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.

Bayou Vista Elementary celebrating 50th anniversary

Bayou Vista Elementary is celebrating its 50th anniversary this school year. Monthly activities have been planned. The students and teachers dressed up in 1950’s attire for the 50th day of school. Also, the student body posed for a 50th picture. The community is invited to the 50th Celebration Carnival on the school grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
(Submitted Photo)

Bayou Vista Elementary is celebrating its 50th anniversary this school year. Monthly activities have been planned. The students and teachers dressed up in 1950’s attire for the 50th day of school.

Blue Star Marker ceremony in Patterson

The Blue Star Memorial Service honoring veterans hosted by the Patterson Garden Club and the City of Patterson was held Friday at Patterson City Hall. Among those present, from left, were Rodney Grogan, Patterson mayor; Iris Roy, Blue Star Marker chairman and Patterson Garden Club; Evelyn Estay, Patterson Garden Club; Daisy LeBlanc, Patterson Garden Club; Linda Thomas, Patterson Garden Club; and Rosa Butler, Patterson Garden Club.
(The Daily Review Photo by Crystal Thielepape)

The Blue Star Memorial Service honoring veterans hosted by the Patterson Garden Club and the City of Patterson was held Friday at Patterson City Hall.

Patriotic program

Mark Distefano, retired Army veteran and co-organizer of the Fallen Warrior Memorial, spoke to the students at Central Catholic High School about Veterans Day, citizenship and love of country. From left, are Gerrie Byrne, curriculum director; Distefano; and Deacon Vic Bonnaffee, principal.
(Submitted Photo)

Mark Distefano, retired Army veteran and co-organizer of the Fallen Warrior Memorial, spoke to the students at Central Catholic High School about Veterans Day, citizenship and love of country.

Marine Corps birthday observance

In celebration of the Marine Corps’ 239 years, David Martin, junior vice commandant of the Marine Corps League’s Department of Louisiana and commandant for the St. Mary Detachment, cut a piece of cake and handed it to senior Marine Bob McClelland, who handed it to the youngest Marine, David Picou III, at the American Legion Hall in Patterson on Monday. The ceremony was part of the official birthday celebration and symbolizes the handing down of traditions and information.
(The Daily Review Photo by Crystal Thielepape)

In celebration of the Marine Corps’ 239 years, David Martin, junior vice commandant of the Marine Corps League’s Department of Louisiana and commandant for the St.

Emergency call in Bayou Vista

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Office spokeswoman Traci Landry confirmed at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday that the department is investigating a death at Phoenix International in Bayou Vista. Sheriff’s patrol cars were at the scene along with fire trucks. No other details were available.
(The Daily Review Photo by Crystal Thielepape)

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Office spokeswoman Traci Landry confirmed at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday that the department is investigating the death of an employee at Phoenix International.

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Sports

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Obituaries

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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