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Grinding report: Record year not expected

Thirty-six days into the 2019 grinding season, it appears that cane tonnage and sugar production numbers will be somewhat below recent year “bumper crop” figures.
LaSuCa public information point man John Hebert told the Teche News a sketchy weather year is probably responsible for the situation.
“It’s not going to be a bad year, the cane is tall and growth density is good,” he said. “But we had pretty erratic weather during the growing season; too much rain, then too little rain, plus a hurricane. So we ended up with kind of a confused crop.”

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Not happy – Blake Douet, a 30-year St. Martinville businessman and former Main Street Association president, angrily addressed the city council about an attempt to disconnect his electric service over a $25 late fee he was unaware of. (Karl Jeter)

City to reconsider utility cut-off policy

Former Main Street Association president Blake Douet appeared before the St. Martinville City Council on Monday, Oct. 20, and he wasn’t happy.
Douet expressed his anger about an attempt by utility workers to cut off his electricity over a $25 late fee. “I owned a business here for 30 years,” he said. “I was never late on my bills. I’ve put in thousands of hours as a volunteer for this city. Nobody should ever be disconnected for just a late fee, and all I can say is you are lucky I was home.”

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Pepper Festival Saturday

This year marks the 28th annual Kiwanis Pepper Festival, and the event is moving to a new location. The festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, in Magnolia Park under the shady oaks along the Bayou Teche.
Gates open at 8 a.m., and the festival will feature for the first time a Jambalaya/Pastalaya Cookoff. Participants can register by going to or on the day of the event.


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