News guide: George HW Bush’s final farewell, burial in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be buried in Texas after a funeral service at the church he attended for many years and a special memorial train that will carry his casket.
The Latest: Bush’s body to lie in repose all night at church
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):
The body of former President George H.W. Bush is set to lie in repose all night at the Houston church where his family worshipped.
People lined up Wednesday night at St. Martin's Episcopal Church to pay their respects to the nation's 41st president, who died last week. It's the same church where services for Bush's wife, Barbara, were held in April.
Pallbearers carry Bush casket into Texas church
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Atlantic season's first hurricane, Beryl, formed Friday and headed for a weekend push into the eastern Caribbean, threatening islands still struggling to recover from last year's storms.
BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — Brian and Shaena McMahon were vacationing 10 years ago in St. Martin in the Caribbean when they decided to make their own salt.
His father's house there was near the ocean. Brian had seen salt-making operations before while in the Coast Guard and had cleaned dried salt from boats.
They dipped out some blue-green Caribbean water and poured it onto the metal pan of a toaster oven. The seawater evaporated after a few days, leaving a deposit of white flakes.
ST. MARTINVILLE — A Breaux Bridge man was charged with one count of third-degree rape Friday morning.
The Latest: Barbara Bush buried at presidential library
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):
Former first lady Barbara Bush has been laid to rest at her husband's presidential library in Texas.
Family spokesman Jim McGrath says the ceremony was "a very brief but poignant and beautiful ending to a very moving and incredible day. It would have been exactly what Barbara Bush wanted."
HOUSTON (AP) — His daughter standing behind him, former President George H.W. Bush sat at the front of the cavernous sanctuary of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. He gazed up at the rose-draped casket holding his wife of 73 years.
The Latest: 2,500 attend public viewing for Barbara Bush
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):
Officials say around 2,500 people have walked past a casket holding former first lady Barbara Bush during a public viewing at a Houston church.
The Latest: Funeral arrangements set for Barbara Bush
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):
Funeral services for Barbara Bush are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, which she and former President George H.W. Bush regularly attended.
According to a post on the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation website, Barbara Bush will lie in repose from noon to midnight Friday at the church for members of the public wishing to pay respects.
ST. MARTINVILLE – St. Martinville Mayor Thomas Nelson will be facing a runoff with Melinda “Mel” Mitchell following the results of Saturday’s election.
Nelson finished election night with 46 percent of the vote, or 928 votes. Mitchell came in second with 34 percent of the vote.
KANKAKEE — Could the future of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church be revealed this weekend?
Joliet Diocese Bishop Daniel Conlon will attend a public forum regarding the Kankakee church along West Merchant Street and across the street from Presence St. Mary’s Hospital. The forum will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Kankakee.
Ed Flavin, the diocese spokesman, said the concerned community members should know that no decision has been made to regarding St. Rose’s fate.
The Iberia Parish Council tabled a resolution asking state legislators to bring up video poker legalization in the parish.
The decision was not so much a disagreement among council members than an agreement that if the council seriously pursues bringing back video poker to Iberia Parish timing will be an important factor.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is getting a new press secretary.
The governor announced Thursday that Communications Director Mari St. Martin is leaving the post to pursue an unspecified opportunity in the private sector.
She'll be replaced by Mary-Sarah Kinner effective Friday.
Early voting began Saturday in St. Martin and St. Mary parishes, both of which have mayoral elections on the ballot.
In St. Mary Parish, Franklin voters will choose between Republican Jimmie Daniel II and Democrat Eugene Foulcard for the city’s top seat.
Jolene Holcombe, with the St. Mary Parish Registrar of Voters office, said Saturday was a very busy day.
ST. MARTINVILLE — Search crews scouring the waters of Bayou Amy near Henderson recovered the body of a St. Martinville man Tuesday morning in St. Martin Parish, according to a prepared statement from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
LDWF personnel, along with deputies from the St. Martin Sheriff’s Office and Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, recovered the body of 54-year-old Richard Pellerin from Bayou Amy around 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Body of missing boater recovered in bayou
ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — The body of a missing boater has been recovered from a bayou in Louisiana's St. Martin Parish.
State wildlife officials say in a news release that the body of 54-year-old Richard Pellerin of St. Martinville was pulled from Bayou Amy about 8 a.m. Tuesday.
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BREAUX BRIDGE — St. Martin Parish School Board members will meet Wednesday at their administrative office in Breaux Bridge.
Before the scheduled meeting, a special finance committee meeting will be held at 4 p.m.
Among items to be discussed are the 2013 and 2016 Bond Program status reports. Superintendent Lottie Beebe also will address merit pay for teachers.
Following the finance committee meeting will be the regular School Board meeting at 5 p.m.
ST. MARTINVILLE — A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville, for Wade Joseph Watkins, 90, who passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at AMC in Park Place Care Facility, with his family by his side.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, and continuing at 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Pellerin Funeral Home in St. Martinville.
Margaret M. Guimond, 93, of Kankakee, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 23, 2018), of natural causes, at Presence Heritage Village in Kankakee.
She was born Nov. 2, 1924, in Buckingham, the daughter of Fred and Theresa Fritz Feller. Margaret married Leonard Guimond on June 28, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2015.
Teche Area students are getting familiar again with the routine of a normal school day after inclement weather last week kept them out of class and indoors protected from icy conditions.
Rhode Island to remove guardrails blamed in deadly crashes
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is joining several other states in removing a type of guardrail that has been blamed for deadly highway crashes.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Charles St. Martin tells The Providence Journal the department is removing all of about 350 Lindsay X-LITE guardrails from roadways "out of an abundance of caution."
Iberia, St. Mary and St. Martin school systems are heeding a warning of icy weather today from the National Weather Service in Lake Charles.
Iberia Parish Superintendent of Schools Dale Henderson said at approximately 3:50 p.m. Monday that public schools in Iberia Parish will be closed today. The decision came after consideration of the possible dangers that could occur with having school buses and staff driving to school in possibly unsafe conditions.
Betty Jane (Wilk) Senty, 94, of Winona passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare.
She was born Sept. 13, 1923, in Herold, Buffalo County, Wis., to Helmuth and Christena (Becker) Wilk. After graduating from Alma High School and the La Crosse Business College, Betty went to work for selective service during World War II at the Alma Courthouse.
Trial date set for priest in child pornography case
ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana priest facing 500 counts of possession of child pornography goes on trial Feb. 5.
Judge moves trial of man accused of killing 2 deputies
EDGARD, La. (AP) — A judge has ordered a 75-mile move for the trial of a man accused of killing two Louisiana sheriff's deputies in 2012 and disabling two others.
Brian Smith is scheduled for trial Feb. 15 on charges of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty on the murder charges.
Smith's lawyer said he couldn't get a fair trial in St. John the Baptist Parish.
Ruth Adeline (Abraham) Marg passed into the arms of her heavenly Father Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at her apartment at Sugar Loaf Senior Living, Winona. She was born to Walter and Adeline (Buermann) Abraham Nov. 29, 1934, at 708 E. Howard St., Winona, MN. She was baptized Christmas Day 1934, and later confirmed at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church March 18, 1951.
The long tentacles of terrorism reached into Iberia and St. Martin parishes this past week when a pro-Islamic State group hacked school board website in both parishes early Monday.
As unnerving as it was, there were no serious consequences in the aftermath, according to local officials. The hacker group, known as Team System DZ, was unable to break through the firewall of the systems.
Thousands of turkeys die in Minnesota poultry farm fire
PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A fire at a central Minnesota poultry farm has killed thousands of turkeys.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the fire broke out about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Martin Farm in Martin Township.
The sheriff's office says about 6,000 turkeys died in the barn fire near Paynesville. The fire is under investigation.
Websites for the Iberia Parish School Board and St. Martin Parish School Board were defaced early Monday morning by a pro-Islamic State hacker group.
The hackers redesigned the sites by accessing SchoolDesk, a Georgia-based host provider that both school systems utilize, to depict a picture of Sadaam Hussein and the message “There is no God but God. Mohammad is the prophet of God,” followed by several question marks.
For the past 20 years in Spokane, the first Friday in November has been marked by a parade of lights.
Since 1996, German language students at SpoLang Foreign Language Academy (Spanish is also taught at the school) have held the Lantern Fest Parade, which takes place this year on Friday at Manito Park.
In Germany, the Lantern Fest Parade occurs on the eve of Martinstag, or St. Martin’s Day.
ST. MARTINVILLE — St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies charged an 18-year-old Breaux Bridge man in connection with a shooting Wednesday afternoon in St. Martinville.
Deputies charged Hunter Chauvin with two counts of first-degree murder following his arrest late Monday night at a residence in the 2600 block of Cypress Island Highway in St. Martinville.
With several islands in recovery mode, some vacation advice
Some travelers looking ahead to winter and spring getaways may be wondering what their options are when it comes to Caribbean islands, with all the headlines about hurricane damage.
Some islands like Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and St. Martin have a ways to go in recovery from the storms. But many other places were relatively unscathed. Island destinations where it's business as usual include Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.
The Latest: UN frees $10 million for Hurricane Irma aid
MIAMI (AP) — The latest on tropical weather in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (all times local):
The United Nations has released $10 million from its emergency fund for humanitarian efforts to help tens of thousands of people in the Caribbean needing help after Hurricane Irma.
Don’t remove the tie: France’s Macron bound by unspoken rule
PARIS (AP) — That tie. He just won't take it off, even when picking his way in sweltering heat through the rubble left by Hurricane Irma on the French Caribbean island of St. Martin.
President Emmanuel Macron has shaken French politics to its core but dares not breach the dress code for a French chief of state. The tie, preferably dark, is de rigueur.
A week after Irma, Caribbean devastation is laid bare
Before it hit Florida, Hurricane Irma crashed through the Caribbean, causing catastrophic damage.
The Category 5 storm, which ravaged the islands with near-record, sustained 185mph winds, battered an estimated 1.2 million people.
The Latest: Irma’s cost to Florida already exceeds Matthew’s
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):
The cost of Hurricane Irma to Florida has already surpassed what the state spent during Hurricane Matthew last year.
During a Wednesday briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, 32 state government agencies have reported spending more than $273,522,000 on preparations and recovery efforts.
The final tally for Hurricane Matthew, which affected the state last October, was about $268,499,000.
US Virgin Islands getting aid, but still reeling from Irma
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The last of the late-summer tourists were gone Wednesday from the U.S. Virgin Islands, ferried away from the wreckage of Hurricane Irma in cruise ships bound for Puerto Rico and Miami. Most part-time residents — and anyone else who didn't have to stay — had cleared out as well, back to homes on the mainland with water, power and internet, and where food isn't scarce.
The Latest: Hurricane upends Delaware couple’s celebration
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — The latest on Hurricane Irma's devastation in the Caribbean (all times local):
A Delaware couple got more than they bargained for after traveling to St. Martin to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Europe leaders answer anger over Irma response in Caribbean
MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) — Wrapping up a sweeping visit to the destroyed island of St. Martin, France's president responded to anger that his government didn't do enough to handle Hurricane Irma's wrath and promised to evacuate residents of his country's Caribbean territories and provide services and shelter for those who choose to stay.
France’s Macron Surveys St. Martin’s Irma Damage
French president to visit Caribbean islands hit by Irma
PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron will visit French Caribbean islands hammered by Hurricane Irma where residents have criticized the government for not doing enough to prepare them for the storm's devastation.
Macron's plane is bringing water, food and tons of medicines and emergency equipment. He will first visit Guadeloupe on Tuesday morning before heading to St. Martin to meet with residents, and then to St. Barts.
Cuba’s decrepit buildings no match for Hurricane Irma
HAVANA (AP) — The historic but often decrepit buildings of Havana and other colonial Cuban cities couldn't stand up to Hurricane Irma's winds and rainfall, collapsing and killing seven people in one of the highest death tolls from the storm's passage through the Caribbean.
Hurricane Irma exposes racial tensions on smashed St. Martin
MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) — In the chaotic days after Hurricane Irma smashed St. Martin, the storm also exposed simmering racial tensions on the island's French territory, with some black and mixed-race residents complaining that white tourists were given priority during the evacuation.
It was the type of anger that has long plagued France's far-flung former colonies — especially its Caribbean territories, where most of the population identifies as black and is poorer than the white minority.
Macron to visit Caribbean as France defends hurricane prep
MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) — The French government on Sunday defended its hurricane preparations for the hard-hit Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St. Barts, rejecting criticism by political opponents and by islanders who felt abandoned as their homes and towns were devastated.
The Latest: French leader to go to hurricane-hit St. Martin
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French government's handling of the hurricanes in the Caribbean (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to the hurricane-battered French Caribbean island of St. Martin on Tuesday as his government fends off criticism of its handling of the disaster.
Irma turns Caribbean island paradises into nightmares
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — Strung like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and beautiful, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world.
Hurricane Irma lashes Cuba; Jose poses threat elsewhere
CAIBARIEN, Cuba (AP) — Irma collapsed buildings and battered Cuba with deafening winds and relentless rain Saturday, while a second hurricane, Jose, threatened to lash already-reeling islands elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Across a swath of Cuba, utility poles were toppled, trees uprooted and roads blocked. Witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ruins. And authorities in the city of Santa Clara said 39 buildings collapsed.