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We’ve learned a lot of lessons with Katrina
March 29, 2006 at 1:16 pm
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to make people do the right things. Such a tragedy was Hurricane Katrina. And many good things hopefully are coming about as a result.

Careless drivers, not bad roads the cause
March 29, 2006 at 1:13 pm
To the Editor:

Nowhere in Susanne Hinkle's article "Death Trap" did she state the reasons for the deaths of drivers and passengers in the canal that runs alongside Airline Drive through St. Charles Parish. Those reasons are excessive speed, carelessness and inattentiveness and poor education and driving skills.

‘MFP Reform’ would impact state budget
March 29, 2006 at 1:11 pm
A few things happened this month in the name of "MFP Reform" that, if approved by the Legislature, would have a major impact on the state budget. The Minimum Foundation Program, better known as the MFP, is the state funding formula by which the state sends money to Louisiana's 68 school districts to fund public education. Each year, the formula is devised by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and submitted to the Legislature, which can only accept or reject it. If the Legislature rejects the proposed MFP, the prior year's formula remains, with a 2.75 percent built-in inflation factor increase.

St. Charles’ Pokey is in the limelight
March 29, 2006 at 1:10 pm
The name of Pokey Chatman has meant basketball prowess in St. Charles Parish for years.

We watched the gal from Ama grow up, dribbling down the court in recreation basketball and on Hahnville Junior High and Hahnville High School teams.

Could cure given to Maria Esperanza be for the Bird Flu?
March 22, 2006 at 3:08 pm
In an unprecedented speech last week, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States.

It’s all about balance
March 22, 2006 at 3:07 pm

We all mark certain events in our lives with anniversaries by which, throughout time, our kind have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication of another year.

Espouse optimism but budget cautiously
March 22, 2006 at 3:02 pm
As required by law, the governor recently submitted her executive budget for Fiscal Year (FY) `07 in advance of the Regular Session. The $20-plus billion budget proposal turned some heads due to its size and the amount of new spending it contains.

Outstanding citizens honored
March 22, 2006 at 2:58 pm
Every year, we honor people in the parish by selecting them as outstanding citizens, young people and deputies.

This year, a much larger number of such people in the parish were honored, mainly because of outstanding accomplishments in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Ian Robert’s mom Diane “co-erced him into going to a Steubenville Youth conference” Ian Roberts family is pictured here with family members  including grandmother Madeline DeHarde, sister Corney, and parents Diane and Neil Robert. Opportunityof a lifetime
March 15, 2006 at 3:55 pm
Two and a half years ago, Ian Robert was a junior at Hahnville, traveling the path that many 16 year olds take.

Who’ll be the next governor?
March 15, 2006 at 2:51 pm
It’s not too hard to figure out who two of the candidates in the next governor’s race will be. The incumbent Democrat Kathleen Blanco has already thrown her bonnet into the ring. And everyone expects Republican Cong. Bobby Jindall to repeat his candidacy from the last race.

West bank of parish needs quick attention
March 15, 2006 at 2:49 pm
Residents of the west bank of St. Charles Parish can take solace in the fact that there is still some acreage left between its southernmost subdivisions and the Gulf of Mexico. But this stretch of deteriorating wetlands is all that stands between their inundation when a hurricane comes.

Our Good Fortune May Cost Us
March 15, 2006 at 2:42 pm
It is hard to believe that nearly five years have passed since terrorists hijacked four airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and an open field in Pennsylvania.

Business Expo
March 15, 2006 at 2:40 pm
This coming Friday and Saturday, St. Charles residents will be treated to a showcase of local goods and services as the St. Charles Business Expo and Health Fair gets underway in the Hahnville High School Gym.

South Dakota governor signs abortion ban
March 08, 2006 at 12:14 pm
AP -- PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota, setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

New Orleans campaign should be positive
March 08, 2006 at 12:13 pm
With more than 20 candidates in the race for mayor of the city next door and less than 2 months in which to state their cases, prepare yourself for a deluge of ideas, judgments, propaganda and criticisms to unfold.

A nasty surprise
March 08, 2006 at 12:10 pm
As tens of thousands fled New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Katrina, they left behind jobs to which many of them expected to return a few days later-just as they did after Hurricane Ivan the year before. As we now know, that did not happen. As it became painfully obvious that they weren't going back to work any time soon, many began filing unemployment compensation (UC) claims-some for the first time ever.

Pro-lifers look forward to turnaround
March 08, 2006 at 12:05 pm
After appointment of two U. S. Supreme Court justices who are considered conservative, it didn’t take long for the path to be opened toward the possible overturning of Roe vs. Wade.

Fr. Mark Toups and Paul George talk to the teens and young adults in a way they can connect with. Their talks are humorous and entertaining - while covering serious moral issues that today's youth are facing. High energy worship attracts young audience
March 01, 2006 at 12:02 pm
A new worship service in Houma called “Adore” combines music and lighting like a rock concert - but with Jesus as the star.

Although the worship is Catholic-based and puts Jesus in the Eucharist on center stage, the spiritual concert is free and open to the public.

Destrehan regroups in second half to knock off Dutchtown
Destrehan regroups in second half to knock off Dutchtown
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It wasn’t always pretty, especially in the first half, but the Destrehan Wildcats regrouped in the third quarter to put away Dutchtown for a 20-10 victory on Friday.