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Independence introduces budget

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
The Independence board of aldermen held a special meeting Tuesday night to introduce the town's budget for the coming year.
The board introduced an ordinance that includes the budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, an . . . more »


City preparing to upgrade sewer lines

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
City of Hammond will repair old sewer lines that have not seen significant rehabilitation since the 1990s using $675,000 in Louisiana Community Development Block Grant funding.
The major project will include testing th . . . more »


Grants can fix up old buildings

Hammond Main Street is offering Redevelopment Incentive Grant applications for downtown buildings and/or business owners through the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development.
RIG encourages economic development through community reinvestment and revitalization. It . . . more »


Nonprofit awaits budget decision

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The potential cuts to funding across state government would jeopardize the work of Court Appointed Child Advocates who help place vulnerable children in safe and permanent homes, said the executive director of Child Ad . . . more »


Superintendent forum to be held Thursday


Kentwood seniors earn diplomas

KANGAROOS -- Kentwood High Magnet School class of 2018 received their high school diplomas earlier this month at their graduation ceremony, held at Kentwood High gym.

Senior Kentwood Kangaroos completed their high school careers earlier this month, receiving their diplomas at their graduation ceremony at the Kentwood High gym.
The Kentwood High Magnet School Class of 2018 graduates are:
Robert Barze Jr.
Kaira Blackburn
T'Aunna B . . . more »


Summer camp gets $1,500 gift

Photo submitted by Chris Mouswaswa

HUT HUT -- Hammond city officials receive a $1,500 check for the Recreation Center's Summer Camp this year thanks to Healing Health Center in Hammond and professional football player Christian Briggs, a Southeastern Louisiana University graduate. The health center thanks patients and sponsors who participated in the Patient Appreciation Event. Pictured from left to right are Recreation Supervisor Chris Mouswaswa; Recreation Director Desiree Dotey; Kayla Ory, of Healing Health Center; Mayor Pete Panepinto; Dr. Braeden Murphy, of Healing Health Center; and Christian Briggs.


Demolitions approved by city council

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Damaged properties in poor shape were greenlighted for demolition at the Hammond City Council meeting Tuesday night.
One structure, at 802 East Coleman Ave., was badly burned, explained city Code Enforcement Officer Bo . . . more »


Small business should get in on big data

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Major companies are harnessing people's data to sell products, and small businesses should get in on the strategy too, said a small business development expert.
Bill Joubert, director of the Louisiana Small Business De . . . more »


Abrams announces school board bid

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Robin Abrams, member of the TARC of Hammond board of directors, announced Tuesday her plans to run for a seat on the Tangipahoa Parish School Board.
Abrams made the announcement at a special meeting of Independence town ald . . . more »


Get ready for Hot August Night

Hammond Downtown Development District released details about this year's Hot August Night that will bring back old favorites and have new features.
The 23rd annual celebration that attracts an estimated 10,000 visitors to downtown will be held from 6-10:30 p.m. on . . . more »


Mission Accomplished

Photos courtesy of Melinda Blache

KUDOS -- Woodland Park Magnet School Principal Tangee Daugereaux hands eighth grade graduate Joshua Hayes a certificate during a celebration of the graduating eighth graders' achievements.


Substation to break ground

A new substation will undergo a building process starting Friday, according to a spokeswoman with Entergy.
The substation, which will be built in Robert, will be positioned near the Walmart Distribution Center on Parkway Blvd. and is scheduled for completion in Apr . . . more »


Gaydos named Hammond High principal

Photos by Lauren Langlois

RALLYING FOR GAYDOS -- A woman holds up a sign with Shelly Gaydos' name in a show of solidarity with the interim principal of Hammond High, who was named principal at the Tangipahoa Parish School Board meeting Wednesday. The meeting attracted a big crowd from Hammond High, who were there to support Gaydos.

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Teachers, students and supporters of Hammond High Magnet School burst into applause when Shelly Gaydos was officially made principal of Hammond High Magnet School Wednesday.
The board voted 7-2 to approved the recommen . . . more »


Trim and Trip

Photo courtesy of Amanda King

TRIM -- Stylist Sauceda Harris gives Greenville Park Leadership Academy student Tracen Douglas a free haircut in the teacher's lounge Monday.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
One of the teacher's lounges at Greenville Park Leadership Academy in Hammond was converted into a barber shop Monday morning.
Local barbers from Kingz Luxury Barber Shop and Vogue Salon visited the elementary and middle sc . . . more »


Genco to helm school system temporarily

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The human resources director for Tangipahoa Parish School System will serve as interim superintendent while the board seeks to fill the role permanently.
Tangipahoa Parish School Board unanimously approved appointing R . . . more »


$300K will go toward pavilion

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond Downtown Development District will borrow $300,000 to go toward constructing the community pavilion planned for downtown.
City Council authorized the issuance of debt, which will be paid using the district's 1 . . . more »


Veterans are asked to RSVP for event

Area veterans are invited to have breakfast Thursday at the City of Hammond's Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center, 601 W. Coleman St., Hammond.
Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Seated is limited so veterans are requested to RSVP by calling 985-277-5906.
The AA . . . more »


Kelly Gohres

Kelly Gohres

Kelly Gohres and her two young daughters are looking forward to the unofficial beginning of summer by spending it in the pool and relaxing.
It was the last day of school Tuesday for her youngest and the three decided to enjoy the day at Cate Square Park, after firs . . . more »


Amite High School seniors graduate

TOP 10 -- Amite High Magnet School's top 10 of the 2018 graduating class are Ania Monia Maria Johnson, Whitley Cre'Toria Franklin, Dawnisha Letrice Franklin, Skyla La'Chelle Richardson, Samantha Josae Haywood, Nikunj D. Patel, Jasmine Nicole Fisher, Beaux Pierre Rome, Sylvester Carroll Jr. and Chyenne Aiyanna Rose McGee.

The seniors of Amite High Magnet School walked through University Center last Tuesday to receive the diplomas representing their high school graduation.
School officials designated the following as the top 10 of the graduating class:
Ania Monia Maria Johnson
Whitle . . . more »


Farm to Table

END PRODUCT -- Hammond High agriculture teacher Dana Moore serves chicken and sausage gumbo in her class Tuesday, joined by her son.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Hammond students enjoyed bowls of fresh gumbo Tuesday with a better understanding of what it took for one key ingredient to make it into the dish.
As the school year wrapped up at Hammond High Magnet School, the Agriculture . . . more »


Agenda: Top school jobs

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish School Board has called a special meeting Wednesday to consider approving the recommended hire for Hammond High Magnet School's principal and appointing an interim superintendent.
The meetingis schedu . . . more »


Neighborhood reunion brings out stories

Photo courtesy of Shauna Seals

CARRYING ON TRADITION -- Morgan Guerin, who plays saxophone and electronic wind instrument; Jesse McBride, who plays piano; Amina Michele Scott, who plays bass; and Brian Richburg Jr., who plays drums, perform at a concert Friday night at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. The concert, along with a tour held earlier that day, was part of "A Little Bit of History…and all that Jazz!"

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
More than 200 people came out for the Gray's Quarters Neighborhood Reunion Saturday, according to Shauna Seals, a commissioner of Hammond Historic District.
The reunion gave neighbors a chance to bond and to share stor . . . more »


Janet Piediscalzo

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Janet Piediscalzo of Hammond is looking forward to the first free summer she's had in 40 years.
That's how long she worked for the federal government in Social Security administration in Hammond before retiring this past Ja . . . more »