By Catherine Hunt
LSU Manship School News Service
By Catherine Hunt
ERATH — This week would be when the street fair would be rolling through the streets of Erath in preparation for the 83rd Fourth of July Celebration. Instead, Erath’s streets will be empty this week because there will not be a Fourth of July Celebration because of the coronavirus.
A couple of months before the Fourth of July, the committee voted not to celebrate because of COVID-19. While there won’t be any street fair or parade this week, there still will be a partial celebration.
BATON ROUGE – While the state unemployment average is 13 percent, the good news is that Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate is well below that and is one of the lowest in Acadiana.
As of this week, Vermilion Parish’s unemployment rate is 10.6 which is the second lowest out of an eight-parish area in Acadiana.
The lowest is Cameron Parish at 7.9 percent, followed by Vermilion and then Acadia Parish (10.7).
The highest unemployment average in Acadiana is St. Mary Parish at 13.9 percent. Iberia Parish is second at 13.3 percent.
State health officials are reporting one new death in Vermilion Parish that is related to COVID-19.
The number of deaths from coronavirus in Vermilion Parish is now six.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), there are also 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the parish, bringing the total to 238 since the state began a tally in March. There were nine new cases reported on Sunday, June 28, after the state added 35 cases on Friday. That state did not report cases on Saturday, due to a planned power outage.
The search is officially underway for a new superintendent in Vermilion Parish.
School board attorney Bob Hammonds met with the school board members in a special meeting on Wednesday to go over the guidelines on how to hire a superintendent.
One of the first questions Hammonds said the board has to decide is when do they want to begin advertising for a superintendent.
The answer was immediately, as the process could take two months.