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Abbeville man sentenced to 70 years in prison for production, possession of child pornography

United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a former Vermilion Parish middle school teacher was sentenced last week to 70 years in prison for making and possessing child pornography.
James Stacey Harber, 33, of Abbeville, La., previously of Ohio, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on three counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and is required to register as a sex offender.

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Jeremy Alford

Numbers being questioned in budget negotiations

After months of meetings that failed to yield compromises and threats of a gut-wrenching string of legislative sessions, Gov. John Bel Edwards has finally shared with lawmakers his top policy priorities and a doomsday budget proposal.
But some lawmakers who were involved with the big reveal during Monday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget were unsure about one thing: the numbers.

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UL Lafayette students from Vermilion Parish recognized on Fall 2017 President’s, Dean’s lists

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has released its President’s and Dean’s lists for the Fall 2017 semester.
Students recognized on the President’s List have earned a 3.8 GPA or better.
Dean’s List honorees have earned at 3.5 GPA or better.
To qualify for either list, students must be enrolled full-time.

Students from Vermilion Parish:


Dean’s List
Grant A Broussard
Sadie L Romero

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PHOTO by Sarah Gamard
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne (forefront) presented the governor’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019 to a joint legislative committee on Monday.

Governor delivers doomsday budget; TOPS, health care cut

BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge’s rainy weather mirrored the gloom inside the Capitol Monday, as Gov. John Bel Edwards presented a 2019 doomsday budget with deep cuts in the popular TOPS college scholarship program and in state health services that he said he hopes never go into effect.

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Missy Bienvenu Andrade

Andrade named CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana

For Missy Bienvenu Andrade, going into the office each day for the past five years has meant working to help make the Acadiana area a better place.
Andrade has served as vice president of investor relations and development for One Acadiana (1A), formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. She will soon be moving into a new office with a different organization, but the daily mission will remain the same.
Andrade has been named CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana. She will oversee clubs in Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia and St. Landry Parishes.



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