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From the pages of Hammond Daily Item

• A magazine salesman, Lawrence W. Rhodes, is en route back to Hammond today from St. Francisville, where police picked him up on information supplied by Hammond police. Rhodes fled the city jail here Saturday night after . . .

Krewe of Erin crowns royal court

KREWE OF ERIN COURT - Shown are Steve Portier, 2018 Grand Marshal Steve Pugh, Joe Burns, Matthew Box, 1st Knight of Erin Sir Michael Brennan, Gene Henke, Queen Maygan O'Mally, 2019 Grand Marshal Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks, Maid Piper Box, Junior Maid Lilly Engle, Junior Maid Ila Grace Burns, Princesses Felicity McMahon and Morgan Brennan, Squires Trint Levergne, Robert Derks, Dale Derks, Joseph Folse, Princesses Jolie Derks, Elizabeth Newton, Sophie Joleigh Hill, Hadley Jones, Annie Kate Kinchen, Chelsi Coyne.

The Krewe of Erin's Royal Court members were crowned Feb. 17 at their Coronation Celtic Tea held at the beautiful home of state Rep. Steve Pugh, host.
The royal court is chosen on the basis of scholarship, art and . . .

Authorities seek suspects in separate theft cases


Two suspects are wanted in separate theft cases.
According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Erica Oliver, 36, of Hammond, is wanted on multiple outstanding warrants for charges of theft, felony theft, criminal . . .

Crowds enjoy Omega parade

Photos by Connor Raborn

HAUL -- Hammond family Gary, Genna, Gigi, Giana and Darreon Griffin leave the Krewe of Omega Mardi Gras parade far from empty-handed.

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Music and excited chatter swelled in downtown Hammond well before Krewe of Omega's Mardi Gras parade stepped off Friday night.
Parking spaces filled while chairs, snacks and bags for . . .

District court sentencings in Livingston Parish

District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux said the following individuals appeared in court Feb. 11 before Judge Charlotte Foster in Livingston and pleaded either guilty or no contest or were found guilty of the following crimes and . . .

Omega Rolls Tonight

Mayoral toasts, globe-trotting floats and plush alligators are the order of the day for Tangipahoa Parish as Krewe of Omega kicks Carnival into high gear this morning.
Hammond-based Krewe of Omega, now in its 33rd year, will roll . . .

Spellers vie for trip to D.C.

One of 50 students competing Saturday in the 2019 Regional Spelling Bee will win the opportunity to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C., area.
The contenders are coming from schools in seven . . .

Third man pleads guilty in 2016 murder case

A Hammond man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
Elijah Walker, 22, pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday, according to Autumn Payton, a spokesperson for the 21st . . .

Harrell promotes new book of local history


By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
Dr. Antoinette Harrell brought an audience through local African-American history Wednesday night with a presentation about her latest book.
"Images of America: African-Americans in . . .

Fair helps people with disabilities find jobs

Photo by Lauren Langlois

JOB FAIR -- Monica Brown waves after getting information from Chick-fil-A about job opportunities. The Florida Parishes Human Services Authority and Lions Connected at Southeastern held a job fair for people with disabilities Thursday.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Job seekers with disabilities learned about a grocery store, several restaurants, a manufacturer, a pharmacy and many more businesses at a job fair held Thursday at Southeastern . . .

From the pages of Hammond Daily Item

• State Forester James E. Mixon reported this afternoon that forest fire losses in the state are mounting rapidly. Near Hammond, 26 fires burned 168 acres of rich Florida Parishes timberlands. The situation could worsen as a . . .

21st Judicial District Court sentences in Tangipahoa

District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux said the following individuals appeared in court on Feb. 11 before Judge Robert Morrison, pleaded no contest to the listed following crimes and received the following sentences:
Jose Aspiro, . . .

Hammond police respond to reports of thefts, possession

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
Hammond Police Department received two separate calls about theft in the downtown area Friday, according to information provided by the city.
One call was around 9:50 a.m. at Cate Street . . .

Lighting Projects at Standstill

Photo by Jesse Brooks

ALONG LA 22 -- Before the City of Ponchatoula can complete its three-year lighting project along its major roadways including LA 22, shown here, city officials say Entergy Louisiana has to provide the right information regarding fees.

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
The City of Ponchatoula has put the final steps of lighting projects on hold.
"We're working with Entergy, which has been a real struggle, on three lighting projects," Mayor Bob Zabbia said . . .

What's in a name? A big mystery

BY CANDICE PICARD "Tales of Tangipahoa"
In 1969, the Official Souvenir Program of the Tangipahoa Parish Centennial included a Place Names Study written by John Valsin Coumes which discussed the origins of nearly every named place . . .

Ponchatoula students make All-South Honor Band

Photo courtesy of Monica Echols

HONOR BAND -- Ponchatoula High School students Samuel Echols, Madeline Maurin, Kaydence Schilling and Emery Alexander auditioned for and were selected to perform in the 2019 All-South Honor Band at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The event, held the weekend of Feb. 8-10, culminated in a concert in Bennett Hall. Monica Echols said the rehearsals were intense, but the 175 students played various genres of music with precision and professionalism.

Touring Tangi

Weekly events
Every Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon
2 W. Thomas St.
Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
750 E. Railroad Ave.
Every . . .

Touring Tangi

Weekly events
Every Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon
2 W. Thomas St.
Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
750 E. Railroad Ave.
Every . . .

A better way of life

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
0000LightBlue@Body Copy: ...iblings Khaliegh and Kaleb Gillam remember the nights when they weren't sure where they would be sleeping. Now they've come up with a way to help people in . . .

Ponchatoula runners sign with SLU

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Waller

SIGNING -- Ponchatoula High School students Blair and Belle Vignes sign letters of intent with Southeastern Louisiana University for cross country and track and field on Feb. 13. They are joined by Coach Jennifer Drake and Principal Daniel Strickland.

SLU to 'Rock 'n' Roar' this weekend

Southeastern Louisiana University's annual "Rock 'n' Roar" is scheduled in the Student Union from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 23, and promises to be a fun-filled day for students and local families. Held in conjunction each . . .

Trees benefit from fertilizer

LSU AgCenter file photo by Allen Owings

FEBRUARY FERTILIZATION -- Almost any tree in the landscape, like these southern sugar maples at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Resear-ch Station, can benefit from proper fertilizer application. February is a good time to fertilize trees.

By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist, retired
February is an excellent time to fertilize trees. Most trees are just beginning to enter a growth phase or will within a few weeks. Fertilizing this month provides them with . . .

Citrus meetings set Feb. 23 & 27

by Johnny Morgan
The LSU AgCenter will present a citrus symposium Feb. 23 at Docville Farm in Violet.
The program will include presentations on diseases, weeds, containers and chemical control. Chemical and industry . . .

When life gives you fabric softener

BY JILL PERTLER "Slices of Life"
It was a go to the store for laundry detergent come home with fabric softener kind of day.
And it happened to me. Of course it did.
But hey, everyone has bad days. Not a one of us has a corner on . . .

Band delivers on bluegrass roots

BY JEFF VALLET "JayVee Music Reviews"
Carolina Blue Band, "I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me"
Carolina Blue is a Brevard, North Carolina-based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe.
The band was formed in 2007 after . . .

Small stock of Petite Sirah

BY TODD DELAUNE "The Weekly Toast"
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, one of my favorite grape varietals in the wine world is Durif.
No, I didn't just make up a new varietal. Durif is most commonly known by it's . . .

Awards season is nearly done, but who will win at the Oscars?

Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File

An Oscar statue appears at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 4 in Beverly Hills, Calif. A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that the awards for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action short will be presented off-air. The winning speeches will air later in the broadcast and will also be live-streamed on Oscar.com and the film academy's social accounts. The plan to change up the format in service of a truncated three-hour runtime was announced in August.

BY CONNOR RABORN Tangi Home Editor
Golden Globes. Critic's Choice. The Annies.
We're headed toward the last hurrah of awards season: the golden statue itself, the Oscars. The Grammys this past weekend before last were quite an . . .


Lifetime Mentor Award
Southeastern Louisiana University Assistant Professor June Williams of Kenner has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the International Chi Sigma Iota Jane E. Myers Lifetime Mentor Award. Health and Human . . .

Cyndy Lynch

Cyndy Lynch

Social work was Cyndy Lynch's passion and though she had to retire, she still finds ways to help people.
Originally from New Orleans, she lives in Tickfaw and has been in Tangipahoa Parish for more than a decade. She said she is . . .

Former police chief sues city

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
Another former Hammond police chief has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the City of Hammond, according to documents obtained by The Daily Star on Tuesday.
Documents filed with . . .

Tangi Academy leaders to apply for new charter

Photos by Lauren Langlois

SECOND CHANCE? -- A crowd of parents, faculty, staff and students of Tangi Academy listen to the announcement that the school's leaders plan to apply for a new charter for next school year. Tangi Academy is closing at the end of this semester after failing to have its contract extended, but leaders hope to reopen in the fall.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The arts-integrated charter school Tangi Academy is shutting down at the end of the spring semester after struggling academically for the past few years.
However, the school's . . .

K9 unit leader Schilling describes work with dog

Photo by Jesse Brooks

TRAINED TO SERVE -- Hammond Police Officer Kris Schilling speaks to members of Kiwanis Club during a K9 demonstration Tuesday. Schilling's K9 is a German Shepherd.

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
Training never stops for the K9 unit of the Hammond Police Department.
"Me and my dog work together," Officer Kris Schilling told members of the Hammond Kiwanis Club on Tuesday. "He protects . . .

From the pages of Hammond Daily Item

• Frank Anzalone lashed out strongly today against what he termed "gambling dens, vice and corruption and other cancerous activities" which he claims have been "eating away the life blood of legitimate business in . . .

Big subdivision gets initial nod

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
A proposed subdivision that has preliminary approval to build 796 homes in Bedico has a school board member worried about the lack of capacity of the area's schools and a local . . .

City leaders invite public to give input about chief

City of Hammond has scheduled a public town-hall style meeting to get community input about qualities people want to see in the new police chief.
The public meeting will be 9 a.m. this Saturday at the council chambers, 312 E. . . .

'Two steps forward, one back'

Photo by Jesse Brooks

DIGGING -- Dirt is hauled away Monday for foundation space at the proposed site of the Fairhope Subdivision that may add up to 796 new homes in the Bedico area.

By Jesse Brooks crime@hammondstar.com
With the possibility of the proposed Fairhope Subdivision bringing in 796 more homes into the Bedico area, first responders in the 8th Ward are concerned their resources are not sufficent. . . .

Theriot's arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday


Dakota Theriot, 21, is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in the 21st Judicial Court in Livingston Parish where he faces three first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of Billy Ernest, 43; Tanner Ernest, 17; and Summer . . .

Independence resident questions water use

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Lillian Danna of Independence has spoken to the town board at the past two monthly meetings in an attempt to find out why her water usage readings are so high, particularly in late night . . .

Victoria Perez, Ethan Mixon

Perez, Mixon

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School juniors Victoria Perez and Ethan Mixon went to a bookstore to hang out after school Monday, but they'll soon venture much further from their campus.
They plan to go on a school trip to . . .