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OPELOUSAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BURNING 3 BAPTIST CHURCHES IN ST. LANDRY PARISH

LAFAYETTE — U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that Holden Matthews, 22, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Lafayette to intentionally setting fire to three Baptist churches because of the religious character of those buildings. Specifically, Matthews pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the Church Arson Prevention Act—one count for each church—as well as one count of using fire to commit a federal felony. The fires, which Matthews set over a ten-day period in March and April of 2019, completely destroyed each of the church buildings.

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QSA contract with Abbeville discussed

Hoping to find some stability and jump-start its youth recreation program, the City of Abbeville signed a three-year contract with Quality Sports Authority (QSA) in early 2017, and the city is now looking at a possible renewal.
As part of the agreement, the city paid QSA, the non-profit organization based in Erath, $75,000 each year to handle baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, tennis and any other sport approved for boys and girls by the city council.

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Police cars blocked off streets near the school.

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Police meet by Erath city hall .

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Buses were waiting for the students.

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Students were moved to the Community Center in Erath while the schools were checked for a bomb.

All clear given to Erath schools

UPDATE: The ALL CLEAR has been given in all schools in Erath.
Officials will begin the process of getting students back to their classes

Public Information Officer Drew David with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office is reporting that their office is assisting the Erath Police Department with an alleged bomb threat within the city limits of Erath.
The Sheriff's Office made one sweep of the schools and could not find any bomb. They are conducting a second sweep of the schools as of 11 a.m.

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This is a sculpture on display at North Vermilion High School. These look like a pile of real shoes that the students are collecting. It is actually shoes made of plaster and card board that represent those who died in the Holocaust.

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These look like real shoes but they are made of plaster and card board and are on display at North Vermilion High School.

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There are 150 pairs of shoes made of plaster and card board stacked against the wall in the main hall at North Vermilion High School.

Shoe sculpture at North Vermilion remembers the Holocaust victims

Walk into North Vermilion High School, and you will see a bunch of shoes stacked up against the wall. It looks like North Vermilion has a shoe drive. But if you go closer to the shoes, you will learn they are not real shoes.
Instead, the shoes are made of plaster and cardboard and painted to look like real shoes. The reason they are there is that they are part of a sculpture created by the four art classes at North Vermilion. The sculpture will be on display by the office for the next couple of weeks.

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Zontre Scott

Abbeville’s Scott named Acadiana’s Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

You may have seen the name Zontre Scott in the newspaper recently as he has been leading the Abbeville High basketball team in points this season. What you may not have known is that Zontre has also been achieving success off of the court as well through the Boys & Girls Club.
Since 1947 the Youth of the Year program has been Boys & Girls Clubs premier recognition program, celebrating Club members' extraordinary achievements.

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