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Emily Vidalier of Forked Island-E. Broussard Elementary exhibited the Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at the 46th Annual Vermilion 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. Emily received a bag, ribbon, cash award and a belt buckle. The buckle is sponsored in memory of Freddie LeMaire, Jr., by Scottie LeMaire, Sydney, Tammy and Jamie Gaspard. Her cash award is sponsored by the Vermilion Parish Cattlemen’s Association. Emily also showed the Grand Champion Market Lamb, exhibited the Grand Champion Commercial Ewe; placed 1st in 9-11 year old sheep showmanship; placed 1st in the Beef Premier Exhibitor and Sheep Premier Exhibitor contests. Pictured with Emily are (l to r) Beef Judge, Ricky Thomas;
Jamie Gaspard; Sydney Gaspard; Celine Auzenne, 2020 Vermilion Parish Cattlemen’s Queen; and Calvin LeBouef of the Vermilion Parish Cattlemen’s Association.

Vermilion Parish 4-H Jr. Livestock Show, Sale totals more than $132,800

The 46th Annual Vermilion Parish 4-H Livestock Show and Sale was a great success. It involved 178 young people who exhibited over 254 head of livestock (beef, sheep, goats, dairy, swine) and 84 poultry entries. This event is organized by the LSU AgCenter Extension Service and was held January 17-18, at the Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building in Abbeville. A large crowd was on hand to witness the skills of these 4-H’ers and to view the extensive exhibition of the highest quality stock in Vermilion Parish.

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Students take part in Vermilion Parish Government Day

Students take part in Vermilion Parish Government Day

The Vermilion Parish Government Day is currently being held on January 21-22, 2020 in the Vermilion Parish Courthouse in Abbeville.
High school students from across the parish are running for offices like Defense Attorney and Sheriff. A “crime” will be arranged and committed by Louisiana Boy and Girl Staters and a mock trial will be held once those who win the ‘election’ are sworn in. Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Scott Desormeaux, Commander 2nd Battalion 156th Infantry Regiment.

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Former Kaplan Police Chief Boyd Adams

Warrant issued for former Kaplan Police Chief

KAPLAN - There is a warrant out for the arrest of former Kaplan Police Chief Boyd Adams.
Adams failed to appear in court for a trial docket on Monday at the Vermilion Parish Court House.
Adams’ lawyer was in the courtroom, but not Adams.
Judge Ed Broussard issued the warrant for Adam’s arrest, because he was not in the courtroom.

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Front Row, Left to Right - Chad Vallo District 14, Scott Broussard District 11, Paul Bourgeois - Vice President District 7, Dane Hebert - President District 1, Wayne Touchet District 5, Ronald Darby District 4, Brent Landry District 3. Back Row, Left to Right - Sandrus Stelly District 13, Chad Lege District 9, Ronald Menard District 10, Dexter Callahan District 12, Errol Domingues District 8, Mark Poche’ District 6 and Jason Picard District 2.

Vermilion Parish Police Jurors sworn in

Some new faces are joining familiar ones on the Vermilion Parish Police Jury.
The 14 members of the police jury took their respective oaths during a meeting Monday night.
Returning to office are Paul Bourgeois Jr. (District 7), Dane Hebert (District 1), Wayne Touchet (District 5), Ronald Darby (District 4), Brent Landry (District 3), Sandrus Stelly (District 13), Ronald Menard (District 10), Errol Domingues (District 8), Mark Poche (District 6) and Jason Picard (District 2).

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Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter
A harvester cuts sugarcane in a Vermilion Parish field. The amount of cane was down in 2019, but sugar recovery
increased slightly.

Prior harvest affected 2019 sugarcane crop

CROWLEY — Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist, said the muddy 2018 harvest affected the recent sugarcane crop with reduced cane tonnage.
“It was a light crop,” Gravois said. “Anytime you have a muddy harvest in the previous year, you have a hangover effect into the next year.”
The average yield was 30 tons per acre statewide, compared to 39 tons the previous year.
“That was a record tonnage last year,” he said.

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