New Roads will begin implementing its comprehensive master plan this month with consultant-led training sessions to inform community leaders of approved changes to the city’s land-use regulations and zoning map.

Consultants with Mougeot Architecture and Aillavaso and Associates will conduct the training sessions for the city’s staff, City Council members, planning and commission members and other elected officials. The sessions will also be open to the public.

Development and implementation of the plan is funded by a $250,000 grant from the Louisiana Office of Community Development — Disaster Recovery Unit.

“We were able to use these funds to strengthen our city’s focus and vision on becoming the safe, vibrant and economically strong community we strive to be,” Mayor Robert Myer said in a news release. “I am excited that New Roads is becoming a more progressive, more productive and more responsive city.”

The mayor said the master plan will put the entire community on “the same page.”

Anyone interested in attending the upcoming training sessions should contact City Hall at (225) 638-5370 to be notified of finalized dates and times.

Art scholarship applications

The executive director of the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee has announced that the council’s scholarship committee will soon begin reviewing applications for the Glenn Morgan Scholarship.

The deadline to submit is April 15.

The scholarship is in memory of Pointe Coupee native Glenn Charles Morgan and will be awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a love for and excellence in the arts.

Applications were given to area schools and can be downloaded from the council’s website at

BRCC admission testing

The COMPASS Test, the official placement test for Baton Rouge Community College, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the BRCC Westside location, 25250 Tennant Road in Plaquemine.

There is no fee to take the test for the first time. The test takes up to 90 minutes.

BRCC officials are asking anyone interested to pre-register at For more information, contact Carrol Davis at (225) 687-5500.

Local bank to host art show

Plaquemine Bank and Trust Company will host the 29th annual Art Alert Show on April 20 and is now looking for artists to participate.

The Art Alert Show is open to all Iberville and West Baton Rouge residents.

There are categories for children under age 10, children between the ages of 10 to 13, young adults ages 14 to 18, and adults 18 years old and older (including both professional and non-professional artists).

Each artist in the adult category may enter a maximum of two pieces that have not been previously entered in the contest, in any two-dimensional format. Artists under 18 years old may enter just one piece.

First-, second- and third-place prizes of $75, $50 and $25, respectively, will be awarded in each category.

Art entries may be delivered to the bank up until April 19. Plaquemine Bank will host a reception to recognize all participants at 4 p.m. April 20. The reception is open to the public.

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