April 17, 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…

Supporters extoll Covington-area rec district

The seeds for the success last fall of the Covington High School football team, when the Lions reached the state semi-finals, began long before its players set foot on the school’s campus, head football coach Greg Salter told the approximately 30 people who attended a public meeting April 7 to learn more about a tax proposition set to go before voters on Saturday, May 3, that would fund a Covington-area recreation district and expanded programs for youth and adults.

Early voting begins Saturday

Early voting for the Saturday, May 3, election begins this Saturday, April 19, and continues through Saturday, April 26. The ballot includes the parishwide runoff for coroner, a Slidell City Council runoff, and five separate tax propositions affecting the Covington, Bush, Sun and Folsom areas.

SSA plan clears historic district commission

Plans for a new gym and multi-purpose building at St. Scholastica Academy (SSA) cleared the first hurdle April 8 when members of the Covington Historic District Commission (CHDC) gave their unanimous approval before a standing-room-only crowd in Covington City Council Chambers.

Mandeville sets vote on allocating portion of sales tax to general fund

The Mandeville City Council has approved a resolution calling a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 4, to ask residents to rededicate half of a 1-cent sales tax.

Sports News…

 Lions, Tigers tied for 6-5A baseball lead

The Covington Lions are in a first-place tie in the District 6-5A baseball standings with four games to go.

Ortner, Robicheaux, Robinson honored on All-State teams

Junior Courtney Robicheaux of state champion St. Scholastica is the Player of the Year, and head coach Mike Ortner of the Doves is the Coach of the Year on the Division I All-State girls’ soccer team.

Doves face Lakeshore, Pearl River for 8-4A title

The St. Scholastica Doves still have two District 8-4A softball games to play before they can clinch the league title.

Covington runs away with Allie Smith Invitational track championship

The Covington Lions won four field events and a relay and placed first in the annual Allie Smith Invitational track meet on April 10.

NCS braces for playoffs

The Northlake Christian Lady Wolverines have some final business to attend to before starting the Class 2A softball state playoffs.

People in the News…

All Aboard! for the Children’s Museum…

It was full steam ahead at the seventh annual Children’s Museum of St. Tammany (CMST) Celebration on March 23 at the Castine Center, where hundreds turned out to support the ongoing effort to construct the CMST, a combined project of the Junior League of Greater Covington and St. Tammany Parish government. The first phase of the project, Kids’ Town, will be a kid-sized, interactive western town near the Kids Konnection Playground at the Koop Drive Tammany Trace. The next phase of the project will be the actual CMST, which will be built at the parish’s newly-planned Cultural Arts District near Interstate 12 and Louisiana 21. The Celebration event featured an All Aboard! railroad theme, and attendees enjoyed an evening of music, food and libations, silent and live auctions and more.

Celebration of Sense and Sensibility draws Austen lovers…

The Jane Austen Literary Festival celebrated its seventh year March 22 and 23, with a bevy of events at venues throughout Old Mandeville, where Austen enthusiasts celebrated her novel Sense and Sensibility. Events included a No Plain Janes contest, a Looking for Mr. Darcy reading contest, dancing demonstrations and a brunch.

Exercise does the heart good…

The American Heart Association hosted its annual Northshore Heart Walk on March 29 at Fontainebleau State Park, where more than 3,000 people showed their support for heart disease and stroke research. Walkers, joggers and plenty of people pushing strollers navigated the non-competitive, three-mile course before enjoying a festival with live music, food, games for kids and more.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

 • Burns wants answers for US 190 delays
• Folsom activity center gets final blow from Board of Aldermen
• Mayor: Letters offering private water line service not endorsed by Slidell
• Assessor checking ‘investor rate’ eligibility, business inventory tax
• State inspector general investigating Covington work-release program
• Galvan reports to federal prison
• Fontainebleau wins fifth straight district softball crown
• Salmen’s Kalani Brown is girls’ 4A cage MVP
• Wolves at .500 mark in 6-5A baseball
• Hannan tied with PJP II in 8-2A action
• Titans tag Salmen twice
• Ponchatoula sets sights on district track title after winning Smith meet
• Jazz’n the Vines welcomes Linnzi Zaorski this Saturday
• Learn about orphan trains at library program April 24
• Witness Easter passion play this weekend at New Zion
• Join the Easter fun at the Mandeville Trailhead
• STAA’s 49th juried Summer Show entries due May 9
• Jr. League, LRMC hosting Girls’ Health Day May 3
• FUMC hosting ladies’ conference
• CHS class of ‘94 gathering


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