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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.

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.

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