November is Adoption Awareness Month

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and community partners will host events throughout the state during November to raise awareness about adoption and celebrate another record-setting year for the number of foster children who found permanent homes.
Gov. John Bel Edwards declared November to be Adoption Awareness Month, noting that 764 children in Louisiana’s foster care system had found loving, permanent homes with 528 adoptive families between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017.

Pit bull owner wants Cottonport to revise ‘vicious dog’ law

It didn’t take long for allegations of “breedism” to be aired following the Town of Cottonport’s promise to enforce its “vicious dog” ordinance.

Sarah Ferguson addressed the Town Council at its Oct 16 meeting, saying the town ordinance is “breed discriminatory” against pit bulls. Ferguson said she lives just outside of town but walks her pit bull on a leash each morning in the Cottonport park. A town policeman told her recently that she could no longer walk the dog in town unless it was wearing a muzzle, as well as being on a leash.

Authorities are searching for Hakeemia Bias, seen in both of these photos, who is wanted on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher Singleton Tuesday night in Amelia. Anyone with information on Bias’ whereabouts can contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-384-1622 or by email at You can remain anonymous.

Suspect sought in shooting death of Amelia man

Authorities are seeking the public’s help to find a suspect wanted on a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of man Tuesday night in Amelia.

Hakeemia Bias, 23, of the 100 block of Friendship Alley in Amelia, is wanted on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher Singleton, 23, of Amelia, a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office news release stated.

Bias is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

—Submitted Photo

Community Concert celebrates 70th year

The Community Concert Association of Morgan City celebrated its 70th anniversary season on Monday with a cutting of the cake prior to the 3 Redneck Tenors concert at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium. Three concerts remain in the 2017-18 season. Community participation and support has kept the association alive. Anyone wishing to join or to learn more about the organization by visit for information.

Cecilia Water faces class action suit

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Cecilia Water Corporation (CWC) have received certification allowing the suit to proceed with class action status.
A petition by the group, Cajuns for Clean Water LLC, seeking class status was granted by 16th Judicial District Judge Paul J. deMahy on Sept. 25. The suit follows decades of complaints about poor water quality and unacceptably low water pressure in the Cecilia system.


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