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Board fails to renew Dr. Beebe’s contract

Although five of the nine school board members at last week’s meeting supported a motion to extend Superintendent Dr. Lottie Beebe’s contract by one year, it was one vote short of the required majority.
State law says that a majority of “elected board members,” not a majority of those present at a meeting, must approve the renewal or extension of a superintendent’s contract.
District 2 representative Wanda B. Vital is recuperating from surgery and was not at last week’s meeting.

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Swearing in – St. Martinville’s new Chief of Police, Richard “Ricky” Martin was sworn in at city hall on Friday, Dec. 8. Taking part in the ceremony were (from left) Lorrie Poirier, secretary to the mayor and council, Mayor Thomas Nelson, Martin’s wife Arlene, Chief Martin and Dist. 3 councilman Dennis Paul Williams. (Karl Jeter)

Martin new chief in St. Martinville

The permanent replacement for departed police chief Calder “Pop” Hebert was announced at a contentious Dec. 5 city council meeting.
Chosen by a 3-1 vote from the slate of four candidates was Richard “Ricky” Martin, a serving member of the St. Martinville police force. The choice was not a popular one for many residents attending the meeting.

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THE SUDDEN CLOSURE of the Bayou Amy bridge in Henderson has local residents and business owners upset. DOTD officials say it could take up to six weeks for repairs to be completed.(Sally Angelle)

State closes Bayou Amy bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development ordered the bridge over Bayou Amy connecting LA 352/Henderson Hwy with the Henderson Levee Hwy closed to vehicular traffic effective at 4 p.m. last Thursday, Dec. 7. DOTD officials said the bridge had failed a scheduled inspection and it could take up to six weeks to make the necessary repairs.
The detour route includes LA 96/Catahoula Hwy through Catahoula to the Levee Hwy and LA 347/Grand Point Hwy onto Huval Lane Road and Potato Shed Road to the Levee Hwy.

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EMPTY CAMPGROUND — Campsites at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park remain empty and littered with leaves and fallen branches more than 15 months after an August 2016 flood. Note the watermark on the lantern stand at right (arrow) which indicates the extent of the flooding, which lingered in the park for several weeks, causing extensive damage.(Henri C. Bienvenu)

LFP cabins, campsites still closed

It’s been almost 15 months since the torrential rains of August 2016 flooded many parts of Acadiana. The record-breaking rainfall inundated many facilities at the Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, shutting down the popular RV campground and visitor cabins.
The entire park was flooded, in some areas to a depth of up to three feet. And the water lingered for several weeks before finally draining off.
And over the past year, heavy rains have caused additional flooding, to a lesser degree, on several occasions.

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