Jindal, Landrieu make good pair in Baton Rouge
July 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm
So, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Bobby Jindal were scheduled to meet in Baton Rouge yesterday. Was this perhaps to discuss the possibility of Jindal becoming the presidential candidate’s running mate?

Volunteer vets beautify shelter
July 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm
A group of more than 20 volunteers with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation completed much-needed repairs at the St. Charles Parish animal shelter July 17 and 18 as part of its Shelter Rehab Project.

Parish’s oldest clothing boutique still fashion savvy Parish’s oldest clothing boutique still fashion savvy
July 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm
The doors of St. Charles Parish’s oldest clothing boutique first opened in the spring of 1974 when Bob and Millie Derveloy took over a small and newly-opened shop called The Foxy Lady Boutique.

Ethel Schoeffner Principal Mary Schmidt was actually a journalism major, but because that might have forced her to give up her scholarship, she switched to special education. Ethel Schoeffner principal eyes that fourth star
July 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm
Change has been a constant throughout Ethel Schoeffner Principal Mary Schmidt's life and career. Not only has the veteran educator been around for the construction of both New Sarpy Elementary and the school she now heads, but she also saw St. Charles Parish develop from a rural outgrowth of New Orleans into a burgeoning area of its own.

Luling’s Thomas Pitre (shown now and during his time of service) still had nightmares years after his time in Vietnam was over. Luling Vietnam vet still dealing with pain, heartache of serving
July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am
Imagine being forced to leave home and dropped right in the middle of a battle overseas only to return three years later to face indifference from some people and indignation from others.

Brazen gunmen target St. Rose
July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am
A 37-year-old LaPlace man told deputies that he was tied up, had a gun put to his head and saw the trigger get pulled twice before the gunman walked away laughing with $630 and credit cards.

Concert hopes to spread awareness of teen dating violence through music Concert hopes to spread awareness of teen dating violence through music
July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am
Teen dating violence is a huge problem across the nation, with some teens even experiencing that abuse every single day. Because this abuse doesn't differentiate between gender or age, the United Way of St. Charles is hoping to spread awareness in a way that all teens understand - through music.

Councilman Billy Raymond talks with Kimberly Mitchell about ways the single mother would like to see Meadows Drive improved. After a recent drive-by shooting in the area, Raymond wants a town hall meeting. Tackling violence head-on
July 23, 2008 at 9:31 am
On a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon, District 1 Councilman Billy Raymond walked through Meadows Drive and talked to residents in the community about various ways to improve the area. Raymond and residents have been concerned ever since a drive-by shooting occurred there two weeks ago.

The FEMA trailer where Councilman Larry Cochran’s mother allegedly stayed. Were fire station’s actions criminal?
July 23, 2008 at 9:31 am
An investigation into allegations of misuse of funds at the St. Rose Fire Department is over. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says that his office's investigation is complete and the police report was submitted to District Attorney Harry Morel's office three weeks ago.

Club holds dance in Norco July 20
July 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm
NORCO - The Oldies But Goodies Dance Club will hold a dance on Sunday, July 20 at the Knights of Columbus home in Norco.
Line dancing lessons from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and general dancing will follow.

Music provided by DJ Matherne. Admission is $5. Bring your own liquor.

IHOP turns 50 at Zephyrs game
July 19, 2008 at 2:12 pm
KENNER - In celebration of IHOP Restaurant’s 50th birthday, the IHOP Discover America Road Tour is crossing the nation to celebrate two American classics – pancakes and baseball.
An IHOP-branded RV will travel more than 8,500 miles to visit Minor League Baseball parks in 27 cities bringing cheer, games and giveaways.

The RV will make a stop in New Orleans on July 19 at 6 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m., entertaining fans as the New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Albuquerque Isotopes.

Zephyr Field is located at 6000 Airline Highway in Kenner.

Library offers free ACT practice test
July 19, 2008 at 1:44 pm
LULING - St. Charles Parish Library invites teens to attend a free ACT practice test at West Regional Library Saturday, July 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Practice tests will be proctored, timed, and evaluated with results sent to each participant.

This is a great free warm-up for the actual testing. Please call 1-800-2Review (1-800-273-8439) to register, or register online at www.PrincetonReview.com/events.

The West Regional Library is located at 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling. Call 985-785-8471 for more information.

Banquet held to benefit scholarship
July 19, 2008 at 1:42 pm
BOUTTE - The annual D.R.E.A.M. Inc. banquet, held in honor of Don Raymond - a former Hahnville High School student, will be held on Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Glen Dorsey Multi-Purpose Building located at 13665 Old Spanish Trail in Boutte.

The event is the main fundraiser for the Don Raymond scholarship which is awarded to a St. Charles Parish student each May.

Musical entertainment by the Worship Squad and the People of Praise is scheduled along with guest speaker Rev. Torin Sanders of the Sixth Baptist Church in New Orleans.

Visitors will also get a sneak peek preview of Glenn Singleton’s Don Raymond documentary.

Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door. Ticket prices include dinner.

For more information or to purchase a ticket in advance
call David at 504-914-8478.

AgCenter hosts citrus workshop
July 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm
LULING - Local residents interested in learning more about citrus greening disease including proper identification, treatments and sampling of the Asian citrus psyllid can attend the workshop.

It is scheduled for Thursday, July 17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Extension County Agent’s Office located at 1313 Paul Maillard Rd., Ste. E in Luling.

For more information, call 985-785-4473.

Register to vote, learn how to use new machines at parish post offices
July 17, 2008 at 1:41 pm
Next week is Voter Education Week, and the Registrar of Voters will conduct registration drives at post offices around the parish.

The office will also demonstrate how to use the voting machines used for early voting and will mail informational postcards to all households for the upcoming fall elections. The registration drives will be held on July 15 at the Boutte Post Office, July 16 at the Destrehan Post Office and July 17 at the St. Rose Post Office.

Registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each location.

Voter Education Week is held to remind voters of the major changes going into effect for the fall elections. During the week of July 14-18, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will join election officials throughout the state in spreading the message of closed congressional primaries and the importance of accurate voter registration.

Louisianians will vote in closed primaries for the first time in decades beginning with the Sept. 6, 2008 1st Party Primary for all seven Congressional Districts and the U.S. Senate race. The 2nd Party Primary will follow on Oct. 4, the same day as voters will choose many local leaders, such as district attorneys and judges, in open primaries.

Anyone interested in registering, or changing their voter registration, can contact the Registrar of Voters at 985-783-5120 or visit www.stcharlesgov.net/departments/rov.html. Additionally, they can call the Secretary of State's election hotline at 1-800-883-2805 or visit www.geauxvote.com.

Louise Bearden has been in the service industry for over 50 years and has given a lot of welcome advice during that time. ‘Mama Lou’ - a Shoney’s staple
July 17, 2008 at 11:10 am
Every morning at exactly 4 a.m., Louise Bearden, affectionately called ‘Mama Lou’ by most visitors who come to dine at the Shoney’s in Boutte, comes to work with a smile on her face, ready to wait tables.

Tom Candies (right) shows off a couple crabs that he caught last week while Randall Rome (left) looks on. Candies and many other fishermen have had to modify their catch in order to stay afloat during the slow season. A fisherman’s tale
July 17, 2008 at 10:10 am
It’s been a slow year for commercial fishermen on the bayous of St. Charles Parish, and the escalating fuel costs and downtrodden economy aren’t helping.

Library needs more money
July 17, 2008 at 10:09 am
The architect in charge of designing the new East Regional Library, Norman Chenevert, met with the St. Charles Parish Council's Legislative Committee to ask for additional money to complete the building.


Humane Society Pet of the Week
Humane Society Pet of the Week
This week’s St. Charles Humane Society’s showcase pet is Jake the dog.
Communities rally to support Cottages for CASA
Communities rally to support Cottages for CASA
Cottages for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is kicking off its playhouse...

HHS senior just wants to help
HHS senior just wants to help
Hahnville High School senior Lee Robichaux is out to make a difference, and he’s going about it in a unique and positive way.