St. Mary voter turnout exceeds 2014 midterm

Fifty-four percent of St. Mary Parish voters cast ballots in last week’s election, up three percentage points compared to the 2014 midterm election.

For the Nov. 6 election, 17,941 of 33,208 registered voters in St. Mary Parish voted, according to Parish Registrar Jolene Holcombe.

The turnout was higher than the 51 percent turnout for the last midterm election in 2014, Holcombe said.

LEBLANC REMEMBER - The daughter of the late A.J. LeBlanc, Susan Guilbeau, accepts a special remembrance from Chamber President Nikki Link and Mayor Chuck Robichaux during the 2018 OST Day Celebration. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Josie Henry)

Third Annual Rayne OST Day Celebration welcomes hundreds

RAYNE - The historic downtown area of Rayne was filled with hundreds on Saturday, Nov. 3, for the third annual official Old Spanish Trail Celebration.
Co-sponsors of the annual event were the Rayne Chamber of Commerce and City of Rayne who welcomed visitors from throughout the area.
The Depot Square and the surrounding downtown areas were filled with historical events and numerous displays.

Donna Shetler Corley

Corley to be honored during luncheon

Donna Shetler Corley of Crowley is the recipient of the 2018 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Acadia Parish, an honor presented by Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) and sponsored by Home Bank.
Corley will be recognized during an awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Cajundome Convention Center.
Seats and tables to the event can be purchased online at

BSEE Director Sees Change and Optimism for U.S. Offshore Energy

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle told attendees of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Conference, held at the Port of New Orleans Tuesday, that offshore energy is vital to the Trump Administration goal of energy dominance. Angelle emphasized that production must be safe and environmentally sustainable to meet America’s oil and gas demands now and in the future.

Scott Angelle

BSEE Director to Head-up Interior Department Royalty Policy Committee

The Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Scott Angelle will now serve as the chairman of the Royalty Policy Committee (RPC). Appointed by U. S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Angelle had been serving as Acting Chairman. His role as Chairman is in addition to his current role as the BSEE Director.


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