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.

Marcos Jiminez, 24, Mexico Rape in Boutte
February 09, 2006 at 11:09 am
Mexican illegal charged with the illicit crime
St. Charles Parish Detectives arrested Marcos A. Jiminez, 24, an illegal alien from Mexico Monday morning. Jiminez, who was residing at 121 Lakewood Dr. #73 at Lakewood Apartments, was charged with aggravated rape and armed robbery.

Crime hits a 10-year low in the parish Crime hits a 10-year low in the parish
February 09, 2006 at 10:35 am
Even with Katrina, crime falls in 2005

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office released their annual crime statistics, and, according to their Uniform Crime Report (UCR), crime fell 9.4 percent last year, from 2407 crimes in 2004 to 2180 in 2005.

Hahnville Band invited to D.C. for 4th of July Parade Hahnville Band invited to D.C. for 4th of July Parade
February 01, 2006 at 3:11 pm
Group needs donations to march on national stage

The Hahnville High School Marching Band has been invited to march at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. on July 4. Hahnville is only one of 3 bands in Louisiana that was chosen, as the invitation comes directly from governor's office. A recommendation for Hahnville came from the Louisiana Music Educator’s Office.

Local adult learning centers offer voice to the unheard Local adult learning centers offer voice to the unheard
February 01, 2006 at 1:38 pm
Literacy a problem statewide
Between 21 percent and 23 percent of American adults, equaling about 44 million people nationwide, cannot demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing and math.

Fugitive from St. Charles Parish nabbed in Florida Fugitive from St. Charles Parish nabbed in Florida
February 01, 2006 at 1:36 pm
Fugitive from St. Charles Parish nabbed in Florida Accused of stealing over $24,000 from work An employee of WMCO Inc. and Randa Corporation, Denise Pepperman, 47, was arrested in Florida after evacuating St. Charles Parish for Hurricane Katrina. Pepperman was wanted on felony theft charges over $24,000 and forgery.

Affordable Housing is coming to St. Charles Parish
February 01, 2006 at 1:33 pm
The USDA Rural Self-Help program will help increase housing opportunities for low income families in St. Charles Parish.

Developer claims building ban on east bank is unconstitutional
February 01, 2006 at 1:26 pm
Was there a need for the moratorium?
The moratorium recently passed by the St. Charles Parish Council to halt building on the east bank until the water crisis can be evaluated has not pleased all area people. From New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board to local developers, the council's move has pleased many, but also enraged others.

Local officials ready to fight Boasso Bill
February 01, 2006 at 1:25 pm
Both Councilman “Snookie” Faucheux and Representative Ernest Wooten told the Republican Women of St. Charles that we would lose money if we consolidated into one levee board like the “women of the storm” are proposing, so “don’t be fooled by the Boasso bill.”

Sheriff warns of cyber predators Sheriff warns of cyber predators
February 01, 2006 at 1:22 pm
MySpace and AIM hotbeds of crime
Recently, in Baker County, Ore. - a small rural community a quarter the size of St. Charles Parish - a 37year-old man molested a 16 year-old girl after they met on, a popular Internet community for kids. The man misrepresented himself when they exchanged messages online with the teen. Then, he showed up at the girl's after-school job, followed her to the parking lot, forced her in his car and attacked her. The assailant knew where she worked because she posted it on her MySpace profile.

Ochsner reconsiders termination of 12 St. Charles hospital nurses
Ochsner reconsiders termination of 12 St. Charles hospital nurses
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.