Parish changes strategy on West Bank levee

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.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:02 am

Coastal restoration efforts move toward construction

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.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:01 am

New gas boom fills government coffers

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.Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Bus system could cure some of our problems

St. Charles Parish apparently is finally going to get a public transportation system that will allow residents to reach destinations without fueling their gas tanks. It will cost about $2 a trip or $60 for a monthly pass, which still can be much cheaper than visiting the pumps on a regular basis.Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm

What's Pushing Your Buttons?

By Robert Wilson
What motivates you? That’s the question I’d like to ask in this inaugural column on motivation. Are you motivated by fame, fortune or fear? Or is it something deeper that fans the flames inside of you? Read More...
August 06, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Oil spills from drilling no problem to Louisiana

While politicos volley back and forth on the good and the bad of offshore drilling in the United States, Louisiana had its worst oil spill in many a decade. And it wasn’t from drilling on or offshore. It was from a tanker barge hit by a boat while transporting oil along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.Read More...
August 06, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Is there an alternative to living on earth?

This writer became a Mars freak years ago when the big question in the universe was whether or not there was life on the closest planet to earth.Read More...
July 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Millage rates in parish may go down this year

By Renee Allemand
MILLAGE RATES. St. Charles Parish administration is gearing up to offer its proposal on property tax millage rates at the Aug. 18 council meeting. Council members will vote to approve or change the plan.Read More...
July 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Some bad business taxes are leaving soon

A number of years back, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) set out to eliminate certain business taxes imposed in Louisiana but not collected by other states. Those taxes put Louisiana at a competitive disadvantage in the competition for jobs and capital investment. Read More...
July 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm

A new day for workforce development

The Louisiana Department of Labor (LDOL) no longer exists. It has been replaced by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). Read More...
July 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Jindal, Landrieu make good pair in Baton Rouge

So, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Bobby Jindal were scheduled to meet in Baton Rouge yesterday. Was this perhaps to discuss the possibility of Jindal becoming the presidential candidate’s running mate?Read More...
July 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Parish residents should sign up for alert system

By Renee Allemand
As the summer of 2008 continues to drag on, we’re getting that much closer to the peak of hurricane season. We’ve been watching hurricane Bertha, and while it’s not headed toward the U.S. coast, it serves as a reminder of just how unpredictable hurricanes can be. Read More...
July 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm

West bank levee route still in question

St. Charles Parish is still having problems getting its West Bank hurricane protection levee built. Part of it on the western end is already rising but a continuing dispute between the parish and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers over its route on the eastern end is still going on.Read More...
July 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Dark clouds with silver linings

Many Louisiana home and business owners were concerned when they recently learned that our property insurer of last resort—Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Company of Louisiana—is raising its rates by an average of 18 percent effective October 1 of this year.Read More...
July 09, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Louisiana, Florida coasts quite different

After a few days at Grand Isle, Ye Publisher and his wife went to a press meeting in Sandestin, FL last week. We figured it would allow us to make a good comparison between the prime Louisiana beach site and the premier Florida panhandle resort. And there was quite a difference.Read More...
July 09, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Come celebrate at the Bridge Park tonight

By Renee Allemand
Come out and celebrate. It's July 3. If you're reading this column, I'm most likely out at the West Bank Bridge Park helping to set up for our annual Independence Day Celebration. Read More...
July 02, 2008 at 1:26 pm

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Humane Society Pet of the Week: Beverly
Humane Society Pet of the Week: Beverly
This week’s St. Charles Humane Society’s showcase pet is Beverly the cat.