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This plaque now hangs in the Erath Police Department.

Honoring former Erath police chief

<p>A special ceremony was held a year later to the date of the death of Erath Chief Police Gerald Hebert.<br />
Hebert died on Sept. 20, 2016 after a battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. Hebert was chief for nine years.<br />
Erath Police Chief Anna LaPointe arranged the ceremony at the newly renovated Erath Police Station, that Hebert helped design.<br />
In attendance were Hebert’s three children, along with grand children, six out of his 15 brother and sisters, plus, friends, aldermen and Mayor John Earl LeBlanc.<br />

Part of the fence that is currently around the pond will be moved to do some work at the new park in Abbeville.

Abbeville Council keeps moving forward with work at new park

<p>While the finished product remains at least a couple of years away, the City of Abbeville is taking steps to develop Lafitte Drive-in Park.<br />
The Abbeville City Council approved a plan in June to turn about 15 acres that used to be the site of the drive-in into a city park. The city purchased the land last year from the deGrauww family, which owned the drive-in. The land will be combined with adjacent property the city already owned to create a large recreational area.<br />

FOR SALE? Some St. Martinville officials have proposed the sale of the historic Duchamp Opera House in the city’s downtown historic district. The building, which dates back to the 1830s, was donated to the city by the Reuben-Willie-Zerben Bienvenu family in 1998 and underwent extensive renovations. But the cost of keeping the facility open, with little or no income-producing activites generated, is being called into question.(Sally Angelle)

City seeking options for old Opera House

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The city has begun looking for ideas to eliminate the ongoing expense of owning the 1830-vintage Duchamp Opera House. At the September 18 city council meeting, Dist.1 councilman Mike Fuselier said the time has come to rethink the city’s involvement with the historic building.<br />
In the 1800’s, the location became the cultural center of St. Martinville. Traveling opera companies, dance troupes and acting groups from all parts of the world performed there.<br />

House Sergeant of Arms Clarence “Smoke” Russ says the end of the last regular session earlier this month was one of the wildest he has ever seen in his 35 years of keeping order and safety at the Louisiana State Capitol. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/Manship School News Service)

House veteran says session was one of the wildest in his 35 years

Not much about the Louisiana legislature has changed since House Sergeant of Arms Clarence “Smoke” Russ began working at the Capitol in 1982, but the end of the last regular session was one to remember.

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