Sheriff Mark Hebert has unveiled a new website that provides updated information about policing operations in St. Mary Parish.

The website,, publishes news releases, information on how each division operates and a link on how to submit tips on lawbreakers.

Other features on the site are: alert notifications on most-wanted criminals; messages from Hebert; social media links; an e-newsletter; a history section that contains photos and documentation of past sheriffs; and most-wanted listings.

The website features mug shots of those arrested and the charges for which they were booked into St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center, and also suspects released from jail.

One-stop registrations

The Lafayette Parish School System is offering a one-stop, centralized registration for families to register new students from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the former Lerosen Elementary site at 516 E. Pinhook Road.

Registration also will be conducted at the former Lerosen Elementary site from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 and Aug. 4.

The fall semester for public schools starts Aug. 12.

Parents will need to visit their child’s school to schedule classes and receive school supply lists.

Parents should bring each student’s birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records, last report card and proof of address such as a utility bill in the parent’s or guardian’s name.

Parents can download and complete a registration form at

Cajun grant proposals

The Community Foundation of Acadiana is seeking grant proposals for the Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund, which furthers usage of French in everyday conversations, the arts or in classrooms.

There are two grants available, each up to $325, for classroom projects, research, cultural activities and media projects.

All the projects proposed by grant writers must have at the core using spoken French in the community.

The deadline to submit proposals is Aug. 15.

Applications can be found at guidry or by emailing rgccl

Free book registration

Parents can register children up to 5 years old at First National Bank of Louisiana locations from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday to receive free books.

The books are offered through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Each registered child receives one free book in the mail each month until age 5.

More than 13,000 children in Acadiana have received books through Parton’s program.

Sign-up is available in the lobbies of First National Bank of Louisiana at:

  • Crowley Main Office, 128 N. Parkerson Ave.
  • North Crowley Office, 1941 N. Parkerson Ave.
  • River Ranch Office, 1300 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette.

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at or by fax to: (337) 269-0410.