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Loranger Homecoming

Photo courtesy of Ladette Kerr

COURT - Members of the Loranger Homecoming Court are, from left, front row, Mya Wheat, Coy Disher, Anna Brasher, Truman Faust, Malaijia Mitchell, Jae Thomas, Alivia Bourgeois, Dayne Robertson, Blair Valenti, Javion Haywood; second row, Dane Vining, Taylor Stevens, Layla Bellizan, Gabrielle Lewis, Macy Blackwell, Ethan Crayton; third row, Erik Starkey, Ava Robertson, Alexis Shank, Taylor Stewart, Arion Washington, Makayla Colona, Riley Hayden, Troy Morel; and in the fourth row, Tyrus Selders, Glenn Costanza, Tristan Ackerman, Timothy Nichols, Brock Kinchen, Bryce Baham. Homecoming will be Friday night.

Hundreds visit Eighth Ward station

Photo by Connor Raborn

OPEN HOUSE – Guests congregate at Eighth Ward Fire Department in Ponchatoula on Saturday, where an extended ladder truck welcomed them to the station's annual open house.

Eighth Ward Fire Department's biggest fundraiser of the year had its biggest turnout ever at the fire station on Louisiana Highway 445 on Saturday.

The fish plates, a gun raffle and a silent auction at the station's annual open house help the firefight . . .

Library welcomes families to free book fest

Photo by Connor Raborn

BOOK SHOPPING – Thecie Fotie and her daughters, Shantrell and Leyna, peruse the selection of books at Hammond Branch Library's book festival on Saturday.

Fair fall weather greeted those who visited Hammond Branch Library on Saturday for the annual free book festival.

Every guest had their choice of one free book to take home with them, and there were also games and treats to enjoy between perusing the selection. . . .

Governor Edwards expects GOP onslaught

BATON ROUGE (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards is telling his supporters to brace for a barrage of national Republican efforts trying to unseat him in the five weeks leading to Louisiana's runoff election.

The Deep South's only Democratic governor fell below 50% . . .

Paine elected mayor of Independence

Photo courtesy of Luke Suarez

INDEPENDENCE – Elected officials of the Town of Independence celebrate their wins Saturday night at an election party. Jim Paine, at center, was elected mayor, receiving 54% of the votes (363 votes). From left, re-elected members of the board of aldermen are Calvin Batiste, Jimmy Gregory II, and Luke Suarez IV. At right is the only non-incumbent to win a seat, Eric Costa. Also re-elected but not pictured is Larry Cardaronella, who was out of town Saturday night.

Independence will begin next year with a familiar board but new mayor.

Jim Paine was elected to the office of mayor of Independence Saturday night, winning the election by 53 votes, according to complete but unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of . . .

Parish Council has two runoff races

Unofficial but complete results from the Louisiana Secretary of State show that the Tangipahoa Parish Council will have four returning council members, and three new faces in the new term.

John Ingraffia and Greg Varnado, both Republicans vying to repr . . .

Zabbia, Pugh in runoff

When the dust settled Saturday night, the vote count found Incumbent Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia and outgoing state Rep. Steve Pugh in the Nov. 16 runoff.

According to complete but unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office, Zabbia . . .