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Albany man killed by Livingston deputy had a troubled past

Flanked by brick, single-family homes, the 31000 block of Old Baton Rouge Highway features sculpted shrubs, new-model cars in the driveways and — on Wednesday afternoon — the shooting death of a convicted murderer by a Livingston Parish deputy. Deputies were called to the area around 3 p.m. for an attempted suicide by… Continue reading →

Livingston proposal calls for strict regulation of gravel pits

Livingston Parish gravel pits could face heavy regulation under a proposed permitting process slated to be introduced at Thursday’s Parish Council meeting. The proposed ordinance, sponsored by Parish Councilman Jim Norred, of Watson, would require all mining operations not already in production to pay hefty permit fees, perform impact studies, extend their buffer zones, restrict their… Continue reading →

Livingston deputy shoots, kills man brandishing a gun

SLU off to a fresh start

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A student skateboards to class under the moss-draped oaks Aug. 20, the first day of school at SLU in Hammond.

Southeastern Louisiana University welcomed students to a completely tobacco-free campus for the first time Aug. 20, the first day of classes for the 2014 school year. University officials said enrollment is expected to remain relatively steady, although there are no official enrollment numbers yet, Director of Public Information Rene Abadie said.… Continue reading →

Single mothers get helping hand from SMALL

Photo provided by DARREN BLEVINS -- Mauri Collier shows off her new air conditioner installed by Showing Moms a Little Love, or SMALL, a new nonprofit organization that helps single mothers with maintenance needs.

Darren Blevins, of Livingston, knows all too well the struggles of raising children alone. “I’m a single dad and quite often it is hard,” Blevins said. “So being a single mom has to be just as hard.” After seeing the need for help with maintenance problems among… Continue reading →

Ingalls honored for 20-year service

Advocate staff photo by VON DE LEIGH -- Gathering, from left, Harry Ingalls, Emilee Wilson, Mikaela Ingalls, Mary Rose Lindsey, Tenya Ingalls, Jonathan Ingalls, Bobby Ingalls and Bob and Mary Ingalls take time for a photo Sunday at Christ Community Church in Denham Springs during a retirement party for former local Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director Bob Ingalls. Ingalls, who served Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes is retiring after 20 years with the organization.

Those who have worked with outgoing Fellowship of Christian Athletes local director Bob Ingalls laughed and cried as they shared fond memories and presented tokens of affection for a man who led the organization for 20 years. Ingalls’ service in the ministry that helps coaches and athletes on all levels uphold… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Aug. 28, 2014

A Door of Hope’s 5K Run/Walk for Hope will be Nov. 1 at the Denham Springs Train Station Park. This year’s theme is a “Royalty Run for Hope,” and men can show their support by wearing their favorite purple and gold clothing and wearing crowns and tiaras. This year’s special guest will be “Frozen’s” Elsa and… Continue reading →

Hammond resident honored for work in hearing loss

Susie Cambre, of Hammond, was among the outstanding individuals honored by the 2014 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that celebrates individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss, a news release from the company said. This is the third year that Oticon Inc. has… Continue reading →

Amite institutes teacher planning strategy

Photo provided by DANA MCLIN -- Teacher Valerie Thornton aids student Mykala Foster at Amite High School following recent focus group meeting.

To increase student achievement, improving teacher effectiveness is essential. With this in mind, Amite High School’s new administration introduced teachers to its rigorous professional development framework, a news release from the school said. The framework is a multifaceted, strategic plan for growth and reform campuswide. The program stresses teacher responsibility and accountability and ensures a vested… Continue reading →

SLU honors former vice presidents

Photo provided by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain, right, presents emeritus honors to two former vice presidents at the university's recent Faculty-Staff Convocation. Joseph Miller, left, was recognized as Vice President and Professor Emeritus and Stephen Smith was honored as Vice President Emeritus. Both are residents of Hammond and Southeastern alumni.

Two former Southeastern Louisiana University vice presidents were honored with emeritus honors Aug. 15 at the university’s annual Faculty-Staff Convocation. Southeastern President John L. Crain presented plaques designating emeritus status in recognition of distinguished and extraordinary service to Joseph Miller, former dean of the College of Business and vice president for advancement, and Stephen M. Smith,… Continue reading →

Plant donations aid in campus beautification

Photo provided by RANDY BERGERON -- Staff from the Southeastern Louisiana University Physical Plant and Services Department unload and organize some of the nearly 500 plants donated to the university by Bracy’s Nursery in Amite, Windmill Nursery in Franklinton and former nursery owner David Lowery. The plants will be used around campus to create more green spaces. From left are Carlos Doolittle, Clint Rushing and John Blackwell.

Southeastern Louisiana University has received a sizeable donation of plants to be used in landscaping various parts of the Hammond campus. Donations of nearly 500 plants were collected from Bracy’s Nursery in Amite, Windmill Nursery in Franklinton and former nursery owner David Lowery, the university said in a news release. Southeastern Foundation Executive Board Member… Continue reading →

TRACC participates in nationwide campaign

As the Labor Day holiday approaches, highway safety professionals and advocates across the nation will join forces to keep drunk drivers off the roads and save lives. The Tangipahoa — Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change Coalition is participating in this initiative and spreading the word to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a news release from the organization… Continue reading →

Bilingual doctor joins North Oaks cardiology team

Photo provided by MELANIE ZAFFUTO -- Jorge A. Castellanos, MD

Interventional cardiologist Dr. Jorge A. Castellanos has joined North Oaks Cardiology in Hammond. Castellanos specializes in the care of the heart and the cardiovascular system. He is fluent in English and Spanish and is specially trained to treat patients through noninvasive stress testing, diagnostic and interventional catheterization, peripheral vascular intervention, carotid angiography, rehabilitation and recovery,… Continue reading →

Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes qualifying for office

The following candidates in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes qualified for constable and justice of the peace races on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website. The runoff election, if needed, is Dec. 6. Qualifying ended Friday. D = Democrat R = Republican O = Other party… Continue reading →

SLU offers slate of enrichment courses

Registration is underway for fall non-credit courses at Southeastern Louisiana University. Sponsored by the Office of Non-Credit Programs, the courses are designed for career and personal enrichment for adults and youth. New fall enrichment courses offer Continuing Education Units in several career courses, including Primavera P6 Virtual, Professional Development for Supervisors… Continue reading →

North Oaks welcomes radiologist Brett Travis

Photo provided -- Dr. Brett Travis

Dr. Brett Travis, diagnostic radiologist, has joined North Oaks Imaging Associates in Hammond. A Montpelier native, Travis completed his undergraduate degree at Southeastern Louisiana University. He earned his medical degree, achieved a fellowship in hyperbaric medicine and completed two years toward a residency in otolaryngology at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He also… Continue reading →

SLU employee tapped to serve on board

Photo provided -- Aristides Baraya

Aristides R. Baraya, director of the Southeastern Louisiana University Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the UNED Journal of Research from the National University for Distance Education of Costa Rica, according to a news release from Southeastern. Baraya was one of only 10 members worldwide asked to serve… Continue reading →

Roseland Montessori students interviewed for campus jobs

Photo provided by CATHERINE SARAGUSA -- Rhonda Vaccaro interviews fourth-grade student Emma Sharkey for the position of car line helper at Roseland Montessori campus.

Teachers and staff at Roseland Montessori accepted job applications from students and interviewed them for various campus jobs. The jobs are a important part of the school’s philosophy, which prepares students to be successful members of society, a news release from the school said. Students who completed job applications met last week with acting… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2014

SOUTH BRANCH BOOKIES CLUB: 5:30 p.m., Livingston Parish Library South Branch. Members will discuss “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple. CASSETTE TAPE WALLET CRAFT: 6 p.m., Livingston Parish Library Main Branch. Participants will listen to 80s music while making wallets out of cassette tape cases. Registration is required. WORD… Continue reading →

What’s the password for Amite second-graders?

Photo provided by INDIA BINNER -- Kassie Newell greets students each morning in front of her classroom door with the daily password.

Kassie Newell asked her second-graders at Amite Elementary Magnet School what the password was posted on her classroom door. Each day, students are allowed to enter the classroom once they read and correctly say the word or phrase. In the classroom, they write the password in booklets so they can practice reading them throughout the… Continue reading →

Students awarded for following school rules

Photo provided by ASHLEY PENTON -- Students, first row from left, are Brayden Hurst, Logan Bickham, Amelia McLin, Reese Cortez, Keith White, Miles Godfrey, Raegan Peppo, Maleah Anglin, Collan Grest, Quentavia Smith, Sarah Anthony, Wendl  Peterman, Rae'el Wheat and Peyton Brooks; and second row, Larry Fox, Sara Sullivan, Lilly Davidson, Sophia Agners, Courtney Gomez, Jaidyn Schexnayder, Hannah Reno, Clarice Harriford, Hannah Kellogg, Carolina Romero-Cruz and Glenn Hanna.

Ponchatoula’s Tucker Elementary School students know how to be cool and follow school rules, and students have been practicing the strategies since the first day of school, administrators said in a news release. This week, one student from each class who followed the school rules correctly was chosen to be honored with a golden medal and named… Continue reading →

Monthly Reimers show in Hammond canceled

The monthly Reimers Variety Music Show is canceled until further notice because of a member’s serious health reasons, a news release from Reimers said. The show is usually held the second Saturday of each month in Hammond. The show features gospel, country, contemporary, blue grass, rock and some jazz music.… Continue reading →

Denham Springs man booked Tuesday on third offense DWI, drug counts

A Denham Springs man was arrested on third-offense driving while intoxicated and methamphetamine counts after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy saw him driving recklessly through Watson, State Police said. The deputy spotted a silver 2005 Nissan Altima running red lights and passing other cars in no-passing zones about 8 p.m. Tuesday,… Continue reading →

Residents push Tangipahoa School Board on desegregation

Holding signs saying “They just won’t do right,” members of Tangipahoa Parish’s black community gathered at the school system’s central office Tuesday to demand the School Board abandon its pursuit of a modified desegregation plan. The School Board voted last month to seek court approval for a plan that would use magnet… Continue reading →

Downtown Hammond filled with music, art

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Courtney Newton, center,  walks down West Thomas Street with daughters Cianna Newton, 6, left, and Brielle Newton, 3, Friday evening during the Hot August Night, an event hosted by the downtown development district in Hammond.

The Hammond Downtown Development District presented the 19th annual Hot August Night on Friday in historic downtown Hammond. Residents participated in a wine stroll, viewed the art on display throughout downtown Hammond and visited retail stores, restaurants and bars. Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics also held a pep rally to kick off the 2014-15 school year.… Continue reading →

Residents get tips on avoiding scams

Photo provided by EMMA JAMES -- Livingston Parish Sheriffs Office Detective Jeff Beatty visited the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library Thursday to discuss cyber crime, financial crime, and crimes against the elderly.

After becoming a victim of fraud 20 years ago and coming close to becoming a victim again three years ago, Marlene Weekley-Hurst took matters — and her safety — into her own hands. Weekley-Hurst and about a dozen people showed up Thursday at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library… Continue reading →

Group helps kids enjoy hunting and fishing

Advocate photo by VIC COUVILLION -- Trevor Murray, center, 14, of Albany, is the latest recipient of a hunting trip sponsored by Outdoorsmen Helping Others. At the conclusion of OHOs Sportsmans Banquet, Trevor learned that he will be going on a hunting trip in Mississippi in the fall. OHO members pictured with Trevor, from left, are, Lacy Corrick; Dave Townsend, president of OHO; Leo Murphy and Austin Townsend.

When the hot, humid days of summer turn into cool crisp days of autumn, Trevor Murray, 14, of Albany, will see his dream come true when he is escorted on a deer hunt at a private camp near Liberty, Mississippi. Murray, a dedicated outdoorsman despite having challenges from Down syndrome, learned Saturday… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Aug. 21, 2014

Macy’s and Livingston Parish 4-H invite customers to participate Aug. 23 in Macy’s ninth annual national Shop for a Cause charity event. Macy’s Shop for a Cause is a unique, one-day shopping event created to support local charities. Shoppers can support 4-H while enjoying a day of discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s.… Continue reading →

History professor offers five noncredit courses

Professor of history William Robison, co-author of “The Tudors on Film and Television,” will offer five noncredit courses in three different locations in the next nine months. Each course meets weekly for six weeks. Admission is open to the public, and schoolteachers can earn up to 12 continuing learning units. The fee for each course is $80.… Continue reading →

STA takes yearbook to the next level

Photo provided by MICHELLE CHAUVIN -- Juniors, from left, Gabe Stant, Reed Bolton, Kitch Taylor, Allie Ridgell, Mollye Peralta and Logan Thompson test the Aurasma augmented reality app on their yearbooks.

The yearbook’s editorial staff at St. Thomas Aquinas in Hammond is using modern methods to provide a yearbook with a twist. “Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image onto the user’s real-world view,” yearbook adviser Michelle Chauvin said. “Basically, we utilize a smartphone app called ‘Aurasma’ to view certain photos in the yearbook, which… Continue reading →

SLU grad student Morse selected as ESPNU reporter

Photo provided by TONYA LOWENTRITT -- Southeastern Louisiana University graduate student and sports reporter Kati Morse has been chosen by the ESPNU college sports television network as one of its on-camera reporters for ESPNU Campus Connection.

Southeastern Louisiana University graduate student and sports reporter Kati Morse has been chosen by the ESPNU college sports television network as one of its on-camera reporters for ESPNU Campus Connection. Beginning this fall, Morse will serve as Southeastern’s correspondent for live ESPN game broadcasts involving the university’s athletic teams for the year, including sideline reporting for four… Continue reading →

Soccer teams to hold tryouts at South Park

Tryouts for the Livingston Parish Express middle school boys and girls soccer teams’ 2014-2015 season will be at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 5:45 p.m. Sept. 15, 5:45 p.m. Sept. 18 and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21. All tryouts will be held at South Park, located about two miles south of Interstate 12 on Vincent Road. Students in… Continue reading →

Dillon Dollars plan helps school with discipline

Administrators, teachers and staff at O.W. Dillon Memorial Elementary School in Kentwood are using a variety of new ways to motivate students to do their best in all of their classes and around the school, school officials said in a news release. Students will earn Dillon Dollars everywhere they go at school and can use these in… Continue reading →