What to do with an old courthouse in historic downtown Covington? (copy) (copy)

The former St. Tammany Parish Courthouse on the corner of Boston and New Hampshire streets was one of the buildings damaged in the tornado that struck Covington 25 years ago. 

25 years ago

The city of Covington stands to receive $600,000 in state money as reimbursement for the cost of cleaning up from last November's tornado.

Adrienne Stroble, the city's director of administration, told the council at its meeting Tuesday night that the money will come in after the city finishes the cleanup effort.

“We will have a lot of thank-yous to send,” she said.

Stroble explained that the state was willing to pick up costs which the federal government declined to do. The State Office of Emergency Preparedness usually follows FEMA's guidelines, Stroble said, but in this case, they decided to put FEMA's opinion aside.

Stroble said FEMA usually only comes into the picture during a catastrophe such as the recent tornado which leveled a town in South Dakota. “The predicament for us was far less severe,” she said.

Mayor Keith Villere said the city will probably file a request in two weeks for the money.

50 years ago

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has announced a public hearing at the Our Lady of the Lake School cafeteria in Mandeville at 9 a.m. on July 3 relative to the Port Lewisburg development on Lake Pontchartrain, west of the Causeway approach.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the views of interested parties to a permit application from the Greenway Corporation, 3525 N. Causeway Blvd., in Metairie.

The applicant proposes to dredge an entrance channel in Lake Pontchartrain to connect with a proposed interior canal system for the Port Lewisburg development, construct a riprap jetty along the eastern side of the entrance channel, and enlarge a portion of Bayou Chinchuba by extension eastward.

A public notice describing the proposed work, inviting protests, suggestions, and objections, was issued March 28 and mailed to all known interested parties. Due to the many comments received from the public as a result of this notice, the meeting July 3 is being held to ensure that all interested parties may have their views concerning the proposed work made a part of the record, engineers said.

75 years ago

Announcement of a $250,000 fundraising campaign to secure a new two-story classroom building and three-story dormitory addition for St. Paul's College at Covington was made this week by John D. Lambert, New Orleans general chairman of the drive.

Mr. Lambert stated that St. Paul's is the only school in the Archdiocese of New Orleans that is primarily a boarding school for boys and that 70% of the boarding students come from New Orleans families. Of the remainder, 84% come from southern Louisiana. Because of the lack of sufficient space, Mr. Lambert pointed out the Christian Brothers who operate St. Paul's were forced to deny admittance to 218 boarding school applicants during the current school year.

The new classroom building and dormitory addition will double the capacity of St. Paul's, permitting a total of 300 boarders and 200 day students when the project is completed, Lambert said. Boarding school enrollment this year was 150 and day enrollment 95.

Day students are drawn from intermediate points such as Slidell, Mandeville, Madisonville, Abita Springs, Folsom, Lacombe and Covington. Rev. Brother August, president of St. Paul's, announced that the proposed building fund is the first major fundraising effort in the 44-year existence of the school, except for a small campaign to build a new swimming pool in 1945.

100 years ago

NOTICE. When passing through Folsom, stop at China Grove for a good meal and a cup of genuine Creole coffee. Mrs. Thomas Gusman, proprietor.

125 years ago

WANTED! 500 babies to sit for beautiful and lifelike pictures at the tent studio near Episcopal Church (in Covington). A life-size $15 pastel will be presented to the prettiest baby under three years of age. This contest will be decided by impartial judges.

Email Andrew Canulette at acanulette@sttammanyfarmer.net