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St. Charles info officer learns about life on the other side

By Renee Allemand
For my entire collegiate and professional career I've been on the other side of government.
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May 07, 2008 at 2:11 pm
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Let’s take another look at the President

Though the favorability ratings of President George W. Bush are claimed to have gone down, it seems that many citizens would side with him on the basic issues, especially here in Louisiana. Read More...
May 07, 2008 at 2:09 pm
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Justice of the Peace Smith resigns from Hahnville post

Aleshia J. Smith has resigned from her post as Justice of the Peace for District 1 in order to take a position on the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology.Read More...
May 07, 2008 at 2:06 pm
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St. Pierre helps ease senior hurricane worries

Dozens of seniors from around the parish gathered last week at the VFW Hall in Luling for a hurricane seminar that specifically zeroed in on what they should do in the event a hurricane hits St. Charles Parish.Read More...
May 07, 2008 at 10:58 am
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Testing dates moved back for first time in 10 years

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.
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May 07, 2008 at 10:57 am
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Parish certification could lead to lower flood insurance

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.
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May 07, 2008 at 10:55 am
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Cox looking for high school students to host TV program

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.Read More...
May 07, 2008 at 10:54 am
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Valero spends $600 million on environment

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.
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May 07, 2008 at 10:54 am
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Bills could change tax setup in parish

Three bills currently under consideration by the Louisiana legislature could change the way sales taxes are collected and distributed at the local level.Read More...
May 07, 2008 at 9:25 am
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A Destrehan family plans to inspire others this Mother's Day by launching a Web site

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.
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May 07, 2008 at 9:24 am
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Don’t throw it away

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.Read More...
May 07, 2008 at 9:24 am
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Laque to stand trial

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.
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May 07, 2008 at 9:24 am
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The St. Charles Parish Community Band holds free concert at HHS

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.Read More...
May 06, 2008 at 12:12 pm
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Residents urged to collect recyclables

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.
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May 03, 2008 at 11:00 am
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River Region Arts & Humanities Council holds Denim & Diamonds fundraiser May 3

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.Read More...
May 03, 2008 at 10:59 am
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Adult day care seeks local talent for annual summer variety show

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.
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May 01, 2008 at 4:29 pm
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Trailblazing HHS grad working on Ph.D., opening own lab
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