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A sample of “gray death” recovered by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Dept.

PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT ‘GRAY DEATH’

FRANKLIN — St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office’s is warning the public about a new type of heroin so deadly it’s being called “gray death.”
Officials say that the drug, which has now been found in Louisiana, is so powerful that just touching it can kill you.
According to David Spencer, spokesperson for the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, “The public recognizes a lot of the drugs that we deal with. This is a new one.”
It has the appearance of small chunks of concrete.

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Carlee Alm-LaBar

United Way of Acadiana has new CEO/President

The United Way of Acadiana has named Carlee Alm-LaBar its new President/CEO of United Way of Acadiana, bringing to the organization her deep understanding of the issues and extensive community contacts.
“Over the last several years, I’ve been in positions that allowed me to see the needs and opportunities in our region. United Way of Acadiana is a perfect fit to leverage that knowledge and bring people and passion together to improve the lives of our citizens, Alm-LaBar said.

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Ahna Vincent, 5th grade student at Rene Rost Middle School, was named Vermilion Parish Elementary Student of the Year. Presenting her with this award is Superintendent Brad Prudhomme and Madeline DeHart, Supervisor of Fine Arts. Ahna is the daughter of Chris Vincent and Bridget Vincent.

Rene Rost’s Ahna Vincent Vermilion Parish’s Elementary Student of the Year

KAPLAN — Rene Rost student Ahna Vincent received the news that she was chosen to be the Vermilion Parish Elementary Student of the Year.
Her parents Chris and Bridget were present at the ceremony. Vincent’s parents said that their daughter is nothing shy of an amazing young girl and they couldn’t be any prouder.
Ahna said that she was shocked that she received this title and that she is proud of herself. “I was really not expecting that,” she said, “I think I have a 4.0 gpa, but I was still shocked.”

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The police jury will be picking up its commercial trash containers after May 15.

Vermilion Parish Police Jury getting out of Dumpster business

The Vermilion Parish Police Jury is getting out of the commercial dumpster business in 90 days.
On Monday, the police jury voted 11-3 to get out of the commercial dumpster business.
For years, the police jury has been providing dumpsters for businesses and charging them a flat fee per month. The police jury had grab trucks to empty the dumpsters and then bring the trash to the parish landfill.
Over the last few years, the police jury has been losing an average of $100,000 a year and filling up the landfill at a fast rate.

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Wildlife and Fisheries to celebrate 50 Years of Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System

One of Louisiana’s natural resource treasures is the abundance of waterways in the state. Meandering bayous, streams, rivers, coastal marshes and tidal creeks help make up the diversity of waterways in the Sportsman’s Paradise.
That’s why 50 years ago the Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) administers the Scenic Rivers system, in which there are approximately 80 streams or stream segments thereof, constituting an estimated 3,100 miles of the state’s streams, rivers and bayous.

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