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Close attention — Breaux Bridge City Council members (from left) Ryan Breaux, Scotty Borel and Earnest “EJ” Ledet listen as City Engineer Chris Richard reviews the status of current and pending public works projects during the July 9 city council meeting. (Karl Jeter)

Calais sees need for sales tax hike

City officials here are preparing to try to do something that is never easy – convince residents to increase their own taxes.
At the July 9 council meeting, Mayor Ricky Calais offered a preview of the case to be made over the coming months that it’s time to make that difficult decision. Calais said that, while everybody likes low taxes, the city-wide sales tax of one cent on the dollar is not sufficient to keep up with the needs of a growing community.

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New digs – Village of Parks Mayor Kevin Kately shows the new town hall’s meeting room to council member Myra Yvonne Narcisse. Kately is hoping the new $950,000 facility will be ready for the council’s August meeting.(Karl Jeter)

New city hall in Parks is nearing completion

If the weekend arrival of tropical storm Barry doesn’t delay the remaining tasks needed to finish the new city hall, the August meeting of the Village Council might be held in the new building.
Mayor Kevin Kately led several people on an impromptu tour of the building after the July 9 meeting, and residents will probably be pleased with the new facility. Kately believes the new center of village government will make a more favorable impression on residents and businesses looking for potential locations.

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BLAST FROM BARRY — SLEMCO crews worked to repair downed power lines along LA353/Cypress Island Hwy northwest of St. Martinville last Sunday as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Barry slogged its way through the Acadiana area. Winds gusting to 75 mph knocked over a large tree (at left) onto the power line. SLEMCO customers in the Cypress Island area were without power for almost 24 hours but damage from the storm was mostly limited to downed trees and minor flooding. See additional storm pictures on Page A-7.(Karl Jeter)

Parish dodges serious damage

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Catholic Churches cancel Saturday afternoon Mass

Some churches in the Diocese of Lafayette are canceling Masses due to weather conditions. We expect this list will have changes so please keep an eye on our facebook page for updates. If you would like to add your church parish to the list, Priests can message us or contact the social media department.
Masses that have been canceled in St. Martin Parish:
Notre Dame in St. Martinville, 5pm Saturday
Our Lady of Mercy in Henderson, 5pm Saturday
Sacred Heart in Butte Larose, 3pm Saturday
St. Bernard in Breaux Bridge, 4pm Saturday

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Curfew for St. Martin Parish

St. Martin Parish Government

Curfew For St. Martin Parish Will Be Imposed Beginning Tonight
In the interest of public safety, St. Martin Parish President, Chester R. Cedars has declared a curfew for all of St. Martin Parish on Saturday night from dusk to dawn on Sunday morning.


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