On Saturday, April 12, Paradise Baptist Church in Covington hosted its annual free carnival on Simonton Street and city officials have high praise for the event.
"I am so proud of the people in my district, they continue to do good things even when it's not publicized," said Alderwoman Minnie Bommer. "This is Rev. (Shelia) Bryant's third year of offering a morning of food, fun and faith in the neighborhood."
Bommer said the event is important not only because it provides local families with something to do, but also because it shows the pride residents have in the community.
"Her members are giving people that live in the neighborhood and continue to give back with their time and talents, even when all they read about is how bad it is in our area of town. However we know our area is not any worse than any other area."
Bommer also said she salutes Bryant and others, like the Covington woman who petitioned to have speed bumps back on Rose Street.
"Rev. Bryant deserves praise and honor for all that she has done since losing her brother, Rev. Jerry Alston; the founder and first pastor of the church," she said. "She is not only the pastor of the church, but she continues to work a full-time job and raise her wonderful children as a single parent."
Bommer, who represents the northwest part of Covington, said she is proud to serve her community and hopes events like the carnival continue.
"I love my area, my neighborhood, my street, the projects and all the people that live in this city. I believe in all of us even when some of us cause problems for the rest of us. We are all in this together and until we face that fact, we will not become all that we can be."
Paradise Baptist Church is located at 520 Simonton St.
Rev. Bryant and her group invites and accepts anyone that shows up.
"Everyone is greeted with love and appreciation," Bommer said. " They deserve the recognition because they keep on, keeping on regardless of the circumstances."