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.

SM recall petition stirs controversy

In a judicial hearing still underway at press time on Tuesday St. Martinville Dist. 3 Councilman Dennis Paul Williams is seeking damages resulting from a delay in producing the list of names on a petition to remove him from office.
According to Williams and his attorney, Allan Durand, a copy of the petition with signatures was not produced within three business days as required by law. But recall custodian Deja Alexander and her attorney, Xavier Alexander, contend that particular circumstances allow five days for a response.


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