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Boy killed in St. Helena in accident involving ATV-like cart

A 12-year-old boy was killed in a utility terrain vehicle crash Saturday evening that also resulted in the arrest of the vehicle’s driver, according to the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called out about 5:15 p.m. to Calmes Road, where the boy was riding a UTV driven by Joshua Tharpe, 36, who had made a… Continue reading →

Music festival promoter defends decision to feature Dukes of Hazzard car and the Confederate flag painted on its roof

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Fans line up to see a "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Charger and cast members of the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show at Henderson Auctions in Livingston on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

Dozens of Confederate flags will be on display at the annual Livingston Parish Cajun Country Jam on Independence Day, but the most prominent won’t be waving and snapping in the breeze. The festival is welcoming attendees to show off their replica General Lee cars from the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which on the show… Continue reading →

Fair grounds will buzz for July Fourth activities

Livingston Parish’s July 4 Cajun Country Jam, in its second year, began as an idea in radio personality Scott Innes’ head. “It started smaller last year,” Innes said, with attendance ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 people. “That was with Restless Heart. This year, we’ve got Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chestnutt performing and for a $20… Continue reading →

Sport, gaining popularity, combines badminton and pingpong

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Kailey Dunham, 12, hits a forehand shot while playing pickle ball with team mate Dale Smith at the Parks and Recreation center on Eden Church Road in Denham Springs.

Pickleball has been around for decades, said Sandy McGrew, director of the Parks and Recreation of Denham Springs Fitness Center, but it only came to Livingston Parish in the past few years, she said. The sport, played on a court with a badminton net and oversized pingpong paddles, is popular with seniors nationwide, though McGrew laughed at… Continue reading →

Courtney Christian school set to open this fall in Hammond

Photo by Catherine Masters -- The new Courtney Christian School's staff includes, from left, Angela Courtney, middle school history teacher; Vicki Holstein, kindergarten teacher; Sue Courtney, principal; and Ruth Burton, middle school math teacher.

. Sue Courtney has been working in education since 1984. She has experience in both the public and private school system, and on Aug. 20, she will open the doors to the Courtney Christian School in Hammond. Courtney explained that the school, which will have prekindergarten through eighth-grade classes, has been Courtney’s dream for a long… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for July 2, 2015

The Denham Springs Old City Hall Museum is looking for Civil War memorabilia to display for an upcoming exhibit. People are welcome to share uniforms, pictures or any other related artifacts for display. The Civil War exhibit will be on display from Sept. 15 through Jan. 1. Anyone with… Continue reading →

Holy Ghost honors eighth-graders at awards breakfast

Photo provided by Cindy Wagner -- Principal Tangee Daugereaux, center, poses with Mackie Sandage, left, and Caroline Ingraffia, who were awarded certificates for having all As in every subject since first grade, on May 19 at the Holy Ghost Catholic School awards breakfast in Hammond. Ingraffia also received the Leadership Award.

Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond held its annual eighth-grade awards breakfast on May 19. Kylie Ruiz was selected Best All-Around Student for excelling academically while participating in extracurricular activities and demonstrating leadership, a news release said. Mackie Sandage and Caroline Ingraffia received certificates for having A’s in every subject since first grade. Ingraffia… Continue reading →

A+PEL honors school volunteers

Jeffrey Maruschak

The Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana honored 38 former educators, parents, grandparents and mentors from 26 parishes at its 2015 Volunteer of the Year ceremony June 9 at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge. Jessica Almand and Jeffrey Maruschak were recognized as Livingston Parish’s Volunteers of the Year, according to a news release. Almand… Continue reading →

Denham Springs grad receives scholarship

Photo provided by Delia A. Taylor -- Ryan Miller, left, accepts his $500 scholarship award from Pelican State Credit Union Denham Springs Branch Manager Dawn Matthews in June.

High school graduate Ryan Miller, of Denham Springs, recently received a $500 scholarship award from Pelican State Credit Union. Miller, a member of the credit union’s Denham Springs branch, is one of 13 college-bound students across Louisiana to receive the award. Pelican grants up to $6,500 in scholarships each year. Miller is a graduate… Continue reading →

Children’s choir hosts Houston group for concert

Photo provided by Karen Bock -- The Livingston Parish Childrens Choir takes the stage June 9 with members of the Houston Boychoir during a concert at Northside Baptist Church in Denham Springs.

The Livingston Parish Children’s Choir hosted the Houston Boychoir June 9 at Northside Baptist Church in Denham Springs. In 1996, when LPCC was in its fifth year as a choir, the long-established Houston Boychoir asked the Livingston group to host its members for a joint concert in Denham Springs, said Karen Bock, of the LPCC. The Houston… Continue reading →

Web-based SLU nursing program ranks in top 50

Southeastern Louisiana University’s online program intended to help registered nurses earn their bachelor’s degrees has been ranked in the nation’s Top 50 by, a news release said. The program was ranked 36th among 50 top accredited online nursing programs in the U.S. by, which researches the value of colleges and programs nationwide.… Continue reading →

North Oaks Dietetic Internship program graduates 22nd class

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- North Oaks Dietetic Internship graduates and faculty gathered June 4 in Hammond are, front from left, program director Virginia Pelegrin and graduate Kayla Krodinger; and back, graduates Michelle Berberovich, Lauren Wilson, Rachel Wilson, Tracy Miller and Melinda Territo; and education director Nicole Barnum.

The 22nd annual commencement ceremony for the North Oaks Dietetic Internship Program was June 4 at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center in Hammond. The program offers qualified residents the opportunity to earn eligibility for the registration examination for dietitians through one year of supervised experience. Susan Millet, a renal dietitian for Davita Dialysis Centers… Continue reading →

Children’s consignment sale set

The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center’s second annual children’s consignment event, Piper’s Closet, is set for July 30 through Aug. 2 at the former Piccadilly building in Hammond, according to a news release. “Piper’s Closet will offer parents, grandparents or anyone with gently loved children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books and other children’s items the opportunity to sell… Continue reading →

Dillon kindergartners pick up diplomas

Photo provided by Richelle Votaw -- Kindergartner Khalia Morris receives her diploma from Principal Hugh Wallace during a kindergarten graduation ceremony at O.W. Dillon Memorial Elementary in Kentwood on May 20.

Kindergarten students at O.W. Dillon Memorial Elementary in Kentwood donned caps and gowns for their graduation ceremony on May 20. Kindergartner JaSean Brown welcomed those attending, and Kentwood Police Chief Michael Kazerooni was the keynote speaker. Principal Hugh Wallace presented diplomas to all of the students.… Continue reading →

‘The Knight and the Dragon’ makes visit at Watson branch

Photo provided by Emma James -- Director Frank Levy demonstrates how to make a bird sound with a whistle as, front from left, sunflowers Vicki McDowell, Elaine McDowell and Annie Everhart  and, back, princesses Aribella Enders and Macie Hilton, knight Sofia Everhart and dragon Elizabeth Hilton watch during an instant theater production of ‘The Knight and the Dragon’ at the Watson branch of the Livingston Parish Library on June 22.

Award-winning director Frank Levy brought his instant theater performance of “The Knight and the Dragon” to the Watson branch of the Livingston Parish Library on June 22. Levy assigned parts in the show to audience members to create the performance based on the popular children’s book “The Knight and the Dragon” by Tomie dePaola, a news… Continue reading →

Judge speaks at historical society meeting

Photo provided by Florence Crowder -- Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks speaks to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on June 18 at the Livingston Parish Library Main Branch in Livingston.

Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks, of the 21st Judicial District Court, was the featured speaker at the Edward Livingston Historical Association’s meeting June 18 at the Livingston Parish Library Main Branch in Livingston. Her topic was “Things I Learned Researching My Family History — On a Judge’s Schedule.” Ricks, a member of the Daughters of… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Professional Women awards $12,000

Photo provided by Sandy Summers -- Attending the Tangipahoa Professional Women’s Organization scholarship winners luncheon on June 24 are, front row from left, State Rep. John Bel Edwards and his wife Donna Hutto Edwards, TPW President Rose Dominguez, Kristin Bluain, April Gaydos, Pamela White and TPW Past President Barbara Davis; and back row, Sarah Kron, Rebecca Schnadelbach, Kayleigh Raines, Catherine McRae, Trina Morris, Lakeshia Barnes and TPW Scholarship Chair Suzette Callais.  Not pictured are scholarship recipients Darnesha Collier, Crystal Gonzalez and Sarah Poche’.

The Tangipahoa Professional Women’s Organization recently awarded a total of $12,000 in scholarships to women in the community who are pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees or are set to begin in the fall. TPW received over 60 applications for this year’s scholarship, and 12 winners were chosen, a news release said. It is the fourth… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for July 2-9, 2015

CAR SEAT FITTING STATION: 8 a.m., E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, North Oaks Diagnostic Center, 15770 Medical Center Drive, Hammond. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be available by appointment to install child passenger safety seats and boosters and provide instruction to ensure the safe transport of children of all ages. Registration required.… Continue reading →

Indian production company relocating to Denham Springs, but film tax credit changes have the owner considering changes

An Indian film production company on Thursday announced it will be relocating its headquarters to Denham Springs to take advantage of Louisiana’s film tax credit program. Mahee Productions provides services such as audio mixing, movie effects and background music. Owner B.J. Joshi,… Continue reading →

Lightning strikes cause heavy damage to two Livingston Parish homes Wednesday

Livingston Parish fire crews scrambled to keep up with Wednesday evening’s storms after lightning struck two houses and an apartment complex within the span of about 10 minutes. “Yesterday afternoon was a crazy day,” said Fire Chief Joe Koczrowski, head of Fire Protection District 5 east of Denham Springs, where all the strikes occurred. The… Continue reading →

With Bonnie Blue Flag, is Louisiana mandating a Confederate symbol fly over some courthouses?

032710 met W. fla Rvlt story, photo by mark h. hunter, "Miss Jessie" Dedon, a volunteer at the Museum in Jackson, holds out a "Bonnie Blue" flag on display next to a mannequin wearing an American Revolutionary War uniform. The flag was the original "lone star" flag and symbolized the 1810 West Florida Republic many years before Confederates also used it during the Civil War.

As debate rages across the country about the display of the Confederate battle flag, Louisiana has its own standard that may at first appear to be connected to the Confederacy but whose own story is far more complicated. Commonly known as the Bonnie Blue Flag, the single white star on an azure… Continue reading →

‘We don’t want this to destroy your life:' Parents seek 2nd shot for man who gave daughter deadly drug

Advocate staff file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Dena and Michael Lopez address the media during a news conference Friday, May 25, 2013, at the Slidell Police Department. The Lopezes' daughter, Meghan Lopez, 21, died April 3, 2013, in Hammond after snorting a synthetic hallucinogenic drug popularly called C-Boom or N-Bomb. The two are trying to warn children and parents of the dangers of the drug.

Dena Lopez fought back tears as she told the young man she holds responsible for her daughter’s death that she does not want his life to be destroyed by it. “It’s very hard to define the importance of a man’s life,” Lopez said. “We do not want your life to be defined… Continue reading →

Decision on whether 21st JDC judges will hear detention center employee’s case put off to July

More time is needed to decide whether the entire 21st Judicial District Court should be recused from a criminal case against an employee of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, a state court judge said Wednesday. Detention center secretary Joy Chauvin faces one count of interception of wire, electronic or oral… Continue reading →

Legislation would open burial right at Arlington to some guardsman on training missions

Thomas Florich

A Louisiana National Guardsman who was initially denied then allowed burial at Arlington National Cemetery has inspired new legislation that would require the U.S. Army to change its requirements for burial at the site. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, on Tuesday introduced the Founding Legacies of Reserve Integral Combat-training Heroes Act, or FLORICH,… Continue reading →

Teen killed when tractor rolls off bridge in St. Helena Parish and falls on top of him

An Amite teen who was cutting grass on a relative’s property died Tuesday after his tractor rolled off a wooden bridge and landed atop him in a ditch. Zachary R. Henry, 17, was driving over a narrow wooden bridge at 6844 La. 43, south of Greensburg, when the tractor got too… Continue reading →

Dancer brings Get Fit class to library

Advocate Staff Photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Javier Juarez, left, and niece Angella Cavailier, right, demonstrate a dance to kids June 18 at the Denham Springs Walker Branch Library as part of Juarezs Get Fit and Learn To Dance class.

Professional dancer Javier Juarez performed at Livingston Parish libraries as part of a summer program. Juarez brought his Get Fit and Learn To Dance class to the Albany-Springfield branch of the Livingston Parish Library on June 17 and to the Denham Springs Walker branch on June 18. The library branches also hosted a dance workshop where… Continue reading →

Casting their hopes on Tennessee

Photo provided by Jim Breaux -- Dillon King, left, and Kody Kelly display their catch at a recent tournament. The duo is preparing to compete in a national high school fishing tournament.

Four Livingston Parish teens are preparing to compete on a national stage for a chance to capture one of the most prestigious titles in their sport. But these four are not competing on a court, field or diamond. Kody Kelly, Dillon King, Alex Heintze and Justin Watts will compete for more than $40,000 in scholarship… Continue reading →

Tangi Clean North targets litter

Tangipahoa Parish Councilman Louis Nick Joseph is forming an offshoot of the Tangi Clean for Northern Tangipahoa Parish because he said, “There’s an old saying: Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so if we really believe that then we should get busy helping.” Joseph held a meeting on June 11, with residents from Independence, Velma, Amite, Roseland, Arcola… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for June 25, 2015

Tickets are on sale for the Cajun Country Jam July 4 Party in the Park at the Livingston Parish Fair Grounds, 13325 Florida Blvd., Livingston. The event will feature stars from “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show and other TV favorites, including Barbara Eden, of “I Dream of Jeannie”; Dawn Wells, who played… Continue reading →

Denham Springs Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

Photo provided by Marianne Addy -- Denham Springs Girl Scouts, from left, Erika McCrystal, Laney Vige’ and Alyssa Bishop recently built a buddy bench at Lewis Vincent Elementary School in Denham Springs.

Alyssa Bishop, Erika McCrystal and Laney Vigé, of Denham Springs Girl Scout Junior Troop 10737, have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Scout can achieve. The award requires the completion of a series of leadership challenges that are appropriate to the Scout level and prepares the girls for their final project.… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish grads named to honors lists

LSU has announced the students named to the dean’s list and the chancellor’s honor roll for the spring 2015 semester. Undergraduate students enrolled in at least 15 credit hours who earned 4.0 grade-point averages during the semester are listed on the chancellor’s honor roll. Undergraduate students who earned grade-point averages of 3.5 to 3.9 in at… Continue reading →

Students celebrate end of the year with social

Photo provided by Linda Faller Joiner -- Deberal Patterson, left, and Madison Hill bag up popcorn at Hammond Westside Elementary School’s end-of-the-year celebration on May 20.

Hammond Westside Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year with a social event for students and teachers on May 20. Popcorn, cotton candy and sno-balls were served from machines donated by Hammond businessman Joe Wong.… Continue reading →

SLU journalists win regional awards

Southeastern Louisiana University students in broadcast and print journalism recently won awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference hosted by Georgia State University in Atlanta. Awards were given in the “Best of South” competition from over 523 entries representing 33 universities from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. The Southeastern Channel, the university’s… Continue reading →

North Oaks medical groups recognize area Student-athletes of the Year

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto  -- Springfield High School graduate Jessica Gregoire, second from left, was chosen by the North Oaks Sports Medicine team and North Oaks Physician Group orthopaedic surgeons in Hammond as a 2014-15 Student-Athlete of the Year. From left are Springfield High athletic director Ryan Serpas, Gregoire, North Oaks Sports Medicine athletic trainer Mandy Trepagnier and North Oaks Sports Medicine supervisor Jeff Schmitt.

The North Oaks Sports Medicine team and North Oaks Physician Group orthopaedic surgeons in Hammond have chosen Kristen Favalora, Jessica Gregoire, William Rogers and Hunter Stanley as the 2014-15 Student-athletes of the Year. The student-athletes were chosen through an online poll . Favalora is an honor graduate and valedictorian of the Hammond High Magnet School Class… Continue reading →

Livingston SADD hosts camp

Photo provided by Livingston Parish SADD -- Standing, from right, camp leaders Landon Fuentes, Kennedi Marshall and Hannah Beebe lead a third-grade group discussion on seat belt safety at the Livingston Parish SADD summer camp at Gray’s Creek Elementary in Denham Springs on June 1.

Livingston Parish SADD hosted a free safety and prevention summer camp for kids in first- through fifth-grade at Gray’s Creek Elementary in Denham Springs on June 1-5. The camp taught children empowering life skills and safety lessons, including seat belt and booster seat safety, Internet safety and decision-making skills, and taught children about alcohol’s negative impact… Continue reading →

Nurse practitioners group installs SLU professor as fellow

Lucie J. Agosta

Baton Rouge resident Lucie J. Agosta, an associate professor of nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University, was installed as a 2015 fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at its national meeting in New Orleans June 9-14. The designation recognizes nurse practitioner leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policies designed to… Continue reading →