November 20, 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…

Helis permit hearing draws crowd, decision expected within 30 days

A crowd of about 600 people, many waving “Don’t Frack St. Tammany” signs, filed into the gymnasium at Lakeshore High School (LHS) on Nov. 12 for an official public hearing on the controversial proposal by Helis Oil and Gas Company to drill an oil and gas well east of Mandeville at a location only about 1.2 miles from the high school….

SSA campus improvement plan tabled – again

The long-discussed improvement plan for the campus of St. Scholastica Academy (SSA) was put on the back burner indefinitely Monday night, when the Covington Zoning Commission tabled the proposal, much to the dismay of SSA’s representative….

Early voting begins Saturday for run-offs

Early voting for the Saturday, Dec. 6, run-off election will be held Saturday-Saturday, Nov. 22-29, with the exclusion of Sunday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of Acadian Day, St. Tammany Parish Registrar of Voters M. Dwayne Wall announced….

Expert: Coyotes here to stay, can be managed

There are coyotes living in Covington, and likely throughout the parish, but that doesn’t mean residents can’t reduce or eliminate the conflicts that some residents may be experiencing with their four-legged neighbors….

2014 property tax bills going out in the mail

Property owners in St. Tammany Parish should soon be receiving their 2014 ad valorem tax notices in the mail, Sheriff Jack Strain announced….

Sports News…

Skippers’ defense carries them past Slidell, into second round

The Mandeville Skippers used a strong defense to get into the Class 5A football state playoffs….

Lions’ ride continues with win over Carencro

The Covington Lions just don’t know how to quit, and if they keep that attitude the Lions will be making another deep run in the Class 5A playoffs…..

NCS tops Episcopal, 27-21

The Northlake Christian Wolverines kept their season alive with a huge fourth quarter, scoring 20 in the period to beat the Episcopal Knights 27-21 in the first round of the Division III football playoffs last Friday….

Evangel nips St. Paul’s in overtime, 43-42

In the end, it just was not meant to be for the St. Paul’s football team….

Mandeville, SSA place at state CC

In Natchitoches Tuesday, the Mandeville High School girls finished second to St. Joseph Academy  in the Class 5A girls’ state cross country meet….

People in the News…

Treats abound at annual Boo Fest…

ACCESS (Adapting and Changing Children’s Environments with Successful Solutions) hosted its annual Boo Fest extravaganza on Oct. 25 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, where more than 7,000 people were expected to take part in the Halloween-themed fun. There was trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, face painting, games, music and much more, including a chili challenge. Proceeds are used to assist families of disabled children when purchasing home or van modifications, assistive devices and adaptive equipment that has been denied by private insurance and/or Medicaid.

Cancer survivors strut their stuff…

More than 40 models navigated 90 wardrobe changes at this year’s You Night, a cancer survivor runway show and celebration, which was held on Oct. 9 at the Fleur de Lis Event Center in Mandeville. The gala event, hosted by Ooh La Bra and in partnership with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC), celebrated the positive spirit of cancer survivors with a welcome reception, runway show, raffles, food and an open bar, and dancing. A portion of the proceeds benefit MBPCC.

Neighbors support crime prevention…

Numerous St. Tammany Parish neighborhoods and law enforcement agencies hosted National Night Out Against Crime events on Oct. 14, including one hosted by the Mandeville Police Department at Paul Cordes Park and one Covington neighborhood event in partnership with the Covington Police Department at the intersection of West 20th Avenue and North Madison Street. Each featured event included free hot dogs and burgers, as well as the opportunity to speak with law enforcement representatives.

Maritime merriment at WBF…

The 25th annual Wooden Boat Festival (WBF) was held in Madisonville on Oct. 11 and 12, when spectators were able to view hundreds of boats lined up along the Tchefuncte River. The WBF  had plenty of other attractions for visitors, including food, crafts, contests, parades, artists and live music throughout the two-day event. Proceeds benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Legislative auditor progressing with St. Tammany’s enhanced audit mandate
• Parish planning panel facilitates actor’s preservation plan for Lacombe property
• Unclaimed property list is in The Farmer
• Mandeville council defers action on moratorium in ‘town center district’
• Parish opposing inclusion of man-made ditches in ‘Waters of U.S.’ rule
• Finally, Mandeville lakefront pedestrian bridge is open
• North Shore Stories: Centuries old Buddhist tradition is a feast for the eyes
• FD1 to demonstrate safe way to deep fry turkey
• St. Scholastica falls in state semifinals
• Top-seeded Byrd wallops No. 32 Fontainebleau, 35-6
• Lakeshore falls short at South Terrebonne; Hannan loses
• St. Amant eliminates Fontainebleau
• Lady Titans swept by Ben Franklin
• Hannan fights hard, succumbs to University High, 3-1
• Support firefighters while watching Saints on Monday
• Save the date for Old Mandeville Christmas festivities
• Explore night vision at state park 
• Sign up now for Newcomers December holiday luncheon
• CHF membership gala is Dec. 11
• Get tickets now for popular St. Timothy Christmas concert
• Men’s health is focus of Nov. 22 program at Madisonville library
• Folsom fire district offering free smoke detector batteries



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