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Help “stamp out” with food drive

ST. CHARLES PARISH - Local letter carriers are calling on the community to participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 9.

Residents of the River Parishes are asked to place nonperishable food items such as canned food, pasta and cereal, in a bag and put it in or beside their mailbox.

Letter carriers will pick up the bags. Items will be delivered to local food banks to help local families in need. in St. Charles, items will be given to Social Concerns. Read More...
May 09, 2009 at 1:17 pm
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‘Plop Drop’ to benefit center

LAPLACE - The Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center is planning its unusual, but popular, “Plop Drop” festival May 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at the facility, 152 Shadow Brook Lane in LaPlace.

Anita Hartzell, the center’s founder and director, said the family event will include food, music, games and a plop drop.

In the plop drop, the arena will be divided into 400 segments. Each square will be sold for $10. Participants will have a chance to win $1,000 if a horse “plops” on his or her square, Hartzell said.

There will be two sets of 400 tickets, with two $1,000 winners. Winners do not need to attend the event. Among other activities being planned are a chicken drop, and other games.

Proceeds will benefit the center, which provides riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities. It serves the New Orleans area.

Tickets are available online at www.gnotrc.com, or by calling 985-651-5239 or 504-453-5509.
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May 09, 2009 at 1:16 pm
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RRB to hold auditions May 9

DESTREHAN - The River Region Ballet will hold auditions for company and junior company members for their 2009-10 season at Images Dance Studio located at 105-A River Point Dr. in Destrehan.

Intermediate male and female dancers, 10 years and older, can audition for junior company from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Intermediate and advanced male and female dancers 13 years and older can audition from noon to 1:30 p.m.

All dancers must sign-in half hour prior to audition time. Audition fee is $10.

For more information, call 985-764-7678 or email riverregionballet@cox.net.Read More...
May 09, 2009 at 12:59 pm
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Win $10,000 at crawfish boil

GRAMERCY - The River Region Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Crawfish Boil and Super Raffle on Friday, May 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. James Welcome Center located at 1094 Highway 61 in Gramercy.

Tickets: $100 admits two people - includes food, soft drinks, beer and a chance to win $10,000 or one of four $1,000 consolation prizes.

Extras include a 50/50 and door prize raffle. Cash bar available for wine and mixed drinks.

To purchase tickets, call 985-359-9777.
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May 08, 2009 at 1:15 pm
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Sex and the Gospel always seem to ‘stir us up’

By Christopher West
The Associated Press recently ran a story about a controversy brewing among a community of "bible-believing" folk in rural Alabama. Many in the town of Good Hope were disturbed by a billboard advertizing a series of sermons at the local Daystar Church. Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:14 pm
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Ranking Louisiana’s business climate

Every year, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Association of Washington Business publish their "Redbook" which ranks the business climate of states based on 50 different criteria. It is always interesting to see how Louisiana fares in the survey. The following is a brief look at some pluses and minuses for the Bayou State in the rankings. (Note: the data presented is the latest available for the different categories.)Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:12 pm
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Jindal could be what Edwards could have been

At the recent Louisiana Press Association convention, Gov. Bobby Jindal made a trip there “to drink coffee,” he said, not to have a press conference. In fact, his appearance was to be “off the record.”Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:11 pm
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Proposed cargo airport may not fly

Gov. Bobby Jindal is pulling his support away from state funding for a proposed cargo airport in the Donaldsonville area. The airport was intentioned to tie in air shipments to boat freight traffic along the Mississippi River.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:09 pm
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Sheriff's Reports

Arrests
•Elexksis Whitaker, 32, of 53 Brandon Hall in Destrehan was arrested on April 23 and charged with theft under $300.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:07 pm
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Overgrown Paradis crossing gets facelift after story

Three railroad crossings in St. Charles Parish were closed last week for rehabilitation, all within a few miles of where waterworks employee Jacque Griffin, 19, lost his life when a train collided with his parish vehicle.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:06 pm
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St. Pierre picks new emergency director

A Department of Defense professional with extensive experience in intelligence analysis and incident management has been confirmed as director of the St. Charles Parish Department of Emergency Preparedness. Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:05 pm
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Parish has 3 years to fund launch on Des Allemands

After Riverbend Corporation and Robert Wiegand decided to donate three acres of land on Mud Lake to the parish for the construction of a boat launch near Down the Bayou Road, Councilman Paul Hogan said it’s imperative that the parish find the money to build it within the specified time limit.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 1:02 pm
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2 Suspected cases of swine flu in parish come back negative

St. Charles Parish still has no confirmed cases of swine flu, and two samples in the area that were sent to the state lab for testing came back negative, according to Parish President V.J. St. Pierre. Both samples were gathered by private doctors in the area, Senior Emergency Coordinator Jason Tastet said.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 10:50 am
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Vietnam wall visits Destrehan

On Wednesday, hundreds of cheering Harry Hurst Middle School students waved American flags as they welcomed a replica of arguably the most famous monument in the nation.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 10:50 am
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Termites swarm West Bank

Among the evening dusk of these early summer days, swarming termites are being spotted, flying together near street lamps throughout neighborhoods - especially on the West Bank of St. Charles Parish.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 10:50 am
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Paradis man tempts taste buds with unique Cajun seasonings

If you're searching for the perfect mix of Cajun seasonings, then you need to look no further than ‘T Pierre’s authentic herbs and spices.Read More...
May 08, 2009 at 10:49 am
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St. Charles Parish shelter staff  certified in animal search and rescue
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With growing public emphasis on preparedness with handling animals in disasters, the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter staff completed training to become certified in animal search and rescue.