(This article first ran in the Oilman Magazine recently. The magazine gave the Meridional permission to print it).
The Vermilion Parish School Board meeting lasted only 90 seconds, but School Board President Anthony Fontana’s words during that time may be felt throughout the parish.
After role call was taken by Superintendent Jerome Puyau, missing were Laura LeBeouf, Luddy Herpin, Sara Duplechain and Kibbie Pillette. Fontana spoke.
Abbeville farmers and the Louisiana rice industry on the whole should reap the benefits of the recent trade agreement that will enable the United States to export commodities like rice to China.
China consumers and produces more rice than any other country. Last year, China imported about 5 million tons of rice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.
Abbeville farmer and President of the Vermilion Parish Rice Growers Association, Allen McLain said countries like China want to consume
U.S. rice because of its strict regulations.
The Louisiana Department of Education honored Tommy Byler, principal of North Vermilion High School in Maurice, with the title of 2018 Louisiana State Principal of the Year at the Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala in Baton Rouge.
Nominations for Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year have seen a 300 percent increase since 2014. Byler was one of three finalists at the awards ceremony on Friday. He now represents the 1,400 principals in Louisiana.
According to KATC, Carencro Police arrested an Abbeville man Saturday after a high-speed chase.
Timothy Shake Jr., 25, was booked with Hit and Run Driving, Reckless Operation, Aggravated Flight, DUI (2nd Offense), Possession of drugs, and possession of a firearm in the presence of drugs.
Carencro Police were called to Interstate 49 northbound near Carencro Saturday afternoon for a report of a hit-and-run crash, Chief David Anderson said.