Change in minimum wage has minimum impact
August 20, 2008 at 10:58 am
Though the federal minimum wage recently rose by 70 cents, only 2 percent of the nation's workforce experienced a pay increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dog-saving Lieutenant graduates from FBI academy Dog-saving Lieutenant graduates from FBI academy
August 20, 2008 at 10:56 am
Lt. Ricky Oubre, who is known for saving dogs from animal shelters throughout the southeastern part of the state and training them for police work, graduated from the FBI National Academy Program.

Parish levee projects receive funds
August 20, 2008 at 9:32 am
The Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority agreed to use a $300 million surplus in its 2007 budget to provide funding for several coastal restoration and hurricane levee protection projects. Two of those projects will affect St. Charles Parish.

The amount of time the project had to be advertised for bid, along with a second rise in water levels, has delayed repairs to the Spillway Road. Spillway Road repairs behind schedule
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am
Buses full of school children are being forced to use the dangerous Airline Highway because the Spillway Road is still closed, though the parish will soon begin work to repair it.

David Weidner, co-owner of Magnolia Fleet Barge Company, did not attend a town hall meeting about his company’s barge expansion. Because of that, residents left the meeting with their questions still unanswered. Barge owner a no-show at Destrehan town hall meeting
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am
District III Councilwoman Wendy Benedetto says she plans to ask for the cooperation of Magnolia Fleet Barge Company co-owner David Weidner in answering the questions and concerns of the Destrehan community.

FEMA and the Coast Guard will make a final sweep of the parish’s waterways to cleanup debris like limbs or objects underwater. Operation Clean Sweep begins
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am
The waterways of St. Charles Parish will finally be rid of hurricane debris. That's because FEMA has partnered with the Louisiana Coast Guard to do one final sweep and make sure the rivers and bayous are free of Hurricane Rita and Katrina remnants that could pose a safety hazard.

Joggers, walkers and cyclist will soon be able to take the Mississippi River bike trail all the way to New Sarpy and Norco - thanks to the extension of the trail. Mississippi River bike trail to extend to Apple Street
August 13, 2008 at 6:52 pm
Cyclist, roller skaters and joggers who have enjoyed the use of the bicycle path in Destrehan will reap the benefit of an extended trail.

Self-taught photographer opens full-service studio Self-taught photographer opens full-service studio
August 13, 2008 at 12:24 pm
Becoming a photographer has always been a dream for Luling's Melissa Perret. With the help and inspiration of her fiancee, Brennen Friloux, and the opening of their photography business - These Are The Moments Photography - that dream has finally come true.

The wait for some kind of barrier to prevent accidents along the deadly stretch of Airline Highway might be over. Senate President Joel Chaisson II recently got $1 million to use towards the construction of a barrier. Louisiana Chaisson secures $1 million for Airline Highway barrier
August 13, 2008 at 9:14 am
For years, residents struggled to understand why some type of barrier was not put in place along Airline Highway to prevent the numerous fatalities that have occurred there.

Rape victim speaks out Rape victim speaks out
August 13, 2008 at 9:14 am
A local woman that was allegedly beaten and raped by her husband says that she went through a similar ordeal a little over a month before, and the combination of both attacks has left her depressed and unable to work.

Not all businesses take off sales tax
August 13, 2008 at 9:14 am
The sales tax holiday came and went in the parish, providing a much-needed boost for some local businesses while leaving others with only a slight increase in sales.

Citizens against tax increase
August 13, 2008 at 9:14 am
Rolling up the school district's state constitutional tax from 4.01 mills to 4.1 mills would give the schools $84,000, while only costing residents anywhere from 25 cents to $2.93 a year, according to Jim Melohn, the school systems comptroller.

Entergy says that paying for the expansion now will benefit customers in the long-run. Entergy wants customers to pony up for plant expansion
August 13, 2008 at 9:13 am
The hot and sticky summer weather won't be going away anytime soon, and neither will those high energy bills that most residents have been complaining about.

Councilman Marcus Lambert said the state’s Board of Ethics cleared him to work at the TransLoad America landfill. However, the board says that’s not the case. Ethics board didn’t clear Lambert
August 13, 2008 at 9:13 am
Councilman Marcus Lambert, who was recently hired by the TransLoad America, Inc. landfill in Killona, did not seek a formal written opinion from the Louisiana Board of Ethics before he accepted his sales job this summer.

The Lorios were all set to move into their brand new home, but discovered that it had been vandalized the night before the big move. Not only were the windows, columns and garage all spray-painted on, but the family’s driveway was also vandalized. A porti Vandals attack family's dream home
August 06, 2008 at 1:45 pm
A Hahnville family’s dream home was vandalized on July 31, the night before the husband, wife and young child were set to move in.

Community activist Gwen Dufrene sits in her mom’s small trailer in Bayou Gauche and looks over a bevy of documents on the new East Bank Regional Library. Dufrene has been fighting against the library’s construction and that has Library architect sues activist
August 06, 2008 at 9:23 am
The architect responsible for designing what will be the new East Bank Regional Library has filed a lawsuit against long-time community activist and Bayou Gauche resident Gwen Dufrene for defamation of character.

Parish cancels Shread contract
August 06, 2008 at 9:22 am
Back in February, the parish hired an engineering firm to examine all of its contracts to determine if those that received them were the most qualified. Five months later, that audit has led to a cancelled contract.

Bus system to roll by October
August 06, 2008 at 9:22 am
A bus transit system that will pick up residents at their homes and transport them to destinations across the parish and into Kenner should be up and running by October, according to River Parishes Transit Authority Chairman Brent Petit.

Rotary of St. Charles’ surprise Thanksgiving baskets give hope
Rotary of St. Charles’ surprise Thanksgiving baskets give hope
When the basket of food arrived, Trinika King was stunned and grateful over the timing of the gift.