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Gov. Edwards closes bars, casinoes, movie theaters due to virus

BATON ROUGE — On Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only.
These changes are effective statewide at midnight. Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior. In Louisiana, there are 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two people have died.

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Kiwanis member Andrew Dozier tells North Vermilion Middle School Principal Joan Romero she was nominated for Middle School Principal of the Year.

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Erath Middle School teacher Joni Hebert learns she is a middle school teacher of the year nominee.

Educators learn they are top three finalist for Kiwanian Educators of the Year Award

Some tears of joy were shed when they learned they were selected as a top-three nominee for the first-ever Kiwanis Educator Award.
Tuesday morning, a group of volunteers from the Kiwanis Club and area businesses went to different schools in the parish pinning the top three nominees. The teachers, support staff and principals were unaware of what was happening when a group of strangers walked into their classroom or office.
Interim superintendent Brad Prudhomme attended every pinning with the Kiwanis Club and individually graduated each nominee.

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Erath Police Chief Anna Lapointe updates School Superintendent Brad Prudhomme (back turned) on the bomb threat situation.

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An Erath fire truck blocks off the street in front of Erath Middle and Erath High School.

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School Superintendent Brad Prudhomme talks with members of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff Office deputies who were manning the Sheriff's command unit parked in front of Erath City Hall.

Erath schools, church cleared of bomb

Update: As of 11:35 a.m. the schools and church have been cleared and the students are back in school in Erath.
Erath Police Chief Anna LaPointe will begin looking at video from the school bus where the note was found. She said she is hoping to locate who left the note by the end of the day on Wednesday.

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Dozier Elementary student in Erath allegedly left bomb threat note on bus last week

Students and staff of three Erath schools were evacuated Friday because of a bomb threat note written allegedly by a student from Dozier Elementary, according to Erath Police Chief Anna LaPointe.
On Monday, the Erath police viewed video from the bus where the note was found and determined it was a student under the age of 10-years-old, who allegedly wrote and left the note.
No criminal charges will be filed against the child because the child was under the age of 10, LaPointe said.
She did not release the name of the student because of the age of the student.

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Jerome Puyau will no longer have the superintendent title in front of his name. He will, however, be the new school district's "consultant for the new superintendent" for the next nine months. His salary will be $12,000 a month until September of 2020.

Puyau is no longer superintendent; but will collect a $12,000 a month check from the school district

Superintendent Jerome Puyau era has ended with the Vermilion Parish School Board; however, he will still be employed with the Vermilion Parish School system and will be collecting a $12,000 a month salary for the next nine months.
At Thursday’s meeting, by a vote of 8-0, the school board has agreed to accept an offer ironed out between Puyau’s lawyer and the school board lawyer.
Bob Hammonds, the school board’s attorney, read to the public what the settlement agreement is.

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