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.

A preview of Henderson Swamp 'at its worst'

KATC-TV cameraman Justin Terro videos a blanket of giant salvinia skimming by as Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette, a forth-generation commercial fisherman, pilots his crawfish skiff along I-10 toward the levee. (Ken Grissom)

Scientists call it Salvinia molesta. That ought to tell you something.

St. Martinville shooting leads to SWAT action in Mississippi

After what police are calling an unprovoked shooting here Friday, a local man was treated for a gunshot wound and subsequently released, and a SWAT team in Mississippi stormed a motel room containing five persons, including the alleged shooter.

St. Martin school taxes down slightly

Residents of St. Martin Parish who pay property taxes will get a slight break on their 2016 tax bill following action taken last week by the St. Martin School Board.

CORRECTION

Doan Carplex, shown here, was mistakenly identified in the May 18 issue of Teche News as the subject of a complaint before the Henderson Town Council at the May 9 meeting. This is not the facility that residents alleged is emanating strong fumes and making loud noise into the night.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22

Monday, May 16
Arceneaux, Brock, 28, 1100 block of Percy Dr., St. Martinville; possession of Schedule II narcotics, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Broussard, Michael, 52, 100 block of Portage Rd., Arnaudville; domestic abuse battery (SMSO).

Parks weighs regs for mobile homes

The Village Council, in the process of establishing a new set of building codes, is wrestling with the question of standards for manufactured housing. The issue was discussed at the May 10 meeting.

Special School Board meeting May 18

The St. Martin School Board has scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) at its Administrative Office on Corporate Boulevard here.
Taking up the bulk of the three-page agenda are matters dealing with construction and maintenance projects being funded by bond issues authorized in 2009, 2013 and 2016.

First new sidewalks in 50 years!

In their May 10 meeting, Breaux Bridge aldermen moved to go ahead with five city-wide improvements to be funded by accumulated special tax district receipts. The funding was made possible by last month’s council decision changing restrictions on use of the one-cent special taxing district funds.

History of a speed trap

A letter to Teche News from attorney Allan Durand, who represents former Assistant Police Chief Mack Lloyd, shines a different light on the “quota” issue with regard to speeding tickets issued by Henderson police on Interstate 10.

Library reaching out in imaginative ways

At the May 2 meeting of the City Council, Sandra Soloman, program coordinator for the St. Martin Parish Library, proposed three interesting new library programs.

Lake Martin tourist trap?

On Thursday, May 5, starting at 6 p.m., the parish Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a request to allow commercial development at Lake Martin.

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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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