The Livingston Parish School Board appointed Raymond James & Associates as its municipal adviser for the bonds voters approved earlier this year for campus improvements at Walker schools.

The appointment is a new requirement under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, bond attorney David Henderson, of Foley & Judell LLP, told the School Board on Thursday.

Under the provision, which went into effect in July, if the board wants to seek financial advice, it must appoint an independent adviser for that purpose, Henderson said.

Foley & Judell will still serve as the board’s bond counsel, providing legal services and advice, Henderson said.

Fall festival partners with credit union

Pelican State Credit Union has become the official partner of the Denham Springs Fall Festival slated for Oct. 4.

“The Denham Springs Fall Festival has a strong reputation for being one of the best festivals in Livingston Parish,” said Al Bye, president of the Antique Merchant’s Association. “We are proud to have paired up with Pelican State Credit Union given their long-standing commitments to the Denham Springs area.”

Nearly two decades in the making, the Denham Springs Fall Festival is one of the biggest continuously run festivals in Livingston Parish, the release said. The one-day event is held rain or shine and for many is a long-standing tradition of family fun.

Produced by the Denham Springs Antique Village Merchants Association, the Fall Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Antique District of Denham Springs along Range Avenue. Vendor spaces for the festival are sold out. For festival sponsorship opportunities, contact Pierce Creative Marketing Service at (225) 284-8231 or email

Insurance consultant’s contract renewed

The Livingston Parish School Board voted Thursday to renew its contract with Norris Insurance Consultants Inc. for three one-year terms beginning July 21.

Norris manages the district’s general liability, automobile, workers compensation, umbrella, errors and omissions, crime, building and contents, and boiler and machinery policies.

The contract sets Norris’ fee at $11,963.

Science Saturday set at observatory

The Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory will host Science Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at LIGO’s Science Education Center in Livingston.

The theme for the event is “Feels Like Pressure.” Guests can learn about the force of pressure, the various types of pressure and how these types of pressure play an integral role in the shape of the universe.

Every Science Saturday, visitors can tour the facility and talk to a LIGO scientist or science specialist. Visitors can explore and interact with more than 40 LIGO science concept exhibits.

Visit or call (225) 686-3173.

Library to host talk on preventing cyber crime

Patrons can visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library at 10 a.m. Thursday to hear Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Beatty discuss cybercrime, financial crime and crimes against the elderly. Participants can learn prevention techniques and get their questions answered by a law enforcement expert.

For information, call (225) 665-8118.

College cooking class set for high schoolers

College students can learn how to cook delicious and nutritious meals at college using only those things available in most college dorms, a news release from the Livingston Parish Library said.

Two Southeastern Louisiana University nutrition instructors will present snack, breakfast and dinner options for hungry college students starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Watson Library. This event is for high school students only. Space is limited. Registration is required by calling (225) 664-3963 or by visiting the online event calendar at

Contact the Florida Parishes Bureau by phone at (225) 664-9058, by fax at (225) 664-9710 or by email at florida@the