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Animal shelters urge keeping pets warm

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
As the temperature drops, officials remind residents to ensure the safety of their pets.
"If you can bring your dog in, you really should, even if it's just for the night," Tangi Humane . . .

Stephen M. and Stephen T. Dolski

The Dolskis

The difference between Michigan and Louisiana is like night and day, Stephen Thomas Dolski said.
"Nobody's in a hurry to get anything done," he said of Louisiana.
Dolski and his son, Stephen Michael Dolski, moved from Michigan . . .

'A promise to keep'

PRESENTATION OF COLORS " Members of the Pathfinders, directed by Elaine Harrington, present the colors at the start of the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Hammond at the Martin Luther King Park on Monday.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
On the day honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans need to remember the country still has work to do to fulfill his dream, a local keynote speaker said.
Bishop . . .

Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

FELLOWSHIP -- A choir sings inside Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Independence, which was packed Monday as people celebrated the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event began with a march that ended at the church. The program included music, prayer, a tribute to Dr. King, liturgical dancing and a commemorative address by the Rev. Phillip Williams Jr.

Officials to bring back advisory group

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Complaints from several bus drivers over pay and management have spurred the Tangipahoa Parish School System to resurrect a bus driver advisory committee.
According to Board Member . . .

Plaintiffs want Perry for job


By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Plaintiffs in the Tangipahoa Parish School System desegregation case are calling for a former parish principal to be named the chief academic officer.
The plaintiffs asked U.S. . . .

Fighter jet booked for Northshore Regional Airshow

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
An F-22 Raptor demonstration team has been booked as part of the entertainment for the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow.
The fighter jet is highly sought after for airshows and . . .

Eating with 'Pride'

Photos by Connor Raborn

BANQUET -- ProStart culinary student Courtney Calhoon, a senior at Ponchatoula High School, serves an entree of cherry-stuffed pork loin and twice-baked potato at Southeastern Louisiana University women's basketball banquet Thursday night as Lady Lions' support group PRIDE founder Patsy Causey cuts into the meal.

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Traditional manners joined fine dining on a basketball banquet's menu when two school programs came together Thursday night.
Southeastern Louisiana University women's basketball team used . . .

Kentwood Manor moving south

Photos by Ryne Berthelot

ONGOING CONSTRUCTION -- Cars drive past the construction of a new nursing home being built on Hwy 51 in Ponchatoula.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Construction of a care facility in Ponchatoula that will replace a nursing home in Kentwood should wrap up around October.
Lannie Richardson, chief executive officer of Central . . .

'Where Kids' Minds Go'

SCIENCE PROJECTS -- Model solar systems and paper volcanoes adorn the stage in Hammond Westside Montessori School Thursday for a science fair.

Photo by Connor Raborn

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Seventh-graders Carter Copsey and Talan Gendron decided to think outside the pizza box for their science fair project.
The two Hammond Westside Montessori School students turned that box . . .

Queen of Erin at AfterHours

Photo by Susie Cambre

The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce hosted a wonderfully successful Chamber AfterHours Event Thursday afternoon held at the Ponchatoula Lions Club. Enjoying the event are, from left, Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court Gary Stanga, Queen of Erin Mollie O'Mally, Erin Maid Maygan O'Mally and Ponchatoula Lions President Joey Drude .

City council hears about mobile home inequity

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
A Lafayette man who owns property in Hammond aired his grievances to the Hammond City Council Tuesday about the council's denying his request to install a mobile home but letting another . . .

Parish officials seek study of Tangipahoa River

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish officials are hoping a group of LSU students will study the Tangipahoa River to identify potential drainage improvement projects.
Kiley Bates, administrator of . . .