May 5, 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…

Jury finds Walter Reed guilty on 18 of 19 counts; Steven Reed guilty on 3 of 4

Former 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed was found guilty on 18 of 19 corruption charges in U.S. District Judge Eldon Fannon’s courtroom Monday evening (May 2), while his son Steven Reed was convicted on three of four counts….

Operation Angel: Offers help, not handcuffs

The battle against drug use in St. Tammany Parish took an unexpected turn Monday morning (May 2) when Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz announced the implementation of Operation Angel (OA)….

Covington will be center stage at historic preservation event

Statewide preservationists will converge on Covington next Thursday, May 12, for the 2016 Louisiana Preservation Conference….

NCF reveals plans for nonprofit collaborative space, Northshare

Billed as three meetings in one, the Northshore Community Foundation (NCF) hosted its annual meeting in April, where the third and final portion of the meeting undoubtedly stole the show….

St. Tammany initiates online adjudicated property auctions

St. Tammany Parish government, looking to return adjudicated properties to the tax rolls, went online Monday (April 29) with an adjudicated property auction provided through CivicSource, a leading auctioneer of tax-distressed real estate….

Folsom looking at rate hike to address sewerage system woes

Problems with Folsom’s sewer system that became evident during heavy rains last month prompted a discussion on utility rate hikes at the April 11 meeting of the village’s Board of Aldermen….

Sports News…

Shiell brothers win state tennis title

Going into the 2016 Louisiana High School Athletic Association tennis state championships, the doubles team of Kurt and Kent Shiell was the top-seeded team in the Division I bracket….

Rule book ends NCS baseball season

Postseason baseball games are usually decided on the field….

St. Paul’s falls to Brother Martin

For five innings, the stars were aligned for a playoff upset for the St. Paul’s Wolves….

Puntila named new coach at AHHS

Archbishop Hannan formally named Austin Puntila its new girls’ basketball head coach on April 27….

Doyle upsets Archbishop Hannan

This wasn’t how the Archbishop Hannan season was supposed to end….

People in the News…

Event aims to stop child abuse…

The Exchange Club of West St. Tammany hosted Build the Village on April 10 at the Covington Tammany Trace Trailhead, with an emphasis on the prevention of child abuse. The family festival included a concert and family-friendly activities, and representatives from area nonprofit organizations that focus on children and families were in attendance with information about their groups. The event was held in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Spring for Art attracts appreciative crowd…

Spring for Art, the coordinated arts stroll hosted each year by the St. Tammany Art Association, was staged in downtown Covington on April 9, when the streets were filled with people enjoying gallery openings, arts demonstrations, hands-on activities and more. This year’s Spring for Art was held in conjunction with the Covington Business Association’s A Taste of Covington food and wine extravaganza.

Tea party raises funds for LPBMM…

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (LPBMM) was host to more than 100 guests for the second annual Susan Thurston’s Tea, with proceeds earmarked for restoration of the LPBMM Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. The April 14 event featured tea fare and pastries, music and tours of the cottage, which sits on the LPBMM grounds.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Causeway panel meets in Covington
• LA 437 closed north of Barker’s Corner for flood repairs
• Mandeville Council oks resolution addressing annual budget process
• Slidell Council gets upbeat report from parish economic development head
• Madisonville nixes proposal for raising building height rule
• Covington HDC approval makes way for historic railcar at old train depot
• Primate Center permit reinstated by CDC after bacteria scare
• North Shore Stories: Polo event to support land conservation
• Archbishop Hannan’s Ruffino elicits comparisons to former MLB star
• Lakeshore loses to 8-4A rival in playoffs
• Madisonville angler wins event
• Menard ends AHHS season again
• Retired school employees meet for pot luck May 12
• STPL offers summer reading challenge
• Teen choir will perform at Abbey benefit Saturday
• Dew Drop series will feature Kenny Neal this Saturday
• Learn about the home loan process at library
• LPBMM hosting inaugural Anchor Classic tourney
• Mother’s Day home tour is Sunday
• Posts 16 seeks applicants for Louisiana Boys State
• Registration open for B&G Club basketball tourney
• Save the date for Kiwanis Tasting on the Tchefuncte
• Justin Addison Memorial Cup happens May 15
• Enjoy Mellow Brew Fest, support Humane Society
• Covington PD makes plans for annual summer camp


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