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.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, Feb. 29, through Sunday, March 6

Monday, Feb. 29
Crenshaw, Harrison, 33, Mobile, Ala.; possession - Schedule II narcotics, St. Martin Sheriff’s Department (SMSO).
Dore, Brock, 41, 1500 block of Duchamp Rd., Broussard; probation violation (SMSO).
Lavergne, Trey, 22, 500 block of Main St., Arnaudville; failure to appear, warrant (SMSO).

Leroy Guidry reelected chief of police in Henderson

Henderson's chief of police, Leroy Guidry, was handily reelected Saturday, beating rivals Oliver "Mack" Lloyd and Joey J. "Hook" Huval.
Guidry received 292 votes or 61 percent.
Lloyd, formerly Guidry's second-in-command, got 166 votes for 35 percent, and Huval polled 23 votes and 5 percent.

March 14 deadline to apply for St. Martin Land scholarships

The deadline to submit applications for the St. Martin Land Company Scholarship Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana, is close of business Monday, March 14. The scholarship fund awards two $2,500 scholarships to St. Martin Parish students or residents seeking a post-secondary education.

St. Martinville Man Wanted For Failure To Appear For Possession of Cocaine

Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Brandon W. Bourda, 34, who may be residing in the 200 block of Maraist St., St. Martinville, LA.
He is wanted for Failure to Appear for the following:
Possession of Schedule II-Cocaine

Mother, daughter found dead in burning trailer

SCENE OF THE CRIME – The mobile home where two women lost their lives in an apparent act of domestic violence Saturday. Two young boys were spared because they had gone to visit their father.
(Louisiana State Fire Marshal)

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office continue to piece together the circumstances they say led a Lafayette man to brutally murder an elderly woman and her daughter before torching their home Saturday afternoon.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 28

Monday, Feb. 22
Berard, Sean, 29, Lafayette; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Campbell, John, 38, 1000 block of Bonnie Dr., Breaux Bridge; DWI (SMSO).
Guidry, Giles, 29, Ville Platte; probation violation, Louisiana Probation and Parole (LP&P).

Handgun safety class for women March 29-30

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a Ladies Handgun Safety Class March 29 and 30, 5:30-8 p.m., at the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Facility.
The training facility is located at 1815 Terrace Hwy., St. Martinville.

St. Martinville parade ordinance passed

In a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, the St. Martinville City Council adopted an amended ordinance regulating future parades.

Early voting runs through Saturday

Early voting in Louisiana’s presidential preference primary March 5 continues through Saturday, Feb. 27.
Early voting will be Saturday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 27, Sunday excluded.

‘Swamp people’ seek reinforcement

An assembly of commercial fishermen, sportsmen, naturalists and politicians – that’s state Rep. Mike Huval at left – gather in the gym at Catahoula Elementary for last year’s annual meeting of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association - West.

Keeping the Atchafalaya Basin “wet and wild” in face of powerful competing exigencies has been a gargantuan Gordian knot for the more than 40 years since the federal and state governments staked out this goal.
The Mississippi River is dead-set on drying up the Basin with diverted sediment.


Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Darrel Benjamin, 54, who may be residing in the 900 Block of Delhom, Scott, LA.
He is wanted for Failure to Appear for the following:
Felony Theft Valued at $48,000



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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