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Bayou Teche access – Teche Project floating trailhead docks, like this one in St. Martinville, are making the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail more inviting for paddlers. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization will soon add one near Arnaudville. A pavilion and restrooms, funded by parish government, are to be considered for installation at the Arnaudville site. (Karl Jeter)

Bayou access expanding in Arnaudville

The town may be the site of a welcoming new trailhead facility with a pavilion and restrooms to accompany the floating dock already in the planning stage.
Offered for later consideration at the March 19 St. Martin Parish committee meeting in Henderson, was an ordinance allowing President Chester Cedars to enter into a cooperative agreement for the use of a half-acre of private land along the Bayou Teche near Arnaudville.

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St. Martinville Mayor Melinda Mitchell and Mayor Pro tem Craig Prosper have been at odds over numerous issues during the first eight months of Mitchell’s term. (Karl Jeter)

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SM mayor: ‘I’ve been bullied’

In the midst of a chaotic two week period in which it was found that bills have gone unpaid for months, pay checks have bounced and a department head has been fired, Mayor Melinda Mitchell took to social media last Wednesday, March 20, to voice criticism of Councilman Craig Prosper.
“It’s time to break the silence,” she said, “I’ve been bullied, I’ve been yelled at, I’ve been told I would fail and totally disrespected by Councilman Prosper since my second week in office.”
She accused Prosper of working against her administration.

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Flooding closes roads in Lower St. Martin

The St. Martin Sheriff’s Office has announced that, effective immediately and until further notice, Four Mile Bayou, Adell Edna and Landry roads in Lower St. Martin Parish are closed to all vehicular traffic except for residents who reside on those roads.
Drivers are reminded that attempting to go around barricades, ignoring warning signs or driving through standing water on the roadway can lead to deadly consequences.

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Allen Blanchard Jr.

Blanchard new superintendent

Allen Blanchard Jr. was the unanimous choice of the St. Martin School Board last week to fill the school system’s top job.
Blanchard, who was the only applicant for the position, had been serving as interim superintendent since last September, when board members relieved Dr. Lottie Beebe, who had held the superintendent’s post since July 2013.

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The SM city council audience pays close attention as the council votes to terminate Public Works superintendent Charlie Rader after 60 days on the job. Rader was let go against the wishes of Mayor Melinda Mitchell, and council members Mike Fuselier and Juma Johnson.(Karl Jeter)

SM council fires Rader

By a 3-2 vote and against the recommendation of Mayor Melinda Mitchell, the St. Martinville city council removed Charles Rader from his job as superintendent of public works.
With a standing-room-only audience looking on Monday evening, councilmen Edmond Joseph, Craig Prosper and Dennis Paul Williams cast the deciding votes to terminate Rader just 60 days into his six month probationary period. Opposing the motion were Mike Fuselier and Juma Johnson.


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