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.

Speed trap busted!

GOTCHA! – Henderson police cars lie in wait for unsuspecting motorists exceeding the posted 60/65 mph speed limit for the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge as they accelerate toward the 70 mph zone on Interstate 10 in this 2013 photo. Since the Town of Henderson annexed the strip of I-10 roadbed between the bridge and the Henderson exit in 2005, a significant percentage of its operating revenue has come from fines and forfeitures. After one former high-ranking officer admitted in court to an illegal scheme to pay officers for writing tickets, the police chief agreed to curtail patrolling the interstate for the sole purpose of writing tickets. (File photo)

In 16th Judicial District Court in St. Martinville Monday, former Henderson Assistant Police Chief Oliver “Mack” Lloyd entered a guilty plea for long-standing charges of deceptive and illegal practices in issuing speeding tickets on I-10.

Le Feu et l’Eau Rural Arts Celebration heats up

Within the pool of spring festivals, the Arnaudville Fire and Water celebration shape shifts between house party and family gathering. Here you meet and become friends with the artists, musicians and artisans for who the celebration seeks to support.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, March 28, through Sunday, April 3

Monday, March 28
Alexander, Jernathon, 35, 900 block of Landry St., Breaux Bridge; aggravated battery, Breaux Bridge Police Department (BBPD).
Begnaud, Codey, 44, 4000 block of Poydras Hwy., Breaux Bridge; hold for court, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).

Bayou cleanup in Parks April 9

TECHE PROJECT Bayou Operations coordinator Dane Thibodeaux shows his appreciation for the debris plucked out of the water by volunteers during one of the organized cleanups of Bayou Teche.

Saturday, April 9, there will be another organized roundup of all the foam cups, hamburger boxes, cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic grocery sacks, potato chip bags and other litter that make their way like an inexorable lava flow from street gutters and parking lots and sidewalks into Bayou Teche.

A JOHN WAYNE KIND OF SHERIFF

It could be argued that despite racking up an impressive list of law enforcement firsts for St.

Early voting runs through Saturday

Early voting for the Saturday, April 9, election, which began last Saturday, March 26, continues through this Saturday, April 2.

Festival of Mercy in St. Martinville April 3

A Festival of Mercy honoring Mother Teresa, the Saint of Mercy, will be held on the banks of Bayou Teche in St. Martinville on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, March 21, through Sunday, March 27

Monday, March 21
Alexander, Justin, 24, 1800 block of Anse Broussard Hwy., Breaux Bridge; child endangerment/domestic abuse, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Fontenot, Kirk, 28, Carencro; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).
Thibodeaux, Aaron, 35, 1000 block of Reams Blvd., St. Martinville; probation violation (SMSO).

Sheriff announces 2016 scholarship program

Once again this year, Sheriff Ronald J. Theriot will be awarding three $1000 college scholarships.
The scholarships will be awarded to one senior each at Breaux Bridge High School, St. Martinville Senior High, and Cecilia High.

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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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