Around Livingston for June 24, 2013

The mayors of Livingston Parish will give their “state of the municipality” addresses at a Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce breakfast July 10.

The effects of projected changes in flood insurance rates throughout the parish also will be discussed.

Those confirmed to speak are Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin, Livingston Mayor Derral Jones, French Settlement Mayor Toni Guitrau, Springfield Mayor Charles Martin, Port Vincent Mayor’s Assistant Mary Gordon and Albany Alderman Gene Glascock.

Officials from Killian and Walker also are tentatively scheduled to speak.

The breakfast will be held at Forrest Grove Plantation, 8743 Stephenson Drive, in Denham Springs. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

The cost is $15 per person, and the deadline to reserve a seat is noon July 8. Call (225) 665-8155 or email

Denham road closure

Cockerham Road, from Anderson Drive to Meadow Wood Boulevard near Freshwater Elementary School in Denham Springs, will be closed to through traffic July 8-21 while crews widen the roadway to install a center turn lane, state Department of Transportation and Development officials said.

Residents within the closed area will have access to their homes. All other motorists are encouraged to use Range Avenue to Lockhart Road as an alternate route.

Technology in education

The Livingston Parish School Board approved Thursday the hiring of three people to begin working in the technology department of the school system’s central office.

Vera Elaine Dalton will serve as technology coordinator, and Misty McKee and Mark Goodson will serve as local area network managers.

School Superintendent John Watson said Dalton will have a teaching certificate and will work with teachers and curriculum organizers to implement technology in the school system’s curriculum.

DARE essay winner

Sophie Faircloth, a fifth-grade student at Gray’s Creek Elementary, was honored at the Livingston Parish School Board meeting Thursday as the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education essay contest winner.

Sgt. Gene Higginbotham, a DARE officer, said the Sheriff’s Office began a program this year to honor one student annually as the contest winner.

“When I came across hers, it just went above and beyond,” Higginbotham said of Faircloth’s winning essay.

Disaster prep class

The Livingston Economic Development Council and Southeastern Louisiana University’s Small Business Development Center will host the fourth annual Disaster Preparation Class from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 11 at the Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

The class is free, but registration is required.

Register online at

Contact the Florida Parishes bureau by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; and by email at