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Sales tax totals for Livingston Parish lag behind last year with two months to go

Livingston Parish’s sales taxes got a shot in the arm with $9.6 million generated in April, the second-highest month in the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to the monthly tax report.

But even with that, the total taxes collected in the parish still lags behind the 2017-18 fiscal year after 10 months by slightly more than $62,000.

Cases of Hepatitis A on the rise in Livingston Parish, State Department of Health says

Nothing is ever truly gone forever.

Such is the case with Hepatitis A, which has made a resurgence in Louisiana in the past three years.

The Louisiana Department of Health tracks the disease, along with many others, to keep an eye on infection rates and the possibility that any particular infection may leave a community — or spread further.

Unfortunately for Livingston Parish, Hepatitis A has found its way back into the population, to the tune of about 50 cases in the past two years. The parish actually leads the pack in Louisiana, with Morehouse, East Baton Rouge, and Ouachita parishes directly behind.

BASKETBALL | Denham Springs native Mitchell named to LSU’s Will Wade’s coaching staff

LSU basketball coach Will Wade announced Wednesday that he’s added former Tigers standout and Denham Springs native Tasmin Mitchell to his coaching staff.

Wade, who is attending the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., delivered the news to a group of reporters that Mitchell, 33, would become his third full-time assistant. He replaces Tony Benford, who left to join the staff at TCU after serving as the team’s interim coach during the SEC tournament and NCAA Tournament.

BASKETBALL | Wildcats open summer league in victorious fashion following lead of Cook, Butler

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news when senior point guard Jalen Cook leads Walker in scoring.

The biggest development, though, in the Wildcats’ 42-30 victory Wednesday over St. Amant in the opening game of the Woodlawn Summer Basketball League was who finished as the team’s second-leading scorer.

BASKETBALL | Pierre-led Live Oak opens summer league on winning note against Hammond

Live Oak’s new-look basketball team provided a glimpse of what the future may hold, something third-year coach John Capps could get used to seeing.

Senior guard Lawrence Pierre handled the bulk of the team’s scoring and the Eagles got contributions from several new faces in a 40-35 victory Wednesday over Hammond in the first game of the Woodlawn High Summer Basketball League.

BASKETBALL | Doyle, Holden have similar goals heading into Woodlawn Summer League

The Woodlawn High School Summer Basketball League tips off Wednesday, and the goals for Doyle and Holden are pretty similar heading into the summer.

“I think it’s more about evaluating talent, trying to just see who’s made strides in the offseason, who is pushing themselves to want to be better,” first-year Holden coach Landon DuBois said. “It’s less about trying to go out and game plan and win. It’s more about giving guys a chance to just play and go out there and see what kind of skills they’ve actually acquired during this offseason period.”

Louisiana Photographic Society to be featured at upcoming Arts Council of Livingston Parish exhibit

A group of photographers will have their work on display at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish over the months of June and July.

The Louisiana Photographic Society (LPS) exhibit will begin on Saturday, June 1, and end on Saturday, July 27. A second Saturday reception will take place on June 15 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the gallery, where artists will gather, and lights refreshments will be served.

Old South Jamboree band will be back in full swing for the venue’s June show

The Old South Jamboree will have its full crew back when the venue welcomes a crowd of old-school country music lovers to its monthly concert on Saturday, June 1.

The “Old Country” show will feature some of the Old South’s most popular singers, including Mark Sanders, Kerwin Leblanc, June Barker, Deb Carpenter, Rachel Punkay, among a slew of others.

All performers will be backed by the Red Hot Country band, featuring Carlton Jones on the guitar, Jay Blackwell on lead guitar, Robert Reynolds on the drums, Eddie Warren on the bass and Randy Blackwell on the pedal steel.

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