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Ponchatoula woman arrested for shooting boyfriend in stomach

Winter Flowers, 32, was arrested after shooting her boyfriend in the stomach with an assault rifle, authorities said Wednesday.

A Ponchatoula woman was arrested after shooting her boyfriend in the stomach with an assault rifle, authorities said Wednesday. Winter Flowers, 32, and her boyfriend, Monroe Meyers, 38, were arguing at their home late Tuesday afternoon, when Meyers allegedly threatened Flowers with the rifle, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday. After… Continue reading →

Inmate medical services on the decline in Livingston Parish

Declining inmate medical expenses have helped Livingston Parish government bring its jail costs more in line with revenues, and a recent low bid for pharmaceutical services could help further the trend. The Parish Council accepted a low bid last week from Contract Pharmacy Services, which will provide medications for inmates… Continue reading →

Hungarian Society pushes to finish new museum

Photo provided by Claire Salinas -- This sign serves as a welcome to the site of the future Hungarian Settlement Museum.

The Hungarian Historical Society has been working since its inception in 2000 to transform an old school house into a museum honoring the Hungarian culture and people. As of September, they received enough grant money to complete the project. The society has received several grants, but a grant from the Louisiana Capitol Outlay Program gave it the… Continue reading →

Holiday celebration kicks off Friday

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Ally Sanders, 7, of Denham Springs talks with Santa at the Denham Springs Antique Village Christmas Open House last year.

Snow is expected in Denham Springs Friday. The snow — or what passes for the wet, white stuff in Louisiana — is part of the city’s celebration of the holiday season during the official lighting of Old City Hall, on Mattie Street. The festivities, set from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include music, activities and… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Nov. 26, 2015

Denham Springs High School’s Jackets Against Destructive Decisions will host the annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the DSHS cafeteria. Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy breakfast with a visit from Santa, who will take a picture with each child. Crafts and holiday safety activities… Continue reading →

Sports Roundup for Nov. 26, 2015

Thomas Kelton, Denham Springs cross country runner

Prior to first-year coach Brett Beard’s arrival in January, Live Oak High School football had never won a playoff game, and the Eagles had only qualified for the postseason once in six years as a member of Class 5A. A memorable run for the program ended Friday night in a 25-2 loss to John Ehret… Continue reading →

Classroom Spotlight: North Corbin Elementary School kindergarten

Photo provided by Delia Taylor -- Melissa Knaps’ 2015-16 kindergarten class at North Corbin Elementary School in Walker includes, front from left, Timothy White, Layla McCallister, Hayden Hopkins, Bayleigh Compton, Treston Vinet and Caleb Lee; middle, Weston Sykora, Orey Spencer, Kamdyn Harvey, Grace Martin, Colt Turner, Kayleigh Honeycutt and Tristan Brewer; and back, Knaps, Cody Cooper, Payten Rice, Andrew Aguillard, Leroy Johnson, Taylor Graham, Noah Olds, Preston Bowman and student teacher Courtney Hutchinson.

The Livingston-Tangipahoa Advocate’s Spotlight Classroom this week is Melissa Knaps’ kindergarten class at North Corbin Elementary School in Walker. The students were asked: What is your favorite time of the school day and why? ANDREW AGUILLARD: “I like recess because I can do all the cool tricks I’ve… Continue reading →

SLU puts rare books, documents on display

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Southeastern Louisiana University graduate assistant Nicholas Heyd, of Covington, examines one of the rare books in an exhibit sponsored by the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies on the third floor of the Sims Memorial Library. With him are graduate student Megan Arledge, of Walker, center, and Faith Allen, a sophomore from Ponchatoula.

Rare handwritten documents from the 1700s are on display at a new exhibit at Southeastern Louisiana University. “History Revealed Through Rare Books and Documents: The Emergence of Printing, Bookbinding, and the Challenges of War Time Publishing,” a new exhibit showcasing rare books and documents from SLU’s archives and other sources, recently opened in the university’s Sims… Continue reading →

7 high schools improve test scores

The seven high schools in Livingston Parish that have received scores from the Louisiana Department of Education show tremendous improvements in measures used to assess school performance, collectively growing 50.8 school performance points over last year’s score, for an average improvement of 7.25 points per school, a news release from the school system said. The seven schools… Continue reading →

Hammond team participates in robotics program

Photo provided by Linda Faller Joiner -- Westside Whirlbots team member Nathan Gendron sets up part of the mat to practice for the First Lego League qualifier on Nov. 10 at Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori.

Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori’s robotics team, the Westside Whirlbots, participated in the First Lego League qualifier on Nov. 14 at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville. First Lego League is a robotics program in which “elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design,” a… Continue reading →

4 chosen for Student-Athletes of the Month honors

Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- From left are St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Principal José Becerra, North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Jonathan Ferguson, October Student-Athlete of the Month Logan Thompson, St. Thomas Aquinas head football coach John White and North Oaks Sports Medicine Supervisor Jeff Schmitt.

North Oaks Sports Medicine and North Oaks Physician Group’s orthopedic surgeons have selected Valerie Nguyen, of Hammond High Magnet School; Logan Thompson, of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School; Hannah Vicknair, of Albany High School; and Evan Bergeron, of Walker High School, as Student-Athletes of the Month for October. Nguyen, 17, is a senior and captain… Continue reading →

North Oaks Eye Care welcomes optometrist

Addie Smith

Optometrist Addie Smith, a native of Amite and a resident of Ponchatoula, has joined the staff of North Oaks Eye Care Clinic in Hammond. Her areas of specialty include contact lens and specialty fits and diagnosis, management and therapeutic treatment of ocular diseases including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and eye infections. Smith previously practiced in Slidell and… Continue reading →

Deceased Marine’s artwork on SLU yearbook cover

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- A lion drawn by Jeffery Lynn Kirk, a decorated veteran and the deceased son and brother of Southeastern Louisiana University alumni, adorns the cover of the 2015 ‘Le Souvenir,’ the university’s annual student yearbook.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2015 edition of “Le Souvenir,” the university’s annual student yearbook, bears cover artwork drawn by Jeffery Lynn Kirk. Kirk is the deceased son of SLU alumni Lisa and Peter Kirk, of Abita Springs, and brother of SLU alumnus Benjamin Kirk. Editor-in-Chief Fernanda Chagas, a senior graphic design and printmaking major from Belo Horizonte,… Continue reading →

Family nurse practitioner joins Denham Springs practice

Sharra Bryant

The medical practice of Dr. Edwin Walker in Denham Springs recently welcomed family nurse practitioner Sharra Bryant to the staff. She has 11 years of nursing experience in the operating room, recovery room, same-day surgery and endoscopy settings. Bryant is a 2001 LSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. She attended Our Lady of… Continue reading →

St. Thomas robotics team competes at ‘Net’ event

Photo provided by Michelle Chauvin -- St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Robotics Team members attending the ‘Nothing But Net’ VEX Robotics Competition at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans on Nov. 14 include, front from left, Kenny Mayeaux, Jacob Anthon and Hunter Dupre; and back, Lochlann Werling, Andrew Loyacano, Christopher Threeton, Nicholas Hudspeth, Jude Vitrano, Alex Wisecarver and Clayton Ourso.

The Robotics Team at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Hammond competed Nov. 14 in the “Nothing But Net” VEX Robotics Competition at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. St. Thomas Aquinas defeated teams from St. Paul’s, St. Michael’s of Baton Rouge, Lee High STEM, Hancock… Continue reading →

Third-graders from Amite complete turkey project

Photo provided by Lisa Gros -- Amite Elementary Magnet School third-graders Schariah Brumfield, Shanyah Washington and Kei’Jharia Varnado, from left, display their prize-winning turkey projects.

Third-grade students at Amite Elementary Magnet School recently completed a family turkey project. Students were sent home with a template of a turkey and encouraged to work as a family to decorate the turkey. The turkeys were then displayed in the auditorium, and students from all grade levels were invited to vote on their favorite, a news… Continue reading →

St. Thomas Aquinas places at Beta District Day

Photo provided by Michelle Chauvin -- St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School sophomores, from left, Nicholas Hudspeth and Ethan Jackson and senior Reagan Greer help unload the nearly 700 canned food items being donated to the Tangi Food Pantry courtesy of Beta Club District IX.

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Hammond recently hosted District IX’s Beta District Day at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center. The school’s Quiz Bowl team won first in the district after defeating Slidell High in the final round. Team members are seniors Butch Bartels, Logan Thompson and Shannon Garrety, juniors Clayton Ourso, Aaron Mixon and… Continue reading →

Faith Temple invites students to holiday meal

Photo provided by Melanie Johnston -- Independence Elementary School fourth-graders Brian Forsythe, Jourdain Robertson, Pedro Hernandez, Marvie’onna Brown and Deshundra Batieste, clockwise from bottom left, play games on their Thanksgiving-themed tablecloths during the PBIS Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 18.

Every year, Faith Temple Ministries in Independence serves a Thanksgiving dinner to students from Independence Elementary School. Forty-three students who showed exemplary behavior at school were invited to attend the Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 18. The students gave thanks, ate a Thanksgiving meal and created a craft. Parents were invited to stop by to take pictures. Donations… Continue reading →

Maurepas High event celebrates 10 years

Maurepas High School is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its French Café charity event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Entrance fee is $1 per adult. Students get in free. Parents of the fifth-graders, teachers and friends of the school donate food, drinks and snacks for students to sell. Funds from the French Café… Continue reading →

Kiwanis, Rotary members serve up holiday meal

Advocate photo by Vic Couvillion -- Ponchatoula Police Chief Bre Layrisson, center, chats with Jerry Vicknair and Freddie Varisco, guests at the senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Ponchatoula Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs recently. Layrisson is a member of the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club.

About 80 senior citizens were offered an early holiday meal on Nov. 18 when the Ponchatoula Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs joined together to treat their guests to a full Thanksgiving dinner at the Kiwanis Log Cabin. The elderly honorees from the Ponchatoula area are all recipients of services offered by the Tangipahoa Volunteer… Continue reading →

Guitar Ensemble presents free concert at SLU

The Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, directed by instructor Patrick Kerber, will present its free fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus. The program will feature music for guitar duo, guitar trio, guitar with trumpet, two guitars and voice, and the full ensemble of 10 guitars, a news release said.… Continue reading →

Tangipahoa Parish calendar for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2015

SWAP MEET: 8 a.m., Clausen Racing Products, 55351 La. 51, Independence. SWAP MEET: 8 a.m., Clausen Racing Products, 55351 La. 51, Independence. FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL COUNTRY MARKET CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m., 10 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula. SWAMP POP NIGHT: 10 p.m., Warehouse 140 Restaurant and Saloon, 140 N. Baronne St.,… Continue reading →

Livingston pets available for Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2015

Snookims, a 1-year-old orange tabby, is good with people and other cats.

The Denham Springs Animal Shelter, 600 Bowman St., Denham Springs, is open for adoptions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The adoption fee is $60 and covers spay/neuter, dewormer and age-appropriate vaccinations, including rabies and bordetella. Call (225) 664-4472 and visit the group on Facebook. Petco in Denham Springs also is an off-site… Continue reading →

Council on Aging menus for Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 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. Closed. Chicken noodle soup, winter-blend vegetables, green peas, saltines, margarine, banana marshmallow pie snack… Continue reading →

Livingston Parish Prison bookings for Nov. 11-17, 2015

The following people were booked into the Livingston Parish prison from Nov. 11 through Nov. 17. ACOSTA, TREVOR: 25, 8605 Eagle Drive, Denham Springs, mufflers/requirements/prevention of excessive noise, fumes, three counts operating vehicle with suspended license/other offenses, two counts traffic bench warrant, two counts speeding, driving while intoxicated, evidence of compulsory motor vehicle… Continue reading →

Another election? You bet! And in Tangipahoa voters on April 9 will face a number of tax renewals

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What's next for Florida Parishes juvenile detention center after property tax renewal's stunning failure?

Advocate file photo by Heidi Kinchen  --  Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center (between Robert and Goodbee on U.S. 190)

The stunning, across-the-board failure of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District’s property tax renewal on Saturday leaves the district with few options for keeping open the doors of the north shore’s only juvenile detention center. The Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice Commission, which oversees the detention center, has squirreled away $10 million in reserve funds and can… Continue reading →

Council extends garbage contract in Walker

The City Council extended for another five years Walker’s garbage contract with Waste Management, allowing it to lock in rates for the next two years. The extension, approved during a council meeting last week, will keep the contract in effect until March 1, 2021, with the current rates remaining in effect… Continue reading →

Denham proposes reissuing bonds

— Denham Springs could save a substantial amount of money by refinancing millions of dollars in bonds in the coming months. Last week, the City Council introduced an ordinance to explore its options. In 2008, the council issued $9.1 million in bonds to pay for modifications and upgrades to the city wastewater treatment… Continue reading →

Albany fest features shopping, family fun

Advocate photo by Vic Couvillion -- Colorful tents filled with a wide variety of items greeted visitors to the fourth annual Albany Community Fall Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday. About 120 vendors from throughout Louisiana and some from Mississippi had items to sell to the festivals visitors.

The weather cooperated Saturday for the annual Albany Community Fall Arts and Crafts Festival. Area residents who enjoy seeking out unique, handcrafted items, specialty products, and locally grown, prepared and preserved foods shopped at more than 120 booths. Booths featured a wide variety of products, including decorative creations, apparel, jewelry and… Continue reading →

Around Livingston for Nov. 19, 2015

The Pride of the Parish middle school soccer tournament logo contest deadline has been extended to Nov. 30. All middle school students in Livingston Parish are eligible to participate. The winner will receive a certificate, a $50 Raising Cane’s gift card and recognition during the tournament’s championship games. The winning logo will be… Continue reading →

Sports Roundup for Nov. 19, 2015

Advocate  photo by BRIAN ROBERTS  --  Live Oak players Zach Rayburn and Will Higginbotham celebrate a win earlier in the season against Walker. They hope to repeat that scene in this week's playoff game.

Expect a heavy flow of taillights on La. 16 in Watson on Friday night. Three years after relocating to its sparkling new campus, Live Oak High will become the place to be when the football team, seeded 25th in Class 5A, plays its first home playoff game in school history.… Continue reading →

Livingston integrates iCLASS teaching into curriculum

Photo provided by Delia Taylor -- Albany High School freshman Ty Wainwright answers a timed math question on his laptop computer as part of an iCLASS learning exercise in Jessica Chewning’s Algebra I Honors class. Also pictured, from left, are classmates Daniel McClain, Meghan Landry and Avereigh Barras.

As Albany High School math teacher Jessica Chewning dims the lights, students hurriedly start the laptops they have retrieved from a large docking cart in the front of the algebra I honors classroom. Soon, a series of colorful, interactive math questions appear on a large screen that has replaced the traditional chalk board. Each question is… Continue reading →

Levi Milton celebrates Unity, Red Ribbon weeks

Photo provided by Ashley Director -- Students at Levi Milton Elementary School in Walker collected more than 1,400 food items during Red Ribbon Week in October for the Full Tummy Project to feed hungry families in Livingston Parish.

Levi Milton Elementary School in Walker celebrated Unity Week and Red Ribbon Week in October. During Unity Week, students created a chain link that encircled the cafeteria, symbolizing uniting to show respect for others. Students also wore orange shirts on Unity Day. During Red Ribbon Week, a different theme was celebrated every day. Magic Mitch the magician… Continue reading →

Walker teacher earns computer award

Photo provided by Margaret Westmoreland -- Walker High School math teacher Ellen Fort uses the website Kahoot with her Algebra I iCLASS to practice simplifying expressions using radicals.

Walker High School math teacher Ellen Fort has been selected as a regional winner for the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators’ Region II Educator of the Year award. Fort has been teaching since 1986 and has taught mathematics and social studies to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. She teaches Algebra I, Algebra II and… Continue reading →

Live Oak cheerleaders compete at SLU

Photo provided by Jimmie Chandler -- Live Oak High School cheerleaders competing at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Louisiana regional competition on Nov. 8 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond include, front from left, captain Gabbi Brown, Ashleigh Ramsey and Olivia Nesom; second row, Kolby Bond, Carlie Hill, Julia Davis, Ally Mitchell, Georgia Langlois and Bailee Klein; third row, Shelby Summers, Mandy Seale, Holland Hardison, Laci Baldwin and Morgan King; and back row, coach Maddie Guidry, Kendall Calmes, Kaitlyn Couvillion, Landyn Curtis, Ashlynn McFadden, Callie Prestridge, Aubrie Lewis, sponsor Katie Caldwell, Mason Bonura, coach Kate Allen and Emily Hiestand.

The Live Oak High School cheerleaders competed at the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s Louisiana regional competition on Nov. 8 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. They competed in two separate competitions. The Game Day competition consisted of simulated “game day” events in which the cheerleaders are judged on how well they respond to different situations… Continue reading →

Fifth-graders practice the Socratic circle

Photo provided by Linda Faller Joiner -- Clockwise around the table, from left, Shavar Drummond, Malachi Lampkin, Amorion Hally, Jakobe Nichols and Daniel Authement participate in a Socratic circle during a math talk lesson on Nov. 2 at Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori.

Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori fifth-grade teacher Becky Tobin facilitated a math talk lesson with her students using the Socratic circle on Nov. 2, with several math teachers from the school observing, a news release said. The lesson was done in three days. The original lesson: DAY 1: Students solved word problems using… Continue reading →

4-H Shooting Sports program gets donation

Photo provided by Jessie Hoover -- Lewis Bahlinger, president of the Livingston Parish Farm Bureau Federation Board, far left, and Charles Kemp, Livingston Parish Farm Bureau insurance manager, second from left, gather for a photo with 4-H Shooting Sports members, coaches and parents.

The Livingston Parish Farm Bureau Federation recently made a donation to the parish 4-H Shooting Sports program. Charles Kemp, president of the parish Farm Bureau Federation Board, and Lewis Bahlinger, parish Farm Bureau insurance manager, presented the donation to Mary Bertrand, 4-H shooting sports coordinator, and Harold Seguin, president and archery coach. Program participants also were in… Continue reading →