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Sixty years

CLASS OF 1958 -- Attending the Hammond High School Class of 1958's reunion Sept. 15 at Oak Knoll Country Club are, from left, first row, Mary Lou Magro Guillot, Peggy Moore Richards, Raye Lee Osborn Simpson, Bonnie Daniels Howell, Ann Midland Simmons, Deanna Monteleone Sarow, Joe Pediscalzo; second row, JoAnn Santangelo O'Neill, Joe Locascio, Mary Ellen Penton Snell, Haydn Berry, Jenny Echols Bankston, Gayle Champaign Sprayberry, Sandra Hughes Simmons, George Gaudeau, Harold Rogers; and in the third row, Sidney Durbin, Lewis Lehman, John Poyner, Guy Jenkis, Sonny Yokum and Richard Perkins.


Pavilion plans progressing

CATE SQUARE -- Families enjoy green space, trees and the playground area of Cate Square in Downtown Hammond on Thursday afternoon. The well-used park is named for city founder Charles Emory Cate, whose family donated to the city the nearby parcel next to the railroad track where the pavilion and urban park will be located.

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
With the Hammond Downtown Development District set to consider bids to construct the long-awaited community pavilion next month, a Hammond resident is not happy with its location and is calling for more public meetings . . . more »


Dinner to benefit former chief

Ponchatoula Lions Club will host a barbecue chicken dinner Oct. 6 to benefit former Ponchatoula Fire Chief Rodney Drude.
The dinner, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include a quarter chicken with green beans and dessert for a donation of $10. . . . more »


Greenway study makes progress

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
A parish committee made up of various stakeholders will soon meet with consultants doing an economic feasibility study on enhancing Manchac Greenway.
ELOS Environmental is the contractor that will meet regularly with a . . . more »


Historical Inventory Day planned

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
An opportunity for residents to bring in items of historic significance to get digitized is being planned tentatively for Feb. 9, a Saturday, by the Hammond History Action Team.
The team, created by the Hammond Histori . . . more »


Director leaving historic district

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Leah Solomon's last day as the director of the Hammond Historic District will be Friday.
She will be the new events coordinator for the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center, a nonprofit formed in 1974 to promote th . . . more »


Mary Lou and Jim Batty

Mary Lou and Jim Batty met each other in college and are now looking forward to their 50th anniversary coming up in November.
They met at Southern Illinois University through a mutual friend and have been living life together ever since. Mary Lou is originally from . . . more »


Exploring Options

Photos by Connor Raborn

COLLEGE FAIR -- Mandeville High School senior Razan Qamar experiences two realities at once while wearing a pair of augmented reality goggles at the Northshore College Fair Tuesday night. Southeastern Louisiana University Associate Professor of Science and Technology John Burris points out augmented features to Qamar while her father, Fadi Qamar, watches.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
High school students and parents had questions as they milled about the gym. Representatives from colleges near and not-so-near had answers.
More than two dozen institutions of higher education were represented at the annua . . . more »


Principal Crovetto settles into new workplace

Photo by Connor Raborn

OFFICE WITH A VIEW -- Newly appointed Ponchatoula Junior High School Principal Mary Beth Crovetto sits in her new office, one of her favorite parts of her new job due to the open views of the surrounding city. She was assistant principal at Ponchatoula High School for 14 years and is starting her 31st year working in Tangipahoa Parish schools.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Mary Beth Crovetto is building upon the foundations already laid at Ponchatoula Junior High School, and she isn't straying from her own roots, either.
Crovetto was officially hired as the principal of Ponchatoula Junior Hig . . . more »


Development district board plans to discuss pavilion

STEWART MONUMENT -- The Stewart Monument currently stands behind the Hammond Downtown Development District's office. The monument is dedicated to Francis Stewart, who died while saving a child from being hit by a train. Plans are to move it to be in the middle of the plaza that will be constructed as part of the community pavilion project.

Photo by Lauren Langlois

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Downtown's planned market pavilion project is on the agenda for discussion by the Hammond Downtown Development District's board today at 5:30 p.m. at the city council chambers, 312 E. Charles St.
District Director Chel . . . more »


Oak Knoll Country Club now open to new deals

Photo by Connor Raborn

OAK KNOLL GOLF -- Ricky Price, Oak Knoll Country Club member of 13 years, practices his short game at the club. A deal that would have placed Oak Knoll under the management of a golf company recently fell through, club board President Brian Gohres said.

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
A deal that would have transferred management of Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond to a golf company recently ended with the golf company pulling out.
Although the change would have helped pay for facility improvements, the . . . more »


Noreen Palmer, choir teacher


Ponchatoula Junior High School math teacher Noreen Palmer is trading in her calculators for songbooks.
Well, for half the day, anyway. Palmer teaches seventh and eighth grade math classes for one half of the school day. For the other half, she leads the student cho . . . more »


School officials applaud positives

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish School Board praised O.W. Dillon Leadership Academy for being named by the state as one of the top growth schools of 2018.
The Kentwood school showed significant growth in English language arts and ma . . . more »


Hammond chamber announces nominees

The Greater Hammond Chamber Nominating Committee presented two officer nominees and five nominees for directorship to Chamber members last week.
The officers would serve for the year of 2019, while the directors would serve a three-year term from 2019-2021. The nom . . . more »


Volunteers help flood victims

Photo courtesy of Nick Gagliano

SERIOUS COOKERS -- The machines are being used by Operation BBQ Relief to cook hot meals for the victims of Hurricane/Tropical Depression Florence in the Carolinas. The Boss Hog Cookers can cook 15,000 meals per day.

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Ben Husser and other volunteers with Cajun Navy 2016 were there in Lumberton, North Carolina, when the main levee broke Sunday night.
Conditions in the flooded community took a turn for the worse when temporary levees, . . . more »


NAACP branch to attend conference

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP Branch plans to have representatives attend the upcoming NAACP State Convention in Monroe.
Branch President Erica Williams said she has registered for the event and hopes to attend, . . . more »