Testing dates moved back for first time in 10 years Testing dates moved back for first time in 10 years
May 07, 2008 at 10:57 am
LEAP, iLEAP and GEE testing dates will be pushed back for students in every grade beginning next school year. This change means that testing will occur in April for the first time since the state’s accountability system began in 1999.

Parish certification could lead to lower flood insurance Parish certification could lead to lower flood insurance
May 07, 2008 at 10:55 am
St. Charles Parish is one step closer to receiving a national certification for storm preparedness. According to FEMA, the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) may provide points to communities that reach this certification, which can be applied toward lowering flood insurance rates.

Cox looking for high school students to host TV program Cox looking for high school students to host TV program
May 07, 2008 at 10:54 am
Cox Plugged In, a cable television show, is looking for Hahnville and Destrehan High School students to be hosts for the program. The show’s 11th season starts in August and auditions will be held on May 10.

Valero spends $600 million on environment Valero spends $600 million on environment
May 07, 2008 at 10:54 am
The Valero St. Charles Refinery in Norco has earned statewide recognition for environmental excellence and will receive an award in May at its Voluntary Protection Program Association (VPPA) Region VI conference.

Bills could change tax setup in parish Bills could change tax setup in parish
May 07, 2008 at 9:25 am
Three bills currently under consideration by the Louisiana legislature could change the way sales taxes are collected and distributed at the local level.

A Destrehan family plans to inspire others this Mother's Day by launching a Web site A Destrehan family plans to inspire others this Mother's Day by launching a Web site
May 07, 2008 at 9:24 am
For the Vinnett family, Mother’s Day is more than just another holiday filled with cards, flowers and candy. Instead, it’s a time for the family to reflect upon the many special memories they have of a woman who imparted words of wisdom and love upon them.

Don’t throw it away
May 07, 2008 at 9:24 am
Most residents don’t think twice about throwing away old electronic equipment or household cleaning products, but these materials can cause severe damage if taken out with the regular trash.

Laque to stand trial
May 07, 2008 at 9:24 am
Three parish employees filed a lawsuit against both St. Charles Parish and former Parish President Albert Laque that claims they were fired from their positions because of racism and political retaliation.

The St. Charles Parish Community Band holds free concert at HHS
May 06, 2008 at 12:12 pm
BOUTTE - The St. Charles Community Band will perform a free concert on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Hahnville High School auditorium.

Musical selections will include a John Philip Sousa march, musical selections from the movie Chicago, highlights from the Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof, as well as a Dixieland arrangement combining Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus with When the Saints Go Marching In.

The St. Charles Community Band, directed by David Rosenthal, is made up of mostly adult members from both the East and West Banks of St. Charles Parish as well as a few musicians from neighboring parishes and several high school musicians from the Hahnville and Destrehan Bands.

Residents urged to collect recyclables
May 03, 2008 at 11:00 am
Curbside recycling went by the wayside in St. Charles Parish after Hurricane Katrina, but parish residents still have the chance to turn in recyclable materials during bi-monthly drop-off events through the end of the year.

The next event, conducted by the Recycling Foundation of Baton Rouge, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on May 3 at the St. Charles Plaza on Highway 90 and at the Allen Arterbury Building on River Road in New Sarpy.

Recycling is free to the public and no parish funds are used to conduct the drop off.

Parish officials are seeking volunteers for the drop-off events. Interested persons can call 985-783-5000 to sign up.

River Region Arts & Humanities Council holds Denim & Diamonds fundraiser May 3
May 03, 2008 at 10:59 am
Get ready to raise that bid with hand painted fans designed by Destrehan High school seniors Skye Jenkins and Johnna Hurd, talented art students. The cowboy hat "bidding" fans will be used during the auction at the River Region Arts & Humanities Council fundraiser, Denim & Diamonds, May 3 at the Destrehan Plantation Mule Barn on River Road in Destrehan beginning at 6:30 p.m.

So, shine up your belt buckles, bolas and boots. Dust off your finest cowboy hats and blue-jean jackets and get ready to party for a cause.

Thanks to the supportive residents of the area, the River Region Arts & Humanities Council has raised over $250,000 since 2001 to support arts and humanities enrichment in the area.

Under the direction of event chair, Sandra Chaisson, a fun-filled evening is planned. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers, a signature drink the Bourbon Spur and music by Gal Holiday, a western swing rockabilly headliner. A chuck wagon style dinner will be served at 7:45 p.m. followed by a live auction, raffles, door prizes and more music.

You won't want to miss the opportunity to raise your "fan" during the auction featuring custom-made chandeliers, cowboy hats decorated by local "quick draw"artists (hats will be judged by Yvonne LaFleur), a condo stay in Aspen, Colorado including airfare for two and transportation from the airport to the condo, a portrait sitting worth over $2,400, a trip to the Kentucky Derby, a hat donated by Yvonne LaFleur suitable for wearing at the Derby, themed baskets and other exciting items. There will also be a "wagon train" of prizes and a raffle for a Coach purse valued at almost $500.

The price for an evening of western fun is $50.00 per person. For more information, contact Anita Hymel at 985-703-0831.

Please also consider becoming an event patron to support the arts and humanities in addition to being recognized in the Denim & Diamonds invitation and program.

Patron levels are:
•Marshal - $1000 - Recognition in the invitation and program, souvenir gift, preferred seating at a private table for six.

•Stetsons - $750 - Recognition in the invitation and program, souvenir gift, preferred seating for four.

•Chaps - $450 - Recognition in the invitation and program, preferred seating for four.

•Spurs - $250 - Recognition in the invitation and
program, preferred seating for two

For additional information about patron levels, please call Judy Mackles at 985-652-2261, Paul Aucoin at 224-265-7906 or Sandra Chaisson at 985-764-9596.

Adult day care seeks local talent for annual summer variety show
May 01, 2008 at 4:29 pm
Norco Adult Day Care is planning its 16th annual Summer Variety show to be held at Sacred Heart School Auditorium in Norco.

Special emphasis is on local talent - students and adults who would like free public exposure.

Honored guests will be the clients of Norco Adult Day Care, and the public is invited to attend.

The date for the show is July 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested in donating their time is asked to call Kathy at 985-764-7223.

The variety show is the annual fund raiser for Norco Adult Day Care. Tickets for the show will be on sale at the center, which is located at 425 Spruce St. or from staff and volunteers at Norco Adult Day Care.

Tickets are $2 each. Door prizes will also be given away at intermission.

Winners of door prizes do not have to present to collect their prize. Refreshments will also be available.

Courthouse hosts national prayer day
May 01, 2008 at 12:09 pm
HAHNVILLE - St. Charles Parish participants will commemorate 2008's National Day of Prayer from noon to 1 p.m. May 1 at the Courthouse at 15045 River Road.
Ceremony coordinator Brenda Chiasson of the West St. Charles Baptist Church in Boutte invites the public to attend.

Chiasson is inviting pastors from area churches to speak about the virtues of prayer. Other guest speakers will include members of law enforcement, EMTs and St. Charles Parish Hospital officials. Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, Jr. will introduce the ceremony with a prayer.
Congress designated the National Day of Prayer in 1952 as a time for all Americans, regardless of faith, to come together and pray in their own way. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill calling for the observance every first Thursday of May. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, based in Colorado, organizes many observances around the country.

For more information, please contact Chiasson at (985) 785-0659.

Senior groups hosts hurricane conference
May 01, 2008 at 10:59 am
LULING - The St. Charles Parish Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will host a Hurricane Conference for senior citizens at 10 a.m. May 1 at the VFW Hall, 140 Angus Drive in Luling.

The conference will focus on what seniors need to know to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, RSVP Director Fay Caire said.

Presenters will include the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center, the St. Charles Sheriff's Department, local fire departments and the Department of Animal Control. A light lunch will be provided.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. For more information, call Caire at 785-1037.

Pastor has no business in church, says judge Pastor has no business in church, says judge
April 30, 2008 at 7:17 pm
Judge Robert Chaisson, of the 29th District Court in St. Charles Parish, agreed with members of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ama and ruled that Rev. DeVairre B. Mollaire can no longer be pastor of the church.

Residents asked to help Residents asked to help
April 30, 2008 at 7:12 pm
St. Charles Parish residents living on the east bank are upset about debris. It's a problem that Planning and Zoning Director Kim Marousek has been addressing on a regular basis. And with a master plan on the drawing board for the parish this year, Marousek says residents will be able to air grievances and be a vital part of the planning process to improve their community.

Mustangs win Spring Classic, clench No. 1 power rating in state Mustangs win Spring Classic, clench No. 1 power rating in state
April 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm
The Louisiana Mustangs won the championship at the Spring Classic, Major NIT USSSA Baseball Tournament in Belle Chasse April 19 and 20.

Sophomore Courtney Western struck out 10 and allowed one run on two hits in her team’s win over Parkview.
St. Charles Catholic wins class 3A state title
April 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm
By Mickle Ponthieux
Southwest Daily Times

SULPHUR- The St. Charles Lady Comets won their first state championship since 1998 against the Parkview Lady Eagles by a score of 2-1.

Luling native recording own uptown funky sound
Luling native recording own uptown funky sound
Bailey Flores is working on her own uptown funky sound in New Orleans.