December 2, 2013 9:13 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A parish-wide effort to boost the economy of Vermilion Parish is about to get underway with a search for the coastal parish's first economic development director. Over the past year, the parish's cities and other governmental entities committed funding over a three-year period to start an... more »
July 30, 2013 7:21 AM
Just before 2:30 Tuesday morning, 25 year old Jeremy J. Little of Kaplan lost his life. Little was walking southbound on La 700 when he was struck by 31 year old Charles Milton of Sunset in a 2004 Dodge Ram.
Little was wearing dark clothes on a roadway with... more »
July 19, 2013 6:25 PM
As we head into the peak of hurricane season and the start of a new school year.
Contractors are working to complete a levee project in Vermilion Parish. The levee is to protect two schools, no strangers to flooding.
Forked Island E Broussard Elementary is used to cleaning... more »
April 25, 2013 7:34 AM
Amercian Cancer Society presents Relay For Life of Vermilion Parish Saturday, April 27, 2013. The relay will happen at Kaplan High School in Kaplan, La at 6 p.m. Team spots are still available.
For more info call: 337-422-1220
Or visit: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=51385
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 »
July 3, 2012 6:31 PM
Kaplan's Mayor is pushing an ordinance that would force Vermilion Parish bars to close at 2 a.m. He says he's compelled to do this after his close friend, 23-year-old Pete Johnson, died in a car accident over the weekend.
Twenty-three-year-old Kade Abshire was driving that car, traveling north on... more »
June 13, 2012 9:02 AM
The Vermilion / Municipal Narcotics Task Force made an arrest on an Abbeville man Tuesday evening after receiving information that the suspect was dealing illicit drugs in the Abbeville area.
- Agents conducted a search warrant in Live Oak Manor Apartments, and on an abandoned vehicle, each yielding the... more »
June 5, 2012 10:13 AM
The Vermilion / Municipal Task Force recently made the following arrests which were the results of illicit narcotics investigations.
Agents were working street sales disruptions when they noticed Quan Tran (dob 5-3-60) of Abbeville, make a suspected drug purchase. Upon approaching Tran, agents noticed him discard something. When the... more »
March 16, 2012 10:31 AM
ABBEVILLE - Get the information you need to feel great and live healthier Wednesday, April 17th at the FREE Health Fair sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Vermilion Volunteers for Family and Community and the Vermilion Parish Library. The Health Fair will be held at the Abbeville Library, 405 E. St.... more »
February 23, 2012 10:39 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has voted unanimously to appeal a state court ruling that prohibits the Vermilion Hurricane Flood Protection District from imposing a parish-wide tax in the city of Abbeville. State District Judge Jules Edwards issued the ruling. The Advocate reports the 5.7-mill tax... more »
December 5, 2011 10:33 PM
Three Vermilion Parish Schools are being prepped for the next flood. The school district approved a contract to spend more than a half-million-dollars to keep the schools on dry ground. "We had about 18-inches of flooding in the school." Erath High Principal, Francis Touchet recalled Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, "we... more »
June 7, 2011 9:21 AM
Event Name- Elevation for Vermilion Parish Houses affected by Gustav and Ike
Organization- Lafayette Catholick Diocese
Event Place- Sign up Delcombe Erath or Gaton and police office Abbeville
Event Date- Deadline July 19
Event Time- Now until July 19
Event Phone Number- 337-898-4300
Event... more »
March 7, 2011 2:28 PM
The Vermilion Parish Municipal Narcotics Task Force arrested Jordan Matthews of 404 Sucre Circle, Abbeville. Sheriff's Office Spokesperson, Drew David, says agents tried to stop the vehicle Matthews was driving but says the suspect sped away. David says Matthews is the same person arrested two weeks ago on possession of... more »
January 21, 2011 6:50 PM
Demetrio Regalado, AKA "Dee," leader of a drug trafficking organization based out of Vermilion Parish, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison and five years supervised release following imprisonment.
The 24-year-old man's sentence is a result of Regalado's plea of guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to... more »
January 19, 2011 7:51 PM
New flood maps for Vermilion Parish are now in effect. But, who do they affect? And, how? FEMA put the new flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps or "DFIRMS," into effect on Wednesday.
"People that were not in the flood zones... they have put them... more »
December 23, 2010 6:35 AM
A fatal crash to report out of Vermilion Parish. It happened just after 3:00 this morning in the 7000 block of Perkins road at highway LA 339.
According to reports the driver of the vehicle lost control traveled off the roadway ultimately being ejected.
November 29, 2010 5:47 PM
A school bus and Ford Explorer collide in Vermilion Parish. It happened on Etienne Street just outside of Maurice after school today.
There were five students from Cecil Picard Elementary on board at time. They are said to be unhurt.
The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office and Maurice Fire... more »
November 24, 2010 6:18 AM
Giving thanks and helping those in need is the reason for the season. Today the Christian service center in Abbeville along with several area Churches will be hosting a day of Thanksgiving. Volunteers will be feeding the needy of Vermilion Parish today. Lunch will be served at 11:00am. more »
November 17, 2010 7:01 PM
Police arrest more than 12 women in the span of a few hours. It's all part of Vermilion Parish's war on drugs. It started at 7:00AM on Wednesday morning; the Vermilion Parish task force, briefing deputies on their targets: 27 women scattered throughout the parish, all of them accused of... more »
November 12, 2010 7:20 AM
Vermilion Parish law officials are on the scene of a motorcycle accident. It happened just before 5:00 am in the 83 hundred block of LA13 in Kaplan. According to first reports the rider is suffering from severe trauma. We'll have more on the the riders condition as well as traffic... more »
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 »
November 4, 2010 7:33 PM
Heartbreak in one Vermilion Parish town-- after grave sites are stripped bare of sentimental items.
Resident, Jackie Abshire, said "if I had knew this was going to happen and I had this set of rules 11 years ago, when I buried my daughter, then I would have never buried... more »
October 29, 2010 11:42 AM
The Vermilion / Municipal Narcotics Task Force recently made the following arrests for narcotics related offenses in and around the Kaplan area:
On October 21st 2010 agents were working active Narcotics Warrants and arrested Casey Gnau (DOB) 7-6-88) of 11107 Rena Ave. Kaplan La 70548. Gnau's charged stemmed from... more »
October 27, 2010 1:15 PM
A Louisiana State Trooper caused a wreck today in Vermilion Parish. It happened at 6:30 a.m. at the corner of Highways 697 and 393. State Police spokesman Stephen Hammons tells KATC that the officer ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The trooper and other driver suffered minor... more »
October 27, 2010 12:37 PM
The highly anticipated Palmetto Island State Park opens Thursday morning, but Saturday you can see the park for free.
Lt. Governor Scott Angelle, the Office of State Parks and the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the opening of Palmetto Island State Park on October 30. Admission will be... more »
October 22, 2010 5:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - The opening of Palmetto Island State Park has been extremely well-received, based on the number of reservations made within the first 24 hours of the overnight facilities becoming available through Reserve America. Bookings for the park opened 7:30 a.m. Oct. 20, and by the following morning, 276... more »
October 21, 2010 5:50 PM
VERMILION PARISH, La. - Vermilion Parish property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on January 19, 2011.
The latest flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMS),... more »
October 21, 2010 1:11 PM
Vermilion Parish Superintendent of Schools Randy Schexnayder offered the following comments relative to the Spring 2010 Vermilion Parish student test results, "The State of Louisiana requires that all students in grades 3 through 8 be tested annually in the areas of Math, English Language/Arts, Science and Social Studies; 9th and... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
July 23, 2010 7:15 PM
Parts of Delcambre and other coastal towns in Vermilion Parish often get hit hard by hurricanes. Bonnie's status thus far has Becky Broussard, the Director of Emergency Preparedness, breathing easy, but she still says residents need to keep a watchful eye.
"If it does typically flood with heavy... more »
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 »
June 16, 2010 7:10 PM
In rural Vermilion Parish sits a splash pad with no water, no children, nothing but the sound of nature fills the air. Construction of the $18 million Palmetto State Park is complete, but it's not open for visitors in Vermilion Parish and that's not sitting well with some Acadiana lawmakers.... more »
June 2, 2010 7:13 PM
Bulldozers are laying the groundwork for what will soon be a staging area in Intracoastal City.
Jerod Regan, supervisor at Newpark Environment, said “they just started construction, so I’m not even sure if people are even aware that they are here.”
Five trailers will be used... more »
May 27, 2010 8:19 PM
Oil has been confirmed in Vermilion Parish near Chenier au Tigre. BP confirmed the oil earlier today. The Vermilion Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said the oil was cleaned up by this afternoon.
A scare in Forked Island left some concerned. Residents found dead fish carcasses along a waterway.... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
October 20, 2009 8:21 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has accepted a low bid of $890,045 from J. Reynolds & Co. Inc., of Saginaw, Texas, to repair the roof of Abbeville General Hospital and provide wind abatement for the building. It was the lowest of 13 bids received Monday from... more »
October 16, 2009 10:03 AM
Drivers in Vermilion Parish should be advised that La 3147 ,or Fresh Water City, will be closed tomorrow (Saturday, October 17) for a barge replacement. The closure should last between 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. more »
October 16, 2009 7:47 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old Lafayette man has been sentenced to 50 years in the 2007 shooting of a Vermilion Parish patrol officer. Kenneth Clark was sentenced Wednesday on one count of attempted first-degree murder. A trial jury found Clark guilty Aug. 19. The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department said... more »
October 14, 2009 12:31 PM
According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, one Kaplan man is behind bars following the rape of a Vermilion Parish female which alledgelly took place sometime in the early morning hours of October 11/2009.
Sheriff Couvillon says that the Sheriff's office received the complaint at approximately 5:32 am and... more »
September 22, 2009 2:30 PM
Please be advised that LA 699, 3 miles west of US 167 in Vermilion Parish will be closed to vehicular traffic for bridge replacement beginning on Monday, September 28, 2009, weather permitting.
The new structure should be completed in approximately 3 weeks. A detour will be provided and consists... more »
September 17, 2009 1:31 PM
La 3267 (Airport Road) in or near the City of Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, will be closed ¾ of a mile south of La. 14 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Monday, September 28, 2009, until 12:00 noon Friday, November 13, 2009, for bridge replacement.
Detour will consist of La 14... more »