The Livingston Parish News: Surprise party held for Laine Hardy, scholarship winner and more

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Elections set Oct. 12 for Fire District 7, Gravity Drainage District 1 tax renewals

The Livingston Parish Council approved the calling of two elections this fall to renew a drainage district’s property millage and a fire district’s millage and service charge

The council approved the resolutions at its May 9 meeting that will be sent to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Kiwanis scholarship winner helped organize Ruston tornado relief

A Live Oak High student who helped organize a relief mission to Ruston after a tornado hit was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs.

Cade Capena was the recipient of the Mike Dowty Memorial Kiwanis Club Scholarship, one of three presented annually by the club, now renamed for three long-time Kiwanis Club members.

What is dirt fill?

Every few years the Corps of Engineers (COE) and the Federal Emerngecy Management Administration (FEMA) adjust maps of the flood plains to reflect what they believe is the potential for water height in that area during or after heavy rain or a natural disaster.

What that translates to is the ‘Base Flood Elevation’ or ‘BFE’ for a specific location. That measurement is considered the minimum safe height for a builder of a home or business to adhere to for safe construction and, in many cases, removes the flood insurance requirement.

For many subdivisions and individual home construction projects, the cheapest options for both residences and businesses to bring in piles of dirt, or ‘dirt fill,’ to move up above the BFE line and then begin construction.

Albany Middle emerges victorious in first-ever READgional Battle of the Books

Some of the parish’s top middle school readers came together to test their wits during the First Annual READgional Battle of the Books.

Nearly 20 students participated in the challenge, held May 9 at Live Oak Middle. Students came from Albany Middle, Live Oak Middle, Live Oak Junior High and North Corbin Junior High, which all held in-school competitions throughout the year to determine the top readers.

Surprise party held for Laine Hardy at Blood River Landing

When Laine Hardy arrived at the loading dock, he could only smile and wave.

It was another surprise in a day full of them.

A crowd of 100 or so family members and close friends gathered at Blood River Landing in Springfield for a surprise party in honor of the 18-year-old American Idol finalist, who will go for the crown in the May 19 finale.

FOOTBALL | Springfield closes out spring drills hosting Kenner Discovery

The Springfield football team is taking care of a few basics during this year’s spring practices, and that’s not a bad thing.

“We’re trying to get new faces in positions and install some different things offensively with the kids and making sure that they’re understanding what we’re wanting them to do – just seeing a lot of new faces in different places and making sure that technique-wise we’re very sound,” Bulldogs coach Ryan Serpas said.

It may be more important this spring given that Serpas said the Bulldogs have 28 players participating in spring drills.

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