July 17, 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…

Reed announces he will not seek another term as district attorney

District Attorney Walter Reed, who is under federal investigation, held a mandatory staff meeting Tuesday afternoon to announce to his employees that he will not seek a sixth term in the fall election. Following that announcement, Reed’s media spokesman distributed a two-page “statement to the people of St. Tammany and Washington parishes.” …

New members, leadership likely ahead for COAST board

The 15-member board that oversees Council on Aging St. Tammany (COAST) will likely emerge with new leadership when COAST members hold their annual elections on Thursday, July 24….

Alliances emerge as Slidell City Council elects new officers

It appears that some new allegiances and alliances are being formed on the Slidell City Council, based on the results of elections held at the newly constituted council’s first meeting on July 8….

Public records request dominates Mandeville Council discussion

A February request for copies of text messages and emails involving members of the Mandeville City Council and its Financial Oversight Committee and concerning the city’s budget analysis held an innocuous enough position on Mandeville City Council’s July 10 agenda, but it dominated the evening’s discussion….

Parish Council endorses Lee Road dirt pit

The St. Tammany Parish Council dismissed fears raised by a few citizens that a plan to rezone 120 acres for a dirt pit in the north end of the parish could lead to oil or gas drilling and upheld a recommendation by the Parish Zoning Commission to rezone the tract from A-1 suburban district to I-1 industrial during its July 10 meeting….

Sports News…

Franco’s splashes past PAC to win Scenic Rivers swim championship

Franco’s Schooners rode the wave of 14 high-point winners to capture the Scenic Rivers Swim Association championship meet, held last Wednesday at the Pelican Athletic Club….

Locals win at district long course event, qualify for state meet

Twenty parish swimmers qualified for the state Long Course Swim Meet in 32 events at the District Meet, held last weekend in Baton Rouge….

People in the News…

Hearts will be healed by tennis gala benefit…

Hartley’s Hearts Foundation hosted its third annual Woods and Whites Tennis Event Gala following the two-day tennis tournament at Stone Creek Club and Spa. The event also featured a silent auction, food and live music. Hartley’s Hearts was founded by a local family to organize and fund medical mission trips to countries that are without pediatric heart surgeons and medical teams in place to perform necessary surgeries.

Leadership St. Tammany graduates 2014 class…

Leadership St. Tammany (LST) celebrated the class of 2014 graduation on June 6 at Tchefuncta Country Club, when 28 area community leaders were recognized for completing the nine-month program. LST provides and enhances leadership skills and fosters increased knowledge of St. Tammany Parish through presentations by community leaders, enhanced by group discussions and on-site exposure. This year’s graduates include Melissa Bordelon, Louis Boullion, Nick Castjohn, Susanne Ogden Core, Laura Cressy, Matthew D. Crumhorn, Dominique Elzy, Janel Chaix Evans, Maria Cristina Fontenot, Todd Gregory, Zondra W. Jones, Gregg Kellebrew, James J. Lee, Jr., Shellie Lister, Peter T. McClenahan, Brian Oatsvall, Amanda Paxton, Julie Diefenthal Philippus, Pat Phillips, M. Todd Richard, Leslie Robinson, E. Mason Rudolph, Jr., Kevin D. Samrow, Donald A. Shea, Pemmie Sheasby, Malcolm Sonnier, Frederick Taylor and Georgia Kobos Thomas.

CHF lures new members with bugs, beer…

The Covington Heritage Foundation (CHF) hosted the Boilin’ at the Brewery membership drive on June 8 at the Covington Brewhouse, featuring tasty crustaceans and locally brewed beverages.  The CHF evolved from the committee that helped organize Covington’s bicentennial observance, which included a year-long series of lectures, home and garden tours and concerts before concluding with a day-long celebration at Bogue Falaya Park on July 4, 2013, the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding by John Wharton Collins. Urged to continue the focus on Covington’s rich history by participants in the numerous bicentennial events, several members of the committee decided to form the CHF. A kickoff event was held last December and their website, covingtonheritagefoundation.com, was recently launched.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Contract ok’d for Mandeville surveillance cameras
• Folsom awards garbage contract
• Black enters district attorney’s race
• Reed hires private spokesperson, responds to media allegations
• Councilman asks public to rate his performance
•Vitter to speak at Covington business workshop Aug. 15
•North Shore Stories: Local author beat odds, now inspires others
• Playmakers’ King and I is a delight
• Enjoy White Summer Night party at yacht club July 26
• MBPCC gala to feature music, tastings, toddies, and auction
• Free movie night at Mandeville Trailhead this Saturday
• Tchefuncte Tribute Gala benefit coming in August
• Women Build registration open
• FUMC readies for VBS


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