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18
Jan
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Martin Luther Kin's Life Celebrated Throughout St. James Parish

By Pam Folse

“What will they say for your eulogy?” Dr. Angela White-Bazile asked that question to the many who attended the Martin Luther King program Monday at St. James High School.

After reading from the end of Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech, White-Bazile, the first African-American Executive Counsel to the Louisiana Supreme Court under the first African- American Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, asked that question.

 

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18
Jan
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New Cypress Grove Montessori Academy To Offer Children Vastly Different Learning Environment

By Pam Folse

An all new option for early childhood education this Fall in St. James Parish is Cypress Grove Montessori Academy and all children living in St. James Parish between the ages of four and nine can apply to attend.

Named after Italian physician, single mother and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952), the educational method is quite different from that which is used in the traditional classroom.

 

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18
Jan
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Ryan Louque Named Parish Council Chairman

By Pam Folse

District 3 St. James Parish Councilman Ryan Louque was elected Chairman of the St. James Parish Council during their regular meeting Wednesday in Convent.

District 1 Council Alvin “Shark” St. Pierre, Jr. vacated the chair because his two-year term was up; and immediately thereafter, St. Pierre nominated Louque.

 

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Thu
11
Jan
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Auditor Presents Favorable Financial Report To Gramercy Board

By David Reynaud

Town of Gramercy financial auditor Mike LeBlanc attended Monday’s Gramercy Town meeting to present his annual financial report to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

As LeBlanc has done for the last several years, he told the Board the Town is in very good financial shape.

LeBlanc, who represents Postlethwaite & Netterville, said his office did not have to report any major findings concerning the Town’s financial state, which is always a good thing.

 

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Three Qualify To Officially Replace Brass As District 6 Parish Councilman

By David Reynaud

When qualifying to become a candidate for the upcoming District 6 St. James Parish Council race officially closed last Friday, three candidates had put their names on the ballot.

A Primary Election will be held in March to permanently replace former District 6 Councilman Ken Brass, who was recently sworn in to represent District 58 in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

The special General Election to fill the unexpired seat will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, and early voting will be held March 10th-17th (except for Sunday, March 11th) from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

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Vacherie Elementary One Of Six Schools In State Nominated For National Award

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

Vacherie Elementary School (VES) is one of six schools in the state to be nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School, the St. James Parish School Board learned Tuesday.

The National Blue Ribbon School Program is a Federal program created in 1982 to honor schools that have achieved high levels of student achievement or made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups.

Vacherie Elementary School was nominated by the Louisiana State Department of Education for having the greatest performance increase over the past year.

 

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St. James Parish To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King This Monday

On Monday, January 15, 2018, members of the Winbush-Chriswell Foundation request your attendance to fellowship with us in celebration at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical Commemorative Services.

 

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Thu
04
Jan
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Industrial Waste: How A St. James Community Is Struggling To Live Among An Expanding Oil And Gas Industry

River Road on the west side of St. James Parish, you pass charming, iconic sites from a bygone era - Oak Alley Plantation, Victorian- era farmhouses, simple country churches set on wide, deep lots overlooking the levee.

But increasingly along this stretch between LA. 20 and the Sunshine Bridge, what catches your eye is the far more modern sight of industrial infrastructure. Refineries. Massive oil storage tanks. Pipelines that rise 30 feet into the air from behind the batture that protects this land from the Mississippi River before crossing the road and connecting to a sprawling network of more pipelines and tanks.

 

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Thu
04
Jan
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As We Begin A New Year, Lets Take A Look Back On 2017

By Pam Folse

Its always nice to take a trip down memory lane and a good way to do that is to flip through old newspapers.

Here at the News Examiner-Enterprise, we thought it would be fun to look back over the last year to see who and what made headlines.

The following summaries are in no particular order and we did our best to include a little from each public entity and to include several members of the community that accomplished great things in 2017.

 

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04
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Sheriff Calls On Public To Aid In Christmas Eve Fight Investigation

By David Reynaud

Three Arrested In Connection with Christmas Eve Fight

St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin, Jr. is asking for the public’s help in sorting out what actually transpired surrounding a fight that took place on the Mississippi River levee during the annual burning of the bonfires on Christmas Eve.

It has been widely reported by television news and other news outlets that last Friday, a fight that resulted in a 17-year old black male being severely beaten, and his cousin, a 15-old juvenile, suffering a sprained knee, broke out on the levee in the Town of Gramercy.

Sheriff Martin is asking anyone who witnessed the fight, took video of the fight, or took photos of the fight to please come forward and provide police with a statement, a video or a photo(s).

 

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