October 30, 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…



Voters across parish head to polls Tuesday

St. Tammany Parish Registrar of Voters M. Dwayne Wall is predicting a 55 percent local voter turnout for the Tuesday, Nov. 4, open primary and congressional elections….

Races for DA, judgeship, JP and constable pack ballot

Change is certain when it comes to the identity of the next district attorney (DA)for the 22nd Judicial District (22nd JDC), which includes St. Tammany and Washington parishes, whether it’s decided next Tuesday, Nov. 4, when voters go to the polls or in a December run-off….

2 vying to represent redrawn School Board District 9

Voters in the Madisonville area will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4, to elect a representative for the newly-configured District 9 seat on the 15-member St. Tammany Parish School Board….

Municipal seats up for grabs in Abita, Folsom, Pearl River, Slidell

Voters in Abita Springs, Folsom and Pearl River will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4, to cast ballots in their community’s municipal elections, while voters in Slidell will determine the one race for  city court judge….

Mandeville voters face charter amendments, tax rededication

When Mandeville voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, they, like all other voters in the state, will be faced with a mixture of races at the federal, state and district levels. In addition, they will also decide whether to change the city’s Home Rule Charter and if they want to rededicate a one-cent sales tax that dates to 1999….

Judge: Parish’s anti-fracking suit against DNR can proceed

A Baton Rouge judge has ruled that St. Tammany Parish government can continue with a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that seeks to stop Helis Oil & Gas Company LLC, of New Orleans, from drilling an oil and gas well using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on a 960-acre tract of land north of Interstate 12 and east of Louisiana 1088 near Lakeshore High School (LHS)….

School system earns overall ‘A,’ despite modified test

In the first year of Common Core-aligned standardized testing the St. Tammany Parish public school system has maintained its “A” letter grade. According to 2013-2014 performance scores released on Oct. 21 by the Louisiana Department of Education, the district’s score even showed a slight increase, inching up from an overall average of 104.6 in 2013 to 104.9 this year….

Trace stages ‘rolling’ 20th birthday party

What was once a corridor used to transport people from Chicago to New Orleans via rail car is now being celebrated on the 20th anniversary of its incarnation as the Tammany Trace, a passageway also used for people movement, albeit those choosing to bike or hike its 31 miles of scenic asphalt trail….

Sports News…


St. Paul’s defense, balanced attack leads to rout of Covington

Defense was the name of the game as the St. Paul’s Wolves took care of Covington 27-10 last Friday at Hunter Stadium….

Black, Northlake Christian topple Archbishop Hannan, 33-15

Last Friday turned out to be a night that Miguel Black of Northlake Christian will find hard to forget….

QB Bulovas, Mandeville shut out Slidell, 20-0

Mandeville continued its magical run toward a playoff berth, holding Slidell to just 85 total yards in a 20-0 road win last Friday….

MHS sweeps titles at regional swim meet

The Mandeville boys and girls swim teams both were victorious at the Northlake Regional High School Championships held last week at Cross Gates Club in Slidell….

NCS wins hard-fought match over STA

Northlake Christian battled hard last Thursday and came away with a 3-2 volleyball victory over St. Thomas Aquinas at home….

People in the News…



Mandeville celebrates food & wine at OctoberFeast…

The city of Mandeville hosted its third annual OctoberFeast Oct. 1-4 with several events, including restaurant wine dinners, a tasting at the historic Lang House, a free concert and a Trailhead Grand Tasting at the Mandeville Tammany Trace Trailhead, where dozens enjoyed more than 100 wines paired with dishes from local restaurants. Proceeds from the four-day event benefit STARC and the Old Mandeville Historic Association.

Walk brings awareness to Chiari Malformation…

A local Conquer Chiari Walk Across America event was held on Sept. 20 at the Covington Tammany Trace Trailhead, where more than 100 people gathered to raise funds for and awareness of Chiari Malformation, a neurological disorder affecting 300,000 people in the U.S. All proceeds go to fund Chiari research, education and awareness programs. For more information, contact Lisa Haley at larhaley@att.net or 264-9197.

NNC friends gather for Wings and Wine…

The Northlake Nature Center (NNC) hosted its Wings and Wine fundraising event on Oct. 3, when bird lovers and NNC supporters gathered at the Wild Bird Center in Covington. Those in attendance enjoyed a slide show of local birds, wine tastings and contests with prizes. For more information on the NNC, visit northlakenature.org.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Abita Springs aldermen get first look at 2015 spending projections
• Panel rules that judgeship candidate violated Code of Judicial Conduct
• Finally, U.S. 190 widening project in Mandeville is nearing completion
• Changes announced for 7 voting precincts
• Nov. 5 is deadline to register to vote in Dec. 6 election
• Top teachers, principals honored by School Board
• Ponchatoula overwhelms Fontainebleau, 41-21
• Lakeshore falls in a big way to Franklinton, 56-14
• SSA takes three of four in volleyball
• Fill a bowl at Samaritan Center benefit
• New theatre group announces cast for first show
• Learn about Creole food history at libraries
• Last call for STAA member art submissions
• Native American Cultural Day happens Nov. 8 in Bogalusa
• Halloween falls on final block party tomorrow night
• St. Peter choir sings for all soul
• Join others to clean up Lacombe on Nov. 8
• Buy art at Magnolia Park exhibit
• Master Gardeners present Color It Cool seminar Nov. 5
• Presentation on WWII POWs set for Nov. 5 in Folsom


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