The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer several hunter safety courses in upcoming months at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Firing Range, 29225 Woodside Drive, just outside Walker.

Act 149 of the 1984 Louisiana Legislature enacted a mandatory education requirement for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, and all young hunters must successfully complete the course before they can purchase a hunting license, Livingston Parish sheriff’s officials said.

Each course is open to anyone age 10 or older. Classes are limited to 30 people, and participants must register to attend. Classes are free, but enrollees are encouraged to bring paper and a pen or pencil.

Those interested can choose between the following course dates: Course 2: July 7 to July 9; Course 3: Aug. 11 to Aug. 13; and Course 4: Sep. 1 to Sept. 3. The first two days of classes in each of the course dates begin at 6 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. The written and shooting tests will be given on the last day of each course at a time to be announced by the course instructor.

To register for a course, contact Deputy Erica Ard at (225) 686-2241 or 1 (800) 443-7681, extension 324, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

School uniform drive

Walker Police Chief Hunter Grimes and the Police Department will hold the seventh annual School Uniform Drive “From Our Uniform to Yours.”

Uniforms will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15 in the Fellowship Hall at Walker Baptist Church, 10696 Florida Blvd.

Every year, Walker police collect old and new school uniforms for families in need for the next school year.

The drive is only for students who attend schools in the Walker school district, organizers said.

Free Sports Day

A free sports day will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 at the Freedom Church, 26490 S. Frost Road, Livingston.

Events will include karate, cheerleading, baseball, self-defense against bullies classes and arts and crafts.

Parents may stay for the event or drop their children off at the church, organizers said. For more information, call (225) 241-8702.

Road closure

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will close La. 1249, Pumpkin Center Road, from 1 a.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. July 12.

The bridge, located approximately 0.4 miles north of La. 22, will be closed to allow crews to repair the bridge decking, weather permitting.

Motorists may use La. 43 to La. 42 to La. 22 as an alternate route, DOTD officials said.

DOTD urges motorists to use caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

For statewide traffic information, dial 511 or visit

To submit news, contact the Florida Parishes Bureau office by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; by e-mail at Deadline is noon Thursdays.