For the sixth straight year, Webster Parish has lost population.
In 2011, the parish’s population was a hearty 41,259, but the latest numbers as of 2016, show the population has dwindled to 39,710 – an average loss of about 258 people per year.
Webster Parish Police Juror Nick Cox, District 6, said he is worried about those numbers.
“It worries me, because an average of 258 a year is a high number,” he said. “It really never has increased, and we need to turn those numbers around. This is a hard topic.”
Police Jury President Jim Bonsall said he believes the parish’s bread