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After breakthrough gravitational wave finding, LIGO scientists look ahead to new discoveries

Photo provided by LIGO -- The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory

After a whirlwind tour of press conferences, parties and awards following their Feb. 11 announcement of the world’s first direct detection of gravitational waves, the team of scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory are preparing to begin another round of listening for cosmic collisions. Sometime this fall — likely September or October —… Continue reading →

Denham Springs police chief's appeal hearing over termination to continue next week

Paul Scott Jones

Two police officers testified Wednesday night that they were uncomfortable with the decision to issue a summons in lieu of arrest in a domestic violence case involving a city councilman. The testimony came on the second night of former Police Chief Scott Jones’ appeal of his termination. The Civil Service Board… Continue reading →

Former Denham Springs police chief appealing his dismissal before Civil Service Board

Paul Scott Jones

After denying three motions to dismiss the disciplinary action against former Police Chief Scott Jones or to disqualify the city attorney from arguing the case, the city’s Civil Service Board began hearing testimony in the chief’s appeal of his termination Tuesday night. The city contends Jones violated state law and departmental… Continue reading →

School board OKs special ed position

— The Livingston Parish School Board has taken steps to strengthen its special education department and to gather all its pupil appraisal staff under one roof. The School Board voted unanimously at its May 19 meeting to create a new special education project coordinator position and to establish a pay supplement schedule for educational… Continue reading →

Denham Springs block party mixes local brews, fundraising

Advocate photo by Vic Couvillion -- David Sharon, right, a home brew beer maker, pours samples of his product for, from left, Angela Hardin, Jawonna Lewis and David Lewis, all of Denham Springs. Sharon, who is prohibited by law from selling his product, donated his time and his beer to the first-ever Brew Block Party held in Denham Springs.

Patrons filled the block of Denham Springs’ Mattie Street for the opportunity to taste 24 craft beers, snack on gourmet finger foods and listen to music at the city’s first Brew Block Party. Organizers said they were pleased with the sold-out crowd for Friday’s event in front of historic City Hall,… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for May 26, 2016

Seniors, get ready to work out with a certified physical therapist at 10 a.m. Friday at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch of Livingston Parish Library. This Exercise for Seniors class will help you keep up your heart health, maintain muscle tone and increase flexibility. Call (225) 665-8118 for details.… Continue reading →

Sports Roundup for May 26, 2016

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Denham Springs' quarterback Torez Kinchen throws to a teammate against Central during an October game at Central High Stadium.

Following the recent spring game against St. Amant at Yellow Jacket Stadium, Denham Springs football coach Dru Nettles asked his players to raise a hand if they started a varsity game during the 2015 season. Six hands hit the air. The postgame exercise by Nettles was a reminder to the Yellow Jackets that better days should… Continue reading →

2016 graduates: Walker High School

Hammond senior honored at athletics banquet

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts senior Erykah Wells, of Hammond, was among 15 student athletes honored during the annual LSMSA Athletics Banquet on May 13 in the school gym. Wells received an award for girls basketball and was named one of four Athletes of the Year. “We are here to recognize our student… Continue reading →

5th-graders donate to homeless shelter

Photo provided by Linda Faller Joiner -- Gathered with items collected for House of Serenity at Hammond Eastside Magnet Elementary School on May 3 are, from left, Max Matthews, Day'Jah Davis, Jailyn Coleman, Jayden Reitz, Principal Stephen Labbé dressed as Batman, Aariya Blakenship and Amy Bourgeois.

Amy Bourgeois’ exhibition group of fifth-graders at Hammond Eastside Magnet Elementary School recently collected donations of food and toiletries for the House of Serenity homeless shelter in Ponchatoula. Principal Stephen Labbé agreed to dress as a superhero if the students collected more than 300 items. The students exceeded his challenge with more than 400 items collected.… Continue reading →

Denham Springs residents receive LSU medals

Two Denham Springs residents were among 64 LSU seniors to receive University Medals for graduating with the highest undergraduate GPAs during commencement exercises on May 13. Medalists include Chase Gregory Lindsey and Phillip Andew McLean, both of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.… Continue reading →

Denham Springs native recognized in ceremony

Second Lt. Stephen Thomas Gancarcik Jr., of Denham Springs, was recognized during the LSU ROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony on May 12 in the Union Theater. He received his first military salute from Sgt. 1st Class Michael Walker. The guest speaker was Lt. Gen. Terry L. Gabreski, vice commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts honor adult volunteers at meeting

Photo provided by Jasmine D. Hunter -- Volunteer of Excellence award recipient Amara Blust, second from left, is joined by Girl Scouts Louisiana East council staff members Kari Volz, Erica Spruille and Dawn Allen, from left, at a Girl Scout volunteer appreciation event in Baton Rouge.

Livingston residents Amara Blust and Melissa Bennett received the Volunteer of Excellence award when Girl Scouts Louisiana East honored its adult volunteers during the council’s annual meeting on April 16 in Baton Rouge. The award is given to volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering with girls to implement the Journey series and The Girl’s Guide… Continue reading →

Volunteers represent Livingston at convention

Photo provided by Layne Langley -- Livingston Volunteers for Family and Community members, from left, Jonnie Dorris, Sara Lewis and Jinx Berthelot represent the VFC clubs at the Louisiana VFC Convention.

Jonnie Dorris, Sara Lewis and Jinx Berthelot, of Livingston Volunteers for Family and Community, represented the group at the 85th annual Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community Convention held April 11-13 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Lafayette. State President Sylvia Guillotte welcomed members to the convention, which featured the theme “Together Everyone Achieves More.” Southwest… Continue reading →

Denham Springs athletes honored at banquet

Photo provided by Laura Jones Dunlap -- Lexi McMorris, Ross Alexander, Reese Rea and Thomas Kelton, from left, were honored at a recent meeting of the Denham Springs Athletic Association.

The Denham Springs Athletic Association recognized several athletes for their achievements during a recent meeting. The following seniors will be attending college on an athletic scholarship: Ross Alexander, Henderson State University, swimming; Thomas Kelton, Lee University, cross country/track and field; Lexi McMorris, Baton Rouge Community College, basketball; and Reese Rea, Millsaps College, football. Abby O’Donohue was… Continue reading →

LSU dean’s list names area students

Students from Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes have been named to the LSU spring 2016 dean’s list. Undergraduates had to earn a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 in at least 15 credit hours to be listed. COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE: Christen Danielle Wall, Holden; Jace Brandon Hood, Livingston; Logan Joseph Duplessis,… Continue reading →

LSU president’s honor roll includes area students

LSU has named students from Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes to its spring 2016 president’s honor roll. Undergraduates had to be enrolled in at least 15 credit hours with GPAs of 4.0 or higher during the semester to make the president’s honor roll. COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE: Krista Raye Courter, Denham… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for May 26-June 2, 2016

BOOK CLUB: 5:30 p.m., South Branch Library. LEGO CLUB: 5:30 p.m., Watson Branch Library. ESSENTIAL OILS AT HOME: 6 p.m., Albany-Springfield Branch Library. Learn how to use essential oils to combat allergies and to replace household cleaners. LPL IMPROV GROUP: 6 p.m., Main Branch Library. Teens and adults are invited to learn and develop improvisational/sketch… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for May 26-June 2, 2016

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT 2010: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Amite Branch Library. This series will introduce the user to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menus for May 26-June 2, 2016

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. Ham with white beans, brown rice, coleslaw, mustard greens, cornbread, variety snack cake Chicken salad sandwich on whole-wheat… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Prison bookings for May 11-17, 2016

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from May 11-17: ALFORD, JARED M.: 27, 10110 Meadow Lane, Denham Springs, duty of offender to notify law enforcement of change of address/residence/or other registration, unlawful use or access of social media. ANGEL, CARLA: 44, 9977 Columbus Drive, Denham Springs, two… Continue reading →

NAACP chapter calls for Amite officials to resign after valedictorian banned from graduation because of facial hair spat

Andrew Jones (photo via WWL-TV)

The Tangipahoa Parish chapter of the NAACP called for the resignations of the parish’s school superintendent and three School Board members Monday, after the Amite High School valedictorian wasn’t allowed to participate in his graduation ceremony last week for refusing to shave his beard. Patricia Morris, president of the parish’s NAACP chapter,… Continue reading →

Appeal hearing for fired Denham Spring police chief scheduled to begin Tuesday

Paul Scott Jones

Denham Springs’ mayor, city attorney, interim police chief and two city councilmen are among two dozen witnesses subpoenaed to testify during former Police Chief Scott Jones’ appeal of his termination. The hearing before the city’s Civil Service Board will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and is expected to last three days. Jones was fired April… Continue reading →

Hopefuls for chief stump at council

The three candidates who have announced that they will run for chief of police in fall elections — David Addison, Joey Booth and Chris Dufour — introduced themselves and offered brief remarks before the City Council’s recent meeting. The three are seeking to replace Police Chief Marliam Lee, who has served in his… Continue reading →

Juban Road cleared for growth

LIVINGSTON — The Livingston Parish Council paved the way for more growth around Juban Road this week, when it accepted Juban Crossing Boulevard into the parish maintenance system and approved two residential developments that promise to bring hundreds of families to the area between Denham Springs and Walker. The council’s acceptance of Juban Crossing Boulevard… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for May 19, 2016

Denham Springs’ first Brew Tasting Block Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday on Mattie Street in the Denham Springs Antiques Village. The street will be closed for the evening and lined with Louisiana craft breweries. Tickets are $30 and allow the holder to taste unique craft beers and… Continue reading →

Sports Roundup for May 19, 2016

Advocate file photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Live Oak head football coach Brett Beard coaches against John Ehret during a November game at Live Oak High.

The more things change for Live Oak football, perhaps the more they stay the same. In their first live action following a breakthrough 7-5 season last fall, the Eagles unveiled a few new looks Saturday in their spring game against East Ascension as they broke in a lineup absent of 15 graduated starters. But there they… Continue reading →

Classroom Spotlight: Frost School first-grade class

Photo provided by Delia Taylor -- Melissa Riche’s first-grade class at Frost School in Livingston includes, front from left, Dusty Mullins, Marissa McCray, Mia McLin, Jayden McMorris and Kalep Stafford; second row, Kenzi Romero, Jaleigh Andrews, Emily Watts, Rylie Lenz and Logan Wheat; and third row, Jaleigh Andrews and Rebecca Evans.

The Advocate’s Spotlight Classroom this week is Melissa Riche’s first grade at Frost School in Livingston. The students were asked: If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why? JACOB ALLEN: “Biloxi Beach. I would want to swim and play in the… Continue reading →

Hammond Westside staff, students honored

Photo provided by Linda Faller Joiner -- Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto, Ronald Davis, Corey Boice and Cathy LeBlanc, from left, gather at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Hammond on April 24 for the Community Scholastic Celebration.

Hammond Westside Montessori School joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Tamarlon Carter, for the church’s annual Community Scholastic Celebration on April 24 at the church. The church holds the ceremony every year to emphasize its value of education and appreciation for educators, a news release said. Hammond Westside Montessori staff and educators honored… Continue reading →

Sumner High getting a Jump Start on careers

Photo provided by Karley Cooper -- From left are Reagan Phelps, of Turner Industries, and agricultural sciences teacher Chance Plaisance, Principal Jay Stuckey, business teacher Karley Cooper and Assistant Principal Tabitha Blades, all of Jewel M. Sumner High School.

The Agricultural Sciences and Business Department at Jewel M. Sumner High School in Kentwood has partnered with Turner Industries and Southland Steel Fabricators, Inc. on the Jump Start Initiative. Jump Start brings industry to the classroom through partnerships with businesses to prepare students for their careers. Under Jump Start, students earn industry-based certifications in high-wage careers,… Continue reading →

Team Swing seizes Live Oak title

Photo provided by Paiton Achord -- Live Oak High School students build a human pyrmid during the school's annual Fun Day event on April 21.

Live Oak High School in Watson held its annual Fun Day on April 21, where students created teams of 13 to 14 members to compete in five events: blow-up versions of Twister, jousting and human foosball and the traditional tug-of-war and human pyramid. Each team selected its name and shirt color. Students not on a team… Continue reading →

Primary care clinic opens Livingston office

Photo provided by Lana Guay -- Chamber cuts ribbon at new clinic -- Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce leaders gathered May 5 to cut the ribbon at RKM Primary Care and welcomed them to their new location in Springfield. RKM Primary Care provides primary care and behavioral health services throughout Livingston Parish, as well as East Feliciana, West Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, and Tangipahoa parishes, a news release said. The clinic is at 27124 La. 42 in Springfield.

Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce leaders gathered May 5 to cut the ribbon at RKM Primary Care and welcomed the clinic to its new location, 27124 La. 42, Springfield. RKM Primary Care provides primary care and behavioral health services throughout Livingston Parish, as well as East Feliciana, West Feliciana, West Baton Rouge and Tangipahoa parishes, a news release… Continue reading →

Youth soccer coaches look forward to new season with team

Photo provided --  South Tangi Youth Soccer Association President Eddie Sequeira, left, and Vice President Vincent Moreira prepare for the 2016-2017 soccer season.

Longtime soccer coaches and soccer enthusiasts Eddie Sequeira and Vinicius Moreira officially began their terms as the South Tangi Youth Soccer Association’s president and vice president on April 25. “We are excited about the opportunities ahead for STYSA and will do our very best to help our kids love and develop in the wonderful game of soccer,”… Continue reading →

Library working to help Livingston inmates

Photo provided by Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office -- Sheriff Jason Ard speaks to two Livingston Parish Detention Center inmates who recently obtained their high school diplomas while serving their sentences. The Livingston Parish Detention Center provides continuing education classes for inmates, included those offered by Livingston Parish Library.

Livingston Parish Library is bringing outreach services to the Livingston Parish Detention Center in Livingston through a partnership with the Sheriff’s Office. Since last year, library staff have been teaching job skills, creative writing and more to inmates, a news release said. “We do not want to be known as a facility that just… Continue reading →

Two local students lauded at Technology Awards Ceremony

Photo provided by Jenny Heroman Koenig -- Eatel Corp. honored six graduating seniors with new laptops for use in their collegiate studies. Pictured, from left, are Jack Michael Spriggs, of Dutchtown High School; Madelynn Olivia Varnado, of French Settlement High School; Christopher Michael Bourgeois, of St. Amant High School; Mason Vicknair, of Maurepas High School; Lawrence Brown III, of Donaldsonville High School; and Ivy Marie Walding, of East Ascension High School.

Local students were among six graduating high school seniors honored at Eatel’s 30th annual Technology Awards Ceremony on April 27 in the lobby of Eatel Corp.’s Administration Building in Gonzales. Each senior received a touch-screen laptop computer. Recipients included Madelynn Olivia Varnado, of French Settlement High School, and Mason Vicknair, of Maurepas High School. Award… Continue reading →

Hammond hospital treats staff, their families to movie

Photo provided by Nick Gagliano -- Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital staff and their families enjoyed ‘Captain America: Civil War’ during an exclusive showing at the AMC Theater in Hammond on May 7.

As the kickoff to National Hospital Week, the Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital, of Hammond, hosted a showing of “Captain America: Civil War” for staff and their families at the AMC Theater in Hammond on May 7. “Our staff does a tremendous job day in and day out,” Dr. Chad Domangue said. “This was a great way to… Continue reading →

Livingston soccer group holding tryouts

Livingston Parish Soccer Association will host competitive league tryouts for its Twister team at the LPSA Soccer Complex/Sidney Hutchinson Park, La. 1029 in Walker. Tryouts for boys and girls born from 1998 to 2004 will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 4 and 6 p.m. to 8… Continue reading →

Top student athletes honored by North Oaks medical groups

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- From left are Ponchatoula High School Assistant Principal Mary Beth Crovetto, North Oaks Sports Medicine athletic trainer Jonathan Gantt, Student-Athlete of the Month Mallory Vining and Ponchatoula High School head softball coach Hollie Teague.

North Oaks Sports Medicine and North Oaks Physician Group’s orthopaedic surgeons’ Student-Athletes of the Month for April are Mallory Vining, of Ponchatoula High School; Hayden Dupuy, of Oak Forest Academy in Amite; Callie Roddy, of French Settlement High School; and Tyler Dawsey, of Doyle High School in Livingston. Vining, 16 and a sophomore, has a 3.9… Continue reading →

Livingston 4-H Shooting Sports receives grant

Livingston Parish 4-H Shooting Sports has received a grant in the amount of $9,214.37 from the NRA Foundation to fund shooting equipment and supplies for the upcoming year. “We are very excited about seeing youth excel in shooting programs and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community,” 4-H Agent Jessie Hoover said.… Continue reading →

Hunter to lead bands at Denham Springs

Photo provided by Andrew Hunter - Andrew Hunter, Denham Springs High School director of bands

Denham Springs High School recently welcomed Andrew Hunter as its new director of bands. Hunter was introduced to band members and their families at the annual Jacket Pride band banquet held at the school on May 10. Hunter comes to DSHS from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was an instructor in the School of… Continue reading →

LSU AgCenter agent’s work recognized

Photo provided by Tammi Arender -- Gathered at the Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual convention in Natchitoches recently, from left, are Dr. Adell Brown Jr., of Southern University; Dr. Gina Eubanks, of Southern and LSU AgCenters; Layne Langley, West Feliciana/Livingston extension agent; and Dr. Karen Overstreet, LSU School of Food and Nutrition Sciences. Langley is a resident of Zachary.

Layne Langley, LSU AgCenter Extension agent for West Feliciana and Livingston parishes, won several awards for her efforts to promote a greater quality of life among young people and the community at the Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences’ annual convention held recently in Natchitoches. Langley won awards in photography, school wellness and family… Continue reading →

A Door of Hope founder to visit women’s group

Tangipahoa Professional Women will meet at noon Wednesday at Rosaryville in Ponchatoula. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome to attend. Kristin Maddox, of A Door of Hope, will be the guest speaker with the topic “Rock Bottom and Back.” Officer nominations will be taken for the 2016-17 year, which begins in July,… Continue reading →