STUDENT OF THE MONTH -- Sumner High student Benjamin Bryant receives the Board President's Student of the Month award given out by the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. He was nominated for the honor because of his cheerful, positive spirit that lights up the campus, said Assistant Principal Tabitha Blades.
By Jesse Brooks
As storms pass through much of the Gulf Coast today, Tangipahoa Parish will be placed on a severe weather watch from noon to sundown, according to forecaster Kevin Gilmore of the National . . .
Photo by Connor Raborn
REUNION -- The Wiley family of Tickfaw - Kristen, Samuel, Thomas and Damien - are reunited after Thomas, a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, returned home from deployment.
SUSPECT -- The woman seen on surveillance footage provided by Rouses Market is accused of stealing the cellphone of a customer in the store.
HAMMOND FARMERS MARKET
Every Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon
2 W. Thomas St.
COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET
Every Wednesday, 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St.
MCCOMB FARMERS . . .
BY JILL PERTLER
"Slices of Life"
It was in the wee morning hours; I was summoned from sleep by a grinding and screeching sort of noise that is universally recognized as the sound of a garbage truck doing its business.
Panic set . . .
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 . . .
The Royal Hotel sits empty on Northwest Central Avenue, after failing to become a museum for the city. Residents watch daily to see what will become of the historic hotel.
STEAMBOAT - August Deitsch was captain of the steamboat Daisy. This picture was likely taken on a Sunday, and everyone was dressed up for church. Captain Deitsch would tow cypress logs from locations along the Amite River near Head of Island, Louisiana, to sawmills. Louisiana was the leading lumber producing state in the U.S. in the 1920s.
Photos courtesy of Don Lobb
MUSIC - VIP guests enjoy a musical performance at the Friday night media event at Bo's Extravaganza in Holden.
BY JEFF VALLET
"JayVee Music Reviews"
Chad Richard, "Worthy Cause"
Chad Richard is a native of the Sabine River bottom, where the river merges Louisiana with Texas' soil as it winds along. Steeped in the mingling influences of . . .
Photo courtesy of Melinda Blache
Lions motivate Wildcats
LEAP ENCOURAGEMENT - Southeastern Louisiana University students visit Woodland Park Magnet School to motivate the elementary students on the first day of LEAP testing.
Photos courtesy of Melinda Blache
STOP, DROP, READ - Woodland Park Magnet School student AnneMarie Anthony and Jeanette Alford participate in Read Across America. Read Across American is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. The third-through-six grade Wildcats buddy read to students in Kindergarten through second grade.
NEW CONSTRUCTION -- A large building going up on U.S. 190 East in Robert, across from Regina Coeli Child Development Center, will be a mini storage facility, according to the parish permit office. The construction project is north of U.S. 190 and west of La. 445.
Photo by Lauren Langlois
By LAUREN LANGLOIS
Phase two of the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline erosion control project has begun in southern Tangipahoa Parish now that the parish has hired HDR Engineering to engineer the next phase . . .
By Jesse Brooks
The Hammond Police Department is aiming to increase its city patrol presence after receiving a $46,200 federal grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
"The grant money will be . . .
Entries are being accepted through May 14 in Southeastern Louisiana University's public radio station's second annual Cutest Pet Photo Contest, which is open to Southeastern students, faculty, staff and community members. There . . .
Jimmy Berry hopes to follow in his grandfather's footsteps by becoming a Freemason.
A Hammond native, Berry is researching the Organization of Freemasonry and how to become a member, so that he can carry on the family tradition. . . .
By Jesse Brooks
Two International Baccalaureate students from Hammond High Magnet School are working to raise $100,000 in seven weeks for cancer research.
Their ambitious goal is part of their participation . . .
Photo by Jesse Brooks
WISE RECEIVER -- New Orleans Saints Senior Assistant Wide Receiver Coach Curtis Johnson takes the stage with Pastor Dennis Hebert Jr. on Monday evening to offer sage advice to the young men present for the Men's Empowerment Night at Beacon Light Church of Hammond.
Shopping in Hammond Square on Monday, Raquel and Bobby Ryan of Moss Bluff, still had a few hours left on their journey back home.
The spouses were returning from a trip to Washington, D.C., where their daughter, a student in Sam . . .
TALL RIDES DOWN -- Workers disassemble the tall rides at Memorial Park in Ponchatoula on Monday after the weekend's Strawberry Festival.
Photo by Tara Bennett
ROSE WINDOWS - The famous stained glass windows of Notre Dame Cathedral are among the art that may have been damaged in a fire on Monday.
by Connor Raborn
Independence aldermen unanimously approved the sale of the old Dileo property Tuesday, but property damage that occurred during the vote's delay has led the buyer to sue the town.
A . . .
The investigation of a video showing a Ponchatoula Junior High School student being pinned to the ground by staff has concluded, Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley announced Friday.
The investigation involved . . .
By LAUREN LANGLOIS
Hammond resident Isaiah Douglas received a heart transplant that saved his life in 2013. Six years later, he's still working and strong enough to compete in the second annual Donor . . .
Strawberry Festival Queen Heidi Carrier holds prize berries while auctioneer Freddie Woods calls for bids Saturday afternoon.
Ponchatoula Strawberry farmer Trey Harris won Grand Champion on Saturday with a flat of beautiful berries he entered for judging at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.
Rhonda Poche had the flat that took second place, and Daisy Poche's flat won third place. A . . .
Johndale and Mahlie Robertson quickly start packing up at 7 p.m. Saturday after Strawberry Festival officials bring the second day of the festival to a close as thunderstorms approach. The festival is expected to continue today.
Weather forecasters kept pushing back the hour that severe weather was expected to reach Ponchatoula Saturday. First the prediction was 6 p.m., then 7 p.m. then 8 p.m.
Strawberry Festival board members and everyone else at the festival had their fing . . .