Golf courses are a plus for St. Charles

With three active country clubs and a population of only some 50,000 in the past, St. Charles has had its share of golf courses. Ormond, Willowdale and Fashion have given residents and visitors many hours of pleasure in our outdoor wonderland of natural beauty.Read More...
December 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Can the Corps really protect us?

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has had a lot of criticism of late, some deserved, some not so deserved.Read More...
December 09, 2009 at 11:00 am

Bark at Bridge Park celebrates pets

By Renee Simpson

***Update: This event was rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 20, due to forecasted inclement weather.***

St. Charles Parish dogs (and cats) will have their day at the first annual ‘Bark at the Bridge Park’ festival, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.Read More...
December 02, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Higher ed commission proposes critical reforms

This past legislative session, Speaker of the House Jim Tucker passed a bill that created a “Postsecondary Education Review Commission” which was charged with studying Louisiana's higher education system. Read More...
December 02, 2009 at 10:49 am

Victory over lust begins with self control

Christopher West

My recent columns on “sexual redemption” continue to spark interest. A conscientious Catholic wrote to me after my last column asking for some practical suggestions for living the redemption of his sexuality. What follows is adapted from a recent interview on the same subject.Read More...
November 24, 2009 at 11:00 am

Politics is an entertainment medium, too

Our political system was supposed to give people the ability to run their country by electing their officials. But it does more than that.Read More...
November 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

Problems with health care legislation

The House of Representatives in Congress recently passed a mammoth health insurance bill by the narrow margin of 220-215. Read More...
November 24, 2009 at 10:58 am

Reagan’s ‘tear down that wall’ message enlightened the world

One of the divisive structures of the last century was the Berlin Wall. This writer looked over it from West Berlin to Communist East Germany before it was torn down by the German people themselves 20 years ago.Read More...
November 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Putting property tax into perspective

New data recently released by the Tax Foundation reconfirms the fact that the residential property tax burden in Louisiana is the lowest in the nation. The Tax Foundation is recognized as an unbiased source of the most accurate and up-to-date tax information in America. The foundation recently released results of its study of the three year average (2006-2008) of residential property taxes in U.S. counties with populations of 20,000 or more.Read More...
November 16, 2009 at 9:18 am

The forms emerging from the mist

It is appropriate that the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their latest attempt at health care reform shortly before Halloween. It has the countenance of a rather sinister looking phantom as it slowly begins to emerge from the mists of back door Congressional deals between special interests, Speaker Pelosi, and the Obama White House.Read More...
November 11, 2009 at 10:44 am

One of nation’s oldest rivalries ends

Once upon a time, an intense football rivalry known as Tulane vs. LSU existed on the campuses of the two major universities in Louisiana. It began in 1893 when both colleges were new to the sport. Tulane won that game and many more until . . .Read More...
November 11, 2009 at 10:43 am

Where there is a will, there is a way

What are the rules in Congress these days? It seems the playing field gets changed daily, depending on the leadership's ability to accomplish whatever it is it wants.Read More...
November 02, 2009 at 10:03 am

Big move towards powering up generator

By Renee Simpson
Courthouse employees watched anxiously this week as the building's new generator was lifted into place. Read More...
November 02, 2009 at 9:58 am

Jindal moves closer to the big office in D.C.

Gov. Bobby Jindal improved his national standing on the Sean Hannity program last week. He was the epitome of the conservative who would stand his ground if ever elected to national office.Read More...
November 02, 2009 at 9:55 am

Carbon emission limit opposed by Chamber

The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting editorial recently about the short-sightedness of some major corporations that were resigning from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over their disagreement with the Chamber’s policy on the “cap and trade” legislation. Read More...
October 26, 2009 at 8:57 am

President Obama’s brief visit was okay

Pres. Barack Obama made a mad dash through the New Orleans area last week. It was a four-hour visit, as if anyone can appreciate this area in such a brief period of time.Read More...
October 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

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Schools’ LEAP test scores rank second  in state
Schools’ LEAP test scores rank second in state
St. Charles Parish Public Schools students are not only making the grade in the basics, but the system itself ranked second only to Zachary Community Schools in the percentage of tests that students scored “mastery and above” on combined English/language arts and math LEAP Tests.