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One Acadiana names Troy Wayman President & CEO

LAFAYETTE – One Acadiana (1A) today announced the selection of Troy Wayman as its next president and CEO. Wayman currently is Vice President of Economic Development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, a 2,000-member organization and economic development group. His appointment is effective February 15. Jim Bourgeois, 1A’s Interim President & CEO and Executive Director of Business Development since 2015, will serve throughout the transition.

Members of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard replace the flag near the John “Dooley” Hardy Memorial. The photos of the five fallen law enforcement members
honored Friday are at the bottom of the memorial.

Pastor Lane Payne (middle) speaks about the service of law enforcement during Friday’s John “Dooley” Hardy Memorial. Taking part in the service are (L-R) Abbeville
Police Chief Tony Hardy, Leland Laseter, Jonathan
Touchet and Joseph Boneski.

Hardy Memorial in Abbeville honors fallen officers

Dozens gathered at the Abbeville Police Department Friday morning to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty as part of the annual John “Dooley” Hardy Memorial.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hardy’s death. His brother, Abbeville Police Chief Tony Hardy, said that while the memorial honors law enforcement, it provides a message that should resonate with everyone.
“No day is guaranteed,” Tony Hardy said. “Take care of your family, your kids and your friends.
“Nothing is guaranteed.”

Abbeville Council backing local shrimp industry

Local elected officials recognize the importance of the Vermilion Parish shrimping industry and are hoping that some of the nation’s top elected officials will see that, too.
The Abbeville City Council voted Tuesday night to adopt a request the Louisiana Congressional delegation and the U.S.Congress to seek trade regulations that would help domestic suppliers, like our Vermilion Parish shrimpers, compete fairly against imported shrimp. The Vermilion Parish Police Jury took a similar step in late November.

A farmer harvests sugarcane in the snow near Lecompte on Dec. 8. Despite a wet growing season and an early December snowstorm, Louisiana is expecting to set a record in terms of sugar per acre this year. Because of the large crop, some mills are extending their grinding season as late as Jan. 20. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

Louisiana sugarcane crop poised to break record

BATON ROUGE — It looks as if Louisiana’s sugarcane grinding season is going to be an extended one. But there is a good reason for the late finish—an exceptional sugarcane crop.
Most years, the majority of mills complete grinding by the end of December. While some may be finished by then this year, others are scheduled to continue grinding until as late as Jan. 20.
“That’s very late,” said Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist. “That makes a lot of people nervous going that late, but we’ve had a good crop. We’re sitting on a record crop here in Louisiana.”

Sales tax collection in Vermilion Parish down slightly, but government entities can handle decline

The City of Abbeville is on schedule to end the 2017 calender year in decent shape, when it comes to sales tax collection.
The city’s budget is down three percent as the year comes to a close.
Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said, with all things considered, he is happy with only being down three percent.
“That is not bad in my opinion,” Piazza said.
The city collects around $3.8 million a year from sales tax collection. If the city is down three percent, that equals to about $114,000 for the year.

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