Phylway Construction works to clear trees Thursday on the Hellenic property in Morgan City. Soil will be excavated from the site to be used to raise levees from Lake End Park to Justa Street. The site will eventually become a drainage canal to transport water to a new pumping station to be built near Lake End Park. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Just two weeks into construction, work is progressing quickly on the Lake End Park to Justa Street portion of the Morgan City Levee Improvements Project.

Dale Kernahan, co-director of Wings to Soar, shows the crowd at the Patterson Area Civic Center a red-tailed hawk during Wednesday’s presentation to a group of students. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Area students got an up-close look Wednesday at several birds of prey as the raptors soared over the crowd at the Patterson Area Civic Center. John Stokes and Dale Kernahan, co-directors of Wings to Soar, gave a presentation as part of the 12th Annual Eagle Expo and More hosted by the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Along with the J-turn installations in the Patterson area and the overpass work at Four Corners, state highway crews are improving this intersection on U.S. 90 west of Calumet. State Rep. Sam Jones told the Berwick Council on Tuesday that the U.S. 90 and La. 182 bridges also are due for repairs and cleaning. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)

Road work is becoming a familiar sight in the Tri-City area, and that work will likely extend to the U.S. 90 and La. 182 bridges within the next two years. State Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, spoke during Tuesday’s Berwick Town Council meeting.

Hungry woman's request inspired feeding ministry

Lee Chapel AME Church feeding ministry director Joetta Hebert, center, transfers cooked vegetables from a pot to the steam table in preparation to serve Thanksgiving meals. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church in Morgan City served Thanksgiving meals Wednesday to local residents. It all started as a response to fill a need in the community.

NCIS Morgan City; TV drama films aboard 'Mr. Charlie'

A helicopter lands on the “Mr. Charlie” rig museum Wednesday in Morgan City for a scene in an episode of the CBS drama “NCIS: New Orleans.” (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

A crew with the CBS drama “NCIS: New Orleans” got a little taste of life on an oil rig Wednesday while filming at the “Mr. Charlie” rig museum in Morgan City.

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Franklin Health Care Center recently celebrated “Favorite Author—Read a Book Day.” Pictured above is the center’s favorite author, Shelia Lobdell, along with several members of the facility’s Library Club. Connie Durocher, with the Franklin Branch Library, is pictured below, and has been instrumental with supplying the group with books. Lobdell has written many children’s articles. Also pictured are Irene Broussard, Resident Council President; Lorena Viguerie, Library Group Chairperson; Mrs. Alice Drefchenski, known for reading almost a book a day.

Sugar cane field smoke causes stir

A combination of smoke and fog left visibility in areas between Franklin and Centerville on La. 182 down to just a few feet Tuesday evening. Firefighters and emergency personnel responded but it was believed that the smoke was from a fire set in a field nearby earlier in the day. (Photos by Colin Murphey)

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office released information Wednesday morning in regards to a smoke and fog event that began Tuesday night around 9 p.m.

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Earl Francis and his wife Lisa McCurtis-Francis were crowned as the first royalty of the Krewe of Grandeur on Feb. 11 at the Patterson Area Civic Center. King and Queen Grandeur I were part of a 14-piece court that represented the theme, “Elegant Evening with Grandeur.” Trainbearers were Ajayce McCurtis, Dehari McCurtis, Dreshon McCurtis and Durell McCurtis Jr.
—Jarrett Photography Photos

The Krewe of Grandeur presented its first Mardi Gras Court and Ball on Feb. 11 at the Patterson Area Civic Center.

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