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2017 - St. M’ville’s Bicentennial year

While 2017 was certainly an eventful year for St. Martin Parish, of special historic note was the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of St. Martinville.
A year long series of special events began with the re-enactment of the signing by Gov. Jacques Villeré of the January 1817 act establishing the town.
St. Martinville is the sixth oldest incorporated city in the state, after New Orleans, Donaldsonville, St. Francisville, Covington and Baton Rouge.

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SMPC hears reports on drainage projects

Members of the St. Martin Parish Council focused on drainage issues during the Dec. 19 meeting of the Council’s Public Works/Finance Committee.
Many parish families are still reeling from the devastating flood of August 2016 when a record rainfall inundated a large area of the western portion of the parish stretching from I-10 south to Cypress Island, St. Martinville and the Cade area.
Some local officials feel that canal clearing and the development of subdivisions and commercial sites in Lafayette Parish have aggravated drainage issues in St. Martin Parish.

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BRIDGE REPAIRS — A state Department of Transportation and Development work crew
began the emergency repairs to the bridge over Bayou Amy connecting LA 352/Henderson Hwy with the Henderson Levee Hwy on Saturday, Dec. 16. The bridge was closed to all traffic Dec. 7 after it failed a state inspection. The repairs are expected to take six to ten weeks.(Sally Angelle)

Amy Bridge closure an inconvenience

Henderson – With the closing of the Bayou Amy bridge on Dec. 8, and work underway at the western start of the road, both ends of the Henderson Hwy/La. 352 are now experiencing turmoil.
At the Dec. 11 meeting of the Henderson Town Council, Mayor Sherbin Collette said that the bridge is expected to remain closed for at least six weeks.
In the meantime, traffic is being routed around the bridge, either via Huval Lane/Potato Shed Road or through Catahoula.

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Nearing end – As an unusually long grinding season enters its final weeks, cane farmers are contending with sloppy conditions. The mud, however, is not dampening spirits lifted by a record season for St. Martin Parish’s sugar industry. (Karl Jeter)

Farmers near end of record harvest

St. Martin Parish sugar producers are expecting to wrap up an all-time record harvest season in early January
LaSuCo general manager Mike Comb told the Teche News that the last cane should be delivered to the St. John mill on January 4 or 5 and grinding should be done by Monday, Jan. 8.
Comb said this will be a record year for the mill, with a projected harvest of 1.3 million tons.
The mill processed 1,030,000 tons of cane last year.

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THE BUTTE LA ROSE sign along the West Atchafalaya Protection Levee was dusted with snow early last Friday morning. Those who woke up early were treated to snow flurries until about 10 a.m. The last time it snowed in the parish was December 2008. (Sally Angelle)

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