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Earn commercial driver’s license free of charge with state program Earn commercial driver’s license free of charge with state program
June 06 at 10:06 am
Due to a high demand for commercial truck drivers, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the federal government have teamed up to offer free training for those in the River Parishes who would like to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Ochsner CEO says no layoffs planned at St. Charles Parish Hospital
June 06 at 10:04 am
St. Charles Parish Hospital has announced they are heading toward an agreement that would put the day-to-day management of the hospital in the hands of the Ochsner Health System.

Parish iLeap, LEAP scores 4th best in state Parish iLeap, LEAP scores 4th best in state
June 06 at 10:03 am
St. Charles Parish public school students once again increased their LEAP and iLEAP scores, with the district finishing as the fourth-best in the state.

Maid drained elderly couple’s bank account Maid drained elderly couple’s bank account
June 06 at 10:01 am
A St. Rose housekeeper who pled guilty to stealing nearly $70,000 from an elderly couple will avoid a lengthy jail sentence, but is prohibited from having access to any senior citizens.

First crawfish cook-off draws  big-name judges to Destrehan First crawfish cook-off draws big-name judges to Destrehan
June 06 at 10:00 am
St. Charles Parish’s first crawfish cook-off will kickoff with a bang this Sunday after organizers landed high-profile celebrity judges such as former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson and former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Ayla Nicholas (center) with her father, Glenn, and mother, Ella. Ayla says she has been a target of school bullies since she was in kindergarten. Ayla’s Army goes to war against school bullying
June 06 at 9:57 am
A 13-year-old Hahnville girl is so fed up with the bullying she has endured for almost half of her life that she has used a Facebook page filled with video testimonials to spread awareness.

Chamber will celebrate 10th anniversary in Destrehan
June 05 at 2:12 pm
The River Region Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 10 year anniversary on Friday, June 20, from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. at the Cypress Lakes Country Club in Destrehan. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can contact the Chamber office at (985) 359-9777 or visit www.riverregionchamber.org .

Hillary Sirmon stands in front of more than 100 volunteers who are helping to build a handicapped-accessible playground at the East Bank Bridge Park in Destrehan. Sirmon raised more than $200,000 for the playground’s construction. Determined Luling mother raises $200,000, gives disabled kids a place to play
June 05 at 10:21 am
Last fall, Luling mother Hillary Sirmon embarked on an ambitious plan to build a playground accessible to disabled children.

Cold Case: 16-year-old executed, dumped in New Sarpy Cold Case: 16-year-old executed, dumped in New Sarpy
May 30 at 11:31 am
A car sped away from the end of Vans Lane in New Sarpy on May 25, 2005, leaving the body of a murdered 16-year-old boy in its wake.

Brock Bendetto (center) will undergo open-heart surgery next week. Bendetto, pictured above with his mother, Wendy, and father, Randy, has a leaky heart valve that was identified by a routine physical. DHS player’s heart defect discovered in routine sports physical
May 30 at 9:32 am
Halfway through his senior year at Destrehan High School, Brock Benedetto was preparing for the upcoming baseball season and had no idea that he would soon be faced with the terrifying prospect of having to undergo open-heart surgery.

Officials break ground on the St. Rose ABC expansion. St. Rose trade school expands to accommodate industry job boom
May 30 at 9:29 am
A local trade school is expanding their St. Rose campus to accommodate a boom in students looking to fill thousands of positions currently open in skilled construction trades.

Mackie Shilstone Famous fitness guru partners with hospital
May 30 at 9:26 am
A nationally renowned sports trainer and fitness expert has opened a wellness center in St. Charles Parish Hospital.

Reese Witherspoon (left) Sofia Vergara (right) Movie stars film comedy in Bayou Gauche
May 30 at 9:24 am
Bayou Gauche Road closed Tuesday for filming of a movie featuring Hollywood A-lister Reese Witherspoon.

Anthony Straughter (center), who spent four years in jail, has turned his life around and hopes to prevent children from going down the wrong path through The Dr. K Movement. Straughter will ferry children to Angola to show them the horrors of prison life. Reformed felon will scare kids straight by taking them to Angola
May 30 at 9:22 am
A St. Rose non-profit group will shepherd local children and young adults from at-risk communities through a tour of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in order to show them the importance of avoiding a life of crime.

An IndyCar race held at Avondale’s NOLA Motorsports Park should increase business at hotels, restaurants and gas stations in St. Charles Parish. Around 80,000 spectators are expected for the race. IndyCar race should provide economic boost for St. Charles
May 23 at 8:00 am
An IndyCar race that will be held at Avondale’s NOLA Motorsports Park sometime next year is expected to draw 80,000 spectators and provide an economic boost for nearby St. Charles Parish.

History in the making History in the making
May 23 at 8:00 am
In front of a room packed with supporters, Jarvis Lewis was sworn in as Councilman at-large Division B on Monday.

2 motorcyclists killed in separate accidents 2 motorcyclists killed in separate accidents
May 23 at 8:00 am
A pair of motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes that took place in St. Charles Parish last Friday.

The badly beaten body of Vanessa Jones (right) was discovered inside this recycling bin at Union Carbide in Taft in 1998. Answers sought 16 years after badly beaten body found in Taft dumpster
May 23 at 8:00 am
On Sept. 25, 1998, workers at Union Carbide in Taft opened a recycling bin and made a gruesome discovery - the badly beaten body of a woman who had been strangled with a belt that was still wrapped around her neck.

$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.