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Thu
25
May

Council Quashes St. Pierre’s Attempt To Investigate Issues Related To Indictments

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

The St. James Parish Council last week quashed the efforts of Chairman Alvin “Shark” St. Pierre, Jr., to hire special counsel to investigate matters that contributed to the indictments of Parish President Timmy Roussel and Director of Operations Blaise Gravois.

 

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Thu
25
May

Treats Come In Many Colors

Paula Brignac Roussel and her brother Andy have quite a colorful business. Really! Red, blue, green, purple, pink, orange and every other color of the rainbow. And rainbows, too! Just as happy as the colors are the smiles on the faces of their customers as they walk away with their favorite sweet treats.

Paula and Andy spent their teen years in a snowball stand. Their parents owned the Gramercy Snowball Stand that, at the time, was housed in a blue building at the corner of North Montz and Main Streets in Gramercy.

 

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Thu
25
May

Girl Scout Troop 20319 Completes Community Tours

St. James Parish Girl Scout Troop 20319 recently completed tours of the Lutcher Branch of the St. James Parish Library and the Lutcher Branch of Regions Bank. At the Library, the girls completed activities to earn their Computer Expert Badge as well as took a fantastic tour of the library

 

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Thu
18
May

Vacherie Home And Auto Reaches Sixty-Year MilestoneA

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

Although it hardly seems possible now, the tiny parcel of land at the corner of Hwys. 20 and 643 in South Vacherie was the first location of a popular business. Known by the locals as Tri-Corner, the triangular tract of property was carved from the creation of highways.

The vacant lot is much smaller now due to the widening of the highways and has been sold

 

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Thu
18
May

American Legion Post 565 Invites All Eligible To Join Organization

The Adams-Roussell Post 565 of the American Legion, which was chartered February 7, 1951, invites area veterans to join their service organization.

Post 565 had been a post for African-American men for quite a long time and the previously allwhite post was dissolved years before and the membership became part of a Baton Rouge post.

 

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Thu
18
May

JAG Instructer Brad Smith Honored By School Board

By Pam Folse Contributing Writer

The St. James Parish School Board honored parish Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) instructor Brad Smith at the Tuesday, May 9th, meeting in Lutcher.

JAG is a federally funded drop-out prevention and recovery program which stresses academics and skills as well as leadership development. Students are also taught the importance of civic responsibility and social awareness to become responsible citizens and productive workers.

 

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Thu
11
May

Judge Denies Roussel’s Motion To Recuse All Judges Of The 23rd Judicial District

By David Reynaud

Judge Michael Kirby, the AD HOC Judge appointed to hear St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel’s motion to recuse all the Judges of the 23rd Judicial District from presiding over his upcoming Malfeasance in Office trial, ruled in the State’s favor and dismissed the motion to recuse.

On September 28, 2016, Roussel was indicted on six counts of Malfeasance in Office following a joint investigation conducted by 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin’s office and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office.

The indictments alleged Roussel directed/authorized parish employees, equipment, materials and funds to benefit private companies and private landowners by, among other things, allegedly tearing down a private shed, a private playhouse, a mobile home, and installing a gas line for Millennium Galvanizing free of charge.

 

Thu
11
May

Shane LeBlanc Named Chief Deputy Clerk Of Court

By David Reynaud

St James Parish Clerk of Court Edmond E Kinler Jr is proud to announce that he has named Shane LeBlanc Chief Deputy Clerk of Court.

LeBlanc has 20 years of experience and expresses his intention to seek the office of Clerk of Court when it becomes vacant.

 

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Thu
11
May

Children’s Hospital Helicopter Team Makes A Stop In Lutcher

By David Reynaud

Children’s Hospital’s newly formed Dedicated Helicopter Transport Team made a quick stop at the St. James Parish Hospital on Monday to let the hospital’s staff know what the new team is all about and what services they offer.

Gretchen Dondis, Director of Outreach for Children’s, said Children’s is very proud of the new dedicated transport team, which is now available 24 hours a day and at the drop of a hat.

 

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Thu
11
May

Helping Others At Their Time Of Most Need

By Pam Folse

The death of her neighbors’ young son touched Theresa Roussel of Grand Point very deeply. He was the same age as her own daughter and she wanted desperately to do something to help them. Not knowing exactly what to do, she decided to do what she could. She cooked and took them gumbo, potato salad, cake and bread.

Months went by and there was another death. So, she cooked again. With some gentle but firm nudging from Aimee Brady, as Miss Brady was known to do well and often, Theresa’s desire to help became a regular ministry. What began as an act of goodwill over 30 years ago has now developed into a service that she provides regularly for people who live in Grand Point and Paulina.

At about the same time, Anna Lea Oubre and a few of her neighbors and friends wanted to provide food for a couple in Gramercy who were ill and needed some extra support. What she and her friends did 27 years ago, she continues today in the Gramercy area.

 

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