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Driver Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in Iberia Parish

NEW IBERIA – Shortly after 3 p.m. on Sept. 3, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA 14 at Claude Viator Road in Iberia Parish.
The crash ultimately took the life of 83-year-old Joyce Falgout of New Iberia.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed Falgout was driving a 2005 Ford Escape when she failed to yield at a stop sign to oncoming traffic as she entered LA 14 from Claude Viator Rd. Falgout’s vehicle was struck in the westbound travel lane by a 2018 Audi Q5 SUV.

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Brittany Hebert, Sky High CEO and Founder, displays artwork drawn by a St. Jude patient.

Group founded by Abbeville native makes fundraising commitment to St. Jude

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2019) – Sky High for Kids recently announced a $20 million naming commitment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a research floor in the new Advanced Research Center on the St. Jude campus that will open in 2021.
The organization, which has helped raise over $5 million for St. Jude since 2007, will continue its fundraising commitment over the next 13 years to support and further the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children® by advancing progress in the battle against childhood cancer.

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The newly crowned 2019 Gueydan Duck Festival Queen Rebekah Lepretre rides high in the Gueydan Duck Festival’s Grand Parade as it rolls down Main Street on Saturday, August 25.

Rebekah Lepretre wins the crown

GUEYDAN - The hometown girl snagged the crown on Saturday, August 25 at the Gueydan Duck Festival Queen’s Pageant.
Beating out seven other contenders, 17-year-old Rebekah Lepretre of Gueydan had a dream come true and became queen of the 2019 Gueydan Duck Festival. After an interview, an evening gown showcase and on stage commercial, the 2018 Duck Festival Queen Amy Jo Dupuis placed the coveted gold crown on Rebekah’s head.

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Vermilion Municipal and Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force Agents arrest five

According to Sheriff Mike Couvillon, the Vermilion Municipal and Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force made the following arrests for narcotics related offenses within the parish.
On Aug. 21, agents were conducting criminal patrol inside the city limits after receiving information from the Chief of Police into suspected illegal narcotic activity. Agents observed the vehicle described and observed it commit a traffic violation.

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Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter
Rice waits to be harvested by the combine in the background on a field on the Michael Fruge farm near Eunice.

Weather deals blow to Louisiana rice harvest

CROWLEY — Farmers probably would like to forget the 2019 rice crop, which has been plagued by low yields.
Bad weather from the start of the growing season through harvest is being blamed.
“Growing conditions have been less than ideal,” said LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell. “We didn’t have good conditions at any one point.”
Harrell estimated yields are off by 15% to 20% from the average harvest.
Yields range from the mid-20 barrel to the mid 60-barrel range, but much of it is between 35 and 43 barrels. “Most of it is below 45,” he said.

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