FEMA nears cleanup completion FEMA nears cleanup completion
June 14, 2006 at 11:09 am
With hurricane season underway once more, and after seven months of work, debris removal in the parish is nearing the end. 238,924 cubic yards of storm-related debris has been picked up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in St. Charles Parish as of June 9.

A 7 ft. alligator lounges on the front porch of Sandy Matthews’ home in Hahnville.  Matthews, seeing a flurry of activity outside her home, went to go outside and nearly stepped on the predator. In end, the alligator has to be killed. Gator stops by for lunch
June 14, 2006 at 11:00 am
Sandy Matthews, a schoolteacher from Luling Elementary, was enjoying a fine summer afternoon off in Hahnville’s Avalon Subdivision when she received an unexpected visitor: a 7 ft. alligator.

Morning jog interrupted by lewd encounter
June 14, 2006 at 10:58 am
On Wednesday, June 7, St. Charles Parish deputies were dispatched to West Pine St., Norco, after a resident called the sheriff's office and filed a report stating that a man exposed himself to a female jogger at approximately 5:30 a.m.

High school tightens dress code High school tightens dress code
June 14, 2006 at 10:55 am
West bank residents who have children that attend Hahnville High School may have gotten an automated message from the school advising parents that the dress code will be strictly enforced in the up-coming school year.

Parish to put properties up for sale Parish to put properties up for sale
June 14, 2006 at 10:54 am
Pending parish council approval, St. Charles Parish government will put hundreds of properties up for auction. On Monday, June 19, the council will consider an ordinance to allow the parish to execute an auction with Gilmore Auction & Realty Company of adjudicated properties.

Naked and exposed Naked and exposed
June 07, 2006 at 3:27 pm
Along the parish's southern flank, most of the west bank section is without any significant hurricane levee; this is a fact of life that west bank parish residents have grown accustomed to.

Vitter comes to St. Charles Vitter comes to St. Charles
June 07, 2006 at 3:27 pm
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced satellite office hours for St. Charles Parish residents. Vitter uses satellite offices around the state to make it easier for his constituents to find help in dealing with the federal government. This month, satellite office hours will be Monday, June 19 in Hahnville.

Summer reading programs kick off at parish libraries Summer reading programs kick off at parish libraries
June 07, 2006 at 3:20 pm
Starting June 5, children can register for the annual summer reading program at any library branch in St. Charles Parish.

The theme for this year's program is "Paw to Read" and the program is full of exciting activities for youngsters of all ages.

Dow Educational Grant winners attended a reception at Dow. Dow awards more than $12,000 to local schools
June 07, 2006 at 2:49 pm
The recipients of the 2006 Dow Educational Enhancement Grants were invited to attend a grant reception at the St. Charles Operations Site recently. Dow awarded $12,725 to teachers from seven schools in St. Charles Parish. "We are proud to be able to support teachers in our local community," St. Charles Operations Site Leader Nawzer Parakh said.

Indian burial grounds and traffic woes surface at council Indian burial grounds and traffic woes surface at council
June 07, 2006 at 2:48 pm
St. Charles Parish's exceptional growth in size and industry have dominated the parish council agenda. This past Monday things were no different.

Children of the storm Children of the storm
June 07, 2006 at 2:47 pm
In a post-Katrina Louisiana, according to child welfare officials, there has been a rise in clientele in need of services to deal with stress or poor living conditions.

Local advocate, Gail Roussel, Executive Director of The Center of Family and Youth Services in St. Charles Parish, stated, "We have seen a dramatic increase in clients as a result of Hurricane Katrina, especially in relationship to substance abuse and domestic violence."

Pictured on the right is Phil Frady, who replaces Bill Swann as administrator of St. Charles Regional Office of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Catholic Charities taps Frady to head local operations
June 07, 2006 at 2:44 pm
Phil Frady has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, developing improved productivity of organizations.

Brian Ballard, 27, Paradis Paradis man charged with attempted arson
June 07, 2006 at 2:31 pm
Enraged from an altercation with his girlfriend, a Paradis man poured gasoline on his living room floor. The assailant then allegedly used a cigarette lighter to spark a small fire.

Insurance concerns huge issue for bankers Insurance concerns huge issue for bankers
June 07, 2006 at 2:08 pm
BATON ROUGE -- More than 40 bankers descended on the State Capitol last month, awaiting meetings with agency heads and filling the hallways with pinstriped power suits and scrolling through BlackBerries while sitting in committee rooms.

Thieves strike vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision Thieves strike vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision
May 31, 2006 at 2:57 pm
Residents in Willowdale Subdivision received automated messages from Sheriff Greg Champagne via phone calls after thieves struck vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision, resulting in several items reported stolen by residents.

Entergy’s nuclear plant creates 1220 Megawatts of electricity. For over 20 years, Waterford 3 has produced power for the region. Practicing for the big one
May 31, 2006 at 2:52 pm
"Listen up people, at 10:15 a.m., Waterford 3 has called a site emergency. I repeat, a site emergency," said Tab Troxler.

The problem with the giant nuclear facility was a plane had flown into the nuclear reactor.

Thankfully, it was only a drill.

Investigation of Valero explosion complete Investigation of Valero explosion complete
May 31, 2006 at 2:50 pm
Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completed their two-day assessment of the May 20 fire at the Valero St. Charles refinery and returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C. No further CSB investigation of the incident is planned.

Seniors often target of con-artist Seniors often target of con-artist
May 31, 2006 at 2:47 pm
Studies show that fraudulent telemarketers direct 56 to 80 percent of their calls to senior citizens, the fastest-growing segment of America's population. Because senior citizens are a prime target for con artists and thieves, Sheriff Greg Champagne joined the National Crime Prevention Council in helping seniors resist home improvement scams and telemarketing fraud.

Norco family gives back after daughter’s 7-hour scoliosis surgery
Norco family gives back after daughter’s 7-hour scoliosis surgery
After undergoing a seven-hour surgery to correct a severe case of scoliosis, 13-year-old Lora Leigh Luquet and her family are giving back to the community by sponsoring a blood drive on Friday at Harry Hurst Middle School.