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Council considers halting building of big subdivisions

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council is mulling a moratorium on major subdivisions to give time for revamping regulations on large residential developments.
The 120-day moratorium was . . .

Dave Brandt

Dave Brandt said he feels blessed to have cancer behind him and said the many prayers he received from people helped him get through the difficult time.
He had cancer in his lymph nodes, including in his neck and chest, but . . .

Port Manchac hears of opportunities

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Port Manchac should market itself as a terminal for transferring plastic pellets that are increasingly being produced, said the consultant for the South Tangipahoa Parish Port . . .

Students have half day at four schools

Students at Independence High Magnet, Independence Magnet School, Independence Leadership Academy and Lucille Nesom Memorial will dismiss on a half-day schedule Thursday as staffers at those schools take part in the active . . .

Updates on port board's agenda

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
On the agenda for the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission meeting at noon today are an update on the ongoing Port Priority State Project funded by state transportation department . . .

Aila Stanley


Aila Stanley of Covington took her first steps toward a college degree when she toured Southeastern's campus Monday.
A new mode of transportation, her first car, awaits next semester after she gets her driver's license. She'll . . .

Hard flush begins today; expect loss of water pressure

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
The southwest part of Ponchatoula will undergo a water system flush beginning at 8 a.m. today that may result in some water discoloration or loss of water pressure.
This will be the first . . .

Matheu appointed registrar

Photo by Lauren Langlois

OATH OF OFFICE -- Assistant District Attorney Cliff Speed administers the oath of office to Tangipahoa Parish Registrar of Voters Andi Matheu on Monday night in Amite.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council unanimously voted via roll call to appoint Andi Matheu as the parish registrar of voters Monday after interviewing three applicants.
There were five . . .

Scores expected to decline statewide

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The state education department is pushing school districts to aim for mastery or better on assessments, rather than basic, said Superintendent Melissa Stilley.
The school system's . . .

Lifetime appointment?

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
In response to criticism about the parish registrar of voters being appointed for life, one applicant for the job has vowed she would serve for only 15 years.
Another applicant . . .

Community beautifies Eastside school campus

READYING FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR -- Volunteers Amy Brumfield, Robin Ferrara and Jean Hill work on beautifying the campus of Hammond Eastside Magnet School Saturday to prepare for the new school year that began Thursday.

Hammond Eastside Magnet School was ready for the start of the school year thanks in part to the participants in the annual Campus Beautification Day.
The Saturday before the start of school Thursday, parents, students, community . . .

Day Two: South Tangi

FRIENDSHIP SALAD -- Hammond Westside Montessori School first and second grade teacher Kaylin Cruise stirs cheese crackers into a bowl of pretzels and M&M's to create a friendship salad for her class Friday afternoon. Students helped by recalling which of Cruise's classroom policies was represented by each ingredient.

Photo by Connor Raborn

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Superintendent Melissa Stilley was seeing purple Friday as she toured Hammond campuses on Tangipahoa Parish's second day of school.
Hallways bore purple paint, but teachers found creative . . .

Five apply for registrar of voters job

Five people have applied to be the parish registrar of voters, four of whom applied the first time around and one of whom is a new applicant.
The five are John Cheatham, territory manager for the consultant company IQVIA; Jesse . . .

District D candidates address budget deficit

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Candidates for the Tangipahoa Parish School Board District D seat recently responded to a letter from current board member Brett Duncan which pointed to issues around the school system's . . .

Students to use new math curriculum

Tangipahoa Parish public school students will have access to the Eureka math curriculum that is ranked by the state as Tier 1 when they return to school today.
Superintendent Melissa Stilley said Eureka is one of the top math . . .

Downtown district will seek bids for community pavilion

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond Downtown Development District will soon seek bids to construct the community pavilion behind the district's office.
The Hammond Historic District has approved the design of . . .

Learning Together

Photo by Connor Raborn

DIRECTION -- Independence Leadership Academy Principal Lisa Raiford shows fourth-grader Sergio Segura the way to his first class of the day.

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Children found their way to homerooms. Supplies were unpacked. Teachers began learning dozens of new names.
Tangipahoa Parish public schools buzzed with the energy of a fresh start . . .