A short biographical sketch of Jihad Muhammad is probably in order.
For the past four-plus years, the city has provided an apartment to a University of Chicago forensic researcher. The matters of cost/benefit and liability for the living quarters, as well as the veracity of the project, were the subject of mildly heated discussion at the July 19 City Council meeting.

PETIT TOUR DU TECHE – Young kayakers churn up Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge during Petit Tour du Teche 2015. This year’s day of youth racing put on by Tour du Teche is set for Saturday, Aug. 6. Registration is open and can be made online via https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=59680. (File photo)

Registration is open for Petit Tour du Teche, youth races in Bayou Teche at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux. The event is Saturday, Aug. 6. Registration costs $20 and includes a T-shirt and lunch. Boats and other equipment are not provided. All paddlers must wear Coast Guard-approved PFDs.

PETIT TOUR DU TECHE – Young kayakers churn up Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge during Petit Tour du Teche 2015. This year’s day of youth racing put on by Tour du Teche is set for Saturday, Aug. 6. Registration is open and can be made online via https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=59680. (File photo)

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.

Cormier pushing Teche Ridge as a Lafayette bypass

Guy Cormier

While prospects appear dim that Interstate 49 will detour around Lafayette on the Teche Ridge, St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier says there is still hope for a major new highway in the parish on that naturally elevated route.

How Breaux Bridge is weathering downturn

SUPPORT FOR COA – Breaux Bridge Mayor Ricky Calais presents a $10,000 donation to the Council on Aging. Shown are (from left) COA Chairperson Jennifer Champagne, Councilman Gary Champagne, COA board members Janet Lasseigne and Betty Guidry, executive director Shanese Lewis, Calais and council members Howard Alexander, Ernest “E.J.” Ledet, Brenda Castille Hobbs and Glenn Angelle. (Karl Jeter)

Sales tax receipts here are down as they are throughout the area, but so far, spending controls are keeping high priority projects on schedule.

Will the ’Ville become ‘Cleanest City’ again?

CONTEST WINNERS – “Cleanest City” Slogan and poster contest winners received awards for their entries. Paige Broussard (left) was the first place winner in both categories. Her winning slogan is “Getting Clean in 2016.” (Karl Jeter)

ith judging for the “District’s Cleanest City” just around the corner, St. Martinville schools and civic groups are asking residents to help by sprucing up their properties.

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PETIT TOUR DU TECHE – Young kayakers churn up Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge during Petit Tour du Teche 2015. This year’s day of youth racing put on by Tour du Teche is set for Saturday, Aug. 6. Registration is open and can be made online via https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=59680. (File photo)

Registration is open for Petit Tour du Teche, youth races in Bayou Teche at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux. The event is Saturday, Aug. 6.

Lifestyle

Things are pretty quiet over here lately. With crawfishing over, the truck and boat trailer traffic on Hwy. 997 is slight. Hardly any FAS tanker trucks passing, which is a real blessing.

Obituaries

Henderson – Family and friends will gather together in remembrance to celebrate Danny’s life, on Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 4 p.m.

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