August 14, 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…



Split council denies library’s request for small millage hike

St. Tammany Parish library officials were unable to persuade the St. Tammany Parish Council to back their request for a slight increase in their property tax millage rates. Instead, eight of the 14-member board sided with vocal audience members who said parish residents are already overtaxed….

Parish seeks opinions on natural resources

In an effort to best take advantage of St. Tammany Parish’s natural resources as they relate to culture, recreation and tourism, St. Tammany Parish government has scheduled three community meetings to gain public insight and opinion on the matter, with the first scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Mayfield Elementary School, 31820 U.S. 190 West in Slidell….

Folse: Public schools off to a smooth start

Public school students in St. Tammany Parish began the 2014-15 school term on Aug. 7….

Lone vote nixes discussion of more money for anti-fracking legal fund

A proposal to allow parish government to spend more money on its effort to prevent an oil and gas well from being drilled northeast of Mandeville never got off the ground, after a lone vote prevented the St. Tammany Parish Council from hearing the  “off-the-floor” request during its Aug. 7 meeting….

GNOEC presents bridge safety concerns at Mandeville meeting

A handful of Lake Pontchartrain Causeway commuters in attendance at a special north shore meeting of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission (GNOEC) on Aug. 6 offered split opinion on proposed projects to improve safety on the 24-mile bridge and the possibility of raising tolls to pay for the improvements….

Sports News…

St. Paul’s gridders preparing for rough sledding at the start of 2014 football campaign

The St. Paul’s Wolves officially started their 2014 football pre-season practice Monday when they put on shoulder pads….

Covington’s Adams counts only two seniors on Lady Lions’ volleyball team

The Covington Lady Lions volleyball squad will have a lot of new faces on the roster and in the starting lineup when the season begins on Wednesday, Sept. 3….

Mandeville’s LeCompte needs to find new starting quarterback

The Mandeville Skippers football team donned pads Monday as practice sessions began a new phase during the countdown to the start of the regular season….

Four Roadrunners won medals at Junior Olympics

Four 17-18-year-old Southeast Louisiana Roadrunner  athletes brought home five medals from the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games held in Des Moines, Iowa, July 26-Aug. 2….

People in the News…


St. Anselm throws jewel of a gala…

The Jewel of Madisonville Gala, a fundraising event for St. Anselm Catholic Church, was held on July 19 at the Castine Center in Mandeville, where supporters ate and drank and bid on a wide variety of silent auction items ranging from Saints tickets to charter fishing trips and rosary beads. The annual event also included a raffle for a new car.

Camp Upward provides carefree summer fun…

Day campers at Camp Upward enjoyed fun-filled days during the eight weeks of summer camp. The camp, a function of Upward Community Service and held at Faith Bible Church, is a faith-based camp for children from St. Tammany and Washington parishes. Campers participated in activities such as arts and crafts, science experiments, reading, culinary skills, leadership skills, character building, performances, sports and Bible studies. There were also numerous field trips throughout the sessions.

Art lovers welcome Warrens’ work to gallery…

Artist Robert Warrens’ artwork is on display in The Atrium at Christwood through Saturday, Aug. 30, and Warren and guests gathered for an opening reception on July 19, where they enjoyed food, drink and the artwork. The free exhibit is available for viewing from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each Monday through Friday. The gallery is located at 100 Christwood Blvd. in Covington.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• New state law bans cell phone usage in active school zones
• Board approves relocation of Hadden Cottage on present Rest Awhile site
• Road projects, SSA plans are top topics at Coffee with the Mayor
• Board gets ball rolling on expansion projects at Lancaster and Mayfield
• Our Back Yard: Making waves in kayak fishing world
• Covington Lions don pads, prepare for trip to Percy Quin State Park
• Northlake Wolverines gearing up for another run at 8-2A grid title
• Young Lakeshore Titans aiming for winning season, state playoffs
• Lambert optimistic about Hannan’s chances as 2014 season nears
• Cancer center schedules free screenings
• SALT presenting safety seminar
• Magnificat welcomes Sarah Pierce
• Mandeville Fall concert series schedule announced
• Parents can gain advice on teenagers at library program
• Poker tourney to benefit LPBMM
• CPC hosting Bluegrass Sunday
• Enjoy Benefits of Home gala on Aug. 21


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