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Copeland named to levee board
from The Concordia Sentinel
May 24, 2018 -

Governor John Bel Edwards has appointed former Vidalia Mayor Hyram B. Copeland Jr. to the Fifth Louisiana Levee District Board of Directors.

Sen. Neil Riser of Columbia nominated Copeland.

Before retirement, Copeland was a businessman and spent 36 years in public service.

He will attend his first board meeting in June.

The Fifth Louisiana Levee District is responsible for the maintenance of 355 miles of levee, providing Rights of Entry to the USACE for flood control projects, and examining all permit requests for construction of structures, roadways, pipelines, etc., on or near the levee system.

Additionally, the governor announced two reappointments:

• Jack M. Varner Jr., of Tallulah, who is self-employed.

• James E. Kelly Sr., of Newellton, who is the Fifth Louisiana Levee District Vice-President and the former Tensas Parish School Board Vice-President.

In March, the governor reappointed four members:

• Barry L. Maxwell of Ferriday, who, before retiring, served as an ag-loan officer at Britton & Koontz First National Bank for 17 years;

• John D. Frith of Lake Providence the owner of Frith Farms Partnership.

• Jack Patton Mabray Jr. of Newellton, owner of Pat Mabray Farms.

• Reynold S. Minsky of Lake Providence, levee board president and president of Minsky Pecan Market Inc.

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