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Business Expo helps customers — and businesses — mingle, learn about industries

Handing out samples, spreading the word and just meeting other business people was the agenda Tuesday at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce’s Eighth Annual Business & Community Expo.

“With 500 members, there is a wide variety of businesses here,” said Chad Bacas, former chairman of the board of the Chamber, at the Suma Hall and Community Center. Bacas served coffee, tea, and soft drinks to visitors, offering him a chance to survey the vendor booths.

Three major medical providers – North Oaks, Our Lady of the Lake and Ochsner – were represented, he said.

GOTTA START SOMEWHERE|Master Plan Committee names officers, moves forward with several initiatives during first meeting

Gerald Burns was a member of the original Master Plan Committee, formed in 2011, which then proposed the ‘Envision Livingston’ document to the full parish council.

That document was accepted and enacted by a full vote, and then left to languish ‘on a counter top.’

Not this time, said Burns, who after being appointed chairman by the committee moved full steam ahead into the first presentations of the night. Lynn Maloney Mudica, a consultant for the first master plan, began the evening with a brief overview of where she believes the process should go.

BASEBALL|Doyle’s table-setters helped in getting the Tigers to state tournament

It’s tough for Doyle baseball coach Tim Beatty to point to just one aspect of his team that’s helped get the Tigers get to the Class 2A semifinals.

“It’s been a great team effort,” said Beatty, whose No. 2-seeded Tigers meet No. 3 Welsh at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at McMurry Park in Sulphur. “There’s been some games where our bats pulled it out for us, and in other games, it’s been our pitching that’s kept us in it. We’ve kind of had a good go-round of complementing each other offensively, defensively (and) on the mound …”

But when it comes to the team’s offensive production, it’s all about setting the table.

Purple Martin and Garden Event coming to North Park in Denham Springs May 11

Gardeners and bird lovers will have plenty to delight them this weekend — if the weather holds up.

The First Annual Purple Martin and Garden Event will be held on Saturday, May 11, at North Park in Denham Springs.

This family-friendly educational event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and it is free to the public. It will be held along the walking path at North Park.

Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau honors late Sam Bacot

The late Sam Bacot, a long-time resident of Denham Springs, was the first-ever recipient of the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Champion of Tourism” award.

LPCVB Director Eric Edwards presented the award to Bacot’s son, Ted, and his grandson, Glen, during Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s kickoff to National Travel and Tourism Week at Greystone Country Club in Denham Springs on Monday, May 6.

Hand-painted mural being put on Arts Council of Livingston Parish building

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish is getting a makeover.

A hand-painted mural is currently being placed on the art building in downtown Denham Springs.

Local painter Marita Gentry, of Amite, is the one in charge of project. She is a juried artist for the Arts Council in addition to teaching art classes.

ALL TOGETHER NOW | Widening, overlay coming to Dunn, Buddy Ellis, and Forrest Delatte roads – all at the same time

Ask and you shall receive.

That seems to be the case after a multi-year push by several parish councilman for at least some work on several dangerous roads throughout the parish.

Dunn Road, Buddy Ellis Road, and Forrest Delatte Road are all scheduled for infrastructure improvements and overlay beginning in August, with bids being let out for the work in July.

SOCCER | Denham Springs boys, Live Oak girls land two players each on respective All-State teams

Sometimes there’s a perception that equates postseason honors into deep postseason success.

There are certainly numerous examples of the correlation between the two, but there’s also an illustration from the 2018-19 soccer season that drives home another point.

Neither the boys team from Denham Springs High nor girls from Live Oak High reached the state semifinal round in their respective divisions.

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