The St. Martin Parish Council has called a special election for Saturday, Oct. 14, asking parish voters to consider two separate tax issues. The first will be a proposal to levy a property tax of 1.75 mills to provide funds to the parish Council on Aging.

FIVE MILE DETOUR — Motorists will have to use this five-mile detour for four to six weeks while the state installs a major culvert along La. 352/Henderson Hwy in preparation for improvements to the I-10 interchange at La. 347/Grand Point Hwy. The detour follows La. 349 /Nina Hwy from Henderson Hwy to Grand Point. The exact start of the detour has not been determined but will likely be in the very near future.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) plans to close La 352/Henderson Hwy/ Main Street at the La. 347/Grand Point Hwy intersection for the construction of a large box culvert.

SANDBAG HELP — Trusties from St. Charles Parish used an automatic bagger from St. Mary Parish to help respond to the flooding in Lower St. Martin Parish last week. Using the machine, the crew filled more than 30,000 bags that were distributed to local property owners in the Stephensville area.(Linda Cooke)

Parish President Guy Cormier, Homeland Security Director Terry Guidry and Dist. 1 councilman Byron Fuselier reported on the unexpected flooding plaguing Lower St. Martin Parish at the June 6 parish council meeting.

Losing ground!

HENDERSON SLIPPING AWAY – An underground rainwater drainage pipe passes beneath the home at left and empties into Bayou Amy below the surface. A major failure is allowing water to escape, washing away soil and endangering the property. (Karl Jeter)

Steve and Alecea Bridges have a serious problem that is getting worse as time goes on. They are sustaining extensive property damage due to erosion of the soil beneath their property caused by a leaking rainwater drainage pipe.

Moviemakers looking for local woman to play local woman

Court 13 Arts, the nonprofit film production company best known for the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” is looking for local women age 35-45 interested in auditioning for a part in an upcoming film.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, April 25, through Sunday, May 1

Monday, April 25
Caston, Angel, 29, New Iberia; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Derouselle, Teddrick, 30, 100 block of Malcomb, Breaux Bridge; outside agency warrant – extradition required, Louisiana State Police (LSP).
Gaspard, Kip, 51, 1200 block of Hwy. 70, Pierre Part;

Storm Damage Information Sought

Officials with the St. Martin Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are in the process of assessing storm damage from the system that moved through St. Martin Parish yesterday.

INFORMATION SOUGHT ON MISSING BREAUX BRIDGE MAN

On April 28, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office received a missing-persons report regarding a white male, Patrick Patin, 54, of Breaux Bridge.
Patin was last seen by family members on Tuesday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m. His vehicle is described as a white 1998 Toyota truck, bearing license plate number La. V207284.

African American Museum offering culture tour May 21-22

“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.

6-to-6 park hours revisited

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.

Calder Hebert St. Martinville's police chief

CHIEF OF POLICE Calder Hebert was appointed to his position permanently after serving as interim chief for the past two years. (Karl Jeter)

A vote at the April 18 City Council meeting made Police Chief Calder “Pop” Hebert’s interim appointment permanent.

Al Berard fund grants $10,000 to art & French culture efforts

NUNU ART AND CULTURE COLLECTIVE board vice president Mavis Arnaud Frugé (from left); Karleen Berard, widow of Al Berard; Laura Huval, Al Berard’s daughter and Al Berard Memorial Music Fund owner; Jacqueline Cochran, NUNU communications director; and George Marks, NUNU director with the ceremonial check representing real dollars for the effort to promote French culture in Acadiana.

The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, operating through the Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $10,000 to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective for “French Week” to support ongoing and future French programming through the Semaine Française France-Louisiane Fund.

School workers get pay bump

Employees of the St. Martin school system will see a little more money in their April checks thanks to action taken by the school board at its April meeting.

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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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