Flood wall delay could result in legal action

After more than eight years of planning, engineering studies, permitting and funding work, St. Martin Parish government does not intend to be prevented from building a flood wall to protect the Bayou Estates subdivision in Lower St. Martin Parish.
Engineer Mo Selah, of Professional Engineering and Environmental Consultants Inc. has led the multi-year evaluation and planning process to find a solution. He presented a description of the result at the Aug. 20 Parish Council Administrative/Finance Committee meeting.

Spencer and Joan DeCuir of Mansura have been married for 50 years. A new surgical procedure at Rapides Regional Medical Center was able to replace a defective heart valve that has given Spencer a new lease on life.
“Now we’re ready for the next 50 years,” Joan joked.

Mansura man first to undergo less invasive heart surgery in Cenla

For Spencer and Joan DeCuir, their 50th anniversary on Aug. 31 was more than just a personal milestone few achieve in their lives.

For this Mansura couple, it was a celebration of a second chance at life, made possible by the recent addition of a non-invasive heart valve replacement procedure.

“This was absolutely a miracle,” Joan said of the Aug. 17 surgery at Rapides Regional Medical Center (RRMC).

Spencer, 73, has kidney disease, and so was not a good candidate for open-heart surgery to replace a defect in his aortic valve.

Full agendas heard during committee

After a late start due to city court proceedings and a special meeting of the city council, city committees met in regular session Wednesday afternoon in the council chambers.
The Public Works Committee met with all committee members present.
Due to the late start, most of the city workers were not present to report to the committees. However, Mayor Greg Jones reported for the Public Works Committee, saying that they have been spraying for mosquitoes each night weather allowed and that the departmeint is down one back hoe.

Police make drug bust at a local motel

A Morgan City man faces five drug-related charges after city police responded to a complaint about drug activity at a local motel, Police Chief James F. Blair said.
Patrick G. Gaudet, 57, of Bush Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 4 a.m. Thursday.
Officers answered the complaint at a Brashear Avenue motel and could smell marijuana coming from one of the rooms, Blair said.
After getting consent to search the room, officers found possible marijuana, other drugs and paraphernalia, Blair said.


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