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The Bayou Amy Bridge opened to local traffic yesterday, much to the relief of Henderson area motorists. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development had closed the bridge, connecting LA 352/Henderson Hwy with the Henderson Levee Road, on Dec. 7 after the structure failed a scheduled inspection. The work, which involved the replacement of a number of support pilings, was completed earlier then expected.(Sally Angelle)


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The St. Martinville City Council agreed to have an appraisal done on the Duchamp Opera House.

Durand offers to buy more Talley property

An offer has been submitted for the purchase of more of the Talley property on Bayou Teche for commercial development. The proposal was discussed at a special meeting of the St. Martinville City Council on Jan. 4.
St. John Restaurant owner Chip Durand is seeking to purchase property adjoining the restaurant, including the old ice plant building and surrounding land. Also included in the offer is the bayouside strip directly across New Market Street from St. John.

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City races draw 15 candidates

Fifteen people have qualified for offices to be filled in the March 24 municipal election here in St. Martinville.
The only uncontested race is for the District 5 council seat held by Edmond Joseph, who was elected just last year to serve the unexpired term of the late Romanus “Ike” Robertson.
Veteran Mayor Thomas Nelson will face three opponents, including Melinda “Mel” Narcisse Mitchell, who is trying for the third time to unseat him.
Also qualifying for the city’s top office are Espinola Alexander-Quinn and William “Tiger” Leon.

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Henderson’s Pat Huval dead at 88

Pat Huval, Henderson’s first mayor whose famed Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant has been drawing customers for more than 60 years, died Saturday, January 6 at St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge. He was 88 and had been in poor health for some time.
Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.


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St. Martinville, LA 70582
Phone: 337-394-6232
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