Overnight Fire on Old Military Road

Just after midnight, early this morning, St Tammany Fire District 11 and the Pearl River Police Department responded to Old Military Road. When units arrived, they found an 18-wheeler that was hauling bottles of water on fire with the cab fully involved. The driver was able to escape, and no other vehicles or buildings were…

Three Sentenced in Bogalusa Murder

DA Warren Montgomery says 17 YO Levi Lee, of Tylertown, Miss., and 25 YO Lance Rouse, of Picayune, Miss., pleaded guilty last week in the shooting death of a convenience store owner during the robbery of his store in Bogalusa last year. Lee pleaded guilty, as charged, to second degree murder and two counts of…

Pedestrian Fatality on LA 59

Early Friday morning Troopers from Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA 59 northbound. The crash has claimed the life of 55-year-old Richard Smith of Dallas. The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Smith was standing in the center of LA 59 attempting to direct…

SLU Nursing Wins Award

Southeastern Louisiana University’s online doctor of nursing practice program has earned recognition as one of the top 50 programs in the nation by Healthcare-Management-Degree.net. Southeastern was the only university in Louisiana to make the list, ranking higher than schools such as Baylor, Duke, and Florida State. Southeastern earned its ranking based on student to faculty…

DWI Checkpoints Over Holiday

Deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting multiple DWI checkpoints between now and the end of the year at undisclosed locations in St. Tammany Parish. The checkpoints are part of the ongoing, proactive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to combat impaired driving. The manpower for this initiative is funded…

Local SLU Students Honored

Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business held its inaugural Written Projects or Works of Excellence and Distinction program awards ceremony earlier this month. The WOWED! program was created to recognize students who have created the “best of the best” written individual and group projects, works, or papers each semester under the guidance of a faculty…

Edwards Spars with Budget Chair

Louisiana’s income forecasting battles are continuing into Gov. John Bel Edwards’ second four-year term. Yesterday the House’s Republican budget committee chairman Cameron Henry refused to boost the state’s revenue projections as sought by the Democratic Edwards administration. Henry says the state faces too much financial uncertainty. The three other members sought to increase this year’s…

Southeastern Police Safety Campaign

Southeastern Louisiana University Police Officers will work with other local law enforcement partners to find and remove impaired drivers from the roadways in and around campus in an effort to help keep students safe. The partnership is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign and will be conducted Dec. 13 through…

Amite Service Dog Honored

An Amite service dog has been recognized by the Governor’s office for her efforts to keep her patient safe. Annie Frannie Corkern, a service dog belonging Connor Corkern of Amite, was named the 2019 “Service Animal of the Year” award winner by Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards this week. Annie Frannie…

Mile Branch Bridge Being Replaced

According to the City of Covington a recent bridge inspection of the W. 11th Avenue Bridge at Mile Branch in Covington found critical deficiencies in the substructure. In 2018, the City of Covington began the engineering design for the replacement of the Bridge at Mile Branch. The project includes the removal of the existing bridge…