June 30, 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…

Covington taxpayers get double dose of good news

Covington taxpayers were the beneficiaries of two pieces of good news delivered at the June 21 meeting of the Covington City Council….

Celebrate Independence Day at area events

Sparks will fly and music will fill the air as families and friends gather at area events to celebrate the 4th of July. With five happenings on the horizon, there is no shortage of fun to be had….

Parish Council will ask Supreme Court to reconsider Helis appeal

Contrary to the position taken by Parish President Pat Brister, the St. Tammany Parish Council, at a special meeting on June 22, voted to continue its legal fight against Helis Oil & Gas Company’s plans to drill an oil well northeast of Mandeville off of Louisiana 1088 near Lakeshore High School. Helis was scheduled to begin drilling the well on Wednesday (June 29)….

Safe Haven would be one-stop shop for behavioral health needs

St. Tammany Parish officials on June 21 unveiled preliminary details of their plan to develop a mental and behavioral health network that will be anchored on a portion of the campus of the former Southeast Louisiana Hospital (SELA) east of Mandeville….

Mandeville lowers millage rates

The Mandeville City Council voted unanimously at its June 23 meeting to adopt an ordinance that will lower property tax millage rates for 2016….

Sports News…

All-State softball announced in 2A, 4A

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association released its 2A and 4A All-State softball teams, with three local players earning recognition….

SPS, FHS grab 5A All-State spots

Rounding out the All-State baseball and softball squads announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, three local players earned spots on the Class 5A teams….

3 locals named to All-State baseball

A trio of local baseball standouts recently were recognized by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association when they were named to All-State squads….

Schooners continue dominance of the pool in Cluster meet at home

Fresh off a winning performance at the Divisional Championships, the Franco’s Schooners were again dominating in the pool in a cluster swim meet held on June 22 in their home pool, winning a majority of the events….

People in the News…

Good eats for a good cause…

Crawfish Cookin’ for a Cause (CCFAC) was held on the Mandeville Lakefront on May 14, when teams competed for bragging rights to the best crawfish, and attendees enjoyed the fruits of their labor, as well as live music. The organization was created by members of the Mandeville High class of 1991 to benefit a fellow classmate, Beth Crutcher Giacone, who was diagnosed with ALS. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit Project Red Light for Hope and Grant’s Gift Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Polo supports Land Trust for Louisiana mission…

The Land Trust for Louisiana (LTL) hosted its annual Justin Addison Memorial Conservation Cup on May 15, when visitors to Summergrove Farms in Folsom enjoyed an afternoon of polo; live, silent and calcutta auctions; music; food and libations; children’s activities and more. Event proceeds benefit the LTL’s mission to preserve valuable natural lands in rural areas and urban communities.

Folsom church expanding…

The First Baptist Church of Folsom congregation broke ground on a sanctuary expansion project on May 15, when parishioners gathered to see the first dirt turned by members of the church’s building committee. There was also “Dinner on the Grounds” and an extra church service featuring special music and stories from parishioners. The new building is expected to be complete in 6-8 months.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Outgoing Mandeville council members say goodbye
• Covington Councilman Wright wants ‘drainage summit’ with agencies
• Cleco warns customers of bill pay scam
• Wellness plan allows insurance benefits, premiums to stay same in Slidell
• School system disciplinary action results in federal court case
• Planning panel eschews protests, oks medical park near Lakeview
• Minister who testified against Reed gets 5 years probation, $100 fine
• Smith announces 15 terninations, including Trainor, Juge, Hansons
• Mandeville gator spottings rise, city has warning signs erected
• Former Slidell detective resigns amid probe
• Northlake Christian posts 1-1 week
• Peake BMW beats Thomas Pump
• NCS DT Caleb Sampson commits to Green Wave
• The Summer Show opens July 9 at STAA Art House
• Playmakers announces cast for Chicago, opening July 8
• Registration open for FD1 All Hazards 1001 academy
• Learn to navigate hobbies, crafts database at library
• Covington library to share summertime safety tips
• United Way presents annual Red Beans & Rice Cook-off
• Slidell Movie Nights happen at Heritage Park in July
• CMST raffling two LSU football season tickets
• Sponsors sought for Aug. 27 Ultimate Tailgate Party
• Enjoy numerous July activities at NNC
• Celebrate Bastille Day at library performances


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