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Informer: Sasol buys Mossville church, but not cemetery

Last Modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 2:53 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Is it true that Sasol has purchased the Morning Star Christ Sanctified Holy Church in Mossville?

There’s a graveyard behind the church, and I was wondering if we would still have access to it.

What are they going to do about the graves there?

Mike Hayes, a spokesman for Sasol, said the company did indeed buy the church, on Old Spanish Trail, along with the land it sits on.

“Habitat for Humanity has recovered the reusable building materials from the church for use in their home-building efforts,” he wrote in an email to The Informer.

But, he said, the company won’t buy the graveyard property, which has been owned by the nearly century-old Louisiana Foundation of Christs Sanctified Holy Church since 1919.

The state Attorney General’s Office, in a 2008 opinion, said that “Louisiana jurisprudence clearly permits access to isolated cemeteries,” which it defined as “those cemeteries that have become separated from easy access due to property transfers and the like.”

“Cemeteries, being a unique type of property, should be accessible to the descendants and friends of those buried therein, regardless of the current ownership of the surrounding and underlying property,” the opinion reads.

Hayes forwarded to The Informer a statement from Mike Thomas, Sasol’s vice president of U.S. operations, that is in keeping with that opinion: “We are looking at mechanisms to legally and publicly guarantee permanent future access to the graveyard by the public.”


Durel: Scouts wanted funding for overhead

Has the United Way cut funding to any other group besides the Boy Scouts in this area? If so, was it the same reason their funds were cut?

It is still not clear to me what exactly they wanted the Scouts to do to reach the new criteria.

Exactly how were they to help underprivileged youth other than what they have been doing?

“Of the other 34 agencies that applied for funding, 17 were awarded an increase and 17 were awarded the equivalent of last year’s funding,” Denise Durel, local United Way president and CEO, wrote in an email.

“We encouraged the Scouts to allow our funding to cover the cost of registration, uniforms, supplies, etc., for those boys who could not afford to pay for the program themselves and the Scouts elected not to accept our offer.

“The Scouts want the funding provided by United Way to strictly cover their overhead and to which our volunteers were opposed.”


State law lays out rules for left turns

When a vehicle is turning left with a green light, from a two lane road/highway onto a divided highway is it illegal to turn into the right lane or is it required to turn into the left lane and use a turn signal to go into the right lane?

State police Sgt. James Anderson cited the following provision of R.S. 32:101:

“At any intersection where traffic is restricted to one direction on one or more of the roadways, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any such intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of such vehicle and after entering the intersection the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection in the safest lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon the roadway being entered.”

“The safest lane will usually be the nearest lane, though not necessarily, as in the case of a traffic backup in the nearest lane or a broken-down vehicle in the nearest lane,” Anderson wrote in an email.

“Some intersections have lines painted upon the pavement mandating a particular turning pattern, such U.S. 171 and La. 378 in Moss Bluff.”


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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email

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