Five years ago today, an explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore energy platform killed 11 workers. Submitted photo.

As communities all along the Gulf Coast reflect on the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and BP oil spill, St. Mary Parish leaders recalled how fortunate the parish was compared to surrounding areas in the aftermath of the spill.
“I’m glad this weekend’s over!” was how Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival organizer Edgar Dugas III summed up the 12th annual event.
A Business After Hours party to kick off the Black Bear Festival was held Thursday at the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The St. Mary Chamber of Commerce event included musical entertainment by Rick Lorenzo and many local food vendors. The festival kicks off tonight at 6 and continues through Sunday.

Five years ago today, an explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore energy platform killed 11 workers. Submitted photo.

First place in patriotism; boy wins state essay contest

Central Catholic’s Taylor Blanchard recently was named the winner of a statewide Knights of Columbus essay contest for seventh- and eighth-grade students. Blanchard’s essay was selected from among 863 entries. From left are Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Keith Thibodeaux, Blanchard, and Kenny Duval, Knights of Columbus patriotic chairman for the Monsignor Jules S. Toups Assembly and past grand knight of the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus.

Central Catholic seventh-grader Taylor Blanchard knows what it means to be patriotic, and he’s not the only one who thinks so.

Search for suspect in narcotics investigation continues; water search suspended

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Marine Division search Bayou Boeuf and the surrounding areas this morning for a suspect in a drug investigation who fled from narcotics detectives.

Though detectives are still trying to apprehend a 36-year-old Calumet man wanted on drug charges and for fleeing from detectives into Bayou Boeuf, the search of the bayou and surrounding waterways



Morgan City High School’s Brandi Ingram has signed to play softball at Grambling State University. She also will walk on the volleyball team. Ingram, along with her cousin Jaiveianna Jones, held a signing ceremony at Morgan City High School Wednesday. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Morgan City High School’s Brandi Ingram will be headed to Grambling State on a softball scholarship.
She also will walk on to the volleyball team.


Alyssa Galler and Christopher Avet
--Whimsyclo Photojournalism

Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Galler III of Morgan City wish to announcement the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Alyssa Kay Galler, to Christopher Anthony Avet, son of Mr.


Harrel L. Wilson Sr., a native of Oakdale and a longtime resident of Morgan City, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at Teche Regional Medical Center. He was 80 years of age.

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