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The Town of Henderson may engage the services of an outside municipal debt collection company to settle outstanding fines, fees and utility bills.
Karl D. Jeterkarl.jeter@techetoday.com

FOR SALE? Some St. Martinville officials have proposed the sale of the historic Duchamp Opera House in the city’s downtown historic district. The building, which dates back to the 1830s, was donated to the city by the Reuben-Willie-Zerben Bienvenu family in 1998 and underwent extensive renovations. But the cost of keeping the facility open, with little or no income-producing activites generated, is being called into question.(Sally Angelle)

The city has begun looking for ideas to eliminate the ongoing expense of owning the 1830-vintage Duchamp Opera House. At the September 18 city council meeting, Dist.1 councilman Mike Fuselier said the time has come to rethink the city’s involvement with the historic building.

Alphonse Roberts

Breaux Bridge - Funeral services are pending for Alphonse Roberts, 83, who passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Pellerin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Governor's transportation task force to meet in Lafayette Wednesday

The Acadiana Planning Commission, One Acadiana, and LEDA will host a regional meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment in Lafayette.
The regional meeting in Lafayette will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the LITE Center, 537 Cajundome Blvd. The public is invited to attend.

Local woman charged with Medicaid fraud

Baton Rouge – Attorney General Jeff Landry announced last week that his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested four people on charges of defrauding the Medicaid system.

School system secretary faces theft charge

Taylor

St. Martinville – An Arnaudville woman was arrested in July following allegations that she took $3,570 in school system funds.
Ellen Taylor, 37, a St. Martin School Board secretary, is suspected of pocketing fees paid by prospective employees to cover background checks.

Cecilia man booked for meth sales

Fontenette

Cecilia – Abrum Fontenette, 28, of Cecilia was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 7 on charges associated with the sale of methamphetamine.
The arrest followed a purchase of the drug in the 1000 block of East Madeline Blvd. by an undercover narcotics agent. A complaint had been received of illegal drug activity in the area.

Ag flood losses now more than $227M

CROP LOSS – Donald Schexnayder surveys the damage to his corn crop in West Baton Rouge Parish after heavy rainfall and historic flooding inundated his farm in August. Total agriculture losses from the flood are now estimated at more than $277 million.

Allie Doise

Parish Police Report

The following arrests and/or citations were reported in St. Martin Parish from Monday, Sept. 12 through Sun-day, Sept. 18.

Bayou Teche Trailhead dedication Thursday

Breaux Bridge – The first Bayou Teche Paddle Trail trailhead will be opened to the public on Thursday, Aug. 18, during an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony at Parc du Ponts (100 St. Bernard Street).

Fête-Dieu Conclusion –

A statue of Our Lady of the Assumption, patron of the Acadians, is carried at the head of a procession from St. Martin de Tours Church to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel near the end of Monday’s Fête-Dieu du Teche. Fr. Michael Champagne, organizer of the annual event held on Aug. 15, follows carrying the Eucharist. Although Saturday’s flooding rain caused the cancellation of the flotilla down Bayou Teche, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotels opened the day with a Mass in French in Leonville. Recitation of the rosary and Benediction was held in each of the St. Martin Parish communities along Teche throughout the day, concluding in St. Martinville Monday evening.
(Henri C. Bienvenu)

A statue of Our Lady of the Assumption, patron of the Acadians, is carried at the head of a procession from St. Martin de Tours Church to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel near the end of Monday’s Fête-Dieu du Teche. Fr. Michael Champagne, organizer of the annual event held on Aug. 15, follows carrying the Eucharist.

SBA ready to help business, resident victims of flooding

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Louisiana businesses and residents as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.

11 from parish earn UL degrees

Lafayette – The University of Louisiana at Lafayette conferred 287 degrees during its Summer Commencement ceremony on Friday at the Cajundome Convention Center.
Eleven St. Martin Parish residents were among the graduates.

POLICE REPORT

The following arrests and/or citations were reported in St. Martin Parish from Monday, August 1, through Sunday, August 7.

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Sports

The 2016 high school football season has reached the halfway mark and the District 5-4A campaign begins Friday for the league’s five teams.

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