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FOR SALE? Some St. Martinville officials have proposed the sale of the historic Duchamp Opera House in the city’s downtown historic district. The building, which dates back to the 1830s, was donated to the city by the Reuben-Willie-Zerben Bienvenu family in 1998 and underwent extensive renovations. But the cost of keeping the facility open, with little or no income-producing activites generated, is being called into question.(Sally Angelle)

City seeking options for old Opera House

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The city has begun looking for ideas to eliminate the ongoing expense of owning the 1830-vintage Duchamp Opera House. At the September 18 city council meeting, Dist.1 councilman Mike Fuselier said the time has come to rethink the city’s involvement with the historic building.<br />
In the 1800’s, the location became the cultural center of St. Martinville. Traveling opera companies, dance troupes and acting groups from all parts of the world performed there.<br />

House Sergeant of Arms Clarence “Smoke” Russ says the end of the last regular session earlier this month was one of the wildest he has ever seen in his 35 years of keeping order and safety at the Louisiana State Capitol. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/Manship School News Service)

House veteran says session was one of the wildest in his 35 years

Not much about the Louisiana legislature has changed since House Sergeant of Arms Clarence “Smoke” Russ began working at the Capitol in 1982, but the end of the last regular session was one to remember.

Morgan City man guility in massive theft scheme

A judge found Armond Duhon guilty of 221 counts of theft, two counts of money laundering and one count of racketeering for his role in helping to steal nearly $2 million from a Morgan City company.
Both the prosecution and defense finished presenting their cases June 15 in a trial that began June 12. Duhon chose a trial by judge and was tried separately from his co-defendants. The criminal activity in the bill of information took place from January 1999 through March 2014.

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