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Proposed Livingston Parish sewer ordinance gets slow start in committee

If the ordinance’s first meeting is any indication, it’s going to take some time for the parish council to work through proposed changes to the way it handles it’s sewer business.

Introduced by councilman Garry ‘Frog’ Talbert (District 2), the potential ‘Livingston Parish Sewage Ordinance’ took up the majority of the parish’s ordinance committee meeting Thursday night and they only made it through two sections.

For Talbert, that’s of no surprise.

Solicitation ordinance kicks off, requires language changes and definitions before June 27th

If an idea is already well-implemented, use it.

That was the strategy adopted by councilman Maurice ‘Scooter’ Keen and the clerk staff for the Livingston Parish Council when trying to draw up an ordinance for solicitation in Livingston Parish.

The group gathered pieces from various, similar rule sets in neighboring parishes and pieced together the beginning of a solicitation ordinance. The new law will provide more strict rules for solicitors, define who is exempt, and provide the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office with the ability to enforce fines and citations for those who choose ignore the new guidelines.

On Livingston Parish waterways when they’re closed? That now carries a fine… or jail time

The Livingston Parish Council continues to give the sheriff’s office some teeth.

 In this case, the parish council Thursday night passed an ordinance which allows Sheriff Jason Ard and his deputies to fine, and possibly jail, individuals or groups who are on parish waterways while they are closed.

The penalties for non-compliance include the following:

1.       A fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) for the first offense and/or incarceration of up to (5) five days

2.       A fine of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) for the second offense and/or incarceration of up to seven (7) days

3.       May be liable for any damages caused by said actions or inactions

 Rotary Club recognizes three with Service Above Self Award recipients

Racking up more than 150 arrests in a year might be expected but getting bit (twice) by dogs or driving mules and a wagon usually are not on first responders’ to-do lists.

But those were just three examples of what helped two law enforcement officers and a fire chief receive the James Foster Service Above Self Awards from the Rotary Club of Livingston Parish on Friday, June 14.

Amite River cleanup planned for Aug. 10 in need of volunteers

Rachel Deaton doesn’t go on the Amite River as much these days, but she has friends who do — and who tell her about the filth that resides there.

One friend recently told her she saw a refrigerator, a freezer, propane tanks and other debris floating in the river, and that doesn’t include the trees that boaters must avoid while navigating the local waterway.

With no one stepping up — or cleaning up — Deaton has decided to take matters into her own hands.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL | Denham’s Doughty, Minor, Parker selected to LSWA’s Class 5A All-State teams

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State baseball and softball teams have a little bit of Denham Springs High flavor this year.

The baseball team features DSHS’ Cade Doughty, an LSU signee, who helped the Yellow Jackets to the regional round of the playoffs and was also selected the All-Parish Most Valuable Player for a second straight season after batting .505 with six home runs, 40 runs scored, 11 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

He was also the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

GIRLS BASKETBALL | Defensive-minded Lady Cats display potential for better balance in triumph

The first 11 minutes of Friday’s game in the Denham Springs High’s team camp was all you needed know about a potential strength of this upcoming season’s Walker High girls basketball team.

Gone are the 30 points per game of LSU signee Tiara Young, the state’s Class 5A Most Valuable Player and Miss Basketball, but in her place came a total of 19 points from four different players in the Lady Cats’ game with Brusly.

GIRLS BASKETBALL | Thompson enables Lady Jackets to pull away in second half from Fontainebleau

In some regards second-year Denham Springs coach Blake Zito believes his current team is ahead of last year’s team at this juncture of the summer.

Of course, it’s not hard to point out the missing pieces of last year’s team that went on to a Class 5A state runner-up finish to Captain Shreve.

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