December 18, 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…


SSA sent back to square one over question of building size

After a year of public workshops, revisions and compromises, St. Scholastica Academy’s (SSA) plan to build a new gymnasium and multi-purpose building at its  historic Covington campus has been sent back to square one….

EPA, Corps ask for more details on Helis’ well-drilling proposal

The US. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recommending that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withhold a wetlands permit for Helis Oil & Gas Company, LLC, to drill an exploratory oil and gas well in St. Tammany Parish until the company can prove that the site chosen by Helis for location of the drilling operation will have the smallest possible environmental impact….

Parish lauded for ‘entrepreneurial spirit’

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister held a Tuesday press conference to show off the 2014 Entrepreneurial American Community Award, which was presented last week to the parish….

Levee district commission holds first meeting

The newly established St. Tammany Levee, Drainage and Conservation District (STLDCD) board of commissioners held its inaugural meeting before an audience of about 20 people on Dec. 10….

Sports News…

St. Paul’s wins parish wrestling title with 10 victories

The St. Paul’s Wolves took home 10 individual titles and also won the team title at the St. Tammany Parish Wrestling Championships held at Covington High on Dec. 13…..

Mandeville girls top Lakeshore, 2-0

The Lakeshore Lady Titans soccer team came into Sydney Theriot Stadium on Dec. 9 looking to pull off an upset over Mandeville…..

Titans hold off Fontainebleau, 2-0

The action was fast and the mood was tense, but in the end, the Lakeshore boys’ soccer team was able to squeeze out a 2-0 victory over Fontainebleau on Dec. 13…..

St. Paul’s basketball takes two out of three; Covington, Mandeville win two

The St. Paul’s basketball team took two key victories but also suffered a loss over a three-day span on Dec. 11-13…..

People in the News…


Rotary Club benefit helps feed the hungry at Christmas…

The Covington Rotary Club hosted its annual Feeding the Needy luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Clarion Inn and Suites in Covington, where supporters enjoyed motivational speaker Bruce Hamilton and lunch. Proceeds benefit the Feeding the Needy  project, which was designed to address the closure of school cafeterias during the winter break and other individuals and families who are in need. Hundreds of complete Christmas meals will be assembled on Dec. 23 and 24 and volunteers are welcome. For more information, visit

School supporters enjoy Il Carnevale…

St. Peter Catholic School host its annual Green and Blue Gala on Nov. 7 on the school campus, where attendees enjoyed a night centered around the theme Il Carnevale de San Pietro (The Carnival of St. Peter). The event was a Venetian masquerade ball featuring a Gala-tini bar with bellinis and limoncello, a 50/50 masquerade contest, silent and live auctions, and more than 30 area restaurants and bars serving Italian-themed food. There was also music by Troy Marks and No Idea.

Chefs, celebs pair up for good cause…

Men Who Cook, a benefit event for Hope House/Children’s Advocacy Center, was held Nov. 2 on the rooftop of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center garage, where local chefs and celebrities paired up to create crowd-pleasing delicacies. The event also featured a cook-off featuring area high school Pro Start teams, live music by Twilight Band and a photo booth.

Bowls filled to help fight hunger…

The Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) hosted its annual Empty Bowl Project on Nov. 9 at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club (PYC) in Mandeville, where guests enjoyed delicacies from more than 15 area restaurants served in keepsake ceramic bowls. Patrons also enjoyed jazz, libations, a silent auction and raffles. The event was a fundraiser for The Samaritan Center in Mandeville.

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…

Kids of all ages had the chance to explore their favorite things on wheels at the Nov. 15 Touch a Truck event, a fundraiser for Northshore Families Helping Families. Jeeps, bucket trucks, emergency vehicles, tractors and more became playground equipment for discovery in the parking lot of Church of the King in Mandeville.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• School Board agrees to make math worksheets available to teachers
• Covington Council closes out year by lauding cooperative staff, police
• Family Promise of St. Tammany working to end homelessness for local families
• Parish zoning board recommends plans for private ball park in Slidell
• Audit questions financial, personnel practices at Lacombe rec district
• North Shore Stories: Fifth Ward students treated to magical Christmas tour
• Lakeshore tops Fontainebleau in Bulldog Classic semis
• Northlake soccer sweeps Hannan
• SSA soccer wins two, set to face Bulldogs
• Lakeshore rolls past Carver, 75-26
• Lady Lions overpower Franklinton
• St. Scholastica beats PJP, 48-17
• Visit the Camellia Show and Sale Dec. 20 at SSA gym
• Save the date for President’s Arts Awards
• Enjoy sounds of the season at Third Sunday concert
• New Heights therapy seeks volunteers
• NNC offers two new programs
• Mark calendar for Jan. 25 Safe Harbor’s 2015 Real Men gala


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