Public-, private- and home-schooled students in the region can register for the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Greater Baton Rouge Regional National History Day Competition taking place at the museum on March 7.

This will be the fourth year the museum is hosting the regional competition, which is open to students from Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, Assumption, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes.

Students, competing as individuals or in groups, may choose a topic and do research that addresses the theme “Leadership and Legacy in History.”

Students will present their findings in one of five different categories: exhibit, research paper, performance, documentary or website.

Students placing in each category will advance to the state competition in April at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, where they can move on to the national level in Washington, D.C., in June to compete for scholarships and cash prizes.

For registration and guidelines, visit

The museum is also looking for volunteer judges. Those interested can also visit the National History Day website to register.

To discuss research plans, school participation and any other questions, contact the museum’s education curator, Jeannie Luckett, at (225) 336-2422 ext. 14.

Wild Game Cook-off

The Dream Day Foundation will host its 15th annual Wild Game Cook-off fundraiser on Saturday in Erwinville (next to Sandy’s Daiquiris).

Festivities will include an assortment of foods, desserts, live music and a silent and live auction.

Food will be served at 4 p.m. and plated dinners will cost $10 each.

For information, call (225) 627-5221.

Mardi Gras parade rolls

The Livonia Carnival Association will roll down Main Street at 1 p.m. Feb. 15.

Festivities include decorated floats, food and craft vendors and live music.

The annual Lundi Gras Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in Batchelor.

After the parade, Old River Landing will host festivities through 9 p.m. that include a communal gumbo, beverages and, of course, a greased pig and chicken chasing contest.

The Community Center of Pointe Coupee and New Roads Lions Club parades will roll at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, Feb. 17.

Sheriff new OEP director

Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres was appointed as the parish’s new Office of Emergency Preparedness Director during the Police Jury’s Jan. 24 meeting.

Jury President Melanie Bueche appointed Torres after the Jan. 31 retirement of the previous director Don Ewing.

Torres was sworn into his new role at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Police Jury Meeting Room at the Courthouse Annex.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email,