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Parish levee projects receive funds

The Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority agreed to use a $300 million surplus in its 2007 budget to provide funding for several coastal restoration and hurricane levee protection projects. Two of those projects will affect St. Charles Parish.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:32 am

Spillway Road repairs behind schedule

Buses full of school children are being forced to use the dangerous Airline Highway because the Spillway Road is still closed, though the parish will soon begin work to repair it.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am

Barge owner a no-show at Destrehan town hall meeting

District III Councilwoman Wendy Benedetto says she plans to ask for the cooperation of Magnolia Fleet Barge Company co-owner David Weidner in answering the questions and concerns of the Destrehan community. Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am

Operation Clean Sweep begins

The waterways of St. Charles Parish will finally be rid of hurricane debris. That's because FEMA has partnered with the Louisiana Coast Guard to do one final sweep and make sure the rivers and bayous are free of Hurricane Rita and Katrina remnants that could pose a safety hazard. Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 9:31 am

Traveling art exhibit at libraries

The Traveling Showcase, created at the St. Charles Art Guild’s Kids Camp, is now on display through Aug. 2 at the East Bank library in Destrehan and will travel to the West Regional Library for display through Aug. 18.
August 18, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Emergency shelter and food program

EAST BANK - Beginning Aug. 4, emergency food and shelter federal funds are available for East Bank residents of St. Charles Parish to assist in paying utility bills, mortgage or rent assistance.

Residents who applied for assisstance in 2007 are not eligible for 2008 help.

Eligible residents meeting the following criteria may qualify: 1. Must be facing an emergency crisis, such as loss of income due to illness, reducation of work hours, etc. and 2. Must be a resident of St. Charles.

All residents qualifying for utility assistance must provided their current bill and disconnect notice.
All residents qualifying for mortgage or rent assistance must provide past due, forclosure or an eviction notice.
Residents meeting these guidelines may call the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services at 985-764-7944 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
August 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Back to school bash to feature Molly the pony

After the success of last year’s event, the German Coast Farmers’ Market will play host to the second annual Back to School Bash on Aug. 16.

The bash will take place at the East Bank site of the farmers’ market, near the Ormond Plantation. Blanche Newsome will perform at the event, which will also include door prizes, back to school gift bags, face painting and a display by the parish library.

Molly the pony, along with some of her pony friends, will also be on hand at the event. Molly was rescued after Katrina by Kaye Harris, who is her current owner. Several months later she was attacked by a pit bull. Although her numerous wounds healed, her leg did not make it and amputation and a prosthesis were necessary for Molly. Now Molly visits everyone and anyone who could use her quiet wisdom and inspiration, from Children's Hospital to nursing homes.

The main draw to the event will be the food. Fresh produce, pastries, breads, rotisserie meats, seafood and dairy products, such as creole cream cheese, will all be available during the bash. As will kettle corn, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions, homemade salad dressings, wine, pastalaya and stuffed crabs.

“We came up with the idea of a back to school bash because we really wanted to push healthy eating habits for kids,” Ann Montgomery said. “We want to show that you don’t have to travel far to get fresh food and vegetables.”

Door prizes at the bash will include little coolers that kids can use with their meals, while the gift bags will have honey soap, which is made in little animals to promote hygiene. There will also be plenty of honey samples around and kids will learn that a drop of honey on a cracker might be tastier - and healthier - than butter.

The Back to School Bash will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon.Read More...
August 16, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Luling church to honor reverend

LULING - Pastor Rodney Johnson Sr. and Bell Baptist Church will be dedicating a monument to the late Rev. Eugene Turner on Saturday. Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at 300 Hackberry Lane in Luling. The public is invited.
August 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm

Religion class sign up at St. John

PARADIS - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is still accepting registration for religion. Parents of students should call Pat Usprich at 504-723-8357 to register.

Parishioners are needed to serve as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Workshops for those interested will be offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beginning in the fall. For more information, call Janice Dufrene at 985-758-7845 or the rectory at 985-758-2668.

Engaged and married parishioners are invited to attend a dinner to celebrate marriage on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets are $45 per couple. For information, call Lisa Matherne at 985-758-8800.
August 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Swim team hosts preteen dance

LULING - The Willowdale Country Club swim team will host a back-to-school preteen dance on Friday, Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the club in Luling.

Children 9 to 12 may attend. Admission is $8, which includes three snacks or beverage tickets. Additional tickets will available for $1.
August 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Booster clubs hold registration

The booster club will also hold football registration on Aug. 14 at the Des Allemands ball field from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Aug. 20 at Landry Middle School.
Boys 6 years and older may participate this year if they turn 6 by Aug. 1.Read More...
August 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Mississippi River bike trail to extend to Apple Street

Cyclist, roller skaters and joggers who have enjoyed the use of the bicycle path in Destrehan will reap the benefit of an extended trail. Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 6:52 pm


Hilda Hymel Vicknair passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008. Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm


Hilda Hymel Vicknair passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008. Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm


Rosamae Dozier, home maker, died on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 at 12:49 a.m. at her residence at age 78.Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Sheriff's Reports

•Dionne Terrell, 40, of 502 E. Club Dr. in St. Rose was arrested on Aug. 5 and charged with aggravated arson.Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm

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Humane Society Pet of the Week: Ava
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