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For Peter's House

Photo courtesy of Richard Wallace

For Peter's House

TO HELP WOMEN SEEKING RECOVERY -- On behalf of the Father Vander Heyden Ponchatoula Knights of Columbus Council 4874 and in memory of Donald Steadman, R. Buddy Williams presents a donation to Tracey St. John, director of Peter's House to help fund the treatment plant needed for the facility to become operational. Peter's House is a faith-based Christian transitional living facility in Ponchatoula for women seeking recovery and assistance from addiction, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, unplanned pregnancies or any other life issues.



   

Final nail is driven

FINAL TOUCH -- Volunteer Pete Spyker drives the ceremonial final nail to complete the home renovation Wednesday in Amite.

Photo by Jesse Brooks



By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
Creola Atkins of Amite has returned to her home for the first time since the severe flooding of 2016.
"I just want you all to know that I love you. I'm blessed to have the help you have given, and I thank God for giving you to . . . more »

   

Students explore oil industry

Photo courtesy of Jessica Stant

TRAINING FACILITY -- Ponchatoula High School teacher Jessica Stant tours a Shell Oil Company training facility with a group of students for them to learn about career paths in the oil and gas industry. The facility employees were very impressed with the Ponchatoula High students, Stant said.



   

Christmas at the Depot

Photo courtesy of Ralph Price

RAILROAD MAILBOX - Tre'George Thomas, 10, and his mother, Donna Tillery, put his letter to Santa in the restored post office car's mailbox designated for the North Pole. Thomas is a student at Franklin Elementary School near Meadville, Mississippi.



By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
After over 100 years, countless miles traveled in service on Illinois Central Railroad and a few stops at various exhibits, two railway cars from Hammond have found restoration and a new home.
An executive office car from 1 . . . more »

   

Toys for Tots Tangipahoa

REINDEER GAMES -- Debbie Wilson visits Kaitlin and Beau Wilson as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.



By Loretta Joiner
Santa, his elves, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many friendly helpers took time out of their Christmas preparations to decorate, prepare breakfast, and visit children of all ages at the first Toys for Tots Tangipahoa Pancake Breakfast fundrai . . . more »

   

Loranger Horse Drawn Parade

The Loranger Horse Drawn Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. The parade does not allow entry of motorized vehicles; it is filled with horseback riders and wagons only. The parade is put on by the Gerald Brunett family and Old Farmers Day. Further . . . more »

   

Roseland pup rescued

EQUIPMENT -- A piece of equipment is put into the 22-foot hole near Roseland to rescue a puppy that had fallen in. Max was rescued from the hole in a joint effort.



After nearly four days of failed attempts, the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Services Department on Tuesday successfully rescued a resident's puppy which had gone missing last week when it became trapped in a hole 22 feet below ground level.
Tangipahoa Parish President . . . more »

   

Land of Sweets

MEET AND GREET -- Hammond Eastside Elementary students meet the cast of Fellom Ballet's Traveling Nutcracker after a performance in the elementary school's studio.



   

Letter jacket at PHS

Photo courtesy of Christie Atkins

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - Ponchatoula High School junior Camryn Ernst earns her academic letter jacket from Principal Danny Strickland. She is joined by her parents, Shelly and Lester Ernst. Camryn has a 4.0 GPA and scored a 30 on the ACT.



   

Mayor: Ponchatoula 'right place, right time'

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
The combination of residential and commercial growth in Ponchatoula within the past two decades indicates the city is in the "right place at the right time," said Mayor Bob Zabbia.
"Since 2004, we have experienced a 70 percent . . . more »

   

Council denies zoning request

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
Neighbors off Highway 22 between Ellis and Kemp streets experienced a victory Monday when the Ponchatoula City Council denied a request to zone the area as commercial.
The request for a zoning change came as car dealership Bil . . . more »

   

Proposed subdivision changes to be presented at public hearing

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
A package of strengthened regulations to manage subdivision growth is scheduled for a public hearing at the Tangipahoa Parish Council meeting Dec. 26.
The council, which introduced the proposed changes Monday, heard fr . . . more »

   

Kentwood High has strong ties to town government

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
The Town of Kentwood is stirring up winds of change after the runoff elections Saturday that resulted in new faces and people connected with Kentwood High Magnet School winning seats.
When January arrives, Kentwood will have a . . . more »

   

No extension of contract now

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
A committee under the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has recommended that Tangi Academy's contract not be extended at this time while also directing the state education department to research whe . . . more »

   

Fire chief credits residents for safety in cold weather

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
No Hammond Fire Department units were called out to structure fires Nov. 30 to Dec. 9, said Hammond Interim Fire Chief Jesse Hodges, noting that is a significant improvement considering the colder weather.
"We really are blesse . . . more »

   

Car catches fire at Tickfaw exit overpass

Photo by Jesse Brooks

HAZARDOUS -- Tickfaw police spray down the road in concern of gas leaks after a car on Highway 442's I-55 overpass quickly caught fire after rear-ending the vehicle ahead of it Tuesday afternoon.



By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
Natalbany firefighters believe a rear-end collision Tuesday was a direct hit on a vehicle's gas tank, causing a fire. Responding firefighters were able to rescue people trapped in the wreck before flames spread and anyone was s . . . more »

   

Amite town council changes its meeting time

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Amite Town Council members amended a law Tuesday night that will have them meeting at 6 p.m. instead of 7 for the next few months.
Introduced by Council Member Kris Hart last month, the amendment changes the town's meeting . . . more »

   

A Home to Hollywood

Photo by Connor Raborn

ROLLING -- A film crew shoots a scene for the independent movie "Gossamer Folds," directed by Lisa Donato, at the corner of South Cherry Street and East Park Avenue near downtown Hammond Thursday. The production has released an open call for extras and for vintage cars 1986 or older for a scene to be filmed in Independence this Friday. Those interested are asked to email millhousemotionpictures@gmail.com and to arrive at 319 W. 4th St., Independence, by 4 p.m. Friday.



By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
A film crew that moved into a residential area near downtown Hammond a few weeks ago has practically integrated into the community over the course of the ongoing 24-day shoot.
Cameras rolled on South Cherry Street near the . . . more »

   

Coroner office compromise

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish officials appear to have reached a compromise that will have the coroner's office move to the parish health unit in Hammond and the existing facility be remodeled into an upgraded morgue.
During the c . . . more »

   

Jon René Gaujot



Jon Rene Gaujot painted 3D art outside PJ's Coffee in downtown Hammond Monday night.
His passion is art, but his other jobs have led to numerous near-death experiences. Gojo, as his friends call him, plans to write a book about his brushes with death as a crab fish . . . more »

   

Walking with Pride

Photo by Connor Raborn

RAIN OR SHINE ­­-- Graduates of Southeastern Louisiana University file out of University Center into the rain Saturday afternoon having just received their diplomas and are met by family members bearing umbrellas. Degrees were conferred upon 1,029 students at the school's winter commencement.



By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
The steady, cold rain couldn't stop Southeastern Louisiana University students from receiving their degrees Saturday morning, nor did it keep their loved ones from turning out to see them.
Umbrellas dotted North Campus as f . . . more »

   

Newcomers to dominate school board

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Run-off elections for three Tangipahoa Parish School System districts -A, D and G- saw the finished assembly of the new parish school board, which will be a mix of four incumbents and five non-incumbents.
The latter dominat . . . more »

   

Andrews, Wells, Gonzales win

NEW COUNCIL MEMBER -- Kiplyn "Kip" Andrews celebrates as the final results come in Saturday night, showing he won the runoff race to represent District 1 on the Hammond City Council.

Photo courtesy of Kiplyn Andrews



By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond City Council will have all new faces in the next term with Kiplyn "Kip" Andrews, Carlee Gonzales and Devon Wells winning their runoff races Saturday.
In District 3, Devon Wells beat incumbent Janice Carter-Bear . . . more »

   

Bates wins Kentwood mayor; the final town council seats filled

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
Kentwood High Magnet School Principal Rochell Bates will be the town's next mayor.
According to complete but unofficials results reported by the secretary of state's office, Bates received 382 votes (54%) to defeat incumbent Ma . . . more »

   

School board chooses new insurance agency

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Employees of Tangipahoa Parish School System have a new third party administrator handling their voluntary insurance benefits, Powell & Associates.
Powell & Associates/BXS, with locations in Ponchatoula and Ham . . . more »

   

Don Clemons

Clemons



Don Clemons, 77, of Kentwood will serve as grand marshal in this year's Kentwood Christmas Parade, rolling through town Monday at 6 p.m.
The Kentwood branch of the Hancock Whitney Bank threw a toast for Clemons last Tuesday.
"We toasted Mr. Clemons here at Hancock . . . more »

   

Tangi Academy parents mobilize in face of closure

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Parents of children attending Tangi Academy plan to show their support for the charter school at a meeting of state education officials, who will discuss whether to let the academically struggling school continue for a . . . more »

   

Man sentenced for fatal stabbing

Bell



James Lindsey Washington, 34, of Amite, has been senteced to 25 years in prison after pleading no contest to manslaughter of Illieas Johnson, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said.
Judge Brenda Ricks handed down the sentence, which includes the stipulation that t . . . more »