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Gravel pit concerns go beyond water quality

Watson residents have turned out in droves to oppose the construction of a gravel pit near a residential subdivision, raising wide-ranging concerns beyond the water quality issues slated to be discussed at an upcoming public hearing. More than 700 residents have signed a petition opposing Southern Aggregates’ plans to locate a 238-acre sand and gravel mining operation… Continue reading →

One dead, two injured in Livingston Parish wreck

One person died and two others were injured in a three-vehicle wreck in Livingston Parish on Saturday afternoon, State Police said Sunday. Luke Matthews III, 21, was heading north on La. 16 about 4 p.m. Saturday when his 2013 Chevrolet Impala veered across the center line for unknown reasons, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said in a… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish School Board considers crisis, athlete grade policies

The Livingston School Board is considering adopting two new policies: one that would overhaul the school district’s crisis response and another that would require student athletes to maintain a C average. As for crisis response, even the policy name would be changed — from Emergency Drills to Emergency/Crisis Management, indicating the new… Continue reading →

Facing lawsuit, Hammond agrees to waive fees for candidates

Livingston deputies search for person in truck theft, identity theft

Photo provided by Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office -- Livingston Parish Sheriffâs Office were dispatched to 28370 LA Highway 63 located in Livingston in reference to a vehicle theft complaint. The sheriff's office asking for help in identifying this unknown white male.

Livingston Parish deputies are asking the public for help finding the person believed to have stolen a truck, personal information and credit cards. Law enforcement was called to 28370 La. 63 the night of Sept. 3 for a reported vehicle theft, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. A victim said his blue 2007 Chevrolet Silverado… Continue reading →

Church holds training for hurricane season

Photo provided by NANCY MALONE -- Gerald Rainey, a St. Francis Episcopal member, left, and Don Allen, of First United Methodist, work together to collapse a cot at the end of Red Cross shelter training. In the background Bill Drake, of First United Methodist, works with his partner. First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs hosted the Red Cross disaster training Saturday.

The Rev. Jacqueline King’s is one step closer to fulfilling her church’s mission of creating a place of healing, refuge and restoration. First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs hosted a disaster-relief training seminar taught by the American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes program. The seminar, which was… Continue reading →

LYFC welcomes new director

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN ARCENEAUX -- Kelvin D. McCoy, a licensed clinical social worker, is the new director of Livingston Youth and Family Services in Denham Springs, a a nonprofit agency dedicated to preventing and resolving problems through affordable, professional mental health counseling.

The walls in his office are void of pictures, and his desk is scattered with only work-related paperwork. Instead of spending time decorating his new office, Kelvin D. McCoy has gone right to work since Sept. 2, when he took the helm as new director of Livingston Youth… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Sept. 18, 2014

The September exhibit at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish features men in their exhibit “Just by Men.” The exhibit is open until Oct. 2, when the women will then take over in “Just by Women.” The exhibit features the works of artists Kerry Curtin, Marc Girouard, Joe Hotard, Larry Offner, Dody Sandifer, Michael… Continue reading →

First 200 visitors to market get free groceries

Pelican State Credit Union is giving away $20 in free groceries to the first 200 shoppers to visit Carter’s Supermarket, 8439 Vincent Road, Denham Springs, starting at 9 a.m. Friday. Carter’s Supermarket is locally owned and operated by the Cain family, a news release said. Those interested do not have to be a… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula outdoor art stroll seeks artists

Artists are needed for an outdoor art stroll in Ponchatoula. The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce invites artists to participate free in its first Gotta Have Art Stroll Oct. 4, in conjunction with the annual Antique Appraisal Day, a news release from the organization said. Artists who create in all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor,… Continue reading →

Denham student named semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program

Morgan J. Rea, of Denham Springs High School, was named one of 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation said Sept. 11 in a news release. The approximately 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for about 7,600 national merit scholarships worth about $33 million were announced Sept. 11.… Continue reading →

SLU Career Fair set for Thursday

Southeastern Louisiana University students and alumni are invited to participate in Career Fair 2014, the Office of Career Services’ annual universitywide career event, a news release from the university said. Held as a benefit exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, Career Fair 2014 will include more than 150 organizational participants and will be from 9 a.m. to… Continue reading →

Amite High School announces homecoming court

Photo provided by DANA MCLIN - Junior homecoming maids, from left, Ty'Miera Lee, Ayana Buchanan and LaDestiny Walker

The Amite High School Warriors will play Belaire at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Amite High School. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors make up this year’s homecoming court. They are freshmen Mattie Dunham, Victoria Muse, Ania Johnson; sophomores Breandra Brown, Kiera Foster, Tajhariea Taylor; juniors Ty’Miera Lee, Ayana Buchanan, LaDestiny Walker; and seniors Eurkeisha Downs,… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for Sept. 18-25, 2014

HAMMOND RECREATION DEPARTMENT CLASSES: 8:30 a.m., Hammond Recreation Center, 19325 Hipark Blvd., Hammond. Gym walking and veterans breakfast; 10 a.m., line dancing for intermediate and advanced dancers. AFTER HOURS: 5 p.m., Hammond Square, Stirling Properties,… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for Sept. 18-25, 2014

BOOK BABIES: 10 a.m., Livingston Parish Library Watson Branch, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. The storytime is designed to introduce babies to books and music while encouraging them to crawl and play. ONE-ON-ONE TECH HELP: 5:30 p.m., Livingston Parish Library Albany-Springfield… Continue reading →

‘Sweeney Todd’ to be presented in Hammond

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the Broadway musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St, Hammond. “Stephen Sondheim is a living Broadway legend; for the last 50 years his musicals have continually expanded the… Continue reading →

Denham store aids in fundraising for 4-H programs

Photo provided by MARY SORENSON -- Livingston Parish 4-H agents Jessie Hoover, left, and Christy Sorenson, right, present the Denham Springs Tractor Supply Store Manager Bill Auuch with the Class Champion Award for meeting the company goals during the 4-H/TSC Spring 2014 Paper Clover Promotion.

The Denham Springs Tractor Supply Company store was recognized for winning the “Class Champion” award for meeting the company’s goals during the 4-H/TSC Paper Clover promotion for Spring. Store employees at the Denham Springs TSC store raised at least a 20 percent transaction percentage, raised a minimum of $300 for Paper Clover donations and received a ribbon… Continue reading →

Ronald McDonald visits Holy Ghost first-graders

Photo provided by CINDY WAGNER --  Students learn good manners -- Ali Prima and her teacher Mollie Bonfiglio, hold the magic wand as first graders use good manner words to make a picture appear on Ronald McDonald's paper.

Ronald McDonald visited the first-grade classes at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond on Sept. 2, and presented his new program, “A Friendship Adventure with Ronald McDonald.” During this show, McDonald was on a quest to help students lead happy, active lives, a news release from the school said. Mixed with humor and audience participation, the show… Continue reading →

North Oaks opens clinic in Denham Springs

Photo provided -- Michelle Civello

North Oaks Physician Group has opened a primary care clinic in Denham Springs. The clinic specializes in comprehensive health care for children, 2 and older, and adults, a news release from North Oaks said. The new clinic is located at 31839 La. 16, Suite B, Denham Springs. The clinic is open from 7:30 a.m. to… Continue reading →

‘Top Secret Twenty-One’ is top library title

The top five adult fiction titles are “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich, “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham, “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn and “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles. The top five adult nonfiction titles are “Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story Of His Trip To Heaven And… Continue reading →

Jindal names Hammond man to DHH board

Gov. Bobby Jindal reappointed Alexander “Butch” Martin Jr. to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners for Sanitarians, which functions within the Department of Health and Hospitals, licenses, establishes licensing guidelines and regulates licensed sanitarians. According to statute, the board consists of seven members, including the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Louisiana… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa Council on Aging for Sept. 18-25

LIVINGSTON PARISH COUNCIL ON AGING AND TANGIPAHOA VOLUNTARY COUNCIL ON AGING: Meal site menus. (For more meal site locations, please call (225) 664-9343 in Livingston Parish or (985) 748-7486 in Tangipahoa Parish.) Sausage and pinto beans, steamed rice, steamed spinach, corn bread, grape juice and raisin cream pie snack cake.… Continue reading →

Deputies find body on Albany road Sunday, searching for information

Livingston Parish deputies are searching for the driver of a vehicle that is believed to have struck and killed a man in Albany on Sunday. Authorities were alerted to a body on the middle of the 31000 block of North Cafe Line Road about 3 a.m. Sunday. They found 27-year-old Cleveland Mareal Barnes Jr., of Tickfaw, unresponsive… Continue reading →

Hammond man accused in the cutting, wounding of man

A suspected slasher was arrested Monday by deputies, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. Authorities were called to Benton Road in Tickfaw late Sunday where they found a victim with lacerations to his face and abdomen. Deputies believe an argument led to a fight with “numerous subjects,” according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.… Continue reading →

Denham Spring couple accused of operating meth lab

Brandon and Selena Ducharme

A Denham Springs couple suspected of operating a meth lab was arrested Thursday after Walker police received a call about a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on Vera McGowan, near the Walker South Road exit of Interstate 12. When officer Clint Walker arrived at the scene around 4:30 p.m., he found a Honda Civic occupied… Continue reading →

Ricks signals displeasure with council over proposed charter amendments headed to Livingston’s voters

Five proposed changes to the Livingston Parish Home Rule Charter will go before voters in December, despite Parish President Layton Ricks’ refusal to sign the ordinance calling for the election. Ricks returned the ordinance to the Parish Council office unsigned Thursday — a move that doesn’t prevent it from going into effect but does signal his disagreement… Continue reading →

Judge denies whistleblower status to contractor, but says he can pursue retaliation claims against Livingston Parish

Corey Delahoussaye

A federal judge on Thursday threw out some of contractor Corey Delahoussaye’s claims against Livingston Parish for the termination of his contract after he reported allegedly illegal cleanup work following Hurricane Gustav. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick ruled Thursday that Delahoussaye did not qualify for whistleblower status under state law because he was an independent contractor,… Continue reading →

Man clearing brush run over by his mower

Investigators seek shooter, accomplice in Independence shooting

A Wednesday afternoon shooting in Independence has left one man in critical condition and Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies on the hunt for the gunman and his accomplice. Authorities were called about 4 p.m. to Blackcat Road, where they found a 25-year-old man who had been shot, according to a Sheriff’s Office news… Continue reading →

Roseland students learn valuable skills helping peers

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Acting principal Rhonda Vaccaro hands name tags to students who hold morning jobs Thursday at Roseland Elementary Montessori School.

There’s a cadre of students at Roseland Elementary Montessori School who are learning skills that may help them land those perfect jobs later in life — make that much later in life. Eligible students in grades 3 through 6 serve as student assistants, student ambassadors, flag crew members, comedians and meteorologists, Montessori… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Sept. 11, 2014

Seventh Ward Elementary will celebrate its 100th birthday in the spring. The celebration will start at 1 p.m. Feb. 27 in the school’s multipurpose building. A reception for former students and staff will be at noon. Anyone with memorabilia or photos is asked to contact Laura Dunlap at (225) 665-5815 or… Continue reading →

4-H Club to include more students

For the first time in 20 years, home-school students and youths who attend Livingston Parish schools that don’t offer a 4-H Club can join one of the nation’s largest youth organizations. The LSU Agricultural Center in Livingston Parish has started the Members-at-Large 4-H organization, which is open to nontraditional students. The decision to start the group… Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa pets available for Sept. 11, 2014

Photo provided -- Kopie is an adult female hound.

These pets are available at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter, 600 Bowman St., Denham Springs. The shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The shelter accepts donations of newspapers, food and animal supplies. Call (225) 664-4472 or (225) 773-8022.… Continue reading →

Free computer repairs for vets on Sept. 11

OK Computers, 1302 Florida Ave., Denham Springs, will thank veterans for their service with free computer repairs Thursday. Businesses across the nation will join the Freedom Day USA, a national Thank-You Movement for members of the military,their immediate families and veterans. To learn more about the movement, visit or Continue reading →