“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.
Gustave Sonnier got religion for a little while, but the lure of the road overcame his piety. He traveled the highways and byways, proud to represent his hometown of Lafayette among the Knights of the Road.
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.

“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)

City sued over Mardi Gras parade

AT CITY COUNCIL – Baton Rouge attorney and St. Martinville native Shone Pierre offers compromises to allow the historic Mardi Gras parade to continue for its 55th year. (Karl Jeter)

The Newcomers Club, facing an attempt by the city to cancel the 55th annual Mardi Gras parade, has filed suit in federal court.
The club’s attorney, Shone Pierre, in a press release issued on Friday, Jan. 22, wrote that the lawsuit will allege a violation of the First Amendment clause protecting the right of peaceful assembly.

Transfers to change black/white ratios

The student assignment changes that will go into effect with the 2016-17 school session are projected to move the racial makeup of several schools closer to the target set in desegregation litigation.

Judge OK with student shift

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote last week approved a slightly modified version of the consent order negotiated by the St. Martin School Board and plaintiffs in a decades-old desegregation case dealing with student assignments.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, Jan. 25

Allemond, Stage, 34, 1000 block of Quail Run Dr., Breaux Bridge; illegal possession of stolen things, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Batiste, Harris, 31, 300 block of Hamilton St., St. Martinville; simple criminal damage to property, domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace, St. Martinville Police Department (SMPD).

IDENTITY OF PERSON OF INTEREST SOUGHT

Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in a home burglary that occurred Thursday, January 21st, during the late morning hours in the Arnaudville area.

St. Martin Parish Arrests for Monday, Jan. 18, through, Wednesday, Jan. 20

Monday, Jan. 18
Alexander, Victor, 21, 900 block of Alva Dr., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant, Breaux Bridge Police Department (BBPD).
Davis, Maliza, 25, 2200 block of Sawmill Rd., Breaux Bridge; domestic abuse battery, St. Martin Sheriff’s Offi ce (SMSO).

SANDBAGGING OPERATIONS BEING SUSPENDED

Sandbagging operations will be suspended as follows at the locations listed below:
Butte Larose-Fire Station 1721 Herman Dupuis Road-Suspended immediately
Stephensville-The Park 3257 Hwy. 70-Will be suspended beginning Friday January 22, 12:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras parade in trouble

REVELRY RELEGATED TO HISTORY? – TV news and daily newspaper reports say the half-a-century-old tradition of a Sunday Mardi Gras parade in downtown St. Martinville is over. As of the Teche News press deadline Tuesday, we knew the event was in serious trouble, owing to a security consultant’s prohibitively expensive recommendations. (File photo)

Sometimes it seems like the quickest way to start an argument in St. Martinville is to say the words “Mardi Gras Parade.” It definitely had that effect at the Wednesday, Jan. 13, special meeting of the City Council, and things have only gotten worse since then.

School Board responds to upset parents

In an effort to deflect harsh criticism directed to its recent decisions regarding changes to Catahoula/St. Martinville and Parks/Breaux Bridge schools, the St. Martin School board authorized the release of the following statement prepared by Pam W.

All parties agree to shift students in deseg case

Following a series of pre-trial negotiations, all parties involved in the desegregation suit brought against the St. Martin School Board have agreed to a plan that would reconfigure Catahoula Elementary School, shift students between that community and St.

St. Martin Parish Arrests for Friday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 17

Monday, Jan. 11
Dixon, David, 33, 1000 block of Daisy Ln., St. Martinville; outside agency warrant – extradition required, Louisiana State Police (LSP).
Melancon, Shantell, 35, 1100 block of Jack Dwyer Rd., St. Martinville; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).

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Sports

THE INSEPARABLES – Since Lola (left) died of a rare fungal parasite, Sam has not been himself. He sleeps a lot and doesn’t have much of an appetite. I hope he’s just depressed and not sick too. (Ken Grissom)

Lola, maybe the sweetest, certainly the smartest dog I’ve ever owned, died this month of pythiosis, also known as water mold infection or “swamp cancer.”

Lifestyle

I was a little disappointed by the number of people who came to the Cat and Dog Rabies Clinic on April 23, but very happy Dr. Delhomme and her helpers did come and provide that service.

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