Hurricane on the bayou Hurricane on the bayou
September 17, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Four-year-old Joshua Mongrue is pictured on Bayou Gauche Island last Friday watching as the island’s only road gets flooded by Hurricane Ike’s surge.

KIDS STRESS TOO. The aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike have pushed many parents to the brink with stress and anxiety, but what most fail to
realize is that kids suffer too. Disaster recovery: How kids cope with storm stress
September 17, 2008 at 12:39 pm
Children’s reactions to disaster depend on their age and maturity. Their responses also are affected by how close they are to the event, their level of exposure to it through TV and how they see their parents react.

The Basketry celebrates 13th year in St. Charles
September 17, 2008 at 12:10 pm
Located at 50 Wade Street in Luling, The Basketry started out 13 years ago as a catalog based gift basket company and has grown into the national spotlight.

St. Charles Parish puts up flood fight
September 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm
By Renee Allemand
Orange flood control tubes have lined Bayou Des Allemands since before Hurricane Gustav made landfall, but that's not all public works crews have been doing to curb storm surge flooding.

The Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Frankenstein
September 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm
The Bush administration has put the mammoth quasi-private lending agencies—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—into conservatorship and punted the problem to the next administration. It would be wise for the media and debate moderators to press John McCain and Barack Obama regarding what exactly they will do to clean up this mess that is being left at their doorstep.

You could almost call us Hurricane Alley
September 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Galveston got it again. The Texas island was hit by the deadliest storm in history in 1900. More that 6,000 people were killed, many of them dying after being trapped for days under rubble.

Bayou Gauche waits for the next one
September 17, 2008 at 12:03 pm
Riding in an airboat through flooded sections of Bayou Gauche island can be a humbling experience after a major storm has roared through and done considerable damage to homes, property and families. Gliding along the water-logged highways, passing house after house submerged beneath water can make anyone wonder how the residents who live on the island will cope with rebuilding and piecing their lives back together after a storm.

The 7th annual United Way of St. Charles Battle for the Paddle cook-off is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. The event is an annual gumbo and jambalaya cook-off that helps the UWSC raise awareness about their organization. UWSC gets ready for seventh Paddle Battle
September 17, 2008 at 12:02 pm
The 7th Annual United Way of St. Charles Battle for the Paddle cook-off is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park. This event helps United Way of St. Charles to raise awareness about the organization and helps people understand how it serves the community.

Woman turns to marathons to honor late husband
September 17, 2008 at 12:01 pm
On a single sheet of lustrous purple letterhead, Luling’s Pamela Matherne presents her cause, simply headlined “What would you do to save a life? How far would you go?,” to potential donors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Parish gets $100,000 plan grant
September 17, 2008 at 11:58 am
St. Charles Parish will receive $100,000 from an organization that provides planning models and technical assistance to help communities with their transportation and infrastructure needs.

Nu Wave’s Luling branch will give the parish its first ever year-round swim league. The team will have monthly meets throughout the season. First year-round swim team in parish history gets started in Luling
September 17, 2008 at 11:57 am
The future Michael Phelps’ of the parish won't have to travel far to hone their talents throughout the year. Now, they can get all the practice they need at the newly heated pool at Mimosa Swim & Racquet Club.

Sheriff's Reports
September 17, 2008 at 9:10 am
•Bryan Lester Mayeux, Jr., 55, of 116 Sam St. in Boutte was arrested on Sept. 10 and charged with criminal assistance to suicide.

Due to Hurricane Ike, many yards along Highway 90 in Des Allemands were quickly flooded on Sept. 12. Ike caused a storm surge on the West Bank of 4.2 feet, which was a foot higher than the surge caused by Hurricane Gustav. However, Gustav caused plenty of Enough Already
September 17, 2008 at 8:57 am
Even though Hurricane Ike made landfall over 300 miles away in Galveston, Tex., the West Bank of St. Charles Parish experienced a storm surge of 4.2 feet - a foot more than the 3.15-foot surge caused by Hurricane Gustav.

Parish workers had to build earthen levees on top of the vandalized flood control water tubes. Des Allemands flood tubes vandalized
September 17, 2008 at 8:57 am
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the vandalism of flood control water tubes along Bayou Des Allemands. The vandalism couldn't have come at a worse time, since the area experienced rising water due to the affect of Hurricane Ike.

Gregory Dufrene, who has lived on Bayou Gauche island his entire life, says he hasn’t seen flooding in the area this bad since Hurricane Juan. Dufrene also says that he will never move from the island because preparing for a flood has become a way of life Bayou Gauche sees the worst of Hurricane Ike
September 17, 2008 at 8:57 am
Belinda and Carl Simoneux have always been proud of the fact that their home is built on the highest point of Bayou Gauche island. But as the winds of Hurricane Ike pushed water onshore, the Simoneauxs watched helplessly as the waves covered the roadway and edged closer to the front door of their island home.

Willowridge and Willowdale experienced street flooding on Sept. 14, illustrating the need for a levee in the area. Recent events highlight need for levee in Willowridge
September 17, 2008 at 8:57 am
It’s storm events like Hurricanes Ike and Gustav that remind Willowridge residents that levee protection is still years away and their homes are at risk of flooding.

Lawsuit called SLAPP in the face
September 17, 2008 at 8:57 am
An attorney representing Gwen Dufrene, a Bayou Gauche resident who was sued by architect Norman Chenevert, has asked the 19th Judicial Court in East Baton Rouge Parish to throw out the lawsuit against his client based on Louisiana's Anti-SLAPP law.

Local Little League team places third in district tournament Local Little League team places third in district tournament
September 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm
LEAGUE WINNERS. The West St. Charles 15 and 16-year-old Little League placed third the in district tournament.


Crafty Destrehan couple work together on art
Crafty Destrehan couple work together on art
Under the great oaks of Destrehan Plantation, Mary Alice Smith and her husband,...
Humane Society Pet of the Week
Humane Society Pet of the Week
This week’s St. Charles Humane Society’s showcase pet is Jake the dog.

Parish President candidates discuss importance of communication
Parish President candidates discuss importance of communication
Communication has often been cited as a key issue when it comes to making sure the parish council, the parish president and the many parish departments work together efficiently and effectively. If elected, what will you institute to ensure good communication between parish governmental agencies?