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This is one of 22 aluminum handwashing stations built by DeHart Shipyard.

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Elementary students at Leblanc Elementary will first wash their hands when they arrive at school. The new hand washer is set up right at the entrance of the school.

DeHart Shipyard builds handwashing stations for public schools in Vermilion

DeHart Shipyard is known for building boats. For the last two weeks the Abbeville company has been busy building 22 hand washing stations for public schools in Vermilion Parish.
The stations range in size from eight feet long to five feet long.
Tony Romero oversaw the project at the DeHart Shipyard, located on the Vermilion River.
“This was a good project for us,” said Romero. “They turned out nice.”
Romero said they made each station out of aluminum because it was cheaper and lighter than stainless steel.”
To build one took an average of three hours.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards extends Phase 2 by 21 days

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that he will extend his Phase Two order, including the statewide mask mandate, closure of bars to on-site consumption and crowd size limits of no more than 50 people for at least another 21 days.
The current order expires on Friday, August 7. Gov. Edwards will sign a new order before the end of the week that extends this order through Friday, August 28.

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Ethan Hunt and Aneliese Hebert hold up their plaque after winning the State BETA competition earlier in the year.

National Champs! Hebert, Hunt sing their way to the National Beta Performing Arts title

Vermilion Catholic High graduates Aneliese Hebert and Ethan Hunt completed their senior year by winning the National Championship in the Performing Arts category at the National Beta Convention.
A few months earlier, the duo won the state competition out of more than 60 contestants. They sang, “God Is” which was originally sung by Kanye West.

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Some businesses in Vermilion Parish still remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant program opening for Louisiana businesses affected by COVID-19

Louisiana small businesses that have been hammered by the coronavirus outbreak and haven’t received federal aid can start applying this week for grants up to $15,000 to cover pandemic-related expenses, under a program created by state lawmakers.
Grants in the $275 million, federally financed Main Street Recovery Program are expected to run out quickly. More than 450,000 businesses are estimated to be eligible, but fewer than 20,000 would be able to collect payments if they each receive the maximum grant.

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Harvest Time Academy will start school on August 10

There is one school in Vermilion Parish that still has plans to open on Aug. 10.
Harvest Time Christian Academy in Abbeville will be starting school earlier than any other school in the parish.
According to Michelle Rupert, the Harvest Time principal, the first date of school is Monday, Aug. 10.
Public schools in Vermilion Parish have a start-date of Aug. 27.
Harvest Time is a private school located on 103 Robert Wells Drive near Abbeville High School. It has been in existence for more than 30 years.

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