New parish talk show debuts on channel 6

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Renee Simpson

‘St. Charles Parish Today’ is a local talk show that takes viewers inside parish government and the month’s hot topics. It can be seen at 5 p.m. daily unless pre-empted by a live public meeting.

Topics this month include the ongoing parish road maintenance program, recreation summer camp and a tour of the new east regional library branch in Destrehan.
Public Information Officer Renee Allemand Simpson hosts and produces the show.

Guests on the debut episode are Parks and Recreation Director Duane Foret, Assistant Director Theresa Theriot, Public Works Engineer Lee Zeringue and library staff members Robin Bourgeois and Chase Chauffe.

Public Information Assistant Dwan Pitre serves as assistant producer, and Public Information Videographer Melanie Worrall produces and edits the show. The show is filmed in-studio at the Satellite Center in Luling with generous support from Albert Dupont and the Center’s student staffers.

To watch the show online or suggest discussion topics for future shows, visit Look for a new edition in the beginning of each month.

Summer camp
deadline extended
Parents of children ages 5 to 12 have until June 1 to register for recreation summer camp.

The six-week camp runs from June 7 - July 15. A wide range of activities include team sports, arts and crafts, board games, music, talent show participation, outdoor activities, movie time, field trips and much more.

Fees are only $100 per camper plus the purchase of a camp T-shirt. The recreation department, in conjunction with Caring Strategies, also offers mini-camps and services for special needs children ages 5 to 15.

For more information or to register, visit or call (985) 783-5090.

Find oil spill info online
While St. Charles Parish has remained out of the forecast area of the massive Gulf oil spill, residents can still utilize the parish Web site for information.

The St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center has been monitoring the events of the oil spill since it started. St. Charles has been included in the planning process, and officials stand behind mitigation efforts of our neighbors.
Emergency operations personnel are in the process of doing secondary response planning should it become necessary to protect our marshes as this event continues to unfold.

EOC is continuing to monitor the situation and remains in constant contact with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, regional emergency preparedness partners and parish governments to our south.

Posted information includes a daily forecast map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showing the spread of the oil slick. Web users can also get information on applying for oil spill-related jobs and assistance available through the U.S. Small Business Association.

Emergency Operations staff members are also versed in the latest information on the oil spill response and can be reached at (985) 783-5050 24 hours a day.

Go to and click on ‘Oil Spill Information’ under ‘Notifications.’

Renee Allemand Simpson serves as public information officer for St. Charles Parish. She can be reached at (985) 783-5183 or

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