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The community clean-up effort in St. Rose required the use of heavy equipment donated by Shelley Tastet. Knock'em Down
July 09, 2008 at 9:56 am
They’ve knocked down old houses, destroyed rusted out trailers, picked up trash and cleared high weeds simply because they want their community to be beautiful again like it was years before.

The parish’s nine Head Start buses should all be air-conditioned by January. The photo above shows what the retrofitted buses could look like inside. School Board decides buses too ‘cool’ for school
July 02, 2008 at 1:17 pm
Young children heading to school next year will find their ride a little more enjoyable after the St. Charles Parish School Board's Transportation Committee went ahead with plans to air-condition nine Head Start buses.

All the members of the Fields family have chipped in to open up Four Re’s Delight, which went into business on July 2. They are (back row, L-R) Terry, Robin, Reanda, Rechelle, Rea, Megan (front row, L-R) Tyisha, Chey, Courtney and Durrell. Family opens snowball stand, youth center
July 02, 2008 at 1:15 pm
The doors of the parish’s newest concession stand, Four Re’s Delight, opened on July 2, offering residents a wide variety of tasty snowball flavors to help beat the summer heat.

Former head of schools Rice dies during lung transplant Former head of schools Rice dies during lung transplant
July 02, 2008 at 10:59 am
Former St. Charles Parish Superintendent Dr. Robert Rice, 69, passed away from complications associated with a lung transplant on June 21, but he won't be forgotten by many in the parish. Especially when people recall how he helped calm racial tensions after the murder of Timothy Weber.

Tragedy in Des Allemands Tragedy in Des Allemands
July 02, 2008 at 9:51 am
Just 30 short minutes before 29-year-old Pasquinel "Creature Man" Duran died, he was with his family. After all, it was a time for celebration - it was the young fisherman’s birthday.

St. Pierre: Parish vehicles   costing too much money St. Pierre: Parish vehicles costing too much money
July 02, 2008 at 9:51 am
Some parish workers will no longer be able to take their government-owned vehicles home with them anymore because it was costing tax payers too much money.

The Spillway Road is used by buses to carry children to school. Because the road is damaged, 321 students had to use the dangerous Airline Highway during the end of the year. Spillway Road should be fixed before school starts
July 02, 2008 at 9:51 am
For a majority of the year, the Bonnet Carré Spillway road serves as a pathway to school for 321 students each and every weekday. The opening of the spillway changed all that, and because the road took on extensive damage, the buses that carry those students were forced to use the dangerous Airline Highway after the opening.

Freckles is a 3-year-old lab mix that can sniff out bodies. Deputy saves dog, trains him to search for dead bodies
July 02, 2008 at 9:51 am
While they may be known as "man's best friend," St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy Ricky Oubre is quickly becoming theirs.

Caldwell: Bunge has right to expand
July 02, 2008 at 9:51 am
Residents waiting patiently for word on the Bunge grain elevator decision won't be happy. The state’s attorney general, Buddy Caldwell, recently offered his opinion and said that the grain elevator has the right to expand.

Learning disabled students face extra difficulties without diploma Learning disabled students face extra difficulties without diploma
June 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm
For many graduates from Hahnville and Destrehan, life is full of promise and possibility because those students have a high school diploma in their hands.

Where are the children?
June 25, 2008 at 1:36 pm
All of the lights were out and the glass doors to the River Parish YMCA Youth Center on Paul Maillard Road were closed during the day - vacant of activity or children.

Free music cost parents big bucks Free music cost parents big bucks
June 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Thousands of kids and adults in St. Charles Parish are breaking the law every time they download music using free sites like LimeWire and BearShare.

Government jobs empty
June 25, 2008 at 1:32 pm
The St. Charles Parish Public Works Department needs 22 workers to help complete parish projects, but no one is applying for the jobs despite the promise of stability and other benefits packages.

Clothing boutique getting parish ready for the ‘runway’ Clothing boutique getting parish ready for the ‘runway’
June 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm
If indulging in the latest clothes and fashion accessories, like trendy handbags and shoes, is at the top of your to-do list, then look no further than Destrehan’s newest boutique, Runway Clothing, Shoes and Accessories.

Who’s watching who? Who’s watching who?
June 25, 2008 at 9:52 am
The St. Charles Parish government has the authority to view their employee’s email and Internet history because of an agreement those workers signed when they were first hired.

The sewage treatment facility in Hahnville is running out of room to handle sewage in the West Bank due to increased expansion in the area. Herman Cortez Jr. (above) serves as the technician for the plant. Expansion creating sewage headaches
June 25, 2008 at 9:52 am
Business construction on the West Bank is stretching the wastewater system’s ability to handle sewage, leading to concerns that a new treatment facility might be needed.

Director says subsurface drainage won’t solve parish’s flood problems
June 25, 2008 at 9:52 am
Some neighborhoods in the parish that have experienced flooding seem to believe that the installation of subsurface drainage would solve the problem.

Help wanted signs are popping up across the parish. ‘Help Wanted’ signs of trouble
June 25, 2008 at 9:52 am
The nation’s unemployment rate spiked to 5.5 percent in May, which was the biggest one-month jump in decades and caused help wanted signs to vanish in almost every area of the country.

St. Charles Parish DA made strong example of man who ‘stomped’ Chihuahua
St. Charles Parish DA made strong example of man who ‘stomped’ Chihuahua
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St. Charles District Attorney Joel Chiasson II said the five-year sentence handed down to Rashard C. Poche was intended to send a loud message to anyone who might even think of mistreating an animal in the future: it simply will not be tolerated.