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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.

Proposed site of AM Agrigen Industries plant. $1.2 billion Killona plant would create 1,175 new jobs
May 23 at 8:00 am
After a nationwide search, AM Agrigen Industries has zeroed in on a 650-acre site in Killona for the construction of a $1.2 billion fertilizer production facility that would use the Port of South Louisiana to ship their product internationally.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis, Saints head coach Sean Payton and Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson pose for a photo after Devon Walker was awarded with a one-day contract by the Saints. Saints surprise DHS grad with NFL contract
May 22 at 9:47 am
Former Destrehan and Tulane University football player Devon Walker fulfilled a lifelong dream last week when he was signed to a one-day contract to the New Orleans Saints.

Mary Rosalie Palmisano-Lovetro creates these exquisite handmade rag dolls and raffles them off for charity. Cancer survivor creates handmade dolls to raise funds for American Legion
May 22 at 8:00 am
A St. Rose cancer survivor who created rag dolls by hand in order to raise money for those fighting the disease is now hoping proceeds from three new dolls will help generate funds for the American Legion.

Police: Cell phone tech stole woman’s private pics Police: Cell phone tech stole woman’s private pics
May 20 at 11:33 am
A former employee of a cell phone repair store in Luling was arrested after police say he downloaded pictures from a customer’s phone while fixing it and shared them with friends.

Report sought on hospital’s management, viability
Report sought on hospital’s management, viability
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Councilman Paul Hogan wants to have a third party look into the management and long-term viability of St. Charles Parish Hospital.