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1955 Chariot entry – The century-old story of the St. Martinville Chariot Parade will be featured in an exhibit at the Cultural Heritage Center on Market Street during November.(Submitted)

Renewing an old

This Sunday, Nov. 4, St. Martinville’s Creole Farmers Market and the Main Street Association will host the annual Chariot Parade, continuing a unique local tradition that goes back nearly a century.
The popular event will be held in front of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church with registration opening at 6:30 p.m. and the parade beginning at 7.

Miller named SMP fire district boss

Interim Fire District Coordinator Brody Miller has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis.
Miller, who was the parish training officer when Brian Castille resigned as coordinator in May, was named to replace Castille on an interim basis.
The Parish Council offered Miller the permanent appointment at its Oct. 16 meeting and he accepted at an annual salary in the mid-$50,000 range.

Beebe balks at signing termination agreement

Although school board members have approved a release of all claims and contractual obligations document relating to last month’s termination of Dr. Lottie Beebe as superintendent of parish schools, Beebe has not signed the document.
In a prepared statement to the Teche News last week, Beebe said she had never seen the document until given a copy after the board’s Oct. 3 meeting. And it contained provisions much different from an agreement she and board president Burton Dupuis signed on Sept. 17.

Council meet closed before agenda done

A presentation by an accounting consultant proposing a contract with the city led to a heated exchange and early adjournment of the Oct. 14 St. Martinville City Council meeting.
Mayor Melinda Mitchell had asked for a proposal from accountant Janine Coleman of New Iberia for a 12-month consultation contract to examine the city’s expense and revenue status and procedures. Coleman had aided Mitchell in her mayoral campaign and transition.

Heavy rains

HEAVY RAINS that swept across St. Martin Parish early Tuesday morning knocked down ready-to-harvest sugarcane in many fields from St. Martinville to Arnaudville, including this patch along LA 96/Catahoula Hwy just east of St. Martinville. County Agent Stuart Gauthier says the lodged cane can still be harvested with the modern combines now in use but some sugar content could be lost as the plants struggle to right themselves. “Cool, dry weather would sure be helpful in the coming days,” he says.(Sally Angelle)

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