The West Baton Rouge Parish Council on Thursday will hear from the parish’s Healthy Community Coalition, which will provide parish leaders with information about community needs as it relates to underage substance use.

The coalition is inviting the public to also hear its presentation, which will be presented at the Parish Council’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

With the help of grant funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the coalition is working on prevention efforts to reduce underage alcohol and tobacco use among youths in the parish.

The coalition has developed an action plan that will serve as a tool it uses to support the development, implementation and evaluation of its strategic plan, which includes providing information, enhancing access/reducing barriers, changing consequences, changing physical design and modifying policies.

Pointe Coupee unveils new historic marker

A new historic marker across the Pointe Coupee Road — La. 981 — from St. Francis Chapel will be dedicated on Saturday as part of a 10-day commemoration of the Louisiana William Bartram Trail.

Bartram is a renowned traveler of the 17th century who visited Pointe Coupee a year before the Declaration of Independence. When Bartram visited the parish, he crossed the Mississippi River to another country — a colony of Spain.

The unveiling ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with a tour of the historic St. Francis Chapel.

At 5:30 p.m., Sheriff Bud Torres, president of the Pointe Coupee Historical Society, will welcome attendees.

The event also includes speeches from the parish historian and a local writer as well as a vigil mass at 6 p.m. with refreshments.

The event is free and open to the public.

Iberville Parish seeks veteran photos for wall

Iberville Parish is now accepting photos of veterans until Oct. 16 for the Iberville Wall of Veterans display.

Those who want to submit a photo, to be displayed on the parish’s Wall of Veterans during its Salute to Veterans ceremony on Nov. 11, can do so online or by visiting Iberville Parish Library locations in Plaquemine, St. Gabriel and White Castle.

To submit photos online, visit and click the link at the top right of the homepage that says “Wall of Veterans Submissions.”

The Wall of Veterans, at the Iberville Veterans Memorial in Plaquemine, honors veterans and active military personnel with ties to the parish.

The wall presently includes almost 2,000 photos of veterans with their names and military branch.

It remains on display for a month after the Nov. 11 ceremony.

No photos will be accepted after Oct. 16. Veterans’ photos that were submitted in the past will be included again this year.

For information call (225) 687-2642.

Addis celebrates 100 years of incorporation

Addis will commemorate 100 years of its incorporation with a two-day centennial celebration Friday and Saturday.

The town will kick things off at 6 p.m. Friday with live music.

The opening day of the celebration will feature a 9/11 tribute, a parade and fireworks at the town’s museum and park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, but no outside ice chests will be allowed.

The celebration continues the next day at 10 a.m. at Myhand Park and the VFW Hall with more live music, food, drinks, an art show and cook-off.

Among the musical acts set to take the main stage that day are Chris LeBlanc, NaNaSha and Don Rich.

Saturday’s event also will feature historical exhibits, a kids corner and fireworks.

The celebration is expected to last past 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or