Flood Kits are now available to residents and businesses affected by the recent flood event in St. Martin Parish who have already registered their damages with the St. Martin Parish OHSEP Office.

CYPRESS ISLAND AREA – Homes were submerged by waters from the Bayou Vermilion and Lake Martin in the Cypress Island area, reaching pass the door knobs on some homes. (Sally Angelle)

As we enter the recovery stage of the recent flooding throughout St. Martin Parish, and as residents start returning to their homes and business, parish officials are stressing the vital importance of reporting any and all damages sustained to homes and businesses.
A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Mobile unit is at the Veteran’s Home in Breaux Bridge. The location is open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Sunday. Register at disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 before visiting this location. Photo by Sally Angelle

CYPRESS ISLAND AREA – Homes were submerged by waters from the Bayou Vermilion and Lake Martin in the Cypress Island area, reaching pass the door knobs on some homes. (Sally Angelle)


On April 28, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office received a missing-persons report regarding a white male, Patrick Patin, 54, of Breaux Bridge.
Patin was last seen by family members on Tuesday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m. His vehicle is described as a white 1998 Toyota truck, bearing license plate number La. V207284.

African American Museum offering culture tour May 21-22

“CHILDREN OF WHITNEY” statues by artist Woodrow Nash, of Akron, Ohio, seem to haunt the chapel at Whitney Plantation near Wallace. Nash incorporates various styles and techniques utilizing stoneware, earthenware, terracotta or porcelain. The work is fired electronically, pit fired or via a “raku” effect - creating an “African Nuveau” trademark that’s solely his own. (Whitney Plantation photo)

The St. African American museum presents a culture tour May 21-22 featuring visits to the historically infamous Whitney Plantation and the New Orleans annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival.

6-to-6 park hours revisited

The Parish Council will be reviewing open hours at area parks. At the April 18 council meeting, Parish President Guy Cormier said that the official 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours may not reflect the current requirements of residents, and an ordinance amendment will be considered.

Calder Hebert St. Martinville's police chief

CHIEF OF POLICE Calder Hebert was appointed to his position permanently after serving as interim chief for the past two years. (Karl Jeter)

A vote at the April 18 City Council meeting made Police Chief Calder “Pop” Hebert’s interim appointment permanent.

Al Berard fund grants $10,000 to art & French culture efforts

NUNU ART AND CULTURE COLLECTIVE board vice president Mavis Arnaud Frugé (from left); Karleen Berard, widow of Al Berard; Laura Huval, Al Berard’s daughter and Al Berard Memorial Music Fund owner; Jacqueline Cochran, NUNU communications director; and George Marks, NUNU director with the ceremonial check representing real dollars for the effort to promote French culture in Acadiana.

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, operating through the Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $10,000 to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective for “French Week” to support ongoing and future French programming through the Semaine Française France-Louisiane Fund.

School workers get pay bump

Employees of the St. Martin school system will see a little more money in their April checks thanks to action taken by the school board at its April meeting.

Speed trap busted!

GOTCHA! – Henderson police cars lie in wait for unsuspecting motorists exceeding the posted 60/65 mph speed limit for the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge as they accelerate toward the 70 mph zone on Interstate 10 in this 2013 photo. Since the Town of Henderson annexed the strip of I-10 roadbed between the bridge and the Henderson exit in 2005, a significant percentage of its operating revenue has come from fines and forfeitures. After one former high-ranking officer admitted in court to an illegal scheme to pay officers for writing tickets, the police chief agreed to curtail patrolling the interstate for the sole purpose of writing tickets. (File photo)

In 16th Judicial District Court in St. Martinville Monday, former Henderson Assistant Police Chief Oliver “Mack” Lloyd entered a guilty plea for long-standing charges of deceptive and illegal practices in issuing speeding tickets on I-10.



RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES were held at the first Trailhead on the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Parc du Ponts in downtown Breaux Bridge.

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