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

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

The St. Charles Parish Community Band holds free concert at HHS
May 06, 2008 at 12:12 pm
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.

Residents urged to collect recyclables
May 03, 2008 at 11:00 am
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.

River Region Arts & Humanities Council holds Denim & Diamonds fundraiser May 3
May 03, 2008 at 10:59 am
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.

Adult day care seeks local talent for annual summer variety show
May 01, 2008 at 4:29 pm
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.

Courthouse hosts national prayer day
May 01, 2008 at 12:09 pm
HAHNVILLE - St. Charles Parish participants will commemorate 2008's National Day of Prayer from noon to 1 p.m. May 1 at the Courthouse at 15045 River Road.
Ceremony coordinator Brenda Chiasson of the West St. Charles Baptist Church in Boutte invites the public to attend.

Chiasson is inviting pastors from area churches to speak about the virtues of prayer. Other guest speakers will include members of law enforcement, EMTs and St. Charles Parish Hospital officials. Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, Jr. will introduce the ceremony with a prayer.
Congress designated the National Day of Prayer in 1952 as a time for all Americans, regardless of faith, to come together and pray in their own way. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill calling for the observance every first Thursday of May. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, based in Colorado, organizes many observances around the country.

For more information, please contact Chiasson at (985) 785-0659.

Senior groups hosts hurricane conference
May 01, 2008 at 10:59 am
LULING - The St. Charles Parish Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will host a Hurricane Conference for senior citizens at 10 a.m. May 1 at the VFW Hall, 140 Angus Drive in Luling.

The conference will focus on what seniors need to know to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, RSVP Director Fay Caire said.

Presenters will include the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center, the St. Charles Sheriff's Department, local fire departments and the Department of Animal Control. A light lunch will be provided.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. For more information, call Caire at 785-1037.

Pastor has no business in church, says judge Pastor has no business in church, says judge
April 30, 2008 at 7:17 pm
Judge Robert Chaisson, of the 29th District Court in St. Charles Parish, agreed with members of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ama and ruled that Rev. DeVairre B. Mollaire can no longer be pastor of the church.

Residents asked to help Residents asked to help
April 30, 2008 at 7:12 pm
St. Charles Parish residents living on the east bank are upset about debris. It's a problem that Planning and Zoning Director Kim Marousek has been addressing on a regular basis. And with a master plan on the drawing board for the parish this year, Marousek says residents will be able to air grievances and be a vital part of the planning process to improve their community.

Mustangs win Spring Classic, clench No. 1 power rating in state Mustangs win Spring Classic, clench No. 1 power rating in state
April 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm
The Louisiana Mustangs won the championship at the Spring Classic, Major NIT USSSA Baseball Tournament in Belle Chasse April 19 and 20.

Sophomore Courtney Western struck out 10 and allowed one run on two hits in her team’s win over Parkview.
St. Charles Catholic wins class 3A state title
April 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm
By Mickle Ponthieux
Southwest Daily Times

SULPHUR- The St. Charles Lady Comets won their first state championship since 1998 against the Parkview Lady Eagles by a score of 2-1.

UPGRADING. Hahnville’s football field turned into dirt after the grass was uprooted and transferred to another location on campus. The installation of the artificial turf fields at both Hahnville and Destrehan should be complete by late July. High school stadiums get $1.4 million makeover
April 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm
Both the Destrehan and Hahnville stadiums will be undergoing a reconditioning project that will make slight improvements to various parts of the stadiums. Neither one of the stadiums have been reconditioned in their 30 year existence.

Baseball league for the disabled starting in parish
April 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm
Local children who are mentally or physically disabled may be eligible to participate in the St. Charles Recreation Department's Challenger Baseball League.

They’re in!
April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm
When Destrehan and Hahnville suffered back-to-back losses to end the season, both teams' playoff chances appeared to be in jeopardy.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs are readily available to us for about $2 each. That’s a more expensive purchase, but they use less power and last up to ten times longer than your average light bulb. Heather R. Breaux BLOG
April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm
It all seems so daunting. Climate change, hydrogen power, even solar energy. These terms are quickly becoming the vocabulary of a new century, of a new generation - and there’s a lot to learn!

Brian and Mary Noto with Father John Perino. Holy Family Annual Church Fundraiser
April 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling hosted its annual fundraiser, Extravaganza Express on Saturday, April 26 with a parade of prizes, an auction and live entertainment.

Camera Shootout 2008 Camera Shootout 2008
April 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm
“Windblown” by Abby Chabert is the April monthly winner in the photo contest.

How St. Charles Parish’s ‘Biggest Losers’ became its biggest  winners
How St. Charles Parish’s ‘Biggest Losers’ became its biggest winners
Murray Dufrene gave up Blue Bell ice cream and bread.
It was hard, but Dufrene did it.

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