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4-H helps ease hunger

FROM PONCHATOULA -- John Hair, director of the nonprofit Our Daily Bread, accepts a donation from Dylan Michelli, 4-H president at Martha Vinyard Elementary School; Paris Jernigan, 4-H president at Ponchatoula Junior High School; and Jordan Mazzeno, 4-H president at Ponchatoula High School. Mazzeno coordinated a jeans day with other 4-H presidents from Ponchatoula schools in May to raise money for the nonprofit. They raised over $1,000 to help alleviate hunger.

Photo courtesy of Rebecka Rocquin

Official wants judges recused

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish School Board has requested that all judges of the 21st Judicial District Court recuse themselves from a former teacher's petition to overturn his termination.
The . . .

Best of Tangi contest begins

The Daily Star will kick off the Best of Tangipahoa contest Sunday.
The online approach allows our community to nominate businesses to the ballot and vote for the Best of Tangipahoa businesses for 2019. We're thrilled to have . . .

Firefighters train in disaster scenario

FRAMING- Firefighters observe a temporary frame in the doorway of a collapsing structure. In the event of a collapse, firefighters may have to build a temporary frame to hold the structure up during a rescue. They were participating in training this week in the Tickfaw area.

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
Firefighters of Louisiana Task Force 9 faced "total disaster" in the span of an hour Friday, and when all was said and done, they received praise.
They were completing structure collapse . . .

Stilley to give yearly update

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The superintendent's yearly review is on the agenda for the Tangipahoa Parish School Board meeting Tuesday. This will be the first for Melissa Stilley who became superintendent last . . .

Kentwood celebrates parish's 150th anniversary

Photo by Lauren Langlois

FESTIVE "MOO"D A person in a cow costume waives to the families that came out to watch Kentwood's parade Saturday morning. The group in the trailer encouraged people to drink milk. The parade was part of festivities put on in Kentwood to celebrate the parish's 150th anniversary.

Kentwood celebrated Tangipahoa Parish's 150th anniversary by showering candy, cups, beads and t-shirts on families who stood on the side of the main street downtown on Saturday.
Lining up at the railroad tracks, parade participants made their way west . . .

Registration wraps up for the Uniform for Kids Program

Photo by Lauren Langlois

PROVIDING UNIFORMS — Mimi Nothacker greets families as they enter the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Parish Hall Saturday morning where Society of St. Vincent De Paul was holding registration for its Uniform for Kids Program.

Saturday was the last day for families to register to receive two free sets of school uniforms through a program run by the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.
Mimi Nothacker, a representative with the nonprofit organization, estimated the number of students . . .

Hammond Council hears about progress in flood study

Hammond City Council heard an update earlier this week on the city's feasibility study to see whether base flood elevations can be lowered.

Andre Monnot, with Principal Engineering, went over what the study has involved so far, and the timeline of the . . .

Surveillance video shows person stealing bicycle

THEFT -- The shirtless man seen in a home surveillance video is suspected of theft of a bicycle from a South Cypress Street residence.

Hammond police are investigating the theft of a bicycle from a residence on South Cypress Street near Cate Street Seafood Station.
Genni Nicholson said she was at home sleeping when the incident occurred around 2:15 a.m. . . .

Police book 2 in park shooting


By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
A Hammond woman and a juvenile were arrested Wednesday evening in the aftermath of a shooting that occurred at the birthday party for a 1-year-old child at Zemurray Park.
According to . . .

Tyler McCurley

Tyler McCurley

Publishing and graphic design interest Tyler McCurley, 23, but he wants to improve his writing skills.
Pairing strong writing with the ability to do layout and design will make him a strong candidate for the path he hopes to . . .

Official: Property owner welcome at any council meeting

PRIVATE PROPERTY -- Larry Dykes stands next to a tree on his Second Avenue property that was struck by a car on April 27, resulting in a man's death days later.

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
A retired police officer and decorated war veteran said he was never notified about whether or not his property concerns would be heard by the Hammond City Council.
Larry Dykes, who raised . . .

Local airport hosts Kenyan pilots for anti-poaching efforts

POACHERS BEWARE -- Representatives from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and the Kenya Wildlife Service Airwing get a close look at an autogyro aircraft at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport on Thursday.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond Northshore Regional Airport is playing host to guests from Kenya as part of a project to curtail poaching.
Pilots from the Kenya Wildlife Service Airwing are getting familiar . . .

Budget vote splits town board

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Independence Board of Aldermen have approved last year's amended budget and the budget for the coming fiscal year but not unanimously.
A last-minute addition by Alderman Calvin Batiste to . . .

Dardenne: Better session

Photo by Connor Raborn

LUNCHEON -- Amite Assistant Police Chief Lendrick Francois and Mayor Buddy Bel share lunch and conversation with Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne Wednesday at The Boston Restaurant during the monthly Amite Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
From a few thousand years before European settlers' arrival to the state budget that was approved last Thursday, Jay Dardenne discussed a broad span of Louisiana culture and economics at . . .

Concerns persist about Second Avenue event

Second Avenue is south of Zemurray Park.

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
A retired police officer remains concerned about an annual event that he believes causes trouble for the Second Avenue neighborhood.
Cleo Marshall II, 52, a Hammond native who lived in . . .