Feeling jilted, Livingston council sends attorney packing

The Livingston Parish Council sent the parish’s arbitration attorney packing back to Washington, D.C., on Thursday night after refusing to go into executive session with him to discuss what options the parish might have after losing a $59 million case over Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs. A three-judge panel of the Continue reading →

36 vehicles burglarized near Denham Springs

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Livingston mayors update town happenings

Mayors from throughout Livingston Parish took turns at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast on July 9 with the intention of providing updates about their towns. But what drew gasps was Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin’s announcement to a packed audience at Forrest Grove Plantation during the breakfast. While many Denham Springs residents wait anxiously for the … Continue reading →

Denham Springs gets national accreditation

Denham Springs Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street program for meeting the 2013 commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a news release from the Denham Springs Main Street program said. Each year, the National Main Street … Continue reading →

Church puts packs on kids’ backs

Advocate photo by VON DE LEIGH HATCHER - Charlie Williams, 8, receives a free backpack Saturday during Satsuma Baptist Church's annual backpack giveaway.

More than 100 children from Livingston Parish now have a jump-start on the approaching school year after receiving free backpacks Saturday. The giveaway was part of Satsuma Baptist Church’s annual event to help families in the community, student pastor Otis Voss said. “That’s what it’s all about — just reaching out … Continue reading →

Shakespearean comedy to be presented at Wholly Ground

Photo provided by SHANE STEWART -- Joni Bankston, left, and Haley Miller, prepare for the upcoming performance of William Shakespeare's

The Acorn Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” July 24-26 at the Wholly Ground Coffee Shop’s Theatre, 28245 Walker South Road, Walker. The performances will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. “The Comedy of Errors” is Shakespeare’s earliest comedy and shortest surviving play, director Shane Stewart said. … Continue reading →

North Oaks clinic expands staff, services

North Oaks Primary Care Clinic, of Independence, has expanded staff and services to offer health care for patients of all ages, from birth to senior adulthood. Family Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Haase has joined her husband, Dr. Anthony Haase III, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician, in practice at the Independence-based clinic. The Haases specialize in wellness checkups, … Continue reading →

Livingston sheriff’s Facebook page is well-liked

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page has surpassed 20,000 likes, said Sheriff Jason Ard in a news release. “This is something we take great pride in because our LPSO Facebook page is one of the ways in which we communicate with the public,” Ard said. “We are constantly in search of ways to share accurate information … Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa pets available for July 24, 2014

Photo provided -- Lily is a female Chihuahua who needs a permanent home.

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 needs old newspapers to line animal kennels and accepts donations of food and animal … Continue reading →

Assess the Need collects school supply donations

Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor is sponsoring the parish’s Assess the Need campaign in an effort to provide school supplies for about 2,500 needy children who attend Livingston Parish public schools. This year’s school supply drive, which is supported by volunteers, business donations and charitable gifts, marks the 14th year that Taylor has worked with school officials … Continue reading →

‘Sycamore Row’ top title at Livingston library

The top five adult fiction titles for July at the Livingston Parish Library are “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham, “Takedown Twenty” by Janet Evanovich, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie and “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson. The top five adult nonfiction titles are the “Guinness World Records,” “Killing Jesus: … Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa Council on Aging for July 24-31, 2014

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, cornbread, grape juice, raisin cream pie, milk. … Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for July 24-31, 2014

STORY TIME: 10 a.m., Livingston Parish Library Albany-Springfield Branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. (225) 567-1441. Also July 31. QUILTING BASICS: 10 a.m., Livingston Parish Library Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Patrons must bring scissors, a needle, thread and thimble while the branch will provide the fabric. Registration is required. (225) 665-8118. “SNOW … Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for July 24-31, 2014

HAMMOND RECREATION DEPARTMENT: 8:30 a.m., gym walking; and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., line dancing for beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers. STARTING AND FINANCING A BUSINESS: 9 a.m., Tangipahoa Parish Library Amite Branch, 204 N.E. Central Ave., Amite. The workshop is sponsored by the Amite Chamber of Commerce. (985) 748-7151. BABY BOTS: 10:15 a.m., Tangipahoa Parish Library … Continue reading →

Body of Ponchatoula teenager found near Gulf Shores, Ala.

Chaston Brown

The body of a Ponchatoula teenager who disappeared Sunday while swimming at a public beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, was found Tuesday. A swimmer reported finding the 17-year-old boy, identified by his friends as Chaston Brown, about 1:30 p.m. in the water near East Gulf Place, a few city blocks east of where Brown was last … Continue reading →

Ponchatoula teen missing in waters near Gulf Shores, Ala.

Chaston Brown

A search is ongoing in Alabama for a missing Ponchatoula teen last seen Sunday afternoon in the waters off a public beach in Gulf Shores. The Gulf Shores Police Department received a swimmer-in-distress call at about 4 p.m. Sunday for the 17-year-old boy, department spokesman Cpl. Josh Coleman said. Coleman did not name the teen, … Continue reading →

No winners in dispute over Gustav claims in Livingston

Left, former Livingston Parish contractor Corey Delahoussaye; Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks

A debris removal contractor’s lawsuit against Livingston Parish threatens to turn parish politics on its head in the wake of an arbitration ruling denying the parish’s $59 million claim for Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs. But whether the bank that is holding the contractor’s debt will force the dormant lawsuit forward is a question parish officials say … Continue reading →

Livingston Parish takes strides to fix accounting problems

Livingston Parish resolved two dozen of its 30 audit findings from last year, but officials still need to improve on estimating expenditures, accounting for permit revenue and keeping the parish’s priority road list updated, according to the 2013 audit report. In a separate letter to the parish government, the accountants at LaPorte of Covington also advised … Continue reading →

Man shares insight into Native American culture, traditions

Advocate staff photo by SUSIE CAMBRE -- Native American historian Tom 'Strong Buffalo' Varnado gives a demonstration about Indian artifacts and replicas, and tells tales of old Indian myths July 10 as part of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau's Native American Exhibit in Hammond. The last presentations will be at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday.

Vibrating tribal drums, rattles and piercing war whoops caught the attention — and interest — of the crowd gathered July 10 at the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as Native American historian Tom “Strong Buffalo” Varnado talked about the traditions of growing up as a Native American. “I learned to hunt, fish, … Continue reading →

Around Livingston for July 17, 2014

Livingston Parish and the city of Walker will host a Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at Sidney Hutchinson Memorial Park in Walker. Residents are asked to enter the collection site from Corbin Avenue onto Ball Park Road at the north end, a news release from Livingston Parish Office of Homeland … Continue reading →

North Oaks radiologic graduates class of 13

Photo provided by MELANIE ZAFFUTO -- Graduates of the 44th class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology, first row from left, are Tiffany Hebert, Jamie Canal, Britney Rogers, Megan May, Hilarie Smith; and second row, Kimberly Taylor, Nicole Coslan, Clint Cambre, Rashima Jenkins, Tim Hollywood, Sam Crenshaw, Jacy Clemons and Natalie Forst.

Graduates of the 44th class of the North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology were honored during a ceremony July 7 in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center. The 13 graduates are Clint Cambre, of Port Vincent; Jamie L. Canal and Timothy Hollywood, both of Hammond; Jacy B. Clemons, of Kentwood; Nicole Lynn Coslan, of Independence; Samuel E. … Continue reading →

Options employees honored for service

Photo provided by CHRISTIE GARDINER -- Employees honored June 18 during the Option's annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon, first row from left, are Emily Bell, 21 years;  Martha Wilson, 21 years; Sylvia Bush, 35 years; Gwen Allbritton-Gueary, 33 years; Mable Jasper, 30 years; and second row, Charlesetta Wright, nine years; Catherine Hornsby, 15 years;  Christine Bell, 28 years; Patricia Adams, 15 years; and Tawanna Mosley, 21 years.

More than 100 employees who have worked at Options in Hammond for five or more years were honored at the non-profit agency’s Employee Appreciation Luncheon on June 18 at Middendorf’s restaurant. “I am so thankful for each and every person for their passion and commitment to help people with disabilities live and work in … Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa pets for July 17, 2014

Sunshine is a friendly, 2-year-old Labrador mix.

These pets are available at Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control, 15487 Club Deluxe Road, Hammond. The shelter is open for pet adoptions from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (985) 543-0215. Pets can be adopted from the Tangi Humane Society by calling (985) 419-9900. … Continue reading →

Free Kids Bike Race set July 26 in Denham Springs

Pelican State Credit Union will host its 11th annual free Kids Bike Race on July 26 at Abundant Life Church, 206 Edgewood Drive, Denham Springs. The event is for children 12 and younger, who will be entered to win a free bike. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m., and the bike races begin at 10 a.m. Three … Continue reading →

Livingston Parish calendar for July 17-24, 2014

STORY TIME: 10 a.m., Livingston Parish Library Albany-Springfield Branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. (225) 567-1441. MOVE WITH ME STORIES: 10 a.m., Livingston Parish Library South Branch, 23477 La. 444, Livingston. Stories and exercise for children. (225) 698-3015. FAMILY COOKING CLASS: 11 a.m., Livingston Parish Library Watson Branch, 36581 Outback Road, Denham Springs. Anne Milneck, owner … Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for July 17-24, 2014

CAR SEAT FITTING STATION: 8 a.m., North Oaks Diagnostic Center, 15790 Paul Vega M.D. Drive, Hammond. Certified child passenger safety technicians will install child and booster seats by appointment. (985) 230-7777 HAMMOND RECREATION DEPARTMENT: 8:30 a.m., gym walking; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., line dancing. BABY BOTS: 10:15 a.m., Tangipahoa Parish Library Loranger Branch, 19451 … Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa Council on Aging for July 17-24, 2014

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.) Hamburger on a bun, lettuce/tomato/pickle, mayonnaise/mustard, baked beans, cantaloupe, milk. Black eyed peas and sausage … Continue reading →

Driver killed trying to make a U-turn on U.S. 51 Wednesday

A 20-year-old Amite man trying to make a U-turn on a highway Wednesday morning died when an oncoming car struck his passenger side and shoved his car off the roadway, State Police said. A 1-year-old child in the other vehicle who was not properly restrained suffered minor injuries in the crash, Trooper Jared Sandifer said. … Continue reading →

Old-fashioned good time for Fourth

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Matilyn Cookmeyer, left, and Nate Traylor, center, compete in the sack races Friday during the city of Walker's Fourth of July celebration at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker.

Old-fashioned good time Walker residents celebrated Independence Day with games, food and fireworks on July 4 in Sidney Hutchinson Park. The festivities featured old-fashioned games, such as sack races; a Challenger Division game; a disc jockey; rides and inflatable bounces, including water slides. A ceremony recognizing veterans was also held. The fun ended with … Continue reading →

Chamber of Commerce expanding new headquarters

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will soon have a new home — one that will make it easier for the nonprofit agency to serve businesses in the community. The chamber broke ground June 20 for the 1,000-square-foot addition to a building they purchased last year at 248 Veterans Boulevard, Denham Springs. … Continue reading →

Chamber CEO Wehrs completes training program

Photo provided -- April Wehrs

April Wehrs, the president and CEO of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from The Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Wehrs completed 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management, a news release from the organization said. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward … Continue reading →

SLU recognizes 4,042 on 2014 honors list

Southeastern Louisiana University has named 4,042 students to its honors list for the spring 2014 semester. The honors list is divided into three academic levels. To be named to the President’s List, students must have earned a 3.50 or better grade point average. Students on the Dean’s List have earned a 3.20-3.49 GPA, and Honor Roll students … Continue reading →

Barbecue cook-off benefits OPTIONS

Photo provided by CHRISTIE GARDINER -- The Party Posse took home the title of Best Chicken on May 31 during the 2014 Paul Ingraffia Memorial Bragging Rights Backyard Barbecue Cookoff to benefit Options, a nonprofit organization designed to help adults with disabilities live and work in the community. Winners, from left, are Ellen Harter, Randy Brown, Darla Whittington, Mary Haley and Joey Haley.

Barbecue enthusiasts put their cooking skills to the test during the 2014 Paul Ingraffia Memorial Bragging Rights Backyard Barbecue Cook-off on May 31 in Loranger. The fourth annual event was organized by Wilbert and Tuffy Campbell, and all the proceeds went to Options, a nonprofit organization in Hammond that helps people with disabilities live and work in the … Continue reading →

Hundreds walk in tradition

Advocate staff photo by SUSIE CAMBRE -- Joe Messina, Covington, plays a soulful version of taps as Bob Priez, Hammond, the director of the Italian Town Band looks on at the 87th Annual Blessed Mother Feast held at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Tickfaw. During the first weekend in July, event participants walk several miles in a procession to honor Our Lady of Grace in a feast which coincides with a similar celebration in Palermo, Italy

More than 100 Catholics walked several miles in the hot sun through the village of Tickfaw down La. 442 on Sunday to honor their loved ones and ask for special intentions. As parishioners moved from Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church to the Mother of Grace Chapel as part of the celebration of … Continue reading →

Livingston-Tangipahoa pets available for July 10, 2014

Meow-Meow is a friendly, female adult cat, who needs a good home.

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 needs old newspapers to line animal kennels and accepts donations of food and animal … Continue reading →