Supplies campaign begins

Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor, in conjunction with several businesses and community volunteers, will sponsor the 11th annual Assess the Need campaign to provide school supplies for needy children in Livingston Parish public schools.

Taylor said the program has received monetary donations from several businesses. The rest of money needed from the program will come from individuals, he said.

Nearly 100 volunteers from across the parish will collect donations outside the Walmart stores in Denham Springs, 904 S. Range Ave., and Walker, 28270 Walker Road S., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday from July 23 to Aug. 7. Donations of cash and supplies will be accepted.

Donations also can be dropped off during regular work hours, Monday through Thursday, at the Assessor’s Office in Livingston.

Persons needing help should contact their principals or school counselors.

Our Lady of the Lake

Work has begun on Our Lady of the Lake Livingston in Walker, city officials said.

The 140,000-square-foot building will provide a 24/7 emergency room with transfer services to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Trauma patients will be transferred via helicopter. Outpatient services will include lab and imaging services such as CT, ultrasound, X-ray and MRI. An onsite pharmacy will be available.

Building plans include a community health education conference room for free health screenings and seminars. Another 60,000 square feet will be dedicated to physician offices. Our Lady of the Lake Livingston will create more than 200 jobs in the first year of operation. Expansions are planned to meet the future needs of the parish.

Master plan meeting

The city of Walker will host a Comprehensive Master Plan meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Walker Baptist Church, 10696 Florida Blvd.

Those who live and work in the community are asked to voice their opinions about parks and recreation, roads, quality of life, safe neighborhoods and more, Walker officials said.

Manufacturing facility

K&W Patten’s Metal Express is building a new manufacturing facility in the city of Walker, a $1.2 million capital investment that is expected to initially bring approximately 10 additional jobs to the community, Mayor Bobby Font, said.

The firm produces custom metal roofing and steel building products for residential or commercial projects, with next-day service. The 14,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is already under construction in the CoMar Commerce Centre on U.S. 190 near La. 449, and is expected to open in September.

Font said the new facility will provide significant benefits for the community, including capital investment, tax revenues and career opportunities.

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