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2018-19 sales taxes barely edge out 2017-18 tax totals

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The best month for auto vehicle sales may have done it, as Livingston Parish’s total sales taxes topped last year’s numbers.

Livingston Parish generated $103,041,275 in sales taxes for the fiscal year 2018-19, according to the Livingston Parish School Board Sales Tax Office. This is $37,732 more than the parish saw in fiscal 2017-18, when it took in $103,003,543.

The Sales Tax Office tracks tax information from 17 governmental bodies, municipalities and taxing districts in the parish.

The tax revenue generated from shopping centers and major purchases, such as autos, is a gauge of the buying habit of parish shoppers.

Open House sees next step in Walker education story

It gave the community a chance to look at all the buildings and it gave students a chance to learn where their classes are –and who their teachers are.

Walker High’s Community Open House on Sunday was a chance to show off years of planning and two years of construction that doubled the size of the campus and its real estate.

“This is a great opportunity for our citizens to see this fantastic building and fantastic facilities we’ve grown into,” said Jason St. Pierre, principal of Walker High School.

“Last week we enrolled 56 new students,” St. Pierre said. “Walker is growing, and we will accommodate the students.”

Young professionals told: Take a chance; don’t fear a mistake

Take a chance. Get out of your comfort zone. The next opportunity might not have a big sign saying that.

Those tips came from two men recognized as leaders in their industries at the annual meeting of the Livingston Young Professionals Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 30.

Jody Purvis, assistant superintendent with the school system, and J. McHugh David Jr., publisher and editor of The Livingston Parish News, encouraged their audience to take advantage of every opportunity.

Both were inaugural winners in 2018 of the Future 5 award from the LYP, recognizing young professionals in the parish.

FOOTBALL | Albany looking looking to expand on summer’s 7-on-7 success as camp begins

The Albany football team had some bright spots during 7-on-7 drills over the summer, transitioning to a more pass-friendly offense, but Hornets coach Mike Janis is getting overly excited just yet as fall camp gets started.

“If we were going into a seven-man football league where we would still continue to play 7-on-7, I like where we are, but that’s not the case,” said Janis, whose team opens camp Aug. 5. “We’re going to have to establish a run game. We’re going to have to run the football, and we’re going to have to develop some offensive linemen.”

FOOTBALL | Springfield looks to clean up a few things during preseason camp

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The start of preseason camp can’t come soon enough for Springfield football coach Ryan Serpas.

The reason? The Bulldogs have some cleaning up to do.

Springfield participated in the Baton Rouge area 7-on-7 passing league in June, but Serpas said the team’s performance in a session against Albany, Central Private and Ascension Christian in mid-July wasn’t as crisp as he would have liked.

“Having that time off (between league play), definitely, you could tell that there was regression on some of that stuff, and we’re going to try to clean that stuff up,” said Serpas, whose team opens preseason drills Aug. 5.

Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor discusses ‘Assess the Need’ program at community breakfast

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The story still gives Jeff Taylor chills.

Speaking to a crowd inside the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, Taylor recounted a story he heard from a Denham Springs school counselor, who told him about a troublesome student with an even more troubled home life.

The father of this particular student was in jail, Taylor said, and her mother was out of the picture, forcing her to live with her grandparents.

When the girl arrived for the start of the school year without supplies, the counselor called her to the office and told her to pick from the pile of backpacks, which were provided to the school through Taylor’s “Assess the Need” program.

When the girl said she didn’t have money to pay for the backpack or supplies, the counselor said she wouldn’t need it because “the people in Livingston Parish did this for you.”

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