July 24, 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…

Corps, DEQ raise questions about Helis’ oil extraction proposal, Chamber survey gauges support for project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) have raised questions about Helis Oil & Gas Company’s proposal to drill an exploratory oil well northeast of Mandeville, but company officials say the questions are routine and shouldn’t delay the process. Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce about the Helis proposal reveals that a significant percentage of the local business community supports oil drilling operations provided adequate safety precautions are in place.

OLL considers new plan to rebuild

In an effort to maintain harmony in the community, while also addressing its need for expanded worship space, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (OLL) parish in Old Mandeville is working with the city and the community at large on a plan to rebuild its existing church.

Split council okays rezoning for parcel in West 30s neighborhood

The Covington City Council, by a narrow 4 – 3 vote, approved rezoning of a parcel of property in the West 30s neighborhood from CO commercial office/professional to ML light industrial/manufacturing. The vote came during the council’s July 15 meeting after a lengthy discussion and some emotional pleas from residents of the West 30s neighborhood.

Coroner, parish negotiating funding agreement for office

After less than two months in office St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said he’s already made significant strides in improving operations and openness at the agency, including entering into negotiations with parish officials to reach an agreement on funding for the office.

Sports News…

Sports Editor Paul Salvant is on vacation. Regular sports coverage will resume Thursday, July 31.

People in the News…


Young anglers enjoy fishing fun…

The 21st Annual Youth Fishing Event at Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge was held June 7 at the Pearl River Turnaround, where dozens of pint-size anglers enjoyed a day of fishing, lunch and prizes. The event was hosted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges and was held in observance of National Fishing Week, celebrated throughout the country. (photos by Delaney Sheehan)

Sweet event helps children with disabilities…

Adapting and Changing Children’s Environments with Successful Solutions (ACCESS) hosted its fourth annual Sweet Soirée on June 14 by the pool at Stone Creek Club & Spa. Attendees enjoyed wine, desserts, live music, a silent auction and raffle while benefitting children with disabilities and their families. (photos by Kelsey Shreve)

Celebrating the red, white and blue…

Mandeville’s First Baptist Church got a jump start on Independence Day festivities when it hosted the annual Mandeville Celebrates America festival on June 29 on the church grounds. The event featured live music, inflatables, food and many more activities for the hundreds that were in attendance. (photos by Delaney Sheehan)

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