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Members of the Rotary Club helped during Wednesday’s “Save the Cattle Festival” fundraiser.

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Wednesday’s fundraiser sold out of jambalaya.

Cattle Festival saved: Response to fundraiser helps pave way for ‘21

Wednesday’s fundraiser to “Save the Cattle Festival” went well.
Gulf Coast Bank, the Rotary Club of Abbeville and others helped Cattle Festival organizers hold a jambalaya fundraiser in response to this year’s festival having to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival organizers also had to cancel events throughout the year, events that raise funds to keep the Cattle Festival organization going. The fundraiser took place at the Red Barn on Rodeo Road, with people picking up a meal for $7.

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Three Vermilion Parish schools earn Blue Ribbon honor

Vermilion Parish has some great schools.
Three of those schools received national recognition on Thursday. Forked Island E. Broussard Elementary, Indian Bayou Elementary and Erath High School received the honors.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 10 Louisiana schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

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Special session begins today

BATON ROUGE — The State Legislature has announced that it will convene the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, that will focus on Hurricane Laura recovery, COVID-19 funding and the state’s unemployment fund.
According to a release from the Louisiana House of Representatives, a majority of the House and the Senate members have authorized the written petition under the state constitution to call itself into special session, which also sets the agenda for the upcoming session.
Lawmakers can file and consider bills on 70 items.

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Photo by Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Lafayette researchers are using artificial intelligence to more accurately – and quickly – forecast floods. They've created a data mining prototype that placed UL Lafayette – along with tech giant Google and the U.S. Department of Defense – among the top finishers in the Igniting Innovation Award competition. Dr. Emad Habib (left) and Dr. Robert Miller of the University’s Louisiana Watershed Flood Center are shown by the Vermilion River discussing water gauges.

UL Lafayette researchers developing 'smarter' methods for forecasting floods

Researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are using artificial intelligence to more accurately – and quickly – forecast floods.
And they’re doing it well.
UL Lafayette – along with entities such as tech giant Google and the U.S. Department of Defense – are among the top finishers in the Igniting Innovation Award competition earlier this month. The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council gives the award for innovative research that benefits people and communities.

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$7.75 ‘Parcel’ fee on Nov. 3 ballot; would generate new revenue stream to support Economic Development in Vermilion Parish

When you spend $7.75 on a meal at a fast food restaurant for lunch, you are helping the local economy.
There’s a chance that same $7.75 can be used to further economic development for all of Vermilion Parish.
On the Nov. 3 ballot, voters in Vermilion Parish will have an opportunity to decide on a parcel fee for the Vermilion Economic Development District (“Alliance” or VEDA). Anne Falgout, VEDA executive director, attended meetings this past month, including Delcambre, Erath, Abbeville, Gueydan, Maurice and the Abbeville Rotary, to provide details on the proposition.

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