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PARISH GOVERNMENT – Members of the St. Martin Parish Council posed for this group picture following the first meeting of their new term last week. Standing from left are Byron Fuselier, Dist. 1 (temporary presiding officer); Carla Jean Batiste, Dist. 2; LaTanghue “Tangie” Narcisse, Dist. 3; David M. Poirier, Dist. 4; Chris Tauzin, Dist. 5; Brook Champagne, Dist. 6; Vincent Alexander, Dist. 7; Dean LeBlanc, Dist 8 (chairman); and Daniel Richard Jr., Dist. 9 (vice chairman). Seated, Brooke Gillespie, deputy clerk of the council; Allen Durand Jr., parish attorney; Parish President Chester Cedars, and Laci Laperouse, clerk of the council.
(Henri C. BIenvenu)

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Spiteful response – This was a landowner’s answer to efforts to protect Lake Martin from a non-zoning-compliant business operation. An appeal to 16th Judicial District Court Judge Keith Comeaux’s ruling in favor of the business is expected from the Third Circuit Court of Appeal in February(Karl Jeter)

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SHUTTING DOWN — A truck loaded with bagasse leaves the LaSuCa mill at St. John on the final day of the 2019 harvest season last Tuesday, Dec. 31. A hard feeze in mid-November contributed to an early end to grinding and resulted in slightly less tonnage and sugar yield than had been projected at the start of the harvest back in September. (Karl Jeter)

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