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Parish Council Begins Negotiations With Other Electrical Companies

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

The St. James Parish Council last week passed resolutions beginning negotiations with three small electric companies, which may eventually allow parish residents to choose their electrical service provider. Prior to voting, those in attendance heard from two representatives of Entergy. Acting Vice-President of Customer Service Melanie Stewart asked why St. James Parish is looking for another provider. “Is there something Entergy isn’t doing?” she asked. Mark Kleehammer, Entergy Vice-President of Regulatory and Public Affairs, argued that their rates are some of the lowest in the state and in the country.

 

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St. Louis Academy To Focus On Reading And Math

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

Although she’s only been at the job for less than two years, Principal Chakira Brown’s enthusiasm for the new St. Louis Academy is contagious. She will oversee the transition of Fifth Ward Elem. to the new St. Louis Reading and Math Academy by the time students arrive for class in the Fall.

“We want the children to be excited about reading and learning again,” said the east bank native. “We’re going to do fun things that will really keep them engaged and excited.”

Like Cypress Grove Montessori on the east bank, any child in prekindergarten through third grade living anywhere in the parish can register to attend St. Louis Reading and Math Academy.

 

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Deputy Dee Cares For The Young And Old

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

Whether she’s working with grade schoolers teaching them about the dangers of drug and alcohol use or encouraging senior citizens to avoid the latest scam, St. James Parish Deputy Dee Batiste does so with a smile.

Raised by her grandmother and an aunt, Dee attended grade school in Gramercy, near her Golden Grove home, and in California. She attended Lutcher High before going on to the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. She graduated in 1986 with a degree in finance and went on to work as an accountant for 20 years.

 

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Lutcher Mardi Gras 2018

Local officials toast Queen Kristina Harrison and King Damien Ursin of the Krewe of M.A.C. at the parade held on Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day, in Lutcher and Gramercy.

Pictured left to right are: State Representative, Ken Brass; Parish CAO, Michelle Octave; King Damien Ursin; Parish President, Timmy Roussel; Gramercy Mayor, Steve Nosacka; Queen, Kristina Harrison; Gramercy Chief of Police, Brent Dicharry; Lutcher Mayor, Patrick St. Pierre; Lutcher Council Alderwoman, Darlene Riley; Lutcher Alderman, R. J. St. Pierre; and Ambassador, Lydia Young. Mayor Patrick St. Pierre also presented a key to the Town of Lutcher to the Krewe of M.A.C.

 

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Mayor Reports Town May Receive Help In Revamping King Avenue

By David Reynaud

Lutcher Mayor Patrick St. Pierre told the Board of Aldermen that a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional leaders looks like it may have been a worthwhile trip.

St. Pierre, who traveled to the Nation’s capital with Alderman Danny Manuel and Alderman R. J. St. Pierre, said he presented a plan to resurface King Avenue to the State’s Congressional delegation and that he recently received word that Congressman Cedric Richmond’s office is on board to try to get the Town some assistance in repairing the road. Mayor St. Pierre said the proposed plan stressed that King Avenue experiences flooding, that the Town has been denied FEMA assistance in the past, that the road is an evacuation route in an emergency, and the fact King Avenue is a major highway that runs next to Lutcher Elementary School and the Oscar Brooks Apartments.

 

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Krewe Of Making A Change Holds Color Reception/Ball To Honor 2018 Historians

Last Saturday, the Krewe of M.A.C. (Making A Change) hosted the Historians of Color Reception/Ball.

A total of 20 honorees were recognized as leaders that have made a difference in the community and for being role models that have impacted the lives of many.

The 20 “Making A Difference” Honorees were: Debra Bartley, Ronald Boudreaux, Sr., John Brass, JaVon Butler, Rubenstein Clark, Betty Coleman, Judy Ezidore, Dianne Gaudin Brathwaite, Lydia Gloster, Arthur Harper, Truman Jacques

 

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Lewis Installed As New Pastor Of Greater Deliverance Second Baptist Full Gospel Church

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

Some refer to him as Major or the Chief of Operations of the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Department. Now some also call him pastor.

Claude Louis, Jr. was installed as pastor of Greater Deliverance Second Baptist Full Gospel Church on Saturday, January 20, 2018 and he preached his first sermon on Sunday, January 28th, to the congregation and guests of the church known for many years as L’Eglise Rouge, or the red church in South Vacherie.

Pastor Louis fills the position held by Elder Eddie Narcisse, who died earlier this year after serving as Pastor for over 35-years.

 

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Chris Johnson - A Man Of Few Words Who Has Touched The Lives Of Many

By Pam Folse

Lunch patrons at Nobile’s Restaurant in Lutcher may have already met Christopher Johnson.

Chris been working there every Wednesday for roughly fourteen years, and the remainder of the week the Gramercy resident rides the bus to and from the St. James ARC in Vacherie, where he enjoys interacting with his friends and staff members.

 

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School Board Finance Committee Hears Annual Audit Report

By Pam Folse

On Monday, January 22nd, Gerald Thibodeaux of the Lafayette accounting firm of Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Company, LLC presented an independent auditor’s report of the St. James Parish School System to the members of the School Board’s Finance Committee.

According to Thibodeaux, the Board’s total liabilities exceeded total assets by $44,384,886; and the unrestricted portion of the net deficit at $(84,547,200).

 

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Council And DHR Continue To Look For Ways To Improve And Meet Housing Needs

By Pam Folse

Of the twenty-one items on the St. James Parish Council meeting agenda last week, more than half pertained to various Department of Human Resources (DHR) programs.

One resolution acknowledges that the 2017 Community Needs Assessment done in the Parish by DHR ranked housing as the top concern or need of residents, specifically the need for affordable housing and home repairs.

 

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