Lifestyles

Luling couple runs for the ages

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. […]

Boys Soccer

Recreation Spring soccer in full bloom

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. […]

Columns

On your marks, get set, climb!

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. […]

Letter to the Editor

Careless drivers, not bad roads the cause

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.
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Columns

‘MFP Reform’ would impact state budget

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. […]