After 64 years, business closing doors After 64 years, business closing doors
July 31, 2008 at 9:33 am
With roots stretching back to the early 1940s, Great Southern Furniture has helped define St. Charles Parish for generations.

The InBoxes will have three new additions this year, the most important being a new and improved emergency guide. Schools make additions to award-winning InBox program
July 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm
In what has become an annual tradition, several workers gathered last week to “stuff” the InBoxes for students of the St. Charles Parish public school district.

Fight against crime from comfort of own neighborhood
July 30, 2008 at 12:17 pm
Local sheriff's offices are once again calling on neighborhoods to show they care about their community by participating in the National Night Out Against Crime.

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.

Landowner cancels plans for controversial lake in Bayou Gauche
Landowner cancels plans for controversial lake in Bayou Gauche
Bayou Gauche community residents had barraged the St. Charles Parish Planning Commission with questions, a town meeting was scheduled to address them and then landowner Cecil Sumners withdrew his permit application Tuesday for the lake that drew all this attention.

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