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Wed
22
Nov
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Roussel Presents Annual Budget Message To Council

By Pam Folse

As mandated by the St. James Parish Home Rule Charter and financial management policy, St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel delivered his 11-page 2018 budget message to the St. James Parish Council on Wednesday, November 15th, in Vacherie. Roussel said the budget is based on past operating history and projected needs and changes for the next fiscal year.

The total 2018 annual budget is estimated to be $51,841,443, which consists of $45,033,200 of operating expenditures, $6,796,343 of interfund transfers, and $11,900 of other uses. Operating expenditures are $5,982,200 more than the anticipated expenditures for 2017.

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Wed
22
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Local Resident/Business Man Questions Land Use Plan Amendments

By Pam Folse

Vacherie resident and businessman Ricky Reulet questioned why property across from a commercial area in South Vacherie has been designated for residential development.

Reulet voiced those questions during a public hearing held Wednesday, November 15th prior to the St. James Parish Council meeting. The hearing was the second of two on a proposed ordinance to amend the Parish’s Land Use Plan.

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Wed
22
Nov
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Ferrari Club Rallies At Oak Alley; Oldest Ferrari In Existence Pays Plantation A Visit

Who would have ever thought that the oldest Ferrari in existence would be found parked at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, LA.

Well, if you happened to be on the grounds of the majestic plantation last Saturday, you were in for a treat.

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Wed
22
Nov
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Capture Your Most Precious And Cherished Memories At Gramercy’s New Main Street Photography Business

By David Reynaud

As we go through this thing called life, we all have those moments we cherish, and what better way to memorialize those precious moments than through the art of photography.

Kids are born, and in the blink of an eye they are graduating high school, graduating college, they get married, have kids of their own and then come the grand children. And in between all those great milestones there are also many, many other special moments and occasions along the way.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Spencer Voices Anger At Newspaper For Critical Reports

By Pam Folse

One member of the St. James Parish School Board Tuesday voiced her anger and frustration with this publication for a small headline and story regarding the improved school test scores.

District 5 School Board member Dianne Spencer said the Board has taken a lot of criticism by parents and the press in the past months.

 

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Thu
16
Nov
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St. James Parish Says Thank You To All Veterans

As it has done for the last 15 years, the St. James Parish community gathered to celebrate Veterans Day to honor, remember, and say thank you to our local and the Nation’s veterans.

Hundreds attended the celebration sponsored by St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel (a Marine Corps veteran), the St. James Parish Council (Councilman Eddie Kraemer, a Marine and Desert Storm veteran), and the St. James Parish Economic Development Board.

 

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Thu
16
Nov
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Local Author Writes First Novel

By Pam Folse

Opportunities break into life sometimes when we aren’t looking or don’t even know we need them.

That’s what happened to Lisa Poché Calhoun. A native of Union, just upriver from Convent and downriver from the Sunshine Bridge, she worked in the film industry. Her job was to scout various television and film locations and manage them while crews were in production. Just when she was preparing to go to work on a big budget movie, in a moment of carelessness, she fell on a flight of stairs, hurting a hip and shoulder.

 

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Thu
16
Nov
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Brenn Ursin Signs To Play Softball At Southern

By this time next year, Brenn Ursin will have gone from being a Bulldog to a Jaguar!

The Lutcher High School standout softball pitcher made it official last week, as she signed on the dotted line and committed herself to play softball for Southern University.

“I have been waiting for this day since I was five-years old,” said Brenn. It is nice to see all the hard work I have put in finally pay off. I feel very fortunate this day has finally arrived.

 

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Thu
09
Nov
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Council Hears Comments On Revised Land Use Plan

The first of two public hearings on a proposed ordinance amending the St. James Parish Land Use Plan was held prior to the St. James Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday, November 1st, in Convent.

 

The current Land Use Plan was approved April 2, 2014, and became effective April 21, 2014. Since it became effective, the plan was tested by the location of Yuhuang Chemical Co., Bayou Bridge Pipeline, South Louisiana Methanol, Petroplex and Wolverine. Councilmen and members of the Parish Planning Commission feel that changes are necessary. The presentation on the changes was made by Victor Franckiewicz, Jr. of Butler Snow LLC, special counsel employed by the Council for the Land Use Plan.

 

 

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Thu
09
Nov
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Parish Council Agrees To Pay Millennium Galvanizing

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

By resolution passed at the November 1st meeting, the St. James Parish Council agreed to accept $26,833.25 from Millennium Galvanizing, LLC as payment for an invoice dated September 1, 2016.

 

The amount represents the cost of materials, labor and equipment for a new main-line installation and a gas meter connection at the Millennium site located at 91130 Winnie Road in Convent. The resolution also allows the Council to seek recovery of additional money owed if further documentation substantiates that additional money is owed.

 

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