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Thu
21
Sep

Update On Interstate On-ramp

By Pam Folse

There has been a lot of talk and rumors surrounding the on-ramp to get on Interstate-10 at Sorrento.

A call to Senator Eddie Lambert was helpful as he contacted the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and was told there was some concrete in the barrier rails that did not meet the specified strength requirements.

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Thu
21
Sep

Six Men Arrested In Paulina After Robbery Turns Into Shooting Spree

By Pam Folse

The quiet subdivision Grandview Estates in Paulina quickly turned into a war zone last Thursday night.

On September 14, 2017, at 10:12 p.m., the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls in reference to two trucks shooting at each other on North Nobile Street in Paulina.

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Thu
21
Sep

Consultant Presents School Board Preliminary Outline Of New RFP For Maintenance And Janitorial Services

By Pam Folse

The St. James Parish School Board continues efforts to provide cleaner and better maintained schools and other facilities.

In the past few months, the School Board learned of major deficiencies in the way the schools are maintained and cleaned. The reports showed that school properties were not properly maintained and cleaned. Leaky roofs were left unrepaired and school staff placed garbage cans to catch the water. Other findings showed other ways that the schools were not being maintained.

Since the findings, the School Board has hired the consulting firm Volkert, who among many other things, has been asked to help write a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for new maintenance and custodial services.

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Thu
21
Sep

Angels Among Us - Doll Sale To Benefit Neighbor

By Pam Folse

Many people believe in angels. They know that angels live among us and are easily identifiable through the eyes of faith.

They don’t always wear long, flowing white dresses with golden haloes. Angels could be our neighbors, friends, and people who live in the community.

Although she will likely be too shy to admit it, Karen Roddy of Lutcher and her husband Bucky are angels and they have a band of angels who help them in many ways, including a very special endeavor.

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Thu
14
Sep

Council Discusses Drainage Concerns Throughout Parish

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

At the peak of the hurricane season, members of the St. James Parish Council were concerned last week about drainage in various locations throughout the parish.

Director of Operations Blaise Gravois said property owners were going to his office to sign papers allowing the department to cut grass and dig ditches to properly drain their land. The Parish must now have permission from all landowners in order for Parish workers to do any improvements to their property.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Wildcats Bring Down Bulldogs

By David Reynaud Editor

St. James Wildcat head football coach Robert Valdez says he could not be prouder of his team following last Friday’s 13-7 victory over the in-parish rival Lutcher Bulldogs.

“This game is so big for our community,” said Valdez.

“To be able to beat them is real big. I am very excited, not only for my football team, but for my community and for anyone who has ever put on a St. James uniform. Friday was a very, very happy post-game atmosphere.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Remembering John Reulet

By Colin Gravois

My uncle John Reulet, 94, died a few days ago. He was born and lived the first part of his life in Vacherie, until he went into the Navy in 1943. His passing brought back fond memories.

Though he lived in Baton Rouge since his discharge from the service in 1945, he often came back to Vacherie to spend time at his camp at Lake Des Allemands, to visit with his siblings.

 

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Thu
07
Sep

Lutcher Officials Take Steps To Call Tax Election

By David Reynaud Editor

The Lutcher Aldermen, during their regular meeting held on Tuesday evening, passed a resolution that will allow the Mayor and Aldermen, if they choose to, to call an election to ask Lutcher voters to approve a one cent sales tax increase.

The resolution that was unanimously adopted (Alderman Tommy George absent) is the first step. The second step will be actually calling the election during a special meeting scheduled for October 17, 2017. Mayor Patrick St. Pierre said he has been speaking with the Aldermen and members of the public and that repairing streets and improving drainage throughout the Town is a top priority for all.

 

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Thu
07
Sep

Wow! What A Job The Village Has Done In Raising This Child

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

We’ve likely all heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Wade and Lisa Faucheux can attest to the truth of the adage. Twenty years ago, this September 16th, the Faucheux family welcomed Paige. A month later, she was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in every 700 babies born in our country per year, about 600 babies, are born with the extra chromosome which causes Down. By November, Paige had grown from her 2-pound birth weight to five pounds and her parents took her home. Within the first year, she was receiving physical therapy and other special services at home.

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Thu
07
Sep

A Lifetime + Reached By St. James Parish Resident

By Joanna Fuchs

On April 2, 2017, Mr. Cal Smith reached the age of 104, a decade +4. Smith was born on April 6, 1913 to the union of Cornelius and Virginia Smith. He had 5 siblings, all deceased. He is known as the “Can Man” in Brookstown and Welcome as for years he recycled can from the sides of the road and levee. Smith’s birthday was celebrated at Brookstown Hall with a family and friends. He was present with a proclamation by former.

 

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