May 21, 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…

School Board looking at plan to zero out health insurance deficit

An additional round of changes to the St. Tammany Parish school system employee health insurance plan was outlined May 12 at the School Board Business Affairs and Administration Committee meeting….

Mandeville Council decides to ‘wait and see’ on city hall plan

Everyone seems to agree that Mandeville City Hall is overcrowded and in need of technological upgrades, but a proposal to start the ball rolling on a $2.5 million renovation of the 40-year-old building was put on the back burner last week pending more information on funding and the impact the project might have on a possible tax break for Mandeville property owners….

Memorial Day observances set

Special events are being planned next week for Covington, Abita Springs, Slidell and Lacombe to commemorate Memorial Day, a federal holiday to remember men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces….

Public input sought on use of Covington’s old fire station

A public discussion will be held in Covington on Wednesday, May 27, to discuss possible uses for the old fire station building, which sits vacant and in disrepair on North Theard Street. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 222 E. Kirkland St….

Public bodies are setting 2015 millage rates

Taxing bodies in St. Tammany Parish are in the process of scheduling and holding public meetings to set their property millage rates for the 2015 tax year….

Sports News…


Wolves wrap up spring practice with ‘great effort’ in Pie Bowl

The St. Paul’s football team is coming off a tough ending to the 2014 season, having lost in the first round of the Division I select playoffs by one point to Evangel Christian….

NCS hopes to build on success

The Northlake Christian football team finished 2014 with an 8-2 regular season record, then went on to win a first-round playoff game in the Division III playoffs before falling in the second round to eventual state runner-up Catholic of New Iberia….

Lions play well in spring game against powerhouse Destrehan

Spring football games usually can show how much a team needs to work more than how good it actually is….

People in the News…

Beau Chene Garden Club lunches, tours homes…

Beau Chene Garden Club members and guests enjoyed the club’s spring luncheon and a home tour on April 17. The group toured several homes and gardens in The Sanctuary subdivision, then enjoyed lunch at Beau Chene Country Club. The group also presented a philanthropic donation check to Liz Taurman on behalf of Hope House/Children’s Advocacy Center. In addition, the group recognized its incoming officers for the 2015-16 season, including Fay Rice, president; Marcia Pate, vice president; Elise Mince, treasurer; Elizabeth Hurley, recording secretary; Kathie Neuner, corresponding secretary and Susan Powell, publicity.

Championing special athletes…

Special Olympics athletes and the programs that are in place for them took center stage at the Champions Together Breakfast for Special Olympics Louisiana, which took place on April 16 at Benedict’s Plantation. Presented by the athletes, the event featured breakfast and inspiring stories from the athletes and their parents. Covington Mayor Mike Cooper and his wife, Catherine, served as honorary chairpersons for the event. For more information on Special Olympics Louisiana, visit

Northshore Harbor Center celebrates 10 years…

Diamonds are Forever was the theme of the Northshore Harbor Center’s gala event to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Hundreds gathered for the elegant evening, which was presented April 25 by the Friends of the Harbor Center at the event center, which is located in Slidell. Attendees enjoyed dinner, guest speakers, live entertainment and more.

Heritage Antique Fest deemed success…

The Covington Heritage Foundation’s inaugural Antique Festival, which was held April 18 and 19 at the Covington Tammany Trace Trailhead was deemed successful by organizers. Hundreds of people visited the 50+ booths that featured antiques, artwork, collectibles and architectural salvage.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Battery charge against former CPD officer dropped by DA
• Judge orders Dr. Breen’s widow to return patient info to clinic
• Criteria relaxed for Covington Tree Board members
• Board will recommend improvements for Covington-owned cemeteries
• Slidell man convicted of manslaughter
• Resurfacing of West Causeway announced
• Lightning strike causes I-49 accident and leads to death of Covington couple
• Summer baseball leagues set schedule
• Pelican Park to hold summer registration
• Humana Inc. is accepting charitable grant proposals
• Register kids Saturday for CEEP summer program
• Libraries ready for Summer Reading Program
• STAA announces summer programs for kids
• Attend Tchefuncte Tribute May 30
• Play tennis tournament, support cancer research
• Young musicians invited to audition
• Purchase tickets now for June 5 War Heroes banquet
• Dew Drop closing out spring season May 23
• Enjoy Slidell Jazz and Blues Fest
• CHF invites new members to May 31 crawfish boil
• Get kids in the kitchen at Parenting Center series
• Explore calligraphy, pottery at art workshops
• New exhibit at Atrium at Christwood

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