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We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on We’ve made lasting memories in our first home

We moved into our house 12 years ago this month. Next week, we will hand over the keys to somebody else and leave it behind. Our first house—we were practically newlyweds when we moved

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Wounded War Heroes banquet Friday, June 17

Wounded War Heroes banquet Friday, June 17

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Wounded War Heroes banquet Friday, June 17

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – It only takes one story to understand the importance of the annual Wounded War Heroes fundraising banquet. Jason Austin was a 17-year-old young man who graduated

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So you want to get someone committed?

So you want to get someone committed?

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on So you want to get someone committed?

My interview this week with St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston could have turned into several different stories if I had the time or front page space to do more with what he

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‘Tammany Trails’ signs to promote outdoor fun

‘Tammany Trails’ signs to promote outdoor fun

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Tammany Trails’ signs to promote outdoor fun

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau MANDEVILLE – St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister has a message for the technology crowd. “Get outside!” Brister said it all with a smile on her face, wearing

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Coroner lays out upgrades to back $138,000 salary

Coroner lays out upgrades to back $138,000 salary

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Coroner lays out upgrades to back $138,000 salary

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – When Dr. Charles Preston was asked to explain the justification in a request to the Parish Council for a hefty pay increase he had a simple

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W-14 canal dispute could become very costly if not solved

W-14 canal dispute could become very costly if not solved

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on W-14 canal dispute could become very costly if not solved

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – While Slidell and St. Tammany officials have been content to allow the dispute on the responsibility for cleaning the W-14 canal to languish for years, a

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Homeowner suing after four years asking parish and city for help

Homeowner suing after four years asking parish and city for help

Editor June 9, 2016 Comments Off on Homeowner suing after four years asking parish and city for help

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – When James Shaffette and his wife purchased their home in 2010 at 1064 Michigan Ave. they were settling in for what they expected to be a

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Obituaries published June 2, 2016

Obituaries published June 2, 2016

Editor June 6, 2016 Comments Off on Obituaries published June 2, 2016

Christopher “Chris”?Mark Pichon, of Lacombe, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016. He was 48 years old. He was the son of Gregory Pichon and Wanda Ezell Pichon; brother of Kelli Bounds; brother-in-law of

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Covington inventor finding explosive success with Cajun Rocket Pot

Covington inventor finding explosive success with Cajun Rocket Pot

Editor June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Covington inventor finding explosive success with Cajun Rocket Pot

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau COVINGTON – The success for businessman/entrepreneur/inventor Todd Tunstall might best be summed up in a remark from his wife, Debbie. “He is a genius and doesn’t know it,”

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Nell Schmidt might have missed stand-up calling

Nell Schmidt might have missed stand-up calling

Editor June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Nell Schmidt might have missed stand-up calling

The business breakfast meeting last Friday at Palmetto’s in Slidell, hosted by the East St. Tammany Chamber, was certainly informative with Mayor Freddy Drennan bringing his “State of the City” report to a sold

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North Shore to hold specialized soccer camp

North Shore to hold specialized soccer camp

Editor June 5, 2016 Comments Off on North Shore to hold specialized soccer camp

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – When the sport of soccer was sanctioned by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association several decades ago, it was the North Shore teams such as Mandeville,

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Slidell steady with improvements

Slidell steady with improvements

Editor June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Slidell steady with improvements

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – The annual “State of the City” address by Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan certainly lets the public know there is a lot more going on to improve

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Independence Drive bridge to close

Independence Drive bridge to close

Editor June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Independence Drive bridge to close

SLIDELL – The bridge crossing Independence Drive in Slidell will be closed for an extensive period of time due to replacement of the structure. Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan gave residents an early warning that

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Major canals not getting cleaned

Major canals not getting cleaned

Editor June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Major canals not getting cleaned

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – A long-standing dispute between the city of Slidell and St. Tammany Parish has led to a halt in regular cleaning for the cities two main drainage

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It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

Editor May 29, 2016 Comments Off on It’s difficult to believe my granddaddy is really gone

My grandfather died last weekend. He was 86 years old. When your grandfather is 86 years old, it might sound strange to say he died unexpectedly. But he did. We didn’t expect it. One

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Obituaries published May 26, 2016

Obituaries published May 26, 2016

Editor May 28, 2016 Comments Off on Obituaries published May 26, 2016

Adam “Paw Paw” Henry Graff, Jr. has joined his beloved wife, Rosalie Madeline Graff, just as he promised that he’d do. It took him the last six of his 96 years on earth to

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Homemade food is El Paso’s ‘key to success’

Homemade food is El Paso’s ‘key to success’

Editor May 28, 2016 Comments Off on Homemade food is El Paso’s ‘key to success’

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – Juan Ibanez said he quietly smiles to himself when he hears the question asked. “Where do you buy your salsa?” “Where do you get your cheese

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The greatest gift to give—your time

The greatest gift to give—your time

Editor May 27, 2016 Comments Off on The greatest gift to give—your time

I’m entering a new chapter in my life and I knew it was something that would arrive one way or another. I’ve been talking a bit in this space about my father’s situation since

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City golf championship held on three city courses

City golf championship held on three city courses

Editor May 27, 2016 Comments Off on City golf championship held on three city courses

By KEVIN CHIRI Slidell news bureau SLIDELL – Robbie Rhodes captured his third title in the Greater Slidell Golf Championship that finished at Pinewood Country Club on Sunday in the midst of the excitement

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Guilty verdict in murder plot

Guilty verdict in murder plot

Editor May 27, 2016 Comments Off on Guilty verdict in murder plot

COVINGTON—A St. Tammany Parish jury found Carlos Rodriguez, 45, formerly of Kenner, guilty of first-degree murder for carrying out a plot with his girlfriend to kill her husband in 2009. After a weeklong trial,

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