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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?

A taxing problem?
June 18, 2008 at 11:33 am
It's a battle the St. Charles Parish tax assessor has been fighting for years in an attempt to lower our property taxes.

First 100 days going well
June 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm
The ink is barely dry on some newly appointed parish administrative employees' contracts and yet they seem to be leaving their posts. What's going on?

Grain dust is big problem in St. Charles Parish
June 04, 2008 at 11:35 am
While some St. Charles Parish residents complain about the impact of grain dust on their property, like houses, cars and lawns, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is equally concerned about the health impacts of workers exposed to the grain dust on a regular basis.

Council not expected to agree on everything
May 28, 2008 at 3:06 pm
It's been officially 100 days since the new council members and parish president took office in St. Charles Parish.

St. Charles Council talking trash - Say they were left in dark about change in garbage collection
St. Charles Council talking trash - Say they were left in dark about change in garbage collection
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A pilot program initiated in January by Progressive Waste Solutions had St. Charles Parish Council members questioning why they weren’t aware of it and whether they were signing off on a contract change.