This is one of 25 eagles spotted by Eagle Expo participants during Saturday's boat tour along the Intracoastal Waterway.
The Daily Review/Bill Decker

Dozens of eager eagle-watchers flocked to Morgan City over the weekend. They wanted to see bald eagles, and they wanted to hear how bald eagles are doing. “Bald eagles are doing fine in Louisiana,” said Michael Seymour of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at a Saturday morning seminar at the Petroleum Club.

Shelby Thibodeaux, at top, was awarded the Champion Percentage Boer Doe goat honors at the St. Mary Parish Junior Fair and Livestock Show. Below, Carlie Sauce won La. Bred Grand Champion Market Hog honors.

Supreme Outboard Service, at top, was joined by
St. Mary Chamber of Commerce representatives,
local public officials and guests to cut the ribbon at
their 1718 Main St. location in Franklin Thursday.
Owners Keth Parker, Andrea Dupre, Lloyd Gros and
Jennifer Gros said the business is a certified Mercury
and Yamaha service center, and also offers
parts, hi-performance gear and more. Their hours
are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and
Saturday hours are seasonal. At bottom, the Arc of St.
Mary/Center of Hope held a ribbon cutting for the
grand opening of the Betty Verrett Vocational Training
Facility in Centerville on Wednesday. Local officials,
Chamber of Commerce members, friends,
family, clients and employees were on hand for the
occasion. Clients held fund raisers, selling raffle
tickets for more than 16 years, to raise the funds
required to build the new facility. Additional funding
was received from the parish. The facility is open
from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and
provides vocational training for individuals with
intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout
the parish. For more information, call (337) 836-
9445.

Six-figure income in public housing

The Berwick Housing Authority is one of the local public housing entities cited in a federal audit that found residents with incomes above the eligibility limits. (The Daily Review/Crystal Thielepape)

Several families living in the Berwick, Morgan City and Patterson housing au-thorities allegedly had in-comes thousands of dollars in excess of the U.S.

Food drives benefit local Emergency Aid

The United States Department of Agriculture and the St. Mary Soil and Water Conservation District are among those who recently supported local families by holding its “Feds Feeds Families” food drive. The collected food was donated to the local Emergency Aid Center for United Way for South Louisiana. From left representing the local Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service and St. Mary Soil and Water Conservation District offices are Eddie Payton, Juanita Clements, J.P. Hebert, Andrea Dumesnil, Kayla Hebert, and Chandra Chauvin.

Church of the Assumption in Franklin will host a drop off point for the annual Food For Families Food Drive on Tuesday, Dec. 8, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

December begins with a warm spell

The temperature may not feel like Christmas, but that didn’t stop local families from getting into the holiday spirit. Danielle Nettles and Bryan Miller search for the perfect Christmas tree with their two children Jaelynn Miller and Bryan Miller Jr. Monday night on Anthony Street in Bayou Vista at Bayou Vista Community Fellowship’s annual Christmas tree fundraiser.

The Daily Review/Crystal Thielepape

After a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, the Tri-City area should get back to more seasonably typical weather in the next few days.

Local food banks say they’re fielding more requests for help

St. Mary Outreach Executive Director Brenda Liner and Alana Andrus, donor coordinator, check expiration dates on donated food items in order to sort and organize donations on pantry shelves.

The Daily Review/Shea Drake

Morgan City area food banks and pantries are experiencing a growing number of requests for food this year because of rising unemployment.

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Sports

The Louisiana High School Activities Association has delayed release of the boys basketball playoff brackets, originally scheduled for Monday.

The LHSAA issued this press release:

Lifestyle

Morgan City Junior High School's dance team provided entertainment at the February St. Mary AARP meeting. Meetings are held at the St. Mary Senior Citizen Center on Chennault Street in Morgan City.
—Faye S. Smith Photos

St. Mary Parish AARP Chapter 4435 held its monthly meeting on Feb. 6 at the St. Mary Senior Citizens Center, home of St. Mary AARP, in Morgan City.

Obituaries

Norbert “Jimmy” Babineaux, 71, a native of Lafayette and a resident of Bayou L’Ourse, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

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