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Obesity rates dangerously high across the nation

By Harold Keller
Last year, my granddaughter, Amanda Watson, chose obesity as the subject for a school project. The title of her report was Self-Esteem Effects on Obese Children. I have her permission to use some findings of her research.
It's reported that obesity has doubled since the 1970's and children are becoming more depressed because of their weight. Today, 30 percent of school-aged children are overweight. Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:56 am

Buckeyes Challenge ACORN

By Family Research Council
It may not be as spacious as Texas and California or as cosmopolitan as New York, but when it comes to the presidential race, Ohio is the envy of them all. A perfect blend of cities and countryside, farmers and factory workers, the Buckeye State is America's political sweetheart. Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:55 am

Louisiana economy better off than rest of country

By Gov. Bobby Jindal
In the past week we held the first two of what will be weekly economic briefing meetings on the state of Louisianaís economy. These meetings, held in conjunction with agency secretaries from around the state, will help us ensure that we have the most up to date information on current economic trends that can affect our Louisiana businesses, workers, oil prices, housing market, and even our state revenue.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:53 am

Sharing the wealth can be misleading

When a candidate starts espousing that he will spread the wealth around, beware. Most people earned their wealth by working for it. It is theirís. If they want to give some of it away to a deserving person who perhaps did not have as many opportunities to gain wealth, fine. Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:52 am

Itís getting time to decide how to vote

Weíre sure most folks in St. Charles Parish have already decided who they will vote for to serve as President next. But the job isnít over.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:51 am


Margaret Sumners Witte, 98, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 in Tallahassee, Fla. Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:49 am


Priscilla Theresa St. Amant Moore departed this life peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at the age of 63.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:48 am


Norma Elizabeth Dufrene passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 in Patterson. Beloved daughter of the late Edmond Dufrene, Sr. and Ella Hogan Dufrene. Sister of Edmond Dufrene, Jr., Tim Dufrene, Donovan Dufrene and Elaine Stinnett. Also survived by 11 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 11:47 am

Parish could get more money from severance taxes if new amendment passes

When voters head to the polls on Nov. 4, they wonít just be electing a new president. There are also seven proposed constitutional amendments that range from the redistribution of state severance tax revenue to the establishment of term limits for members of state boards and commissions.
October 22, 2008 at 11:45 am

Schexnaydre ordinance pulled by council members

A plan to put a ďNo Parking During GameĒ sign up near residentsí homes on the south side of Thomas Coby in Destrehan was removed from consideration by five council members Monday night.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 10:51 am

Budget includes big raises

Because the cost of living continues to rise all around the country, Parish President V.J. St. Pierre will ask the council to approve salary increases for all parish employees in the upcoming 2009 budget.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 9:10 am

St. Pierre: server merger a done deal

The controversy is over - at least for Parish President V.J. St. Pierre. Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 9:10 am

Schools want to cut down on workersí comp claims

After an internal review showed that some employees may be taking advantage of the St. Charles Parish school systemís workersí compensation policy, the board took the first step towards making a change.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 9:06 am

Overturned truck dumps sand, diesel into culvert

A collision on River Road in Hahnville between a dump truck carrying sand and a 1999 Crown Victoria took at least six hours to clear up last week. Thatís because the overturned truck began leaking diesel from its fuel tank and dumping sand from the bed of the truck into a ditch and culvert right in front of the Hahnville Post Office.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 9:06 am

New $31 million bond issue to help homeowners

The Louisiana Housing Finance Agency has approved a $31 million bond issue to fund its Mortgage Revenue Bond Assisted Program.Read More...
October 22, 2008 at 9:01 am

City Park hosts 2008 garden show

NEW ORLEANS - The 2008 Fall Garden Show in New Orleans will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19.

Admission for the event is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free.

For more information, contact Karen Blackburn at 504-838-1170 or
October 19, 2008 at 11:57 am

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Riverside stifles Hahnville in 19-8 victory
Riverside stifles Hahnville in 19-8 victory
While Hahnville and Destrehanís clash next week wonít lack for hype, it wonít be a battle of undefeated teams.