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.

Making Cents Summer Program

M C Bank’s credit analyst Whitney Vanderson presented a weeklong summer program called Making Cents. Vanderson is a member of the M C Bank’s Future Young Leaders Committee, which assisted in creating the new Making Cents Program to be presented in the elementary schools. The Mount Era community enrichment camp was held at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium under the direction of the Rev. Norman Stovall, coordinated by Patsy O’Gwin. They were in need of an additional fun educational program for their summer camp. Vanderson presented three activities geared towards the students in kindergarten through fifth grades to engage them in math; needs vs. wants; addition and multiplication bingo activities; and the importance of saving. The campers left with a better understanding of the 50 U.S. state quarters along with a refresher course in math.
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M C Bank’s credit analyst Whitney Vanderson presented a weeklong summer program called Making Cents.

Whitney Bank donation to AARP

Whitney Bank recently made a $22,000 donation to the St. Mary Chapter of AARP. The AARP chapter formed an alliance with Whitney Bank 25 years ago. Whitney has made donations to the organization annually since that time. From left are AARP board members Jerry Fabre, Alicia Robicheaux, Joe Pizzuto; Jo Anne Bergeron, Whitney vice president; board member Bill Darce; Floyd Hymel, AARP Vice President; Jeff Blum, Whitney market president; Curtis Leonard, AARP president; AnnEtta Lombardo, AARP treasurer; and board members Myrtle McNemar and Carol Francis.
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Whitney Bank recently made a $22,000 donation to the St. Mary Chapter of AARP. The AARP chapter formed an alliance with Whitney Bank 25 years ago.

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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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