May 26, 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…

Memorial Day events planned

At least four observances of Memorial Day will be held in St. Tammany Parish on Monday, May 30….

Refunding of bonds means savings of $357K for Covington

Two unanimous votes by the Covington City Council at the panel’s May 17 meeting will result in about $357,000 in savings to the city….

Brister, council claim part of parish charter is unconstitutional

Attorneys for Parish President Pat Brister and the St. Tammany Parish Council have responded to a suit filed against them on April 11 by 22nd Judicial District Attorney (DA) Warren Montgomery that alleges that Brister and the council are breaking state law by maintaining a legal department that is not under the direct supervision of the DA’s Office….

Covington Cultural District tapped for state’s top 2016 award

Covington’s Cultural District distinguished itself from all others on Tuesday (May 24), when Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser presented Mayor Mike Cooper with the state’s Outstanding Cultural District Award….

Historic railcar arrives at depot

A significant piece of railroad equipment arrived in Covington on May 19, when a 1925 railcar – also known as a “doodlebug” –  was delivered to the old Covington Depot on North New Hampshire Street to be placed with the Burlington Northern caboose that sits on tracks just to the west of the building along the Tammany Trace Trailhead and serves as the kitchen for a local restaurant located at the depot….

Sports News…

Big things expected from Covington

Greg Salter didn’t realize it until one of his football players pointed it out to  him last week….

NCS looks to continue growth in 2016

Coming off of a 2015 season in which they went 8-4 and made it to the state playoffs, the Northlake Christian Wolverines are looking to maintain their standing as one of the top programs in the parish….

FHS, MHS softball coaches resign

Chris Nelson, of Fontainebleau High, and Scott Dennis, of Mandeville High, each resigned his position as head softball coach on Friday (May 20)….

Eli Lewellyn named the new head baseball coach at Northlake Christian

Northlake Christian athletic director Anthony Agresta hopes he has found a baseball coach that is in it for the long haul….

People in the News…

Girod Street Stroll attracts hundreds…

The Old Mandeville Business Association’s Girod Street Stroll was held April 15 along the main business corridor of Old Mandeville. Attendees purchased mint julep cups and sampled drinks at various businesses and establishments along Girod Street, while also visiting with friends and neighbors.

Volunteers feted for 43,000 service hours…

Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans chapter honored its Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers at a luncheon on April 16 at the Fleur de Lis event center in Mandeville. The volunteers were recognized for performing more than 43,000 hours of community service in St. Tammany Parish in 2015, which equates to more than $1 million worth of work. (photos by Kelsey Shreve)

OLL students benefit from gala…

Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) Catholic School hosted its annual fundraising gala, Taste of Tammany, on April 30 in the Chotin Center on the OLL campus. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, four-course dinner, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the school’s students. (photos by McKenna Sheehan)

Conservationists gather at banquet…

The North Shore Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana held a fundraising banquet on April 21 at the Castine Center in Mandeville. The event featured live and silent auctions, raffles, dinner and more. Proceeds are used for future marine life preservation and educational projects. (photos by David Folse II)

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Voucher school bills state for non-enrolled students
• Abita Springs users to see gas rate hike, but not until May 2019
• Slidell negotiating power line removal, calls police chief election for Nov. 8
• Policeman, good Samaritan rescue woman from Lake Pontchartrain
• Jury takes 23 minutes to convict
• Independence Drive bridge being replaced, road closed
• School District names principals, teachers of the year for 2016-17
• Our Back Yard: ‘Staycation’ renews hometown appreciation 
• Jazz’n the Vines hosting The Roamin’ Jasmine
• Maritime museum offers free admission to military
• Have gardening questions answered June 7 at library
• Mandeville Live! welcomes Beatles group to stage
• Attend block party tomorrow
• Bayou Lacombe Museum celebrating crabs June 12
• Car show to fund cancer research
• Sponsors, donors sought for Jewel of Madisonville
• Register now for free boating safety class
• Otis House featuring quilt display throughout June
• Support two nonprofits at Sporting Clay Tournament
• Northshore Literary Society plans June 5 meeting
• Join in the fun at Northlake Nature Center


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