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50 Year club – Teche News Publisher Emeritus Henri C. Bienvenu (right) was inducted into the Louisiana Press Association (LPA) 50-Year Club last week during the association’s Stockholders Luncheon in Baton Rouge. Congratulating him is LPA President Renette Dejoie-Hall. Bienvenu was honored for his 53+ years of newspaper work.(Sally Angelle)

Bienvenu inducted into 50-Year Club

Louisiana Press Association (LPA) members and guests packed the room at the Baton Rouge City Club April 23, at the association’s Stockholders Luncheon.
Governor John Bell Edwards was the keynote speaker.
LPA President Renette Dejoie-Hall, publisher of the Louisiana Weekly, inducted Teche News Publisher/Editor Emeritus Henri C. Bienvenu into the LPA 50-Year Club.
The club recognizes persons with ties to Louisiana newspapers or news websites who have 50 years or more cumulative years of affiliation in some capacity with newspapers.

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Early vote less than 2%

Registrar of Voters Patricia T. Guidry reported Monday that 687 early ballots were cast for the May 4 special election that includes two tax renewals.
The early vote total amounted to just 1.9 percent of the parish’s 36,966 registered voters.
Saturday’s ballot will include proposals to renew for 10 more years a 7.91 mills property tax for the St. Martin School Board and a 1.5 mills tax that helps fund the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District.
All 51 parish polling places will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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Illegal, but that’s OK – A surprising decision by 16th Judicial District Court Judge Keith Comeaux on April 8 allows this commercial business on Lake Martin to continue operating, even though it violates parish zoning laws.(Karl Jeter)

Court rules against parish on Lake Martin protection

The years-long effort to force the closure of a commercial operation at Lake Martin ended with a surprising decision against the parish by 16th District Court Judge Keith Comeaux on April 8.
Lake Martin is widely recognized as one of the best natural wildlife preserves and most productive bird nesting sites in the state. It has become a mecca for bird enthusiasts, fishermen and paddlers from all over the country and is designated for protection by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and by St. Martin Parish zoning ordinances.

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Brian Touchet

Air Force vet to run public works

The council has hired a career Air Force and Department of Defense construction and maintenance specialist to take charge of the city’s Public Works division.
St. Martinville native Brian Touchet is a 22-year military veteran and has been involved in public works operations for 40 years. He has supervised military base construction and on-base public works in many parts of the world as well as supervising embassy construction in the Middle East and elsewhere.


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