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Think positive about the season that lies ahead
May 31, 2006 at 2:42 pm
As if you didn’t know already, today is the first day of hurricane season. It is the day many have been dreading for months.

It used to not be that way. We looked forward to June 1 as the beginning of vacation time when kids are out of school and families have more freedom to take trips to the beach and to Disneyworld.

Southeast Louisiana needs unified approach
May 24, 2006 at 12:14 pm
Now that the New Orleans area has gotten politics out of the way, it is time to get down to the business of unifying southeast Louisiana into a big and effective metropolitan area.

Newspaper of Year award
May 17, 2006 at 2:56 pm
It was a gala luncheon, to say the least, last Friday in Baton Rouge when Louisiana Press Association named St. Charles Herald-Guide as Newspaper of the Year in its category.

Fish will become our Navy to defend us from mosquitos
May 10, 2006 at 1:49 pm
When we reflect on how beautiful St. Charles Parish is, we think about its great outdoors that Mother Nature has blessed with an abundance of trees, wild plants and wildlife.

Levee route through parish still undetermined
May 03, 2006 at 12:02 pm
The good news is that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a hurricane protection levee along the west bank of the Mississippi River from Plaquemines Parish through St. Charles to Donaldsonville.

Closing MR-GO would be cost-effective
April 26, 2006 at 12:08 pm
We keep reading that it is not cost-effective to completely close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet - - MR-GO as it is better known - - which has been blamed for much of the erosion of Southeast Louisiana’s wetlands.

Water improvement financing an important matter
April 12, 2006 at 11:09 am
St.Charles Parish Council is considering a bold new plan to finance the improvements made necessary to its water system made by the increase of population and greater use by industry as the parish grows. It remains to be seen whether or not this plan is the right way to go about it, considering that the big users will virtually pay all of the cost of the upgrade.

New plant to boost economy in the area
April 05, 2006 at 2:56 pm
It's unusual to hear of a major company moving a plant from another state into Louisiana, as it's usually the other way around. For far too long, the state and the region has struggled to court business. Often the sight is business, industry and talented personnel leaving Louisiana for better opportunities.

We’ve learned a lot of lessons with Katrina
March 29, 2006 at 1:16 pm
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to make people do the right things. Such a tragedy was Hurricane Katrina. And many good things hopefully are coming about as a result.

West bank of parish needs quick attention
March 15, 2006 at 2:49 pm
Residents of the west bank of St. Charles Parish can take solace in the fact that there is still some acreage left between its southernmost subdivisions and the Gulf of Mexico. But this stretch of deteriorating wetlands is all that stands between their inundation when a hurricane comes.

New Orleans campaign should be positive
March 08, 2006 at 12:13 pm
With more than 20 candidates in the race for mayor of the city next door and less than 2 months in which to state their cases, prepare yourself for a deluge of ideas, judgments, propaganda and criticisms to unfold.

Mardi Gras serves a great purpose
March 01, 2006 at 11:59 am
Mardi Gras has come and gone and must go down in history as one of the most successful.

Not that the floats were more beautiful than ever. Not that the costumes were more dazzling and spectacular. Not that the beads were glitzier.

West bank of parish remains vulnerable
February 22, 2006 at 1:40 pm
The special legislative session that ended last week did a good job of compromising. Instead of forming one levee board for the entire metropolitan area, it formed two, one for each side of the river.

Coastal restoration work needed NOW!
February 15, 2006 at 1:19 pm
Before Hurricane Katrina, the coast of Louisiana was disappearaing at a rate of up to 50 square miles a year. And now the news is out that, in one day, Katrina took another 118 square miles of coast away.

Trash Bash
February 09, 2006 at 12:10 pm
Admittedly, we have had a lot of Hurricane Katrina-related trash in addition to regular trash to pick up in St. Charles Parish since the storm tore up thousands of trees and branches and portions of many structures. So it is somewhat understandable that we would have somewhat of a trash problem.

President continues with very big agenda
February 01, 2006 at 1:32 pm
Pres. George W. Bush didn’t waste many words on the salvation of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast after Katrina in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Indeed, he put forth only 163 words out of thousands in our direction.

St. Charles Parish schools struggle to fill high-paying bus driver positions
St. Charles Parish schools struggle to fill high-paying bus driver positions
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St. Charles Parish Public Schools is facing continued struggles in getting replacement bus drivers to sign on with the school system.