Construction of the controversial 153-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline between Lake Charles and St. James is underway across the southern part of Upper St. Martin Parish. Crews have installed board roads (above) along the route that stretches east toward the Atchafalaya Basin. The pipeline passes just south of St. Martinville and north of Coteau Holmes before reaching the levee.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has released the findings from the fatal fire at Robin’s Hardware in November 2017.
The body found inside the building has been identified as Andres Manual Miguel, 20, of Henderson. Miguel died of smoke and soot inhalation and the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office ruled the death as accidental.
The planned new park on Veteran Drive will be designed for easy access and feature facilities especially aimed at elderly and mobility-impaired Breaux Bridge residents.
Plans for the new facility, located at the site of the old swimming pool, were discussed at the April 10 city council meeting. Council members expressed a desire to enlist the help of experts to ensure that the best practices for access as well as proper planning for future improvements are encompassed in the design.
With help from the Army’s Six-String Soldiers musical group, Breaux Bridge Mayor Ricky Calais and VFW Post 4215 Commader Albert “Buz” LeBlanc snipped the ribbon at the renovated Veterans’ Park on Berard Street. Sharing in the April 15 ceremony were City Council members Earnest “EJ” Ledet and Brenda Hobbs (left), guest speaker Air Force Col. Roland Guidry (Ret.) (3rd from right), Parish President Chester Cedars and State Rep. Mike Huval.(Karl Jeter)
The town of Henderson is considering entering into an intergovernmental agreement with St. Martin Parish government to help address the problem of poorly-maintained properties.
The issue was raised by a resident’s complaint at the April 9 town council meeting. Mayor Sherbin Collette said that new parish president Chester Cedars has been floating the idea of a parish wide effort to find a cooperative remedy for messy properties.