louisiana), today announced the Minerals Management Service awarded a $217,782 grant to construct coastal protections in Vermilion Parish. "Rebuilding our coast throughout Southwest Louisiana is a monumental project, but we are making progress," Boustany said. "With the end of... more »
  • Coastal Impact Grant Awarded to Vermiliion Parish

    December 1, 2009 12:10 PM

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced the awarding of a $217,782 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grant to Vermilion Parish for Shoreline Protection on Southwest Point at Southwest Pass. "This grant will add to the important coastal and wetlands restoration in Vermillion Parish, and - as all... more »
  • Vermilion school policy: No cussin' or dissin'

    November 24, 2009 11:44 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board says a new rule against cursing and putdowns applies to its own board members, too. Member Anthony Fontana says there's no way to penalize elected officials for cursing, and that includes board members. But fellow member Bill Searle says it does... more »
  • Ferdinand Nickles held on $2M bond

    November 24, 2009 9:59 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A man accused of killing a 20-year-old man, then torching a pickup truck with the body in it, is being held on $2 million bond in the Vermilion Parish jail. Deputies brought 29-year-old Ferdinand Nickles to Abbeville over the weekend from Atlanta, where U.S. Marshals arrested... more »
  • Budget Woes in Vermilion Parish

    November 23, 2009 6:48 PM

    The Vermilion Parish Police Jury will have to take big swings with an axe to fix their 2010 budget. As of right now they are over a little more than one million dollars, which is a huge improvement from the 2.8 million overage they started with. The good news... more »
  • Vermilion Parish Round-Up

    November 13, 2009 1:23 PM

    According to Abbeville Police Chief Rick Coleman the Vermilion / Metro Narcotics Task Force began serving numerous felony warrants on Thursday afternoon, by hitting the streets and looking to arrest suspected drug dealers in the Parish. The warrants ranged from Possession of Marijuana, Distribution of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, Distribution... more »
  • H1N1 vaccine offered to Vermilion schools after holiday break

    November 13, 2009 10:10 AM

    Vermilion Parish School System Begins H1N1 Flu Vaccinations After Thanksgiving Break: (Abbeville, LA) Randy Schexnayder, Superintendent of Schools for Vermilion Parish announced that H1N1 vaccinations for students will begin when students return from Thanksgiving vacation. "Everyone needs annual flu protection because the influenza virus changes from year to year"... more »
  • Vermilion Group Home Appeals License Revokation

    November 10, 2009 6:48 PM

    The Vermilion Group home will appeal the state's recent decision to revoke its license. The Lafayette facility was cited with at least 10 infractions. The infractions included a failure to provide timely and competent medical care, inadequate staffing and failure to keep the facility in good repair.
  • UPDATE: Wanted Vermilion Man Behind Bars

    November 10, 2009 6:36 PM

    An update now on a story we told you about on Monday. Jordan Huntsberry is now behind bars in Vermillion Parish after turning himself over to police. According to Kaplan Police, Huntsberry was wanted for the murder of Kevin Robinson. Another suspect, Romondo Brown, is already in custody. The case... more »
  • Vermilion Group Home plans appeal of closure

    November 10, 2009 9:19 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An official with a Lafayette group home said the company will appeal the state's recent decision to revoke its license. Last week, the state cited at least 10 infractions in its decision to revoke the license of the Vermilion Group Home. Collis Temple, executive director of... more »
  • Road Open: Airport Road

    November 6, 2009 12:20 PM

    Traffic should be able to move freely around the City of Abbeville, La 3267 (Airport Road) is now open.
  • WANTED Ferdinand Nickels

    November 3, 2009 7:41 PM

    Vermilion sheriff's deputies are looking for Ferdinand Nickles. He is accused of shooting and burning 20 year old Ernest Guidry in September. Since then he's been on the run. Nickels is now wanted state wide. He is described as being 5'7, 140lbs. Nickels is from Abbeville and is wanted on... more »
  • Vermilion Catholic Closed, ACT testing to resume

    October 22, 2009 8:15 PM

    October 23, 2009---9am School Officials at Vermilion Catholic would like to remind those students who will be taking the ACT , to report to Mt. Carmel Elementary as previously scheduled. Assistance will be provided that day should anyone have any questions and/or concerns. Since the school is undergoing... more »
  • Hearts of Hope: Stuffed Animal Donation

    October 22, 2009 12:51 PM

    Hearts of Hope, formerly known as Stuller Place, is a non-profit agency whose aim is to reduce the trauma experienced by child and adult victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. All services are confidential and are completed without expense for the clients. Located in Lafayette, LA, Hearts of Hope... more »

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