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.

Henderson officials get pay raises

In a special meeting Monday, the Town Council approved a budget with a total of $16,250 in salary increases for the mayor, clerk, chief of police and five council members.
“The revenue is there,” said Councilman Jody Meche. “The money will continue to be there.”

Acadian Memorial marks 20 years

SERVING AS CURATOR/DIRECTORS of the Acadian Memorial since its opening are (from left) Jolene Adam (1996-2002), Brenda Comeaux Trahan (2002-11), Michelle Verret Johnson (2011-14) and Elaine Clément (2014-present). (Henri C. Bienvenu)

Members of the Acadian Memorial Foundation marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Acadian Memorial during their annual membership meeting held June 18.

Mosquito Awarness Week starts Sunday

Each year the week of June 26 is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association.

Arnaudville Chamber honors St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH DELEGATION (from left): Angela Cliburn Taylor, Arnaudville Area Chamber of Commerce; the Rev. Keenan Brown, pastor; Bea Zerangue, church volunteer; Huey “Joey” Wyble II, Arnaudville Area Chamber of Commerce; Sheila Gresko, director of Religious Education; and Betty Sanders, office manager St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church. Not shown: Betty Devillier, volunteer; Deacon Ken Arnaud; Ricky Thibodeaux, church custodian; and Girley Olivier, coordinator of St. Therese Thrift Shop.

The Arnaudville Area Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Month” is St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church.

Salary hike for Breaux Bridge officials

A proposed salary raise for five Breaux Bridge officials, if approved by the council, will be the first increase in pay for those positions in several years.

City takes pains to make park accessible to all

The cause of promoting accessibility to public facilities brought several seniors, special-needs residents and parents of special-needs children to the June 14 meeting of the Breaux Bridge City Council.

School Board bonds draw 'super' rate

The St. Martin School Board continued a string of very successful bond sales last week with the awarding of bids on the sale of the first installment of the $64,500,000 in general obligation bonds approved by parish voters earlier this year.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, June 13, through Sunday, June 19

Monday, June 13
Bonin, Braidon, 31, New Iberia; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Doucet, Kerry, 26, Duson;
simple burglary (SMSO).
Perry, Steven, 57, 400 block of Nettie St., Breaux Bridge; simple criminal damage to property to $500 (SMSO).

Overgrown ditches mean poor drainage

THIS DITCH along Devillier St. in Henderson has been an ongoing problem for resident Sally Angelle. Town officials say more maintenance employees will be hired and ditch-mowing equipment will be purchased when the budget allows. The northern annexation is expected to provide the funds. (Sally Angelle)

Henderson resident Sally Angelle appeared at the Monday, June 13, Town Council meeting seeking a solution to a long-standing problem.

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