Cleco announces long-term payment plan for past due customers

PINEVILLE – To help customers facing financial challenges related to COVID-19, Cleco temporarily suspended service disconnects and late fees beginning March 13 through Aug. 31.  “We recently received direction from our state regulatory agency, the Louisiana Public Service Commission, informing us that disconnects and assessments of late fees can resume after July 16, and payment plans…

Body of a New Iberia man identified

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that a body found in a bar pit on Charenton Beach Road has been identified as Christopher Olivier, Jr., 25, of New Iberia. Dispatchers received a call on Tuesday, July 14 in reference to a missing man identified as Olivier. Later in the evening, deputies located a man’s body,…

Food bank drive-up event scheduled Monday in Franklin

On behalf of the Wanda Hilliard Food Pantry, volunteers will host another drive-up food bank on Monday, July 20th at Franklin Recreation Center (Mccara O’Neill Recreation Center). The event is scheduled from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM or until all food is distributed. Drivers must remain in the vehicle. The food items will be placed…

Donation from BHP Leads to Additional Dorm Rooms

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University is excited to announce a $400,000 donation from BHP Petroleum to help add more dorm rooms in preparation for the Fall semester. The $1 million project will renovate 68 rooms across the 2nd and 3rd floors of North and South Babington Halls. This will aid Nicholls in creating living spaces that…

Juvenile Arrested for Attempted Second Degree Murder

Morgan City Police Department was dispatched to a shooting in the 800 block of Ditch Ave in Morgan City on July 15, at 2:22 AM. Upon officer’s arrival, they located an individual suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was transported to a medical facility for treatment. During the investigation, detectives were…

UPDATE: ATV Crash Results in Fatality

VERDUNVILLE—St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that Lakeitha Hopes, 31, of St. Martinville died as a result of an ATV crash on Verdun Lane on Saturday night, July 11. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office was advised that a single-ATV crash had occurred on Verdun Lane in Verdunville around 8:05 PM. Deputies responded to the scene…

Gov. Edwards Orders Statewide Mask Mandate, Closes Bars to On Premises Consumption as COVID-19 Continues to Spread Across Louisiana

All indoor gatherings limited to 50 total people to prevent the spread of illness Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a mandatory mask requirement for Louisiana and ordered bars in the state closed to on-premises consumption, as the state experiences increasing spread of COVID-19. The Governor also limited indoor social gatherings like wedding receptions, class…

UPDATE: Shots Fired under Investigation

MORGAN CITY—On July 9 around 1:20 PM, Morgan City police officers were called to the area of Federal Avenue near Barrow Street after reports of several shots fired from a moving vehicle. Officers learned that two vehicles were observed fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed. Reports indicate that the shots were fired…

Standoff ends in BV; suspect in custody

A man who barricaded himself in his home surrendered to St. Mary Sheriff’s Deputies this afternoon after a 3 hour-long standoff in Bayou Vista. Humberto Armando Gonzales, age 31, was taken into custody at his home in Bayou Vista and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. Deputies were called to the address on Cross…

New Assistant School Principals Announced

CENTERVILLE— Changes to school leadership include the appointment of assistant principals to three high schools. Assistant Principal: Ms. Lacie Hotard (Morgan City High School) Assistant Principal: Ms. Angela Brinkley (Centerville High School) Assistant Principal: Ms. Bianca Bennett (Franklin Senior High School) The following individuals were promoted from “acting” positions: Assistant Principal: Ms. Noelle Lowrimore (Berwick…