Rodney Grogan

Candidates emphasized the need for improved infrastructure, increased tourism, continued training for police officers and focused efforts to help the school system and senior citizens in front of a crowd of about 100 people Tuesday.

Water hyacinth are rafted up thick at the East Calumet floodgate, top. Lockmaster Lennis Paray says he’ll flush them out to sea if tides cooperate. Below, The T.E.C.H.E. Project volunteers gather lilies at Franklin as part of Operation Hippo.

Last Saturday, The TECHE Project, a local nonprofit group working to raise awareness of the environmental, cultural, historical, and recreational values of Bayou Teche, partnered with ACA/LL Bean, St.

Kayakers slug it out in Tour du Teche IV. Paddlers come from all over the state and both ends of the country to vie for cash prize, trophies and just bragging rights in Louisiana’s premier paddling marathon. Tour du Teche V starts Friday at Port Barre, starts in St. Martinville in St. Martin Parish and New Iberia on Saturday, and at Franklin on Sunday. The three segments add up to 135 miles and countless adventures. (Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)

Paddlers, their coureurs de bois, and traveling cheering squads are coming to the Teche Country this weekend from Texas, Kansas, Florida, Illinois, California, Wisconsin and Maryland as well as all over Louisiana. What is drawing them here is the chance to race down the bayou for cash prizes, trophies and adventure.

Rodney Grogan

Water hyacinth are rafted up thick at the East Calumet floodgate, top. Lockmaster Lennis Paray says he’ll flush them out to sea if tides cooperate. Below, The T.E.C.H.E. Project volunteers gather lilies at Franklin as part of Operation Hippo.

Kayakers slug it out in Tour du Teche IV. Paddlers come from all over the state and both ends of the country to vie for cash prize, trophies and just bragging rights in Louisiana’s premier paddling marathon. Tour du Teche V starts Friday at Port Barre, starts in St. Martinville in St. Martin Parish and New Iberia on Saturday, and at Franklin on Sunday. The three segments add up to 135 miles and countless adventures. (Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)

Bayou Vista Blue Star Memorial vandalized

The Blue Star Memorial, left, in Bayou Vista, was found over the Memorial Day weekend on the ground, the victim of vandals, Detective Traci Landry, St. Mary Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
(Submitted Photo courtesy of the Bayou Vista Garden Club)

After a couple years of saving and looking for the right restoration contractor, the Bayou Vista Garden Club had its Blue Star Memorial refurbished two weeks ago.

College to send 3 to national competition

Six students represented South Central Louisiana Technical College – Young Memorial campus at regional competition May 8 and 9 in Lafayette. Four of the students placed with medals in the competition and three of them will advance to national competition in Kansas City, Mo., from June 22 to 28. From left, Michalea Balli, nursing program head Beverly Henn, Katie Cook, Travis Brown, Kole Fluke, Brice Daigle, Austin Vining and HVAC instructor Anthony Baham. Balli, Cook and Daigle will advance to the finals, and Vinning got a bronze medal in Lafayette.
(Submitted Photo)

A South Central Louisiana Technical College-Young Memorial Campus contingent traveled to a Skills USA state competition in Lafayette on May 8 and 9 and returned with four students claiming medals,

Front Street pool hall draws fire

The former Leon Kahn Department Store at 600 Front St. in Morgan City may be turned into a pool hall.
(The Daily Review Photo by Jean L. McCorkle)

A Main Street board member voiced concern at Tuesday’s City Council meeting over the possibility of a pool hall opening on Front Street saying that issuing a liquor license to that business could l

New Iberia start added for Tour du Teche V

Voyageur Eric Wyble of Gulfport, Miss. gets an assist from Madi St. Blanc from Charenton at New Iberia City Park during the 2013 Tour du Teche. It was just a pit stop for Wyble, who was bound for Berwick in the three-day, staged race. New Iberia is a finish for Voyageurs in the Hot Sauce race, and for the first time this year will be the start of the new Black Bear race to Franklin. (Photo by Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)

With the Crawfish, the Acadian, the Hot Sauce, Sugar and Oil & Gas now comes the Black Bear.
A new “short” race has been added to Tour du Teche for its fifth running this October.

Close Call

The Franklin Fire Department was dispatched to assist two electrical contractors that were trapped 80-feet in the air Tuesday at about 5 p.m.

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The Louisiana State Singles Horseshoe Pitching Championships were held Saturday at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson. Class A Men’s winners, were, from left, Ricky Richard of Church Point (first), Jimmy Percle of Morgan City (second) and Alois Habetz of Lake Charles (third).

The Louisiana State Singles Horseshoe Pitching Championships were held Saturday at Kemper Williams Park.

Lifestyle

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Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International has newly inducted, from left, Kristin Percle, an English teacher at Berwick High School; Amber Monceaux, a social studies program manager at St.

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