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Elaine Simon, far right, presented awards to, from left, J.R. Putnam, who traveled the farthest; Glenda Laurents, who was the youngest; and Glen Laurents, who was the eldest and who was recognized for being over 90.

Hoffpauir Family holds 52nd Labor Day reunion

The Indian Bayou United Methodist Church was once again the venue for the annual Hoffpauir Family Reunion.
The 52nd reunion was held on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
In the absence of the president, Charlie Hoffpauir, due to illness, board member Cheryl Gott served as moderator and gave a cheerful welcome to those who braved the inclement weather to attend, addressing them as “the cream of the crop.”
Jim Spell, IBUMC music director, and his men’s trio, “Until Then,” opened the program by singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Groups donate to shelter

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Members of Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma society of women educators, First Baptist Church and Parkerson Avenue Baptist Church recently collected a variety of essential items for donation to the ASSIST Agency’s women’s shelter. On hand for the Sept. 5 donation were, from left, Elaine Simon and Sharon Clement, director of the ASSIST Agency.

Back to work after the festival

The tug Michael T moves discharge pipes around to help the Weeks Marine dredge vessel Capt. Frank resume dredging Monday after a break for the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival during Labor Day weekend. The dredging moved to the Wax Lake Outlet during the festival and returned, said Port of Morgan City Executive Director Mac Wade. The current dredging project has moved about 1 million cubic yards of sand from the channel into deeper water in the river, Wade said, with about another 100,000 cubic yards to go.

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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.

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