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Livingston woman killed in Friday morning traffic accident

A Livingston woman is dead after a Friday morning traffic wreck, according to State Police. Angela Wilson, 44, was driving east on La. 42 near La. 63 around 7 a.m. when her truck drifted across the center line and hit a westbound truck head-on, State Police wrote in a news release. Wilson, who was not… Continue reading →

Pick up Persian rugs, leather-inlay writing desk, other ornate items for your mansion at Pennington estate auction Saturday

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A variety of glassware, curios, art and furniture up for auction. The items are from the Pennington estate and the Larose estate in New Orleans.

The opulence of the Pennington estate, once sprawled across 12.5 acres of land and 36,689 square feet of floor space, now sits condensed into a Livingston Parish auction hall, where items will go up for bid Saturday morning. When it sold for $6 million earlier this year, real estate agents… Continue reading →

Family, fair officials give conflicting stories about how 10-year-old girl was injured in ride at Livingston Parish Fair

Advocate staff photo by STEVE HARDY -- The "Combo" ride at the Livingston Parish Fair. Officials have said a girl required hospitalization after falling from the ride Tuesday evening.

Family and fair officials have offered conflicting stories following the hospitalization of a 10-year-old girl who fell from a fair ride Tuesday night, the state fire marshal said Wednesday. The office has performed a preliminary investigation and found no evidence of mechanical failure, Fire Marshal Butch Browning said. However,… Continue reading →

Former East Baton Rouge registrar arrested in Livingston Parish, accused of impersonating a peace officer

Nat Bankston

The former East Baton Rouge Parish registrar of voters was arrested Monday night and accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer and drug possession. Nat Bankston, 67, called authorities in Livingston Parish and told them he made a traffic stop of another vehicle that he claims passed his vehicle,… Continue reading →

Candidates vie for four Livingston council seats

Jim Norred Jr.

Infrastructure, economic development and building a civic center top the list of priorities for the 11 Denham Springs-area candidates seeking seats on the Livingston Parish Council. The Denham Springs races include Districts 2 through 5 of the council’s nine seats. Early voting for the Oct. 24 primary starts Saturday. In the… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Oct. 8, 2015

Denham Springs High School will hold its Junior and Senior Parent Night Thursday, Oct. 15, at Hornsby Gym. The junior meeting starts at 6 p.m. and covers graduation requirements, diploma pathways, TOPS scholarship requirements, advanced placement courses, career and technical education courses and CLEP testing. The senior meeting starts at… Continue reading →

Sports Roundup for Oct. 8, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Headshot of new columnist Scott Hotard.

The change to cooler weather brings with it the start of district play for many high schools throughout Louisiana. In Livingston Parish, the District 4-5A trio of Denham Springs, Live Oak and Walker head into league action this week knowing their toughest games of the season are surely still ahead.… Continue reading →

Denham Springs PD seeks volunteers

— The Denham Springs Police Department is looking for volunteers to help beef up its ranks, and it has put out a call for reservists to join the force. Those who meet the criteria receive about 360 hours of training at the police academy followed by a minimum of 14 weeks of field… Continue reading →

SLU ambassadors picked for program

Rian Earnest

Southeastern Louisiana University students Rian Earnest, of Ponchatoula, and Tony Miller, of Hammond, have been named ambassadors and awarded scholarships by the SLU Office of Experiential Learning for helping to promote the university’s Real-World Ready initiative. Real-World Ready is part of SLU’s Quality Enhancement Plan that is tied to its application for reaccreditation by the Southern Association… Continue reading →

Campus Pride Days at Amite High

Photo provided by Dana McLin -- Amite High School teacher Jody Crowe rakes up dead vegetation during during the school’s first Campus Pride Day on Sept. 19.

Amite High School Interim Principal Reneé Carpenter has launched Campus Pride Days where students, teachers, parents and the community come together to take ownership and pride in the school facility, a news release said. “Just because our school may be an older facility does not mean it can’t be clean, organized and improved upon, and it starts… Continue reading →

Livingston puts focus on domestic violence

For some Livingston Parish residents, the nightmare of domestic violence can become a reality. Victims of domestic violence will be recognized during a public ceremony on Oct. 15, in observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment, or SAFE, will hold its annual event at 5 p.m. at the Denham Springs Police… Continue reading →

Ponchatoula siblings earn $5,000 scholarships

Photo provided by Ashley Flower -- Braiden Bates, of Ponchatoula, receives a scholarship from Rite Aid Pharmacy District Manager Tommy Martin on Sept. 23. Bates’s father, Pfc. Brian Russell Bates, was killed in action.

Siblings Rylie and Braiden Bates, of Ponchatoula, received Folds of Honor educational scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each from The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program during an in-store event Sept. 23 at Rite Aid Pharmacy, 7570 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. Rylie and Braiden Bates are the children of Enjolie Bates and the late Pfc. Brian Russell… Continue reading →

Candidates, public invited to meet-and-greet

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host a meet-and-greet event Oct. 13 at the Suma Center in Denham Springs for all candidates representing Livingston Parish, including those who have won their respective seats, a news release said. The public is invited to attend. The meet-and-greet, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be followed by… Continue reading →

OLOL expands heart services to Livingston

Dr. Paul Dampf

Our Lady of the Lake has expanded heart care services to its clinic location in Livingston Parish and added a new cardiologist, a news release said. Electrophysiology services are available at the Louisiana Cardiology Associates clinic in Denham Springs, providing a focus on heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias, the release said.… Continue reading →

Live Oak crowns beauty queens

Photo provided by Paiton Achord -- Gathered for a photo Sept. 19 at the Live Oak High School beauty pageant, from left, are Junior Miss Live Oak J’Lynn Shelby, Miss Live Oak Joshlyn Shelby and Teen Miss Live Oak Morgan Jones.

Live Oak High School in Watson held its annual beauty pageant Sept. 19 featuring girls ages 3 to 17 who attend a Live Oak school or Amite Church Academy. Several titles were issued in the high school division of the pageant. Joshlyn Shelby was crowned Miss Live Oak 2015 and her younger sister, J’Lynn Shelby,… Continue reading →

Entergy grants $22,500 to educational program

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Gathered recently  to celebrate Entergy Louisiana’s support for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Project Lion, from left, are Entergy representatives Eunice Harris, Tangipahoa customer service representative; Regional Manager of Customer Service Dane Smith; Entergy Louisiana President Phillip R. May; SLU President John L. Crain; Gerlinde Beckers, assistant professor of education and project advisor; Shirley Jacobs, dean of the College of Education; and Southeastern Director of Individual, Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynn Horgan.

The Entergy Charitable Foundation recently presented a $22,500 grant to a Hammond after-school educational program sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Teaching and Learning and several other sponsors. The grant will be used with Project Lion , a community partnership that provides affordable after-school academic and enrichment activities for students in grades four through eight, SLU… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa group presents Dictionary Project books

Photo provided by Sandra Madere -- Busy Bees President Sandra Madere, back left, and Busy Bees Literacy Chairwoman Terry Voight, back right, gather for a photo at Mater Dolorosa Elementary School in Independence with third-graders, front row from left, Brayden Hernandez, Gaven Truxillo, Kaylyn Jackson, Sarah Gandolfo, Savannah Canale, Adrianna Castillo, Clara Livingston; and back row, Riley Powell, Dane DiVittorio, Nicholas Trapen, Chase Langzettle, Emma Day, Mariah Wright, Luca Costa, Madison Franicevic, Zachary Langston and Brayden Santangelo. Not pictured are Ryan Alford and Drake Smith.

The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community Busy Bees, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, recently presented copies of the 2015 edition of the Dictionary Project’s dictionary to Karen Wilder’s third-grade class at Mater Dolorosa Elementary School in Independence. The program began in 1995 in Charleston, South Carolina, as a way for each child to… Continue reading →

Common thread unites Amite on Quilt Trail

Photo provided by Carol Brooke -- Amite Kiwanis Club President Alvin Stevens, Kiwanis member Larry Mobley and artist Kim Zabbia, from left, display a quilt block titled ‘Leaders Serving Others.’

More Amite businesses and organizations have sponsored quilt blocks for the Louisiana Quilt Trail. The Tangipahoa Parish Fair Board quilt block’s display, called “The Tangipahoa Parish Connection,” is at 400 Reid Ave. The design is a Ferris wheel with riders representing livestock and poultry, plants and agricultural products, art and music, and cooking and sewing. The Ferris… Continue reading →

Group shares holiday craft ideas

Photo provided by Sandra Madere -- Jean Johnson, chairwoman of the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community's 34th annual Holiday Ideas Workshop, demonstrates the use of fresh fruit as a centerpiece for a party or dinner on Sept. 24.

Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, held its annual Holiday Ideas Workshop at the Ponchatoula Community Center on Sept. 24. The theme was “Starry Christmas Night.” The chairwoman was Jean Johnson. Member chapters demonstrated crafts and holiday ideas. Guest speakers were Donna Bouterie and Jean Hebert,… Continue reading →

Photographer expands studio on Range Ave.

Photo provided by Lana Guay -- Attending a ribbon cutting on Sept. 24 for Amy Konieczka Photography's studio expansion during Business After Hours, from left, are Livingston Parish Chamber board members Kim Sanders, Shannon Bernard and Joan Martello; Amy Konieczka, owner of Amy Konieczka Photography; Eli Konieczka; Chamber Ambassador Kathy Maust; Nicole Perret; Susanna Collins; and Rhonda Cardaronella.

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce held a Business After Hours and open house hosted by Amy Konieczka Photography on Sept. 24. Chamber members and guests gathered for a chance to network and celebrate the expansion of Konieczka’s photography studio. Konieczka expanded her studio, at 125 N. Range Ave. in Denham Springs’ Antique District, by 1,000 square… Continue reading →

Learn how to make home safe, healthy at workshop

Dr. Bobbie Shaffett, Healthy Homes coordinator at the LSU Agricultural Center’s LaHouse Resource Center, will teach a healthy homes workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Livingston Parish Library’s Denham Springs-Walker Branch. The workshop will feature ways to make a house a healthy home, along with a survey to identify home health hazards.… Continue reading →

Annie Awards recognize community service efforts

Cindy Shelton

The Annie Awards luncheon was held Sept. 25 in Hammond to honor Chris Bentley, Terri Chaucer, Judy Couvillion, Lila Hogan, Cindy Shelton and Katie Wainwright for service to the community. Dr. Patsy Causey, Jamene Dahmer and Patti Giannobile also were honored for their roles in the inception of the Annie Awards in 1998. More… Continue reading →

Student music video combats bullying

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, which is October, fourth-grade students at Amite Elementary Magnet School performed and filmed a music video to bring awareness to bullying prevention. The song was created using the music of the pop song “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. Watch the video at reading →

Students create pinwheels for peace

Photo provided by Cindy Wagner -- Holy Ghost Catholic School eighth-graders, from left, Juliette LeRay, Mallorie Vaccaro, Kate Graziano, Kylie Baudean, Amelia Pham, librarian Kathryn Huggett, Jacie Bellina, Brennon O’Neill and Cameron Dionne decorate the front lawn with pinwheels as part of a service project on Sept. 21.

Second- and third-graders at Holy Ghost Catholic School, in Hammond, under the direction of librarian Kathryn Huggett, created pinwheels in recognition of International Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, on Sept. 21. Students listened to a story about peace and then created pinwheels with messages of peace for their school,… Continue reading →

OLOL Children’s opens clinic

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital has opened a pediatric specialty clinic in Hammond offering diagnosis and treatment for digestion and gastrointestinal issues in children, a news release said. The Pediatric Specialty Clinic is at 15800 Professional Plaza Club Deluxe Road. Pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Patrice Tyson offers treatment for children from newborns to teenagers.… Continue reading →

Livingston arts council to feature ‘Men (Artists) At Work’

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will feature “Men (Artists) At Work” during November and December. Multimedia works in acrylics, colored pencils, watercolors, books, sculpture, metal works and wood works will be on display. Participating artists are Kerry Curtin, R.C. Davis, Keith Felder, Marc Girouard, Joe Hotard, Lionel Kabel, Dody Sandifer and Ken Wilson.… Continue reading →

Bon Appetit fundraiser is Oct. 15

The Amite Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual Bon Appetit fundraiser will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Florida Parishes Arena, north of Amite. The event features 22 food vendors, door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 per person and include a selection of food and beverages. Buy… Continue reading →

Thousands turn out for Denham Antiques Festival

Advocate photo by VIC COUVILLION -- Tim Strain, Ross Nunez and Darren Nunez, from left, re-enactors of 1815 Louisiana militia, prepare to offer a demonstration to visitors of the Antiques Festival held on Range Avenue in Denham Springs on Saturday. The trio belong to a group of re-enactors from throughout South Louisiana who present re-enactments of the Battle of New Orleans.

What started as a way to highlight Denham Springs’ antique shops has turned into a semiannual festival that draws shoppers and festivalgoers from neighboring parishes and states. Thousands of visitors thronged the streets of Denham Springs on Saturday for the semiannual Antiques Festival that places a spotlight on the city’s Historic Downtown District and its collection of… Continue reading →

Anglers enjoy reel fun day at Hammond lake

Advocate photo by VIC COUVILLION -- Viola Walker, Jamecia Bolden and Gwen Bell, all of Hammond, were among the almost 400 fishermen who registered for participation in Hammonds first-ever Get Out and Fish Rodeo. The event was jointly sponsored by the city of Hammond and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

After hooking up with a pound-sized catfish early in the day, Evan and Jason Monistere, of Hammond, ran to the weigh-in station to record their catch. Both said they were having fun catching fish at the first-ever Get Out and Fish Rodeo at the lake in Zemurray Park. Jason said they forgot… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for Oct. 8-15, 2015

SUNNY-SIDE UP INSPIRATIONAL BOOK CLUB: 10 a.m., Watson Branch Library, 6581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. Call (225) 664-3963. ADULT BOOK CLUB: 10:30 a.m., Main Branch Library, 20390 Iowa St., Livingston. Call (225) 686-2436. 78th Annual Livingston… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for Oct. 8-15, 2015

CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS: 8 a.m., E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, 15790 Medical Center Drive, Hammond. Certified safety technicians are available by appointment to install child passenger safety seats and boosters. They will also provide instruction on how to properly install the seat. STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m., Ponchatoula Branch Library. BOOK LOVERS TALK TIME:… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menus for Oct. 8-15, 2015

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 and lima beans, steamed rice, coleslaw, steamed spinach, cornbread, apple. Meatball hoagie with Creole sauce, O’Brien potatoes, carrots,… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Prison bookings for Sept. 23-29, 2015

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from Sept. 23-29, 2015. CHAMBERLAIN, JAMES WILLIAM: 31, 8205 Lilac St., Denham Springs, probation administrative sanction. CHRISLEY, KWAME: 24, 2302 Wild Flower St., Monroe, Department of Corrections incarceration. CUPIT, STEPHANIE: 49, 30909 N. Susie Circle, Denham Springs, possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish Council votes to hire second attorney in DEQ landfill dispute; legal bills at $120,000 and climbing

Photo from DEQ public records -- Piles of shredded waste tire material sit near the berm of a firing range in Tangipahoa Parish and included in a report on an April inspection from the state Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ has filed a compliance order against the parish because this material was supposed to be stored at the landfill location and was not supposed to be stockpiled unless it was destined for a DEQ approved project.

The Tangipahoa Parish Council voted Tuesday to hire a second attorney to help determine its options in its dispute with the state over the use of shredded tires at the parish landfill. The council also voted to extend a settlement offer to the state Department of Environmental Quality regarding millions of pounds… Continue reading →

Teenager dies in crash Friday in Livingston Parish; Denham Springs man booked on DWI, negligent homicide

A 19-year-old Deville woman lost her life in a four-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Livingston Parish. Michael Farris, 58, of Denham Springs, was driving northbound on La. 16 south of La. 63 shortly before 1 p.m. when he crossed the center line into the southbound lanes, sideswiping two vehicles and hitting another head-on, a Louisiana State… Continue reading →

Hammond man convicted of murder in shooting of crack cocaine dealer

A Hammond man was convicted of second-degree murder Friday afternoon for shooting a drug dealer 10 times over $10 worth of crack cocaine, according to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office. The night of the murder, Eugene Guidry, 37, and some associates picked up Jerrell Bird and took him to Guidry’s home. Bird sold Guidry… Continue reading →

Starkly different portraits drawn of Ponchatoula man accused of killing ex-girlfriend’s mother as trial begins

Ryan Pourciau

Ryan Pourciau is either a calculating killer who fantasized about torturing and slaying members of his ex-girlfriend’s family or a naive and scared young man who the same family manipulated and terrorized. In the coming days, a Tangipahoa Parish jury will have to choose between the starkly different… Continue reading →

Walker prepares for improvements

A community center, a dog park and a new baseball field for children with special needs are among the many improvements Walker officials envision for Sidney Hutchinson Park in the coming months. The ground at the southeast corner of the park on Corbin Avenue is already being prepared for the community center. Capable of sustaining 160-mph… Continue reading →