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.
Brister: State asking too much for Southeast campus
St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister has rejected the state’s asking price for the former Southeast Louisiana Hospital (SELH) campus, saying the $17.8 million appraisal is too high….
Parish welcomes Common Core modifications
Responding to months of criticism of the state-mandated Common Core implementation plan by St. Tammany parents and School Board members and those from other areas of the state, Louisiana Education Superintendent John White is recommending modifications to the roll-out of the new standards to allow more time for transition….
Election call for Covington-area rec district, millage on RD10 agenda
St. Tammany Parish Recreation District 10 (RD10) board members are ready to ask voters to approve a new property tax to support recreation facilities and programs for the Covington area….
OIG panel ready to discuss specifics
The nuts and bolts of establishing an Office of Inspector General (OIG) for St. Tammany Parish will be the focus of the Monday, Dec. 9, meeting of the St. Tammany Parish Inspector General Task Force….
Pelican Energy to expand Madisonville office, add jobs
Pelican Energy Consultants CEO Kenny Bogle, a Covington High School graduate, and his wife Christa founded their consulting engineering company near Madisonville on Aug. 15, 2005, just weeks before hurricanes Katrina and Rita put a one-two punch on southeast Louisiana. Today, the company is recognized nationally and internationally, employs 158 people in Louisiana, and operates major branches in Madisonville, Metairie and Houston….
Hannan upsets Episcopal, to face Calvary Baptist in Division III final
The Archbishop Hannan High Hawks will play for the Division III select schools football state championship on Thursday, Dec. 12, when they take on the Calvary Baptist Cavaliers of Shreveport at 12:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Lions top Central 20-14, host Parkway in 5A semifinal
A blocked field goal and two interceptions set up three Covington touchdowns in their Class 5A quarterfinal football game against Baton Rouge Central last Friday night.
Lady Skippers win St. Thomas cage tournament
The Mandeville Lady Skippers dropped their basketball season opener, but have since reeled off five straight victories, including winning the St. Thomas Aquinas Tournament.
FHS tags Doves 41-20
The Fontainebleau Lady Bulldogs dropped their first three basketball games of the 2013-14 season, but have since won two straight.
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Fall fun at St. Anselm…
St. Anselm Catholic Church in Madisonville hosted its annual Family Fun Day on Oct. 20 on the church grounds. The event featured decorated trick-or-treat booths from each parish ministry, and games and activities for everyone. The St. Anselm Knights of Columbus Council No.15133 provided free popcorn, hot dogs, chili and soda, and their Pumpkin Patch was open for business. (photos by Susan Sheehan)
Hope House cooks up new event…
The Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House introduced a new fundraising event on Oct. 26, when the organization hosted Men Who Cook on the top level of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center parking garage. The event showcased the culinary talents of 18 local male celebrities who partnered with a sponsor restaurant. In addition to plenty of food and drink, the event also featured live music and dancing. Net proceeds will benefit Hope House, a safe environment for children to disclose their abuse in a space that honors their need for dignity, privacy and respect. (photos by Bill McHugh)
Abbey soireé bridges the gap…
The St. Joseph Abbey hosted its annual Deo Gratias benefit event on Oct. 26, beginning with vespers and followed by an outdoor gala that featured live music and culinary creations. A silent auction and raffle were also included. Proceeds from Deo Gratias go toward the seminary’s Annual Gap Fund, which makes up the difference between tuition fees and the actual cost of educating students. (photos by Bill McHugh)
NCS throws party with a purpose…
Northlake Christian School hosted its annual fundraising gala, Joie de Vie, o Nov. 2 in the school gymnasium. School supporters donned their finest blue jeans and enjoyed zydeco music and cajun dancing, plenty of food, and live and silent auctions. The event is the school’s primary fundraiser for capital campaign needs, including the expansion of the campus and buildings. (photos by Bill McHugh)
More headlines from this week’s print edition…
• New Ward 4 JP opens office
• Dec. 11 public forum will focus on LA 1088 corridor
• Covington Food Bank facing increased need for food, funds
• Slidell OMV office not going away
• Planning Commission continues studying Mandeville land use regs
• Eastern recreation district gets $15,000 grant from parish Tourist Commission
• North Shore Stories: Science fiction fans shine at Covington event
• Wolves fall to CLA
• Three Wolves sign baseball scholarships while one inks for lacrosse
• YMCA offers after-school enrichment program
• Playmakers announces Best Christmas cast
• Visit Santa, fill up on pancakes this Saturday
• All are invited to St. Paul’s for Luminaria Celebration
• See A Christmas Carol musical at CHS
• Abita VFW seeks new members
• Covington Art Market this Saturday
• Northlake Nature Center plans events for kids, adults