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•Nicholas P. Banta, 30, of 3531 46th St. in Metairie was arrested on Aug. 8 and charged with simple burglary.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:07 am

Historical association thanks parish for cleanup

Dear Editor:
On behalf of the St. Charles Museum and Historical Association, I would like to thank Parish President V.J. St. Pierre and his staff for the continued support and assistance afforded the association. I would also like to thank the Department of Parks and Recreation for refurbishing and maintaining the historical walkway at the West Bank Bridge Park. Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:05 am

How will we pay for politicions programs, proposals?

As the presidential and congressional campaigns take on more momentum heading toward the nominating conventions and Labor Day, sugar-coated promises are filling the airwaves. It is easy for politicians to pander if they aren’t required to say how they plan to pay for the programs and proposals they set forth as temptations for the voters.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

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

Council gives property owners tax break

The St. Charles Parish Council agreed with residents and decided to roll back millage rates. That made some taxing districts unhappy, some concerned and some indifferent.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:00 am

Minor league football could be headed our way

When minor league football coach Ken Austin looks down the 100-yard stretch of a football field he sees more than just the blueprint for a game.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 10:59 am

Change in minimum wage has minimum impact

Though the federal minimum wage recently rose by 70 cents, only 2 percent of the nation's workforce experienced a pay increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 10:58 am

Dog-saving Lieutenant graduates from FBI academy

Lt. Ricky Oubre, who is known for saving dogs from animal shelters throughout the southeastern part of the state and training them for police work, graduated from the FBI National Academy Program.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 10:56 am

Parish levee projects receive funds

The Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority agreed to use a $300 million surplus in its 2007 budget to provide funding for several coastal restoration and hurricane levee protection projects. Two of those projects will affect St. Charles Parish.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:32 am

Spillway Road repairs behind schedule

Buses full of school children are being forced to use the dangerous Airline Highway because the Spillway Road is still closed, though the parish will soon begin work to repair it.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am

Barge owner a no-show at Destrehan town hall meeting

District III Councilwoman Wendy Benedetto says she plans to ask for the cooperation of Magnolia Fleet Barge Company co-owner David Weidner in answering the questions and concerns of the Destrehan community. Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am

Operation Clean Sweep begins

The waterways of St. Charles Parish will finally be rid of hurricane debris. That's because FEMA has partnered with the Louisiana Coast Guard to do one final sweep and make sure the rivers and bayous are free of Hurricane Rita and Katrina remnants that could pose a safety hazard. Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am

Traveling art exhibit at libraries

The Traveling Showcase, created at the St. Charles Art Guild’s Kids Camp, is now on display through Aug. 2 at the East Bank library in Destrehan and will travel to the West Regional Library for display through Aug. 18.
August 18, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Emergency shelter and food program

EAST BANK - Beginning Aug. 4, emergency food and shelter federal funds are available for East Bank residents of St. Charles Parish to assist in paying utility bills, mortgage or rent assistance.

Residents who applied for assisstance in 2007 are not eligible for 2008 help.

Eligible residents meeting the following criteria may qualify: 1. Must be facing an emergency crisis, such as loss of income due to illness, reducation of work hours, etc. and 2. Must be a resident of St. Charles.

All residents qualifying for utility assistance must provided their current bill and disconnect notice.
All residents qualifying for mortgage or rent assistance must provide past due, forclosure or an eviction notice.
Residents meeting these guidelines may call the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services at 985-764-7944 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Back to school bash to feature Molly the pony

After the success of last year’s event, the German Coast Farmers’ Market will play host to the second annual Back to School Bash on Aug. 16.

The bash will take place at the East Bank site of the farmers’ market, near the Ormond Plantation. Blanche Newsome will perform at the event, which will also include door prizes, back to school gift bags, face painting and a display by the parish library.

Molly the pony, along with some of her pony friends, will also be on hand at the event. Molly was rescued after Katrina by Kaye Harris, who is her current owner. Several months later she was attacked by a pit bull. Although her numerous wounds healed, her leg did not make it and amputation and a prosthesis were necessary for Molly. Now Molly visits everyone and anyone who could use her quiet wisdom and inspiration, from Children's Hospital to nursing homes.

The main draw to the event will be the food. Fresh produce, pastries, breads, rotisserie meats, seafood and dairy products, such as creole cream cheese, will all be available during the bash. As will kettle corn, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions, homemade salad dressings, wine, pastalaya and stuffed crabs.

“We came up with the idea of a back to school bash because we really wanted to push healthy eating habits for kids,” Ann Montgomery said. “We want to show that you don’t have to travel far to get fresh food and vegetables.”

Door prizes at the bash will include little coolers that kids can use with their meals, while the gift bags will have honey soap, which is made in little animals to promote hygiene. There will also be plenty of honey samples around and kids will learn that a drop of honey on a cracker might be tastier - and healthier - than butter.

The Back to School Bash will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon.Read More...
August 16, 2008 at 12:34 pm

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