CASTOR, La. (AP) — The Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs will make a decision this week on the future of overall operations of the Bienville Council on Aging.

GOEA Assistant Director Karen Ryder tells The Times she could not discuss specifics of the GOEA's oversight since facts and records are still being gathered.

The news is welcomed by folks in Castor, who have been battling for months to get the Bienville COA to reinstate a senior center for the community. Their cries for help, supported by the Bienville Parish Police Jury, got GOEA's attention.

Residents recently have questioned the legality of the COA board makeup, its financial standing since monthly financial statements are not provided to the board, discrepancies in meeting minutes and a lack of participation by the advisory board.