Courthouse employees show spirit
October 15, 2008 at 11:54 am
By Renee Allemand
Friday's big game between Hahnville and Destrehan High Schools brought out the fighting spirit of many employed at the St. Charles Parish courthouse.

What’s coming up next - - ‘Plan D?’
October 15, 2008 at 11:52 am
They can’t say they weren’t warned. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives were told by the President, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Senate, and the House Democratic and Republican leadership that if they voted against the economic bailout bill passed by the Senate, the stock market would crash. A minority of 171 of them did, and the market has indeed crashed—in spite of the “rescue” bill passing by a large margin.

Hurricane Provokes Anger (Part II)
October 08, 2008 at 11:28 am
Last week I shared Part I about a woman (I'll call her Rita) who was struggling with anger towards God, due to the two recent hurricanes. I will share part II of my answer in this column.

Can the geniuses in Washington straighten us out
October 08, 2008 at 11:27 am
Last week, the politicians and bureaucrats in D.C. told us if we didn't understand the need for a $700 Billion bailout of nation's financial markets, we were dumb.

Time to change bad tax policies
October 08, 2008 at 11:26 am
In 2004 the Legislature and Blanco administration enacted reforms to balance some of Louisiana’s tax laws that were out of line with other states.

Community services thanks industry partners
October 01, 2008 at 11:07 am
By Renee Allemand
Weeks after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services remained hard at work getting groceries to those in need.
With the help of the Recreation Department, food and water was delivered to residents with no transportation. Others made their way to the DCS office in New Sarpy to get staples such as peanut butter, pasta and bread, DCS Director Maurya Glaude said.

Willowdale is a diamond in the rough
October 01, 2008 at 11:05 am
When our family moved to Willowdale in 1978 we wondered how something so nice could stay so hidden. There, down this lonely road off Hwy. 90 was a stately 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, an 18-hole golfcourse, tennis courts and swimming pool.

Pumping sand to build up coast should be our first line of defense
September 24, 2008 at 11:22 am
Obviously, south Louisiana needs some protection from the encroaching Gulf of Mexico, especially during hurricane season.

Woman seeks wisdom in face of hurricane
September 24, 2008 at 11:20 am
"I've been struggling with anger about all of this!" a woman told me recently regarding the hurricanes and all that has curtailed in our area (Terrebonne Parish). "Do you have any words of wisdom" she asked.

St. Charles Parish puts up flood fight
September 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm
By Renee Allemand
Orange flood control tubes have lined Bayou Des Allemands since before Hurricane Gustav made landfall, but that's not all public works crews have been doing to curb storm surge flooding.

The Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Frankenstein
September 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm
The Bush administration has put the mammoth quasi-private lending agencies—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—into conservatorship and punted the problem to the next administration. It would be wise for the media and debate moderators to press John McCain and Barack Obama regarding what exactly they will do to clean up this mess that is being left at their doorstep.

You could almost call us Hurricane Alley
September 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Galveston got it again. The Texas island was hit by the deadliest storm in history in 1900. More that 6,000 people were killed, many of them dying after being trapped for days under rubble.

August 27, 2008 at 12:51 pm
Compared to many states, Louisiana is rolling in the dough at the moment. While uncommonly high oil and gas prices are swelling the coffers of the Bayou State, other states are up against the wall trying to balance their budgets.

Just what changes does Obama want?
August 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Without trying to upstage Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama just before he delivers his acceptance speech, we wonder just what kind of changes he will pursue?

How will we pay for politicions programs, proposals?
August 20, 2008 at 11:03 am
As the presidential and congressional campaigns take on more momentum heading toward the nominating conventions and Labor Day, sugar-coated promises are filling the airwaves. It is easy for politicians to pander if they aren’t required to say how they plan to pay for the programs and proposals they set forth as temptations for the voters.

Parish changes strategy on West Bank levee
August 20, 2008 at 11:02 am
By Renee Allemand
Hurricane protection is vital to the future of St. Charles Parish, and officials are continuing work to expedite the construction of a West Bank levee.

Coastal restoration efforts move toward construction
August 20, 2008 at 11:01 am
At last, there’s some good news about coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana. We’re not just studying, planning, re-planning and re-studying it. We’re getting ready to do it. Construction, that is.

New gas boom fills government coffers
August 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm
A year ago, the good folks up in Northwest Louisiana were excited a year ago about the economic potential of having the Air Force’s Cyber Command project perhaps locating its headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base. That is still a definite possibility that can bring thousands of high paying white-collar jobs to the area.

Local experts share gardening tips for both new and established gardens
Local experts share gardening tips for both new and established gardens
For gardeners who are just getting into gardening as well as those finding themselves having to replant after last year’s brutal winter, there are plenty of new plants to consider this year. However, local experts say the basics of setting up a garden that will last for years comes down to good planning.

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