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Drug busts in Livingston Parish result in seizure of marijuana, crack cocaine; three arrested

L.C. Brooks

Two separate drug busts led Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies to 70 pounds of marijuana and almost three ounces of crack cocaine this week. The marijuana, with an estimated street value of $84,000, was found during a search Thursday at 7450 Vincent Road in Denham Springs, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said in a news release… Continue reading →

Deputy involved in April shooting in French Settlement was returned to active duty on Friday

Matthew Peyronnin

The deputy, whose name has not been released by authorities, involved in the April shooting of a French Settlement man was returned to regular duty Friday as State Police continue an investigation into the incident, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reports. Meanwhile, the man he shot has been given an arraignment… Continue reading →

Appeals court allows 2013 case against Livingston sheriff, six deputies to move forward

A Livingston Parish man accused of violating a criminal defamation statute declared unconstitutional 50 years ago will be allowed to amend his federal complaint against the Sheriff’s Office to keep alive his claim for illegal search and seizure. Royce McLin’s Fourth Amendment claim is all that remains of the civil rights lawsuit he filed against Sheriff… Continue reading →

Denham Springs High School: So long, seniors

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG --  Denham Springs High School graduating seniors arrive early for their last day, May 14, in various forms of transportation including scooters, lawn mowers, minibikes, go karts, motorcycles, jeeps, golf carts, ATVs, pickup trucks and trailer floats. The students tossed powder and squirted canned string at on-lookers and each other.

Golf carts, four-wheelers, go carts, scooters, motorcycles, lawn mowers and one miniature toy horse were part of a parade May 14 celebrating the last day of school for Denham Springs High School seniors. Students used various forms of transportation, many decorated in school colors, to parade from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to the… Continue reading →

Beautification efforts creating new landscape

Donna Jennings is obsessed with litter. “It seems like I’m picking up trash wherever I go,” the vice chairwoman of Keep Livingston Beautiful said. In fact, Jennings said, when the new Centerville Park opened just last month, she looked around at the beautifully landscaped park that a year ago was an empty triangle of… Continue reading →

Last parts of tanker return ‘home’

Advocate photo by Vic Couvillion -- John Hearn, treasurer of the Ponchatoula Shipmates Association and the moving force behind the establishment of the monument to the U.S.S. Ponchatoula, stands next to a picture of the ship in the Collinswood Museum in downtown Ponchatoula Saturday. Hearn presented a lengthy presentation on the history of the fuel replenishment ship in ceremonies dedicating the monument. He was an electricians mate on the ship.

Bits and pieces of a ship that saw action during the Vietnam War and was involved in the recovery of the Apollo and Gemini capsules as part of the nation’s space program are on display in the town that gave the vessel its name. Several dozen sailors who once served on her decks,… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for May 21, 2015

Lauren R. O'Neal

The Denham Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7017 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum on South Range Avenue in Denham Springs. For information, call Vance Sutton (225) 665-2930. Walker residents can take part in a community cleanup Saturday. Residents can dispose… Continue reading →

Roseland students celebrate Earth Day

Photo provided by Kay Saragusa -- Roseland Montessori School student Allye Deblanc helps move corn plants to the garden during an April Eart Day event.

Roseland Montessori School celebrated Earth Day in April as students weeded, mulched and replanted the vegetable garden, butterfly garden and wildflower gardens and flower beds around the school. The students also learned about recycling and how to care for the Earth through various projects around the school. Respect for the environment is one of the… Continue reading →

Dr. April Sandifer joins North Oaks physicians

April A. Sandifer

Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. April A. Sandifer has joined North Oaks Physician Group in practice with Magnolia Obstetrics and Gynecology. Sandifer is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition to specializing in routine exams, family planning, contraception and pregnancy… Continue reading →

Planned natural gas facility breaks ground in Walker

Photo provided by Morgan Wampold -- Attending a ground-breaking ceremony May 13 at Waste Management's new compressed natural gas fleet facility in Walker, from left, are Waste Management’s David Mason; Louisiana Clean Fuels President Matt Sutherland and Executive Director Ann Shanyfelt; Walker City Councilman Paul Roberts Jr.; Waste Management’s Warren Guedry and Rene Faucheux; Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks, Walker CNG Superintendent Larry Williams; Walker City Councilwomen Scarlett Major; Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey; Waste Management’s Kenny Abboud; Livingston Parish Chamber President April Wehrs; and Livingston Parish Economic Development President Larry Collins.

Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks and other area officials joined Waste Management of Louisiana on May 13 at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate Waste Management’s new compressed natural gas fleet facility in Walker. The new CNG facility, which will service routes in Livingston Parish and the greater Baton Rouge area, is a major… Continue reading →

Champions crowned at skeet shoot

Photo provided by Samuel C. Hyde Jr. --  Junior Division Champ Christy Cornwell competes in the 12th annual Sam Hyde Sr. Youth Skeet Shoot held April 25 at the Skeet Club in Amite.

The rain held off just long enough and Tangipahoa Parish young female shooters emerged on the winning side in two of three divisions at the 12th annual Sam Hyde Sr. Youth Skeet Shoot held April 25 at the Skeet Club in Amite. In the novice division, shooters age 6 to 20 with little or no previous shooting… Continue reading →

Girl Scout cookie sales top 1 million

Girl Scouts proved their sales ability once again during this year’s Cookie Program, selling more than 1 million boxes of cookies in the council’s 23-parish jurisdiction, with the girls averaging 152 boxes each. The sale boasted a 2 percent increase over the previous year, with a total of 1,031,063 boxes sold, said Vice President of Sales Alisha… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula Jaycees name beneficiaries of fundraiser at festival

The Ponchatoula Jaycees recently announced the five nonprofit groups receiving donations thanks to its efforts at the Strawberry Festival. Each year, the club donates the money raised in tip jars at the Strawberry Festival to nonprofit groups, a news release said. Selected to receive the funds were Disposable Hero’s Project, Son of a Saint, Strengthening Outcomes… Continue reading →

LSMSA students win robotics competition

Members of the robotics team at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently won the grand champion award at the Regional Autonomous Robotics Competition sponsored by the Cyber Innovation Center. The award includes a $750 grant for the robotics program. The RARC is a series of three competitions held throughout the year. The… Continue reading →

Holden High School graduates

Holden High School held a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Abundant Life Church. Valedictorians: Megan Lanoy and Holli Bankston Graduates: Holli Bankston, William Bassemier, Kourtney Bishop, Nathan Bourg, Shelby Breckwoldt, Reagan Bush, Chelsea Bushnell, Aaron Carlton, Lauren Daniels, Destiny… Continue reading →

Denham Springs tennis players shine at tourney

Photo provided by Sam Barnes -- Competing with the Denham Springs High School tennis team during the season first row from left, were Haley Davis, Kimberly Crenshaw, Olivia Alexander, Ashlyn Guillaumin, Cassidy Ainsworth, Olivia Reed, Carley Bajon and Hannah LaBauve; and second row, Dary’en Wilson, Ross Alexander, Eugene Nardo, Matthew Whitehead, Jessica Hoover, Emily Loup, Madison Kron, Dylan Kesner, Austin Barnes and Brayden Halford.

Four Denham Springs High School tennis players qualified for the 2015 Boys’ and Girls’ State Tennis Tournament held April 27 through May 1 in Monroe. In singles matches, Matthew Whitehead, a senior, lost in third round of regionals, but won in first match at state 6-0, 6-0. She was the first player from DSHS to win a… Continue reading →

Six tech-savvy students earn kudos, laptops from Eatel Corp.

Photo provided by Eatel Corp. -- Eatel Corp. honored six graduating seniors in April with new laptops for use in their collegiate studies. Recipients, first row from left, were East Ascension High School recipient Anastasia Britton, Donaldsonville High School recipient Dominique Thomas and Maurepas High School recipient Sarah Hess; and second row, Dutchtown High School recipient Christian Logarbo, French Settlement High School recipient Tyler McMorris and St. Amant High School recipient Joseph Baker.

Six Ascension and Livingston Parish high school students were honored on April 22 at Eatel Corp.’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony. Eatel presented one graduating senior from each high school in its serving area — Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant — with a touch-screen, portable laptop. The ceremony was held in… Continue reading →

Walker High hosts inaugural middle school math challenge

Photo provided by Ellen Fort -- Taking part April 25 in the playoff round of the Middle School Math Competition at Walker High School, from left, are Nathan Stanley, Chaz Clement, Jenna Miller and Nick Barry, of  Westside Junior High;  Jessica Robinson and Ryan Guarisco, with the Walker High School Mu Alpha Theta; and Luke Braun, Brandon Logan, Kyle McCleary and Jonas Truax, Denham Springs Junior High.

Twenty students from four middle schools in Livingston Parish competed in the inaugural Middle School Math Competition held April 25 at Walker High School. The Walker High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta sponsored the competition. Students first competed in the individual round where students were expected to respond to 10 questions in 20 minutes.… Continue reading →

LSMSA program aims to help shape young entrepreneurs

The Program for Young Entrepreneurs will be held for ninth- and 10th-graders June 22-26 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches. The cost of the program is $225, which includes room and board, materials and transportation during the week. Scholarships are available. Facilitators for the program are Mary Ellen Slayter and… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Professional Women set meeting

Tangipahoa Professional Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rosaryville in Ponchatoula. The lunch sponsor is Rachell Boudreaux Vicknair with Naturally You — Younique, and the speaker will be Lisa Boudreaux. RSVP at Advance registration cost is $18 by noon Tuesday. On-site registration is $25. The group’s mission… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for May 21-28, 2015

SOCK HOP: 9:45 a.m., Council on Aging, 949 Government Drive, Denham Springs. Presented by The YaYas, a senior line dancing group from Denham Springs. BOOK BABIES: 10 a.m., Watson Library Branch, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. A storytime for babies through age 2, designed to introduce them to books and… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa Council on Aging for May 21-28, 2015

Livingston Parish and Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging meal site menus. For locations, call (225) 664-9343 in Livingston Parish or (985) 748-7486 in Tangipahoa Parish. Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans with peppers, tossed salad with dressing, dinner roll and apple cobbler. Ham and… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish prison bookings for May 6-12

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from May 6-12. BAIN, LINDSEY: 28, 4122 County Hill Drive, Baton Rouge, two counts operating vehicle with suspended license/other offenses, switched plate. BOURGEOIS, JONELLE MAE: 37, 26646 La. 42, Holden, assisting escape. CASSADY, AMBER: 24, 30897 Ivy St., Denham Springs, unauthorized… Continue reading →

State Police traffic stop near Hammond results in seizure of 13 kilograms of cocaine, two arrests

Irine Guzman

Nearly $400,000 in cocaine was found during a Friday morning traffic stop near Hammond, State Police have announced. A trooper stopped a Chevrolet Sonic on Interstate 12 near Interstate 55 shortly after 9 a.m. for a traffic violation, according to a news release. During the stop, troopers became suspicious and received consent to search… Continue reading →

Deputies connect more obscenity cases to Walker man accused of flashing Livingston Parish teens

Logan Dewayne Casey

A Walker man accused of flashing two teenagers this week has been connected to two other obscenity investigations from the past month, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Friday. Logan Dewayne Casey, 25, was arrested Tuesday. Deputies have said he approached two teenage girls on Crooked Creek Lane a few days before, asking for… Continue reading →

Waiting on buyout offer for proposed Juban Road extension causing turmoil for one Livingston Parish family

Darnell St. Romain said he wishes Livingston Parish would hurry up and decide whether to buy his property. Parish officials have been talking to St. Romain since 2007 about routing a proposed extension of Juban Road north from Florida Boulevard through his property to the intersection of Lockhart and… Continue reading →

Study: Juban Road extension would impact only 1 home and 1 business

For an $8.5 million investment, the extension of Juban Road north from Florida Boulevard to the intersection of Lockhart and Burgess roads could alleviate traffic between Denham Springs and Walker and spur more economic development, according to a study completed this week. The new 1.6-mile road would directly affect only one business and one home,… Continue reading →

Incorrect taxing boundary lines could result in tax refunds for some Livingston Parish property owners

The Livingston Parish School Board may have to reimburse some taxpayers after finding an error in taxing district boundary lines, the school system announced Tuesday. Six years ago, the School Board drew updated lines to move property owners west of the town of Livingston and in Satsuma into the Livingston taxing district, according to a news… Continue reading →

DSHS Class of ’63 celebrates 70th birthdays

Photo provided by James Minton -- Mary Brent Criswell, left, and Mary Hughes cut a cake ordered for a birthday celebration Saturday marking the 70th birthdays of the class of 63 at Denham Springs High School. Members of the class attending the gathering at North Park in Denham Springs Saturday shared cake, a large selection of food items, and memories about their years in high school.

Members of the Denham Springs High School class of ’63 reached their 70th birthdays this year, and a group from that class decided to throw a class birthday party to observe that special landmark plateau in their lives. The former classmates gathered Saturday to… Continue reading →

Effort to focus on underage drinking

Livingston Parish will be part of a larger statewide grant aimed at curbing underage drinking and misuse and abuse of prescription drugs among residents age 12 to 25, said Donna Bliss, who will coordinate the grant in the parish. The grant, which will distribute $11.3 million over five years, also hopes to address depression and suicide rates… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for May 14, 2015

The Advocate Livingston-Tangipahoa Community News Section welcomes submitted news items from schools, nonprofit organizations, churches, neighborhood associations, recreation programs and other groups. We’ll accept photos via email at livingston@the… Continue reading →

Route changes, traffic for SLU commencement

Visitors planning to attend Southeastern Louisiana University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street. Patrice B. Pujol, superintendent of Ascension Parish school system and a recipient of the Louisiana Superintendent of the Year Award, will speak at the ceremony, a news release said.… Continue reading →

Walker student accepted to music camp

Photo provided by Lana Johnson -- Walker High School junior Colton Johnson has been accepted to the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival program, a six-week session held on a wooded 180-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

Walker High School junior Colton Johnson will pack his bags in a few weeks to attend a six-week music camp in North Carolina. Johnson was accepted to the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival program, a six-week session held on a wooded 180-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Johnson applied… Continue reading →

Coeli center to elect board directors

Regina Coeli Child Development Center’s annual general membership meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 22476 U.S. 190, Robert. Residents are invited to attend the meeting, at which members of the board of directors will be elected. RCCDC operates Head Start and Early Head Start programs for children and families in Covington, Lacombe,… Continue reading →

Volunteers convention held in April in Kenner

Photo provided by Barbara Berthelot -- Attending the 84th Annual Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community Convention are members of Livingston clubs from left, Terri Latimer, Jinx Berthelot, Gayle Miller, Jane Vizinat, Jonnie Dorris, Mona Leblanc, Martha Latimer, Sarah Lewis, Fay Brady and Phyllis Mack.

The Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community 84th annual convention was held April 14-16 in Kenner. Members attending from Livingston Parish were Martha and Terri Latimer, Can Do’s Club; Sarah Lewis and Gayle Miller, Lady Bug’s Club; and Fay Brady, Jinx Berthelot, Jonnie V. Dorris, Mona LeBlanc, Phyllis Mack and Jane Vizinat, Port Vincent Club. Pam… Continue reading →