Cheers – It’s (almost) Carnival time

It might feel more like Christmas, but Mardi Gras is right around the corner.

All our local krewes are gearing up for their balls and tableaux. And the process of getting ready for each year’s parade never stops.

This year, Mardi Gras will come particularly early. And that means there will be less time than usual between Christmas and New Year and the start of the parades.

One thing is certain, though: Early or late, cold or hot, our parades are some of the best you will find anywhere around south Louisiana.

The tireless and generous krewe members make sure that the parades in Houma, Thibodaux and everywhere else around Terrebonne-Lafourche are filled with exciting scenes and numerous throws.

It’s too early to camp out for a good viewing spot just yet, but the time is approaching.


Cheers – Beefing up security

The Terrebonne Parish School System is doing what it can to make students and teachers safer.

That is a great goal, and the system is making some impressive strides.

Current upgrades include security cameras being installed around doors and in the main walkways at the parish’s schools. There will also be enhanced systems to control who can and cannot go into the school buildings.

All of these things will improve security and, nearly as important, the peace of mind parents have when they send their kids off to school.

“We really want to make it secure where if somebody walks up to the door, we want them to know that they’re being recorded,” said Chris Babin, network system administrator for the school district. “We have cameras in all of the school buses. When we added those cameras to the school buses, that helped discipline tremendously because they know they’re being recorded. They know they’re being watched.”

It is sad to think that any of these steps are necessary, but they are.


Cheers – A fitting tribute

Benjamin Legendre was an important figure in the local sugar industry.

Legendre worked for more than three decades at the U.S. Department of Agriculture sugar cane research center in Houma. And he worked as a sugar specialist for the LSU AgCenter for 17 years as well.

Now, he will be recognized for his important and tireless work.

LSU’s Benjamin L. Legendre Sugar Heritage Professorship, established by his family and the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, will help students.

Legendre, who was 73 when he died in July, would surely be proud to have his name on such a useful tool to encourage the research he cherished.



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