Major improvements set for LA 31/Main Hwy

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) officials announced Monday that two major highway improvements projects in St. Martin Parish are scheduled to get underway within the next week.
Construction should begin on Thursday, Feb. 1, on a $3.07 million project to construct a roundabout at the intersection of LA 31/Main Hwy and LA 92-1/Smede Hwy just south of St. Martinville.
The work is estimated to take place daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Approved unanimously — The St. Martin Parish Council applauds Chester Cedars (seated) at the Jan. 23 special meeting after voting to approve his move from legal adviser to interim parish president. From left are Albert Menard, Dist. 7; Dean LeBlanc, 8; Chairman Jason Willis, 3; Clerk Lacy Laperouse, Jill Hebert, Dist. 6 and Lisa Nelson, 2. Out of photo are Chris Tauzin, Dist. 5; Daniel Richard, 9; Neil Thibodeaux, 4; and Byron Fuselier, 1.(Karl Jeter)

Cedars to fill president’s seat

In a unanimous vote at a special meeting of the St. Martin Parish Council on Tuesday, Jan. 23,
long time parish legal adviser Chester Cedars was appointed interim president. He will take the seat when it is vacated by outgoing president Guy Cormier on March 2.
He will serve in the office until a permanent replacement is selected in the election scheduled for Nov. 6.
Cormier, after serving as president for 12 years, will quit the position to become the director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Police Jury Association of Louisiana.

Elmer Landry

Breigh Anna LeBlanc

72nd Rotary Ball is this Saturday

The St. Martinville Rotary Club will stage its 72nd annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Cade Community Center.
The theme of this year’s gala is Around the World in 80 Minutes featuring participants in colorful costumes from various countries.
Rotarian Elmer Landry will reign as King Rotary LXXII along with Queen Rotary Anne LXXII Breigh Anna LeBlanc.

Chester Cedars

Cedars familiar with operations

It appears the operation of the St. Martin Parish president’s office will be in capable hands during the transition from the administration of Guy Cormier to his replacement to be elected in November.
Chester Cedars brings a wealth of experience to the job, along with a solid legal background.

SLICK SURFACES – St. Martin Parish residents woke to unfamiliar icy roadways on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Most government offices, schools and businesses were closed and the St. Martin Sheriff’s office imposed an overnight curfew. Water systems were stressed by high water demand due to faucets being left on to prevent freezing. The ice remained in some places through Friday. (Karl Jeter)

‘Ice days’ to force school adjustments

The four day closure of parish public schools last week due to freezing weather will require an adjustment to the remaining school calendar.
Monday, Jan. 15, was a holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, but the frigid weather that moved into the area beginning Tuesday afternoon resulted in the closure of schools for the remainder of the week.
Superintendent Dr. Lottie Beebe said that several factors contributed to the four-day closure.


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