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.
Improvements slated for I-12 eastbound exit onto U.S. 190
Motorists who travel the Interstate 12 corridor in St. Tammany during peak hours often encounter backups when eastbound traffic exits the interstate at U.S. 190 south of Covington, said Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) District 62 Administrator Allison Schilling last week at a ceremonial groundbreaking marking the start of a $1.4 million project to increase the capacity of the eastbound exit.
Parish wants more restitution from Galvan
Former parish coroner Dr. Peter Galvan, before pleading guilty in federal court to conspiring to steal government funds, racked up thousands of dollars in legal fees stemming from multiple lawsuits and counter suits filed as a result of the more than 10 months of investigations by parish, state and federal authorities. But St. Tammany Parish officials believe additional restitution is warranted.
Blighted properties get 90-day reprieve
Two Mandeville houses deemed to be unsafe and uninhabitable by the city building inspector were given a 90-day reprieve at a public hearing held last week to determine if the dilapidated structures should be condemned and destroyed.
Mandeville set for charter changes report
The Mandeville City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation on possible changes to the city’s Home Rule Charter, including toughening of term limit requirements for Mandeville’s elected positions, at its next regular meeting, set for Thursday, March 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at Mandeville City Hall, 3101 E. Causeway Approach
Northlake Christian’s title hopes fall to Lusher on last-minute goal
A game that seemed to be heading into overtime ended a little too soon and suddenly for the Northlake Christian Wolverines. Lusher Charter of New Orleans nailed a goal in the final minute of regulation to give the Lions a 3-2 win in the Division III boys’ state championship contest at Tad Gormley stadium on Feb. 26.
Doves, Wolves win big in soccer
There was much to cheer about last Friday, if you were a St. Paul’s or St. Scholastica soccer fan. They each won a state championship in Division I soccer, and their wins were sweet redemption for both schools.
Three Fins post first place finishes at state short course swim meet
Megan Loop, Denise Frantz and Lia Joslin of Franco’s Fins posted first place finishes in the 2014 girls’ state Short Course Swim Meet, held Feb. 20-23 at the SPAR Center in Sulphur.
Tranchina sparks Skippers to 63-54 win over Martin
The Mandeville Skippers turned in a hot-shooting performance when they opened the boys Class 5A basketball state playoffs last week. Four Skippers scored in double figures, and Mandeville hit 11-of-14 second half free throws, to defeat the Brother Martin Crusaders 63-54 at Mandeville.
People in the News…
Krewe of Olympia celebrates 49th bal masque
Mary Grace Gitz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Albert Gitz, II, reigned as Queen of the Mystic Krewe of Olympia’s 49th bal masque, which was presented Feb. 8 at the Castine Center in Mandeville. Maids in Her Majesty’s court were Mary-Brent Brown, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Brent Brown; Elisabeth Reins Dixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ernest Dixon; Caroline Lea Gallaspy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Redding Gallaspy; Elizabeth Marie Lyon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Moise Lyon; Lindsay Michelle Reed, daughter of Mr. Walter Philip Reed and Ms. Shawn Craddock Reed; Catherine Marie Williamson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowrey Jay Williamson; and Elizabeth Anne Banks Woodard, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Francis Woodard.
A luncheon fit for a queen…
The Krewe of Eve held its annual Queen Luncheon on Feb. 12 at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville. Past queens joined this year’s Queen Eve XXVIII Valerie A. Dupont for food and fellowship at the event, which was hosted by last year’s Queen Eve Corinna Hayden. The Krewe of Eve is celebrating its 28th year.
More headlines from this week’s print edition…
Covington seeks to change name of LA 21 to South Tyler
School system warns parents of inappropriate social media activity
St. Tammany earns top honors in social studies
Madisonville Council gets community report
STPL’s Big Read kicks off March 14-15
North Shore Stories: Honey Island Lego clubs teach technology, team work
Get head start on spring at Madisonville Garden Show
NPAS offers a ‘Starlit Night’
Taste of Covington happens April 10-13, schedule released
UP21 hosting fundraising walk
Foley leads Fins at boys’ short course meet
SSA fends off Fisher in softball tourney
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