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No Abbeville Christmas Stroll this year

This year hasn’t presented many easy decisions.
While it wasn’t an easy one, Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said the decision to cancel the 2020 Abbeville Christmas Stroll was the right decision. The event would have taken place this Thursday.
“It was a difficult decision to make,” Piazza said. “We feel like the businesses, especially at this time, need all the exposure that they can get. That was the whole point in starting the stroll years ago.
“The origin of the stroll was to bring business to downtown Abbeville.”

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Photo credit: Brian Tran / University of Louisiana at Lafayette

UL Lafayette Commencement ceremonies set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, Wednesday, Dec. 9

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will confer undergraduate and graduate degrees during several Fall 2020 Commencement ceremonies that will be held over two days at Cajun Field and Lamson and Russo parks.
Individual ceremonies for six of UL Lafayette’s eight academic colleges are set for Tuesday, Dec. 8; ceremonies for two academic colleges and the Graduate School will be held the next day.

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From left are Evangeline Parish Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michael Lombas, Linzy Landreneau, Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard, Doctor Chuck Aswell, and Evangeline Parish School Board Supervisor Kelli LaFleur. (Gazette photo by Nancy Duplechain)

PILOTING A TESTING MISSION

NANCY DUPLECHAIN
LSN Associate Editor

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Abbeville High’s halls were empty on Monday. They will be empty again today, as students operate on a distancing learning model.

Abbeville High distance learning through Tuesday

Members of the Abbeville High administration, faculty and staff returned to campus on Monday after the Thanksgiving break.
However, they were the only people on campus.
Vermilion Parish Superintendent Tommy Byler announced on Sunday that Abbeville High students would be operating virtually during the first two days of this week.
“Abbeville High will not be in session for the students,” Byler said in a social media post. “Abbeville High will be in a distance-learning model on Monday and Tuesday.
“No students will be at school through Tuesday.”

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Maurice Aldermen approve pay increase for officers

MAURICE — Officers with the Village of Maurice have a little something to be thankful for this holiday season.
During its general meeting on Nov. 18, the Village of Maurice Board of Aldermen approved raises for current full-time officers as well as an increase for newly hired personnel. The Aldermen made the approval upon a recommendation by Chief of Police Guy Nerren.
The increase is $150 a month for both newly hired officers and those who are already with the department. The increase is effective for the pay period that began on Nov. 16.

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