KAYAKERS slug it out in Tour du Teche IV. (Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)

Paddlers, their coureurs de bois, and traveling cheering squads are coming to the Teche Country this weekend from Texas, Kansas, Florida, Illinois, California, Wisconsin and Maryland as well as all over Louisiana. What is drawing them here is the chance to race down the bayou for cash prizes, trophies and adventure.
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisianians that the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 Open Primary/Congressional election is Monday, Oct. 6. This deadline is for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration.
The boat ramp in Henderson Lake near the I-10 Atchafalaya Welcome Center is closed until further notice due to the low water levels caused by the drawdown at Henderson Lake. The lake is being drawn down as part of a plan to eradicate hydrilla. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development closed the ramp on Sept. 27.

KAYAKERS slug it out in Tour du Teche IV. (Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)


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.

Jayvee Music Reviews with Jeff Vallet

After 28 years at the top of the contemporary jazz genre and 19 hit albums, it’s official – The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman have discovered the Fountain of Youth.
“The title of the album is a cool double entendre for me,” says Freeman, who launched the original lineup of the band with the ground-breaking Moonlighting in 1986.

Mega Raffle will benefit Community Foundation of Louisiana

Community Foundation of Louisiana is holding an Acadiana Mega Raffle fund-raising event which will have more than 1,000 prizes and a 1-in-30 chance of winning with the purchaser of one $100 ticket.

LCTCS board to pick Evangeline Campus site Monday

Artist rendering of new Evangeline Campus

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors will meet Monday, June 30, to select a site for the new $9.2 million Evangeline Campus of South Louisiana Community College.

St. Martin deputy indicted on second degree murder

A St. Martin Parish sheriff’s deputy, Crystal Alexander, has been indicted for second degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, Kendall Alexander, 34.
The grand jury returned a verdict Thursday afternoon.

Future health workers visit St. Martin Hospital

ON THE JOB – Student “job shadowers” visiting St. Martin Hospital are (front from left) Tayler Gary, Amy Ho and Lyndsy Caillier, and (back from left) Heather Constantine, Tyranny Taylor (me), Kazi Rahman and Samantha Zenon.

St. Martin Hospital hosted students participating in the annual summer “job shadow” program sponsored by Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC).

Top Job open at parish COA

BOARD MEMBERS (from left) Don “Tuffy” Resweber, Elsie Castille and Beth Guidroz accepted the $1,000 grant check from Walmart Giving. The funds will help the COA meals program.

At the June 18 regular monthly meeting of the St. Martin Council on Aging, board members accepted the resignation of Lynette Edwards, who was named COA executive director Feb. 3, 2014. Applications for her replacement are being accepted immediately. Deadline to submit a resume in a sealed envelope is 3 p.m.

St. Martin getting ready for hurricane season

Lt. Col. Terry Guidry

The St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is reaching out to the public through social media and civic clubs to get ready for the onslaught of hurricane season.

Cecilia baseball organization donates money for new restrooms in park

GIVING BACK – St. Martin Parish Councilman Dean Doré (from left), Parish President Guy Cormier and Councilman Meko Robin accept a $50,000 check from Pam Guidry and Todd Dugas of the Cecilia Youth Sports Association for improvements to Paul Angelle Park.

Cecilia Youth Sports Association, the area’s youth baseball program, presented Parish Government with a check for $50,000 toward new restrooms at Paul Angelle Park.
Todd Dugas, representing the organization, said the money was accumulated over a half-dozen years by pinching pennies.

CID field office occupying former SMSO Breaux Bridge substation

STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT Col. Mike Edmonson acknowledges the many dignitaries present at the official opening of LSP’s Region II investigations office. Officeholders included Sheriff Ronny Theriot, Parish President Guy Cormier, Breaux Bridge Mayor Jack Dale Delhomme, state Sen. Fred Mills Jr., and several chiefs of police.  (Ken Grissom)

The former St. Martin Sheriff’s Office substation at 437 W. Mills Ave. is now a field office for Louisiana State Police investigators operating around Acadiana.

Breaux Bridge kids participate in Day of Action

ONCE UPON A TIME – Breaux Bridge Elementary School students Krislyn Joe (left) and Jayla Williams wait their turn as Jhnaia Menard reads a story to Henry, a certified therapy dog furnished by Lafayette Animal Aid. “Reading Buddy” was part of United Way of Acadiana’s annual Day of Action June 20. (Ken Grissom)

The United Way of Acadiana teamed up with a popular local summer enrichment program and several other organizations to bring a special day of education and recreational activities to about 220 kids here Friday, June 20.



The boat ramp in Henderson Lake near the I-10 Atchafalaya Welcome Center is closed until further notice due to the low water levels caused by the drawdown at Henderson Lake.


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at St. Bernard Catholic Church for Allen Anthony Dugas, 55, who passed away on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

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