November 26, 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…

Smith will be new sheriff, Henry takes clerk of court race

There’s a new sheriff in town, after Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith ousted longtime incumbent Sheriff Jack Strain in Saturday’s runoff election….

John Bel Edwards defeats Vitter in governor’s race

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, of Amite, will be Louisiana’s next governor after he defeated U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, in Saturday’s gubernatorial runoff, according to unofficial results with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office….

Property purchased for new consolidated 911 building

The agency that oversees St. Tammany Parish’s 911 system has been given the go-ahead to proceed with plans to build a new $6 million headquarters building where it will be able to consolidate all operations, personnel and equipment under one roof, according to Rodney Hart, director of  St. Tammany Communications District 1 (CD1)….

Voters reject most tax and parish Home Rule Charter propositions

A majority of voters across the parish voted “no” overwhelmingly to a laundry list of propositions included on the Nov. 21 ballot….

Covington Council approves $24.3 million budget for 2016

Members of the Covington City Council had words of praise for Mayor Mike Cooper and his department heads as they approved unanimously the city’s $24.3 million budget for 2016….

Sports News…

Five in a row for SSA swimming

Leaving no doubt they are the premier Division II swimming program in the state, St. Scholastica Academy captured its fifth consecutive team state championship on Nov. 21 in Sulphur….

Lady Skippers are state runners-up

The Mandeville Lady Skipper swim team exacted a little revenge for their volleyball classmates at the Division I state swim championships on Nov. 22….

Mandeville back in state quarterfinals after thrilling 42-41 road win

The Mandeville Skippers are geared up to make another deep run in the Class 5A football state playoffs….

Miracle comeback falls short as St. Paul’s loses to John Curtis, 37-30

Long after the game was over and the fans had left Hunter Stadium, Wolves’ senior quarterback Kenny Sears was still on the field talking with friends and family….

People in the News…

OLL festival entertains thousands…

Old Mandeville was the place to be Oct. 16-18, when Our Lady of the Lake Parish hosted its annual Festival of the Lake. With a Celebrating Family theme, the three-day extravaganza included games, activities, a full slate of live bands and other stage entertainment, fair-style food and more.

Abita Springs celebrates artesian waters…

The town of Abita Springs hosted its annual Abita Springs Water Festival on Oct. 18, when visitors converged on the Abita Springs Tourist Park to celebrate the town’s culture, heritage and artesian waters. The event included music, children’s activities, vendors and more, with proceeds benefitting local civic organizations.

More headlines from this week’s print edition…

• Work to close Madisonville LA 22 swing bridge
• Covington council to meet once in December
• Parish reaches agreement to sell former SELA hospital campus
• Home at Rutland and New Hampshire in Covington to be razed or moved
• OSHA cites company in trench death of construction worker
• Abita Springs gets ‘new’ fire station
• Mandeville Council increases traffic contract for Port Marigny analysis
• Panel grants rezoning of Collins tract
• Our Back Yard: Family keeps cane syrup tradition going
• NCS girls, boys finish third at state
• Solid showing for Hannan swimming
• Aquawolves make school history
• Lady Skippers are CC champions
• Coston state runner-up in Class 5A
• Haley Dean state runner-up in 4A
• FHS wrestling takes three crowns
• Basketball season in full swing
• Soccer season gets underway
• Top 15 finish for LHS boys at meet
• Join Black & Gold Day, support CMST
• Take a dog, cat home for the holidays at Dec. 5 event
• Northlake Nature Center lists December events
• Plan early to join Kiwanis for Breakfast with Santa
• Attend Deck the Rails in Covington on Dec. 5
• St. Joseph Abbey plans Christmas concerts
• Celebrate the holidays with 5K, one-mile runs
• Christmas on the Northshore free tickets now available
• See Harry Connick’s The Happy Elf, on stage at Covington High Dec. 3-4
• Seniors to enjoy Christmas dinner Dec. 14 at Castine


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