Excerpt from The Farmer archives | St. Tammany Community News

25 years ago

St. Tammany Parish Charter Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday to appoint the district attorney as parish legal counsel under the new form of government.

The provision would be different from state law. Currently, state law provides that the parish may hire an attorney. This counsel may be the district attorney or a private attorney.

The commission heard from District Attorney Walter Reed, whose office now represents the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury, and St. Bernard Parish Superintendent John Carney. Reed did not specifically ask the commissioners to retain his office as parish counsel, but emphasized what he saw as the benefits of the service.

“The parish legal adviser must be independent. He can’t be worried about his job if he gives an unfavorable review,” Reed said. “I’m the DA and only voters can fire me,” he said.

Carney said his parish uses in-house counsel in cooperation with the district attorney.

“We’ve also gone out and hired a special counsel twice in the last six years,” Carney said. He said the in-house attorney costs the parish $65,000 a year and the secretary is paid $25,000 a year. … Under the current system, the parish (St. Tammany) pays Reed’s office about $75,000 to provide a full-time attorney. In addition, the parish pays state-imposed fees to Reed’s office.

Parish financial records show the parish paid Reed a total of $852,201 per year, which includes state-imposed fees and the salary of Guy D’Antonio, the parish’s legal counsel.

50 years ago

Extremely low water level in the Pearl River and debris left by loggers in the Pearl River Swamp were brought to the attention of the police jury last Thursday by Dave Davis of Ward 5. Davis said the debris from the tops of the woods was causing a number of problems in the swamp and in the river, but added that this is only minor compared to what results from the dams and lakes of the Pearl River in the Jackson, Mississippi area. He said, “They don’t open the locks in Jackson when the water is low. They open them in the spring when the river is already flooded.

President Webb Hart recalled that he attended a meeting before the dams were built when American engineers assured Louisiana opponents of the project that the river’s water level would be stabilized.

Hart said “Obviously it’s not.”

75 years ago

St. Tammany Parish has already received $17,653.31 of the $1,179.21.22 distributed for the first nine months of the year from the Local Beer Tax, according to Roland B. Howell, director, Louisiana Committee, United States Brewers Foundation. Of this amount, $6,395.20 went to the police jury and the remainder was distributed to Abita Springs, $797.24; Covington, $3,957.63; Madisonville, $925.81, Mandeville, $1,236.34; Pearl River $743.88; and Slidell, $3,597.21.

Statewide, municipalities shared the highest amount — $927,138.94 — while parishes shared $252,092.28.

Acting Revenue Collector Charles F. Averill pointed out that cities and towns have been the main beneficiaries of this $1.50 a barrel local tax because most beer retail outlets in Louisiana are located in the boundaries of incorporated municipalities. The revenue department collects money from beer wholesalers for distribution to the local government with jurisdiction over where the beer is sold.

100 years ago

Members of the School Improvement League have announced that all arrangements have been made and everything is ready for their unique Halloween party Tuesday evening, October 31, from 7 p.m. The affair, which will be a masquerade, will take place in the college auditorium (in Madisonville) amid oddly attractive decorations that will delight even the most naive – a veritable goblin lair where witches with all their creepy charm and characteristics ghostly will reign supreme. Refreshments of a delicious variety will be served cafeteria style in the lobby adjoining the auditorium. All are invited.

125 years ago

Trout are striking.

Halloween is tomorrow night.

Lumberjacks complain about low prices.

City dwellers take advantage of our autumn weather.

Our planters are getting ready to open the grinding season.

The sawmills are all occupied and working full time.