You’re Suggesting A Hierarchy of Organizations 2019 finishes up the 7th year that the Covington Weekly has been in downtown Covington. Five of those years were spent understanding how economic development happens on
We as a community want to trust our leaders and believe they have our best interest in mind and will do the right thing when no one is looking. That is really a simple expectation and not far fetched – Right?
The main issue with uncovering trafficking operations is that in many cases, it is discovered that people in official positions are helping to facilitate the operations.
Editor’s Note/Response to D.A. Montgomery’s Press Release with regard to former Sheriff Strain’s Arrest. Louisiana is identified as a prison state, evidenced by the fact that during the Reed/Strain tenure, St. Tammany had,
The parish government is no stranger to skirting ethics laws, as Covington Weekly has reported in the past with legislation written by former Representative Tim Burns exempting parish council members from state ethics laws in place to prevent conflicts of interest.
Recently, the Industrial Tax Exemption Program is in the news. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP.org) in “Tax Incentives: Costly for States, Drag on the Nation”, August 2013, “…state
Covington’s front running candidates for mayor are Mark Johnson, Rick Smith and Candace Watkins. A few weeks ago, Covington Weekly ran a recap on the forum hosted by the St. Tammany Chamber West
While the Three Rivers Art Festival is a fine event that brings revenue to the City and Downtown, there are a few minor details that if addressed realistically, could make this event even
I love the honesty of country songs. Raw emotion, shared with an audience of neutrality, ignites a hidden spark and moves us quickly from untouched to identifiable. Funny how we begin with a
By Beverly Hobbs Shea There’s a line in a popular country song that goes “I can’t un-see it.” How simple but how true and profound! Being the English major word bird I am,
Editor’s Note: Safe and conscientious driving is an issue very close to Covington Weekly. Our personal opinion is that it should be illegal to operate a phone while driving, unless it is hands-free
The HUD Office of Inspector General released a report detailing the deficiencies found in the administration of funds by the St. Tammany Parish Government in language that sounds very familiar for those that
by Beverly Hobbs Shea Culture is a word that’s been over-used and, frankly, has been relegated to connote a collective mentality that is typically vague and rarely accurate. Whether it be a small
In the nola.com article “Toxic sites in Louisiana: 15 of the state’s most polluted places” (Feb. 2017), Scott Threlkeld details several areas of environmental concern across the state. Louisiana is home to 15
When I was younger and asked questions, I remember being told to have faith in the (political) process, and also in our elected officials, that they make the right decisions. This response always
The St. Tammany Parish Government has talked the public out of an Office of Inspector General for over a decade, but they will try to pass the same tax renewal three times in
In our research, we have found many areas of spending that can better be used to fund the justice center than their present uses. But first, let’s clarify some misstatements and/or misperceptions. One
On March 2, 2018, BGR released “On The Ballot: St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax Renewals, March 24, 2018”. On March 24, St. Tammany voters will decide whether to renew two separate parish wide
by Lindsay Reed This past World Cancer Day (February 4) inspired me to consider the environment(s) contributing to emotional and physical health, and how that relates to men and women. Cancer is a
Submitted by B. Charles Goodwin We are pleased that the Sheriff Smith says he has already made adjustments to “keep on keeping on” in the event the jail tax does not pass. He