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Parish has 3,000 inactive voters

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish has a little over 3,000 voters who have inactive status and are at risk of being purged from the voter rolls, according to Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.
The list fluctuates frequently, as peo . . . more »


NAACP launches actions, encourages voter registration

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LETTER VOTE - Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP members unanimously vote to file a letter of grievances with Tangipahoa Parish School System Desegregation Office Thursday.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
A vote at Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP's meeting Thursday night will have the group file with the Desegregation Office a letter of complaint concerning recently filled school positions.
The letter, prepared by the NAACP' . . . more »


Global Competitor

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RHUMBA -- Pro-Am ballroom hall-of-famer Mary Coombs of Loranger rehearses a rhumba with her instructor and dance partner, Cristiano Callegari, at Louisiana Ballroom in Hammond Wednesday.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Mary Coombs of Loranger had won first place for all seven of her show dances at the Millennium Dancesport competition in New Orleans in June, but she was still surprised at what happened next.
The officiators of the ballroo . . . more »


Miller says judge ruled parish owes sheriff less

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
A judge has clarified his decision in the sheriff's lawsuit against parish government over responsibilities for the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, Parish President Robby Miller said.
As a . . . more »


Tangi Academy picks new director

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CANDIDATES -- David Bergman and Anthony Enterante, candidates for executive director of Tangi Academy, field questions from faculty and parents at a Friday night meeting. Enterante was chosen for the position by the board's vote.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Tangi Academy's board voted Friday night to hire Anthony Enterante as the school's new executive director.
Enterante and fellow candidate David Bergman attended the meeting to respond to questions from board members, facult . . . more »


Governor cites progress, calls for higher wages

MEET AND GREET -- Gov. John Bel Edwards meets Youth Challenge Program cadets Courtney Jones, Caroline Carruth, Carlie Morris and Da'Chell James during A True Bleaux Evening, where the cadets posted and retired the colors to begin and end the program. The event took place at the Hammond Police Union Hall.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Gov. John Bel Edwards says he will keep pushing for Louisiana to establish a higher minimum wage and eliminate the largest wage gap in the country.
His speech Tuesday served as the centerpiece for A True Bleaux Evening in H . . . more »


More sign on to run

A few more Tangipahoa Parish candidates are now facing opposition.
The end of the second day of qualifying for the Nov. 6 election saw a few more contested races for Tangipahoa Parish School Board positions and Hammond City Council positions.
Mayors Pete Panepinto . . . more »


Letters show attorney advised voting in open

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Letters to the Tangipahoa Parish Council show the council's attorney had advised the body to narrow the list of applicants for the parish registrar of voters by open votes.
Cliff Speed, attorney who advises the council . . . more »


Mayor: Meters being installed soon

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Meters measuring the amount of sewer water and its content will be installed around Independence likely within the next two weeks, Mayor Angelo Mannino said.
Households and businesses will have to adhere to a certain level . . . more »


Campaigns officially begin


By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Incumbents and challengers have officially started entering the races for Tangipahoa Parish School Board and municipal offices in Hammond, Kentwood and Tickfaw.
As of Wednesday, the school board races were starting to . . . more »


Open meetings law calls for voice votes

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The Tangipahoa Parish Council violated the open meetings law, R.S. 42:14, by casting secret ballots to narrow the list of applicants for the parish registrar of voters position, according to an attorney with the Louisi . . . more »


True Blue Evening

BROTHERLY LOVE -- Independence Police Chief Frank Edwards III introduces his brother, Gov. John Bel Edwards, at A True Bleaux Evening Tuesday at Hammond Police Union Hall.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
More than 110 people celebrated the Democratic Party's presence in Tangipahoa Parish at a special event Tuesday night that featured speeches from Gov. John Bel Edwards and other party leaders.
A True Bleaux Evening at Hammo . . . more »


Kids Campaign

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'SO STRONG' -- Village of Tangipahoa Clerk Lakeisha Briggs leads Kids Campaign Camp participants in singing "Something Inside So Strong" to kick off the camp.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
As political hopefuls across the parish were preparing to qualify for candidacy starting today, so too were over a dozen children in Village of Tangipahoa.
Kids Campaign Camp welcomed campers from ages 4 to 12 and some teen . . . more »


Officials, developers join to break ground

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DEDICATION - Village of Tangipahoa Mayor Keysha Robinson addresses dignitaries and residents Tuesday morning before ground is broken to build a new convenience store, which will be the second business in the village.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
The number of stores in Village of Tangipahoa will double with the opening of the first new major retail business in over 25 years.
Bella Rose Estates and Big Boss Travel Plaza, a combination convenience store and restauran . . . more »


June Taylor

June Taylor, as the director of student support services, enjoys helping Southeastern Louisiana University students figure out what they want to do for a living.
Before becoming the director, she worked for years as a counselor at the university, helping students m . . . more »


Anonymous votes questioned

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council is accused of violating the law by using anonymous ballots during the process to fill the parish registrar of voters position.
In a July 10 letter to the parish council, the Louisiana Attorney . . . more »


Possible deficit worries school finance committee

By Lauren Langlois
The proposed budget of the Tangipahoa Parish School System for 2018-2019 needs to be balanced before the board can consider advertising it, a panel agreed Monday. The School Board's finance committee voted to refer . . . more »


Museum waiting to hear from governor

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to attend the True Blue Evening tonight at the Hammond Police Union Hall, but his attendance at the Black Tie Affair on Aug. 4 has not yet been confirmed, organizers said Monday morning.
This news column on Sunday incorrectly said . . . more »


Mary Fay Williams, Swayze and Danielle Miller

Mary Fay Williams of Kentwood arrived for a matinee at the Hammond movie theater Monday.
She was joined by her daughter and granddaughter, Danielle and Swayze Miller of Liberty, Mississippi. The three generations planned to take in a showing of "Hotel Transylvania . . . more »