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)

NO WAKE ZONE BEING LIFTED FOR LOWER ST. MARTIN PARISH

The No Wake Zone that was put into place earlier this month in Lower St. Martin Parish (Stephensville and Belle River) due to the threat of high water has been rescinded.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's office and St. Martin Government thank the public for its patience and cooperation during the potential flood event.

St. Martin Parish Arrests for Tuesday, Jan. 26

Carmouche, Kenneth, 28, 1000 block of Nany Rd., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
McCarty, Roy, 43, 1000 block of Hilda St., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Savoy, Alfred, 45, 1100 block of Mustang Cr., St. Martinville; child endangerment/domestic abuse (SMSO).

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.

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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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