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Valero to move heavy equipment through Norco Valero to move heavy equipment through Norco
May 10, 2006 at 1:46 pm
This week, four huge vessels, each weighing about 130 tons, will be trucked from the Bonne Carre Spillway to the Valero St. Charles refinery. Part of the plant's new upgrades, the equipment will be used in the hydrogen production facility, which is currently under construction. The Louisiana State Police and the St. Charles Sheriff's Department will help direct and detour traffic in an effort to ensure the safety of and minimize the impact on area residents.

Steven Gonzales being sworn in by District Attorney Harry Morel, Jr. New ADA sworn in
May 10, 2006 at 1:44 pm
St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry J. Morel, Jr. has added a new Assistant District Attorney to his staff. Steven Gonzales was sworn in by Mr. Morel on April 24.

Blanco has another shot at redemption Blanco has another shot at redemption
May 10, 2006 at 1:43 pm
BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco is on the threshold of her potential resurgence, with six weeks of the regular session behind her and just as much time remaining.

Parish to provide kids with meals during the summer Parish to provide kids with meals during the summer
May 10, 2006 at 1:41 pm
Children in St. Charles Parish will have the opportunity to get a nutritious and balanced meal from June 5 through July 13 at four designated food service sites throughout the parish.

Ace Hardware associate nationally recognized for work after Katrina Ace Hardware associate nationally recognized for work after Katrina
May 10, 2006 at 1:35 pm
Destrehan, La. - In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’ s devastation, many local residents turned to Anthony’s Ace Hardware for help in rebuilding their homes and lives. However, if it weren't for the dedication and resolve of employee Leslie Lauman, those residents would have found a “closed" sign instead of a welcome mat.

School board enacts sales tax holiday School board enacts sales tax holiday
May 10, 2006 at 1:33 pm
Members of the St. Charles Parish School Board passed a resolution at its meeting on May 3, that would provide a local "Sales Tax Holiday" to parish residents as a way of thanking the community for their commitment to public schooling in the area.

Bill Baldwin, 46, Kenner charged with DWI and Sgt. Bobby Gorman, a nine-year veteran Drunk driver harms officer
May 10, 2006 at 1:23 pm
Sgt. Bobby Gorman was severely injured when a Kenner man turned into his path of travel near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Riverbend Dr. in St. Rose the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office reported.

Katrina has little effect on termite population Katrina has little effect on termite population
May 10, 2006 at 1:20 pm
Hurricane Katrina brought with her massive rainfall and flooding. In the storm’s aftermath, some residents in the area believed that the massive flooding would decrease the termite populations.

Water rate increase expected
May 10, 2006 at 1:18 pm
At its May 15 meeting, the parish council will decide whether to increase the rates of water users in St. Charles Parish. If approved, the rate increase will pay for a $25 million plan to upgrade water treatment facilities on the east and west bank.

Acosta Kittles, 33, Kenner and Shane Saltaformaggio, 24, Luling Deputies caught smuggling drugs into jail
May 10, 2006 at 1:16 pm
Two corrections officers were arrested last week and charged with attempting to bring drugs into Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility in St. Charles Parish.

Denise Brodsky, Executive Director, United Way of St. Charles (center) poses with St. Charles Parish leaders holding the generous donation from Bunge North America. United Way of St. Charles gets $50,000 grant
May 03, 2006 at 12:09 pm
Bunge North America has awarded the United Way of St. Charles a $50,000 Grant to continue the local United Way’s support of Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts.

River Region Chamber Chairman Blaise Gravois, St. James Parish President Dale Hymel, St. John the Baptist Parish President Nickie Monica and St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque spoke during a luncheon at Destrehan Plantation. Laque delivers State of the Parish address
May 03, 2006 at 12:03 pm
Speaking in front of a host of business professionals and executives from the River Parishes, St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque delivered a speech outlining the conditions of the parish to the River Region Chamber of Commerce during a well-attended luncheon last week at Destrehan Plantation.

6 years of living dangerously 6 years of living dangerously
May 03, 2006 at 12:02 pm
The most pressing issue that St. Charles Parish faces is the lack of hurricane protection, especially on the west bank where most homes and business are vulnerable to storm inundation.

Fugitive sweep nabs 32 Fugitive sweep nabs 32
May 03, 2006 at 11:57 am
During a weeklong nationwide fugitive roundup, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 32 wanted individuals during a spree police officials designed to capture at-large individuals locally and nationally.

Dow St. Charles Operations announce the opening of a new latex plant, one of the most modern in the world. Dow celebrates new facility
May 03, 2006 at 11:55 am
Numerous state and local officials attended a colorful and unique ceremony at Dow St. Charles Operations on April 28 to celebrate the start-up of Dow's new state-of-the-art latex facility.

Blanco only a speedbump on the road to more gambling, says lobbyist Blanco only a speedbump on the road to more gambling, says lobbyist
May 03, 2006 at 11:53 am
BATON ROUGE -- Rep. Ernest Wooten has his name attached to a set of bills that increase the number of video poker machines in truck-stop casinos and ups the maximum bet players can stick into the one-armed bandits.

Deron Downing, 22, Destrehan High speed chase lands local man in jail
May 03, 2006 at 10:49 am
A high speed police chase on the evening of April 24, resulted in the arrest of Destrehan resident, Daron Downing, 22. As a result, he was charged with numerous crimes by the St. Charles Seriff’s Office.

Gumbusia Fish, (Gambusia affinis), are used to control mosquito population and malaria.  While only a small guppy-sized fish, it has a voracious appetite, eating hundreds of mosquitoes a day. Pesky predator takes a bite out
May 03, 2006 at 10:42 am
St. Charles Mosquito Control Inc. is busy getting the parish ready for another summer of those annoying pests, mosquitoes.

Ochsner reconsiders termination of 12 St. Charles hospital nurses
Ochsner reconsiders termination of 12 St. Charles hospital nurses
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Only a week after Ochsner Health System officials made a blindsiding announcement that they would terminate 21 nurses after taking over management of St. Charles Parish Hospital, 12 of those employees have been invited to stay.