KATC-TV cameraman Justin Terro videos a blanket of giant salvinia skimming by as Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, a forth-generation commercial fisherman, pilots his crawfish skiff along I-10 toward the levee. (Ken Grissom)

Scientists call it Salvinia molesta. That ought to tell you something.
As we celebrate this Memorial Day amid argument over the proper role and place of statues and symbols, it might be useful to remember that the day was first meant to honor the Civil War dead.
After what police are calling an unprovoked shooting here Friday, a local man was treated for a gunshot wound and subsequently released, and a SWAT team in Mississippi stormed a motel room containing five persons, including the alleged shooter.

KATC-TV cameraman Justin Terro videos a blanket of giant salvinia skimming by as Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, a forth-generation commercial fisherman, pilots his crawfish skiff along I-10 toward the levee. (Ken Grissom)

A preview of Henderson Swamp 'at its worst'

KATC-TV cameraman Justin Terro videos a blanket of giant salvinia skimming by as Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, a forth-generation commercial fisherman, pilots his crawfish skiff along I-10 toward the levee. (Ken Grissom)

Scientists call it Salvinia molesta. That ought to tell you something.

St. Martinville shooting leads to SWAT action in Mississippi

After what police are calling an unprovoked shooting here Friday, a local man was treated for a gunshot wound and subsequently released, and a SWAT team in Mississippi stormed a motel room containing five persons, including the alleged shooter.

St. Martin school taxes down slightly

Residents of St. Martin Parish who pay property taxes will get a slight break on their 2016 tax bill following action taken last week by the St. Martin School Board.

CORRECTION

Doan Carplex, shown here, was mistakenly identified in the May 18 issue of Teche News as the subject of a complaint before the Henderson Town Council at the May 9 meeting. This is not the facility that residents alleged is emanating strong fumes and making loud noise into the night.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22

Monday, May 16
Arceneaux, Brock, 28, 1100 block of Percy Dr., St. Martinville; possession of Schedule II narcotics, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Broussard, Michael, 52, 100 block of Portage Rd., Arnaudville; domestic abuse battery (SMSO).

Parks weighs regs for mobile homes

The Village Council, in the process of establishing a new set of building codes, is wrestling with the question of standards for manufactured housing. The issue was discussed at the May 10 meeting.

Special School Board meeting May 18

The St. Martin School Board has scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) at its Administrative Office on Corporate Boulevard here.
Taking up the bulk of the three-page agenda are matters dealing with construction and maintenance projects being funded by bond issues authorized in 2009, 2013 and 2016.

First new sidewalks in 50 years!

In their May 10 meeting, Breaux Bridge aldermen moved to go ahead with five city-wide improvements to be funded by accumulated special tax district receipts. The funding was made possible by last month’s council decision changing restrictions on use of the one-cent special taxing district funds.

History of a speed trap

A letter to Teche News from attorney Allan Durand, who represents former Assistant Police Chief Mack Lloyd, shines a different light on the “quota” issue with regard to speeding tickets issued by Henderson police on Interstate 10.

Library reaching out in imaginative ways

At the May 2 meeting of the City Council, Sandra Soloman, program coordinator for the St. Martin Parish Library, proposed three interesting new library programs.

Lake Martin tourist trap?

On Thursday, May 5, starting at 6 p.m., the parish Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a request to allow commercial development at Lake Martin.

Losing ground!

HENDERSON SLIPPING AWAY – An underground rainwater drainage pipe passes beneath the home at left and empties into Bayou Amy below the surface. A major failure is allowing water to escape, washing away soil and endangering the property. (Karl Jeter)

Steve and Alecea Bridges have a serious problem that is getting worse as time goes on. They are sustaining extensive property damage due to erosion of the soil beneath their property caused by a leaking rainwater drainage pipe.

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Sports

FASTER THAN EVER – Team Pont Breaux, overall winners of the Chitimacha 20, display their first-in-class medals. Shown are (from left) racer director Ray Pellerin (in back); host Jackie Junca, secretary-treasurer of the Chitimacha Tribal Council; paddlers Conrad, Carson and Peyton Pellerin, and Pat Guidry; and Rick Wimberley of PSC Industrial Services, a sponsor. (Ken Grissom)

Team Pont Breaux, consisting this year of teenage triplets Carson, Conrad and Peyton Pellerin and Pat Guidry in a four-man kayak, busted their record in the Chitimacha 20 Saturday by 5 minutes and

Lifestyle

As we celebrate this Memorial Day amid argument over the proper role and place of statues and symbols, it might be useful to remember that the day was first meant to honor the Civil War dead.

Obituaries

Catahoula – A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at St. Rita Catholic Church for Myrtle B.

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