The St. Tammany Parish Council has approved a zoning change to allow a waste transfer station to be built on land along Interstate 12 just east of Bayou Lacombe.
The council's decision Monday night to change the zoning clears the way for IESI to build the station and to do so with the blessing of the Concerned Citizens of Lacombe. The group had been involved in a lawsuit against the parish and IESI to keep the station from being placed at the intersection of I-12 and Louisiana 434.
Two shelters have opened in St. Tammany Parish as Hurricane Isaac approaches.
Officials of the St. Tammany Parish School Board and the Red Cross said the shelters are at William Pitcher Junior High School, 415 S. Jefferson Ave. in Covington and at Creekside Junior High School, 65434 Louisiana Highway 41, Pearl River.
People going to the shelters are asked to bring food, medicine, bedding and activities for children.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has retrieved the body of a Mandeville man from Lake Pontchartrain.
Capt. George Bonnett, the sheriff's spokesman, says the coroner's office identified the victim as 59-year-old Charles Ellis. Deputies pulled the man's body from the lake Saturday afternoon. Bonnett says Ellis is believed to have been swimming in the area near the Mandeville harbor.
Toxicology tests are pending. An exact cause of death remains under investigation.
Bonnett said Monday that there were no obvious signs of foul play.
We travel to the Northshore for holiday-inspired ideas for your weekend. Conversation with Jennifer Bushnell, Arts Coordinator for the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. More info on Northshore events can be found on the website stpgov.org