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)

Local events

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert, above, serves at the AARP’s monthly dinner and bingo night held at the St. Mary Senior Citizens Center in Morgan City.

Bayou Vista donation

Teresa Rappmundt, left, senior vice president and secretary of Patterson State Bank, presents a donation to Bayou Vista Elementary School Principal Claire Guarisco on behalf of the bank. The funds will be used to provide prizes for raffles that are held at the end of every nine-week period at school. Students with honor roll, principal’s list, perfect attendance, and good behavior are entered into the drawing for a chance to receive the grand prize.
(Submitted Photo)

Teresa Rappmundt, left, senior vice president and secretary of Patterson State Bank, presents a donation to Bayou Vista Elementary School Principal Claire Guarisco on behalf of the bank.

Drug take-back

Austin Blair of Morgan City was one of the participants in Saturday’s National Take-Back Initiative coordinated locally by Morgan City Police Department, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s office and Walgreens. Blair hands a bag of expired pharmaceuticals to Jill Ward, Walgreens manager. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office collected 24.9 pounds of drugs between its two drop-off locations in Berwick and Jeanerette, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said.
(The Daily Review Photo by Diane Miller Fears)

Austin Blair of Morgan City was one of the participants in Saturday’s National Take-Back Initiative coordinated locally by Morgan City Police Department, St.

Atchafalaya River dredging

Routine maintenance dredging has been going on for about the past month in the Atchafalaya River surrounding the Port of Morgan City, Port Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges the harbor once a year between Morgan City and Berwick, Wade said. The contract also includes dredging a spot on the Calumet Cut on the Intracoastal Waterway, he said. “They probably won’t be there for about a month,” Wade said. Dredging will continue in the Morgan City area for about another month, Wade said.
(The Daily Review Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Routine maintenance dredging has been going on for about the past month in the Atchafalaya River surrounding the Port of Morgan City, Port Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade said. The U.S.

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Sports

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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