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Female Bicyclist Struck, Killed in Pecan Island

PECAN ISLAND — On April 10, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a bicycle on LA 82 west of LA 3147 in Vermilion Parish. The crash claimed the life of 34-year-old Michelle J. Hebert of Lafayette.
The preliminary investigation revealed Hebert was traveling east on a bicycle, approximately 4 feet from the solid white fog line in the eastbound lane of travel, when she was struck from behind by a 2012 GMC Acadia driven by 30 year old Racquelle Koch of Kaplan. At the time of the crash it was daylight.

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Clerk Of Court Diane Meaux Broussard breaks a champagne bottle on the Vermilion.

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In the next couple of weeks the Vermilion fishing vessel will be put into action.

Vermilion Christened

Omega Protein is pleased to announce the launch of its newest and largest fishing vessel operating in Louisiana, the F/V Vermilion, to start the 2018 Gulf of Mexico fishing season. The Vermilion marks a significant upgrade to the Company’s fleet, with state-of-the-art technological and safety features that will improve worker safety and increase efficiency.
It is the latest investment made by the Company in its Gulf fishing communities.
The Vermilion was officially christened at a ceremony on Saturday at Omega Protein’s Intracoastal City facility.

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Abbeville wins Cleanest City District title

As they passed through Abbeville on Tuesday morning, judges with the Louisiana Garden Club Federation liked what they saw.
That is apparent, as the judges awarded the city with a another district title in the Cleanest City Contest. The city won in District III. This marks five in a row and six out of the last eight times the city has won such an honor.
“It’s nice to have this victory again,” Mayor Mark Piazza said. “We are really excited about it.”

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Councilman Francis Touchet Jr. discusses plans for the space at the old tourism office. The wall behind the wooden shelf will be removed to open up the area. The room to the right will be made into a handicap accessible restroom.

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The partitions will be removed along with the wall to create more space for a new meeting room at the old tourism office in Abbeville.

Putting space to good use

An empty space owned by the city will soon have a new purpose.
Plans are in the works to remodel the old Vermilion Parish Tourism office on Veterans Memorial Drive and turn it into a space that can be utilized as a meeting place for various civic organizations.
“If the Kiwanis Club wants to meet here or the Rotarians want to use it,” Councilman Francis Touchet Jr. said, “we can have a place for them to be able to do that.”
“For the various organizations, there is going to be a space if they want to use it.”

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The bridge is open to traffic.

Bridge on John Hardy reopens

After more than four months, and what feels like longer for many drivers in Abbeville, the bridge on South John Hardy Drive reopened Monday afternoon.
The bridge had been closed since Nov. 30, 2017, when officials with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development unexpectedly closed the bridge after an inspection.
“There has been some tremendous patience,” Councilman Francis Plaisance said. “We have been receiving all these phone calls about the bridge.
“It’s a lot more traveled than even I realized.”

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