The unemployment rate in St. Charles Parish jumped from 3.6 percent to 4.2 percent in the last year. A new Nucor Steel plant, which produces carbon and alloy steel products (above), could help reduce that number. Jobless rate increases
October 15, 2008 at 11:00 am
Unemployment continues to rise in St. Charles, St. James and St. John Parishes, but some relief may soon be on the way after Nucor Steel decided to build a $2 billion plant in St. James.

A merger of the administrative and council servers will save $20,000, Kendall Stall says. Server merger: Money saver or home invader?
October 15, 2008 at 9:11 am
Kendall Stall, the parish's Information Technology director, plans to merge the council's e-mail server with the parish administration’s e-mail server, which means that his department will have access to council members’ home computers.

Gregory Dufrene, Jr. swapped his wife Brandi for a ballerina from California. The results of the two-week social experiment will be broadcast on ABC on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Des Allemands family to appear on ABC show
October 15, 2008 at 9:11 am
A Louisiana bayou mama and a tutu-toting California princess swapped lives and families for two weeks. Brandi and Gregory Dufrene, Jr., of Des Allemands, and Monique and Mike Melton, of Huntington Beach, Calif., were participants on the reality television show “Wife Swap” that will air Oct. 24 on the ABC network.

The Spillway Road should be completely repaired by mid-October or early November. Spillway Road repair delayed
October 15, 2008 at 9:02 am
Work to repair the Spillway Road got underway the week of Sept. 29 after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike delayed the project, with the road set to be complete by mid-October or early November depending on weather conditions.

Parish native charged with murder of Va. man
October 15, 2008 at 9:01 am
A Des Allemands native has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 53-year-old man in Accomack County, Va.

Lauren Lemmon reacts with joy after learning that she had won the 29th Judicial District’s Division D seat. Plenty of supporters give Lemmon aid, decisive win
October 15, 2008 at 9:01 am
Hahnville lawyer Lauren Lemmon won the 29th Judicial District’s Division D seat on Oct. 4 after capturing 56 percent of the vote and knocking off incumbent Judge Kirk Granier.

Destrehan thumps Hahnville 33-7 Destrehan thumps Hahnville 33-7
October 10, 2008 at 8:54 am
Destrehan struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, but exploded in the second on their way to a 33-7 victory that keeps them undefeated at 5-0.

Residents in Fashion Plantation say the development of a new subdivision will make their homes more prone to flooding. Don’t build here
October 08, 2008 at 4:48 pm
A group of Hahnville residents oppose the development of a subdivision they believe will destroy valuable wetlands that help limit flooding in their neighborhood.

HHS vs. DHS to stream live on the Internet Friday night
October 08, 2008 at 12:45 pm
On Friday, Oct. 10th the Hahnville and Destrehan TV Productions courses will be working with the Satellite Center’s Advanced TV Broadcasting and WebQuil courses to create a live streaming production for the web.

The ConnectED service allows school administrators to record, schedule, send and track voice messages to students, parents and staff in minutes. During Hurricane Gustav, the system called 136,816 numbers. Schools’ calling system shines during evacuation
October 08, 2008 at 11:23 am
The St. Charles Parish public schools’ communication system proved its value during Hurricane Gustav, calling 136,816 numbers to inform parents of closings and when schools would re-open as soon as a mandatory evacuation was called.

Flu vaccine should be given to all school-aged children
October 08, 2008 at 11:21 am
More people are expected to take the flu vaccine than ever before after the Centers for Disease Control decided to increase the recommended age for vaccination to those from 6 months old to 18 years. The previous recommended age group were those between 6 months and 5 years.

The 16-bed Luling Rehabilitation Hospital provides a complete range of intensive therapy programs to prevent and minimize chronic disabilities. Luling Rehab Hospital settles into new wing
October 08, 2008 at 11:20 am
Luling Rehabilitation Hospital represents a different approach to rehabilitation by assisting patients in rebuilding their lives after an illness or injury - a service that has come full circle since the center first opened its doors eight years ago.

Man charged with holding 80-year-old against his will
October 08, 2008 at 8:55 am
In August of 2007, frequent sexual encounters between an 80-year-old man and two young females eventually led to the Norco man being held against his will and having his vehicle stolen.

Parish officials helped break ground last week at the site of the new East Regional Library. New library site does have contaminants, LDEQ says
October 08, 2008 at 8:55 am
The soil where the East Bank Regional Library in Destrehan will be built contains two different kinds of chemical contaminatants, according to documentation provided by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

Deloe Home Builder Ron Brown says banks just aren’t making loans like they used to. Credit freeze hurting builders
October 08, 2008 at 8:55 am
The President and CEO of First American Bank, which has five branches in St. Charles Parish, believes the bailout of the U.S. financial system won't impact his local bank.
Bank president Frank Bourgeois says the problems began with larger national lenders and the decline of the housing market.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade takes independent air samples using a five-gallon bucket with a hand-pumped vacuum. Brigade keeping the air clean one bucket at a time
October 08, 2008 at 8:55 am
If you happen to see a bucket, plastic bag and vacuum hanging from a fence in a neighbor’s yard, don't be alarmed - it might just be someone taking an air sample for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Parish workers get job and G.E.D.
October 08, 2008 at 8:54 am
A shortage of parish workers and a list of major projects that were running behind schedule forced St. Charles Parish administrative leaders to come up with an unusual idea that would eliminate both problems. With the support of Parish President V. J. St. Pierre, parish officials began hiring applicants on a temporary basis who had no high school diploma or G.E.D.

Destrehan, Hahnville both blowout opponents
October 03, 2008 at 10:07 pm
Destrehan took an early lead and never looked back as they ran all over John Ehret 35-6. The win moved the Wildcats to 4-0 on the season and gave them a resounding victory over a team that was ranked No. 4 in the state.

Destrehan bests Hahnville behind Granier's 4 TDs
Destrehan bests Hahnville behind Granier's 4 TDs
Behind four Kohen Granier touchdown passes and a strong second-half defensive effort, Destrehan defeated host Hahnville Friday night, 48-23.