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St. Joan of Arc graduates grow in faith

LAPLACE — Hartley Faucheux and Lauren Laiche are two of the most impactful students Ryan Flynn has encountered ... Read more | Add your comment

St. John Parish celebrates 2 special anniversaries

Destiny Christian Center commemorates 21 years The first service at Destiny Christian Center, then known as New Homes ... Read more | Add your comment

Never too old to follow your dreams: LaPlace woman attains doctorate in theology

LAPLACE — At 60 years old, Dr. Cherry Knight is a mother of four, a grandmother of seven ... Read more | Add your comment

Priced out of survival: COVID-19 pandemic worsens conditions for the working poor

LAPLACE — Data from 2018 shows that 31 percent of St. John the Baptist Parish households qualified as ... Read more | Add your comment

Celebrations

St. Joan of Arc graduates grow in faith

LAPLACE — Hartley Faucheux and Lauren Laiche are two of the most impactful students Ryan Flynn has encountered in nearly four years of teaching at ... Read more | Add your comment

by Brooke Robichaux.

Business

Priced out of survival: COVID-19 pandemic worsens conditions for the working poor

LAPLACE — Data from 2018 shows that 31 percent of St. John the Baptist Parish households qualified as ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained and ... Read more | Add your comment

by Brooke Robichaux.

Local

Man dies in Norco house fire

NORCO — State Fire Marshal deputies are investigating an early morning house fire in Norco that claimed the life of the elderly male homeowner. Around 6:45 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, August 14, 2020 3:25 pm

Opinion

Facebook Poll Results: St. John says ‘NO’ to voting by mail

Last week’s opinion poll asked L’OBSERVATEUR readers, “Do you think that mail-in ballots are a good idea?” After 223 total votes, and a lively discussion, ... Read more

by Special to, Friday, August 14, 2020 12:37 pm

Local

AG Landry and others fight fraud against seniors

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul are leading a bipartisan coalition of 44 states in urging Congress ... Read more

by Special to, Friday, August 14, 2020 12:30 pm

Crime

Man who escaped police in July captured

MORGAN CITY —  The U.S. Marshall Service captured John Henry Bartholomew  this week while he was hiding in a Morgan City motel.   Police reported ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, August 14, 2020 12:25 pm

Local

Louisiana Will Move to Pay $300 in Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

Baton Rouge – Gov. Edwards announced today that Louisiana will pursue an option under President Donald Trump’s executive order that it believes will allow around 454,000 ... Read more

by Special to, Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:21 pm

LaPlace

LaPlace Sonic employee shoots co-worker multiple times

Kamonte Lamon Robinson, 23, of Baton Rouge was arrested in connection to last night’s shooting at Sonic Drive-In in LaPlace. Robinson was charged with attempted ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:17 pm

LaPlace

Bogart’s wife charged with accessory after the fact

Tammy Bogart, 42, of LaPlace was arrested August 12 in connection to a child sex abuse case involving her husband, John Bogart. After further investigation, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:28 pm

Columns

Tregre: Thank you, St. John!

The past few months of 2020 have been what people call, “something else!” The month of July seemed to be prime time for criminals who ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:07 pm

High School Sports

West St. John Football: Get ready to be ready!

EDGARD — High school sports areseeing an unprecedented season beginning, as allschools have been hit in some way, shape or form by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more

by Tara Williams, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:57 am

Columns

Hotard: Prepare for hurricane season

COVID-related stories continue to dominate the news at all levels, but here in South Louisiana we can never afford to forget that August and September ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:55 am

Columns

Robichaux: Other districts’ experiences should help guide St. John schools

Public school doors are opening after Labor Day in St. John the Baptist Parish, and I truly feel that school leaders have been given an ... Read more

by Brooke Robichaux, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:53 am

Local

Parks & Rec offers summer activities

RESERVE— The community asked for summer activities, and the St. John the Baptist Parish Parks and Recreation Department has answered the call. There are numerous ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Health

Thibodaux Regional opens acuity adaptable critical care unit

THIBODAUX – Thibodaux Regional Health System announced that its new 30-bed acuity adaptable Critical Care Unit (CCU) is now open. This innovative, leading-edge patient care ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

LaPlace

Sharrolyn Miles seeks judgeship

Attorney Sharrolyn Jackson Miles, longtime resident of the River Parishes, recently announced her candidacy for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, 2nd District, Division A. Sharrolyn ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Business

U.S. EPA review of chloroprene model reaches next step

LAPLACE — The US. Environmental Protection Agency intends to solicit peer review of a model that could change the way experts study the health impacts ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

LaPlace

Incoming 2020-2024 St. John Republicans installed

LAPLACE — The incoming 2020-2024 St. John Republicans took their Oaths of Office at an Aug. 6 meeting. District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut conducted the ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Crime

What really happened to Audrey Moate? (Part 2): Victim’s wife questioned, mistress missing

At the morgue, having identified the body of Thomas Adolph Hotard, Percy Hebert, sheriff of St. John the Baptist Parish, invited the dead man’s wife ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Columns

Michel: Think about it!

Thomas Edison was 67 years old when, late one December evening, a fire broke out at his research and development plant. More than half of ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Edgard

Judge Sterling Snowdy seeks re-election

EDGARD — Judge Sterling Snowdy announced recently that he is seeking his fifth six-year term in the Nov. 3 election. A judge since 1997, Snowdy ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Crime

St. John Parish Court Briefs: Probations revoked

EDGARD — The St. John Clerk of Court announced that Noron Spain, charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and aggravated burglary of an ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Columns

Louisiana 811: Make your free digging request at least 2 business days before you dig

Tuesday of this week was Aug. 11, and Louisiana 811 hopes that the 8/11 date on the calendar will serve as a natural reminder for ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Faith & Values

New yard greeting business gives back

NORCO — The River Region’s newest yard greeting business has a mission to give back, not just in the local community, but also on a ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

LaPlace

Judge Gravois announces candidacy for re-election to Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

GRETNA — Saying that he is “extremely honored and privileged to represent the citizens of our community on the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal,” ... Read more

by Special to, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Columns

Keller: The tongue is a powerful weapon; holster it

Years ago, my friend C.J. Tastet sent me the following note: “In company, guard your tongue. In your family, guard your temper. When alone, guard ... Read more

by haroldkeller, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 am

Crime

LaPlace man arrested for juvenile molestation

John Bogart, 47, of LaPlace was arrested Tuesday, August 11 for two counts of molestation of a juvenile (felony) and one count of first degree ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:19 pm