July 23, 2015

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…

STAA dedicates Miriam Barranger Gallery

Described by friends as a visionary with a formidable and giving spirit, Miriam Barranger’s legacy as a driving force behind the establishment of a thriving arts community in St. Tammany Parish was cemented on July 11 when the St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) dedicated its main gallery space in her memory….

Ruling allows parish to force Helis to cease work – for now

It may not be permanent, but as of Tuesday work on Helis Oil & Gas Company’s controversial drilling operation northeast of Mandeville had been halted….

Mandeville budget debate continues July 27, Aug. 4

A year ago, newly seated city of Mandeville mayor pro tem Rick Danielson said he expected the budget process to progress more smoothly than it had the previous year. It didn’t. In fact, it took an extra work session to battle through the morass before the council finally approved the 2014-15 budget at the end of August – barely in time for the Sept. 1 start of Mandeville’s fiscal year….

BP claims bring $40 million windfall to parish

St. Tammany Parish is set to receive a combined windfall of nearly $40 million in unrestricted money as a result of “economic losses” stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Plaquemines Parish….

Consultant: Tourism is a parish-wide success

When it comes to tourism, St. Tammany is “the pretty girl at the party,” according to a destination marketing expert who reported the results of a 16-month study to the board of commissioners at the June meeting of the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission (TCC)….

Sports News…

Covington senior kicker Weiskopf looking to shine this season

As she reaches the end of her high school athletic career, Covington’s Loraine Weiskopf has plenty to look back on during her time with the Lions….

Local volleyball team wins tourney

The Asics Louisiana 14 girls’ volleyball team took first place in the 42nd AAU National Volleyball Championship in June at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla….

Hannan football ready to win again

For the Archbishop Hannan football team, change has come….

Local teams compete at state long course meet

The Louisiana Long Course state swimming championships were held at LSU in Baton Rouge on July 16-19 and Franco’s Fins had the best finish among local swim teams….

People in the News…

First Baptist, Mandeville does Independence Day right…

Mandeville’s First Baptist Church hosted a large-scale 4th of July shindig a few days early, on June 28 to be exact, when there was good old-fashioned fun to be found for everyone. Dubbed “Mandeville Celebrates America,” the event featured children’s activities, classic cookout and picnic foods, balloons, clowns, live music and more, and served as the kickoff for other area celebrations.

Food, music, fun highlight Crabfest Lacombe…

Crabfest Lacombe, a three-day food and music extravaganza, was staged June 26-28 at John Davis Park. Festival lovers got their fill of music, seafood and local arts and culture at the event, which included almost a dozen different musical guests.

PWST presents scholarships at luncheon…

The Professional Women of St. Tammany (PWST) held their annual scholarship luncheon on June 9 at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville, where $25,000 in scholarship money was presented to a total of 19 recipients. The PWST organization provides educational workshops throughout the year that allow members to network with other professional women, and the proceeds of the group’s annual fundraisers fund the scholarship program for higher education expenses for the women of St. Tammany pursuing advancement in the workforce. For more information on the PWST, visit www.pw-st.org.

Family reunion at Favrotville…

Favrotville, a family compound at the southern end of America Street in Old Covington, was the setting in late June for a reunion attended by the descendants  of Charles Favrot and Beatrice Freret. The couple were married in 1891 after meeting at the office of Beatrice’s father, James Freret, a noted New Orleans architect. In 1919, members of the extended Freret-Favrot family began spending their weekends and summers at Favrotville, and today many of the Freret-Favrot descendants are north shore residents year round. A large contingent of family members from near and far attended the weekend-long reunion, highlighted by a picnic at Favrotville, where they enjoyed a box lunch, horseshoes, badminton, croquet and swimming.

Kids look for a big catch at Bait-n-Wait…

More than 80 young anglers spent their morning fishing at the annual Bait-n-Wait fishing derby on July 11. Hosted by and held at Fairview-Riverside State Park, the 10th annual event  featured various contests and demonstrations, providing a fun-filled nature day for the kids and their families.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Fire District 1 to demo underwater rescue
• STPSO gets high mark in telecommunication audit
• Assisted living facility coming to former SSA priory
• Folsom recycling up and running, personnel policy change in works
• Madisonville employees getting a raise
• Coroner to act as medical director for five fire districts
• Our Back Yard: Ministry rebuilding home, rebuilding lives
• Local all-star teams travel for regional tournament
• Officials, LHSAA reach deal
• Mark calendars now for free Sept. health screenings
• Take a chance to win game tickets, more
• See Hairspray under the stars in Slidell’s Heritage Park July 25
• Help United Way, enjoy red beans and rice
• Safe Harbor’s White Summer Night is this Saturday at Pontchartrain Yacht Club
• Informational fair scheduled for those with disabilities
• Apply now for LSU AgCenter Master Gardener program
• Register early for Aug. 8 Texas Hold’Em poker


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