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Rev. Deacon Madge McLain is the new face at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

McLain new deacon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Abbeville

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church welcomed Rev. Deacon Madge McLain to Abbeville a little more than three months ago.
It is another stop on the journey, one that has brought her through various jobs and eventually to the church.
“In August of this year,” McLain said, “I was ordained as a transitional deacon, a ministry that must be fulfilled for a period of six months. In February of 2018, I will be made a priest in the Episcopal church and my hope is to continue at St. Paul’s for many years.”
McLain’s early years took her to many places.

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Sales tax collection in Vermilion Parish dips year after flood

There was a drop in sales tax collection for the month of September but it may not be because the economy is dipping. It could be due to the 2016 August flood.
In the past, when Vermilion Parish has had floods from storm surges or massive rains, Vermilion Parish sees in a spike in spending because of rebuilding or repairing of flooded homes.

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Downtown Erath will be lit up Friday night at 6 o’clock.

Sixth annual Erath Lighting of the Christmas Lights set for Friday

ERATH - The Town of Erath and the Erath 4th of July Association would like to invite everyone to attend the 6th Annual Lighting of the Christmas Lights.
This year’s lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, November 24th at 6:00 PM in front of Erath City Hall, located at 115 West Edwards Street.
The town Christmas tree, which was donated by the Landry family of Erath, along with all Christmas decorations will be lit at this time.

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Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, at left, answers a question at the Richard and Neal Fontenot Farm in Evangeline Parish. At right is Gov. John Bel Edwards. Strain and Edwards made six stops across the state Nov. 14-17.

Farmers voice concerns during listening tour

VIDRINE — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain wrapped up an agriculture and forestry listening tour at Richard and Neal Fontenot’s R&N Farms in the Evangeline Parish community of Vidrine on Nov. 17.
Farmers expressed their concerns about infrastructure needs, red tape involved with obtaining foreign labor, sales taxes on farm supplies and equipment, high electricity rates and funding for LSU AgCenter research facilities.

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