Spirit Weekly




Ian Robertís mom Diane ďco-erced him into going to a Steubenville Youth conferenceĒ 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.

Whoíll be the next governor?
March 15, 2006 at 2:51 pm
Itís not too hard to figure out who two of the candidates in the next governorís 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 didnít 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 ďAdoreĒ 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.

Trash on highways unsightly, dangerous
March 01, 2006 at 12:00 pm
I bet in a post Katrina world, there isnít a single driver in southeast Louisiana who doesnít have at least one story about debris falling from a trash truck either striking their vehicle, caused them to take dangerously evasive actions, or striking something on the roadway. With tons and tons of Hurricane Katrina trash being hauled to landfills, most all of which are located on the west bank just over the Jefferson and St. Charles Parish lines, it seems as though all roads to the landfills lead through St. Charles Parish, even from parishes far to our east. All of this has local residents experiencing a much larger percentage of driving challenges than any other community.

Mardi Gras serves a great purpose
March 01, 2006 at 11:59 am
Mardi Gras has come and gone and must go down in history as one of the most successful.

Not that the floats were more beautiful than ever. Not that the costumes were more dazzling and spectacular. Not that the beads were glitzier.

Letters to the Editor
March 01, 2006 at 11:54 am
Donít demolish old school building
The purpose of this letter is to voice our concern over the recent decision by the St. Charles Parish School Board to demolish the Luling Elementary building on Ellington, one of the few remaining historical landmarks in St. Charles Parish.

Louisiana must heal from within
March 01, 2006 at 11:52 am
The biggest danger Louisiana faces right now isn't the specter of more hurricanes slamming into us from the Gulf. It is the divisions within us that were driven to the forefront by the twin disasters last fall. How soon and how well the entire state of Louisiana recovers and is made whole will be determined by the degree to which our citizenry wants to be unified.

People in South Louisiana are different
March 01, 2006 at 11:51 am
Our people and state were exposed to public opinion by people all over the world like never before after Hurricane Katrina opened our doors to universal inspection.

The greatest free show in the World
February 22, 2006 at 1:41 pm
It has been billed as the greatest free show on earth and few would question the great times experienced by participating in Mardi Gras. but, is it really free and what do we have to gain from it?

West bank of parish remains vulnerable
February 22, 2006 at 1:40 pm
The special legislative session that ended last week did a good job of compromising. Instead of forming one levee board for the entire metropolitan area, it formed two, one for each side of the river.

Government services come at a high price
February 22, 2006 at 1:35 pm
The federal governmentís work in restoring order after Hurricane Katrina shows that it is no match for the private enterprise system in efficiency of operation.

Lifestyles

St. Charles Art Guild December Artists
St. Charles Art Guild December Artists
The St. Charles Art Guild announced its artists of the month for December....
Santaís helpers in St. Charles
Santaís helpers in St. Charles
Beginning in November, the United Way of St. Charles Parish starts taking calls and...

Destrehan coach credits seniors for making program contender
Destrehan coach credits seniors for making program contender
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Destrehanís football season came to an end Saturday night with a 23-7 loss to Acadiana in the Class 5A state championship game. While the season didnít end the way the Wildcats wanted it to, Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux was extremely proud of his squad.