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Ku Klux Klan lifts its ugly head
November 20, 2008 at 11:33 am
Just when we thought the slimy robes of the Ku Klux Klan had disappeared into irrelevance, bang goes a pistol and it lifts its ugly head again. Not since the days that David Duke dominated the headlines had we even thought about the evils injected into society by those bands of white hooded misfits.

Electoral system is very outdated
November 06, 2008 at 9:04 am
Now that the election is over, it is perhaps time to start thinking about reforming the electoral system. To say it is outdated is a gross understatement.

Amendment checklist
October 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm
St. Charles Herald-Guide does not endorse individual candidates for public office since, in a small community such as St. Charles, candidate-choice is influenced heavily by friendships and relationships. But we do offer suggestions on proposed constitutional amendments.

Should airport be privatized?
October 15, 2008 at 11:55 am
A new possibility has come forth on what to do about the ownership and management of Louis Armstrong International Airport. The City of New Orleans which owns it and the State of Louisiana have been investigating the possibility of the state buying it since it is a regional airport serving all of southeast Louisiana and the city can use the money.

Why can’t campaigns be more civilized?
October 08, 2008 at 11:25 am
It’s strange seeing Sen. Mary Landrieu and State Treasurer John Kennedy smiling at each other while shaking hands before their first debate Monday in Baton Rouge. The way they have been tearing each other apart in their political advertising, we’re sure the pictures do not represent their feelings.

Are feds capable of solving crisis
October 01, 2008 at 11:04 am
What a week this has been. After finding out that our economy was about to go into turmoil, Pres. George W. Bush developed a plan that would put $700 billion on the table to be used in the emergency - - to be paid back later, of course, which did not fit the description of a “bailout” as it was called. But anyhow, that word caused its demise and we were back to part one.

Festive weekend ahead in St. Charles
September 24, 2008 at 11:24 am
Get ready for a festive weekend in St. Charles Parish coming up. The 29th annual Alligator Festival will bring crowds of funlovers to the West Bank bridge park, offering alligator sauce piquante and other delicious cuisine as well as good music, dancing, rides and a chance to socialize with their neighbors and visitors.

Bayou Gauche waits for the next one
September 17, 2008 at 12:03 pm
Riding in an airboat through flooded sections of Bayou Gauche island can be a humbling experience after a major storm has roared through and done considerable damage to homes, property and families. Gliding along the water-logged highways, passing house after house submerged beneath water can make anyone wonder how the residents who live on the island will cope with rebuilding and piecing their lives back together after a storm.

Lots of risk involved in hiring lobbyist
August 27, 2008 at 12:50 pm
St. Charles Parish President V. J. St Pierre has asked the council to approve his decision to hire a lobbyist to secure funds for parish projects. It's an idea that's never been tried before in the parish.

Council gives property owners tax break
August 20, 2008 at 11:00 am
The St. Charles Parish Council agreed with residents and decided to roll back millage rates. That made some taxing districts unhappy, some concerned and some indifferent.

Schools can’t roll back too far
August 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm
While rolling up the St. Charles Parish Public Schools state constitutional tax would only cost resident anywhere from 25 cents to $2.93 a year, the high cost of everything from gas to food makes even that amount hard for residents to part with.

One woman battle
August 06, 2008 at 1:48 pm
Pending litigation, questions over money and a library closure that some East Bank residents never saw coming, marks the start of a battle for one St. Charles Parish resident.

Waiting patiently for a decision
July 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm
There are three different ways that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers can build a levee as part of the West Bank Hurricane Vicinity Project to protect residents from dangerous storms.

Councilman wants town hall meeting to end the violence
July 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm
Ask anyone who lives on Meadows Drive in Destrehan what they're concerned about right now and it definitely won't be the gas prices.

Jindal tries to head state the right way
July 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm
Gov. Bobby Jindal has done an unheard of thing this week. He used line item vetoes to eliminate some 250 legislative earmarks from the state budget.

No credit, no medical care
July 09, 2008 at 1:36 pm
It's been a battle the hospital has been trying to win. St. Charles Parish CEO Fred Martinez says the hospital goes before the council each year to borrow money just to offset the costs of the 30 percent of their visitors who don’t pay their hospital bills.

Supt. Bob Rice served us well
July 02, 2008 at 1:27 pm
It shocked some residents of St. Charles Parish when the school board hired an out-of-parisher - - and out-of-stater - - to be superintendent of schools here back in the 1970s.

Employment shortage or not?
June 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm
All over the country, the cries and woes of financial difficulties echo from almost every corner. Rising gas prices, grocery bills, and home foreclosures bring to the forefront news that the economy is in trouble - or is it?

St. Rose Tavern relocates to historic New Sarpy landmark
St. Rose Tavern relocates to historic New Sarpy landmark
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The historic St. Rose Tavern is preparing to reopen in New Sarpy after the family that ran the restaurant was evicted from the building that served as their home in St. Rose for 60 years.