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COMING UP NEXT | With Comite Diversion underway, officials look toward the future of regional drainage and the most efficient way to make those projects a reality

There are some questions on what exactly to call it. A re-ground breaking? A ground re-breaking?

While ‘ground re-breaking’ is the more accurate term according to our version of English, it really doesn’t matter to Congressman Garrett Graves (R-06). Since the project is underway, he’s not really focused on the groundbreaking itself, or celebrating the fact that the project is finally coming to fruition.

His biggest celebration? Efficiency.

School Board officially approves contract for new Superintendent Joe Murphy; change orders at Albany schools save school system $4,500

The Livingston Parish School Board officially approved a contract for new Superintendent Joe Murphy at its meeting on Thursday, May 9.

The four-year contract — which pays Murphy $135,000 annually and includes a yearly evaluation — was passed by a 6-0 vote. Board members Brad Sharp, District 1; Kellee Hennessy-Dickinson, District 2; and Frank Parrino, District 8, were unable to attend the meeting due to Thursday’s inclement weather.

UPDATE | Police say 18-wheeler hit vehicle with former Walker High football star

A Wednesday traffic crash that took the life of former Walker High quarterback Jacobi Scott, as well as another Louisiana native, remains under investigation by the Marshall, Texas, Police Department.

“No charges have been filed at this time,” said Lt. Len Ames, of the Marshall Police Department, in a news release on Thursday.

Scott and the other victim were returning home from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., where they were on the football team. Ames did not identify the other occupant of the vehicle, pending notification of next of kin.

IT’S A BALANCE | Denham Springs seeks to increase CRS rating after latest cycle visit, increase flood insurance savings up to 15%

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a piece of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) puzzle. It provides governmental bodies with a roughly 700-page outline that describes incentive programs for communities to improve their CRS rating – via a point system – through a wide variety of activities.

In many cases, each of those incentive programs have their own 20-30 page supplemental booklet outlining specific goals within that section, which earn CRS points.

And city official and floodplain manager Rick Foster, as well as his team, are after those points.

Walker eyes improvements to Pendarvis Lane

Pendarvis Lane will get a face lift, and a sidewalk, according to a three-phase plan approved by the Walker City Council.

From Bayou Idol to American Idol: Laine Hardy now one step away from reaching finale

Cindy Hardy needed just one word to describe the whirlwind that’s engulfed her son during his star-making run on this season of American Idol.

“Crazy,” she joked during a phone call before boarding a plane to Los Angeles last weekend. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Livingston Parish fishing team scores second-place finish in state tournament

Clay Polk and Austin Sibley led a pack of 12 two-person fishing teams from Livingston Parish in the 2019 Louisiana High School B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship held May 3-4 in Morgan City, Louisiana.

Polk and Sibley, both of Livingston Parish Bassmasters, netted a second-place finish among a field of 83 teams that fished in waters accessible from the Amelia Public Landing.

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