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Deyshia Hargrave (left) holds up her Courage Award that she was given by the LTAE. Next to her is Debbie Meaux.

Courage Award winner

One question has changed the life of Deyshia Hargrave, a Rene Rost Middle School teacher.
At a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting a few months ago, Hargrave asked Superintendent Jerome Puyau why he thought it was right for him to get a pay raise when teachers have not gotten one in years. A few minutes later, Hargrave was being escorted out of the meeting by Reggie Hiltz, who works for the Abbeville Marshal’s office. Hiltz handcuffed Hargrave, placed her in a police car and drove her to the Abbeville Police Station.

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Changes for Maurice bars

MAURICE — There will be some changes to the bar scene in the Village of Maurice.
The Maurice Board of Aldermen voted Wednesday during its monthly meeting to prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from entering an establishment that has the primary purpose of selling alcohol. The Board also passed an amendment to the open container ordinance, one that will allow officers to issue citations in bar parking lots.
The Board held a public hearing for both items prior to passing both unanimously.

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Abbeville Police working shooting that claims life of Kaplan man

Abbeville Police are looking for suspects involved in a shooting that left a Kaplan man dead.
Just after 2 a.m. on April 17, the Abbeville Police Department responded to a complaint of shots fired in the area of Graceland Avenue and Hawthorne Street.
Upon the officers’ arrival, they were unable to locate any incident.
The officers continued to search the area and located a subject laying in the street on the 200 block of East Vermilion Street. The victim, later identified as Douglas Bourque, 38, of Kaplan, suffered from several gunshot wounds.

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Vermilion Parish School Board hears plan that would create French Immersion program for 2019-’20 school year

On Monday, the Vermilion Parish School Board held a committee meeting, discussing several changes that may come to schools in the parish.
The highlight of the meeting focused on considering approval for proceeding with opening a French Immersion kindergarten class in Vermilion Parish, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
Ellen Arceneaux prepared a detailed presentation on the program after doing much research and visiting schools that have the program already.

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Catch basin grates, like this one, are being removed and leaving a big hole. To replace one cost the taxpayers on average $300.

Catch basin grates being stolen in Vermilion Parish

Metal thieves are putting you in danger and costing you money by stealing catch basin grates and manhole covers.
More than 50 have gone missing in Vermilion Parish in the last month. When one disappears it leaves a big opening for a deep hole. The Vermilion Parish Police Jury has to spend big bucks to replace them.
The police jury is asking the community and salvage yards to help stop these costly and dangerous thefts.
For the last month, bold thieves are riding around the parish and taking catch basin grates.
On Thursday one was stolen in Abbeville.

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