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As Livingston Parish ends its mosquito control program, four municipalities plan their own wars on the winged pests

Photo provided by USDA-Agricultural Research Service -- Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of illnesses to people and animals, including West Nile virus, and Eastern and Western encephalitis.

As Livingston Parish’s mosquito abatement program winds down, a handful of municipalities are gearing up to battle the bugs on their own, with donated equipment and a crash course in abatement from the parish program’s director. Jeanine Tessmer said she expects to deliver to parish officials a closet’s worth of documents, a file server, about $100,000… Continue reading →

Livingston Council votes to spend additional $1 million on road overlay, rejects splitting it with Juban Road extension project

After a lengthy and vigorous debate, the Livingston Parish Council voted unanimously Thursday to add another million dollars to the parish’s ongoing road overlay program. Which roads will get the extra funds has not been decided yet. Parish President Layton Ricks, who was not present for Thursday’s meeting, previously announced the… Continue reading →

Five cited for riding ATVs in the Comite River, one of Louisiana’s scenic rivers

Wildlife and Fisheries agents are cracking down on illegal ATV riding in the Comite River, after receiving several complaints over the summer. Five Denham Springs men were cited for riding ATVs and a Suzuki Samurai in the Comite River just south of Zachary on Saturday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news… Continue reading →

Road projects get $1 million boost

Livingston Parish’s road overlay program will get a million-dollar bonus to pay for additional improvements this fall. Parish President Layton Ricks said he will ask the Parish Council on Thursday to amend the contract with R.J. Daigle & Sons to add another $1 million to the $4.47 million worth of work the company already agreed… Continue reading →

Denham hotel seeks historical designation

Advocate file photo by John Boss --   The old Brown Hotel in Denham Springs in 2000.

Florence Crowder said she was inspired to research the building housing Crowder Antiques in the Old Hotel, her family’s antique shop, about a decade ago. She’d always heard stories about the old Brown Hotel being an important place for the community — from the year it was built until it closed in 1955 — she said, but… Continue reading →

LIGO inspiring the next generation of scientists

Advocate photo by Claire Salinas --  Amy Tull, 35, of Baton Rouge, helps her 3-year-old daughter, Anna Tull, navigate the Pendulum Shake exhibit during LIGOs Science Saturday.

Kaylin Callihan, 9, of Zachary, and Hartland Litolff, 12, of Livingston, used high-tech equipment to keep a balloon in the air at the Balloon Berouli Blower exhibit during LIGO’s recent Science Saturday program. They were two of the children from across the state who gathered Aug. 15 at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Aug. 27, 2015

In an effort to combat drunken driving, the Denham Springs Police Department is putting additional officers on the road through Sept. 7. The effort is part of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s Drive Sober Get Pulled Over DWI Wave. The Livingston Parish Library system is… Continue reading →

Sports Round Up: Looking ahead to Livingston’s top prep matchups

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- New Live Oak coach Brett Beard during a 2014 game while a coach at Woodlawn High School.

The old cliches are true about every game mattering and taking it one week at a time. But it’s hard to sneak a peek at the football schedules for this season and not get extra excited about a few dates in particular. Here are a handful of games involving Livingston Parish teams that, coachspeak be darned, warrant… Continue reading →

Learn skills to join DSHS color guard

Photo provided by ELisa Richard  The Denham Springs High School color guard practices on the field during summer band camp in July.

The Jacket Pride band program is offering “Denham Minis,” a new class designed to introduce and enhance the skills needed to become a member of the DSHS color guard. Students in first through eighth grades are invited to attend, a news release said. Those enrolled will learn about the basics of color… Continue reading →

Montessori teachers take part in ‘Simulation Society’

Photo provided by Linda Faller Joiner -- Sixth-grade teacher Lidewey Skal, in the white skirt, explains how her team's town was able to thrive with extra resources and money during the 'Simulation Society' at Hammond Westside Montessori on Aug. 6.

The faculty of Hammond Westside Montessori School prepared for the new school year with “Simulation Society,” a teacher-led professional development exercise, on Aug. 6. Faculty arranged themselves into three groups representing different economic levels in society. They were given different amounts of money and treated differently by the sheriff, the mayor and the city hall manager. Each… Continue reading →

Bordelon named Greater Hammond Chamber CEO

Melissa Bordelon

Hammond native Melissa Bordelon has been selected as president and CEO of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to welcome Melissa back to Hammond,” said Chamber Chairwoman Erin Cowser, of Southeastern Louisiana University. “And couldn’t be more excited about the professional experience and dynamic leadership abilities she brings with her that will benefit the… Continue reading →

Dutchtown Lacrosse Club seeking new players

Photo provided by Lorri King -- The Dutchtown Lacrosse Club is looking for members in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes. For information, call (225) 328-5688.

Registration is underway for the Dutchtown Lacrosse Club’s seventh season. The club is looking for eighth- through 11th-grade students living in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes. The club finished ninth in the state in 2015 and continues to build the program, a news release said. Coaches said they will teach young… Continue reading →

‘Mockingbird’ tops list of fiction titles

Tthe cover of "To Kill A Mockingbird."

The most popular book and DVD titles at the Livingston Parish Library in August were as follows: ADULT FICTION TITLES: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; “Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian” by E.L. James; “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom; “Solitude Creek” by Jeffery Deaver;… Continue reading →

Busy Bees get ready for new school year

Photo provided by Sandra Madere --  4-H members recently helped the TVFC Busy Bees with the program ‘The Family Book Bag.’ From left are 4-H members Lauren Mearidy, Lindsey Gulotta, Tristan Gulotta, Raven Newry, Jaycee Newby, Cassie Faunce and Madison Puls and TVFC Busy Bees members Literacy Chairwoman Terry Voight, Vice President Patricia Schmidt and President Sandra Madere.

The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community Busy Bees, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, recently met to work on the club’s literacy program, The Family Book Bag. Local 4-H members helped Terry Voight, Patricia Schmidt and Sandra Madere assemble teaching kits for kindergarten classes at Amite and Chesbrough elementary schools. Each… Continue reading →

Registration underway for fall music school

Registration is underway for the fall session of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School, which begins Monday. Registration for the fall session will remain open throughout the semester; however, all registrations received after Aug. 20 will have a $20 late fee added to tuition, a news release said. Students of all ages may participate in private… Continue reading →

Students to question gubernatorial hopefuls

Students will pose the questions to gubernatorial candidates in a forum to be broadcast statewide via Louisiana Public Broadcasting at 8 p.m. Wednesday . The “2015 Student Gubernatorial Forum: Their Future, Their Questions” will feature student panelists from Northshore Technical Community College and Southeastern Louisiana University, a news release said. Southeastern alumnus Paul Rivera, who was… Continue reading →

Running For Office: Livingston Parish Council District 8

Tab Lobell

Tab Lobell has announced he is running for the Livingston Parish Council District 8 seat because he said he wants to provide a fresh business-minded perspective to the council. “I believe it’s time to bring a business approach to the Parish Council while working to represent the unique interests of the families in District 8,” said Lobell.… Continue reading →

Running For Office: 21st District Judge, Division B

Charlotte Hughes-Foster

Longtime prosecutor Charlotte Hughes-Foster, a Republican, is running for judge in the 21st Judicial District Court. Hughes-Foster, 53, said she seeks to fill the Division B seat vacancy left by District Court Judge Bruce Bennett, who is leaving the office on Dec. 31. “Being a prosecutor has allowed me an opportunity to truly help people in… Continue reading →

Running For Office: Tangipahoa Parish Council District 5

Nicky Muscarello

Tangipahoa Parish Councilman Nicky Muscarello Sr. has announced he is seeking re-election for his Parish Council District 5 seat. “Without a doubt, I feel I have made a significant contribution to the families in District 5 and Tangipahoa Parish,” said Muscarello. “I have listened to the concerns of my constituents and I have fought the hard battles… Continue reading →

Running For Office: Tangipahoa Parish Assessor

Joaquin 'JR.' Matheu

Tangipahoa Parish Assessor Joaquin “JR.” Matheu, who has served as assessor for 10 years, is seeking re-election. “The work accomplished and the improvements to the Tangipahoa Parish Assessor’s Office since 2005 represent the most gratifying and fulfilling public and professional experience of my career,” Matheu said. He said he will continue to support homestead exemption,… Continue reading →

Running For Office: Livingston Parish Council District 5

Joan Landry

Livingston Parish District 5 Parish Councilwoman Joan Landry seeks re-election in the Oct. 24 election. “This past four-year term has been a remarkable experience,” said Landry. “I have represented the interests of my district and look forward to serving the families and businesses in District 5 for another four years.” She said a goal for the… Continue reading →

Running For Office: Livingston Parish Council District 2

Garry Talbert

Watson resident Garry “Frog” Talbert is campaigning for the District 2 seat on the Livingston Parish Council. “It’s time we have a councilman that is part of the solution and not part of the problem,” Talbert said. “I have the experience and commitment to be an effective representative for District 2 on the Livingston… Continue reading →

Sundresses and Shrimp Boots set for Sept. 13

Child Advocacy Services will celebrate its fifth annual Sundresses and Shrimp Boots from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at The Berry Barn at Liuzza Farms in Amite. The event, sponsored by Re-Bath, will feature live music by CUISINE, food and auctions. This year’s playhouse designs will be revealed at the event, where raffle tickets… Continue reading →

Teachers group hosts assistant superintendent

Photo provided by Laura Jones Dunlap -- Kappa President Michelle Mincey, left, poses with guest speaker Joe Murphy, assistant superintendent of Livingston Parish Public Schools, at the Beta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota meeting on Aug. 20 in Denham Springs.

The Beta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota, a professional teachers organization, held its first meeting of the new school year at Big Mike’s restaurant in Denham Springs on Aug. 20. The guest speaker was Joe Murphy, assistant superintendent of Livingston Parish Public Schools, who shared statistics for the district and reviewed the facilities updated… Continue reading →

Nick Erdey, former Livingston mayor, dies

Nick Erdey

Nick Erdey, former longtime mayor of Livingston, died Aug. 19 at 95. He was a disciplined, dedicated and hardworking man who led by example, said his son, state Sen. Dale Erdey. “Dad, he was a great influence on our lives. ... He was a great man. He showed us the way,” Dale Erdey said. Nick… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for Aug. 27- Sept. 3 , 2015

RÉSUMÉ CLASS: 10 a.m. to noon., Main Branch Library, 20390 Iowa St., Livingston. Create a new résumé or update an old one at this workshop. STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers focus on developing early literacy skills. Stop-Motion… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menus for Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2015

Livingston Parish and Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging meal site menus. For meal site locations, call (225) 664-9343 in Livingston Parish or (985) 748-7486 in Tangipahoa Parish. Hamburger on a bun, lettuce/tomato/onion, mustard/ketchup, baked beans, cardinal citrus mold. Smothered chicken leg quarter, Normandy blend vegetables, seasoned… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish struggles with how to deal with millions of pounds of shredded tires illegally stored at landfill

Couple’s fight leads to car chase through Livingston Parish and ends with boyfriend booked on numerous offenses, Walker Police reports

Photo provided by the Walker Police Department -- Roland Reine ORG XMIT: j=LivvyCarChase.082515

A Hammond man who led law enforcement on a 16-mile, high-speed car chase through Livingston Parish early Sunday ended up ditching the car just a short distance from his girlfriend’s home near Holden and fleeing on foot before being captured. Roland J. Reine, 41, got the attention of a Walker police officer about 2 a.m., when… Continue reading →

Father shoots son three times Thursday, held in Livingston Parish jail without bail as victim remains in hospital

Anthony Vicknair Sr.

A Tickfaw man has been arrested on a count of attempted second-degree murder after shooting his son three times, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. About 7 p.m. Thursday, deputies were called to the Deer Lake Trail subdivision on La. 442 north of Albany, where they found Anthony Vicknair Sr., 56. They believe Vicknair fired… Continue reading →

Livingston town officials hope to merge two fire districts, seek funding through taxes or fees

Merging two fire districts and asking voters to approve a fee or tax for their services may be the only way to avoid lower fire ratings and higher insurance premiums, town officials said Thursday night. For decades, the town of Livingston’s fire department, which is known as the parish’s Fire District… Continue reading →

Good Samaritans save injured man from burning car on I-55 near Amite after 'instantly, flames started coming out of the hood’

Photos provided by the Amite Fire Department   --   Four good Samaritans pulled a driver from his blazing vehicle minutes after seeing him crash into the treeline along I-55 near Amite on Tuesday evening. Amite fire chief says the victim, whose current condition is unknown, certainly would not have survived without the by-standers pulling him from the flames, which breached the firewall of the steering column only moments after they pried him from the vehicle. .

Passers-by who pulled a driver from his burning vehicle mere minutes after seeing him crash into a treeline along Interstate 55 near Amite saved him from certain death, the city’s fire chief said Wednesday. Amite Fire Chief Bruce Cutrer said the victim, whose condition is unknown, certainly would have burned to death had the bystanders not… Continue reading →

Livingston School Board members battle to keep local funds rather than help support the food services department

When introduced last month, the financial plans for Livingston Parish schools drew little discussion from elected leaders, except on one issue — whether local districts should pitch in to help pay for the school food services program. Thursday, the board is expected to approve this year’s budgets with… Continue reading →

Denham Springs offers its police station as a safe place to carry out Craigslist transactions

Photo provided by GoogleMaps -- Denham Springs City Police Department

The Denham Springs mayor Wednesday invited the public to complete their Craigslist or other person-to-person sales at the city police building, an attempt to keep the transactions safe. Buyers and sellers who meet online have been victims of robbery, assault and murder during transactions, Gerard Landry said. Those crimes haven’t been reported in Denham Springs, the… Continue reading →

St. Helena Parish casino robbed early Wednesday morning, authorities trying to identify the two armed men

Two robbers are still at large after barging into a St. Helena Parish casino with guns drawn, tying up several people, and making off with cash, the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday afternoon. Authorities were called to the Whispering Pines Casino at 325 La. 10 about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, said Chief of Detectives Joe Chaney. Deputies… Continue reading →

Walker officials eye merit raise system

A new pay scale recently adopted by the City Council, and the job descriptions being written to match it, will form the basis for a merit raise system city officials hope to roll out later this year. Mayor Rick Ramsey said the merit raise system will replace across-the-board raises the city historically has… Continue reading →