Valero appoints new VP Valero appoints new VP
July 19, 2006 at 1:04 pm
St. Charles Parish- Valero Energy Corporation announced this week that Ralph Phillip has been named vice president and general manager of the company's St. Charles refinery. Former plant manager Gary Simmons has relocated to Valero's corporate headquarters in San Antonio to serve as vice president of planning and economics.

July best month to fertilize lawns July best month to fertilize lawns
July 19, 2006 at 1:03 pm
Late July is the optimum time to make that final application of nitrogen fertilizer to the lawn. Since nitrogen typically lasts 8 to 10 weeks in the soil, this would allow enough time for depletion of the nitrogen before the arrival of cooler temperatures in the fall.

State should restrict election dates in the future
July 19, 2006 at 1:01 pm
Unbeknownst to most people in St. Charles Parish, Saturday was election day here.

Louisiana budget reform has a long way to go
July 19, 2006 at 12:59 pm
A year from now, the 2007 election campaigns will be off and running. Due to term limits, half of the Legislature will likely be replaced, and most of the major statewide elected positions stand a good chance to be strongly contested. Those elections may well be the most important in the modern history of a state that was slammed hard last year by the twin disasters of Katrina and Rita.

Elmer's Island would make a great state park
July 19, 2006 at 12:57 pm
Elmer’s Island - - that choice piece of real estate at the bottom of Lafourche Parish on the Gulf of Mexico - - may become public land.

Gas boycott--fuel for thought
July 19, 2006 at 12:55 pm
I have warm memories of 60-cent per gallon gasoline prices, but they are fading rapidly. Louisiana motorists are shaking their heads in disgust, as gas pumps gobble-up $20 bills like it were Zapps Potato Chips.

St. Charles Council forms new board for children St. Charles Council forms new board for children
July 19, 2006 at 12:54 pm
St. Charles Parish Council has created the St. Charles Parish Children and Youth Planning Board in accordance with LRS 46:1941.5 which mandates the creation of said Board and its makeup.

National Night Out Against Crime National Night Out Against Crime
July 19, 2006 at 12:52 pm
On Tuesday, Aug. 1, neighborhoods throughout St. Charles Parish are invited by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 23rd Annual Night Out Against Crime/Drug prevention event.

Photography is just one of the classes offered by St. Charles Parish Community Education. It's Community Ed. time again in St. Charles Parish
July 19, 2006 at 12:50 pm
It is Community Education time again here in St. Charles Parish.

Elmer's Island new state park?
July 19, 2006 at 12:48 pm
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced that the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, which passed out of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee this week, includes $1.75 million for Louisiana to acquire the 1,700-acre Elmer’s Island and convert it for public use.

On a short leash On a short leash
July 19, 2006 at 12:44 pm
BATON ROUGE -- When Buddy Roemer was denied a second term in office following the 1991 gubernatorial election, he said he made one major plea to Edwin Edwards, who had just been re-elected for an unprecedented fourth time. It was likely a distasteful task, as Edwards had made Roemer his whipping boy during the legendary contest – the pummeling even continued after Roemer was edged out of the runoff by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

St. Charles Parish sales tax holiday St. Charles Parish sales tax holiday
July 19, 2006 at 12:43 pm
St. Charles Parish School System and the St. Charles Parish Council approved a sales tax holiday for July 29 & 30.

Linda Kay Costanza found by police at Touro Hospital after being picked up off the streets of New Orleans. Missing Norco woman found
July 19, 2006 at 12:40 pm
Sheriff Greg Champagne reported last week that the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office was actively looking for a missing Norco resident with a long history of mental illness.

Small turn out for special election Small turn out for special election
July 19, 2006 at 12:38 pm
Last Saturday's special election for an expansion and five year millage renewal for St. Charles Parish Hospital passed with only a small percentage of voters turning out to vote. Both measures on the agenda passed with 65% of the vote.

Kentrell Smith, 46, St. Rose Norco woman held against her will by St. Rose man
July 19, 2006 at 12:34 pm
A St. Rose man was arrested late Monday night after he allegedly held a Norco woman in her vehicle against her will and demanded that she drive around with him, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

Montgomery takes to the court at a division I university. Montgomery makes his mark at Samford University
July 19, 2006 at 12:30 pm
Life for Trey Montgomery has changed tremendously since he left the halls of Destrehan High School in May of 2005. His first year at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama gave him a better opportunity to see what life will require from him to be successful.

D.J. Gilder excepts the gold medal for long jump at the first ever National Special Olympics in Aimes, Iowa. Renaissance man
July 19, 2006 at 12:26 pm
At first glance, Douglas Jeffery Gilder, may appear to be different than everyone else. DJ who was diagnosed with autism at age 2 ½, does face challenges that most would find hard or impossible to overcome. But this exceptional athlete does not let those challenges stand in his way.

Train your vines to be well behaved
July 19, 2006 at 12:23 pm
Vines are an amazing group of plants with enough diversity to boggle the mind of any gardener. What binds these wonderful plants together is their universal lack of strong stems.


22nd peanut butter drive sets record for donations
22nd peanut butter drive sets record for donations
This year’s annual Krewe of Lul and Krewe of Des Allemands parades saw St. Charles...
DHS students receive national honor
DHS students receive national honor
Destrehan High School Freshmen students Emaje Vinnet (left) and Maddie Taliancich....

Rescuers save drowning driver in Killona
Rescuers save drowning driver in Killona
Emily Charles, 21, had begun to drive herself and five longtime friends from a Luling hotel to Southern California on Feb. 18 when she rear-ended a vehicle and lost control of her SUV at the intersection of Louisiana highways 3127 and 3142 near Dow Chemical Co. in Killona. Charles hit the brakes, but could not avoid clipping the back of the car.
“After that, I don’t even know what happened. We must have flipped,” Charles said.