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Free COVID-19 testing extended to Sunday, paired with food distribution effort on Friday

LAFAYETTE — Free mobile COVID-19 testing at Cajun Field will be extended through Sunday, July 19. Testing on Friday, July 17, however, will be limited to motorists who visit the site to receive food.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Louisiana Department of Health have been operating the site since July 10.

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Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon’s Message On the Latest Governor’s Proclamation Regarding Covid-19 Mitigation Measures Including Mandatory Face Coverings

On Saturday July 11, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards released Proclamation 89-20, which included additional Covid-19 mitigation measures including the closure of bars and crowd size limitations at indoor facilities. The proclamation also included the requirement for the wearing of facial covers (masks covering the mouth and nose) at any commercial establishment and government buildings open to the public whether indoor or outdoor where strict social distancing cannot be maintained.

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to members of the media at LSU on July 14, 2020.
By David Jacobs | The Center Square

VP Mike Pence urges schools reopening, pledges federal support for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana is better positioned to safely hold in-person classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic now than it was in March or April, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday.
Though coronavirus infections again are rising statewide, not reopening schools is too risky for students to be considered, federal officials said.
“The people of Louisiana know how to slow the spread. They know how to flatten the curve,” Pence said. “We’re with you, and we’re going to be with you every step of the way.”

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Melinda Roy

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Dr. Belisa Smith

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Educators honored by Kiwanis Club of Abbeville

The first-ever Abbeville Kiwanis Club Educators Award night was held on a smaller scale, but it did not matter because everyone who attended enjoyed the night.
The event was held on Tuesday at the old Riverfront Restaurant next to the Vermilion River.
The awards were given to the top elementary teacher, the top middle school teacher, and the top high school teacher in the parish. Other awards given were to the top high school, middle school, and elementary principal. The first award went to the top support worker of the school district.

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Robert Vincent takes a photo by a St. Therese statue at Sacred Heart Church in Morgan City. He is on a mission to locate as many churches with the same statue. He has located 10 churches, thus far.

'Searching For St. Therese'

On Oct. 3, 1939, Dudley J. LeBlanc donated a St. Theresa statue to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville.
That was one of numerous St. Therese statues that LeBlanc, affectionately known as “Coozan Dud,” had donated to churches in Louisiana.
More than 80 years later, Robert Vincent is working to track down all of the statues donated by LeBlanc.
“When the world came to a stop in March with the pandemic,” Vincent said, “I felt now is the time to go find the many statues given by Coozan Dud.
“I was ‘in search of St. Therese.’”

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