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Council to pick top two


By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council plans to interview the six top applicants for parish registrar of voters and narrow the finalists to two Monday.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 . . .

Town ready to light sky

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Fireworks will explode in the sky above Independence as June comes to close.
For the third year, the town will hold a Fourth of July fireworks show at Fontana Park on Saturday a week from . . .

Sgt. Pepper: Enduring Art

Photo by Connor Raborn

RAFFLE TICKET TO RIDE - A basket bears a variety of Beatles merchandise at Hammond Branch Library. The basket is the raffle prize for adults participating in Tangipahoa Parish Library's summer reading program, "Libraries Rock!"

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Twenty years ago Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play and Bruce Spizer of New Orleans became a historian on one of the most popular bands of all time.
Well, maybe not 20 years to the day, . . .

Maria Wierbicka


Maria Wierbicka created friendships while visiting New Orleans years ago and now she loves to return to south Louisiana to visit her friends who live in Tangipahoa Parish.
She was spending an afternoon at the Hammond branch . . .

City to build sandbag storage

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
City of Hammond has been making improvements to the maintenance shop at U.S. 190 and is getting ready to add a storage bay to store its sandbags.
Superintendent Robert Morgan . . .

Livestock prohibited in town; sewer on horizon

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Independence officials revised a law Tuesday prohibiting livestock from being kept in the town limits.
The board of aldermen unanimously voted to ban hogs, pigs, goats or cows from being . . .

Rodeo features wagon racing

The Western Wagons, a Chuckwagon racing group from Chapel Hill, will race their horse drawn wagons in Amite tonight.
The wagons will drift and slide as they race around the Florida Parishes Arena in the Tangipahoa Parish Pro . . .

Honoring the Flag

Photos courtesy of Richard Ludwig

INDEPENDENCE POST 109 -- Members of American Legion Independence Post 109 Ed Baroni, Bill Perkins, Rich Ludwig, Pat Governale, Claude Fischer and Michael Guzzardo attend the flag retirement ceremony Thursday evening at the post home. Please see related photos on Page 2.

Veterans, volunteers hold . . .

Budget does not reflect fee change

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
The 7th Ward Marshal's Office has a 2018-2019 budget that assumes civil service fees will remain as they are today. The budget estimates the total revenue to be $713,550 and the . . .

Independence buildings designated for new use

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
A chain restaurant may soon move into the old Kellwood building at Pine Street and Tortorice Lane in downtown Independence.
Mayor Angelo Mannino recently met with the owner of the . . .

District hears feedback on pavilion

FUTURE FARMERS MARKET — An image shows the proposed look of the community pavilion for downtown Hammond. This view is looking north from behind the downtown development district's office.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Several people gave feedback about the design of the community pavilion that Hammond Downtown Development District plans to construct behind its office.
While feedback was generally . . .

Council tables hangars project

A project to build 10 hangar spaces at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport is on hold.
The city council has tabled the project until the next meeting when the council will consider whether to borrow up . . .

Jamie Davis

Jamie Davis

Jamie Davis of Baton Rouge grabbed a cup of frozen yogurt and a seat in the shade to enjoy it at the mall Wednesday.
A sophomore social work major, she is living in Hammond while enrolled in summer classes. She decided to forego . . .

Changes to student assignment plan proposed

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish School Board has filed a joint motion seeking approval for modifications to the system's interim student assignment plan under its desegregation case.
The joint . . .

From port to resort village?

PORT'S PURPOSE -- Director of Port Manchac Patrick Dufresne, left, and South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission member Don Boihem listen as developers describe a proposed residential and tourism economic development project for the port at the commission meeting Tuesday. Dufresne said he is opposed to the project and the port's mission is to transload cargo for industrial and manufacturing industries.

Photos by Lauren Langlois

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Developers behind The Village at Port Manchac want 18 months to study the feasibility of transforming Port Manchac into a residential and tourism development, but many worry about . . .

Independence officials move on motor coaches

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
A Tuesday night vote in Independence may be the beginning of the end for a months-long issue.
When a family was called to a town meeting a few months ago to discuss the condition of their . . .

Woman dies as result of three-vehicle wreck

Photo by Justin Redman

Wreck Scene

The three-vehicle crash on LA 445 near Champ Cooper School on Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of Ruby P. Core, 71, of Ponchatoula, troopers said.
Another driver in the wreck, Cameron Alex Crawford, 27, of Ponchatoula, was taken first to North Oaks Medical . . .

Austin Weber and the Fords

Austin Weber of Luling got to unwind for a while Monday with ice cream and a friendly visit.
He was sitting in downtown Hammond at Sweet Rolls ice cream shop with his girlfriend, Bree Ford, their miniature Schnauzer, Lily, and . . .

Vehicle fatally hits Ponchatoula bicyclist

Tremaine Hughes, 17, of Ponchatoula died of injures suffered early Monday when a vehicle hit the bicycle he was riding on La. 1064 in the Tickfaw area.
Hughes was riding a Huffy mountain style bicycle westbound in the westbound . . .

Hammond City Council meets tonight at 5:30

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Hammond City Council's agenda for today includes introducing an ordinance to borrow up to $15 million to fund capital outlay projects.
The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. for a public . . .

Parish to widen stretch of Wardline Road

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Wardline Road's widening and drainage improvements are in the works.
The Tangipahoa Parish Council has agreed to seek bids for the long-awaited project.
Parish President Robby . . .

Six finalists for registrar

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com
Tangipahoa Parish Council narrowed the list of 21 applicants for parish registrar of voters to six Monday.
Each council members voted for his top five applicants, and those who had . . .

Lodge to build community center

by Connor Raborn reporter@hammondstar.com
Members of Freemasons Prince Hall Precious Jewel Lodge #108 plan to build a lodge hall near Tasker Park on 1st Street in Ponchatoula.
Lodge member Morris Evans notified the Ponchatoula . . .