Huey P. getting much needed upgrade
February 18, 2009 at 11:03 am
The Huey P. Long Bridge is an amazing structure. Built in the thirties, it has withstood a tremendous increase in traffic.

Our rural parish is getting a lift
February 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm
St. Charles is a very rural parish. It is almost impossible to walk anywhere unless one is of the athletic type and likes to take care of his chores while getting his exercise. And not too many residents can find the time nor the stamina to walk or jog several miles to get something like a dozen eggs.

‘Trash Bash’ kicks off monthly recycling events
February 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm
St. Charles Parish residents will be able to turn in recyclable materials during monthly drop-off events through the end of 2009.

Blanco made right move on insurance
February 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm
In the aftermath of the catastrophic hurricanes of this decade, property insurance premiums skyrocketed in coastal states, particularly in Florida-a peninsula in which almost every square foot of land is exposed to immense storm damage.

PAYT program would save residents money
February 04, 2009 at 11:39 am
To the editor:
I wonder how many people realize that solid waste (garbage) disposal is a public service just as water, electricity, phone, gas etc. The problem is we are not charged for the amount of waste we want disposed of. All residents of St. Charles Parish pay $17.31 a month for this service even if you leave home for two months.

Super Bowl was one of the greatest this year
February 04, 2009 at 11:38 am
Super Bowls used to be dull affairs. Not Sunday night.
Pittsburg’s Steelers came roaring back after losing the lead in the fading minutes to the Arizona Cardinals. It was a thrilling ending after 60 minutes of some of the best football ever.

Blue Dogs will shoulder the blame
February 04, 2009 at 11:37 am
During the last decade, Republican members of Congress have taken a beating in elections around the country. In most instances, those who lost elections-or whose vacant seats were turned over-were replaced by Democrats who proclaimed to be moderate or conservative.

Parish must pay to recycle -- goods are harder to sell
January 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm
By Renee Allemand-Simpson
Parish activities are revving back up after the Christmas season. And they’re happening on all scales - from the Parish Council submitting infrastructure projects to President Barack Obama and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation for federal funding, to a local parish cleanup day. Those issues and more are making news this January.

Levee system getting out of reach
January 21, 2009 at 11:18 am
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers says it needs four more years to redesign the Morganza to the Gulf levee, which is supposed to protect areas of Coastal Louisiana from storm surges. Plus, the 100-year hurricane structure, projected to be 28-feet high when completed, would take 30 years to build.

Obama promises ‘new way forward’
January 21, 2009 at 11:17 am
(The full text from President Obama’s inauguration speech is shown below)

Pushing our Priorities in Washington
January 14, 2009 at 11:45 am
By Gov. Bobby Jindal
This past week I met with members of our state’s congressional delegation, including Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, and Representatives Rodney Alexander, Charles Boustany and Steve Scalise, to talk about what our delegation needs to pursue in the new Congress and with the new Presidential Administration. I am confident that “the delegation will be able to work across party lines to get things done for the state.

Mah, dere’s a noo Presidunt in our footure
January 14, 2009 at 11:42 am
Next week at this time, we will have a new President, one that differs somewhat from our current President on what the goals and ideals of a federal government should be. But in some respects, they are on the same page.

Utah deserves No. 1 ranking
January 07, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Friday’s Sugar Bowl was a treat to watch, and it’s not because we hold a grudge against Nick Saban for leaving LSU. We think the former Tiger coach is a nice guy and deserving of the success he has achieved on the gridiron.

Playboy vs. the Vatican
January 07, 2009 at 2:09 pm
By Christopher West
Playboy magazine has sunken to knew lows in mocking the holy. Of course, every edition offers a mockery of the holy - the holy, in this case, being the female body.

Anatomy of a deficit
December 30, 2008 at 12:32 pm
The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met on December 15 to do its constitutionally required task of giving the official estimate for state revenues for both the current budget and the one for the fiscal year beginning next July.

Work to replace plans, studies in coastal restoration
December 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm
Hopefully this new year will be a happy one for folks in south Louisiana where we are faced with the washing away of our land into the Gulf of Mexico unless restoration gets a big boost in the months ahead. And it appears at this point that we will get it.

Nice guys don't have to finish last
December 23, 2008 at 11:45 am
Leo Durocher, a legend of his time as a baseball player and manager, once said, "Nice guys finish last."

Feds need to get tough on bringing life to dead zone
December 23, 2008 at 11:44 am
The feds in Washington have made many mistakes during the past four years. One of them has been efforts to control the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Louisiana coast.

Destrehan mother, 2 kids lose everything when fire guts home
Destrehan mother, 2 kids lose everything when fire guts home
A blaze last Thursday on River Oaks Drive in Destrehan has displaced a mother and her elementary-aged daughter and son. No one was injured, as the family was out at the time.