“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)

Feds bust big meth ring with St. Martin ties

A dozen people, seven of them from Breaux Bridge, were indicted in U.S. District Court here Wednesday in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in Acadiana.

St. Martin Parish Arrests for Tuesday, Dec. 15

Alexander, Albert, 26, 900 block of Cecile Blvd., Breaux Bridge; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated 2nd degree battery, felony theft, armed robbery, home invasion, illegal possession of stolen firearms, possession of firearm/concealed by convicted felon (BBPD).

Residents plead to save school

The school principal, a former board president and several parents cited the school’s outstanding record, its ties to the community and its lack of discrimination in urging members of the St. Martin School Board to not order the closure of Catahoula Elementary during a public hearing Monday evening.

Catahoula Elementary to stay open

By a dramatic 5-4 vote Monday night the St. Martin School Board refused to close Catahoula Elementary School, saying it is prepared to fight efforts of plaintiffs in a decades-old desegregation case in federal court.

St. Martin Parish Arrests for Monday, Dec. 14

Alexander, Willis, 34, 500 block of Nicholas St., Breaux Bridge; failure to appear, warrant, Breaux Bridge Police Department (BBPD).
Andrus, Kevin, 31, Lafayette; violation of protective order, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Dupuis, Keith, 50, 1100 block of Girl Scout Rd., Breaux Bridge; domestic abuse battery (SMSO).

2 arrested, 2 at large in Breaux Bridge home invasion

Four armed suspects entered a residence in the 100 block of E. Brant St., robbed the occupants at gunpoint and injured one of the victims this morning ( Dec. 15), according to the Breaux Bridge Police Department.
BBPD arrested two suspects and are still attempting to identify the others involved.

Work begins on St. Martin shooting range

Law enforcement and government officials join St. Martin Sheriff Ronny Theriot (center), Parish President Guy Cormier, and state Rep. Mike Huval to break ground on a shooting range scheduled to open in September 2016.(Karl Jeter)

Within the next year, law enforcement officers in St. Martin Parish will no longer have to drive to New Iberia to sharpen their firearms skills and satisfy annual qualification requirements.

Parks mayor pleased with first year

Mayor Kevin Kately

After his first full year in office, Mayor Kevin Kately is happy with what has been accomplished in Parks government.
At the last Village Council meeting of the year on Dec. 8, Kately commended the council and officials, who, he said, have been “on the same page” to solve issues to help keep the village a great place to live.

St. Martin Parish Arrests from Monday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 13

Monday, Dec. 7
Clawson, Samuel, 38, Winnsboro; outside agency warrant – extradition required, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Felix, Robert, 29, Lafayette; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Laneaux, Brandon, 22, 4700 block of Bridge St., St. Martinville; probation violation (SMSO).

3 in race for Henderson Police Chief

Voters here, in addition to voting on their party’s presidential nominee and state and parish committee members in March, will also be asked to pick the next police chief.

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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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