Crowded schools key race issue

Sharon Lo Drucker

St. Tammany Parish’s rapid growth is most pronounced on its western side, where new subdivisions, shopping centers and restaurants have turned the rural area around once-sleepy Madisonville into a bustling suburban center. That growth — praised by developers, public officials … Continue reading→

DA candidates’ funding methods vary

Walter Reed, the retiring district attorney of St. Tammany and Washington parishes, was a prodigious fundraiser, though some of his campaigns’ financial dealings have drawn the interest of federal law enforcement. In the race to replace Reed, however, only one … Continue reading→

Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne indicted

James Lavigne

A long-expected hammer finally came down Wednesday afternoon in a St. Tammany Parish courtroom when Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne and Town Clerk Diane Bennett Hollie were indicted on a litany of counts related to the misuse of town funds. … Continue reading→

Ochsner, St. Tammany hospital launch partnership

Ochsner Health Systems and St. Tammany Parish Hospital formally launched their partnership Tuesday, calling the arrangement an “entirely new business model for the region.” Ochsner, which earlier this year dropped a bid to run Jefferson Parish’s two public hospitals, is … Continue reading→

Motorist rescued after jumping from Causeway

A motorist jumped off the Causeway’s southbound span early Tuesday morning and had to be rescued by a police officer, officials said. The incident began about 12:50 a.m. when a toll booth attendant noticed something odd about the motorist, Causeway … Continue reading→

Slidell man convicted of molesting child

Robert Stanley Lane, 56, was found guilty Thursday of molestation of a juvenile under age 13 in 22nd Judicial District Court Judge William Knight’s courtroom after a jury deliberated for 15 minutes. Lane, of Slidell, was arrested about a year … Continue reading→

Tammany Council votes to allow larger boathouses

Several St. Tammany Parish residents argued Thursday night against a measure to allow larger boathouses, saying bigger structures will harm the area’s scenic rivers by creating what opponent Barbara Dodds called visual pollution. Current law limits boathouses to 800 square … Continue reading→