Here is your Friday Livingston Parish News:
Emergency declaration to help with schools’ repairs, superintendent says
Three Livingston Parish schools suffered water damage from the rain deluge of June 5-6, but repairs are already being completed, according to the school superintendent.
The School Board endorsed Superintendent Joe Murphy’s declaration of emergency at Thursday’s meeting to help with that process.
“The declaration gives us a little bit of freedom to get contracting services to deal with it in an expeditious manner and limit the damages from the inundation,” Murphy told the board.
Livingston Parish Airport District to hold public meeting tonight on Phase 1 at Parish Council Chambers
The public’s input is requested on a project that will add another facet to the parish’s transportation system, especially for economic development.
The Livingston Parish Airport, a small air strip that will focus on individual planes and industrial cargo, was helped along in November of 2017, when property owner Garry Lewis donated 242-acres for the site on the south side of Interstate 12, at the Satsuma exit.
City of Walker reminds residents: Flood repair work may require city permit
Home or business owners planning to do repairs needed after the June 6 rain and flood are being reminded by the City of Walker that they may need city permits.
A remodel permit can be obtained from the city Permit Department at 10136 Florida Blvd, according to Jamie Etheridge, city chief of operations.
“There will be no charge for the permit,” Etheridge said.
Denham Springs High principal to step up to supervisor of instruction at Central Office
After spending half his life going to one location in Denham Springs, Kelly Jones will have to get used to a new route, in a new town, and for a new job.
The longtime principal at Denham Springs High School will be moving to the Central Office as the new supervisor of high school instruction, he said Thursday.
“It was a difficult decision,” Jones said in a telephone call from Fort Worth, Texas, where he is with his son, Carson, at a football camp at Texas Christian University.
BASKETBALL | Springfield’s Bryce Johnson headed to Southeastern as a preferred walk-on
Patience finally paid off for former Springfield basketball standout Bryce Johnson.
Johnson, the District 10-2A MVP as a senior, will attend Southeastern Louisiana University as a preferred walk-on.
“It was drug out very long, and I’m happy to finally know where I’m going,” Johnson said of his recruiting process. “From the beginning, that’s where I wanted to go, and it worked out.”
BASEBALL | Denham Springs settles in to top Walker, 12-4 in Metro League action
Things didn’t start off great for Denham Springs or Walker in Thursday’s Metro League baseball game at North Park.
It was all about settling in after that, and the Yellow Jackets did the better job, getting solid relief pitching from Reese Smith and some timely hitting to spark a 12-4 victory.
Arts Council of Livingston Parish, Leadership Livingston unveil new mural
People no longer have to go inside the Arts Council of Livingston Parish to see art — they can just look outside.
The Arts Council, through a joint initiative with the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Livingston, officially unveiled its new exterior mural during a dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 13.
Local Girl Scouts use cookie proceeds for educational trip to Houston
After selling more Girl Scout cookies than any other troop in the area, Troop 10215 of Denham Springs used its proceeds to make more than a few lasting memories.
The local Girl Scouts, who sold a whopping 10,147 cookies boxes this year, voted on how they were going to spend their hard-earned cookie money and agreed that a trip to Houston was in order.
During the trip, the Scouts visited the Health Museum, the Children’s Museum, and took part in a Girl Scout-only campout at the Johnson Space Center. They also spent time touring NASA and programming robots, driving robots, and “touring” the solar system.
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