July 21, 2016

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…

Proposed enhancements for Bogue Falaya Park discussed

A crowd of nearly 70 people looked over a preliminary master plan for improvements to Covington’s Bogue Falaya Wayside Park and offered their input during an open house held July 13 at Covington City Council Chambers….

Historic lighthouse damaged by vandals

Since its erection in 1837, Madisonville’s landmark lighthouse has suffered damage from storms and hurricanes more than once, but recently, for no apparent reason, it was attacked by more sinister forces — the hands of vandals….

Mandeville council wants budget line items on director salaries

Newly sworn-in District 2 Mandeville City Councilman Michael Pulaski is calling for the city administration to include line items in the city’s 2016-2017 budget regarding the salaries of Mayor Donald Villere and department heads. …

School Board okays tax ‘rollback,’ puts raises for personnel on hold

As taxing bodies throughout the parish consider their 2016 millage rates, the St. Tammany Parish School Board on July 14 voted to roll back its property tax assessment to the adjusted level recommended by the parish Assessor’s Office….

Brister: Cultural arts district will ‘go forward’

Less than 24 hours after Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he was vetoing $11 million in capital-outlay funding from the state budget earmarked for the St. Tammany Cultural Arts District (CAD), Parish President Pat Brister and key aides met with architects, consultants and the press and vowed to move ahead on the project, currently estimated to carry a construction price tag of $47.7 million….

Sports News…

Local swimmers win nine titles at Long Course State Championships

Highlighted by Michael Foley’s five individual state titles and two individual crowns by Eleanor Fritscher, Franco’s Athletic Club, with 1,887.50 points,  finished fifth in a field of 21 teams last weekend at the 2016 Louisiana Long Course State Championships at the UNO Aquatics Center….

Mandeville High placekicker Joseph Bulovas named U.S. Army All-American

For only the third time in its 17-year history, the U.S. Army All-American high school football game will feature a player from St. Tammany Parish….

Cooper helps La. win shooting crown

St. Tammany Parish resident Garrett Cooper was part of the 2016 Louisiana squad that captured a national team title at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, held June 26-30 in Grand Island, Neb….

People in the News…

Funds raised to help wounded vets…

The Wounded War Heroes Banquet was held June 17 at the Castine Center in Mandeville, when hundreds enjoyed an evening of fun to benefit the local nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic outdoor experiences for military veterans that were wounded in combat. Party-goers dressed in their patriotic and camouflage attire, and enjoyed dinner, music, dancing and more.

4th of July fun for all…

Numerous celebrations were held throughout St. Tammany Parish in observance of Independence Day, which this year marked 240 years since the nation’s birth. The municipalities of Abita Springs, Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville and Slidell all hosted outdoor fun, with activities ranging from games and contests to music, picnicking and fireworks.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Peaceful rally in Covington calls for mutual respect
• Council District 9 community meeting will be Aug. 2
• Palmisano honored for battle against mosquitoes
• Zoning commission postpones three contested cases to Aug. 2
• Change is afoot in Madisonville, starting with jackets at meetings
• Cognitive Care Center at Christwood will enhance services for seniors
• Covington police get new tool to help fight opioid overdoses
• School registration for first-time students will be held July 27-28
• Folsom wraps last year’s budget, approves inspection fee increase
• Slidell is considering buying swim club property for use as public park
• Randy Smith promotes 55 ‘well deserving’ employees at STPSO
• STPSO sends 21 deputies to BR, agencies change response protocol
• Forum set for Mandeville on new federal educational accountability law
• North Shore Stories: A magical horse story with a Hall of Fame ending
• Pelican Park Registration dates set for fall sports
• SLU coaches’ caravan will stop in Mandeville today
• Domingue says he will leave LSU
• Brumfield sought by college coaches
• Christ Episcopal reveals coaching staff
• Junior Shooting Club accepting entries
• Learn horse-handling tips at Folsom library seminar
• Auditions are July 30, 31 for next Playmakers musical
• Take Boating Safety Course Aug. 6 at maritime museum
• Enjoy free movie, family fun at Coquille Park Saturday
• United Way presents annual Red Beans & Rice Cook-off
• Skulls, Skins & Scat to be offered twice in August
• Slidell Movie Nights wrap this Saturday with Inside Out
• Seniors invited to dance on July 28 in Mandeville
• Free Child I.D. event is this weekend in Slidell
• Covington High class of ‘66 plans for September reunion
• Mark calendars now for St. John’s KC car show
• Become a ‘fan’ of STAA and win membership
• Junior League prepares for Project Homecoming
• Plan early to attend Kickin’ Party to end Parkinson’s
• Krewe of Eve announces new leadership


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