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

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.
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.

Be on guard for flood-damaged vehicles

In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is cautioning consumers about purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle.
“Hurricane Harvey caused unimaginable damage in Texas, including flooding over 1 million vehicles; and more vehicles in the Southeast have been impacted by Hurricane Irma,” Landry said. “These flood-damaged vehicles could end up on the streets and sold to unsuspecting Louisiana citizens.”
It is estimated that there are over 300,000 flood-damaged vehicles on the nation’s roads from past storms.

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon speaks Wednesday during a St. Mary Chamber of Commerce business luncheon at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City. Donelon discussed the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, which he says is extremely important for south Louisiana. (Photo by Zachary Fitzgerald/The Daily Review)

Donelon outlines issues as flood insurance is back in Congress

The next few months could be crucial to determine the future of how flood insurance operates in the United States, especially for south Louisiana, State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said Wednesday.
Donelon was guest speaker during the St. Mary Chamber of Commerce business luncheon at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City.
He runs the state Department of Insurance, which is responsible for regulating Louisiana’s insurance industry.

Louisiana Attorney General's Office says Greenhouse trial should stay in Avoyelles

<p> As expected, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office disagrees that media coverage surrounding Norris Greenhouse Jr.’s upcoming murder trial requires the trial be moved out of Avoyelles Parish. 12th Judicial District Judge William “Billy” Bennett has scheduled a hearing on the motion for 1:30 p.m. Monday.</p>
<p> Greenhouse’s trial on 2nd degree murder and attempted 2nd degree murder is scheduled to begin Oct. 2.</p>


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