Cleco Corp and David H. Stiel, Jr. Insurance Agency were honored for years in business by the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce at Wednesday's luncheon held at the Forest Restaurant. With board chairman Bob Harrison are, at left, Jude Hebert representing Cleco, and at right, Hal and Donelson Stiel representing the David H. Stiel, Jr. Agency.

Rodney Olander pilots the Big Rod

Photos and story by COLIN MURPHEY If Rodney Olander had set out last week to fish for blue crab, it might have been a decent catch. But he was fishing for shrimp.
Shortly before the Franklin Foundation Hospital Board of Commissioners meeting commenced on Thursday, board Chairman Eugene Foulcard announced to those in attendance that he had been handed a letter on behalf of the FFH medical staff.

Cleco Corp and David H. Stiel, Jr. Insurance Agency were honored for years in business by the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce at Wednesday's luncheon held at the Forest Restaurant. With board chairman Bob Harrison are, at left, Jude Hebert representing Cleco, and at right, Hal and Donelson Stiel representing the David H. Stiel, Jr. Agency.

Rodney Olander pilots the Big Rod

Heavy thunderstorms, high winds may reduce overall sugar yield

A harvester and cane cart fight their way through the mud on land farmed by Todd Morris in St. Mary Parish. Sugarcane producers have seen rain amounts that typically fall over the entire three-month harvest season in just a few consecutive weekends. The rain has caused sugar recovery levels to plummet as much as 20 percent in some sugarcane processing mills. (Photo by Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter)

When the sugarcane harvest in Louisiana started in late September, growers were harvesting upright stalks, enjoying exceptional sugar recovery levels and fighting dusty conditions in the field.

A different path: Sinitiere was room mother, then teacher

St. Mary Parish 2015-16 Middle School Teacher of the Year Loraine Sinitiere teaches a lesson to one of her fifth-grade English language arts classes at Patterson Junior High School.
The Daily Review/Crystal Thielepape

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a three-part series featuring St. Mary Parish’s Teachers of the Year. Friday’s story will be about high school honoree Yvette Lake.

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Sports

Lloyd Burchfield, left, and Ludness "Lud" Henry were inducted into Berwick's Hall of Fame.

Berwick High School inducted two longtime coaches, Lloyd Burchfield and Ludness “Lud” Henry, into the school’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame before Friday’s homecoming game.

Obituaries

Bennie Earl Hunter, 61, a resident of Morgan City and native of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Sept. 24, 2016, at his residence.

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