Volume 138 Number 9 - Mar 03, 2011

News

Flu season heats up as weather warms
State Representative Gary Smith receives his flu shot at the St. Charles Community Health Center. The flu season is still in full-swing despite warm spring temperatures rolling into the area.

Full bridge closure scheduled for back-to-back weekends
The Hale Boggs Bridge will be closed for two weekends later this month as work continues on a $32 million cable replacement project.

More charges filed in St. Rose murder
Disabled woman killed when home set on fire
Additional charges have been brought against two people arrested in connection with the violent murder of a disabled 88-year-old St. Rose woman.

New system helps police locate stolen bikes, ATVs
Quick registration on Sheriff’s Office Web site
Because they are routinely the target of theft, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has initiated an online registration program for all bicycles, ATVs and golf carts.

School insurance rises by $1.7M after high number of claims
Since 1988, the St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ health insurance costs have gone up by over 650 percent. And this year is no exception, with the School Board voting last week to renew its health insurance plan with Humana at an increase of about $1.7 million.

Schools’ accounts payable will no longer run in paper
St. Charles Parish Schools went paperless last week in time for the Feb. 23 School Board meeting, and will now run all accounts payable and other information online.

Wagon floats, crazy costumes greet parents at school parades
Students at several schools will parade on Friday. Some of the students design their own floats and are accompanied by bands. Adults will not be the only ones celebrating Carnival this week. Schools across the parish will be hosting their own Mardi Gras parades on Friday, March 4, that the community can support.


Sports

Success of Bassmaster Classic brings fishermen to St. Charles waterways
By Bruce McDonald
Lake Cataouatche has become a household name across the bass nation federation after the Bassmaster Classic.
Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show starts March 11
From staff and wire reports
This year, the 32nd Annual Louisiana Sportsmen's Show & Festival will be held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13.
Gymnast earns her medals
From staff and wire reports
Katie Kunkel, a gymnast for Elmwood gymnastics and a student at Mimosa Park elementary, recently competed at the Edgewater Classic Gymnastics Meet in Panama City Beach Florida on Feb. 18th.

Our View

Detours ahead for residents
St. Charles Parish residents will have to detour in the weekends ahead to get from one end of their parish to the other.




Lifestyles

Celebrate Mardi Gras with handmade traditional umbrellas
By Michelle Stuckey
Umbrellas have been intertwined with the history of Mardi Gras and Second Lining, and now a local woman is helping to bring the tradition to locals.
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Congratulations to Claire Crutti, a senior at Hahnville High School and a current S.T.A.R. (Students Teaching and Reaching) team member at the Satellite Center, who was named the 2010-2011 S.T.A.R. Student of the Year.
LSU AgCenter: Too early to fertilize your lawn
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter
Local named to college Dean’s list
From staff and wire reports
Joshua C. Levkowitz, a resident of Destrehan, has recently been named to the Dean's List at Boston University for the Fall semester.

Obituaries

Zeringue
Marian Mae Champagne Zeringue, 84, was entrusted to God’s loving care on Feb. 20, 2011 in Luling. She was a resident of Luling and lifelong parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Luling.
Justice
Tysen Scott Justice, nine months, passed away on Feb. 9, 2011 in Luling.