KASSI BERARD (center) accepts the 2016 Young Farm Woman Award at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Berard, a sugarcane farmer from St. Martin Parish, was joined on stage during the Awards ceremony by Amelia Kent, chair of the Young Farmer’s and Rancher’s Committee (left), and Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson. (Submitted)

Kassi Berard of Breaux Bridge was selected the 2016 Outstanding Young Farm Woman at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention here last month. This award is presented to a woman agriculture producer who promotes leadership and the continuation of the family farm in Louisiana.
All retail Cleco customers will see lower energy bills beginning July 1, thanks to a one-time credit of approximately $475 per customer account. The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) ordered the credit as part of a set of commitments the new owners agreed upon to acquire the company.
Two adages came to mind as I kept noticing weather reports while I was looking for something else in some old newspapers. The first is, “If you don’t like Louisiana weather, just wait a bit and it will change.” The second is, “Be careful what you pray for.”

KASSI BERARD (center) accepts the 2016 Young Farm Woman Award at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Berard, a sugarcane farmer from St. Martin Parish, was joined on stage during the Awards ceremony by Amelia Kent, chair of the Young Farmer’s and Rancher’s Committee (left), and Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson. (Submitted)

Le Feu et l’Eau Rural Arts Celebration heats up

Within the pool of spring festivals, the Arnaudville Fire and Water celebration shape shifts between house party and family gathering. Here you meet and become friends with the artists, musicians and artisans for who the celebration seeks to support.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, March 28, through Sunday, April 3

Monday, March 28
Alexander, Jernathon, 35, 900 block of Landry St., Breaux Bridge; aggravated battery, Breaux Bridge Police Department (BBPD).
Begnaud, Codey, 44, 4000 block of Poydras Hwy., Breaux Bridge; hold for court, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).

Bayou cleanup in Parks April 9

TECHE PROJECT Bayou Operations coordinator Dane Thibodeaux shows his appreciation for the debris plucked out of the water by volunteers during one of the organized cleanups of Bayou Teche.

Saturday, April 9, there will be another organized roundup of all the foam cups, hamburger boxes, cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic grocery sacks, potato chip bags and other litter that make their way like an inexorable lava flow from street gutters and parking lots and sidewalks into Bayou Teche.

A JOHN WAYNE KIND OF SHERIFF

It could be argued that despite racking up an impressive list of law enforcement firsts for St.

Early voting runs through Saturday

Early voting for the Saturday, April 9, election, which began last Saturday, March 26, continues through this Saturday, April 2.

Festival of Mercy in St. Martinville April 3

A Festival of Mercy honoring Mother Teresa, the Saint of Mercy, will be held on the banks of Bayou Teche in St. Martinville on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, March 21, through Sunday, March 27

Monday, March 21
Alexander, Justin, 24, 1800 block of Anse Broussard Hwy., Breaux Bridge; child endangerment/domestic abuse, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Fontenot, Kirk, 28, Carencro; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Thibodeaux, Aaron, 35, 1000 block of Reams Blvd., St. Martinville; probation violation (SMSO).

Sheriff announces 2016 scholarship program

Once again this year, Sheriff Ronald J. Theriot will be awarding three $1000 college scholarships.
The scholarships will be awarded to one senior each at Breaux Bridge High School, St. Martinville Senior High, and Cecilia High.

Parish Council to consider rededicating courthouse tax

The St. Martin Parish Courthouse Annex under construction in 2009. Parish Government rededicated a 4.5-mill property tax originally levied for library construction to finance the annex and renovate the main courthouse, built before the Civil War. Parish Council is now considering asking voters to rededicate revenue from the tax for drainage improvement and to refurbish parks.

Faced with a choice of giving a tax break or renovating and expanding the antebellum parish courthouse, voters back in 2005 chose the latter.

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Two adages came to mind as I kept noticing weather reports while I was looking for something else in some old newspapers.

Obituaries

Breaux Bridge – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Pellerin Funeral Home for Harriet T.

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