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Shelly Fairchild

Special Sounds on the Square set for Thursday in Abbeville

Welcome to a special Sounds on the Square event on August 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in Magdalen Square under the Oaks, featuring Cool Beats in the Sweet Summer Heat with Shelly Fairchild!
Fairchild was born in Clinton, Mississippi, to a musical family. She began performing at an early age at her church and later singing in her high school choir. During her college years she sang and performed, also traveling with the national touring company for “Beehive: The 60’s musical.”

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Timmie Melancon

Timmie Melancon announces candidacy for District 7 seat on BESE Board

As a teacher of English, Theatre, Public Speaking, and Debate, Timmie Melancon worked to instill the importance of strong communication skills in each and every student, believing that to be the key to success in life. Recognizing the lack of opportunities in theater for most of the high school students in Vermilion Parish, she created the performance group “Vermilion Players.”

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Robert Vincent was a big supporter of Kathleen Blanco.

Remembering Louisiana’s first female governor

Former Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana’s first female Governor, has died at the age of 76.
Governor Blanco will lie in state at Louisiana’s State Capitol in the coming days. The Governor’s office will release details soon.
Gov. Blanco made her presence known in Vermilion Parish. Erath Alderman Robert Vincent remembers Blanco.

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The police jury is considering improve the starting pay of a grab truck driver from $12 an hour to $15 an hour. With 10 hours a week overtime allowed, a new grab truck driver can earn $43,000 a year.

Pickup Problem

The mayors of the two largest cities in Vermilion Parish attended a Vermilion Parish Policy Jury committee meeting to complain about the way the police jury is picking up trash in their cities.
Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza and Kaplan Mayor Mike Kloesel spoke to the police jury about the garbage pick up. Also in the audience was Erath Mayor Taylor Mencacci.
As a result of their verbal complaints, police jury grab truck drivers, and dumpster truck drivers, who will make less than $15 per hour, will be getting a raise.

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The intersection of Lafayette Street and South Louisiana Street has had drainage issues for many years. The city will be making improvements in that area after receiving capital outlay funds from the state.

Drainage improvements coming to parts of Abbeville

Here’s some good news. 
Long-awaited capital outlay funds from the state have finally come through for the City of Abbeville. These are funds that will help cover the cost of four drainage projects in the city.
The total cost of the projects will be $500,000. The city will receive $375,000 from the state, with the city covering the remaining $125,000.
“You can’t say enough about the positive impact this is going to have for so many people,” Councilman Brady Broussard Jr. said during the Council meeting on Aug 6. “This is fantastic for our city.”

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