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Livingston completes settlement with hurricane contractor Corey delaHoussaye

Corey delaHoussaye

Livingston Parish ended its financial wrangling with former parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye on Friday, delivering a pair of checks in the morning to settle two lawsuits he filed related to payment for Hurricane Gustav work. The $325,000 deal ends the bitter fight between delaHoussaye and the parish government, which has stretched on since 2012.… Continue reading →

Refinancing Juban Parc school bonds may mean lower property tax bills for some Livingston Parish taxpayers

Denham Springs-area property owners will likely see their property tax millages go down after the Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday voted to refinance bonds used to build the Juban Parc Elementary and Junior High schools. Meeting in a special session, the board — minus absent members Sid… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish woman killed from suspected gunshot wound, husband arrested, sheriff’s office says

Michael Lucas

Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man on one count of second-degree murder after his wife was found Monday night bleeding from a suspected gunshot wound and later died, the Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday. Authorities were called to Belinda Drive just west of Tickfaw around 11:15 p.m. Monday. The caller reported hearing gunshots. Upon… Continue reading →

Festival to feature over 150 vendors

Advocate staff photo by file ANGELA MAJOR -- Festival-goers walk by booths during the 2014 annual Spring Festival in  Denham Springs.

Booth space for the Denham Springs Antique Village Spring Festival has been sold out since February, said Kim Bye, who runs the Theatre Antiques Mall on 228 North Range Ave., in Denham Springs. The April 25 festival will include vendors of a variety of crafts and arts in the village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for April 23, 2015

The Denham Springs Fine Art Association is looking for art entries for its Spring Show at the Denham Springs/Walker Branch Library, 8101 E. Florida Blvd., Denham Springs. Art will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at DeLou Glass Designs, 125 N. Range Ave.… Continue reading →

LSMSA ensemble earns top rating

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently participated in the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association District II large ensemble performance assessment at Pineville High School. Taking part, first row from left, are, Alese Jones, Marissa Scott, Maram Azmi, Emma Jochim, Hanna Li, Marika Buchholz, Shona McCullough, Bethany Jenkins, Carrie Thomas and Dr. Al Benner; and second row, Jamin Kidd, Joshua Poche, Ian Sager, Marcos Cecchini, Bryce Cason, Brock Kappel and Mitchell Metzger.

Members of the mixed ensemble at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently participated in the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association District II large ensemble performance assessment at Pineville High School. The group earned the top rating of superior in both performance and sight reading. They will participate in the LMEA state large ensemble performance… Continue reading →

Holy Ghost students act out ‘Tale of Three Trees’

Photo provided by Cindy Wagner -- Patrick Balisteri, as Jesus, standing, is surrounded by his followers and disciples, counterclockwise from left, Landyn Collins, Bella Theriot, Lawton Peltier, Kennedy Landry, Bronwyn Doan and Zachary Oglesbee, as they act out the sacrifice of the third tree, which becomes the cross of Christ, during a recent play by Holy Ghost Catholic School students in Hammond.

The first-grade students at Hammond’s Holy Ghost Catholic School held on March 31 and April 1 their annual Easter play. The play, based on the book “The Tale of the Three Trees,” was written into a script by the first-grade teachers, and much of the music for the play was written by Dr. Gina Anthon.… Continue reading →

‘Save Our Park’ rally aims to boost vote

Watson community volunteers are holding a “Save Our Park” rally from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Live Oaks Sports Complex. The event is to encourage residents to vote for a property tax renewal on the May 2 ballot to fund recreation, said Lee Hawkins, a board member of Livingston Parish Recreation District 2.… Continue reading →

Financial Literacy Night planned

April is Financial Literacy Month, and Southeastern Louisiana University’s Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center and the Louisiana Council for Economic Education are joining forces to host a Family Financial Literacy Night. The free event, set from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, will include activities designed to appeal to community members of all… Continue reading →

Veterans group to move into Hummell Street site

An organization dedicated to helping veterans receive their military benefits has found a home in Denham Springs. During an April 14 meeting, the Denham Springs City Council accepted an agreement giving office space to The Disabled American Veterans in the government-owned building at 133 Hummell St. The building is also home to the Arts Council of Livingston… Continue reading →

Chamber to host top higher ed leaders

The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host three of the state’s top higher education leaders as luncheon panelists on Thursday, April 30, during a meeting at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center on the campus of North Oaks Medical Center. F. King Alexander, president of the LSU System; Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for April 23-30, 2015

TEEN CLUB: 3 p.m., Loranger Branch Library, 19451 La. 40. Call Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color(985) 878-6224. FIRST AID CLASS: 5 p.m., E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, North Oaks Diagnostic Center.… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Prison Booking for April 8-14, 2015

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from April 8 - 14. BEIGHLEY, RYAN ALLEN: 28, 12996 Buddy Ellis Road, Denham Springs, simple burglary, theft. CARPENTER, VICTORIA: 27, 14121 Carolyn, Denham Springs, simple battery. CHAPMAN, BRANDI: 33, 3030 July St., Apt. 234, Baton Rouge, possession schedule I other than… Continue reading →

Walker man booked in Sunday night rape at laundromat

Lionel James Myles

A Walker man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint Sunday night at a laundromat has been arrested. A woman told officers she was doing her laundry at a laundromat on Walker North Road around 11:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man who asked for spare change, Walker police said in a news release.… Continue reading →

Attorney argues the state had no authority to investigate Corey delaHoussaye in Livingston Parish Hurricane Gustav fraud case

Corey delaHoussaye

A state court judge said she will decide next week whether to throw out the criminal charges or suppress evidence against former Livingston Parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye. DelaHoussaye faces 59 counts of falsifying public records and theft for allegedly overbilling Livingston Parish for wetlands mitigation work after… Continue reading →

Man robbed of truck and cash in Hammond Friday morning

A man was robbed at gunpoint in Hammond early Friday morning, and police are on the hunt for the robber who made off with the victim’s cash and truck. The incident happened about 7:15 a.m. outside the victim’s business near South Morrison and Demarco boulevards, said Hammond police Lt. Vince Giannobile. A man approached… Continue reading →

Former Livingston contractor agrees to settlement offer from parish, but there could be a catch

Corey delaHoussaye

Embattled former contractor Corey delaHoussaye has agreed to settle a pair of lawsuits against Livingston Parish for the council’s offered amount of $325,000, but lawyers for the two sides disagree on what steps are required before the parish can cut the check. Parish legal adviser Christopher Moody advised delaHoussaye’s attorney that, under Continue reading →

Livingston School Board says it could lose $1.1 million a year if the state eliminates the inventory tax

The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday took a symbolic stand against proposals to reduce or eliminate the Louisiana inventory tax. The school system stands to lose $1.1 million in revenue if the tax is repealed, according to a resolution the board passed unanimously Thursday urging state politicians to maintain… Continue reading →

Suspicious fires at Denham Springs house under investigation

A Denham Springs home burned down Tuesday morning and fire investigators consider the fire suspicious because the same house was also damaged by fire last week. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating and is calling both fires suspicious, said Deputy Chief Brant Thompson. “We do certainly have some concerns. ... We just find it… Continue reading →

Riveting USO-style show honors vets

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Michelle Morgan as 'Rosie' sings in the band Rosie and the Swingin' Riveters during rehearsal at the Old South Jamboree on April 8 in Walker.

The Old South Jamboree in Walker looked every bit the part of a World War II-era USO show April 8, complete with bandstand, a 10-piece band dressed in period costumes and a cast of 10 wearing victory rolls in their hair. “We’re rehearsing for the show Friday (April 10),” said Charlotte Reynolds, wearing matte red lipstick… Continue reading →

Missionaries given Red Carpet treatment

Advocate photo by Claire Salinas -- James Clayton, from left, Ed Kaiser and Darrell Taylor enjoy a Friday afternoon barbecue behind the LSU AgCenter to kick off Red Carpet Weekend hosted by Life Church in Walker. Church volunteers hosted a delegation of missionaries, including Kaiser, during a three-day visit in the Baton Rouge area.

Being a missionary often requires living in less than ideal conditions for extended periods of time and going unrecognized for the many sacrifices necessary to serve people in need. The Rev. Val Taylor, lead pastor of Life Church in Walker, decided to create an event to honor missionaries for all their hard work.… Continue reading →

‘Accalia and the Swamp Monster’ on exhibit

The Hammond Regional Arts Center’s “Accalia and the Swamp Monster Drawings” art exhibition by Kelli Scott Kelley is on display through April 30 at the center, 217 East Thomas St., Hammond. Kelley’s exhibition takes viewers on a journey through a haunted southern landscape, one populated by surreal swamp monsters, which can only be found during our nightmares… Continue reading →

Students get lessons on personal grooming

Photo provided by Joyce Cunnigen -- Gathering for a lesson in personal grooming are Timothy Newman, seated, and, from left, Arthur Shields, Jacob Young, barber Travis Wesby, Malik Pikes and Labrandon Golman.

Members of Amite’s community recently volunteered and donated money to Joyce Cunnigen’s male students. The money was used to teach personal grooming practices to students, a news release said. Travis Wesby Sr. and Carl Morris, of The Shoppe/Elite Styles, gave the young men free haircuts and demonstrated personal grooming practices. God’s Storehouse manager Charlotte James… Continue reading →

Student behavior earns accolades, treat bags

Amite Elementary Magnet School named on April 2 its Warrior Winners of the week. Gloria Steptoe created special Warrior Winner treat bags. One girl and one boy from each grade were chosen April 2 as a Warrior Winner for the week for their exemplary behavior, a news release said. Honored were Bryce Santiago and Alana… Continue reading →

Community college scholarship applications are being accepted

The Covington-Mandeville Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting scholarship applications from women in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes who are attending or planning to attend local community colleges. The scholarship will cover up to $1,500 worth of books and supplies for use at Delgado Community College, Northshore Technical Community College, Delta… Continue reading →

Seminar to focus on starting a business

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, Northshore SCORE and the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host a free seminar designed to help residents interested in starting a business. The seminar, titled “Starting and Financing Your Business Idea,” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 28, at the Southeast Louisiana… Continue reading →

Walker students to compete in statewide auto skills contest

Two students from Livingston Parish Technology Center in Walker are teaming up to test their automotive knowledge and technical skills against other top students statewide in a contest with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with a shot to represent the state in a national contest. Devan Bennett and Brandon House will be… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menu for April 16-23, 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. Sliced roasted turkey with brown gravy, mixed vegetables, sour cream and chive potatoes, whole-wheat bread, Joy’s applesauce and a cookie… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Prison Bookings for April 1-7, 2015

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from April 1- 7. ALLEN, NICHOLAS M.: 34, 10880 La. 961, Clinton, theft, simple battery, two counts driver must be licensed, evidence of compulsory motor vehicle liability security contained in vehicle. ANDERSON, KORY BLAINE: 24, 13879 Friendship Road, Walker, manufacture, cultivation, distribution or… Continue reading →