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School board recognizes students, staff

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 Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish School Board recognized chemistry-savvy students, a dedicated employee and the Student of the Month award winner at its meeting Tuesday.
The President's Student of the Month award went to Sumner High . . . more »

   

Severe weather coming

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
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 Weather Service in New Orleans.
"The s . . . more »

   

Soldier's Homecoming

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.



By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Damien Wiley's musical bell lay forgotten on the stage as the boy ran to his father, Thomas Wiley, who had just walked through the door. After nearly a year, Sgt. Wiley was home.
That was the emotional scene at Midway Eleme . . . more »

   

Sheriff's office investigates fight

SUSPECT -- The woman seen on surveillance footage provided by Rouses Market is accused of stealing the cellphone of a customer in the store.



Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards confirmed his office is investigating a fight that occurred inside of the parish jail Tuesday night that left four deputies with moderate injuries.
Tensions were high inside the jail and eventually led to a fight in a dorm . . . more »

   

Touring Tangi

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HAMMOND FARMERS MARKET
Every Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon
2 W. Thomas St.
985-277-5682
COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET
Every Wednesday, 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St.
985-966-1786
MCCOMB FARMERS MARKET
Every Thursday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m . . . more »

   

Garbage days -  the great equalizer

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 in. We hadn't pulled our garbage to t . . . more »

   

What's in a Name? Robertson's Land

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 in the parish. The first series of . . . more »

   

My Past, My Family, My Town - Chapter 3

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.



By T.j. Reid
More of the Amite Historic Tour which is scheduled for May 5:
Last time I left you in the middle of Northeast Central Avenue at what was Morgan and Lindsey, and on down the block was Ritchie's in the 1950s, then Jimmy's. Makes me wish I could have one . . . more »

   

Community Spotlight Throwback

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



   

Bo's Extravaganza brings nostalgia to Holden

MUSIC - VIP guests enjoy a musical performance at the Friday night media event at Bo's Extravaganza in Holden.



   

Richard blends Texas, Louisiana styles

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 the region, Richard's songwriting and . . . more »

   

Lions motivate Wildcats

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.



   

Woodland students stop, drop, read

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.



   

Storage facility going up in Robert

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



   

Engineering firm hired for rock jetty second phase

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
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 of the parish's rock jetty breakwat . . . more »

   

Federal grant award to boost police presence

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
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 used to increase the number of offic . . . more »

   

KSLU accepting pet photo entries

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 is no cost to enter.
Between May 15 a . . . more »

   

Jimmy Berry



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. He said he is interested in the frat . . . more »

   

Students campaign to raise funds for cancer research

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
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 in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society . . . more »

   

Learn from Losses

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.



By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
Those who attended the Men's Empowerment Night at Beacon Light Church of Hammond on Monday night were treated to some sage advice and NFL insider knowledge as New Orleans Saints Senior Assistant Wide Receiver Coach Curtis Johns . . . more »

   

Raquel and Bobby Ryan



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 Houston High School's band, marched . . . more »

   

Fest wraps weekend despite storm

TALL RIDES DOWN -- Workers disassemble the tall rides at Memorial Park in Ponchatoula on Monday after the weekend's Strawberry Festival.



By Jesse Brooks And Lil Mirando The Daily Star
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival's 48th edition by all accounts was a good one despite closing earlier than planned Saturday evening to avoid a line of storms.
Sunday's sunshine and cool north wind quickly dried up the . . . more »

   

Fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral

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 Reporter@hammondstar.com
As the blaze in Notre Dame Cathedral was declared under control Monday night, Tangipahoa Parish residents remembered their personal experiences with the Parisian church.
Notre Dame, a centuries-old feat of architecture, has . . . more »

   

Closing down for the evening

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.

Photo by Lil Mirando

By Lil Mirando
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 f . . . more »

   

Trey Harris wins Grand Champion

Strawberry Festival Queen Heidi Carrier holds prize berries while auctioneer Freddie Woods calls for bids Saturday afternoon.

Photo by Lil Mirando

By Lil Mirando
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 th . . . more »

   

Independence board absences cross aldermen

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
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 special meeting was called in late March . . . more »

   

Investigation of school video enters due process phase

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 collecting facts about the March 28 . . . more »

   

Fundraiser affirms need for organ donors

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
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 Dash.
The 5K run/walk hosted by Hammo . . . more »