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.

Parks man charged with killing half brother

Parks resident Wilfred J. Viator, 50, has been charged with one count of second degree murder following his arrest this past weekend.
Investigators with the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office say deputies responded to a 911 call from Viator’s residence around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A suicidal subject was requesting assistance.

Catholic Priest Arrested for Child Pornography

On July 27, investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Special Victims Unit arrested a Catholic priest in St. Martin Parish. The arrest was the result of an investigation into his possible possession of pornography involving juveniles.

Cecilia man busted on drugs, weapons charges

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents, tipped off to suspected drug activity, executed a search warrant July 20 in the 1100 block of Grand Anse Hwy., Cecilia.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, July 18, through Sunday, July 24

Monday, July 18
Babineaux, Joshua, 31, Lafayette; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Taylor, Markkus, 25, Lafayette; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Vicknair, Scott, 50, 1900 block of Levee Hwy., Belle River; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).

Who is Jihad Mohammad?

A short biographical sketch of Jihad Muhammad is probably in order.

Digs for cemetery researcher questioned

For the past four-plus years, the city has provided an apartment to a University of Chicago forensic researcher. The matters of cost/benefit and liability for the living quarters, as well as the veracity of the project, were the subject of mildly heated discussion at the July 19 City Council meeting.

Students still required to stand during Pledge

With little discussion, the St. Martin School Board rejected a recommendation that would have changed the system’s policy governing student conduct during the daily pledge of allegiance.

School Board buys Pellerin Insurance HQ

‘HELL OF A DEAL’ – This 10,000-square-foot building on Rees Street in Breaux Bridge, which has housed Pellerin Life Insurance Company for 16 years, will become offices for St. Martin School Board administrative personnel. (Sally Angelle)

The St. Martin School Board expanded its footprint here last Thursday when it closed on a deal to purchase the Pellerin Insurance corporate building and its 2.34 acres of land on Rees Street for $1,775,00.

Bond projects on school board agenda

Projects being funded by two recent bond issues are expected to occupy a major portion of today’s meeting of the St. Martin School Board.
Board members will meet at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) for their monthly session. The board’s finance committee has also set a meeting for 4 p.m.

On July 30 volunteers will solicit donations for back-to-school needs

UTILITY BILLS can now be paid 24 hours a day on-line or at this new terminal at the City Hall drive-through on Catfish Alley. (Karl Jeter)

At the July 5 City Council meeting, permission was given for two coordinated efforts to solicit much-needed donations of school supplies and uniforms.

Evangeline Campus will offer Adult Ed

Beginning in fall 2016, South Louisiana Community College will expand its Adult Education Program to St. Martinville at its new Evangeline Campus. Registration will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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Sports

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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