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December 31, 2023

Obituary

Gloria Ann Fornea

February 2, 1947 - December 30, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today   Areas of fog before 9am. Widespread frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 64. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight   Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy during the early evening, then becoming clear, with a low around 41. South wind around 5 mph.
New Year's Day   A 50 percent chance of showers after 7am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the morning.
Monday Night   A 50 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 32. North wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night   A 30 percent chance of showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

December 30, 2023

Obituary

Daniel Bradley Sticker

October 26, 1934 - December 29, 2023

LSU AgCenter's Weekly Message

Select Scab-Resistant Pecan Varieties for Home Orchards

Pecans and pecan trees are quintessential parts of the southern diet and landscape, although, as reflected by its scientific name (Carya illinoinensis), the pecan tree’s native range extends beyond the South.

A primary criterion for choosing pecan varieties for yards and home orchards is resistance to a fungal disease called pecan scab. Scab causes lesions on leaves, stems, and nuts and can reduce or eliminate nut production in susceptible varieties. Even if you’re willing to spray multiple times during the season to protect trees from scab and other disease and insect issues, once trees reach a certain size, this will not be feasible without commercial spray equipment.

Pecan trees generally need cross-pollination. Some trees produce male flowers that release pollen earlier than the tree’s female flowers are receptive to pollen. These are Type I (protandrous / early pollen-shedding) trees. Other trees produce female flowers that are receptive before male flowers release pollen. These are Type II (protogynous / late pollen-shedding). Having both Type I and Type II trees helps to ensure adequate pollination.

Pecan trees are wind pollinated. While flowers can be pollinized by trees up to one-quarter of a mile away, it’s recommended that trees be within 150 feet of each other for optimal cross-pollination.

Elliott (a Type II variety) has long been a reliable, scab-resistant producer of high quality, though small, nuts and is a staple variety for many commercial pecan growers in Louisiana. It may take 8 to 12 years for nut production to begin. It has a strong tendency to alternate bear, meaning that a year of heavy nut production will generally be followed by a year with little nut production. Elliott may break bud early in northern Louisiana and thus be injured by late freezes in some years, but this isn’t likely to be a problem in southern Louisiana.

Other Type II varieties with good scab resistance include Excel, Kanza, and McMillan.

Scab-resistant Type I varieties include Amling, Gafford, Jackson, and Syrup Mill. Amling is recognized as a particularly attractive tree, as well.

Unfortunately, trees can lose their resistance to scab. (More accurately, the scab fungus can evade the trees’ genetic resistance.) This has happened in some formerly scab-resistant varieties like Desirable, Melrose, and Schley. Planting varieties that are resistant to scab now does not guarantee that they will be resistant 50 years from now.

Pecan trees can eventually reach 70 or more feet wide. Commercial growers sometimes plant them closer to each other (e.g., 35 feet) to maximize yield and then thin the trees once they start shading each other. If you’re planting for the long term and don’t want to eventually be faced with the need to remove alternate trees, consider planting them 50 to 70 feet apart.

When choosing planting locations, keep in mind that pecan trees tend to drop limbs and that nut husks can stain driveways, etc.

Let me know if you have questions.

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Dr. Mary Helen Ferguson is an Extension Agent with the LSU AgCenter, with horticulture responsibilities in Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes. Contact Mary Helen at mhferguson@agcenter.lsu.edu or 985-277-1850 (Hammond) or 985-839-7855 (Franklinton).

Bogalusa and New Orleans Men Plead Guilty to Drug and Firearm Charges in Federal Court

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on December 19, 2023, 27 year old Jerome Shaquille Wilson of Bogalusa and 20 year old Gerroy Toca of New Orleans, plead guilty to drug and firearms charges.  

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On December 6, 2022, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) special agents conducted conducted surveillance of the 1900 block of Frenchmen Street in New Orleans.  Their surveillance was for an unrelated investigation during which they observed Wilson. Wilson drove a white Dodge Challenger with one passenger (later identified as Toca). Wilson, Toca, and a third co-defendant Harry Banks engaged in apparent illegal narcotics transactions, while in possession of firearms.  Agents observed Banks enter the white Dodge Challenger and exit with a pistol in his left hand. Banks then appeared to conceal the firearm in his waistband.  Toca was found with several suspected Tramadol pills and a Polymer Model P80, 9-millimeter pistol.  The firearm also had a Glock Model 19 slide.  ATF Agents notified the New Orleans Police Department who detained Toca and Banks.  During the search, officers recovered a Sarsilmaz Model Sar 9, 9-millimeter pistol, from inside the center console of the vehicle.

Wilson and Toca was charged with conspiring to distribute Fentanyl (Count 1), conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of  drug trafficking activity (Count 2), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Count 3). In addition, Wilson was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm (Count 4).

  • On Count 1, Wilson and Toca faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, at least 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00. 
  • On Count 2, Wilson and Toca faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00. 
  • On Count 3, Wilson and Toca faces up to 5 years in prison (to be run consecutive to all other counts), a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00. 
  • On Count 4, Wilson faces up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun track violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 28-29, 2023

Zachary Spears (age 22 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Resisting by
Flight/Aggravated Flight and Careless Operation. Bond set at $10000.00.

Jerry Elzie (age 25 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted Simple Burglary and Criminal Damage by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Thomas Washington (age 56 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted Theft Under 1000, Criminal Damage to Property Under 1000, and Contempt of Court by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Obituary

Charles Ray Robinson

February 13, 1943 - December 16, 2023

Obituary

Yvonne Wheat Brumfield

June 14, 1946 - December 28, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Sunny, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.
Tonight   Clear, with a low around 32. Calm wind.
Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 64. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Sunday Night   Clear, then becoming mostly cloudy toward daybreak, with a low around 43. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
New Year's Day   A 50 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Monday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 33. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

December 29, 2023

Obituary

Keitha Casanova Burris

September 3, 1928 - December 28, 2023

STPSO Marine Division Helps Save Four Boaters

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Marine Division helped save four people from the frigid waters of Lake Borgne early Friday (December 29, 2023) morning.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday, the STPSO Marine Division was contacted by the U.S. Coast Guard and asked to assist in locating four boaters who had gone into the water after their 40-foot fishing boat sunk in Lake Borgne near the CSX railroad bridge.

With the help of the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, responding marine deputies located two of the individuals and pulled them out the water, but did not see the other two individuals. 

Deputies observed a large tugboat nearby and while advising its occupants of the situation, they learned workers on the tugboat had pulled the other two individuals from the water and they were aboard the tugboat.

STPSO deputies took all four boaters to the Rigolets Marina, where emergency medical personnel were staged. All four were transported to local hospitals to be treated for exposure to the cold water.

Madisonville Man Dies in Head-on Crash

Thursday (December 28, 2023) morning, shortly before 7:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 22 near Watters Road in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 47-year-old Dustin Thompson of Madisonville.

The initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Thompson was westbound on LA Hwy 22 in a 2017 Nissan Altima. At the same time, a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee was eastbound on LA Hwy 22. The preliminary findings revealed the Nissan traveled onto the westbound shoulder and impacted a bridge guardrail. After impacting the guardrail, the Nissan traveled back onto the roadway before crossing the centerline and into the opposing lane. The Nissan then struck the Jeep head-on.

Despite being properly restrained, Thompson sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Jeep was properly restrained, but sustained moderate injuries. The driver of the Jeep was transported to a local hospital. As part of the ongoing investigation, routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis.

Obituary

Walter "Bill" G. Fornea

June 22, 1934 - December 27, 2023

Obituary

Nathan Henry Williams

February 14, 1938 - December 28, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight   Clear, with a low around 30. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.
Saturday Night   Clear, with a low around 31. Calm wind.
Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.
Sunday Night   A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

December 28, 2023

Obituary

Josephine Newkirk

September 11, 1948 - December 20, 2023

Obituary

Emma L. Harry

March 4, 1948 - December 26, 2023

Wrong Way Abita Springs Driver Dies in St. Tammany Parish Head-on Crash

Wednesday (December 27, 2023) night, shortly before 11:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near the Mississippi state line in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 46-year-old Gary Clark Jr. of Abita Springs.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Clark Jr. was westbound in the left lane of I-10 east in a 2019 Ram 1500. At the same time, a 2014 Volvo VNL was eastbound in the left lane of Interstate 10 east. The Ram impacted the Volvo head-on. 

Clark Jr.’s restraint use is unknown, he sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash, and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Volvo was properly restrained, sustained minor injuries, and was transported to a local hospital. 

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 25-27, 2023

Kelvin Brown (age 51 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery and Failure to Appear (4 counts) by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Markie Bright (age 31 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Heroin, and Contempt of Court by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Troy Bennett (age 61 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Theft of a Motor Vehicle/5000 to 25000 and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Tristin Leslie (age 19 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Disturbing the Peace/Loud & Abusive Language, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Heroin by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Kenyatta Scott (age not listed with Varnado, La. address)was booked In From Court

Stephon Crain (age 24 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Careless Operation by the Louisiana State Police. No bond set at this time.

Deonte McElveen (age 30 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charge of Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today   Sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight   Clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Friday   Sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday Night   Clear, with a low around 30. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph.
Saturday Night   Clear, with a low around 31. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

December 27, 2023

Kentwood Resident Wanted for Online Impersonation

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in locating 36 year-old Rachel Constant (also known as Rachel Herrington) of Kentwood, LA. She is wanted for (1) count of Online Impersonation after she posed as certain individuals on Facebook Marketplace, using the impersonated identities to defraud unsuspecting buyers of items she was selling. 

This law, enacted in 2012, prohibits any person from intentionally impersonating someone else online, but in this case, specifically by creating a social networking profile in the other person's name without their consent.

According to investigators, Rachel also has two other outstanding warrants, one being (1) count Simple Criminal Damage to Property and (1) count Failure to Appear - Traffic.

Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Rachel, to contact Sergeant Matt Dean at 985-902-2018, OR if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1.800.554.5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip!

Abita Springs Man Wanted for Lacombe Murder

Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25 year-old Marrio Haynes, an Abita Springs man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting which occurred Tuesday (December 26, 2023) evening in Lacombe.

Shortly after 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, deputies with the STPSO’s 2nd Patrol District were dispatched to a Lacombe gas station in reference to a shooting. Deputies located a male victim with an apparent gunshot wound to his chest area. Emergency medical personnel transported him to a local hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. 

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Marrio Haynes (DOB 8/10/98) of Abita Springs for one count of Second-Degree Murder.

STPSO Major Crimes detectives arrested Haynes’ girlfriend, 20 year-old Megan Coleman of Abita Springs Tuesday night for the role she played in the shooting. She has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center for one count each of Principal to Second Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Marrio Haynes is asked to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office by calling (985) 898-2338.

Obituary

Dwight Blackburn

August 17, 1964 - December 17, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

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Today   Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Light south wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the morning.
Tonight   Areas of frost after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
Thursday   Widespread frost, mainly before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night   Widespread frost, mainly after 1am. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday   Widespread frost, mainly before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 5 to 15 mph.
Friday Night   Clear, with a low around 30. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

December 26, 2023

Obituary

Francis Smith Griffin

March 7, 1937 - December 26, 2023

Obituary

Calvin Lloyd Magee

August 16, 1956 - December 25, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

December 25, 2023

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 24, 2023

Alvin Magee (age 59 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Disturbing the
Peace/Drunkenness by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $350.00.

Alexis Ishee (age 20 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Theft Less Than 1000 by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $10000.00.

Carlos Morris (age 47 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Prohibited Acts/Schedule II (2 counts), Possession of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Arthur Washington (age 63 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Appear (4 counts) and Issuing Worthless Checks Under 1000. No bond set at this time.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Christmas Day   Partly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 10 mph.
Tonight   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Calm wind.
Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 63. Light west wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.
Wednesday Night   Clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

December 24, 2023

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 23, 2023

Bruce Little (age 35 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer,
Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Failure to Pay Fine (2 counts), and Domestic Abuse Battery by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $7650.00.

Joanna Tyler (age 31 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Negligent Vehicular Injuring, Careless Operation, Child Restraint Violation, and Introduction of Contraband to Correctional Facility by the Louisiana State Police. Bond set at $5000.00.

Steven Crenshaw (age 50 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Heroin, Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $50000.00.

Amber Taylor (age 56 with Mandeville, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $334.00.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Obituary

Charlene Stogner Corkern

December 23, 2023

Obituary

Fay Wall Wilson Simmons

November 20, 1935 - December 22, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 66. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Tonight   Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 3am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 59. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Christmas Day   Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Monday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday   Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 5 mph.

December 23, 2023

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 22, 2023

Antonio Morris (age 45 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Distribution of Schedule III CDS (2 counts), Distribution of Schedule 1 CDS (2 counts), and Drug Free Zone Violation (2 counts) by the Louisiana State Police. No bond set at this time.

Frederick Scott (age 55 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Racketeering and Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics by the Louisiana State Police. No bond set at this time.

Gary Magee (age 65 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Racketeering and Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics by the Louisiana State Police. No bond set at this time.

Daniel Bickham (age 43 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery (2 counts) and Obstruction of Justice/Intimidation/Threats by the Franklinton Police Department. No bond set at this time.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight   A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 57. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday   Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 66. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Sunday Night   Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then showers likely. Low around 57. Breezy, with a southeast wind 15 to 20 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Christmas Day   Partly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

A Message from ADAPT & Officer Gomez

Youth Challenges for 2024: Parental Guidance Needed

As we navigate through 2024, it's crucial for parents to be aware of the significant challenges their children might face. These challenges not only impact their immediate health and wellbeing but also their long-term success. Here are five key issues:

Texting While Driving: The habit of texting behind the wheel is alarmingly common among teenagers, often mimicking adult behavior. This risky practice can lead to devastating consequences. It's essential to educate and enforce the importance of focused driving to safeguard not only your child's life but also those of others on the road.

Snapchat/TikTok Influence: The impact of platforms like Snapchat and TikTok on young minds can't be underestimated. These apps may expose them to content that contradicts the values you're trying to instill, from glorifying risky behaviors to desensitizing them to serious social issues. Limiting access and monitoring usage is crucial in this digital era.

Vaping Epidemic: The surge in vaping among teenagers is a growing concern. It's not just a passing trend but an addiction with long-term health implications. Parents need to prioritize addressing this issue early to prevent a lifetime struggle with nicotine dependency.

Respect and Accountability: There's a troubling trend of declining respect and accountability among youths. Teaching your children to respect authority and be accountable for their actions is fundamental for their development into responsible adults. This value system is essential for a harmonious and successful life.

Technology and Social Media Overuse: Excessive screen time, including video games and social media, is draining the youth of motivation and real-life experiences. It's important to encourage a balance, promoting real-world interactions and family time over digital engagement.

Happy parenting, 

Officer Gomez

December 22, 2023

Covington Man Found Guilty of Molestation and Sexual Battery of a Child Under Age 13

Interim District Attorney Collin Sims reports that on Thursday (December 21, 2023), following a four-
day trial, a jury found Daniel Lascari, age 41 and of Covington, guilty of molestation and sexual battery of a juvenile under the age of 13. Following the verdict, Sims stated, “This case is a tremendous example of this office’s commitment to vigorously prosecute these types of cases and our dedicated prosecutors’ relentless pursuit of justice in the face of obstacles encountered during the prosecution of this child’s sexual abuser. Additionally, it is essential to the successful prosecution of these cases the dedication shown in this case by teachers, counselors, law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and our partners at the Children’s Advocacy Center.” The case was presided over by District Judge Scott Gardner.

In March of 2018, the then 8-year-old victim told her teacher that when she went to the bathroom, she noticed she was bleeding. The teacher brought her to the counselor’s office. The victim then reported to the counselor that she might be “starting her period” or that it could be because her mother’s fiancΓ© “got carried away last night.” She went on to describe to the counselor what the man had been doing to her for approximately 8 months. School officials immediately notified law enforcement of the situation and an investigation commenced. During the course of the investigation, the victim disclosed details to trained personnel with the Department of Children and Family Services, Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Hope House. She described how her mother’s fiancΓ© would come into her bedroom at night, move her from a top bunk to a bottom bunk and rub peppermint lotion all over her body, including inside her private area. While he was doing this, he told her “this is the way people relax.” She was able to describe in detail how he moved his fingers and how he’d once made her massage his private part.

At trial, the State called the victim’s teacher and the counselor as witnesses. They testified that the victim was a bright and empathetic student but that she suffered from persistent test anxiety. They said she’d sit in her chair during test time and pull out her hair.

The mother of the victim testified how she was reluctant to have the victim testify because she was concerned about her daughter. Following the disclosure, she relocated with her daughter to another state. She described in painful detail the toll that the abuse took on the victim. She told the jury how the victim spent over a year in counseling and would likely need further treatment. Despite the mother’s reservations, she said that she relented when the victim insisted she was finally ready to confront her abuser in court. The victim, who testified about the sexual abuse, also described for the jury that the defendant on one occasion had punched her in the ribs because he thought she was stretching out a shirt. She testified that he’d threatened to “kill [her] and bury [her] body in the back yard.”

Prosecutors presented various items into evidence during the course of the trial: The victim’s panties with the blood stains from the day of her initial disclosure, a bottle of peppermint lotion that police found in the victim’s bed along with a piece of tissue that had blood on it. A DNA expert testified that the blood on the panties was the victim’s and that there was DNA consistent with the defendant found on the inside crotch portion of the victim’s panties. The bloody tissue found in the victim’s room also contained DNA material consistent with the defendant’s DNA profile.

The defendant, carrying a Bible with him to the stand, offered testimony that the jury, as indicated by its verdict, found to be unworthy of belief.

On cross-examination, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Authement confronted the defendant with an alias the defendant had adopted to create, sell and install his artwork in St. Tammany, Metairie, and Baton Rouge. Following his release on bond shortly after his arrest in 2018 and while awaiting trial for sexually abusing a minor, the defendant concealed his true identity by using the alias “Dan Matisse” to gain entry into unsuspecting homes to install his artwork.

ADA Authement had the defendant read to the jury text messages he had previously sent to the victim’s mother. One notable message referenced the incontinence that had been plaguing the victim as a result of the abuse, “Tell [victim] to sleep in her [bed] if she keeps farting n shitting on my side of the bed, i dont need her dirty ass ruining my nice sheets.”

In her closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Casey Allen told the Jury, “It’s been almost 7 years since this little girl began living with this real-life monster under her bed.” In her rebuttal to the defense argument, ADA Authement fought back at the defendant’s assertion that these charges stemmed from a manipulative 8-year-old child, “you would have to believe this was a massive conspiracy involving a child, her teacher, multiple counselors, doctors, nurses, and laboratory experts. She’s not inventing these things. She lived it and could describe it because she endured it. Give the victim justice and find him guilty as charged.”

The defendant faces 25 - 99 years in prison on each charge when he is sentenced, which is currently scheduled for January 9, 2024.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Authement and Casey Allen. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the jury, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, Children’s Hospital, the Hope House, the Audrey Hepburn CARE Center, and the District Attorney’s Office of Chattanooga, Tennessee for their assistance in this case.

Christmas Bandit Wanted in Dollar General Theft

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in identifying a shoplifting suspect from a Dollar General store.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards says on December 16, 2023, a black male entered the Dollar General store on Pumpkin Center Road around 9:30 PM and proceeded to fill a shopping cart with Christmas Toys and other Christmas related items. The suspect then left the store with the items, passing all points of sale and exited the front door. 

The male loaded the stolen items into the rear seat of a red Dodge Charger with no license plate, which was seen backed into the handicapped area. The suspect is then seen entering the passenger seat as the vehicle leaves. 

Sheriff Edwards asks anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Earl McFarland at 985-902-2043, OR Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous. To submit an anonymous tip, call 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.


Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 21, 2023

Kennis Loper (age 22 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, Carrying Firearm/Weapon on School Property, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $200,000.00.

Richard Griffin (age 38 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, and No Bike Headlight by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Ashton Greely (age 25 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Bond Surrender. Bond set at $6,000.00.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Obituary

Cody Michael Walker

January 30, 1997 - December 20, 2023

Obituary

Kenneth Martin Clayton

August 8, 1959 - December 16, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Sunny, with a high near 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tonight   Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday   Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night   A 40 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday   A 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 67. East wind 10 to 15 mph. 
Sunday Night   A 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low around 58. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south after midnight. 

December 21, 2023

Obituary

Sharon Lynn Blades

February 10, 1943 - December 20, 2023

One Teen Dead, One Teen Injured in Loranger Crash

On Wednesday (December 20, 2023), shortly before 9:00 pm, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle crash on Easley Road Extension in Loranger.

The initial investigation revealed that 18 year-old Landon Prokop of Independence was driving a 2006 Nissan 350 northbound on Easley Road. For reasons still being investigated, the Nissan entered the gravel portion of Easley Road Extension traveling several hundred yards before overturning several times and ejecting both occupants.

The crash ultimately claimed the life of Prokop, and critically injured an 18 year-old passenger whose name is withheld at this time. The passenger was transported to a local hospital and remains in critical condition. Due to the severity of the damage and status of the occupants, seat-belt use is unknown and speed is believed to be a contributing factor.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Major Crash Team is still currently investigating this incident.

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 20, 2023

Lakilia Bearden (age 40 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Failure to Return Rental Property and Theft Less Than 1000 by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $4000.00.

Myron Robinson (age 30 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Resisting an Officer and Possession of Schedule II Drugs by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Reginald Sartin (age 38 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II Drugs, Ran Stop Sign, and Expired MVI by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Terrence Brister (age 24 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), and Fugitive Other Jurisdiction by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Everett Rhea (age 31 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charge of Armed Robbery With Firearm by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

Eddie Adams (age 46 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Racketeering and Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Narcotics by the Bogalusa Police Department. No bond set at this time.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Partly sunny, with a high near 64. East wind around 5 mph.
Tonight   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. East wind around 5 mph.
Friday   Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind around 5 mph.
Saturday   Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night   A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

December 20, 2023

Man Wanted Out of St. Tammany Located in Las Vegas

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith would like to thank the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force for their assistance in locating and apprehending 25 year-old Shawn Landry, a violent subject wanted out of St. Tammany Parish.

On November 23, 2023, St Tammany Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Beech Street near Slidell in reference to a residential burglary in progress. Upon arrival, deputies observed a vehicle still running with the driver’s side door open and parked in the roadway. A male subject, later identified as Shawn Landry, was observed fleeing the scene. Additional deputies including K9s responded to the scene to assist with locating the suspect but were unsuccessful.

The female victim was visibly distraught and disclosed to deputies that she had met Landry earlier that month and he had been keeping her hostage inside the residence. She told deputies that during that time Landry had repeatedly raped her, strangled her to the point of passing out and physically abused her.  He had also forced his way back into the residence after being locked out and had taken her phone and vehicle.

Following an investigation, warrants were issued for the arrest of Landry for two counts of Home Invasion, two counts of Attempted Second-degree Murder, one count of Second-degree Rape, one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Simple Assault and one count False Imprisonment.

Believing he had fled the area, deputies requested the help of the U.S. Marshal’s Service in locating Landry.

On December 19, 2023, the U.S. Marshals Service Nevada Violent Offender Task Force located and apprehended Landry at a Las Vegas-area apartment complex, following a short barricade. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department assisted with the arrest. Landry is being held on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office charges at the Clark County Detention Center pending extradition to Louisiana.

“We have a great working relationship with the U.S. Marshals Service and have a detective assigned to its task force,” Sheriff Smith said. “We will continue to work together with our federal partners and use every resource available to located and apprehend individuals who commit violent crimes in St. Tammany Parish. I thank everyone involved in this case.”

Obituary

Sabrina Monique Singleton

July 15, 1988 - December 16, 2023

Obituary

Sudie Louise Palmer

November 19, 1945 - December 19, 2023

Obituary

Mother Delores Morehead Jordan

January 3, 1952 - December 6, 2023

Obituary

Ramona Vivian Varnado Magee

July 29, 1961 - December 19, 2023

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 19, 2023

Chelsea Owens (age 31 with Angie, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Schedule 1 Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Improper Equipment. Released on $3500.00 bond.

Kayla Brumfield (age 30 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Released on $5000.00 bond.

Device Taylor (age 23 with Mt. Hermon, La. address) was booked on the charges of Resisting a Police Officer With Force or Violence and Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $3500.00.

Jeremy Meyn (age 38 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Battery of the Infirm, Theft Less Than 1000, and Theft of Firearm. No bond set at this time.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Bogalusa Police Report Arrest of Sunset Aces Shooter

On Tuesday (December 19, 2023), at approximately 4:28 p.m., Officers of the Bogalusa Police Department responded to the Sunset Acres Apartment Complex in reference to a shooting and discovered discovered a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound to the facial region. Officers rendered aid until the arrival of Northshore EMS and BFD. The victim was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.

23 year-old Kennis Loper was identified as the suspect in the shooting. Loper was located and arrested at a residence on the southern side of the parish. Additional details will be released at a later time.

A/Asst. Chief Tervalon commends BPD Officers for the quick response and dedication in assuring that this violent individual was removed from the community and thanks the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office for their assistance.

Bogalusa Police Makes Arrest for Attempted Armed Robbery

On Tuesday (December 19, 2023), Officers and Detectives of the Bogalusa Police Department apprehended 31 year-old Everett J. Rhea III, who was charged with Attempted Armed Robbery.

On December 2, 2023, shortly after midnight, officers were dispatched to 802 Sabine Street on an attempted armed robbery, involving a firearm. The victim sustained minor injuries during the attempted robbery. The suspect fled prior to officer’s arrival, and evaded the police in the hours afterward. 

Detectives obtained video footage that captured the incident and identified Rhea as the suspect. Warrants were obtained for Rhea’s arrest. Rhea was located, apprehended without incident, and booked into the City Jail. 

The administration of the Bogalusa Police Department commends the officers and detectives involved. 

Obituary

Theresa Denise Pittman

February 23, 1962 - December 17, 2023

Obituary

Vince "Casey" Edwards Seals

February 3, 1963 - December 14, 2023

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 63. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight   Patchy frost after 2am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 37. East wind around 5 mph.
Thursday   Areas of frost before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 64. East wind around 5 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. East wind around 5 mph.
Friday   Partly sunny, with a high near 66. East wind around 5 mph.
Friday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrests in Slidell

After receiving an anonymous complaint concerning suspected illegal narcotics activity taking place at a residence in the 800 block of Pine Tree Street in Slidell, detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Proactive Enforcement Unit responded on Saturday (December 16, 2023), and three individuals were arrested: 22 year-old Syriel Biagas, 20 year-old Aniyah Thurmond, and 36 year-old Brian Bailey.

Detectives located 3,494.5 suspected fentanyl pills in the form of counterfeit oxycodone, 3 grams of fentanyl powder, 53.4 grams of an unknown brown powder and a 10mm semi-automatic handgun. Detectives also seized approximately a half pound of psilocybin mushrooms, approximately four pounds of marijuana, 69 commercially rolled and packaged marijuana blunts and other THC products and drug paraphernalia.

Biagas was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana) (2 Counts), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (psilocybin mushrooms), Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Contempt of Court. 

Thurmond was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the charges of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance (fentanyl), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana), Possession of Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (psilocybin mushrooms), Obstruction of Justice, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Bailey was issued a summons for one count of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (marijuana).

“Keeping illegal drugs and firearms out of our neighborhoods is a cooperative effort between law enforcement and our residents,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “If you suspect someone is selling drugs in our community, please report it. We will investigate.”

Sheriff Smith is asking anyone with information about narcotics, or other crimes, to submit a tip utilizing the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office website (www.STPSO.com), or by calling the narcotics tip line (1-888-GO-2-JAIL).

December 19, 2023

Washington Parish Jail Bookings for December 16-18, 2023

Qwandarious Rowe (age 30 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charges of Bond Surrender (2 counts) and Contempt of Court (2 counts) by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Bond set at $25000.00.

Derrick Robertson (age 55 with Bogalusa, La. address) was booked on the charges of Possession of Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number and Failure to Appear by the Bogalusa Police Department. Bond set at $6000.00. 

Curtis Chatman (age 61 with Biloxi, Ms. address) was booked on the charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness, and Obstruction of Justice/Evidence Tampering by the Franklinton Police Department. Bond set at $7500.00.

Rayford Goings (age 41 with Franklinton, La. address) was booked on the charge of Failure to Appear by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

***All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty***

Obituary

Allen Douglas Magee, Sr.

February 10, 1950 - December 16, 2023

Obituary

Hendrick Lamar Bickham

August 15, 1958 - December 9, 2023

Obituary

Forace James

January 28, 1946 - December 14, 2023

Obituary

Roseanna Lois Dillon

December 24, 1950 - December 18, 2023

Bogalusa Council Meeting of December 18, 2023

In case you don't have Facebook or missed the livestream of the Bogalusa City Council on December 18, 2023, here it is. Go to https://www.mthermonwebtv.com/2023/12/bogalusa-city-council-agenda-for-dec-18.html to see what was on the Agenda. Taking center stage was the issues surrounding the Police Department but other issues were addressed including the City's budget, increasing pay for the Fire Department, and issues at the Airport. But there was much more and it was a long meeting!

Local Forecast for the Next Few Days

For an extended forecast and more details, go to our weather page. 


Today   Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. East wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday   Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 62. East wind around 5 mph.
Wednesday Night   Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. East wind around 5 mph.
Thursday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind around 5 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. East wind around 5 mph.

December 18, 2023

RCC's Canine Assistance Training Staff Program

Rayburn Correctional Center C.A.T.S. program prepares inmates and dogs for integration into society. Canine Assistance Training Staff is a program that teaches inmates responsibility, conflict resolution, and patience, while these inmates train dogs that are adopted out to individuals who may have P.T.S.D., a disability, or need for a companion. With the help of Doggone Express, a nonprofit, RCC has trained and adopted out close to 400 service dogs since the program began in 2013.

Bicyclist Killed in St. Tammany Crash

On Sunday (December 17, 2023), shortly after 3:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash on LA Hwy 1082 near Smith Road in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 45-year-old Sean Brady of Covington.

The initial investigation revealed that Brady was southbound on LA Hwy 1082 on a bicycle. At the same time, a 2002 GMC Sierra, driven by 22-year-old Blake Griffith of Bogalusa, was also southbound on LA Hwy 1082, directly behind the bicycle. For reasons still under investigation, the GMC struck the bicyclist.

Brady was wearing a helmet, but he sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the GMC was properly restrained and was uninjured. This crash remains under investigation and Troopers will forward their findings to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s office for consultation of criminal and/or traffic violations pending the completion of the investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive impaired, fatigued, or distracted, follow all traffic laws, and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

Obituary

Danny Kent Schilling

March 17, 1946 - December 18, 2023

Washington Parish Youth Coalition - National Sticker Shock Campaign

STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!

Washington Parish Youth Coalition members joined forces with the Bogalusa Police Department and Food Depot, to implement the National Sticker Shock Campaign on Thursday, December 14, 2023. This campaign is aimed at educating, informing, and reminding the public that it is against the law to purchase alcohol for underaged individuals. We would like to thank Food Depot for their compliance and support of Louisiana law RS 14:93.11 and the Bogalusa Police Department for helping enforce this program. If your business would like to participate in the National Sticker Shock Campaign, please contact Jana Pounds at Adapt: 985-735-0160.













Shown in the photo: Bekah Pounds, Colby Stewart, Rodrick Robinson, Malia Morris, Food Depot Manager Mr. Billy Penton, Officer Austin St. Pierre, Adapt Executive Director Rusty Fornea

Christmas in the Park in Tylertown

πŸš—✨ Experience the Magic of the Season with a Driving Tour Through Christmas in the Park! πŸŽ„

πŸš—✨ Immerse yourself in the twinkling lights, whimsical displays, and the joyous spirit of the holiday season.

πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸ¦Œ Gather your loved ones, load up the car, and make it a magical evening under the twinkling lights. 

🌟 Don't forget – when in the park, you can now tune your radio to the end of the FM dial near 88.6  to hear the holiday tunes as you cruise through the magical wonderland!

πŸ“† Dates: OPEN NIGHTLY through Dec. 31 (weather permitting) 

πŸ•• Time: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

πŸ“ Location: Holmes Water Park - 65 Old HWY 98 (Beulah Ave.) Tylertown, MS 

$5 for regular passenger vehicles, $10 for commercial size vans and $20 for buses.  (Cost is per vehicle and not based on the number of passengers)

It’s beautiful and open nightly (weather permitting) until 12/31/23.

Bogalusa City Council Agenda for Dec. 18, 2023

The Bogalusa City Council will meet at 5:30 PM on December 18, 2023 at City Hall. The meeting will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/mthermonwebtv

The Agenda includes the following:

ADOPTIONS OF RESOLUTIONS:

  • A RESOLUTION to request an opinion from the Attorney General from the State of Louisiana relating to Public Record Request with watermarks. (Introduced by Councilwoman Kates).
  • A RESOLUTION for the City of Bogalusa Police Department Cost Savings and Reform Board. (Introduced by Councilman Keys).
  • A RESOLUTION for the City of Bogalusa Transparency and Documentation Board. (Introduced by Councilwoman Smith).

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES:

  • AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE authorizing the mayor to enter into an Emergency Contract with Clean Cut Waterworks, LLC., for a six-inch collapsed water main. (Introduced by Councilman Irvine).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a Lease Agreement with Washington Parish Council on Aging. (Introduced by Councilwoman Kates).
  • AN ORDINANCE to repeal an amendment by Mayor Truong to the Council agenda as it relays to an introduction to the City of Bogalusa Water Bill Plan Ordinance, to otherwise provide with respect thereto. (Introduced by Councilwoman Kates).
  • AN ORDINANCE for the City of Bogalusa Customer’s Water Bill Payment Plan. (Introduced by Councilwoman Kates).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Bogalusa and the Washington Parish Government for use of equipment and other matters per the written Agreement attached for 2024. (Introduced by Vice-President Douglas).
  • AN ORDINANCE for the City of Bogalusa Airport Animal Restriction. Introduced by President Kellis).
  • AN ORDINANCE for the City of Bogalusa Airport Hangar Occupation Prohibition. (Introduced by Councilwoman Keys).
  • AN ORDINANCE setting a minimum square footage requiring all residential within the City of Bogalusa. (Introduced by Councilwoman Smith).

PUBLIC HEARINGS & ADOPTION OF ORDINANCES:

  • AN ORDINANCE to authorize the mayor to give members of the Bogalusa Fire Department a pay increase. (Introduced by Councilwoman Keys).
  • AN ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor of the City of Bogalusa to enter into a Card Processing Merchant Agreement with World Fuel Services, Inc., for Card Processing Services at the City of Bogalusa George R. Carr Memorial Airport. (Introduced by Councilwoman Temples).

Public Participation

Administrative Remarks

Other Council Discussion

Announcements: Next Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2023 at 5:30 P.M.