October 16, 2014

Here is a sample of the photos and articles appearing in this week’s St. Tammany Farmer. For the full edition, including local news, sports and events, purchase a copy at one of our retail locations, or start a subscription and receive The Farmer weekly by mail.

Front Page…

Voters get ready for lengthy ballot, early voting period starts Oct. 21

Early voting for the Tuesday, Nov. 4, open primary and congressional election will begin Tuesday, Oct. 21, and continue through Tuesday, Oct. 28, at three locations in St. Tammany Parish….

School Board okays phase out of controversial Eureka Math

Following another extended and fractious session, on Oct. 9 the St. Tammany Parish School Board approved the removal of the Common Core-aligned Eureka Math from the school system’s curriculum by the end of the school year. Whether the controversial math program will completely disappear from the classroom remains to be seen, since many of the voices heard during the three-hour-plus meeting were teachers who said it is just one of several useful tools in their chest of resources….

Oct. 23 work session set on SSA site plan

The Covington Zoning Commission has scheduled a public work session for Thursday, Oct. 23, to review St. Scholastica Academy’s (SSA) latest plan for construction of a new gym and multi-purpose building. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Covington City Council Chambers, 222 Kirkland St….

Local courts lead on incarceration alternatives

Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the United States, which in turn has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but the 22nd Judicial District Court (JDC), encompassing St. Tammany and Washington parishes, is leading the way in employing alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders. Legislative action and funding is needed at the state level, however, to allow local jurisdictions to further explore and implement these options….

STPH and Ochsner finalize partnership

St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH) and Ochsner Health System (OHS) are collaborators, rather than competitors, now that the two health care systems have formed a long-term partnership focused on expanding health care services to western St. Tammany Parish….

Sports News…


SSA posts win in record-setting Hoody Hoo swim meet

Meet records fell like autumn leaves when the St. Scholastica Doves and the Lusher Charter Lions won the third annual Hoody Hoo Invitational swim meet at Pelican Athletic Club last Thursday….

Mandeville snaps losing streak to St. Paul’s with 14-7 win

The Mandeville Skippers made a truth of the saying that defense wins ballgames last Friday night….

FHS trails by two in 4-I volleyball race

The Fontainebleau Lady Bulldogs scored a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-13, 25-7) of the Hammond Lady Tors in a District 4-I volleyball match last week….

Titans fade late in loss to Salmen

The Lakeshore Titans had trouble handling prosperity last Friday night….

People in the News…

Beau Chene Garden Club celebrates 30 years…

The Beau Chene Garden Club celebrated its 30th anniversary at its annual membership meeting on Sept. 19 at Benedict’s Plantation. The group enjoyed socializing and breakfast prior to its business meeting, and all past presidents were invited to attend and were recognized. The club meets on the third Friday of each month.

Western party takes aim at Parkinson’s…

Kickin’ Parkinson’s, a benefit for Team Fox, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, was held on Sept. 18 at Stone Creek Club and Spa. Party-goers enjoyed music by the Bucktown All Stars, danced the night away in their boots and western wear, and had their fill of food and fun, while raising money for the cause.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Judicial candidate makes swift exit from Mandeville meeting
• Pearl River mayor, clerk indicted on theft, malfeasance charges
• DOTD 2015-16 projects to be reviewed at Oct. 27 hearing
•Local legislators to host meetings on Common Core
•14 constitutional amendments will be on Nov. 4 ballot
• SSA Doves on 18-match win streak
• Lady Wolverines edge STA 3-2 in 3-IV
• Lakeshore splits two 5-II contests
• Hannan falls to PJP II
• Campbell, Greenies embarrass Covington with 59-28 win in 6-5A game
• Hannan falters in fourth against Falcons
• Wolverines overcome St. Helena Central
• Lady Skippers sweep two volleyball foes
• Dawgs thump Northshore 48-13
• SPS fourth, Lady Skippers second in CC meet
• Soprano, tenor singing at 3rd Sunday Concert
• Enjoy Saints football, support autism resources this Sunday
• Old Farmers Day is Oct. 18, 19 in Loranger
• Get tickets now for Masquerade
• Tammany Trace celebrating 20th anniversary
• Don’t miss Harvest Cup Polo
• STAA members called for one-square-foot entries
• Children’s author visiting Madisonville library
• Pumpkin patch hosting special events Saturday in Pearl River
• Sign up now for St. Anselm golf tourney teeing off Nov. 3


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