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Office of Community Development already working on Duplication of Benefits adjustments

The wait is over.

According to U.S. Congressman Garret Graves, R-District 6, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released Duplication of Benefits (DOB) legal guidance.

Graves said that the 53-page document will be sent to the state for processing, and outlines changes that must be made in the Restore Louisiana program to match new guidelines.

Biggest cause of small-scale, local drainage issues? For Denham Springs, it’s trash

On Thursday, June 6, various reports indicated that just under eight inches of water fell in parts of Livingston Parish, including Denham Springs, Walker, and Watson.

The rainfall was accompanied by a tornado in the Satsuma and Colyell area, but for the large residential zones on the west side of the parish it was the rain and the speed in which it accumulated that caused the most problems.

Inside the city limits of Denham Springs alone, just over 40 homes had been confirmed to have taken water due to the inability of infrastructure to handle that much rain in such a short amount of time.

GOOD FENCES, GOOD NEIGHBORS? | Fence on private road roils residents

Familiarity can breed contempt, and in a small town like the Village of Killian, it’s difficult to not be familiar with your neighbors.

That’s a why a dispute over a fence boiled over into an animated discussion about the role of the village in maintaining access to a road at the monthly Board of Aldermen meeting June 11.

At issue is a fence erected across the right of way on Killian Oaks. The gravel road is privately owned but allows right of use to residents in a development built by Billy Sim Smith. One resident, however, has taken action to restrict access to the end of the road.

Denham Springs Pilot Club members visit veterans in local nursing homes

Nearly a dozen members of the Pilot Club of Denham Springs paid a Memorial Day visit to veterans at Golden Age and Harvest Manor nursing homes on Tuesday, June 11.

For the visit, the Pilot Club prepared and delivered more than 40 patriotic tote bags to veterans residing in the two local nursing homes. Each bag contained a plethora of goodies for the veterans, including pudding, socks, cookies and crackers, a word search puzzle, and a miniature American flag.

Southern Book Prize author to appear at Cavalier House Books for signing and Q&A

How far would you go to find something that might not even exist?

That’s the main question Jo Watson Hackl poses in her new book, “Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe,” which was published by Random House Children’s Books in 2018.

Hackl will discuss and sign copies of her award-winning middle-school grade novel during an appearance at Cavalier House Books in the Denham Springs Antique Village from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

Livingston Parish 4-H students attend annual 4-H Camp

A collection of local 4-H students recently spent a week in the great outdoors.

Seventy 4-H members from across Livingston Parish participated in the 2019 4-H Camp at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, Louisiana, the week of June 3-7.

BASKETBALL | Walker’s Jalen Cook commits to play basketball at LSU

A couple of the state’s biggest recruiting questions were answered late Tuesday night.

 Walker’s Jalen Cook committed to LSU, where he’ll play basketball for coach Will Wade. He’s the state’s No. 2 overall prospect, No. 22 rated point guard and nation’s No. 114 rated player according to 247 Sports.

 Cook, the Tigers’ first commitment in the Class of 2020, said he’s happy to have the decision behind him heading into his senior season.

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