News, Sports and Entertainment for St. Martin Parish, La.


Bayou Teche open for Chitimacha Race

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FINISH LINE – Tour du Teche volunteer Barbara Sonnier waves in a participant in the 2015 Chitimacha Race, a marathon for kayaks, canoes and other paddle craft. This year’s race is Saturday, May 14.

A two-mile stretch of Bayou Teche, closed for more than two weeks after a crude-oil spill, is now open to boat traffic including the Chitimacha Race for canoes, kayaks and other paddle craft, set for Saturday, May 14.
The race is 20 miles from New Iberia City Park to the Chitimacha Tribal Reservation in Charenton.

Sixth Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show set April 15-17

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Wooden boat owners and enthusiasts will gather along historic and scenic Bayou Teche in downtown Franklin, Louisiana for the sixth Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show set for April 15-17.

SLEMCO Warns Members Of Phone Scam

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SLEMCO is warning members not to pay money to fake company officials. Some SLEMCO members have received calls demanding a $500 deposit for the installation of a new “Smart” meter or they will be disconnected.
The scammers sound official, giving an employee name and truck number. They are not real SLEMCO employees.

Balm for the budget crisis

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WHISTLEBLOWER Dan Collins of Baton Rouge (standing) recounts his battle with the state Department of Natural Resources over the Bayou Postillion project, an oil and gas canal dredged with taxpayer money. His audience at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association – West in the Catahoula Elementary gym included newly appointed DNR Secretary Thomas Harris and Commission of Conservation Richard Ieyoub Sr. (Ken Grissom)

With Louisiana’s government facing a $800 million deficit, some high-level state officials expressed astonishment last week when St. Martin Parish crawfishermen told them where to find millions in new revenue out in the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin.

Police Jury Assn. hosts forum for La.’s U.S. Senate candidates

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FUTURE U.S. SENATOR – PJAL Executive Director Roland J. Dartez (left) and PJAL President Guy Cormier of St. Martin Parish (fourth from right) host (left to right) public service commissioner Foster Campbell Jr., State Treasurer John Kennedy, U.S. Rep. John Fleming, New Orleans attorney Caroline Fayard, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, and Col. Rob Maness (USAF ret.). (Michael Reagan Photography)

The Police Jury Association hosted the first statewide U.S. Senate Forum during its 92nd Annual State Convention in Shreveport on March 5. The six candidates joined nearly 1,000 elected to share their vision and candidate platform.