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Downtown district seeks pro

The Hammond Downtown Development District is seeking proposals from qualified professionals to create bicycle racks designed by a local artist.
Professionals must be able to take the initial design and transform it into something pedestrian safe and cost effective . . . more »


City OKs 'blessing boxes'

By Lauren Langlois
The City of Hammond and a local high school student have worked out a deal to have donation boxes that will go on two public properties to help the needy.
The council last week approved an agreement between the city . . . more »


Hammond Police seek 2 suspects who are wanted for armed robbery

WANTED -- This is the car used by two suspects wanted by the Hammond Police Department for an armed robbery at McDonald's on University Avenue on Nov. 11.

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
The Hammond Police Department is seeking information on two suspects accused of armed robbery at the McDonald's on the corner of University Avenue and North Morrison Boulevard on the morning of Nov. 11.
After reviewing the vide . . . more »


Kim & Alli St. Martin and Whitney O'Flynn

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Holiday activities were in full swing for the St. Martin and O'Flynn families Monday afternoon in Hammond.
Kim St. Martin of Ponchatoula and her daughter, Alli, had been Christmas shopping with Kim's friend Whitney O'Flynn . . . more »


Come for flu shot; leave with Winn-Dixie turkey

Photo by Lauren Langlois

IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- Lucrecia Abalos gets a flu shot from Glenn Warciski at the Hammond Winn Dixie Saturday. The company has been doing a promotion that offers a free turkey to people who come in for a flu shot. Abalos and Carmen Barrios took advantage of the deal that was rolled out this fall.

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Dozens of people left Winn-Dixie in Hammond Saturday with Band-aids on their arms and frozen turkeys underneath their arms thanks to a new promotion that aims to encourage people to get vaccinated for the virus.
Pharma . . . more »


Abrams wants bus cameras

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Robin Abrams, just been elected to Tangipahoa Parish School Board District C's seat, is hitting the ground running.
The day after the election, Abrams said the safety of school children will be a primary concern. The first . . . more »


Amite council OKs settlement

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Amite Town Council voted unanimously last Wednesday to have the town pay a $120,000 settlement before the end of the year.
A resolution that the present members voted in favor of will satisfy a legal settlement with PRIDE N . . . more »


Independence Board to review sign permits

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Town of Independence Board of Aldermen decided at Tuesday's meeting to revisit a law that determines the permit payment and repayment process for temporary signs placed in town.
Mayor Angelo Mannino presented the item to th . . . more »


Pugh: Lawmakers working on port nominees

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.comm
State Rep. Steve Pugh of Ponchatoula said he and two other state lawmakers are working on jointly submitting nominees to the governor to fill a vacancy on the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission.
The port commissi . . . more »


Holiday movie showing at Cate Square

The seventh annual Movie in the Park, featuring "Santa Clause 2," will return to Cate Square Park in downtown Hammond on Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Hammond Rotary Club is putting on the outdoor movie experience and the premier sponsor is Hammond Square. The event is open . . . more »


Tie-breaking vote ends in business fees contract

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Independence Mayor Angelo Mannino cast a tie-breaking vote Tuesday to hire Avenu Insights & Analytics to handle Independence businesses' occupational licenses.
The vote, which was split 2-2 before Mannino's vote, author . . . more »


Camelot Community Care opens

Photos courtesy of Shawn Holcomb

CAMELOT COMMUNITY CARE -- The ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the new Camelot Community Care facility in Ponchatoula attracts a sizeable crowd, including mayors Bob Zabbia of Ponchatoula and Pete Panepinto of Hammond, along with executives of Camelot Community Care and other local dignitaries. A blessing and prayer for the new facility's staff and residents was done by Father Cayet Mangiaracina of Holy Ghost Catholic Churc, and a closing prayer and blessing was done by Dr. David Cranford of First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula.


Production comes to parish

TANGI CINEMA -- West 4th Street in Independence is used as the location of a scene shoot Thursday for "Gossamer Folds," a film starring Alexandra Grey.

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
South Cherry Street in Hammond was closed off where it intersects with East Merry Street for a film shoot on Friday.
According to The Holding Tent, a Facebook group that posts casting updates in South Louisiana, the working tit . . . more »


Tickfaw man charged in death of his wife


By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
Walter Albert, 33, of Tickfaw, turned himself into the Tickfaw Police Department, claiming to have shot his wife who later died after the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office deputies res . . . more »


Southeastern's writer-in-residence shares tips for aspiring poets

IN FLOW -- Southeastern Louisiana University's writer-in-residence David Armand hosts a poetry workshop at the Hammond branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library.

Photo by Jesse Brooks

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
Southeastern Louisiana University's writer-in-residence visited the Hammond branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library to host a poetry workshop.
"I'm known as a novelist, but I've also published two collections of poems," Armand . . . more »


Hammond City Council amends travel requests policy

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond City Council members seeking to travel for official city business will no longer need the administration to approve their trip expense due to an amended policy rule.
The council voted 4-1 earlier this week to . . . more »


Boil advisory issued for Old Covington Highway

Tangipahoa Water District issued a boil water advisory starting Friday for Old Covington Highway from Highway 190 East to South Coburn Road, including Woodlake Estates Subdivision.
The advisory was issued due to a main line break. Bacteriological samples will be co . . . more »


Petition calling to preserve Manchac attracts signatures

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Save Our Manchac Coalition's petition calling to protect the natural resources of Manchac had nearly 1,500 signatures online while at least 250 people have signed a paper version of the petition, according to Coalition . . . more »


Stirling Properties plans for renovations at Hammond Square

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The commercial real estate company managing Hammond Square Mall is planning to do major renovations to the Sears and former Rite Aid properties.
Grady Brame, executive vice president of Stirling Properties, spoke to th . . . more »


Suspect wanted in robbery of nail salon


By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
A suspect is wanted for a robbery that occurred at Top Nails on University Avenue on Tuesday night, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.
After TPSO Criminal Investigations Division members reviewed video eviden . . . more »


City officials ponder allowing food trucks in city of Hammond

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond Downtown Development District is asking business owners whether they support allowing food trucks in the city as officials ponder drafting an ordinance to permit the mobile eateries.
The district created a sur . . . more »


Roseland man gets mistrial for second degree murder charge

By Jesse Brooks Crime@hammondstar.com
There was a mistrial for the second degree murder charge Jermaine Williams, 42, of Roseland, faced in the shooting death of Joshua Lee in June of 2015 outside of a Dollar General store in Amite.
Judge Beth Wolfe of the 21st Jud . . . more »


City approves Zemurray Park master plan

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The master plan for developing Zemurray Park has been approved by the Hammond City Council.
Tracie Schillace, head of the city planning department, said the plan was reviewed and approved by the planning commission. Th . . . more »


Roseland to hold community Thanksgiving

The Town of Roseland will be holding its 10th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for the seniors and citizens of Roseland. The dinner, "Celebration of a Healthy Lifestyle," will promote a smoke free environment for the town.
The dinner will be held at Turner Chap . . . more »


Council pursues certification for retirement community

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council has agreed to seek a certification in an effort to attract retirees to the parish.
The council Tuesday approved a resolution in support of applying to Encore Louisiana to designate the parish . . . more »


Participation in watershed initiative urged

Photo courtesy of Kim Coates

RESTORING SWAMPLAND -- Volunteers, including Ponchatoula High School students, participate in the Communities Restoring Urban Swamp Habitat series by planting 500 trees in the Manchac swamp. CRUSH is an effort of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Audubon of Louisiana, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency and the Gulf of Mexico Program.

By Lauren Langlois Staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Save Our Manchac Coalition urges the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission and the parish to participate in a state planning effort to develop a floodplain management and planning across parish lines.
The Louisiana W . . . more »


Man sought in aggravated arson case in Amite


The State Fire Marshal's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a man wanted for trying to set his mother's mobile home on fire when she tried to kick him out.
Dwayne Vining, 43, is being sought for the fire that occurred over the summer in the 409 W . . . more »


No road closure law

By Connor Raborn Reporter@hammondstar.com
Town of Independence aldermen made their final call Tuesday on a potential law dictating policy for event-based road closures in town.
The issue brewed over the course of multiple board meetings in the past few months, havi . . . more »