SPC. BRIAN SMITH participates in the Expert Infantryman Badge competition at Camp Navajo, Ariz., July 24. Smith, a native of Lafayette, was one of six infantrymen that received the badge out of the 135 that attempted.
 (Louisiana National Guard courtesy photo/Released)

One Louisiana National Guardsman from the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team recently earned the esteemed Expert Infantryman Badge at Camp Navajo in northern Arizona. Of the 135 that attempted, only six succeeded.
District Judge Keith Comeaux Monday, Aug. 25, sentenced a Texas man to 12 years at hard labor for hitting and killing a wrecker driver on the shoulder of I-10 last year. Luis Gerardo Molina of Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide of Blaze S. Louviere, 25, of Elizabeth.

CHEAP SUGAR from Mexico, owing more to government subsidies than the region’s lower labor costs, hurts workers in the sugar industry here in this country.  (American Sugar Cane League)

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) this week said Mexican sugar subsidies are giving Mexico’s sugar mills an unfair trade advantage.

SPC. BRIAN SMITH participates in the Expert Infantryman Badge competition at Camp Navajo, Ariz., July 24. Smith, a native of Lafayette, was one of six infantrymen that received the badge out of the 135 that attempted.
 (Louisiana National Guard courtesy photo/Released)

CHEAP SUGAR from Mexico, owing more to government subsidies than the region’s lower labor costs, hurts workers in the sugar industry here in this country.  (American Sugar Cane League)

St. Martinville insurance agent honored by company

Ronnie Dressel

Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Ronnie Dressel of St. Martinville for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitability.
The Ronnie Dressel Agency is now one of the top Allstate agencies in the nation for auto and property insurance and financial services.

5 Disaster Scams to Avoid this Hurricane Season

When disaster strikes, fraud can increase in Louisiana. The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is underway and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell wants to make sure your home, family and personal identity remain safe in the event a storm threatens the state.

Cypress Island cypress goes ka-boom!

BIG BOOM – It got everybody’s attention along the 2000 stretch of Cypress Island Highway around 7 p.m. on Tuesday of last week (July 8).

Man killed in Ledoux named

Man killed in Ledoux named

Authorities say nobody else shot in July 1 event

Swearing in

Ward 2 Justice of the Peace Joe Mason administers the oath of office to Mayor Thomas Nelson and the St. Martinville City Council. In addition to upholding the duties of their offices, the city fathers pledge to lead the city into a new era of expansion and prosperity. (Ken Grissom)

City fathers plan program of annexation

Craig Prosper

The City Council kicked off a new fiscal year July 1, and new four-year terms for its members and the mayor.
The message was one of renewal, expansion and hope for a city battered by decades of loss.

Another murder mystery?

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND – This remote area south of Henderson is where investigators recovered what appeared to be human remains in an advanced state of deterioration. They were sent to the LSU Forensics Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory for verification and possibly identification. (Sally Angelle)

Persons with loved ones missing will be anxiously awaiting the results of testing by LSU’s famed FACES lab of possible human remains found off a lonely stretch of road near here.
Someone on foot made the gristly find around 2 p.m. Friday, July 4, in a rural area off Lelan Road south of Henderson.

Shots fired in St. Martinville's Ledoux area; one man dead

A dead man was found in a vehicle seen leaving the scene of a reported shooting here shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, according to a news release by the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office.
The identity of the victim had not been determined at presstime.

New suspect in an old murder case

MURDER SCENE – Then Henderson Chief of Police Mike Hayes (foreground, left) and St. Martin Sheriff’s Office Capt. Scott Haydel, an assistant coroner, walk away as the body of Scott Latiolais is removed from the scene of his slaying in Henderson in this Teche News photo from 2002. (File photo)

A 12-year-old case is finally coming to a head after a St. Martin Parish grand jury last week indicted the state’s star witness for second degree murder in the 2002 shotgun slaying of 31-year-old Scott Latiolais.

LCTCS board sticks with Levert site

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors is sticking with its facilities corporation recommendation to build a new campus on property just outside the city limits here.

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Sports

Joe Geisinger of Austin, Texas, and Mike Dey of Schertz, Texas, beach their USCA C2 racing canoe at Franklin after the 59-mile slog from St. Martinville on the second day of Tour du Teche IV in 2013. (Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)

Tour du Teche V, marathon races for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pirogues, begins Friday, Oct. 3, at Port Barre, La.

Lifestyle

Jessie Charpentier

God is the One who revives His repentant people. It’s an act of the Sovereign God. We cannot cause a revival to take place. We cannot force God to act. We cannot pray it down.

Obituaries

Memorial services will be held at a later date for Mrs. Wilda Mae Hebert, who passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at St. Martinville Rehab and Nursing Center. She was 89.

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