Funeral home giving away free phone cards to soldiers
July 30, 2008 at 12:15 pm
For men and women serving in the military, the opportunities to talk to family members or loved ones are few and far between, especially if they are stationed overseas.

Southern Scrap moving in
July 30, 2008 at 9:34 am
Because of the pending closure of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MR-GO), Southern Scrap is relocating from New Orleans to St. Charles Parish in a move that will retain 150 jobs and generate 100 new ones in the region over the next three years.

Twin sisters Gina (far left) and Judy (far right) Caillouet flank Warren Williams and his wife during a gathering to honor the sisters for their heroism. The twins pulled Williams, who couldn’t swim, out of the Airline Highway canal. Twins save man from drowning
July 30, 2008 at 9:33 am
Fraternal twin sisters Judy and Gina Caillouet don't want anyone to call them heroes. But during a summer rainstorm last Friday, the two Caillouet sisters risked their lives when they interlocked arms and slipped into the deadly waters along Airline Highway to save a stranger's life.

A dump truck leaves the Killona landfill. The new owners of the landfill, Transload America, want to expand. The council shot down a similar expansion last year. They’re Back
July 30, 2008 at 9:33 am
Angry residents showed up by the dozens at a Parish Council meeting last July to protest the expansion of the landfill in Killona because it would place the site closer to their homes.

More barges could soon creep into the Destrehan area if the Corps allows Magnolia Fleet Barge Company to expand. Barging in On Destrehan
July 30, 2008 at 9:33 am
Magnolia Fleet Barge Company wants permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand the number of barges it has along the Mississippi River in Destrehan.

Because of recent work on the Davis Pond Diversion, the Corps is turning their attention to the second alignment. ‘Unforeseen obstacles’ halt levee project
July 30, 2008 at 8:16 am
Plans to pick a levee alignment for the West Bank Vicinity Hurricane Protection project have stalled.

Louisiana State Troopers have just begun using Tasers within the last year, and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office might allow patrol division deputies to be equipped with the device. Sheriff’s Office considers Tasers
July 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm
More than 5,000 police agencies all across the country purchased Taser stun guns for their officers last year. The Louisiana State Police was one of those agencies, and now the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office has followed suit with the limited use of the stun guns by some of its deputies.

Parish’s oldest clothing boutique still fashion savvy Parish’s oldest clothing boutique still fashion savvy
July 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm
The doors of St. Charles Parish’s oldest clothing boutique first opened in the spring of 1974 when Bob and Millie Derveloy took over a small and newly-opened shop called The Foxy Lady Boutique.

Ethel Schoeffner Principal Mary Schmidt was actually a journalism major, but because that might have forced her to give up her scholarship, she switched to special education. Ethel Schoeffner principal eyes that fourth star
July 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm
Change has been a constant throughout Ethel Schoeffner Principal Mary Schmidt's life and career. Not only has the veteran educator been around for the construction of both New Sarpy Elementary and the school she now heads, but she also saw St. Charles Parish develop from a rural outgrowth of New Orleans into a burgeoning area of its own.

Luling’s Thomas Pitre (shown now and during his time of service) still had nightmares years after his time in Vietnam was over. Luling Vietnam vet still dealing with pain, heartache of serving
July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am
Imagine being forced to leave home and dropped right in the middle of a battle overseas only to return three years later to face indifference from some people and indignation from others.

Brazen gunmen target St. Rose
July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am
A 37-year-old LaPlace man told deputies that he was tied up, had a gun put to his head and saw the trigger get pulled twice before the gunman walked away laughing with $630 and credit cards.

Concert hopes to spread awareness of teen dating violence through music Concert hopes to spread awareness of teen dating violence through music
July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am
Teen dating violence is a huge problem across the nation, with some teens even experiencing that abuse every single day. Because this abuse doesn't differentiate between gender or age, the United Way of St. Charles is hoping to spread awareness in a way that all teens understand - through music.

Councilman Billy Raymond talks with Kimberly Mitchell about ways the single mother would like to see Meadows Drive improved. After a recent drive-by shooting in the area, Raymond wants a town hall meeting. Tackling violence head-on
July 23, 2008 at 9:31 am
On a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon, District 1 Councilman Billy Raymond walked through Meadows Drive and talked to residents in the community about various ways to improve the area. Raymond and residents have been concerned ever since a drive-by shooting occurred there two weeks ago.

The FEMA trailer where Councilman Larry Cochran’s mother allegedly stayed. Were fire station’s actions criminal?
July 23, 2008 at 9:31 am
An investigation into allegations of misuse of funds at the St. Rose Fire Department is over. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says that his office's investigation is complete and the police report was submitted to District Attorney Harry Morel's office three weeks ago.

Louise Bearden has been in the service industry for over 50 years and has given a lot of welcome advice during that time. ‘Mama Lou’ - a Shoney’s staple
July 17, 2008 at 11:10 am
Every morning at exactly 4 a.m., Louise Bearden, affectionately called ‘Mama Lou’ by most visitors who come to dine at the Shoney’s in Boutte, comes to work with a smile on her face, ready to wait tables.

Tom Candies (right) shows off a couple crabs that he caught last week while Randall Rome (left) looks on. Candies and many other fishermen have had to modify their catch in order to stay afloat during the slow season. A fisherman’s tale
July 17, 2008 at 10:10 am
It’s been a slow year for commercial fishermen on the bayous of St. Charles Parish, and the escalating fuel costs and downtrodden economy aren’t helping.

Library needs more money
July 17, 2008 at 10:09 am
The architect in charge of designing the new East Regional Library, Norman Chenevert, met with the St. Charles Parish Council's Legislative Committee to ask for additional money to complete the building.

Sheriff’s Office sets ‘high standards’ for graduates
July 17, 2008 at 9:07 am
There are very few professions where any single individual can have a dramatic impact on the lives of everyone around them. Thirty St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, who graduated from the police academy last month, will now have that opportunity.

Physician Spotlight - Dr. Brett Hymel
Physician Spotlight - Dr. Brett Hymel
With a growing practice and return to his native St. Charles Parish, Dr. Brett Hymel specializes in gastroenterology (GI) and will begin seeing patients in the area on July 23.

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