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Local History: The Talley Family Story as Told by Mayor Mark Johnson

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Covington History segment provided by local historical writer Ron Barthet.
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On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Mayor Mark Johnson, then president of the Covington Heritage Foundation (CHF), presented a detailed account of the history of the Talley’s Feed & Seed Store, complete with family history and photographs.

Johnson’s speech entertained more than 100 members of the group in attendance, including three members of the Talley family who were surprised and appreciative when they found out that their parents were the subject of the 30 minute presentation. 

Here is the text and photos from Johnson’s presentation at the recent CHF Membership Gala held at the Southern Hotel, reprinted with his permission. Ted Talley Jr. has made some additional remarks in the text. Click on the images to make them larger.

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The following picture shows the Covington Coca Cola bottling company about 1918. Notice the low-pitched roof. The two-story building was located on North Columbia Street.

This current day photograph shows the O’Keefe Feed and Seed in Covington.
It’s the same building.

That building plays an important part in this story. 

Our story actually begins in 1918 in war-torn France, the war to end all wars. It brought death and injury to thousands of American soldiers. One of the injured was Claudis Simpson of New Orleans, who suffered severe leg injuries. He was brought to the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort McPherson, GA, where, over time, he gradually recovered.  

He can be seen in the photograph above, lying down in the background with the sling around his leg. In the next photograph he is seen on the hospital grounds. 

After he recovered, he went back to New Orleans and started a service station. At that time, operating a service station was a big deal and since it was located near a large hospital, it was very successful.

The service station featured classic gas pumps, displayed a Standard Motor Oil sign, and, as we can see by the fire hydrant in front, had running water, indoor plumbing, and electricity.

He got married and in 1924 had a daughter named Evelyn.
Doctors eventually told him that if he stayed in New Orleans, the pollution would kill him. So he traded the service station for 60 acres in Bush. He and his wife and his daughter moved to Bush and lived in a house where there was no electricity and no indoor plumbing.

The photograph here shows his daughter Evelyn in her Mardi Gras costume. She would tell about going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, leaving Bush early in the morning, going to Slidell and then to New Orleans, seeing the parades, then coming back through Slidell to Bush, all to return home in time to milk the cows.

She also recalled the story of when a new highway came through Bush, and since her father wanted the house to face the highway, he got together some of his friends, jacked up the house, put some logs under it and rotated it 90 degrees. Since there wasn’t any plumbing or electricity, it was a pretty easy thing to do.

 As she grew up in Bush, Evelyn studied by kerosene lantern, learned to play piano, went to high school in Covington, and joined the marching band.

 The Lyon High School Marching Band in 1940

Evelyn Simpson played trumpet, and she was so good at it the instructor Phillip Pfeffer would often leave her in charge of the group when he had to leave the room. She even helped conduct the band.  Pfeffer, a future Covington attorney, was the husband of Rosemary Pfeffer (long-time teacher of English and Latin at Covington High) and father of Elizabeth Pfeffer Williams and Susan Pfeffer Latham.

Evelyn Simpson Talley is far right, seated on the end with trumpet. On the far left front row is Clare Cooper Drinkard (elder Mayor Cooper’s sister, current Mayor Cooper’s aunt) and to her left is future husband Everett Drinkard.  In center left, in front of the cymbals, is junior high student  Ralph Menetre.

Menetre would walk from the junior high down Jefferson Avenue, past the St. Peter’s Catholic Church under construction to the high school to take part in rehearsals. After high school he went to LSU, and became a running back for the LSU football team.

Evelyn’s teachers all knew that she was a smart student and encouraged her to go to college. She graduated in 1940, but instead of going to college, she married Theodore Broughton “Red” Talley. Here’s a photo of the young couple. 

Shortly after they married, Red joined the army and went through basic training in Durham, NC. While he was away, Evelyn earned $10 a week as secretary and lived in a rooming house for $10 a week. Times were difficult, but as she recalled, she had a roof overhead, food, indoor plumbing and electricity. “Life was good,” she said, recalling the hardships of her childhood home.

Theodore “Red” Talley in Europe

Red Talley was soon deployed to Europe, and Evelyn got the news that she was pregnant.

Red Talley became a member of Patton’s 4th Armored Division, and was a part of Operation Bodyguard. He went on to France where he took a number of pictures.

Thirty-three months in Europe’s mud and snow

He served on a howitzer team.

The photograph above shows him on his way home after the war.

Here is Red and Evelyn Talley on November 4, 1945, with him seeing his daughter Carolyn Talley for the first time.
Red Talley then went to work for the Great Southern Paper Mill in Bogalusa.

He hated working there. Evelyn stayed on the farm in Bush. She hated farming. But then Red bought a truck and modified it to deliver seeds to farmers to plant in their fields. He also delivered chicken feed. The name of the business was Talley’s Feed in Bush, which operated between 1949 and 1951.

In 1951 Talley’s Feed moved into an old building at the corner of Gibson and Vermont Sts. in Covington. It was there for three years. Today that location is occupied by a parking lot west of Marsolan’s Feed and Seed which is pictured below.

“Retail was much better than farm life,” Evelyn said.

In 1953 the business moved to old Coca Cola bottling plant on North Columbia Street.

The caption to the above photograph included the following: The old Coca Cola Bottling Co. building is still standing, but has been converted into Talley’s Feed & Seed Co. on North Columbia Street. The two old trucks shown are Model T Fords. Standing in the door, left to right, are Bennie Aouielle and his father J. M. Aouielle. Standing by the trucks are Willie Bickham and Sonny Brown. The elder Aouielle owned the building and the son managed the plant.

The grand opening picture below shows the newly-repainted Talley’s Feed and Seed building, complete with loading dock and people attending the opening ceremonies.

In the 1954 photo above, the tall man in front of “Dairy Supplies” lettering was Red’s father, Theodore Talley of Bush.  The two ladies to the far right, making their way to the side of the building are probably Red’s mother Rosa Corkern Talley (Theodore’ wife) being led by her daughter Lydia Talley Mitchell.

Shown below in this interior grand opening picture are the Grand Ole Opry singers providing the music for the festive occasion. Notice the milk cans lining the wall on the right, a sign of the active dairy industry in the area. 

St. Tammany Parish was still quite rural in nature at this time with many poultry operations, cattle ranches and dairy farms. In fact, the area now occupied by River Forest Subdivision in Covington was at one time the location of two dairies.

Claire Cooper Drinkard wound up working at Talley’s Feed and Seed, and her husband Everett Drinkard is shown above with his Zetz-7up truck, with Troy Jackson and his son Troy Jr., at left, who grew up to become a principal of a Covington area elementary school.
In 1955 Talley’s started mixing their own feed after constructing a two ton feed mixer and elevated storage tank. 

The man to the far left is Oscar Franklin, long-time Talley’s employee.  To the right is Sydney Thompson of Bush, Red’s nephew. 

In 1955 a feed mill was added to the business, with the equipment to include two 2 ton feed mixers, a hammer mill for grinding and a molasses mixer.

The elevator storage tanks. 
In 1959 the Talley mill was expanded to include a 250 ton capacity grain storage elevator and a 100,000 pound capacity truck scale.

In the photograph below, from left to right, is Branker Talley (Red’s brother from Bush who was then a partner in Talley Bros.),  Red Talley, his son Ted Talley and Evelyn Talley. 

The large nail and fence staple lazy-Susan bin in the foreground was one of the first non-feed purchases made by the feed store.  It was at the old store location on Gibson Street and stayed on Columbia Street until the feed store was sold and became Spencer’s.

The picture above shows Oscar Franklin and the young Ted Talley, at left. Franklin was an important part of their operation for many years.

The picture below shows the Talley Brothers truck parked on the scales in front of the store, heading out to fill chicken feed tanks at poultry farms. 

 The truck could pump feed from the storage area on the truck directly to a hatch in the chicken house feed storage area.

In 1960, Talley’s became the authorized dealer for Ralston-Purina livestock and specialty feeds and animal health care products, switching from Ful-o-Pep Feeds.

In 1965 Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Talley were recognized by the Ralston-Purina Chairman’s Honor Council. It was one of four times that Talley’s was recognized as an outstanding Purina dealer.

Not long after, another building addition made room for a clothing section and western wear store. 

When the courts ordered the de-segregation of area schools, Red Talley, as a member of the school board, worked for the peaceful integration of the two separate school systems. As a result, those who vehemently disagreed with his efforts repeatedly smashed the windows of his store, roofing tacks were spread over the gravel of his parking lot, and his phone would ring all hours of the night, with no one on the line when it was answered. 

The photo above was taken in December of 1974, the year that the Farnam Horse Care Center was added to the many expanding areas of the Talley retail business department.
The picture below shows the Talleys celebrating the store’s 25th anniversary.

Theodore “Red” Talley died on February 1, 2012.
Mark Johnson ended his presentation by reading a newspaper column written by Ted Talley Jr. detailing his final Father’s Day visit with his dad Red Talley.
“They were our parents, the greatest generation, they were good people,” Johnson concluded.

Following the Covington Heritage Foundation presentation, Carolyn Talley Pearce thanked Johnson for doing the research and telling the story of her parents. She went on to tell the audience: “This has been really special for our family. My mother and dad, they were not in the old Covington family group, but we were part of St. Tammany Parish for eight generations. That’s pretty incredible.  We enjoyed being a really big part of this community, and I think our parents taught us to contribute and to be a part of everything that was going on around us. I’m so glad Ted and Susan are here tonight. The presentation surprised us. He (Mark Johnson) and mother had some great visits, and mother was so happy when she got to go ring the bell at the Bell Tower dedication ceremony. I took her out to Covington High, and they looked at her and asked can she ring this bell? CHS was such an important part of her life. Thank you all for being here and sharing all these memories with all of us tonight.”

Ted Talley Jr. said, “There’s been a lot of new things going on in Covington in the last couple of decades. You see art galleries and music events going on Boston and Columbia Streets and at the Trailhead. The photo showed this couple standing in front of feed sacks on a dusty floor in the old feed and seed store, but in 1955 (when the store was just three or four years old), they became part of a community effort to bring cultural arts to Covington.  The year 1955 was a significant year in the birth of the Arts in Covington.  The little theater Playmakers began that year, the St. Tammany Art Association was getting underway, and my dad helped support the Covington Symphony Society in its attempts to hold concerts for the students and adults of the area.

Talley’s Feed and Seed was one of the first guarantors of the efforts to fund the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra when it came to Covington for annual concerts. He and other businesses made sure that the orchestra would have the money to make the trip in the event ticket sales were not quite enough. Mother and father were both a part of symphony arts appreciation and development.”

Three Lyon High classmates and pillars of Covington community. All celebrating 90 years of age in 2014. From left to right are Clare Drinkard, Evelyn Talley, and Audrey Oalmann.

Evelyn Talley showed off her Class Ring from Lyon High’s Class of 1940

In October of 2013 Covington High School celebrated its Centennial, 100 years of serving the community. Special guest was Evelyn Talley, and she was given the opportunity to “ring the bell” that had been saved from the 1984 fire that burned down the school building on Jefferson Ave.

She passed away on July 19, 2017, at the age of 93.

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STAA Presents ‘Divergent Views’ Lecture with Mary Monk and Carol Hallock

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Join the St. Tammany Art Association for a dual lecture by Carol Hallock and Mary Monk. Two great painting friends, who both work from life. However, they have totally opposite approaches, views, thoughts on how to see, what inspires them and different ways of creating their paintings. We are all unique in our approach. There is no one right way. Questions are welcome, paintings of their work will be displayed.

The lecture will take place Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 entrance fee for this event, reservations are welcome and accepted. education@sttammanyartassociation.org 985-892-8650

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City Hosts First Responder’s Plaque Ceremony This Thursday

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covingtonfirstrespondersplaqueThe City of Covington invites the public to attend a First Responder’s Plaque Ceremony to take place Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Covington City Hall, 317 North Jefferson Avenue. Welcome by Mayor Mike Cooper, featuring acknowledgments by Chief Richard Badon, CFD, Chief Tim Lentz, CPD, the Covington City Council, Pat Clanton and Connie Jenkins.  www.covla.com

 

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Covington Heritage Foundation Lecture: The Effects Of Air Conditioning On Louisiana

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heritagefoundationlecture (3)The Covington Heritage Foundation presents a lecture by scholar Dr. Ray Arsenault, “The End of the Long Hot Summer:  The Air Conditioner and Southern Culture.”  The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center of Performing Arts located 201 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington.

There is no registration necessary to attend this lecture, it is free and open to the public.  The lecture is made possible by the Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, The Covington Heritage Foundation and the St. Tammany Parish Library.    www.covingtonheritagefoundation.com

The Center Of Performing Arts provides an environment in which individuals can explore their artistic expression wherever their musical dreams may lead. 
www.centerofperformingarts.net

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City of Covington Hosts Meeting for Tyler Street Business Owners

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FINAL TYLER STREET MEETING-page-001Business owners along Tyler Street are invited to attend an open forum to discuss traffic progress and receive an update on current and future projects along the corridor. “It’s important that our businesses and our city leadership have the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to our community’s business success,” Larry Rolling, Councilman District D and Chairman Economic Development Committee. Attendees will include Mayor Mike Cooper, Councilman Larry Rolling, and Covington City Engineer Daniel Hill, PE. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 27th at 5:30 p.m., at the City of Covington Council Chambers, 222 E. Kirkland Street.

For additional information please contact Larry Rolling, Councilman District D and Chairman Economic Development Committee at (985) 234-9527 or RollingDistrictD@aol.com

 

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The English Tea Room Hosts Robert Burns Night This Weekend

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ETR Burns NightJoin The English Tea Room & Eatery for their second annual Robert Burns Night! On Saturday January 24th, join the Tea Room for a special four-course Scottish dinner, complete with a tradition toast to the Haggis! Live bagpipe music will be provided by nationally renowned musician Steve Brownlee and family, accompanied by readings of Robert Burns’ works and other Scottish literature. Plaids and kilts are encouraged! You may also bring your own Scotch or adult beverage of choice.

The event will begin at 7 pm on January 24th. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 985-898-3988. The all-inclusive price for this event is $30, pre-paid.

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History Antiques Hosts Open House & Book Signing of “Money Hill” by Mimi Dossett

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History Antiques ChristmasHistory Antiques & Interiors will host an open house on Friday, December 12th from 10 am – 5 pm. Refreshments will be provided, and a book signing of “Money Hill” with author Mimi Goodyear Dossett will be from 11 am – 1 pm. Stop by and peruse their selection of accoutrements such as the pictured handmade craft art, and the holiday pillows, tea linens and stationary, all customizable.

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Covington Heritage Foundation Annual Membership Gala at the Southern Hotel

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Join the Covington Heritage Foundation at The Southern Hotel for their Annual Membership Gala on Thursday, December 11 • 2014 – (Reception 6pm, Program 7pm).

Featuring a presentation by Mark Johnson, “Naughty or Nice: Covington in the 1860s and 1960s,” a general meeting and board elections with Hors d’oeuvres, Wine, and Music by Steppin’ Up. Call 892-2254 or 867-5660 for more information. Space is limited. If you plan to attend, reserve your spot by joining or renewing now on the website or at the door the night of the event.  www.covingtonheritsgefoundation.com

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Free Workshop – Healthe Habits for Living: Helpful Tips To Avoid The Extra Holiday Pounds

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Healthe Habits for Living of Covington is hosting a free holiday workshop: “All I Want for Christmas . . . Is to Fit in My Pants!” on December 3rd, 2014 at 11:30-1:00 and 5:30-7:00. The workshop is open to the public, and will provide strategies to help people successfully manage the many temptations of the holiday season.

“People get pulled in so many different directions during the holidays; it’s easy to lose track or give in to all of the temptations around us without even realizing it,” says owner and Occupational Therapist Jill Hurley. “This workshop will teach people how to enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty or having regrets later.”

The workshop will focus on: How to Maneuver the Buffet from Hell; Stop Being a Slave to the Dreaded Food Court; and Managing Decadence Intelligently – all showing that Healthy Doesn’t Equal Horrible. Healthe Habits for Living will also provide recipes, tips, and resources for healthy holiday planning.

Healthe Habits for Living offers individuals with a Body Mass Index of 30+ a customized weight loss program focused on changing the way people think, relate to, consume, and manage food and exercise on a daily basis. Please visit www.healthehabitsforliving.com or call 985.892.5716 for more information or to register for the seminar.

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Pastel Art Demo With Local Plein Air Artist Mary Monk This Thursday at STAA

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Artist Mark Monk at work, 'en plein air'

Local Artist Mark Monk at work, ‘en plein air’

The St. Tammany Art Association is proud to present a pastel painting demonstration by Mary Monk. Join STAA this Thursday at 6:30 pm as Mary walks through her process while creating an original landscape painting in pastel. She will refer to a photograph and demonstrate some of her techniques and share tips on creating a successful pastel painting. This is a great opportunity to “learn by example” with one of our favorite local artists.

Mary Monk has been an award-winning professional artist for over twenty years. Her work can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections including permanent art collections belonging to St. Tammany Parish and the state of Louisiana. She has appeared in numerous magazines such as: Pastel Magazine, Louisiana Life Magazine, and Inside Northside Magazine. She received the majority of her artistic training through classical drawing lessons but is a self taught pastelist. She is a member of the Degas Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the St. Tammany Pastel Society.

Primarily a plein air artist, Monk’s medium of choice is pastel and she is mostly known for her country/urban landscapes. No matter the subject, mood and light are always the true focus of her paintings. Her choices of color and subject matter are heavily influenced by growing up in the city and moving to the country to raise her family. The transition of urban to country sparked an infinite pool of inspiration for the artist.

Mary Monk grew up in New Orleans but has been living in Abita Springs with her husband and four children for the past twenty years. She is represented in Louisiana by Three Rivers Gallery in Covington, The New Orleans Academy of Arts in New Orleans and The Garden District Gallery in New Orleans.

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Book Signing With Rolland Golden At STAA: “Life, Love And Art In The French Quarter”

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Book Signing With Rolland Golden at STAAJoin STAA for a book signing with artist Rolland Golden on Sunday, September 28 at 2:00pm as he presents his recently released book, “Life, Love and Art in the French Quarter.” Replete with ninety-four black-and-white and fifty-four color photographs and illustrations, many never before seen, his memoir of that life focuses on the period of 1955 to 1976.  For more information, call the St. Tammany Art Association at 985-892-8650. www.sttammanyartassociation.org

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STAA Lecture Presentation: “How the Art of Art Therapists Informs Their Practice”

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STAA lecture presentationThe St. Tammany Art Association hosts the lecture “How the Art of Art Therapists Informs Their Practice” this Saturday, August 30th at 3 – 5 pm, presented by Ms Becky Olivera, ATR-BC, LPC-S. This program will explore “the art therapist’s intimate relationship with art and the creative process as a vital and dynamic presence in their professional work”, and will “address the five ways in which the art of art therapists influences their practice.” This presentation is in correlation with the current exhibit on display at the Arthouse, “The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art Therapists”, a partnership of the St. Tammany Art Association and the Louisiana Art Therapy Association. Email: info@sttammanyartassociation.org or call (985) 892-8650. www.sttammanyartassociation.org

 

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STAA The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art Therapists Opening Saturday

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The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art TherapistsThe Art of the Journey - An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art TherapistsThe St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the Louisiana Art Therapy Association (LATA) announce the opening of a special art exhibit titled The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art Therapists. The exhibit chronicles the individual path of art therapists in the mental health profession: some are students, while others have been practicing for decades; some work in hospitals, vocational programs, schools, or private practices; a few work with children, others with couples, some with individuals with disabilities and geriatric populations.

Guests and artists are invited to attend the Opening Reception to be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 6:00-9:00PM. The exhibit will continue through September 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

In addition to the exhibit, a professional lecture and a workshop offered by LATA members will be held at the Arthouse the following weekends.                   www.sttammanyartassociation.org

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Covington Business Resource Workshop This Friday at Bogue Falaya Hall Presented by City Economic Development Committee

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4th Covington Business Resource WorkshopThe City of Covington and the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee will host the forth installment of their award-winning Covington Business Resource Workshop series on Friday, August 15, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon (8:00 a.m. registration) in the Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. The purpose of the workshop is to give local business owners the tools and expertise they need to help their business thrive, and to give potential business owners the resources they need to begin a successful new enterprise.  This workshop, entitled Workforce Development, Retention, and the Future, will focus on the vision by our leadership from the national, state, and parish level on our future development for the workforce that all business owners need to be successful.   Guest speakers at the workshop include:

Senator David Vitter

State Senator Jack Donahue

State Representative John Schroeder

Parish President Pat Brister

Mayor Mike Cooper

Louisiana Workforce Commission

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“The quality of a workforce is a gauge for any successful business; retention and training is the future for business growth,” Councilman Larry Rolling, Chairman of the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Register at www.lsbdc.org. Refreshments will be provided by the Covington Business Association.

For additional information about this event, please contact Councilman Larry Rolling, District D, at (985) 234-9527RollingDistrictD@aol.com or visit our website www.covla.com

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STAA’s Juror Art Talk – 49th Annual National Juried Exhibition Closing Reception

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Juror Beth Batton with "Quarry 10" by Fairfax VA photographer Rahael Warshaw - Best of Show - STAA's 49th Annual Summer Show Photo courtesy Mark St. James

Juror Beth Batton with “Quarry 10” by Fairfax VA photographer Rahael Warshaw – Best of Show – STAA’s 49th Annual Summer Show
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This Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm, STAA presents an Art Talk and closing reception for the 49th Juried Artists Exhibition, the Summer Show. Exhibition juror Beth Batton will lead an informal talk with exhibiting artists in the show about their work. The talk will begin no later than 6:30pm, and wine and refreshments will be served. The closing event, held in conjunction with Covington’s monthly Second Saturday Art Walk, is free and open to the public and presented at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia Street.

This year’s Summer Show features 36 pieces by 32 artists from 13 states, selected from a field of 370 works by 136 artists. On opening night July 12th, $2,500 in cash prizes was awarded to four artists while another was recognized with an Honorable Mention award.

The juror for the 2014 Summer Show is Beth Batton, who serves as the Curator of the Collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art where she has served since 2005. Exhibitions she has curated at the Museum include Italian Art from the Permanent Collection (2013-2014) and Oraien Catledge: Photographs of Cabbagetown (2010). From 2001 to 2005, Batton served as Arts-Based Community Development Director at the Mississippi Arts Commission. Prior to that, she was a project coordinator at Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, an award winning community arts organization in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Batton received a B.A. with honors in Fine Arts from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. A photographer, her photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, Austin, and Jackson.

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Covington Business Resource Workshop To Focus On Workforce Development, Retention and Our Future

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businessresourceworkshop8-14The City of Covington and the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee will host the forth installment of their award-winning Covington Business Resource Workshop series on Friday, August 15, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon (8:00 a.m. registration) in the Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. The purpose of the workshop is to give local business owners the tools and expertise they need to help their business thrive, and to give potential business owners the resources they need to begin a successful new enterprise.  This workshop, entitled Workforce Development, Retention, and the Future, will focus on the vision by our leadership from the national, state, and parish level on our future development for the workforce that all business owners need to be successful.   Guest speakers at the workshop include:

Senator David Vitter

State Senator Jack Donahue

State Representative John Schroeder

Parish President Pat Brister

Mayor Mike Cooper

Louisiana Workforce Commission

SLU Small Business Development Center

St. Tammany Economic Development

 

“The quality of a workforce is a gauge for any successful business; retention and training is the future for business growth,” Councilman Larry Rolling, Chairman of the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Register at www.lsbdc.org. Refreshments will be provided by the Covington Business Association.

For additional information about this event, please contact Councilman Larry Rolling, District D, at (985) 234-9527RollingDistrictD@aol.com or visit our website www.covla.com

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Walker Percy Book Club Meeting With Mayor Cooper & Special Guests at The English Tea Room

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The English Tea Room & Eatery hosts the Walker Percy Book Club Meetings every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 2 p.m., except for this month, where meetings were pushed back due to the Independence Day holiday. This Thursday’s meeting Covington Mayor Cooper will attend to learn more about the group. The goals of the Walker Percy Book Club is to build interest in Walker Percy’s works, and to plan ideas in which Covington can celebrate Mr. Percy. Walker Percy is a nationally recognized author who spent the majority of his life in downtown Covington. To learn more, call (985) 898-3988.

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Educational Meeting At St. John’s Regarding Fracking: Music, Information and Fellowship

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FrackFreeInfoMeetingSt.JohnsUnsure about fracking, or feel that you do not know enough to make an informed decision? A group of Covington citizens have organized this informative meeting to be a relaxed and peaceful opportunity for residents to learn more about hydrofracturing. Microbiologist and chemist Wilma Subra will be the keynote speaker. The night will be filled with music, coffee, food, drinks and productive discussion. Come by and bring a friend!

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Covington Heritage Foundation Kickoff Event This Thursday

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Covington Heritage Foundation Membership Kick Off CelebrationThe NEW Covington Heritage Foundation will host an Inaugural Membership Drive and Kickoff Celebration open to the public on Thursday, December 5th, 6:00 p.m., at the Center of Performing Arts, 201 N. Columbia Street.  For a Special Inaugural Founding Membership Rate of $20.00 (per family or individual), new members will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live jazzy music of the era by Steppin’ Up.  The event will feature the presentation “Settlers, Scalawags and Survivors: Movers and Shakers in Early Covington” by Robin Leckbee Perkins, Parish Archivist, at 7:00 p.m.