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Informational meetings underway in PC The first of five public meetings to discuss the differences between a police jury form of government and a parish council form of government was held in Innis last Tuesday, April 5. The next informational meeting, which allow public input, will be held this Thursday night in Morganza at St. Ann Catholic Church’s Small Hall. That meeting will begin at 7 p.m. On Monday, April 18, the series of meetings are scheduled to continue at Simmons Park in Fordoche at 7 p.m. The final two meetings will be held Tuesday, April 19 at the Livonia Community Center, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at 6 p.m., at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads. The Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce recently released a state-

ment encouraging citizens of the parish to attend one of the five public meetings. That statement read in part: “The Greater Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce encourages the citizens of the parish to take an active role in providing feedback to police jurors in a series of meetings that the parish government will be having throughout Pointe Coupee. “All interested citizens of Pointe Coupee Parish are encouraged to attend these hearings... “Pointe Coupee Parish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability, and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation, including auxiliary aids and services, to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all serv-

ices, programs and activities. Any person requiring special needs assistance should contact Mr. Jim Bello, Parish Administrator, at (225) 638-9556 at least five days prior to the hearings. “Those citizens unable to attend the hearings may submit their comments in writing to the Parish Administrator, Mr. Jimmy Bello, P.O. Box 290, New Roads, LA, 70760 or email at jbello@pcpolicejury.org at least five days prior to the hearings.” Voters in neighboring West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes scrapped their police jury systems and adopted home rule charters in the mid-1990s. Home rule is the power of a local city or county to set up its own system of selfgovernment without receiving a charter from the state.

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Seniors group to celebrate new bridge

The St. James Seniors will host a special luncheon in the Parish Hall parlor at St. James Episcopal Church on Tuesday, May 10 themed John James Audubon, the Man and the Bridge, highlighting the April 26 birthday of ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter John James Audubon and the imminent opening of the John James Audubon Bridge over the Mississippi River between Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes. The event begins with a social half-hour at 11:30 a.m. followed by a buffet lunch. Daniel Wilcox, Interpretive Ranger II at Audubon State Historic Site, will feature a

general overview of Audubon’s background, his time at Oakley plantation, his works while at the house, his tutoring of young Eliza Pirrie and a general overview of how Audubon’s works were published and their impact on the birding community. Wilcox will appear in period garb and display several reproductions of the Birds of America drawn at Oakley. Bill Grass, with Louisiana TIMED Managers, will discuss the bridge linking Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes which should be open for public travel later this year. The 2.4-mile bridge will be the longest cable-stayed bridge

in the western hemisphere when it?s completed. The event is open to the general public. Reservations can be made with your check in the amount of $13 per person sent to the attention of Helen Campbell at St. James Episcopal Church, PO Box 126, Baton Rouge LA 70821. The St. James Seniors Group caters its activities to older adults who, research shows, are healthier, happier and live longer if they maintain active social lives. The Seniors programs are current and of interest to the community, keeping or rekindling a connection to the church family and friends.

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