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‘TOOT’ had a great first year showing

‘TOOT’ had a great first year showing

Editor November 5, 2017 Comments Off on ‘TOOT’ had a great first year showing

The first “Taste of Olde Towne” is in the books. A whirlwind of five days last week wrapped up on Sunday with a Champagne Brunch at Chateau Bleu, with a sold-out crowd of 75

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Finding rest in this ‘hurry up’ world

Finding rest in this ‘hurry up’ world

Editor October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Finding rest in this ‘hurry up’ world

I was reading one of my favorite daily inspirational books this week and it had some good advice. “Lie down in green pastures of peace. Learn to unwind whenever possible, resting in the presence

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Show your ‘Taste of Olde Towne’ support

Show your ‘Taste of Olde Towne’ support

Editor October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Show your ‘Taste of Olde Towne’ support

For the past six years I have watched and attended “A Taste of Covington” (ATOC) on the west side of the parish, noting a very fun and well-attended event that has only grown and

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Even a hurricane didn’t stop Smooth Jazz Fest

Even a hurricane didn’t stop Smooth Jazz Fest

Editor October 13, 2017 Comments Off on Even a hurricane didn’t stop Smooth Jazz Fest

Hurricane or not, there was a lot to like about the 1st Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival. I am a big music guy and also a big sports guy. The festival this past weekend

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This weekend: More music and fun than ever

This weekend: More music and fun than ever

Editor October 8, 2017 Comments Off on This weekend: More music and fun than ever

This weekend is a test. It is a test to see whether St. Tammany Parish residents—especially music lovers—are ready to turn out in big numbers to support what I believe is a first class,

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Stevie Nicks show at Cutting Edge is a winner

Stevie Nicks show at Cutting Edge is a winner

Editor September 30, 2017 Comments Off on Stevie Nicks show at Cutting Edge is a winner

One area of our community that I’ve gotten to know a lot more about in recent years is the world of theater. Of course, Slidell Little Theater (SLT) was the original in the city,

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Answer to prayers seen in Florida

Answer to prayers seen in Florida

Editor September 17, 2017 Comments Off on Answer to prayers seen in Florida

For anyone who had family or friends living in Florida this was a very stressful weekend. We are all watching the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean these days as it appears we are

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A letter to the NFL worth repeating

A letter to the NFL worth repeating

Editor September 10, 2017 Comments Off on A letter to the NFL worth repeating

I always put my own two cents into this column space, but once in a while I find something that I heartily agree with and feel like I want to pass it along. Yes,

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OMBA led by owners giving back to city

OMBA led by owners giving back to city

Editor September 1, 2017 Comments Off on OMBA led by owners giving back to city

I got linked in with the Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) after getting an e-mail from their new publicity director Margot Brignac, who happens to be a small businesswoman herself with her own coffee

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Prep coaches do much more than most know

Prep coaches do much more than most know

Editor August 25, 2017 Comments Off on Prep coaches do much more than most know

I spent the past week taking a step back into the past. High school football season is ready to start again. Community newspapers are all about high school sports, and football certainly has a

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‘White Linen Night’ is sure to be a fun event

‘White Linen Night’ is sure to be a fun event

Editor August 21, 2017 Comments Off on ‘White Linen Night’ is sure to be a fun event

If you’re looking for a party you won’t have to look any further than Saturday night in downtown Covington. The third annual “Covington White Linen Night for Public Art” will take place from 6

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Building a brand name as a business

Building a brand name as a business

Editor August 8, 2017 Comments Off on Building a brand name as a business

I spend much of my time talking to small business owners and managers about advertising. Since starting The Slidell Independent and Tammany West I  bounced from a lifelong editorial guy to an advertising representative

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St. Petersburg, Fla. is a great, hidden secret

St. Petersburg, Fla. is a great, hidden secret

Editor August 4, 2017 Comments Off on St. Petersburg, Fla. is a great, hidden secret

My wife and I have discovered a great, new vacation spot and something tells me a lot of folks over here might not be aware of it. St. Petersburg, Florida. I will always consider

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Time for St. Tammany to step up and help deserving parish deputy

Time for St. Tammany to step up and help deserving parish deputy

Editor July 29, 2017 Comments Off on Time for St. Tammany to step up and help deserving parish deputy

If you live in St. Tammany Parish you know there are no shortages of places to donate money for a good cause. There are well over 100 non-profits and charity groups in the parish,

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Best Friends Forever: Molly and Vicky

Best Friends Forever: Molly and Vicky

Editor July 25, 2017 Comments Off on Best Friends Forever: Molly and Vicky

This is a confession: I do not have a reputation for being the greatest animal lover in the world. And the funny thing about that is the fact I do actually like animals just

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The occasional ‘good job!’ goes a long way

The occasional ‘good job!’ goes a long way

Editor July 16, 2017 Comments Off on The occasional ‘good job!’ goes a long way

Everyone loves a little pat on the back. It doesn’t matter if you are considering your own family members, friends you know, or in the profession you work. I’m kind of lucky in that

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Trying to get the Girl Scouts to help my daughter

Trying to get the Girl Scouts to help my daughter

Editor July 7, 2017 Comments Off on Trying to get the Girl Scouts to help my daughter

I almost got arrested by the Girl Scouts. That is not a joke, although I really wasn’t as close to getting arrested as that may sound. It all happened last week when I hopped

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Lots to do in St. Tammany for July 4

Lots to do in St. Tammany for July 4

Editor July 2, 2017 Comments Off on Lots to do in St. Tammany for July 4

The Fourth of July weekend already? Where does the time go! It seems like we were just coming out of the cooler spring weather and all of a sudden June is gone, we have

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We are still a conservative, Christian paper

We are still a conservative, Christian paper

Editor June 23, 2017 Comments Off on We are still a conservative, Christian paper

I don’t make any secret about the fact that this newspaper is unashamedly conservative and Christian. Yes, I’m a Republican, although I hardly feel so closely aligned with the actual party anymore. And yes,

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CBA meetings always full of info and fun

CBA meetings always full of info and fun

Editor June 17, 2017 Comments Off on CBA meetings always full of info and fun

I never attend a Covington Business Association (CBA) monthly meeting without leaving with pages and pages of notes about upcoming activities or interesting bits of information. The most recent meeting, held at Beck-N-Call on

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