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.

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.

A local fisherman, Tommy Breaux of B&C Seafood, laments that the bulk of the local fishing market has shifted from New Orleans to the west, including Baton Rouge and Houston. Local fishing industry feels the bite
February 15, 2006 at 12:54 pm
St. Charles Parish's fishing industry was hit hard post-Katrina, as local fishermen scrabbled to get up and running from hurricane damage and find new markets. The main cause of their dilemma is that the number of restaurants in New Orleans' metro area has fallen substantially.

Chaisson wants the best of both levee worlds
February 15, 2006 at 12:52 pm
St. Charles Parish's removal from the Pontchartrain Levee District and inclusion in the movement for levee consolidation in Governor Blanco's special legislative session upset local Sen. Joel Chaisson, D-Destrehan.

LSU’s innovative program serves the Hurricane Katrina impacted zones with a state of the art custom built mobile classroom. LSU's Mobile Classroom makes stop in Norco
February 15, 2006 at 12:42 pm
Several business advisors have partnered in a unique project that hopes to help local businesses become more successful. The Louisiana Business and Technology Center, E. J. Ourso College of Business, LSU, the US Department of Agriculture and the Louisiana Municipal Association have partnered in this innovative project.

Katrina blows Alligator Festival away
February 15, 2006 at 12:38 pm

The annual Alligator Festival will be replaced by ‘Gator Ganza’ to be held February 18 at Dougie V’s on River Road in Luling. While the club is disappointed they were forced to cancel their annual fundraising event, members are looking forward to the fun and activities the Gator Ganza will provide for ticket holders.

Ben Oubre being sworn as president by Lynda Butler. Davis named realtor of the year
February 09, 2006 at 12:04 pm
New president installed

The Saints Board of Realtors held their Installation of 2006 Board of Directors on Friday, January 13, 2006 at Ormond Country Club. Ben Oubre was installed as President by 2005 Louisiana Realtors Association President, Ms. Lynda Butler.

River Parish Hospital employees pose with their donation to the United Way. Hospital honors workers for United Way contributions
February 09, 2006 at 12:02 pm
River Parishes Hospital recently held a celebration for its employees, honoring them for their donations totaling over $12,000 to the St John United Way Fund. Scott Boudreaux, CEO, welcomed the employees and thanked them for their generosity in helping residents of the community. Boudreaux talked about the organizations that the United Way sponsors and said he feels these organizations are a great asset to St. John Parish, especially during and after the recent hurricanes.

Sheriff Champagne to award a scholarship
February 09, 2006 at 11:49 am
Honorary Membership Program helps worthy St. Charles Parish student further their education

Sheriff Greg Champagne will award a scholarship providing assistance to a worthy St. Charles Parish student in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. It will be awarded to a graduating high school student from either Destrehan High School or Hahnville High School.

A change is underway
February 09, 2006 at 11:46 am
Management program transforming government

BATON ROUGE -- Whether you’re a good government egghead or a cynical crackpot, it’s difficult to find fault with making government more responsive, less bureaucratic and increasingly adept. But to make it all happen, to eclipse antiquated systems and bury the fabled good-ol’-boy network, a process must be undertaken that is easier preached than carried out.

Buses lined up at the St. Charles Parish School Board.  Parish recieved funds to run buses on Bio-diesal fuel. School buses run on bio-diesel fuel
February 09, 2006 at 11:42 am
School system hopes to reduce pollution

In an effort to reduce pollution in the New Orleans area, the St. Charles Parish School System's Transportation Department received a grant from the EPA's Clean School Bus USA program for bio-diesel fuel to be used in 98 of its 149 bus fleet. The fuel, produced from a number of renewable sources including soybean old, rapeseed oil and animal fats, will replace the standard fuel normally used in the buses.

Accusing Cox Cable of misinformation, council wants TV Guide channel reinstated.
February 09, 2006 at 11:34 am

Sheriff responds to recent allegations that Ormond is not patrolled
February 09, 2006 at 11:19 am
"Officers are present in the area," says Sheriff Greg Champagne.

The Ormond area has been the victim of at least three strings of over night vandalism that resulted in criminal damage to several vehicles and mailboxes throughout the subdivision. As residents remain concerned about the incidents, Sheriff Greg Champagne is speaking out against allegations that the area is not being patrolled by deputies. And residents are echoing his sentiments saying the area has police presence.

Parish Council passes resolution to not pay Waste Management
February 09, 2006 at 11:17 am
Failure to meet contract cited as motivation

On Monday evening the St. Charles Parish Council unanimously passed a resolution to withhold any payment to Waste Management of Louisiana, LLC.

FEMA trailer resident, Dawn Matherne, poses for a picture outside her trailer in Des Allemands. Trailers are supposed to be a bearable solution
February 09, 2006 at 11:13 am
"It took them four months to even have the water heater in working order," says local resident.

Last summer's series of hurricanes left thousands of people on the gulf coast homeless. FEMA promised trailers, and slowly but surely residents have received these trailers and made them their homes, well not really.

Fertilizer company applies for permits for $1.2 billion Killona plant
Fertilizer company applies for permits for $1.2 billion Killona plant
Officials with a fertilizer company planning to build a $1.2 billion plant in Killona recently visited with parish leaders and said they are on track to finalize the deal within a year.