Swimming pool to open
The much-anticipated inauguration of the new swimming pool in Zemurray Park is scheduled for May 29 at noon, city officials said.
The opening hours of the swimming pool will be from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm; Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Mondays.
Two-week swimming lessons for ages 5 to 12 will take place in June and July.
Juvenile division gains facilities
Tangipahoa parish officials will open their juvenile justice center at 701 S. 1st St., Amite on Friday.
The facility will house the 21st Juvenile Division of the District Judicial Court and ancillary services related to that office, according to a statement from Parish President Robby Miller.
Chief Justice Brenda Bedsole Ricks and Juvenile Court Judge Blair D. Edwards will be among the officials joining him to cut the celebratory ribbon at 10:30 a.m.
The City of Hammond Recreation Department announces that STEM Rocket Model Day will be held on June 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Children ages 7-18 will build and launch their own rockets under the instruction of Erin Williams. July 10 is the date of the rain.
A parent, guardian or volunteer must accompany each child under 12 years old. The registration fee is $ 25 per person.
The return of the Old South Jamboree
Old South Jamboree, like everyone else, was closed over a year ago, but Carlton Jones announces that “old country” shows are returning from Saturdy.
However, it will not be in the old south building, as repairs are underway there.
Saturday’s show will take place at Watson’s Serenity Theater, 33135 Hwy 16.
“It’s a classic country jubilee with Old Country music. Most of our bands and singers from the Old South will be there, ”he said.
Featured performers will be Carlton Jones and the Red Hot Country Pickers and singers will include June Barker, Anita Leblanc, Kerwin Leblanc and Tommy Raborn.
The program will start at 7 p.m.
Suspect in Baglio’s death ruled incompetent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A suspect in the death of a Louisiana-based Elvis Presley impersonator was declared mentally unfit to stand trial on Wednesday.
The Advocate newspaper reports that a New Orleans judge’s ruling came after a psychiatrist testified that 28-year-old Trace Pigott had a long history of serious mental illness.
Pigott faces a second degree murder charge in Livingston Parish following the death of his stepfather, Jason Baglio of Independence.
Baglio, 47, was found by gunshot in Denham Springs in the early morning hours of May 8. Trace Pigott was arrested hours later in New Orleans. Few details of the case have been released. The lawyer reported that he was being held in New Orleans pending Wednesday’s mental health hearing. Online court records show he also faces gun and drug possession charges filed after his arrest in New Orleans.
New Orleans Magistrate’s Court Judge Juana Marine Lombard ordered Pigott to receive psychiatric treatment at the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System in Jackson until found competent.
She ruled after two forensic psychologists testified that they interviewed Pigott last week and found him too delusional and paranoid to stand trial.
Authorities said Pigott’s father was present when Baglio was shot and faces second degree murder charges.
SEC gives $ 23 million to schools
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The Southeastern Conference has given its 14 member schools $ 23 million each to help offset the financial impact of COVID-19 on their athletic programs.
The league announced the additional income distribution on Wednesday. The SEC said it plans to use future conference revenue from increased media rights to pay the one-time supplement to payments for fiscal year 2020-2021.
SEC members recorded an average $ 45 million in revenue shortfall due to the pandemic, although the amounts have varied, the league said.
The SEC said it would start allocating a portion of those media rights fees from 2025 to pay for additional distributions. The league projects that its annual distribution to each school will increase further after this.
The state plans to call its final witness this morning in the trial of Michael Collins, accused of the first degree murders of Eugene “Frank” Gurley, 72, and Patricia Gurley, 70, both of Denham Springs.
Retired teachers, the two were found brutally beaten in their company building, National Pool Builders Inc., on October 31, 2018.
The trial began on Tuesday with opening statements from Assistant District Attorney Kurt Wall for the state and lawyer Vanessa Williams for the defense.
The prosecutor believes that closing arguments will begin shortly after his last witness is called.
Collins faces a life sentence if convicted.