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Jul 23, 2013 10:03 AM by AP/CS

Petition drive underway to incorporate Watson

WATSON, La. (AP) - A group petitioning to incorporate the Livingston Parish community of Watson has gathered about half the signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot.

The Advocate reports members of the community group Neighbors In Action began circulating the petition in April to form a new city with the same boundaries as the Livingston Parish School Board's bonding district for Live Oak schools.

Darla Steagall, one of the petition's organizers, says the 35-square-mile area includes about 22,000 residents, making Watson the largest municipality in the parish if the initiative is successful.

Steagall says the group hopes to collect at least 4,000 signatures, but only 25 percent of the area's roughly 12,000 registered voters, or about 3,000 signatures, are needed to get the initiative placed on a ballot.

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