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Casino bill moves forward

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
A Louisiana Senate committee has favorably reported the proposal to call for a parish referendum on a casino moving to Tangipahoa Parish despite opposition heard from pastors.
The proposal by Sen. Bodi White, a Republi . . . more »


Alan Garcia

Alan Garcia of Destrehan worked the Hammond AMC theater box office Tuesday before the bulk of the evening showtimes started.
Garcia has worked at the theater for over a year. The job is an appropriate one for him, as going to movies is a favorite hobby of his.
Garc . . . more »


Three stories with 641 units

Drawing courtesy of Stirling Properties

Artist rendering of Hammond Square Self Storage. See related story on Page 1.

Stirling Properties commercial real estate company has begun construction of a three-story, 93,902-square-foot storage facility that will include 641 climate-controlled units as well as RV and boat storage areas.
The 93,902-square-foot Hammond Square Self Storage f . . . more »


'It's game on' for Cleanest City

Photos courtesy of Lisa Lambert

EFFORTS INTENSIFY -- City workers place colorful plants in a flower bed on the outskirts of downtown as part of preparations for the Cleanest City Contest.

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The city's potted plants, flower beds, buildings and streets are getting extra care as the City of Hammond gears up for the annual Cleanest City Contest.
The city has won the state contest 11 times now, said Whitney St . . . more »


Coalition organizes Manchac cleanup

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Save Manchac Coalition and other groups already have around 100 volunteers on tap for a cleanup day 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The annual litter sweep will divide its volunteers into teams who will tackle different sections . . . more »


Candidates file finance reports

DISTRICT 86 -- The roughly U-shaped District 86, shown here in green, includes parts of east and west central Tangipahoa Parish, mostly south of state Highway 16 and north of U.S. 190. District 72, shown in purple, dips like the "boot" of Italy through District 86 into Hammond. Voters who don't know which is their district should call the Tangipahoa Parish Registrar of Voters office at 985-345-3717.

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Runoff candidates in the state House District 86 race raised more than $45,000 combined between Jan. 29 and March 4.
Candidates David Vial and Nicky Muscarello Jr. have filed the campaign finance reports they are requi . . . more »


Board committee to get updates on ed programs

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish School Board's instructional accountability and support committee will hear presentations on a math program, Jump Start and literacy.
The committee will be the first to meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the . . . more »


Group researches city's unknown history

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond History Action Committee wants to hear from under-represented groups that shaped the city but have gotten little recognition for their contributions.
Meeting at the council chambers for Thursday night for the s . . . more »


St. Joseph's Day Altar

Photos by Connor Raborn

FROM THE ALTAR -- St. Joseph's altar volunteer Jessica Vallery gives brownies and strawberries from the altar to Holy Ghost Catholic students Nola Mull and Stephanie Newman.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
This year's St. Joseph altar at Holy Ghost Catholic School held even more importance than usual for Linda Owens, as it was dedicated to the memory of her late mother, Mary Schillace.
Having lost her mother just over two wee . . . more »


Shopping mall hosts egg hunt, more fun

Hammond Square's annual Easter Eggs-travaganza is scheduled for March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Hammond Square Drive next to Target.
This free event is open to the public, and organizers promise it will be fun for the whole family.
The Easter Bunny will gr . . . more »


Ponchatoula Creek project underway

By Lauren Langlois
The contractor on the bank stabilization project for Ponchatoula Creek has broken ground, the board for the Consolidated Gravity Drainage District 1 heard Wednesday.
The project cost $1.3 million, $1 million of whic . . . more »


Parish panel drafting rules for rural growth

Photo courtesy of Tangipahoa Parish Government

ABOVE AND BEYOND -- Bryce Vicknair, who volunteered during a litter cleanup event in his hometown of Independence, receives recognition from parish government. Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller and Councilman Louis Joseph presented him with a certificate at the council meeting Monday.

By Lauren Langlois
A committee has been assigned to come up with proposed guidelines for commercial development in non-incorporated areas.
Councilman Carlo Bruno says the parish lacks sufficient regulations on commercial development. . . . more »


Mannino: 'Not a witch hunt'

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Following former mayor Michael Ragusa's indictment Monday, Independence Mayor Angelo Mannino clarified his position on the matter but did not speculate on Ragusa's next course of action.
"This was not a witch hunt. I was no . . . more »