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Lending a helping hand
April 05, 2006 at 1:12 pm
Local residents and organizations are lending a helping hand to the FISH relief volunteer camp located directly behind the First Union Presbyterian Church in Luling.

Harald Vicknair points to some of his best selling ‘whirlygigs’ in his front yard in Luling. Spinning in the wind
April 05, 2006 at 1:08 pm
If you're an area local, chances are you have seen Harold Vicknair's 'whirlygigs' spinning in his front yard on the corner of River Road and Barton Avenue in Luling.

Putting God in your marriage can keep it strong
March 29, 2006 at 1:56 pm
After 13 years of marriage, Rick Harris loved his wife even more than he did when he first married her. He wrote the following poem in hopes that the insight he gained after 13 years of marriage would help other married couples.

Arthur Gassen, Jr. prepares for the Bridge Run this Saturday by running on the Mississippi River Levee. Luling couple runs for the ages
March 29, 2006 at 1:25 pm
This weekend during the Valero's United Way Bridge Run/Walk two familiar faces will be competing in the 70 and over age group, Amelia and Arthur Gassen. At 78 and 81 respectively, these two have climbed Hale Boggs Bridge numerous times, with Arthur winning the event several times.

Patrick Brice of the U-12 Patriots prepares to defend the ball. Recreation Spring soccer in full bloom
March 29, 2006 at 1:23 pm
Spring Recreation Soccer is in full swing and over 100 girls and boys in St. Charles Parish are participating. This pass weekend, three of the teams traveled to Baton Rouge to represent St. Charles Parish in the Red Stick Tournament. Those teams are the U-19 boys-Tornadoes, U-13 boys-United and the U-12 boys- Patriots.

Dr. Ragas spoke on housing and economic conditions post-Katrina in the River Parishes. He projects St. Charles’ population to ballon to 60,000 in 3 years. Real Estate expert speaks to realtors
March 29, 2006 at 1:20 pm
Dr. Wade Ragas, retired UNO professor and local real estate expert spoke at the Saints Board of Realtors General Membership meeting on March 23rd at Ormond Country Club.

Dr. Ragas spoke about effects and the recovery of the New Orleans metro area since Hurricane Katrina.

On your marks, get set, climb!
March 29, 2006 at 1:18 pm
When most people hear the words "St. Charles Parish," usually their first thought is that of the Hale Boggs Bridge. It's towers rise over 400 feet tall into the sky with its 5,280 miles of cable used to suspend the roadway well above the Mississippi River traffic below. It truly is a parish symbol. It has done more to pull this parish together than any other effort or object before it.

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.

Plastered with “Building unsafe to enter” signs, the old Luling Elmentary School faces an uncertain future. (Lower) The back of the old schoolhouse, where decay and disrepair is prevelant as is its change to a maintenance building. Cultural icon on life-support
March 29, 2006 at 1:14 pm
Since 1931, the old Luling Elementary School Building has withstood the test of time, but wind damage from Hurricane Katrina could spell its death knell, as it lost most of its roof.

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.

Russel Schexnayder keeps the ball in play to win the match. Destrehan Tennis has high hopes
March 29, 2006 at 1:07 pm
The boys and girl tennis teams at Destrehan High School are expecting some great things this year. Because of Hurricane Katrina, the girls and boys teams have only one team in their district. They are scheduled to play Hahnville on Friday.

Luling man gets 10 years for child porn Luling man gets 10 years for child porn
March 29, 2006 at 1:06 pm
Grover Cornwell, 61, Luling, pled guilty to 90 counts of possession of child pornography and 1 count of child molestation of a juvenile.

Direct deposit for child support Direct deposit for child support
March 29, 2006 at 1:05 pm
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Social Services (DSS) is now offering child support clients two new options in receiving payments.


Abortion bills could produce another heated debate Abortion bills could produce another heated debate
March 29, 2006 at 1:03 pm
BATON ROUGE -- It has been 16 years since the Legislature took up the issue of abortion in a real way, and many people still remember what a circus it was.

Obituaries
March 29, 2006 at 12:01 pm
Haydel
Shirley Ann Negrotto Haydel, a native of New Orleans, LA, and a resident of Destrehan, LA, on Monday, March 20, 2006 in the afternoon in the presence of her family. She was 78 years old. Preceded in death by her devoted husband, Lester Joseph Haydel, Sr.; their daughter, Sandra Haydel Segrave-Tefarikis; her parents, Anna Shirley Passanante and Drebing A. Negrotto, Jr. and William J. Negrotto. Survived by her children: Leslie Haydel, wife of Francis J. Braud; son-in-law, Peter J. Tefarikis; Valerie Haydel, wife of Carlos J. Halder; Lester J. Haydel, Jr. and his wife, Paula Prudhomme; Dawn Haydel, wife of Christopher E. Higdon; Richard J. Haydel and his wife, Melanie Rodrigue, Anne Haydel, wife of David J. Landeche; Stacey Haydel, wife of Russ S. Keller; Michael C. Haydel and his wife Mary Schlorff; and her siblings: Eulalie Negrotto Montalto and John A. Negrotto. Also survived by 24 loving grandchilden and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation was at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Destrehan, LA. Entombment in St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum. HC Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.

What's Happening
March 29, 2006 at 11:58 am
Best artists in town showcased
The St. Charles Art Guild will hold its Annual Art Show at the St. Charles Parish Library in St. Rose on April 7 and 8. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday from 2- 4pm. The guild will award Best of Show, 1st,2nd,3rd and honorable mention. Art students from DHS and HHS will also participate. The show will be in honor of Dee Rabalais, a charter member of the guild.

Shelter director saves horse
Shelter director saves horse
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A malnourished horse found wrapped up in rope in a desolate field has gotten a new lease on life thanks to St. Charles Parish Animal Control Director Angie Robert.

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