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Cherish our Parish: What's Your Major?


Photo courtesy of Shelly Gaydos

LITERACY TRAINING WORKSHOP "" Danielle Oller, Michael Ledford, Century Vernon, Regina Duncan, Kristen Ripley work on literacy strategies during a teacher professional day on Saturday.

Education, while not as tangible as infrastructure or architecture, contributes to the quality of life in a community.

At Hammond High Magnet School, a schoolwide initiative called "What's Your Major?" puts students on a four-year pathway from their . . .


PHS announces National Honor Society officers


Photo courtesy of Hannah Bordelon

PHS announces

National Honor Society officers

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY -- Ponchatoula High School announces the officers for the National Honor Society. From left are Allie Amerson, Emily Guagliardo, Hannah Bordelon, Hannah Henderson and Noah Williams.



PHS announces National Honor Society officers


Photo courtesy of Hannah Bordelon

PHS announces

National Honor Society officers

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY -- Ponchatoula High School announces the officers for the National Honor Society. From left are Allie Amerson, Emily Guagliardo, Hannah Bordelon, Hannah Henderson and Noah Williams.



Barbecue challenge coming March 23-24

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
It's A Smokin' BBQ Challenge is gearing up for the annual battle of who has the best meats and sauces March 23-24 in downtown Hammond.
Competition organizers got permission from City . . .


Barbecue challenge coming March 23-24

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
It's A Smokin' BBQ Challenge is gearing up for the annual battle of who has the best meats and sauces March 23-24 in downtown Hammond.
Competition organizers got permission from City . . .


'What's Your Major?'


WEEKEND WORKSHOP -- Instructors Ivy Alford and Maria Derivan-George, with 'High Schools that Work Literacy-Based Instruction: Building Quality Assignments," work with Hammond High School teachers Danielle Oller and Regina Duncan during a literacy strategies workshop at the school Saturday.

Photos courtesy of Shelly Gaydos



by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Education, while not as tangible as infrastructure or architecture, contributes to the quality of life in a community.
At Hammond High Magnet School, a schoolwide initiative called . . .


District 86 votes today


DISTRICT 86 -- Shown in gray, District 86 includes a large part of east central Tangipahoa Parish south of LA 16, areas surrounding Hammond and some parts of Hammond, as well as some municipalities and areas on the west side of US 51. Voters in District 86 will be at the polling places today to choose a replacement for state Rep. Chris Broadwater.



By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The primary election to select the next state representative for Tangipahoa Parish's District 86 is today, with polls in the district open at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.
Vying for . . .


STEM Cafe invites public

Registration is open for the STEM Cafe at the Ponchatoula Community Center that will take place March 3.
The free event will be from 10 a.m. to noon that Saturday at the center on North 5th Street. Refreshments will be provided . . .


Candidates share thoughts on school safety

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Candidates running in the state House District 86 race propose having fewer access points and more security guards to improve safety at schools in the wake of the shooting at a . . .


Film permit proposal to return to council amended

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond City Council will consider at its next meeting an amended version of a proposal to require permits for film crews and set down fees for the use of the city's streets, parking . . .


Council transfers money for Whitmar sewer work

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond City Council agreed Wednesday to move $85,000 in the budget to help cover the rehabilitation of sewer and water lines for Whitmar Acres subdivision.
Engineer Chuck Spangler . . .


Art full 'STEAM' ahead at Greenville


STEAM -- Greenville Park Leadership Academy art teacher Amanda King and students Midesti Colar, Allie Anderson, Bryndin Edwards-Mendel and Christianna Braziel use the dynamic Makey-Makey hardware in art class to learn about geometry.

Photos courtesy of Amanda King



Greenville Park Leadership Academy is on its way from STEM to STEAM status.
Greenville Park art teacher Amanda King is implementing science, technology, engineering and math alongside her art curriculum using new literacy . . .


Marching in Magic


Photo courtesy of Bonnie Brescher Hampton

GREEN WAVE - PHS band and color guard march through Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Wednesday.



Personnel committee calls for compensating Bellavia

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The personnel committee for Tangipahoa Parish School Board has recommended giving $1,800 more a month to Assistant Superintendent Thomas Bellavia to compensate the added load he has . . .


Principal job being advertised

By LAUREN LANGLOIS
staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond High Magnet School's principal spot is being advertised by the Tangipahoa Parish School System.
The filling of the position with a permanent person had been hampered by a lawsuit filed in the summe . . .


Rodgers remembered as a hero of animals


A LIFE, REMEMBERED -- Emily Rodgers and her dog, Skylar. Rodgers is remembered by friends and family as a passionate animal lover who had aspirations of helping the Tangi Humane Society rehome rescued animals.



By Ryne Berthelot crime@hammondstar.com
A rolling stone gathers no moss, and, even at a young age, Emily Rodgers did her best to keep rolling.
"Her dog, Skylar, was the only tie-down she ever wanted in her life," her father, Rudy . . .


Ashes to Ashes


Photo by Connor Raborn

MASS -- Director and Chaplain Michael Miceli and visiting priest Greg Plata approach the altar as the Ash Wednesday Mass begins at St. Albert Catholic Student Center.



by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Much to the congregation's surprise, Father Michael Miceli began his Ash Wednesday homily with a rousing chorus of "I Got You Babe."
Miceli played the song from his phone and led the . . .


Council addresses flood elevation; truck route next

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
A motion to increase minimum flood elevation for new buildings in flood zones received the Tangipahoa Parish Council's approval Wednesday night.
The ordinance requires the minimum for new . . .


$15 million bond proposal taken off city agenda

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond City Council agreed Wednesday to remove from the agenda a proposal that the city borrow up to $15 million to fund capital outlay improvements after hearing debate about . . .


Higher buildings may be required

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council will meet today at 5:30 p.m. and on the agenda is an ordinance to change regulations for newly constructed buildings to better protect from future . . .


Churches observe Ash Wednesday

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Ash Wednesday services today involve placing ashes on people's foreheads as a reminder of human mortality and as a call for people to reject sin.
In Roman Catholicism, the priest . . .


Churches observe Ash Wednesday

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Ash Wednesday services today involve placing ashes on people's foreheads as a reminder of human mortality and as a call for people to reject sin.
In Roman Catholicism, the priest . . .


Clerk of Court says space severely limited for records

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Each day that goes by means less space for storing important documents at the Tangipahoa Parish clerk of court's office.
According to Clerk of Court Gary Stanga, the parish has . . .


Clerk of Court says space severely limited for records

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Each day that goes by means less space for storing important documents at the Tangipahoa Parish clerk of court's office.
According to Clerk of Court Gary Stanga, the parish has . . .


David Hally




Catching fish and ministering are the two pastimes of David Hally.
The Tickfaw resident spent Mardi Gras in a relaxing fashion, fishing at Zemurray Park in Hammond. The park had a good amount of visitors on the holiday with . . .


Demolition of city pool under way


Photo by Lil Mirando

OUT WITH THE OLD -- A crew works on Lundi Gras to demolish the bath house at the old Zemurray Park pool. The city facility has been closed for more than a year and will eventually be replaced with a new aquatics center.



By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond's Zemurray Park pool is being demolished to make way for a new public aquatic facility.
City spokesperson Lisa Lambert said the contractor, Zimmer-Eschette Services II LLC, . . .


'The Highwaymen'


Photo by Connor Raborn

FILMING -- Production on the Netflix film "The Highwaymen" closes 4th Street in Independence Monday afternoon. Similar road closures will occur in Loranger through the week and weekend.



by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Pedestrians right out of 1934 crowded the corners of West 4th Street in Independence Monday.
Filming of Netflix's Bonnie and Clyde movie "The Highwaymen" resulted in closure of West 4th . . .


Early voting draws nearly 4 percent in District 86

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Early voting for the State House District 86 special election wrapped up Saturday with a total of 978 early voters.
According to information from the Secretary of State's Office, . . .