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  • Charter Commission begins work in Livingston

    March 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish's soaring legal costs and disputes between the council and president drove much of the discussion at the Charter Review Commission's meeting. The Advocate reports options the commission explored for resolving disputes more economically included allowing the Parish Council to select the parish legal adviser,... more »
  • Livingston school day extended

    February 10, 2014 8:40 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish public school students are facing longer school days for the next several weeks to make up time lost to January's icy weather. School Superintendent John Watson said that the number of minutes to be added to each day will vary by school, generally five... more »
  • Livingston charter commission offers minor changes

    February 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish Charter Review Commission has agreed on a handful of minor tweaks for the charter provisions dealing with the parish council. The Advocate reports Tuesday marked the commission's third meeting but the first time the group delved into the task of reviewing the parish... more »
  • 3 members quit Livingston animal control committee

    November 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Three members of the Livingston Parish Animal Control Advisory Committee have resigned, leaving officials scrambling to determine how to fix the parish's stray animal problem. The parish operates the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter in the town of Livingston, but the shelter can house only dogs and... more »
  • Livingston council defies Ricks on contract

    October 25, 2013 8:24 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - After two months of sparring with Parish President Layton Ricks, the Livingston Parish Council voted to publish a request for qualifications for engineering work on the parish's long-delayed road overlay program. The Advocate reports Thursday night's move sets up a potential legal battle if the council... more »
  • Livingston deputies accuse man in copper thefts

    October 1, 2013 9:30 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A man who briefly escaped the Livingston Parish Detention Center in June 2009 is back in jail after he was accused of stealing copper from air conditioning units at a Denham Springs storage facility. The Advocate reports Livingston Parish deputies arrested 35-year-old Jared Fedric after he... more »
  • Livingston school officials predict budget deficit

    August 21, 2013 9:35 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish school system is projecting an initial $2.6 million deficit in its general fund budget for the 2013-14 school year. The Advocate reports the school board's budget and goals committee approved the system's initial 2013-14 budget Tuesday night. The budget will go before the... more »
  • Livingston woman dies after crash with truck

    July 26, 2013 8:07 AM

    SATSUMA, La. (AP) - State police say an 18-year-old woman died after her pickup collided with a truck on U.S. 190 at South Satsuma Road in Livingston Parish. Trooper Jared Sandifer says Isabella V. Lacasse, of Livingston, was northbound Thursday on South Satsuma Road when she made a left turn... more »
  • Angola guard arrested in Livingston home invasion

    May 23, 2013 8:46 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - Authorities say a 40-year-old corrections officer assigned to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has been arrested in a Livingston Parish home invasion case. Lori Steele, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, tells The Advocate Maj. Deujon Shane Worsham and two other people were arrested in... more »
  • Livingston deputies investigate child's death

    September 25, 2012 7:59 AM

    WATSON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a 6-year-old child in Watson. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Lori Steele tells The Advocate deputies found the child's body at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Lakes at Belle Terre subdivision. Steele says deputies are still trying to determine... more »
  • Livingston school board cuts sick leave

    June 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has voted to eliminate extended sick leave for all employees for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Superintendent Bill Spear told the board Thursday night the move will save the district approximately $1 million. Under state Act No. 405,... more »
  • Livingston sees record April sales tax haul

    May 25, 2012 7:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sales tax collections in Livingston Parish were higher than those of any previous April on record. The director of the sales tax program says the April collections were also the second-highest for any month in the history of the parish. Mike Curtis, who heads that... more »
  • Former Livingston official booked on drug charges

    April 6, 2012 10:46 AM

    SATSUMA, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says a former parish councilman and four other people were arrested on drug charges after a search turned up 1,700 prescription pain pills at the home of the former official. Chief Deputy Jason Ard told WBRZ-TV on Thursday that deputies found... more »
  • New flood maps affect thousands in Livingston

    April 2, 2012 8:40 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - New federal flood insurance rate maps will go into effect Tuesday, affecting thousands of Livingston Parish homeowners. The Advocate reports many people whose homes have never flooded will be required by their mortgage companies to buy insurance that could cost more than $1,000 a year. Meanwhile,... more »
  • Livingston plans April hearings on new districts

    March 23, 2012 7:28 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Attorney C. Tom Jones told the Livingston Parish School Board that he hopes to be ready in April to hold public hearings on board reapportionment. Jones said Thursday the hearings must be held before the new districts can be submitted to the U.S. Justice Department for... more »
  • Livingston schools face more financial hurdles

    January 6, 2012 9:56 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The president of the Livingston Parish school board says finances again will be the major challenge facing the school system in 2012. Malcolm Sibley says the board would be tasked with increasing capacity because of the parish's continued growth. The school board declared a financial exigency,... more »
  • Livingston suspends questionnaire forms

    October 21, 2011 7:05 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A Livingston Parish School Board committee has unanimously approved changes in the way certain medical questionnaires are collected by the school district. The "LA OWCA Second Injury Board Knowledge Questionnaire" was being given to all employees until August, when the Louisiana Association of Educators sent a... more »
  • 2 more booked in Livingston on food stamp fraud

    September 21, 2011 9:40 AM

    LIVINGSTON, la. (AP) - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies have booked two more people on counts of felony theft in connection with food stamp fraud. Trey Williams of the Department of Children and Family Services tells The Advocate that brings the number of people arrested on food stamp fraud in the... more »
  • DPS officer dies in Livingston crash

    August 10, 2011 9:18 AM

    ALBANY, La. (AP) - A Department of Public Safety police officer has died in an accident on Interstate 12 near Albany. Louisiana State Police Trooper Russell Graham says Cpl. John Kendall was headed east about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when he crossed the median and sideswiped an 18-wheeler before colliding with... more »
  • Livingston school board freezes pay

    July 8, 2011 10:33 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has voted 6-1 to freeze all district salaries and eliminate three work days for the 2011-12 fiscal year in a bid to cut costs from the financially strapped system. Superintendent Bill Spear tells The Advocate the moves mean that some employees... more »
  • 4 agencies in Livingston keep same property tax

    June 14, 2011 9:46 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Four governmental bodies in Livingston Parish have elected to keep their property tax millages the same, while about two dozen others are preparing to hold meetings on their millage rates. Because the amount of taxable property on the tax rolls is rising, Assessor Jeff Taylor tells... more »
  • Livingston delays action on mobile home ordinance

    June 10, 2011 9:45 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish Council has put off a decision about mobile home regulations after hearing opposition to the measure in a public hearing. The proposed regulatory change would allow landowners to place mobile homes on their properties without meeting mobile home park requirements if the occupants... more »
  • Livingston Parish Child Drowns in Pool

    August 5, 2010 8:49 AM

    MAUREPAS, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies say a 4-year-old Maurepas (MOH'-run-pah) child drowned in a swimming pool. Deputies said that Kyle Farris was found unresponsive in the family pool shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the child apparently went outside without his parents' knowledge, climbed the ladder... more »
  • Public Schools in Livingston Parish Won't Teach Creationism

    August 2, 2010 11:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Public schools in Livingston Parish won't teach creationism this year, but some board members say they might consider adding it to the curriculum in the future. Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, tells the Advocate newspaper that the school district... more »
  • Livingston Buys Church Building for Court

    July 2, 2010 7:04 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish has purchased a church to house a new courtroom. Parish President Mike Grimmer tells The Advocate that the First Baptist Church of Livingston's 12,000-square-foot education building will be turned into a courtroom, while the church will be torn down to create additional courthouse parking.... more »
  • Livingston Tax Revenue Rises in April

    May 17, 2010 7:18 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Records show Livingston Parish sales tax collections for April were the highest since Christmas sales. Mike Curtis, director of sales tax collections for the parish, tells The Advocate that April sales tax revenue collections were up $1.4 million from the previous month for a 31 percent... more »
  • Possible Mold in Broussard Apartment Complex

    October 28, 2009 6:20 PM

    People living at Ridgeview Apartments in Broussard say the apartments are making them sick. Ridgeview resident Lela Mark says she really believes mold is in all of the apartments. Mark blames her upper respiratory problems on what she believes is mold growing in in the complex. "It's... more »

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