Rodney Grogan

Candidates emphasized the need for improved infrastructure, increased tourism, continued training for police officers and focused efforts to help the school system and senior citizens in front of a crowd of about 100 people Tuesday.

Water hyacinth are rafted up thick at the East Calumet floodgate, top. Lockmaster Lennis Paray says he’ll flush them out to sea if tides cooperate. Below, The T.E.C.H.E. Project volunteers gather lilies at Franklin as part of Operation Hippo.

Last Saturday, The TECHE Project, a local nonprofit group working to raise awareness of the environmental, cultural, historical, and recreational values of Bayou Teche, partnered with ACA/LL Bean, St.

Kayakers slug it out in Tour du Teche IV. Paddlers come from all over the state and both ends of the country to vie for cash prize, trophies and just bragging rights in Louisiana’s premier paddling marathon. Tour du Teche V starts Friday at Port Barre, starts in St. Martinville in St. Martin Parish and New Iberia on Saturday, and at Franklin on Sunday. The three segments add up to 135 miles and countless adventures. (Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)

Paddlers, their coureurs de bois, and traveling cheering squads are coming to the Teche Country this weekend from Texas, Kansas, Florida, Illinois, California, Wisconsin and Maryland as well as all over Louisiana. What is drawing them here is the chance to race down the bayou for cash prizes, trophies and adventure.

Rodney Grogan

Water hyacinth are rafted up thick at the East Calumet floodgate, top. Lockmaster Lennis Paray says he’ll flush them out to sea if tides cooperate. Below, The T.E.C.H.E. Project volunteers gather lilies at Franklin as part of Operation Hippo.

Kayakers slug it out in Tour du Teche IV. Paddlers come from all over the state and both ends of the country to vie for cash prize, trophies and just bragging rights in Louisiana’s premier paddling marathon. Tour du Teche V starts Friday at Port Barre, starts in St. Martinville in St. Martin Parish and New Iberia on Saturday, and at Franklin on Sunday. The three segments add up to 135 miles and countless adventures. (Ron J. Berard/Tour du Teche)

Gator season

Former Stephensville Elementary School student and “Swamp People” cast member Duggie Acosta shows off an 11-foot, 8-inch alligator he caught recently. He brought the alligator to the Stephensville Elementary School to show the students.
(Submitted Photo courtesy of Linda Cooke)

With the alligator hunting season edging toward a close, most hunters have filled their tags for the season, and wildlife officials report no citations in this region.

Energy talk at Rotary Club

Brooklyn Doiron, a student at Wyandotte Elementary, won first place in the Young Author’s Contest for her fiction story, “A Barn With a Zoo.” The literacy competition is judged by the Nicholls Reading Council. Pictured are Lauren Written, who submitted the fiction story, Doiron, and Tosha Mayon, Doiron’s third-grade teacher.
(Submitted Photo)

Brooklyn Doiron, a student at Wyandotte Elementary, won first place in the Young Author’s Contest for her fiction story, “A Barn With a Zoo.” The literacy competition is judged by the Nicholls Read

Acadiana Mega Raffle top winners announced

The Community Foundation named the top seven grand prize winners of the inaugural Acadiana Mega Raffle. The winners were announced at a celebration event held at Coyote Blues Tuesday night and are: Dane Hutchinson, of Lafayette, $500,000; Shannon Richard, of Lafayette, $100,000; Melanie Broussard, of Abbeville, $50,000; Colleen Christ, of Basile, Triton 18XS Bass Boat; Mary Landry, of New Iberia, Key West 186 Bay Reef Boat; Kelly Vaccarella, of Lafayette, brand new vehicle of choice; and Grover Dunphy, of Lafayette, brand new vehicle of choice. A list of winners has been posted on AcadianaMegaRaffle.com/new-winners.
(Photo by Kelly Morvant of Channel One Digital)

The Community Foundation named the top seven grand prize winners of the inaugural Acadiana Mega Raffle.

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Sports

The Louisiana State Singles Horseshoe Pitching Championships were held Saturday at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson. Class A Men’s winners, were, from left, Ricky Richard of Church Point (first), Jimmy Percle of Morgan City (second) and Alois Habetz of Lake Charles (third).

The Louisiana State Singles Horseshoe Pitching Championships were held Saturday at Kemper Williams Park.

Lifestyle

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Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International has newly inducted, from left, Kristin Percle, an English teacher at Berwick High School; Amber Monceaux, a social studies program manager at St.

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