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September 3, 2015

Five Good Samaritans Honored for Saving Three Children

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) awarded five people with Citizens Meritorious Service Awards at a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge on Sept. 3.
(Left to right: A.J. Holmes, Leyton Page, Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, Diane Leach and Timothy Rodasto.  Not pictured: Chad Thompson who couldn't attend.)
 LDWF honored Paul L. Page, 17, of Bogalusa, Diane Leach, 34, of Covington, Timothy Rodosta, 42, of Covington, Chad Thompson, and A. J. Holmes, for helping save three children following a boating incident in the Pearl River Navigational Canal on March 28 in St. Tammany Parish.  The mother of the three children, Jonie Morgan, 31, of Folsom, and her boyfriend, Terry O’Keefe Jr., 41, of Folsom, passed away as a result of the incident.

September 3, 2015

RMC Congratulates Ben Lott - A Great 100 Nurses Recipient

Ben Lott RN honored by Louisiana’s Great 100 Nurses.

FRANKLINTON, LA September 2, 2015–Riverside Medical Center, a community critical access hospital, today congratulates Ben Lott RN BSN for receiving the Great 100 Nurses award. Ben is the VP of Clinical Services/ Chief Operating Officer. “We are so proud of Ben and all of his accomplishments. He is a shining example of the great care we provide at Riverside Medical Center”, said Kristina Knight, Community Outreach Director.

The Great 100 Nurses Foundation was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana 29 years ago and since then has honored thousands of Nurses across Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. These exemplary Nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contributions to the profession of Nursing, and their mentoring of others.

Ben will be honored at the Great 100 Nurses Celebration of Louisiana Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner.

September 3, 2015

Kentwood Woman Sentenced Stealing from U.S. Post Office

WANDA JAMES, age 46, of Kentwood, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to stealing money from the Post Office.  

From September 10, 2013 through February 3, 2014, James stole cash from money order purchases According to court documents, on or about September 10, 2013 through and including on or about February 3, 2014, JAMES stole approximately $2,611.61.  

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced JAMES to 36 months of probation, $100 special assessment, and restitution in the amount of $2,611.61.  

September 3, 2015

Covington Woman Lied About Rape of 11-Yr Old

Source:  Andrea Shaw, | The Times-Picayune 

A Covington woman has confessed to helping a man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl by lying detectives during the investigation.   Anita Pepitone pleaded guilty Wednesday (Sept. 2) to being an accessory after the fact to aggravated rape and false swearing to aid Thomas Valverde of Metairie.  She was sentenced to five years, the sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for three years.

Valverde, 48, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl from June 2012 until Dec. 26, 2014, when the abuse was reported to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Valverde, who told investigators he touched the girl, was charged with aggravated rape and sexual battery. He is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 14.

September 3, 2015

More Benefits By Attending the BBHF 

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival is not only known for presenting incredible blues and other Louisiana heritage music. It’s earned a reputation for enriching the festival goer experience by also making quality, hand-crafted art and fine food available.

And this year, renowned chef Gerard Maras, who has been called the “most important chef in New Orleans history,” will help ensure that the rave reviews continue by offering our attendees shrimp and grits as well as red beans and rice with smoked pork sausage.

Maras, who owns a farm in Franklinton, gained acclaim at Commanders Palace, Mr. B’s Bistro and his own award-winning Gerard’s Downtown.  

Maras is just one of nearly 20 food vendors that will offer dishes like crawfish nachos and pasta, seafood platters, stuffed crabs, fried shrimp, chicken wraps and tacos, etouffee, grilled catfish with roasted corn, stuffed jalapenos, gyros, bacon wrapped shrimp, smoked sausage poboys, BBQ nachos, jambalaya, Cajun fried chicken and fish, smoked chicken wings, hamburgers, hotdogs, kettle corn and roasted peanuts.

And the nearly 20 art vendors for BBHF IV are equally as exciting. Visitors will get to peruse and purchase pottery effigy vessels and other art, numerous types of jewelry, prints of blues musicians, metal art, woodcrafts, reverse painting pieces, mini top hats, crocheted hooded scarves, knitted items, wax hand sculptures, and even flavored pepper jelly.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit online.

September 3, 2015

Assault Investigation Leads to Multiple Charges

Early Wednesday morning Covington Police investigated a report of an assault on a convenience store clerk.  The subject of the investigation was still in the parking lot but fled and escaped when an officer attempted to speak to him.  While conducting an inventory of suspect's abandoned vehicle, officers discovered multiple loaded firearms, several rounds of ammunition and body armor.

Officers later identified the suspect and located him at a Covington residence.  

Nathan Oinonen, from Covington, was charged with simple assault and resisting an officer by flight.  Also arrested at the residence was David B. Hagan, from Kentucky, who was charged with drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of body armor.  

Oinonen and Hagan were subsequently transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing and may result in additional charges.

September 3, 2015

Show of Support From Area Law Enforcement

Message from Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz

Tomorrow in Texas they will lay to rest Officer Goforth who was ambushed last weekend. Gov. Abbott of Texas has asked all officers in Texas, at 11:00am, to turn on the red and blue lights of their police cars for one minute. This will coincide with the start of Officer Goforth's funeral.

As a show of support, and for all of the officers killed in the line of duty from Louisiana, the Covington Police Dept, along with the Sheriff's Office, Mandeville PD, Madisonville PD, Folsom PD and the State Police are going to line the median of U.S. 190 at its intersection with Sunshine Ave. at 11:00am. At 11:00am we will turn on our red and blue lights for one minute. We ask the motoring public to turn their head lights on at 11:00am for one minute as well.

Now more than ever we need to stand together.

September 3, 2015

La.'s 2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday

Don’t miss this year’s Louisiana Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday when shopping for hunting supplies. The Second Amendment tax free weekend takes place over 3 days: Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6.

On these dates, sportsmen and women can purchase virtually any item for use during the upcoming hunting season and pay no Louisiana state or local sales tax!

September 3, 2015

Former Pearl River Town Clerk Pleads Guilty

Source:  James Varney, | The Times-Picayune 

Former Pearl River town clerk Dianne Bennett Hollie pleaded guilty Thursday (Sept. 3) to theft and other charges stemming from a 2014 investigation by Louisiana's Legislative Auditor. Hollie has no prior record and thus had possible jail time suspended.

District Judge Raymond Childress nevertheless informed Hollie that should she violate the terms of her 5-year supervised probation, he would likely impose prison sentences against her consecutively, meaning she might face 15 years behind bars.

A St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Hollie and former Pearl River Mayor James Lavigne on theft and malfeasance charges in October 2014.

In addition to the probation, Hollie agreed to pay restitution of more than $8,200. She also was ordered to serve 20 days of community service.

Click here for more on the story.

September 3, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Jeffery Carrier was booked 9/03 on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated

Michael Hall was booked 09/03 on the charge of Failure to Appear

September 3, 2015

Governor Jindal Proclaims Statewide Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement

Governor Jindal has proclaimed September 14, 2015 as a statewide day of prayer for law enforcement and encouraged state leaders, local officials, and church organizations to honor all law enforcement on this date.

Governor Jindal said, “On Monday, September 14, we are welcoming Louisianians to unite in prayer for our law enforcement officers across the state. Too often, we forget the sacrifice and commitment these brave men and women make on a daily basis in order to protect our families and uphold the peace in our communities. Our officers understand the real risk and responsibility that comes with this career and we are extremely grateful for their dedicated service. We’re encouraging all Louisianians to take a few minutes out of their day to pray for and thank a local law enforcement officer for their unending commitment to our communities.”

September 3, 2015

Notice from Sec. of State to Business Owners

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is notifying all business owners to be cautious when receiving postcards concerning "potential compliance violations" from a company called Business Compliance Division.  Business Compliance Division is not affiliated or associated with Louisiana state government in any way.  It is a private company, and Louisiana corporations are not required to call or have any dealings with this company at all.  Postcards from this company should be discarded immediately.

For more information, visit or contact a Commercial Division staff member at 225.925.4704 or

September 2, 2015

BBHF 5K Race Set for Saturday, September 26

The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival expanded to include a 5k race last year that went through Cassidy Park and the surrounding neighborhood. It attracted runners from miles around, who competed for medals in various categories. And the fact that the $25 race registration fee also includes admission to the festival didn’t hurt a bit. Runners apparently like to have fun.

Now registration is open for the second annual BBHF 5k which will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. The fee also includes a goody bag and a T-shirt, but participants must register by September 12 to guarantee a shirt.

Register online at

September 2, 2015

Characteristic Bogalusa Council Meeting Held Tuesday Evening

In a characteristic rowdy but productive and well-attended meeting, the Bogalusa City Council met Tuesday evening.  One resident was and another nearly expelled from the meeting.   The last meeting heard one resident who called for the Council to more rigorously enforce the 3-minute time limit during Public Participation and during this meeting another stated she was “sick and fed up” with criticism leveled against the City week after week, with “shouting matches”, and suggested they “get off their (administrative, council, employees) back, leave them alone, let them do their job and the best thing you can do is sit in that seat and be quiet.”  Calls were made to adhere to the Agenda and respect one another.  The mayor said that “despite good or bad remarks, I encourage you to continue coming to our Bogalusa City Council meetings because it shows that you care about your city.”

Click here to read more about the meeting and watch the video.

September 2, 2015

St. Tammany Plans to Expand Mental Health Services

Sheriff Jack Strain was part of a press conference Monday with Parish President Pat Brister, Sen. Jack Donahue, U.S. Senator David Vitter and other parish leaders as they announced future plans for the expansion of mental health services at the site of the former Southeast Hospital. 

Seeing a need, St. Tammany Parish purchased the property from the state in March of this year and immediately began talks to create “Safe Haven,” a behavioral health campus with expanded mental health services at the site. Future plans include selling the current hospital facility and bringing other services in to enhance what is already in place.

“Every day our deputies deal with men and women with mental health issues, and with a lack of mental health services currently in the parish, many of these individuals are landing in our jail and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has become, by default, the largest mental health provider in the parish”, said Strain.

For more on the story and background on the property in question, click here.

September 2, 2015

Mt. Hermon Baptist Hosts Outreach Program

A Family Crusade with 2TALK42 Ministries is being hosted by the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.  The event was scheduled from Sunday, August 30 through Wednesday September 2 and uses ventriloquism, puppetry, and drama as the presenters teach about Jesus.

September 2, 2015

Murder-For-Hire Fugitive Arrested in Tangipahoa

Trina Annette Tyler, 39, was arrested Tuesday by the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) with assistance from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. Tyler, who also goes by the aliases Trina Marshall and Trina Binford, was wanted by the TPSO for two counts of Solicitation for Murder. Additionally, she was wanted by the Texas Pardon and Parole Board for a 2012 parole violation stemming from a conviction for possession of cocaine and money laundering. 

She was located at 12488 Silo Road in the Village of Tangipahoa and arrested  as she attempted to escape out of the rear window of a mobile home.  Tyler was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on the murder-for-hire charges. She will ultimately be extradited to Texas where she will serve the remainder of her Texas sentence.

September 2, 2015

Free Prostrate Cancer Screening at Mary Bird Cancer Center at STPH

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana, but if caught early the five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent. African-American men have a two-thirds higher incidence of prostate cancer than Caucasian men and a mortality rate twice as high.

During September, the month designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is offering a free prostate cancer screening.

Free prostate screenings are for men age 50 and older who do not have a doctor or have not been screened in the past 12 months. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should consider being screened beginning at age 45. The prostate cancer screening includes a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and DRE (digital rectal exam) performed by a doctor.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital offers free cancer screenings throughout the year. The following free prostate cancer screening is offered Saturday, Sept. 26 at the 

Community Wellness Center, 1501 N. Florida St. in Covington from 9 - 11 a.m.


Vaughn Lee Boyd born may 14, 1933 passed away August 30, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels at the age of 82. She was born in Eastern Shore Maryland and was a long time resident of Bogalusa. She was of the Protestant Faith.


Sammie C. Harriel, a resident of Bogalusa, LA age 87, born on April 13, 1928 in Poplarville, MS, died on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Rest Haven Living Center in Bogalusa, LA.  Sammie was a United States Army Veteran of WWII. Member of Masonic Lodge #244 F & AM. Member of the Magic City American Legion Post #24.

September 2, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Edwin East was booked 09/01 on the charges of Domestic Violence Battery and Simple Battery

Shaun Distefano was booked 09/01 on the charge of Failure to Appear

Justin Clements was booked 09/01 on the charge of Theft of Utilities

Valentino Brown was booked 09/01 on the charge of Theft of Utilities

Haley Harris was booked 09/01 on the charge of Child Desertion

Sidney Cotton was booked 09/01 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise and Probation Violation

Brian Taylor was booked 09/01 on the charges of Failure to Appear and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction

September 1, 2015

L.D.W.F. Providing Public Dove Hunting Opportunity at Wilmer 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will provide public dove hunting opportunities for the Sept. 5 season opening on leased private land in three parishes.  The only one in our area is a 152 acre native grass pasture in Wilmer in Tangipahoa Parish.  Call 985-543-4777 for more information.

These leased fields have been made available through the cooperation of the landowners.  Future access to these fields and other private property is dependent on the conduct of the hunters using these fields.

Click here for the rules that apply, shooting hours, and directions.

September 1, 2015

Foul play Not Suspected in Death of Man Found in Burned Car

Foul play in not suspected in the death of a Bogalusa man whose body was found inside his burned car last week.

Travis Adair, 33, was involved in a single-vehicle crash Thursday, August 27.

He was on a small dirt road off Louisiana Highway 21 near Sun where he apparently lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway. 

The vehicle caught fire following the crash, and Adair became trapped inside.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Officer has listed the cause of death as asphyxia due to smoke inhalation.

September 1, 2015

Washington Parish Jail Booking Information

Kelly Hobgood was booked 08/31 In From Court

John Lamparski was booked 08/31 In From Court

Victor Green was booked 08/31 In From Court

Jamie Hardin was booked 08/31 on the charges of Failure to Honor Written Promise (2 counts)

September 1, 2015

STPH Earms ACR Accreditation 

Covington — St. Tammany Parish Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.   “The entire nuclear medicine department, led by Whitney Perrin, worked tirelessly to ensure STPH met the high quality standards of the American College of Radiology,” said Bryan Burleson, Radiology Manager. 


Evelyn Addie Duncan born January 23, 1930 went home to be with The Lord September 1, 2015 at the age of 85. Evelyn was a long time resident of Bogalusa and a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Bogalusa.


Brayden Reid Harris, age 2, born on May 17, 2013 in Covington, LA, died on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his residence in Angie, LA.


Tiffany Rachelle Redditt passed away at the age of 34 on Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Kenner, LA.


Devon Lee departed his life at Franklin County Memorial Hospital at the age of 68. 


Lillie Dean Burton, originally from the Clifton community, died August 24, 2015.  She was a product of the Washington Parish School System and earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development. 

Lillie served in many capacities,  including Sunday School Teacher, Choir President, Deaconess, Hospitality, Children’s Ministry, and Young Women’s Christian Council, at ministries in Franklinton, La., Upland, Ca., and McKinney, Tx.

September 1, 2015

Unidentified Cyclist Killed In Tangipahoa Parish Crash

Last night LSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on the US 190 Tangipahoa River Bridge in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of a yet to be identified female cyclist.

The cyclist was westbound and her bicycle was not equipped with lamps or rear facing reflectors and she was wearing dark clothing. A Ford Escape driven by 24 year old Kateria Edmon of Hammond was also westbound and crashed into the rear of the bicycle. The cyclist was ejected from her bike, suffered severe injuries, and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.

Troopers do not suspect Edmon was impaired at the time of the crash. Troopers are working on identifying the operator of the bicycle. She is described as a white female who appears to be in her mid to late 20’s with long brown hair and brown eyes. She has a red Egyptian Ankh tattoo on her left ankle. Anyone with information as to her identity is encouraged to contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6235.

September 1, 2015

Slidell Woman Killed in Hancock County Crash


Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said a 76-year-old Slidell woman died Monday night after her vehicle collided with another.

Authorities say Assunta Young was attempting to cross Highway 90 from Lakeshore Road when a car headed westbound on Highway 90 struck her car. The accident happened around 8 p.m. Young was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital. At this time, the driver's condition is unknown.



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Talley to run for parish council
Published 8:46 am Monday, August 24, 2015
Jacob Perron “Perry” Talley is announcing his campaign for Washington Parish Council for District 1.

Law compiles book about Varnado’s history
Published 9:12 pm Sunday, August 23, 2015
When Sally Thigpen Law served on Varnado’s Board of Aldermen for five years starting in 1999, the service got her to thinking about the village’s past.

Sabiston to receive top citizen award
Published 10:15 am Friday, August 21, 2015
The 2014 Outstanding Franklinton Citizen of the Year will be officially honored Sunday during an awards reception at 3 p.m. at Cententary United Methodist Church in Franklinton.

Veterans event Aug. 27 in Angie
Published 10:16 am Friday, August 21, 2015
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is holding a day-long Veterans Summit on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Assessor seeking 2nd term
Published 8:55 am Monday, August 17, 2015
James A. “Jimbo” Stevenson Jr. has formally announced his re-election campaign for Washington Parish assessor.

Parish School Board honors Future Farmers members
Published 8:44 am Monday, August 17, 2015
The Washington Parish School Board recognized four members of Varnado High School’s state champion team who will compete in the 88th FFA National Convention beginning Oct. 26 in Louisville, Ky.

Lengthy cable outage frustrates BogalusaManor residents
Published 9:05 am Friday, August 14, 2015
Residents of Bogalusa Manor Apartments were left to entertaining themselves any way they could after cable service was out for six days, according to residents.

Fire destroys Bogalusa home
Published 8:57 am Friday, August 14, 2015
A Monday afternoon fire all but destroyed a home at 1012 W. Sixth St.  Bogalusa Fire Chief Richard Moody said the home was fully involved when personnel arrived on scene at 4:11 p.m. He said officials had reports of people trapped inside, but that proved to be false.

Daily News gains new publisher
Published 10:17 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Justin M. Schuver, 32, has been named president and publisher of The Daily News and its affiliated print and digital products. He replaces David Vitrano, who resigned from the company to relocate back to the New Orleans area and pursue other interests.
Raffle aims to raise funds for 
playground for younger se
Published 9:31 am Friday, August 7, 2015 
In order to help get the smallest of children their own safe and fun playground at Cassidy Park, Children’s International Medical Group has donated two tickets to the LSU/Auburn football game on Sept. 19 so the city can raffle them off to fund the project. 

City councilman announcesresignatio
Published 9:13 am Friday, August 7, 2015 
Near the end of Tuesday’s Bogalusa City Council meeting, District C Councilman Brian McCree caught everybody off guard when he delivered a bombshell during council remarks. “I just want to thank everybody for coming tonight,” McCree said, “but come January, I’m resigning as councilman. I’ve just had enough.“ 

Republican women hear from gubernatorial candidat
Published 9:28 am Friday, August 7, 2015 
Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, R-Baton Rouge, said he believes he is up for the challenges should he be elected the next governor. The primary election is Oct. 24.  Dardenne touted his experience speaking at Maria’s Restaurant as special guest of Washington Parish Republican Women. 

Republican women’s group welcomescandidate
Published 11:39 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
Washington Parish Republican Women held their July meeting with two special guest speakers, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, both on the ballot for the upcoming fall elections. 

Mayor talks city finances with RotaryClu
Published 9:59 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette presented an update of the city’s financial health during Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting.

Changes effected regarding Bogalusa principals 
Published 11:10 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
Bogalusa City Schools Superintendent Toni Breaux said some changes made at the high school for the 2015-2016 school year are hers and hers alone. Breaux said the district will no longer have lead principals at any of the schools. 

Former police juror seeking council  
Published 11:31 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
Melvin Keith has announced his candidacy for 
election to Washington Parish Council District 1.

For some, start of school year a time ofworr
Published 11:22 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
Back to school time brings a vision of children and young people dressed in new school clothes, scrubbed clean, and donning happy smiles as they pose for their mother’s first-day-of-school annual photo. Unfortunately, this is far from the picture that some families face as they prepare for what should be an exciting time

Local children learn art of sewing 
Published 11:19 am Sunday, August 2, 2015 
A group of youngsters honed their sewing skills this week taking lessons at The Polka Dot Tree under the direction of owner Charlotte Hughes.

Body found Sunday in 
Published 8:47 am Friday, July 31, 2015 
An elderly Bogalusa man was apparently overcome by the heat while working in his yard and died. The body of David George Barnard, 70, of 724 Tampa St., was discovered sometime Sunday in his yard.
Resolution honors former councilman 
Published 8:45 am Friday, July 31, 2015 
On April 27, 2015, the Louisiana Senate passed a posthumous resolution honoring and recognizing the contributions made by former Bogalusa Councilman McClurie Sampson Sr. to Washington Parish and the state of Louisiana.
Rotary Club tree replaced 
Published 8:45 am Friday, July 31, 2015 
Four days after the Centennial live oak tree was mysteriously cut down in Cassidy Park, another tree was planted in its place on Monday. Teddy Drummond donated a live oak tree. It was planted at the park Monday morning. He dug up the roots of the old tree and put the new one in its place.  Drummond termed the new one the “Lazarus Tree” because it was basically raised from the dead.
Parish Council hears about road repairs, stolen sign
Published 8:25 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Discussions on improving parish roads and stolen or missing road signs dominated Monday night’s Washington Parish Council meeting. Washington Parish Director of Public Works Leo Lucchesi said 64 parish roads are scheduled to be paved in 2015. The parish has completed paving 34 roads.
Melons delicious despite difficultiy 
Published 8:31 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Rotary Club of Bogalusa members were recently treated to a local delicacy, and one a bit more rare these days than in years past — namely watermelons grown by John Gallaspy
Hollywood South providesdinosaur-sized excitemen
Published 9:00 am Wednesday, July 29, 2015 
Although they are not exactly Hollywood movie stars earning millions, Washington Parish residents cast as extras in the Universal Studio futuristic blockbuster “Jurassic World” said the experience is thrilling nonetheless. Franklinton’s Ken Knight, Tyfanni Cassidy and Kasey Hartzog and her children Brooke and Aden, appeared in the movie as park visitors.. 
Centennial Tree cut down byvandals 
Published 8:50 am Monday, July 27, 2015 
The live oak tree the Bogalusa Rotary Club planted in Cassidy Park on March 10 was destroyed sometime Thursday. The tree was cut at the base. The top of the tree was found a few feet away, still adorned with the small American flag that lay on the ground. 
Rotary Club installs officers for
Published 9:20 am Friday, July 24, 2015
The Rotary Club of Bogalusa recently installed new officers for 2015-16. Among them are President Merlin Duke, Vice President Bill Moon, Secretary R.L. Palmer, Treasurer Larry Miller, Sergeant-at-arms Ellis Sampson and At-Large Director Chyrll McCrary. 
Bogalusa surplus exceeds projections
Published 9:07 am Friday, July 24, 2015

The City of Bogalusa received a positive audit and financial report from city auditor Robert Neilson during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Neilson revealed to City Council members that the city had a $721,000 surplus at the end of 2014. The previous administration of Mayor Charles Mizell estimated the city would have a $500,000 surplus at the end of 2014