East bank hurricane levee likely to go up 3 ft. East bank hurricane levee likely to go up 3 ft.
April 12, 2006 at 11:07 am
With hurricane season right around corner, levee construction and maintenance is at the forefront of concerns for St. Charles Parish residents. Rumors and projections are leading local levee officials to believe that the Army Corps of Engineers may tell St. Charles Parish and the Pontchartrain Levee Board that east bank hurricane levee needs to be raised 3 ft.

Sobering personal income news
April 12, 2006 at 11:06 am
The governor and Legislature should pay close attention to a recent bit of economic news. Data just released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) had some sobering news for Louisiana. Due in large part to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana's per capita income fell by an ominous 9.1 percent during 2005.

Dow announces grant program
April 12, 2006 at 11:05 am
St. Charles Operations is proud to announce its 2006 Educational Enhancement School Grant Program," said Stanley Dufrene, community relations manager.

Kerry, the anti-war candidate?
April 12, 2006 at 11:04 am
With the Gallup Poll showing 51 percent of Americans want all U.S. troops out of Iraq by year's end, John Kerry has made his move.

Oil, gas and lawsuits Oil, gas and lawsuits
April 12, 2006 at 11:02 am
BATON ROUGE --If there were ever a poster child for so-called legacy sites, the distinction would likely belong to William Dore’s 9,000 acres of marshland in Cameron Parish. He has made a profitable living leasing out his land to oil and gas prospectors, but it has come at a hefty price.

Get it Growing!
April 12, 2006 at 10:58 am
It’s great to spend time outside with your children, but you need to take a few precautions to ensure they stay safe.

During this season, when the weather starts to warm up and you’re spending more time outdoors, I think it’s a great time to get kids interested in gardening. Magic just seems to happen when you give a child a packet of seeds, a little spot of his or her own and a few demonstrations about what to do.

Students in the Culinary Arts Program at the Satellite Center work on food for their senior project. What Cha got cookin'?
April 12, 2006 at 10:54 am
Chef Pat Phelan and his students are always cookin' up something good. Students interested in pursuing Culinary Arts as a profession need to go no further than the Satellite Center. The program is designed to prepare culinary students for college instruction or work in the industry.

April 12, 2006 at 10:52 am
Ione M. Falgout, 52, died on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. She is survived by children; David Falgout, Jr., Anna M. Alfred Piner. Sister of Alvin Barham, and sister of Mary Redford and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2006 at H.C. Alexander Funeral Home in Norco. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment Jefferson Memorial. H.C. Alexander Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sheriff Reports
April 12, 2006 at 10:49 am
• Dorian Thompson, 18, of 835 East Hoover St., New Sarpy, was arrested and charged with molestation of a juvenile at St. Charles Correctional Center on April 4. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested after allegedly inappropriately fondling a juvenile.

Car and bike owners rev up your engines
April 12, 2006 at 10:44 am
On the banks of the Mississippi River in Vacherie is the setting for the River Parishes 1st Annual Car and Bike Show, featuring the music of Local Option 2, food, crafts, and a little piece of history...Oak Alley Plantation. The event is set for April 22 at 9 a.m.-- 4 p.m. (Rain date is May 13). Awards will include Top Ten, Best of Show, Best Interior, and Best Paint plus more. All entries will receive a dash plaque and an event T-shirt. For more information call 985-359-2562.

207 Ormond Village Drive, Destrehan for $164,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Bourgeois to Mr. and Mrs. David Duplantis on Feb. 16.

Real Estate Transactions
April 12, 2006 at 10:32 am

•Lot 19 Fashion Plantation, Hahnville for $7,350 from Ralph Hymel to Mr. and Mrs. Brent Kelley on March 3.

•421 Oak Street, Hahnville for $125,000 from Mr. and Mrs. John Landry III to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Bourgeois on Feb. 24.

•Lot 202 Union Drive, Hahnville for $55,000 from Mr. and Mrs. David Alfred Sr. to Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens on Feb. 24.

An abandoned vehicle surrounded by piles of trash sits idle on Carriage Lane in Ormond Subdivision.
A heap of trouble
April 12, 2006 at 10:26 am
Carriage Lane has long been an eye sore for some residents of Ormond Subdivision. In addition, Hurricane Katrina caused residents to evacuate their homes, leaving everything behind. In some cases, residents didn’t return. The street is now the home to several extensive large piles of debris, insulation, sheet rock, household trash and even abandoned automobiles.

Ormond vehicles struck again Ormond vehicles struck again
April 12, 2006 at 10:24 am
Several vehicles in Ormond Subdivision once again became targets for criminals. This time the perpetrators were thieves.

Oh Baby!
April 05, 2006 at 3:18 pm
In case you haven't noticed, there is a world-wide debate about what should happen to 400,000 plus frozen embryos currently in storage at in-vitro clinics. Evangelical Christians and Catholics believe that these embryos are human persons and deserve to be treated as such. "Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being," they argue.

David Sampognaro, 44, Luling Luling doctor pleads not guilty
April 05, 2006 at 3:12 pm
A Luling doctor, David Sampognaro, 44, was indicted by a grand jury on 21 counts possession of child pornography. According to St. Charles Parish District Attorney's Office, "The pornographic images were in the form of video and still photographs."

The brand new, $10 million facility that sits at the base of the Hale Boggs Bridge and a picture of a young R.K Smith upon graduation. Learning in the shadow of a great man
April 05, 2006 at 3:09 pm
At the grand opening of the parish's new middle school facility, R.K. Smith, the man for whom the building is named for was the centerpiece, celebrating the legacy of a tireless educator, Roland K. Smith.

Chatman,an Ama native, led the Tigers to the second Final Four during the tenure. Pokey Chatman looks back and forward
April 05, 2006 at 3:07 pm
While events this weekend proved disappointing for the Lady Tigers, Ama's native daughter, Dana "Pokey" Chatman discussed the long road to success she has travelled, coming a long way since her days of Biddy Basketball.

Victims’ Voices: Silent No More
April 05, 2006 at 3:06 pm
Once upon a time in America, to be a crime victim was to be a nameless, faceless entity. Victims were seldom informed of the status of their offenders or cases. They were often excluded from judicial processes affecting their lives unless they were witnesses. They seldom had input into the outcome of their cases, or into holding their offenders accountable.

Suspects eyed in murder of Destrehan church volunteer
Suspects eyed in murder of Destrehan church volunteer
Nearly five months after 23-year-old Ramal Ellis was found shot to death behind the church where he volunteered his time, officials with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office say suspects have been identified in connection with the murder, though any arrests will have to wait until the evidence is fully processed.

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