Cotton Valley, LA


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Cotton Valley is a town in central Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,189 at the 2000 census. It is located some twenty miles northwest of the parish seat of Minden.
Cotton Valley was established in the mid-19th century but was not incorporated until 1944, when J.B. Roby, a Democrat, became its first mayor. Initially appointed, Roby was elected to the position on April 11, 1944, In 1946, Roby was succeeded by A.C. Borland, who served until 1968. Borland, an insurance agent, did not seek reelection and was succeeded by E.M. Hollingsworth.
In June 2010, the Minden Press-Herald reported that Cotton Valley Town Clerk Myra Kilburn is in violation of the Louisiana Public Records Act (Revised Statutes 44:33). Kilburn has repeatedly ignored the newspaper's request for public records though the law requires that the information be released within seventy-two hours after the request is made. Kilburn said that she will accept whatever sanctions will be assessed against her. "I absolutely did what you are saying I did. . . . Looking up your records got a backseat," Kilburn told the Press-Herald.