Around Livingston Parish for Sept. 16, 2013

The Livingston Parish Council approved a resolution Thursday for parish residents to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish’s libraries.

The renewal will go before Livingston Parish voters April 5.

The 10-mill property tax would be renewed for another 10 years, said Jim Ryan, bond attorney for the council.

The tax is used for maintenance and operation of the parish libraries, Ryan said.

In a lighthearted moment, Ryan accidentally told the council twice the wrong date for parish residents’ vote on the tax renewal.

Ryan first told the council that the tax would go before voters in October. He later said November.

He went up to the podium a third time to say April, drawing laughs from the crowd.

“I’ve got too many elections going,” Ryan said.

Soccer tryouts

Tryouts for the 2013-14 Livingston Parish Middle School boys and girls soccer teams, the Livingston Parish Express, will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, 5:45 p.m. Sept. 23, 5:45 p.m. Sept. 26 and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at South Park.

Students in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades can attend the tryouts and are encouraged to attend on multiple tryout dates. Fifth-graders are eligible to try out for the Livingston Parish Express developmental team.

Those interested are asked to bring cleats, shin guards and a No. 5 soccer ball. Tryouts are free.

For more information, call (225) 955-9149.

War re-enactment

The 11th annual Living History and Civil War Reenactment will be held Friday through Sunday in Springfield. Friday’s youth day will feature demonstrations, vintage clothing, guns, flags, blacksmiths, medicine, a puppy show, marble game and cannon shooting. Gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with re-enactments at 2 p.m.

Master gardeners

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Master Gardener Class in Livingston Parish.

The program is offered to Livingston Parish residents who want to be a certified Louisiana Master Gardener volunteer.

The training program will be from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from Sept. 20 through Dec. 11 and will include three Friday field trips. Classes will be at the Livingston Parish County Agent’s office in the LSU AgCenter, 29849 South Magnolia St., Livingston.

There is a $175 registration fee to cover the cost of the training manual and teaching supplies. Class size will be limited to 20. To request an application, call (225) 686-3020 or send an email to


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