Houma

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1:19 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Houma Bridge Closing for Repair Work

The bridge that crosses the Houma Navigation Canal at South Van Avenue in Houma will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday while crews work on the bridge.

The Courier reports the work, by state transportation workers, is part of a multimillion-dollar rehabilitation.

Alternate routes include the Houma Tunnel and the downtown Houma Twin Spans.

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8:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Work Strengthens Houma Hospital Against Future Storms

Repairs are underway to strengthen Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center against future hurricanes.

The work, which includes replacement of hospital freight elevators, windows and exterior walls, will be paid for with Federal Emergency Management Agency grant money and state infrastructure dollars.

Hospital officials tell The Courier the projects will not result in parking or patient service disruptions.

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Mardi Gras 2013
10:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Children's Parade Planned in Houma

The Krewe of Aphrodite's annual children's Carnival parade is scheduled for Jan. 19. in Houma.

The Courier reports the parade will begin at 11 a.m. Children can decorate their own floats, but motorized floats will not be permitted.

Besides the parade, there will be entertainment and introduction of the Aphrodite court.

Children 12 and younger can participate. Awards will be given for first, second and third place in a variety of categories. Admission is free.

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11:48 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Jesus Figure Stolen From Houma Nativity Scene

Authorities say thieves stole some of the City of Houma's Christmas decorations, including a figure of the infant Jesus.

Ann Picou, the Terrebonne Parish downtown development coordinator, tells The Courier the infant figure disappeared from the manger scene near the Houma courthouse soon after Thanksgiving.

Picou said the parish had already spent its decorations budget on new lights to replace some of the aging ones, so there wasn't money to buy another babe in swaddling clothes.

Arts & Culture
3:12 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

First Rougarou Fest set for Houma

A new Halloween festival set for downtown Houma will feature a mix of modern pop culture and monster myths from Cajun lore.

The first Rougarou Fest — named for a beast in Cajun folklore — is scheduled Oct. 26. It links several existing downtown events with Halloween festivities, including a parade, costume contest and a monster-themed race.

In the "Rougarou Run," participants will be outfitted with a flag football belt. Then they will have to protect their flags from zombies, swamp monsters and members of the Cajun Rollergirls roller derby team.

Houma Halloween Parade
12:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Houma center plans zombie flash mob dance for parade

Braaains. Daaance.

The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center is looking for people who want to unleash their inner zombie for a flash mob dance in Houma's Halloween parade.

The Courier reports that would-be zombies will learn a simplified dance of the undead to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." They'll shamble and dance in Houma's Krewe Ga Rou Halloween Parade Oct. 26.

The parade is part of the first Rougarou Fest from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 26.

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http://www.slwdc.org/

Contractor Fraud
12:42 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Houma contractor issued fraud summons

A Houma contractor was issued a summons on a fraud charge Wednesday for allegedly taking payments for more than a year on a home improvement project without completing the work.

Houma police tell The Courier that John Hampton Ward, 52, had been paid about $12,900 since March 2011 to build cabinets at a local home through his company, Hampton Cabinets.

Detectives said they issued Ward a summons for home improvement fraud after the unidentified resident complained on July 13.

Latest News
4:14 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Man allegedly DWI on a Wal-Mart scooter

Houma police say a 24-year-old man is accused of driving a shopping scooter while drunk.

Police say Thomas J. Phillip's breath tested at more than double the amount considered legal proof of intoxication under Louisiana law when he was pulled over Sunday.

Police say they got a call about a motorized scooter pulling a wheelchair, and found Phillip on the scooter and a friend of his in the wheelchair. They say Phillip was arrested after allegedly telling police he'd been at a Wal-Mart store and decided to take the scooter for a joyride.

Terrebonne Parish Health Unit
9:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Vote Could Mean Money for Terrebonne Health Unit

HOUMA — Terrebonne Parish voters will be asked this fall for permission to use taxpayer money to build a new Terrebonne Parish Health Unit. The Parish Council has unanimously agreed to add the measure to the Nov. 6 ballot.