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Trial date set on Walker man accused of ripping fetus from wife’s body

Jeffery Reynolds

Accused of carving a fetus out of his pregnant wife’s body, Jeffery Reynolds will appear before a jury in Livingston Parish on Sept. 21. The 33-year-old appeared in state district court for a pre-trial conference Thursday morning when the trial date was set. No other aspects of the case were discussed. Reynolds faces one count… Continue reading →

Man wanted on rape charge caught after kidnapping woman and child in Watson

Charles A. Smith

A man wanted on a rape charge in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested in the aggravated kidnapping of a woman and her 2-year-old son from a Watson-area Dollar General store. The St. Helena Sheriff’s Office contacted Livingston Parish deputies about a chase Saturday involving a speeding stolen vehicle that stopped near Calmes Road, a few miles north… Continue reading →

Public hearing set on permits for proposed gravel pit in Watson

A public hearing on the water quality certification for Southern Aggregates’ proposed gravel pit in Watson is scheduled March 19. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct the joint hearing at 6 p.m. in the Live Oak High School cafeteria, 36079 La. 16, Denham Springs. Southern… Continue reading →

Restaurant settles case over copyright claims

A Denham Springs Mexican restaurant accused of copyright infringement has agreed to a settlement deal, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Last month, Papi’s Fajita Factory on South Range Avenue was sued by a number of copyright holders and Broadcast Music Inc., which licenses public performance rights. In a civil complaint, the plaintiffs alleged… Continue reading →

Firefighters find man dead in burned Holden home

Photo provided by the state Fire Marshal -- Scene of fatal house fire where a body was discovered Tuesday morning.

Firefighters found a man dead in a Holden home where a blaze erupted Tuesday morning. Around 10 a.m., crews responded to 29784 George White Road after a neighbor reported seeing flames at the wood-framed, brick-veneered home, according to a news release issued by the state Fire Marshal’s Office. Firefighters discovered a body in a recliner in… Continue reading →

Parents of struggling students can find help at Walker center

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN -- Jennifer Rabalais, with the Family Resource Center, helps Wendy Coates find worksheets Jan. 22 to help her son, Jacob, 8, perform better on tests. The Family Resource Center, located in the Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, is a loaning library open to parents with children enrolled in Livingston Parish Public Schools. The center's goal is to provide resources to parents that will assist families with their child's education.

With three children, ages 2, 6 and 8, Dewona Evans always is looking for ways to enhance their education with fun, interactive activities. Evans, originally from Mississippi, found games, tools and help from certified teachers at the Family Resource Center in the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. Evans visited… Continue reading →

Parade organizers gear up for Carnival

Organizers are gearing up for the 2015 Mardi Gras season with a host of parades — on land and on the river — Feb. 7 in Livingston Parish. Many of the krewes are now taking applications for participants. “We’re preregistering now, but we will also take entries until that day (Feb. 7),” said Margaret Humphreys… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Jan. 29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by Karin Devendorf -- Christine Morgan Arceneaux.

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is hosting a $10,000 raffle to fund its new office at 248 Veterans Blvd., in Denham Springs. The chamber’s new home will make it easier for them to carry out day-to-day operations and host committee meetings, chamber officials said. Each ticket will include admission for two to the VIP Drawing… Continue reading →

Duke joins trauma team on North Oaks campus

Photo provided --  Dr. Marquinn D. Duke

Surgeon Marquinn D. Duke has joined North Oaks Shock Trauma Program and North Oaks Medical Center. The hospital has expanded its services to include around-the-clock coverage for trauma surgery, a news release from North Oaks said. Duke has joined Trauma Director Dr. Juan Duchesne in treating trauma cases involving falls, motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries and other… Continue reading →

Cardiologist to lead talk on artery disease

Dr. Jorge Castellanos

Those who smoke and have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or leg pain or discomfort when they walk, could be at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease. If left untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene, heart attack and stroke, a news release from North Oaks said. Cardiologist Jorge Castellanos, of North Oaks Physician Group, will lead a… Continue reading →

Teams sought for annual flag football tourney

Teams are forming and sponsorships are needed for the fourth annual Voices for Children Bowl, a benefit to aid Child Advocacy Services. The flag football tournament will be March 7 at Chippapeela Sports Park, 19321 Hipark Blvd., Hammond. Check in and T-shirt pickup will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. CAS provides advocacy, forensic interviews,… Continue reading →

High school student starts clothing drive

Photo provided by DANA MCLIN -- Senior Demi Wells collects jeans for Amite High School's 'Teens for Jeans' donation box for the Teens for Jeans drive, which runs through Feb. 6.

Amite High School senior Demi Wells created the “Teens for Jeans” campaign, an organized drive to collect jeans for disadvantaged teens. Wells found the idea from, a website that provides ways to help others in need, a news release from Amite High School said. The campaign is sponsored by the clothing store Aeropostle, the release said.… Continue reading →

Krewe of Erin queen, court applications open

The Krewe of Erin will name a queen based on the Celtic values of scholarship, research and fine writing in an open essay judging contest for young women. The contest is open to women from high school sophomores to age 22, who have never been married and don’t have children. The Maids of Erin in the senior… Continue reading →

Livingston school bus loses wheel on highway

A Livingston Parish school bus with a dozen children aboard lost a wheel on La. 43 on the morning of Jan. 20. None of the children — students from Albany upper and lower elementary schools — were injured, Superintendent John Watson said. Bus 110 was driving south on the highway near La. 1064 about 7:45 a.m.… Continue reading →

Volunteer partnership donates to food project

Photo provided by SANDRA CAVALIER -- Foster Grandparent volunteers, first row from left, Marie Wren, Debra Wascom, Faye Courtney, Liz Stafford, Dora Town, Evelyn Palazzo, Billie Coburn, Sylvia Bourgeois and Program Director Sandra Cavalier; and second row, Leatrice Clark, Elizabeth Barrett, Sue Menier, Jeannie Terrell, Ounida Allemont, Verna Aydell, Doris Fletcher and Mary Kennard collect food for the Mighty Moms' Full Tummy Project on Jan. 16 in Livingston Parish.

Members of the Quad Area Community Action Agency’s Foster Grandparent Program partnered with the Mighty Moms on Jan. 16 to benefit the Full Tummy Project. The partnership was done as the grandparent’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Project, a news release from the Quad Area Community Action Foster Grandparent Program said. Foster Grandparents from Livingston… Continue reading →

Master Gardener class slated to start March 4

Photo provided by HELEN TURNER -- Livingston Parish County Agent Kenny Sharpe, left, and Master Gardeners Pat Zeller and Sandy LeBlanc build a raised bed which will be part of a demonstration garden at the Watson Library on Dec. 2. The garden is a joint project of the Master Gardeners and the Livingston Parish library.

A Master Gardener class is being offered to Livingston Parish residents by the LSU AgCenter under the guidance of the parish’s county agent Kenny Sharpe from 9 a.m. to noon March 4 through May 20 at the LSUAg County Agent’s office, 29849 S. Magnolia St., in Livingston. New and experienced gardeners can receive horticultural instruction from various… Continue reading →

Free lunch seminar on trade zones offered

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University will host a free lunch seminar on foreign trade zones from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive, Hammond. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for “Realizing the Benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone for Your Organization,” which is being… Continue reading →

Father, daughter date night slated Feb. 10

Fathers and their daughters are invited to attend Daddy Daughter Date Night on Feb. 10 at Rock’s CafĂ©, 309 N.W. Central Ave., in Amite. Seatings will be at 5 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., a news release from the school said. The cost is $25 per couple, and reservations can be made at Roseland Montessori School,… Continue reading →

Students explore meaning of ink blots

Photo provided by CAROLYN BANKSTON -- Eighth-grade students at North Corbin Junior High, from left, Cortney Bennett, Ransom Clifton, Joseph Fuchs, Madison Slaton and Logan Yarbrough create ink blots during a lesson earlier this month.

Gifted students in Carolyn Bankston’s class at North Corbin Junior High have been creating art with ink blots and determining what they mean. The students read the story “Flowers for Algernon,” which talks about altering human intelligence through subliminal messaging, a news release from the school said. One of the activities in the story depicts… Continue reading →

University chemistry professor partners with Montessori school

Photo provided by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern Louisiana University Professor of Chemistry Thomas Summerfeld observes an experiment being conducted by Christopher Massa, center, and Patrick Pierce, students at Oaks Montessori School in Hammond. Summerfeld is serving as an American Chemical Society Science Coach at the elementary school this year.

A Southeastern Louisiana University chemistry professor is lending his knowledge and expertise to reinforce science instruction at a local Montessori elementary school. Professor Thomas Sommerfeld recently volunteered to serve as a science coach for the year to Oaks Montessori School in Hammond, offering his services after obtaining a small grant from the American Chemical Society. The grant… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa community photo gallery for Jan. 29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Pine Grove's Orrin Cobb, 10, rests against his Jersey dairy cow 'Bessie,' before showing her Friday during the Livingston Parish 4-H/FFA Livestock Show at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds.

The Livingston-Tangipahoa Advocate this week includes photos from local civic, community and school groups and highlights recent events around Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa pets available for Jan. 29, 2015

Photo provided -- Marley is a female mixed breed.

Pets available Pets are available at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter, 600 Bowman St., which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. The shelter accepts donations of newspapers, food and animal supplies. Call (225) 664-4472 or (225) 788-3101. Visit www. animalshelter. Pets also… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2015

TAX PREP: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Denham Springs-Walker Library Branch, 8101 La. 190, Denham Springs, and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Main Library Branch, 20390 Iowa St., Livingston. Free tax preparation for participants with an income limit of $50,000 for 2014. Participants should bring tax documents and information for deductions and credits along with… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa Council on Aging for Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2015

LIVINGSTON PARISH COUNCIL ON AGING AND TANGIPAHOA VOLUNTARY COUNCIL ON AGING: Meal site menus. (For more meal site locations, please call (225) 664-9343 in Livingston Parish or (985) 748-7486 in Tangipahoa Parish.) Sliced roasted turkey with gravy, smothered potatoes, green peas, whole-wheat bread, pineapple tidbits, milk.… Continue reading →

Owners of homes in flood-prone Tangipahoa Parish areas may be able to tap FEMA funds to raise their houses

Half of Livingston Parish’s likely voters happy with direction of parish, poll says

Livingston Parish voters are generally optimistic about the direction the parish is headed, but less than a third approve of the job performance of either the Parish Council or president, according to a recently released survey by JMC Analytics and Polling of Baton Rouge. The poll was conducted Nov. 22 on behalf of Councilman… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish legal fees to total $300,000 after settling longstanding disputes with engineering firm

In an about-face from two months ago, Livingston Parish officials agreed to settle their legal disputes with engineering firm Alvin Fairburn & Associates without any money changing hands. Under the deal approved Thursday, the parish and Fairburn agreed to dismiss a pair of lawsuits against each other stemming from a terminated road engineering… Continue reading →

Controversial strip club returns to St. Helena Parish

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Oak Ridge Lounge, located on Highway 16 in Pine Grove, La., photographed Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

For years, St. Helena Parish warred with the strip club in a nondescript warehouse building. A few years ago, the owner pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling den. The lounge has closed twice under inauspicious circumstances — torched by a suspected arson and shuttered after inspectors found a used condom… Continue reading →

Amite Christian principal, wife accused of having gun at school

Photo provided by LPSO -- Caroine Mons, left, and Frank Mons

The principal of a private school in Denham Springs and his wife were arrested Friday for bringing a gun on campus, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. Frank Mons, 46, Linda Lee Drive, Denham Springs, admitted putting an unloaded Springfield XD 9 mm handgun in his desk at Amite Christian Academy, La. 1019 and Amite… Continue reading →

Burgess retiring after 30 years in office; Tangipahoa’s only parish president

Gordon Burgess

The only parish president Tangipahoa has ever had will retire this year after nearly 30 years in the parish government’s top post. Parish President Gordon Burgess took office in October 1986, when the parish switched over from the police jury system by adopting its own Home Rule Charter. His eighth and final term will expire Jan.… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Council scales down tax proposal, settles with engineering firm

The Livingston Parish Council voted unanimously Thursday to scale back the proposed parish health unit tax voters will see on the May ballot to 2.5 mills. The council also voted 5-4 to settle its legal disputes with engineering firm Alvin Fairburn & Associates over the road engineering contract, cleanup after Hurricane… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa School Board appoints interim board member and renews superintendent’s contract

The Tangipahoa Parish School Board appointed an interim representative Tuesday for a vacant Hammond-based seat, but it wasn’t the appointment some community members had requested. The board appointed Jim H. “Jay” Kelly to the District G seat vacated by Eric Dangerfield, who won election in November but was court-ordered… Continue reading →

Hammond awarded grant for Pathways job training program

Denham Springs honors King’s legacy of nonviolence

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN - Scholarship recipients, first row from left, Ravyn Munson, Jalyn Brooks,Calentria Curtis and Carlisha Kinchen; and second row, Jeremy Washington, Quitesha Scott, Calvin Curtis, Katelyn Evans, Tyler Curtis and Colletter Mitchell, gather following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Annual Celebration Jan. 19 at Roberts United Methodist Church. The scholarships are awarded each year and aim to show students they can 'live the dream,

Shirley Flowers made her way to the front of the crowd, just behind a banner, ready to march and display her support for Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s the first time I’ve ever had a chance to take part in this,” Flowers said of the annual march. She donned a T-shirt… Continue reading →

Outreach program informs parents of services available in Livingston Parish schools

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN -- Delaynie McDonald, 9, creates a gingerbread man Thursday during the Livingston Parish school system's Winter Wonderland Agency Fair at the Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. The event was designed to help parents learn more about the special-education services offered in the parish.

Anna Matson spent much of Thursday evening crafting a plan to help her three grandchildren she is raising — all of whom have special needs — succeed in school and life. Matson took her grandson, Eithean Stevens, to the Livingston Parish school system’s Winter Wonderland Agency Fair. She needed information about how to… Continue reading →

Pet Adoption Event/Pet Education Expo held Saturday

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Livingston Parish Animal Shelter Animal Technician Carrie Laboyteaux, left, gets a lick from a former shelter resident Pebbles, an 11-week-old  pit bull mix, after the dog squealed when it recognized Laboyteaux, Saturday at Livingston Parish Animal Shelter's first-ever Pet Fest Adoption Event/Pet Education Expo.

More than 100 people attended the first Livingston Parish Animal Shelter’s Pet Adoption Event/Pet Education Expo Saturday, and nine pets were adopted, some pending home visits, said shelter technician Carrie Laboyteaux. The event featured adoptable pets from eight rescue organizations, K-9 demonstrations from Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies and booths, and pet owners… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Jan. 22, 2015

Advocate staff photo by Karin Devendorf -- Christine Morgan Arceneaux.

The Denham Springs-Walker Library’s Exercise for Seniors class will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Seniors can endure a workout that utilizes aerobics and light-weight training to help keep their heart health, maintain muscle tone and increase flexibility, organizers said. Registration is required by calling (225) 665-8118 or visiting Continue reading →

Roseland leaders hand out toys at Head Start

Photo provided by SUSIE CAMBRE -- Delivering toys in an overstuffed SUV  before Christmas, from left, are Town of Roseland Clerk Stephanie Cutrer, Assistant Town Clerk Shavonda Jackson, Mayor Wanda McCoy and Robin Williams.

Mayor Wanda McCoy and town leaders visited North Tangi Head Start before the Christmas break to distribute boxes of toys for each child at the school. Each year, the town of Roseland holds its annual toy drive at the town hall to collect toys and donations for the project, a news release from Roseland Town Hall said.… Continue reading →

Women’s group holding registration

The Tangipahoa Parish Women’s Organization is holding registration for its January meeting Jan. 27. The group will meet at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, in Ponchatoula for its monthly networking lunch. Those interested are asked to RSVP by Jan. 27 for the advanced rate of $18. The cost is $25 at the door. Registration is… Continue reading →

Rotary sponsoring Shamrock Run at SLU

Photo provided by the Hammond Rotary Club --  Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Shamrock Run March 14 at Southeastern Louisiana University. CEO John Poteet, right,  presents a check in December to Lance Kern, center, as Mike Williams looks on.

Runners who register for the Hammond Rotary’s fifth annual 10K/5K Shamrock Run before Jan. 31 can register for $20 during the special Resolution Registration offer. The run, presented by Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction, will be March 14 on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus. “We are thankful for the many sponsors and to the community who… Continue reading →