Sunday, March 31, 2019 THE LAFOURCHE GAZETTE

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Council OKs bond plan for oil revenue By Julia Arenstam Daily Comet Staff Writer

The Lafourche Parish Council approved a plan to bond out $12.5 millionWin federal oil revenue Tuesday in an effort to speed up local projects. The council unanimously voted to move forward with plans to issue $12.5 million worth of bonds with Wells Fargo using its share of the federal Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act revenue. The proposal was recommended by the parish’s apparent financial advisor Jim Ryan, a contracted position Councilwoman Luci Sposito said she didn’t know existed. Ryan, who works for Government Consultants Inc., told the council that even though he was sponsoring the Wells Fargo proposal for the bond issue, he also


Former Lockport police chief pleads guilty

filed against him, and we were prepared ment’s purchase of a Ford Explorer in Octo go to trial to ensure that each charge tober 2015. Vedros provided the auditor ended in guilty.” with minutes he allegedly altered from a Vedros was given three years of su- Lockport Town Council meeting, as well Lockport’s forpervised probation and must pay $5,000 as documents allegedly forged by Barker, mer police chief was in restitution to Lafourche Parish, prose- to support the vehicle purchase. given probation and cutors said. Vedros was also accused of stealing ordered to pay restiHe was indicted on May 31, 2017, on several thousand dollars from the tution Tuesday after one count of felony theft, three counts of Lafourche Recreation District No.1 while pleading guilty to malfeasance in office, three counts of fil- serving as the district’s part-time director. theft and malfeaing false public records and one count of An audit found multiple discrepancies, sance charges, pros-t and Vedros could not account for several forgery. ecutors said. The same investigation also resulted thousand dollars of missing money, inWarren Vedros, Sr. Warren Vedros V S MATHEWS • GHEENS • LOCKPORT VALENTINE • LAROSE cluding softball registration fees, the in the indictment of Lockport• resident Sr., 61, entered an C • GALLIANO • GOLDEN MEADOW LEEVILLE • GRAND ISLE Office said. Robert M. Barker Jr., who •pleaded guilty Sheriff’s open-ended plea, meaning prosecutors After turning himself in on June 1, on April 9 to two counts of forgery and two didn’t offer him any kind of plea deal. counts of filing false public records. Dis- 2017, Vedros was booked into the “With the amount of trust that is trict Court Judge Hugh “Buddy” Larose Lafourche Parish jail and released that placed in public officials, they should be sentenced Barker to one year of super- day after posting an $80,000 bond. held to a higher standard,” said Assistant vised probation. Vedros, who was serving his fourth District Attorney Jason Chatagnier, who According to the Lafourche Parish straight term as police chief, resigned on prosecuted the case. “We felt the evidence Sheriff’s Office, an audit uncovered a June 13, 2017. against Mr. Vedros justified the charges See Vedros Page 3-A problem with the Lockport Police DepartBy Dan Copp Daily Comet Staff Writer


Parish Council votes to revert back to old recreation system By Buster Avera Contributing Writer

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The Dukes of Earl’s Annual Relay for Life Gumbo Lunch and Bingo was held recently at the VFW Home in Larose to benefit the American Cancer Society. Ms. Angie shows off her winning bingo card while little Johnny gives a thumbs up for the cake. This year’s South Lafourche Relay For Life event is set for next Saturday, April 6, from noon to 10 p.m., at the Larose Regional Park. To join or donate to the Relay for Life of South Lafourche, visit or call 985-677-1677.

The Lafourche Parish Council’s grand plan to streamline and improve recreation by creating a parish-wide system has been abolished. By unanimous vote of all Council members at the Tuesday, March 26 public meeting, the Council voted to revert to the old system of individual recreation districts, seven in total, each governed by its own board. In addition, as in the past, any board will have the ability to ask its constituents for additional millage revenue to bolster that board’s yearly income. Four of the seven districts collected a millage to help offset the cost of recreation in those districts, but three of those millages have expired. The grand plan was begun when Ordinance 5782 was passed unanimously at the last regular Council meeting of 2017.Council members Bo Melvin and James Bourgeois were absent. See Recreation Page 3-A

Louisiana medical marijuana backers demand product by May 15 By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana pharmacists permitted to dispense medical marijuana and patients waiting for it demanded Monday that state regulators allow therapeutic cannabis to reach shelves by May 15, and one of the growers said it hopes to have a “limited” supply by that deadline. The ultimatum was issued at a meeting to update medical marijuana supporters on the status of the program, an indication of the mounting frustration that medicinal-grade pot still hasn’t reached patients nearly four years after lawmakers agreed to the dispensing framework. “We are on the front line watching our patients suffer, and they’re asking us, ‘When?’” said Doug Boudreaux, a pharmacist and co-owner of the Shreveport medical mari-

juana dispensary permitted for northwest Louisiana. “We’re desperate for this medication.” Boudreaux, representing the Louisiana Association for Therapeutic Alternatives, told agriculture department officials and the marijuana growers: “We think that after May 15th, if there are any adverse events affecting any patient, qualifying medical marijuana patient in Louisiana, it will be the responsibility of the people in this room.” GB Sciences, contracted by Louisiana State University and one of two state-sanctioned growers, said it hopes to have a “limited release of product” by mid-May, available to patients with the most severe conditions. “We’re going to do everything that’s under our roof to aim for that date,” said John Davis, GB Sciences Louisiana president. See Marijuana Page 3-A


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In spite of a foggy beginning, volunteers still came out to help with the Bayou Cleanup last weekend. South Lafourche High School Seniors Marcelle Pitre and Abigail Bouzigard volunteered their Saturday morning for the cause.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019 THE LAFOURCHE GAZETTE

Anger Management classes being offered at Bayou Council


LCOA conducting membership drive

Anyone interested in becoming a “Lifetime” member of the Lafourche Council on Aging and have not already registered for membership, may do so thru April 3rd by simply contacting your local Senior Center to fill an enrollment form or by calling the Council on Aging Office in Mathews at 985-532-0457 or 1888-879-4400. __________________

SL Relay for Life to be held April 6

The South Lafourche Relay for Life will be held April 6 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Larose Regional Park Pavilion. Free parking and admission including kid’s events, live music from local bands who have donated their time including The Vibe, former members of Catharsis, Liquid Gravity, Paggy Prine and Southern Soul and the LCO Middle School Bulldog band! Great food will be sold along with many raffle chances, fun games and demonstrations. Survivors, caregivers and the public all are welcomed. _________________

Lockport KC having lunch this Sunday

The Lockport KCs are having a dinner on Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Hamburger steaks with mash potatoes, sweet peas, salad and bread are on the menu for only $8. Dine in or take it to go. Drinks and desserts will also be available.

The Bayou Council Behavioral Health Services is sponsoring its Fireworks Anger Management classes, (3 twohour sessions for ages 18 and over), from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, April 11, 18 and 25. Limited space is available. To enroll report to the Bayou Council Behavioral Health Services, 504 St. Louis St., Thibodaux, with $150 enrollment fee (money order only). For more information call 985-446-0643. __________________

The 2nd Annual Wild Game and Seafood Cookoff is set for Saturday, April 13 at the Grand Isle Multiplex Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with food being served at 12 noon. Cash prizes will be awarded to Champion and People’s Choice Champion. The event is open to public. Cost is $15 per person to eat. Interested teams should contact Tasha Eschete at 985-7094663 or Paul Frazier at 504-628-3285. __________________

Registration is now open for the BaratariaTerrebonne National Estuary Program’s (BTNEP) 2019 Paddle Bayou Lafourche event. BTNEP invites residents and visitors from all over the country to travel down the waters of Bayou Lafourche and learn about the culture and heritage that goes along with it. The 50-mile, threeday paddling trip down the bayou begins Thursday, April 11, in Donaldsonville, and ends in Raceland on Saturday, April 13. Paddlers can participate one day or all three days of the trip. The trip cost is $50 per day, or $150 for all three days without a canoe rental. The cost for paddlers renting a canoe is $70 per day, or $210 for all three days. Canoe rentals are available in a limited supply and preregistration is required. Paddlers can register by completing the registration form at, by calling 985-447-0868, or by emailing Nicole Babin at for registration instructions. Visit the website for more information.

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Larose Civic Center is now accepting applications for the following positions for the summer: lifeguard, pool manager, summer camp junior counselor, and summer camp senior counselor. Applications may be picked up at the Larose Civic Center Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at Applications accepted through Thursday, April 4. Call the Civic Center for more information, 693-7355. ___________________

Local libraries announce upcoming April events

The Lafourche Parish Public Library is celebrating National Library Week April 8 through April 13. An annual celebration highlights the value of libraries to the communities they serve. Stop by your local branch to check out what it has to offer. While there, ask about the Library Luck Scratch-Off Game. Every scratch-off is an instant winner and can be entered into a drawing for one of three Grand Prizes, donated by the Friends of the Library. Stop by your library branch for details. All branches of the Lafourche Parish Library will be celebrating Easter in April. Drop by for special story hours, visits with the Easter bunny, Easter egg hunts, and more. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit the Gheens Library, 153 N. Leon Drive, at 4:30 p.m. on April 12 for a community Easter egg hunt. Bring an Easter basket to participate. Refreshments will be served. Drop by the Golden Meadow Library, 1403 N. Bayou Drive, for an Easter bunny story hour and, afterwards, an Easter egg hunt on April 17. Story hour begins at 1 p.m., and the Easter egg hunt will follow at 2 p.m. Visit with the Easter bunny and take part in an egg hunt at 1 p.m. on April 18 at the Larose Library, 305 E. Fifth Street. Join the Lockport Branch staff members for an Easter egg hunt at the Town of Lockport’s Bayou Side Park at 10:30 a.m. on April 11. Drop by the Raceland Library, 177 Recreation Drive, for a special Easter story hour with the Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. on April 16. Take photos with the Easter bunny from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 11 at the South Lafourche Library, 16241 E. Main Street. Bring your Easter basket to take part in an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. on April 16. Lafourche Parish Libraries will be hosting Earth Day and Arbor Day programs in April in celebration of the natural world. Stop by for free trees at certain branches (while supplies last) and to learn more about planting, recycling, and more. All programs are free and open to the public. Use recycled materials to create biodegradable seedling pots at 4:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Gheens Library, in celebration of Earth Day. Get free tree seeds (while supplies last) when you check out a book April 26 in celebration of Arbor Day. Children of all ages can decorate papier mache globes at 4 p.m. on April 22 at the Golden Meadow Branch, in celebration of Earth Day. Registration is required to attend, so sign up early. Get a free live oak tree, while supplies last, from April 15 through April 18 at the Larose Branch, thanks to the NRCS Plant Materials Center in Golden Meadow. Celebrate Arbor Day with a planting demo and tips for growing a great garden at 11 a.m. on April 22 at the Lockport Branch. Participants will also pot a plant or complete a garden project to

take home. Registration is required to attend, so sign up early. Stuck on ideas to celebrate Earth Day or Arbor Day? How about taking home a (grass) haired little friend? Stop by the Raceland Branch Library, for this familyfriendly activity at 4 p.m. on April 26. Get a free Louisiana tree to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day (while supplies last) from April 22 to April 26 at the South Lafourche Branch, thanks to the NRCS Plant Materials Center. Have fun with the Parish Library’s new drones when they come to a branch near you. Check out the drone programs in April at the Larose Library, April 9, 4 p.m. and South Lafourche Library, April 17, 1 p.m. Learn to sew at the Lockport Library. Learn sewing basics and sewing machine care at 1 p.m. on April 1. Adults of all skill levels are welcome at a line dancing session at the Larose Library, at 1 p.m. on April 3. This program is free and open to the public. Show your creative artistic and storytelling skills by making a birdthemed comic strip for “Draw a Bird” Day throughout the day on April 8 at the Golden Meadow Library. Families are invited to attend free art workshops hosted by local artist Azalea Rivet at 4 p.m. on April 10 and April 24 at the Raceland Library.

The National Park Service and Lafourche Parish Public Library are teaming up to collect stories about life along Bayou Lafourche. Those interested in training as volunteer interviewers to help preserve local history can attend a special workshop to be held at the South Lafourche Branch in April. The South Lafourche workshop will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 16. Children ages 5 to 15 can explore the myths and legends of Louisiana retold using art and science at the Raceland Library, Create art boards using modern methods like LEDs and paper circuits as you test your tall-tale telling prowess at 4 p.m. on April 16 and April 30. Registration is required to attend, so sign up early. Adults wanting to better their English language skills can attend free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at 11 a.m. on April 10, April 17, and April 24 at the Lockport Library. Enjoy an arts and crafts demo with local author Alexis Braud and a reading of her latest book, Gumbo: A Magical Bayou Tale, at 4 p.m. on April 29 at the Raceland Library. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week with a daily pairing of a beloved book and a tasty snack at 4 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 at the South Lafourche Branch. People of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite book character in celebration of Children’s Book Week at 4:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Gheens Library. Awards will be given for best costume.

Letters and Opinions

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch opposes coastal lawsuits

Recent developments in Terrebonne Parish should be alarming to all Louisiana citizens – especially those along the bayou whose local rights are being overstepped by overzealous trial attorneys and state government overreach. A dangerous precedent is being set with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ recent appointment of the parish district attorney to conduct damage assessments alleged from oil and gas development in the parish. This is clearly an effort to bypass local elected leadership in outsourcing enforcement responsibility of state and local permits to private lawyers – the same lawyers who stand to benefit financially from their findings. Motivated by self-interest, these hired guns have no regard for the potential impact of lawsuits on thousands of area residents who depend on industry for their livelihoods. Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch opposes coastal lawsuits because they attempt to stretch the law beyond its intent while ignoring critical facts and involving private lawyers in a space meant for democratically elected decision makers. Targeting the deep pock-

ets of the energy industry does not guarantee that any resulting monetary awards will actually be used for restoration activities. In this instance, LDNR is putting the cart before the horse by charging the district attorney to develop these models before the department has even identified permit violations – much less investigated any alleged abuses. With such complex issues, a mere comparison of aerial photographs as the basis to determine damages will not provide a complete or accurate picture. Instead of signing on to pursue lawsuits, Terrebonne has already begun to review coastal use permits in the parish. Parish President Gordon Dove and Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle have made it abundantly clear they are not interested in pursuing litigation that singles out an industry that is a major job and revenue creator. There is a proper role for good regulations that protect the public and for lawsuits that enforce them. But our system of checks and balances breaks down when lawsuits are substituted for policy. It is past time to work together toward constructive solutions and leave the trial lawyers out of it. Lana Venable, Executive Director Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch


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Interim Chief David Harrelson Jr. was elected to the position on Oct. 14, 2017. Prosecutors were satisfied that the case ended with a conviction. “Since Mr. Vedros plead guilty to each charge the grand jury indicted him on, we feel we’ve done our job.” Vedros could not be reached for comment.

— Daily Comet Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 4487639 or at Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp.

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But as of last Tuesday, each recreation district will now be governed by a five-member board appointed by the Parish Council and each board shall again have the power to govern its own district and to “incur debt, issue bonds and levy taxes”, according to the ordinance. The plan for a parish-wide system was the brainchild of Legislative Internal Auditor Reggie Bagala, who was Parish Administrator at the time of its implementation. Bagala said having recreation under one “umbrella”, with a parish board to govern it, would streamline services and save money because the new board could seek parish-wide contracts for necessities like grass cutting, trash pickup and insurance. Bagala was later fired by Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle in 2017 and the program never seemed to gain favor, many of the districts bickering over bureaucracy created by the new system. At the time, Raceland resident and recreation board member Raymond Toups told the Council that consolidation created, “a lot of contention between communities because everyone felt they did not get their fair share of funds.” “Having to do requisition orders for pencils and papers is ridiculous,” said Toups of the red tape involved in making purchases through the parish-wide

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system. In reverting back to the old system, several Council members were disappointed in having to abandon the parishwide plan but voiced concern for the need to provide a solid recreation program for all members of Lafourche parish. “I’m going to support it. However, I just wish we would have given the other option a little bit longer time. I understand the frustration we have with it. But we have to do something. We need to get back rolling with recreation,” said Councilman Jerry Lafont. In addition to passing the ordinance creating the individual districts, the Council passed a resolution requesting the Administration to advertise for board members for all districts.


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believed it was a “far superior” deal for the parish from an independent standpoint. Ryan and the Wells Fargo team have also worked with Livingston Parish on the same issue. While the bonds still have to be finalized and sent to the State Bond Commission, under the Wells Fargo proposal, the parish will receive $12.5 million up front, to spend on approved GOMESA projects. Those include drainage, hurricane protection systems and coastal restoration efforts. Parish Administrator Tim Vedros said the parish doesn’t yet have a set list of projects the money would be used for, but it could include projects like the relocation of the Choctaw Levee. To pay off the debt, the parish will obligate all GOMESA revenue for that purpose, estimated to take about 25 years based on last year’s revenue shares, Wells Fargo’s Jim Perry said. If revenue is higher than projected, half of the increase would go toward paying bonds in advance and reducing interest rates, while the other half could be directly spent by the parish, Ryan said. Private investors take a risk by purchasing these bonds, agreeing that if the federal government were to shut down the program, or oil prices went down and revenue decreased, the parish would not be liable. Despite the risk, interest rates on the bonds remain relatively low. According to the proposal, they cannot exceed 7 percent. The bonds issued in Terrebonne Parish were at 5.5 percent. Raymond James’ proposed bond amount was higher and would

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have given the parish more up-front cash because it used higher oil revenue estimates. — Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.

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It’s unclear who would be on that list to receive the first limited batch of product. Davis predicted GB Sciences would have product available for all eligible patients around August, after background checks had been finished to allow the grower to move fully into its larger facility and start ramping up production. Davis described it as “a 400 percent increase in cultivation space.” Southern University’s grower, Ilera Holistic Healthcare, hasn’t started growing the plants yet, so it doesn’t expect to provide therapeutic cannabis to pharmacies until the fall. Any product availability is contingent on completion of lab testing and other regulatory hurdles by the state agriculture department, which oversees medical marijuana. Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain said he hopes to meet the May 15 deadline for GB Sciences to release its product to the market. But he didn’t commit to it, citing the need to ensure the product is safe. “We’re going to do everything we can to try to get it out as quickly as we can,” Strain said. Katie Corkern, who lobbied lawmakers for years in support of medical marijuana to help control her son’s seizures, told a story Monday about another child waiting for cannabis. That 13-yearold girl died a month ago from the effects of her epilepsy disorder, Corkern said. “Do we know if (medical marijuana) would have saved her life? No, but it would have been great for her to have had a chance to see if it would have,” Corkern said. Friction between GB Sciences and Strain’s department over the interpretation of its rules regulating marijuana production has slowed paperwork and production plans. Medical marijuana advocates also have suggested Strain’s lab has taken too long in initial product testing. Under a law passed in 2015 and tweaked since then, Louisiana is allowing medical marijuana to treat a long list of diseases and disorders, such as cancer, seizure disorders, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease. Marijuana can be available in medicinal oils, pills, liquids and topical applications, but cannot be sold in a form to be smoked. Only the agricultural centers at LSU and Southern University are allowed to grow therapeutic cannabis in Louisiana. ___

Other Council action from March 26 meeting

Sunday, March 31, 2019 THE LAFOURCHE GAZETTE

In other Council action from the Tuesday, March 26 public meeting (all members were present and votes were unanimous except were indicated): — Heard an industry overview presentation by Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association — Passed seven ordinances creating individual recreation districts within the parish — Heard a proposed ordinance approving a servitude agreement between Jerry Ledet, Corina P. Ledet and the Parish — Heard a proposed ordinance providing for a Supplemental Appropriation within the 2019 Operations and Maintenance Budget and Capital Budget to allocate $3,267,000 for RSDT2 4L Road Projects, Phase 2 — Heard a proposed ordinance providing for a Supplemental Appropriation within the 2019 Operations and Maintenance Budget and Capital Budget for $90,000 for the Petco Foundation Grant

awarded to the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter for upgrades to the dog kennels — Passed a resolution requesting the Administration to advertise for board members for recreation districts — Appointed Larry Weidel to the Hospital Service District No. 1 Board — Appointed Lieutenant Shawn Scott to the Lafourche Parish Children and Youth Planning Board — Appointed Jared Galjour to the South Lafourche Beachfront Development District Board — Appointed Tony Aucoin to the Special Education District No. 1 Board (Luci Sposito abstained) — Passed a resolution approving a Use of School Facilities Request between the parish and the Lafourche Parish School Board for the use of Golden Meadow Middle School and Galliano Elementary School for the Parish Recreation Summer Programs — Passed a resolu-


tion approving an agreement between Everbridge, Inc. and the parish for a high-speed notification system — Passed a resolution approving an agreement between the parish and Huval & Associates, Inc., for $48,000 for 2019 bridge live load ratings on 16 bridges within the parish — Passed a resolution accepting a grant from Petco Foundation in the amount of $90,000 for dog kennel renovations at the Parish Animal Shelter — Passed a resolution to proceed with the issuance of $12,500,000 in bond indebtedness in anticipation of GOMESA project funding and hiring the firm of Block and Bouterie as bond counsel in connection with the issuance of the bonds — Passed a resolution approving a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the parish and the Lafourche Parish Drainage District No. 1 for $50,000 for the West 56th Street Project — Passed a resolution approving Connick & Associates to provide lobbying services for the parish

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Peggy Ruth Smith, 81, a resident of Cut Off, passed away on March 26, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born April 15, 1937 in Oak Grove, LA. Peggy was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and surrogate mother to many. She loved spending time with her family, working in her flowers and watching her grandchildren dance and play ball. Peggy taught school in Lafourche Parish for twenty years and loved her students and teaching. Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Ulous Harrell “Smitty” Smith, Sr.; three children, Theresa Smith Storey Counts (Randy), Ulous H. Smith, Jr. (Mary) and Sheila Smith Angelette (Ernest); brother, Garry D. Smith (Charlotte); sisters-in-law, Charlotte Smith Brusen, Marilyn Sparks (Albert), Geretta Guyton and Faye Hill; brother-in-law, Bill Smith; grandchildren, Season Smith Collins (Derek), Sarah Smith St. Pierre (Travis), Chris Storey (Noor), Erika Smith Fillinich (Dickie), Danielle Storey Colvin (Michael), Amber Angelette Ewing (Joe), Natalie Smith Foret (Darcy), Ashley Angelette Reed (Blake) and Haley Counts; 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Isabell McCullough Smith; siblings, Elbert, Lucien (Georgia), Odell (Wilhemenia) and Lonnie Mae Smith (Thurlan). Visitation was held at Samart-Mothe Funeral Home in Cut Off on Thursday, March 28th from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and resumed at Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove, LA on Friday, March 29th from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services were held at Goodwill Church of God, Saturday, March 30, at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow in Red Wing Cemetery. Samart-Mothe Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

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Edward J. Thibodeaux, Jr., 82, a native of Lockport, LA and a resident of Tumbling Shoals, AR for the past two years, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Holy Savior Catholic Church, Lockport, LA.

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Arrest reports

The following information is based on reports from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

MARCH 24, 2019 Thibodaux Police Department Mark Adams, 25, Thibodaux. Contempt of court. MARCH 25, 2019 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Chad Ayzinne, 28, Thibodaux. Revocation of parole for violation of condition (Felony). Kassie Bella, 27, Larose. Fugitive. Kenneth Chelette, 28, Thibodaux. Resisting an officer w/force or violence (Felony). Battery of a police officer (Misd). James Eads, 51, Lockport. Violation of probation/parole. Kaysie Hodges, 34, Raceland. Contempt of court. Justillian Hyde Sr., 40, Houma. Contempt of court. Sheryl Johnson, 25, Cut Off. Possession of methamphetamine less than 28 grams (Felony). Resisting an officer (Misd). Possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia (Misd). Possession of marijuana 1st offense (Misd). Contempt of court (3 CTS). Driving on roadway laned for traffic. Ryan Simoneaux, 37, Napoleonville. Fugitive. Contempt of court (2 CTS). Dynasia Thompkins, 21, Baton Rouge. Contempt of court (4 CTS). Tricia Vicknair, 35, Thibodaux. Contempt of court. Thibodaux Police Department Corey Benoit, 34, Thibodaux. Contempt of court. Stanley Feist Jr., 40, Vacherie. Contempt of court. Theft by shoplifting (Misd). Megan Harris, 28, Houma. Possession of MDMA (Felony). Lockport

Bid notice


The Grand Isle Port Commission is requesting sealed bids for the sale of one 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 Hemi 5.7 liter truck. Vehicle has been taken out of service and will be sold in “as is” condition with no warranty expressed or implied. Prospective bidders should view the vehicle before submitting a bid. The above vehicle will be available for inspection at our office at 2757 Hwy 1. Grand Isle, Louisiana. Bids must be placed in a sealed envelope marked “Surplus Vehicle Bid”. The envelope should be addressed to: Wayne Keller, P.O. Box 500, Grand Isle, La 70358. Sealed bids must be received prior to noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The Grand Isle Port Commission reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Phone (504) 415-0102 or (985) 787-2229. 3-17-19 3-20-19 3-24-19 3-27-19 4-3-19 4-7-19 4-10-19 4-14-19

Bid notice


The Town of Grand Isle will receive sealed bids for the interior renovations and building addition to the Multiplex Center at 3IOI LA Hwy I in Grand Isle, LA. The work generally consists of the following: Construction of an approximate I,532 square foot building addition and all associated electrical and mechanical systems located at the corner of Ludwig Lane and Louisiana Highway 1 which will serve as the Police Department facility for the Town of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Sealed Bids will be received by the Town of Grand Isle in the Purchasing Department, 170 Ludwig

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Sunday, March 31, 2019 THE LAFOURCHE GAZETTE


Police Department Jason Bynum, 42, Lockport. Unlawful presence of a sex offender (Felony). Sex offender ID card (Misd). Louisiana State Police Garjel Jackson, 32, Thibodaux. Fugitive. Devin Lea, 23, Thibodaux. D.W.I.-2nd offense (Misd). Maximun speed limit. Golden Meadow Police Department Morgan Basulito, 47, Golden Meadow. Violation of protective orders (Misd). MARCH 26, 2019 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office William Caldwell, 58, Raceland. Contempt of court. April Ingram, 26, Raceland. Contempt of court (3 CTS). Jenny Rauch, 64, Gray. Possession of methamphetamine less than 28 grams (Felony). Distribution of methamphetamine (Felony). Sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug w/o prescription or order prohibited (Felony). Craig Sherman Sr., 40, Thibodaux. Violation of probation/parole. Troy Vicknair Sr., 53, Gray. Sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription or order prohibited (Felony). Possession of marijuana-1st offense (Misd). Distribution of methamphetamine (Felony). Prohibited acts-Schedule 11. Possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia (Misd). Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Felony). Jacob Yzaguirre, 25, Houma. Possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia (Misd). Fugitive (2 CTS). Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Felony). Teddy Adams Jr., 30, Lockport. Violation of probation/parole. Thibodaux Police Department Shandenasia Cooper, 29, Thibodaux. Contempt of court. Casederall Dock Jr., 27, Thibodaux. Contempt of court. Scott Matherne, 42,

Houma. Fugitive. Lockport Police Department Mark Tastet, 32, Lockport. Contempt of court (2 CTS). Louisiana State Police Jermaine Willis, 38, Houma. Fugitive. Brandon Prejean, 39, Metairie. Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Misd). Reckless operation without accident. MARCH 27, 2019 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Tomeka Adams, 34, Thibodaux. Aggravated assault upon a dating partner (Felony). Contempt of court. Verginald Landry, 45, Thibodaux. Contempt of court. Crystal LeBlanc, 48, Cut Off. Simple burglary of inhabited dwelling (Felony). Mark Singleton, 35, Ama. Contempt of court (2 CTS). Ronnie Stevens, 22, Larose. Possession of marijuana 1st offense (Misd). Contempt of court (3 CTS). Possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia (Misd). Distribution/manufacture of cocaine (Felony). Violation of probation/parole. Resisting an officer (Misd). Thibodaux Police Department Troy Gage, 46, Thibodaux. Possession of crack cocaine less than 28 grams (Felony). Andrea Williams, 35, Thibodaux. Possession of marijuana 1st offense (Misd).

Lane, Grand Isle, LA 70358 unti112:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7th, 20I9. Bids will not be accepted after this time. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at I:OO p.m. at the Multiplex Center located at 3101 LA Highway I. All interested parties are invited to attend the bid opening. There will be a NON-MANDATORY pre-bid meeting on Wednesday, April 24th, 20I9, at 11:00 a.m. at the offices of Harry Baker Smith Architects II, 189 Maple Ridge Drive, Metairie, Louisiana. All interested bidders are INVITED to attend. Copies of Bidding Documents and Contract Documents for review or for use in preparing bids may be obtained from the Consulting Design Professionals, Harry Baker Smith Architects II, located at 189 Maple Ridge Drive, Metairie, Louisiana 7000I upon deposit of $50.00 for each set of documents. Deposits on the first set of documents furnished bona fide prime bidders will be fully refunded upon return of the documents in good condition no later than ten days after receipt of bid. Said refunds will only be made for a complete set of documents in good condition returned within 10 days following bid opening. Partial sets of documents will not be issued. Any bidder to whom a contract is awarded shall certify that he holds an active license in accordance with LSA-R.S.37: 2150 et. seq. Bidders must write their Louisiana State Contractor’s license number on the outside of the bid envelope prior to bid submission for public works construction projects estimated at $50,0000 and above. Except as otherwise provided herein, if the bid does not contain the contractor’s certification and show the contractor’s license number on the bid envelope, the bid shall be automatically rejected, shall be returned to the bidder marked “REJECTED” and shall not be read aloud. In accordance with LAR.S.38: 2212 and Louisiana Administrative Code 34:III.Chapter 3 §307, bid submission shall conform to those requirements as stipulated on the Louisiana Uniform Public Work Bid Form. Bidder must submit a bid security in the form of bid bond, cashier’s check, or certified check in

the amount of 5% of the contract price in favor of the Town of Grand Isle. Prior to and upon contract execution, the successful bidder shall provide to the Owner all other documents necessary, including but not limited to performance bond, payment bond and insurance certificate(s), which are necessary for contract execution in accordance with the timetable as stipulated in this Invitation to Bid. Bids will be received on a total bid price basis. If a Contract for the Work is to be awarded, it will be awarded to the lowest responsive Bidder, who had bid in accordance with the requirements of the Louisiana Uniform Public Work Bid Form, as determined by the Owner’s evaluation of the corresponding Bid Form. Determination of the lowest Bidder shall be on the basis of the sum of the Base Bid and any Alternates accepted by the Owner, subject to the Owner’s and the Design Professional’s evaluation of the corresponding Bid Form and the provisions of Louisiana Public Contracts Law. The Town of Grand Isle shall award or reject the bid within fortyfive (45) days of the receipt of bids. The Work is to commence within 10 days after the Notice to Proceed. Completion of the Work is required within I50 calendar days following the Date of Contract as stated in the Notice to Proceed. The bid prices shall include all such taxes and the costs of all required permits, insurance and bonds, if any. No Bid may be withdrawn within a period of 45 days after the date fixed for opening bids for this project. In accordance with La.R.S.38: 2214(C, under certain conditions, the bidder bas forty-eight (48) hours of the bid opening, excluding Saturdays, Sundays. For just cause, the Town of Grand Isle reserves the right to reject any and all bids. TOWN OF GRAND ISLE Ray A. Santiny Town Clerk Advertisement: Official Journal of the Town of Grand Isle 3-31-2019 4-3-2019

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Sunday, March 31, 2019 THE LAFOURCHE GAZETTE

What a Life!

By: Rev. Wilmer L. Todd Appropriate words and gestures are important for people who are grieving

We Americans, have a difficult time dealing with death. We tend to put off the fact that one day each of us will die. We also have a hard time dealing with aging parents, relatives and friends. We do not know what to say to grieving individuals who have lost a love one. Sometimes we say things that can actually aggravate the person instead of helping them heal. When you’ve lost someone you loved dearly, you are in a dark, confused place. Nothing anyone can say is going to cheer you up. Never start with words “At least.” It is not going to be helpful. Don’t try to make a person look at the positive side of life when they are feeling lost and lonely. Just acknowledge their painful situation exactly as it is, and acknowledge the grieving situation. The worst people are the “religious groups” that give pious platitudes that are suppose to fix every person. The expression, “God never gives you more than you can handle” is one of the cruelest comments for devastated parents who have just lost a child. It suggests that the parents are weak and God is helping them by causing their child’s death. It is very judgmental. Another disturbing platitude is “God wanted him/her more that you do.” That’s not true! God does not wish the death of anyone. Some people die of natural causes. God does not wish the death of these people; the Lord allows these tragedies to take place.

HRCS lists 3rd nine weeks honor students Honor Roll

List below is the Honor Roll for the Third Nine Weeks at Holy Rosary Catholic School: 1st grade, Rosie Brady, Thomas Chrisen, Bransen Friel; 2nd grade Christopher Bruce, Ayden Cheramie, Brayden Fonseca, Murphy Rodriguez, Kamryn St. Pierre; 3rd grade Connor Bruce, Jacques Callais, Paul Dufrene, Madix Latiolais, Jay Punch, Emmalyn Schexnaydre, Maria Tran; 4th grade, Dax Pitre, Sawyer Theriot; 5th grade Landen Arabie, Joey Brady, Elliot Cheramie, Luke Cheramie, Micah Compeaux, Charles Duet, Christopher Fonseca, Melody Johnston, Matthew Tran, Talan Tran; 6th grade, Kaden Angelette, Aliza Callais, Lyric Duet, Leia Pitre; 7th grade, Jaden Bass, Beaux Curole, Sarah Danos, Andrew Duet, Sophia Vizier; and 8th grade, Cade Martin, Carter Theriot, Adamduc Tran. Principal’s List

List below is the Principal’s List for the Third Nine Weeks at Holy Rosary Catholic School: 1st grade, Addy Arceneaux, Alyana Callais, Iyron Cheramie, Marie Cheramie, Tyler Cheramie, Jonah Curole, Brett Johnson, Sophia Lewis, Madisyn Matherne, Destiney Rodrigue, Shelby Smith; 2nd grade, Kenley Angelette, Lyla Arceneaux, Nathan Darda, Elliot Gaspard, Brandon Matherne, Jr., Spencer Nguyen, Simon Pierce, Mya Punch, Kinsley Terrebonne; 3rd grade Ella Arceneaux, Khloe Brady, Aleiya Callais, Bailey Thomassie; 4th grade, Khloe Cheramie, Hannah Chiasson, Rylie Guidry, Kylie Pierce; 5th grade, Claire Arabie, Logan Curole, Marissa Dobson, Addilyn Dufrene, Owen Gaspard, Claire Rebstock; 6th grade, Maddox Angelette, Hayden Lefort, Parker Nguyen; 7th grade, Abigail Chiasson, Seth Guidry, Victoria Pitre; and 8th grade, Cameron Badeaux.

However, the Almighty goes with us to give us the strength we need to pass through the cross to new life. “Although I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. (Ps. 23:4) Other religious platitudes we need to avoid: “S/he is in a better place now,” “It was God’s plan,” or “You’ll see him/her again someday.” If you are not certain that the bereaved shares your same religious values, the most religious actions you could do is to listen to their pain. It’s difficult just to listen and not say anything, but that is where healing can take place. Don’t tell a grieving person how to feel. In times of death, they are probably very vulnerable. They may need to cry for many days. Don’t

say things like, “Stay brave,” “Be strong, or “Do not cry.” Whatever the grieving person is feeling, and whenever s/he is feeling it, it’s okay. Never try to short-circuit the grieving process. We have to go through the cross to obtain new life. What are some positive things we can say or do? The main thing is to listen with your heart and not try to “fix” the person. If you knew the person who died, you might tell the mourner a positive story about that person either verbally or in written format. Families can later share these stories with each other at family gatherings. It will validate the memory of the departed. If you did not know the person who died, you might say, “I did not know your loved one, but based on who you are, s/he must have

been a lovely person.” Or, “I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I am here for you.” Looking the person straight in the eye and saying, “I’m so sorry” is still the simplest and best way to express your feelings. Finally, if you really care to do something practical to help mourners, here are some positive suggestions. A hug can be very comforting. Bring food to the home as an individual or part of a church group. Listen when the person needs to talk and express their inner feelings. Check in and reach out during the holidays. Talk about the person who died. They should not be forgotten. Actress and author Patti Davis once said, “It takes strength to make your way through grief, to take hold of life and let it pull you forward.”

If we have not included your church, or you would like to be a part of the Worship Directory, please call the Lafourche Gazette at 693-7229.


Charis Church

314 East 74th St. - Cut Off

Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Pastor Audie Crochet (504) 952-6603

South Lafourche Assembly of God 17618 West Main - Galliano - 632-2109 Sunday Morning Service 10 a.m. Children’s Church 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Service - 6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Dr. Mark Duplantis Pastor Roger Hunt

First Assembly of God of Raceland Hwy. 1 & St. Ann Street - Raceland

Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Children’s Church 10:00 a.m. Worship Service 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 5:00 p.m. Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m.


First Baptist Church

187 Oakridge Dr. - Golden Meadow Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Bible Study 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayers 6:30 p.m. Pastor Matthew W. Chouest, Sr.

First Baptist Church of Grand Isle

129 Cedar Ln. - Grand Isle - 985-787-3410 Sunday Worship: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 6:00 p.m. (All Ages) Pastor Nathan Stanford

First Baptist Church of Larose 105 W. 16th Street - Larose

Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study 6:00 p.m. Gary Hanberry, Pastor Res: 693-4891 - Church: 693-3258

New Mt. Zion Baptist Church 13841 East Main - Larose

Worship Service 7:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Prayer Service/Bible Class Wednesday 6:30 Lord’s Supper: First Sunday 7:00 a.m. Prayer Breakfast: Sat. before 1st Sun., 8 a.m. Speaking Meeting: Thurs. before 1st Sun. 7 a.m. Reverend Samuel Triplett, Pastor

First Baptist Church 5545 Hwy. 1 - Lockport

Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. Pastor Toby Brogden

Greater New Fountain Baptist Church

233 E. 12th St. - Lockport

Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Lord’s Supper Service: 2nd Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Prayer Breakfast: 2nd Saturday, 8:00 a.m. Bible Class Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Isrealite Baptist Church Hwy. 308 - Valentine

Worship Service 7:30 a.m. Lord’s Supper, Second Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Rev. Ronnie Williams, Sr.

South Lafourche Baptist Church 17077 East Main - Cut Off

Sunday Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Church 6:30 p.m. Pastor John Marks, Church: 632-4119

Trinity Baptist Church

195 Johnny Dufrene Drive - Mathews Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Service 6:30 p.m. Mitch Rousse, Pastor - 985-258-6543

Crosspoint Church

16640 West Main St., Cut Off (Near South Lafourche Bridge-LA Hwy. 1) Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Thursday Midweek: 6:00 p.m. (All Ages) Pastor Chad Mack (985-632-0810)

St. Mathews Missionary Baptist Church Hwy. 308 - Mathews

Sunday Worship Service 7:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Services Prayer Service & Bible Study Thurs., 6-7 p.m. Speaking Meeting/Testimony 2nd Sun. 7:30 p.m. Lord’s Supper Every 3rd Sunday Reverend Roland J. Bradley, Sr.

Gulf Coast Baptist Church

1606 S. Bayou Drive - Golden Meadow

Sunday Worship Service 11:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Worship 6:30 p.m. Pastor Shane Terrebonne (985) 258-0988

Bethel Baptist Church

122 Matherne St. - Grand Bois Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Wed. Night Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Pastor Jimmy Autin

New Sunlight Baptist Church 452 St. Patrick Street - Raceland

Sunday School 2 p.m., Sunday Worship 3 p.m. Prayer Service/Bible Class-Thurs., 6 p.m. Testimony/Prayer & Praise, 3rd Sunday, 3 p.m. Communion, 4th Sunday, 3 p.m. Reverend Charles Hawkins Sr., Pastor


Our Lady of Prompt Succor 723 North Bayou Drive Golden Meadow

Saturday Mass 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Reverend Henry Sebastian, Pastor

Our Lady of the Isle

195 Ludwig Lane - Grand Isle

Saturday Vigil Mass 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m. Winter Schedule: Sun. 10 a.m. (Nov. - Feb.) Fr. Joseph “Joe” Chacko, I.M.S.

Our Lady of the Rosary

12911 E. Main - Larose - 985-693-3433 Saturday Vigil 4:00 p.m. Sunday Masses 7:00, 10:00 and 5:30 Weekday Mass Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. Adoration Chapel open all day, everyday Rev. Duc Bui, Pastor

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 15300 West Main - Cut Off

Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Weekday Mass: W.-Th.-F., 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays: 6:00 p.m. Fr. Gregory Fratt

Holy Savior Church

612 Main Street - Lockport

Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday Masses 7:00 and 10:00 a.m.

St. Anthony Church (Gheens) 333 Twin Oaks Dr. - Raceland

Sat. Mass 6:00 p.m. - Sun. Mass 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Mass 5:15 p.m. Rev. P.J. Madden

St. Hilary of Poitiers

333 Twin Oaks Drive - Raceland

Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 7:00, 9:00 and11:00 a.m. Weekday Mass: Mon., Tues., Thurs., 5:15 p.m. Friday Mass 7:00 a.m. Rev. P.J. Madden

St. Joseph Catholic Church 17980 West Main - Galliano

Saturday Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday Mass 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. Weekday Mass: M. - W. - Th. - Fri. 7:00 a.m. Tuesday 6:00 p.m.


Larose Church of Christ 13379 East Main - Larose

Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Bible Class 10:30 a.m. Evening Services 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Class 6:00 p.m.


Lighthouse Worship Center 18082 Hwy. 3235 - Galliano

Sunday Schedule: 9:59 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Christian Education: 7:00 p.m. Eno Dantin, Pastor

The V. H. Boudreaux Senior Citizens Center in Lockport held its monthly birthday party on February 26. Those celebrating birthdays in February were Joan Rodrigue, Linda Simoneaux, Thelma Eschette, Mary Lee Vedros and Chris Castalano. The Senior Center is now going to Silver Slipper Casino once a month. For more information call the Center at 532-5930. Seniors are welcomed and encouraged to join the Center for birthday parties, cards, pokeno, exercise or lunch. Please call or stop by Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served daily for seniors 60 and over. Meals must be ordered the day before.

This Worship Directory is made possible by these civic-minded businesses and individuals. Please remember to thank them for their support. Christian Fellowship Church 13581 East Main - Larose

Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Children’s Ministry, Spanish Translation Available, and Nursery Provided Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Discipleship Classes, Youth Ministry, Royal Rangers and Missionettes Scott Cheramie, Senior Pastor - online sermons

Victory Life Church

1200 Crescent Avenue - Lockport

Services: Sun. 10:00 a.m. and Wed. 7:00 p.m. Children’s Ministry and Nursery Provided Youth Service: Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Senior Pastor Danny Knight - 532-6561

Iglesia Evanbelica Christiana Espiritual

13298 East Main - Larose

Tuesday Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Service 7:30 p.m. Sunday Morning Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 6:00 p.m.


Gheens Presbyterian Church Sunday Services 8:00 a.m. Wednesday bible Study 6:00 p.m. Doctor John Spaulding, Pastor

INTER-DENOMINATIONAL Community Bible Church 14757 East Main - Cut Off

Sunday Worship Service: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Senior Pastor Dr. Bill Jemison III Pastor of Discipleship Robert Durbin Youth Pastor Robert Schwertz Jordy Rousse, Pastor of Worship & Young Adult Ministry Phone: (985) 632-3077

Christian Family Center 11819 East Main - Galliano

Sunday Services 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. Sunday Spanish Service 3:00 p.m. Pastor Morris Hunter, Jr.

Community Fellowship

901 Barataria Street - Lockport Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Reverend Carlos Nieves (504) 532-2992

We aid in the supply of a natural resource to our world - oil. The Church aids in the supply of a vital resource to our world - God. Attend the church of your choice this week!

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Golden Meadow United Methodist Church


18803 East Main - Golden Meadow


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Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Chris Thomas, Pastor

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Memorial United Methodist

201 Central Lafourche Dr. - Mathews

Sunday School & Adult Bible Class, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 8:30 a.m. Communion First Sunday at 8:30 a.m.


New Beginning Pentecostal 13051 East Main Street - Larose

Sunday Service 5:30 p.m. Ladies Prayer: Tuesdays, 11 a.m., All Welcome Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m. Pastor Ronnie Melancon

First United Pentecostal

Central Lafourche Drive - Mathews Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service 6:30 p.m. Thursday 7:30 p.m.


Lighthouse Christian Fellowship 115 E. Central Avenue - Grand Isle Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. 504-915-5019

Bethel Christian Ministries 107 East 123rd Street - Galliano Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Reverend Nathan Hayes

LA Carriers • 632-5858 752 Industrial Park Rd. • Larose, LA 70373

THERIOT, DUET & THERIOT, INC. Serving Lafourche Since 1957

Insurance Agents

• Marine • Life • Auto • Fire • Casualty • Notary Public 144 N. 1st St. • Golden Meadow Phone: 475-5126 • FAX: 475-7276

The Crossway Ministry, Lafourche 9334 Hwy. 308 - Lockport

15392 Hwy. 3235 - Cut Off (Across from Golden Motors)

Sunday Services 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday Night Service 7 p.m. Senior Pastor: Monty Duke Church Pastor: Darren Felarise Spanish Pastor: Marcos Ferriera



108 East 90th Street - Galliano

Open Door Revival Center

16164 W. Main St. - Cut Off. - 325-2456



Hwy. 1, 124 Walter Ln., Golden Meadow Sunday Evening Service: 6:30 p.m. Thursday Evening Service: 7 p.m.

Crosby Boat Co., Inc. Keep Your Soul In Tow - Go To Church!

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sunday Worship Service, 10:00 a.m. Sunday Night Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Worship Service, 7:00 p.m.

Full Gospel Temple #2

Call 693-7229 to reserve your spot on the Worship Directory.

House of Prayer

Bible-based Sermons Friday Night Sermon: 6:30 p.m. (Free meal to all attending Friday nights) Bible Study Thursdays 6:30 p.m. 985-278-0122 (All religions welcome)


Grace Lutheran Church 422 Valhi Blvd. - Houma

(Only Lutheran Church between Grand Isle and Kenner) Rev. Richard Rudnik Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:45 a.m. Saturday Worship, Thibodaux, 5 p.m. - in the sanctuary at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 718 Jackson St. FMI Call Rev. Rudnik 879-1865


Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints East 57th St.

Bible Study: Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. English Elders: 985-360-7501 Spanish Elders: 985-791-6561


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Iglesia Adventista del 7MO Dia:

504 Seventh St. - Lockport

Ptr. Raul Rivero - Phone: (757) 894-5873 Cultos miercoles y viernes 7 p.m. Sabado 9:30 a.m. Sociedad de Jovenes Sabado de Tarde

Mision Bautista Hispana Larose 105 W. 16th St. - Larose

Servicios Viernes - 7:30 p.m. Domingo Escuela Dominical - 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.m Servicio De Adoracion Pastor Juan Morales - 504-468-1300

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