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Richard Baker, a man with the plan Richard Baker, a man with the plan
March 01, 2006 at 11:36 am
BATON ROUGE – Congressman Richard Baker, a Republican who has represented voters here most of his adult life, has been catapulted into the ranks of a political superstar in recent months due to a high-profile housing plan that bears his namesake. And while that proposal may be on life support, Baker plans to make the most of the momentum he has built.

Coastal begins new era in garbage pick-up
March 01, 2006 at 11:06 am
The day after Mardi Gras, when the streets are laden with beads, St. Charles Parish residents will see new garbage trucks hauling away the trash. As of March 1, a new era garbage removal begins in the parish as Slidell-based Coastal Waste Services takes over for the much-maligned Waste Management Inc.

Budget cuts jeopardize Head Start Program Budget cuts jeopardize Head Start Program
March 01, 2006 at 11:03 am
The director of the Head Start Program in St. Charles Parish will be forced to make cuts in staff and materials beginning next school year.

Two juveniles caught in Ormond Two juveniles caught in Ormond
March 01, 2006 at 11:00 am
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that two juveniles, 16 and 15, were arrested and charged with simple burglary after the two subjects allegedly broke into Ormond Country Club on February 14.

Sheriff Champagne names deputies of the year Sheriff Champagne names deputies of the year
March 01, 2006 at 10:56 am
2005 was a year, which presented challenges to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office the likes of which we have never seen before.

Fox 8 News Anchor John Snell Visits Satellite Center Fox 8 News Anchor John Snell Visits Satellite Center
February 22, 2006 at 2:07 pm
Members of the Advanced Television Broadcasting classes at the Satellite Center in Luling recently received some insight into the TV news business.

Federal government fails to fully fund No Child Left Behind Federal government fails to fully fund No Child Left Behind
February 22, 2006 at 1:38 pm
When the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into action in 2001, the federal government agreed to fund the program fully. That promise has not been kept according to St. Charles Parish School Board Vice President Sonny Savoie.

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 923 pose for a photo during a troop garage sale, one of the money earning activities held for their trip to Savannah over Mardi Gras.  The girls donated 15% of the garage sale proceeds to the Girl Scout Council of South St. Charles Parish Girl Scout troop to travel to Savannah, Georgia
February 22, 2006 at 1:32 pm
NEW ORLEANS (February 8, 2006)— For many Louisiana residents, Mardi Gras is all bout the local parades and festivities. But this year over Mardi Gras, west St. Charles Parish Cadette Girl Scout Troop 923 has plans for an exciting new adventure, a trip to the Girl Scout founder’s birthplace, Savannah, Georgia, one the troop has been planning for two years.

Volatile issues defined session, more could follow Volatile issues defined session, more could follow
February 22, 2006 at 1:27 pm
BATON ROUGE -- Some folks around the State Capitol still remember when former Sen. J.E. Jumonville, a Ventress Democrat, ripped off one of his boots and threw it at the Senate clock in an effort to stop time and prolong debate. That was during the final leg of Gov. John McKeithen’s reign in the early 70s, when lawmakers were known to kick back a few adult beverages from their respective chambers, burn the midnight oil and get rowdy.

The few areas in yellow are Zone X in the parish, which the Fed says are outside the 500-year Flood Plain. Katrina shakes up flood insurance
February 22, 2006 at 1:13 pm
Even in the aftermath of two major hurricanes -- one, Katrina, that barely missed St. Charles Parish -- many local residents are still not heading the warnings of purchasing flood insurance, especially those living in Zone X, areas that are determined by the federal government to be out of the 500-year plain. Most importantly, those living in Zone X are not required to buy flood insurance.

David Ryan, 42, Des Allemands Des Allemands man caught in juvenile porn sting
February 22, 2006 at 1:10 pm
St. John the Baptist Parish arrested a Des Allemands man, David Keith Ryan, 42, of 163 Maloney Rd. for soliciting a minor for sexual purposes.

Standing on the edge of the chruch property line, Deacon James Smith shows the proximity of the new bar/restaurant under construction behind his church. Liquor amendment enrages congregation
February 22, 2006 at 1:01 pm
In a charged atmosphere, where the crowd erupted into boos at one moment and applause at the next, a measure to amend an ordinance on the distance alcohol can be sold from a church was soundly defeated, 7-1.

Head Start and pre-school program now registering Head Start and pre-school program now registering
February 22, 2006 at 11:15 am
Applications will be mailed upon request or can be picked up at the Parish School Board Office in Luling. Applications are also available on the district’s web site at www.stcharles.k12.la.us. Applications may be obtained at these sites on the east bank: Norco k-3, East Bank Head Start Center, New Sarpy Kindergarten Center and St. Rose Elementary.

St. Charles School Board makes deal to purchase land
February 22, 2006 at 11:11 am
The St. Charles Parish School Board recently approved a motion to purchase 2.3 acres of the land in Luling adjacent to R.K Smith School for $250,000, $15,000 less that the original appraisal of the land. The school system has future plans to construct a brand new maintenance building at the site.

INSIDE BATON ROUGE
February 15, 2006 at 1:22 pm
BATON ROUGE -- First there was a state-sponsored 30-member board to oversee hurricane recovery efforts. Then came another 19-member panel to regulate revamped building codes, and a slew of inspectors will need to be hired just to carry out its mandates. An 11-member consolidated levee district with some form of jurisdiction over southeast Louisiana could soon follow, as could a new undersecretary of transportation, complete with staff, to manage statewide flood control.

Special session bill costs St. Charles Parish thousands
February 15, 2006 at 1:13 pm
Some seemingly minor word changes in a bill that has snuck its way through the Louisiana Legislature potentially could cost residents of St. Charles Parish $500,000 dollars per year in sales tax revenue. However, the losses do not stop there, as total tax revenue losses for all coastal parishes involved could top $20 million annually.

Kerry Fonseca, 37, Avondale, one of the 10 arrested in the sting operation. Undercover operation arrests 10
February 15, 2006 at 1:03 pm
A drug bust of one St. Charles Parish resident leads to the arrest of 10 others. Using the cell phone of an alleged drug trafficker from a previous arrest, narcotics detectives set up a sting operation of those calling the cell phone to obtain cocaine. All 10 were charged with attempted possession of crack cocaine.

Hunters limited to three bucks next season
February 15, 2006 at 12:58 pm
A three-buck season limit and deer-harvest reporting system were added to the proposed 2006-07 hunting regulations by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Feb. 2.

$2.3 million cardiac clinic will save lives, CEO says
$2.3 million cardiac clinic will save lives, CEO says
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Less than three months after opening a state-of-the-art cardiac catheter lab that has already treated more than 60 patients, St. Charles Parish Hospital officially unveiled a $2.3 million cardiac care clinic.