Archive for September 2012

Nunez Community College Receives $2.7M Grant

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
Nunez Community College Receives $2.7M Grant

Nunez Community College has received over $2.7M in federal grant funds to redesign their business administration programs, including an emphasis on business management, restaurant/tourism management, and entrepreneurship. The funding is from a competitive grant competition opened to community colleges and universities nationwide in an effort to enhance ties between higher education institutions and local business […]



Showcase of Strength Gala set for Oct. 6

Sep 28th, 2012 | By

In honor of their 25th anniversary and Domestic Violence Awareness month, the St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program will hold their annual Showcase of Strength Gala on October 6 at the Sigur Civic Center. The event will feature food, live music, a silent auction, door prizes and an open bar with all proceeds raised benefiting the […]



The case of the $32 fee approaches court

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
The case of the $32 fee approaches court

The parish has hired an outside attorney to represent them in the $32 fee lawsuit filed by Peter Rupp with the injunction hearing scheduled for Friday. The Executive Finance committee decided it will recommend a 10 percent cut to all departments at the Oct. 2 council meeting. And everyone is trying to figure out their […]



$32 fee will have its day in court

Sep 21st, 2012 | By

“This ordinance is fraught with nullity, is unconstitutional on its face and as applied, constitutes the imposition of a tax requiring the vote of the people, violates the Louisiana Local Government Budget Act, and threatens any modicum of separation of powers.” The argument is summed up in Item 26 on Page 7 of Peter Rupp’s […]



Chamber tours state-of-the-art Chalmette Elementary

Sep 21st, 2012 | By
Chamber tours state-of-the-art Chalmette Elementary

Fifth grade students Jy’Jay Johnson, Kiara Pendleton, and Travis Umfrey working in one of Chalmette Elementary’s many computer labs. District C councilman Richie Lewis and District D councilman Casey Hunnicutt see what it’s like to sit at the Chalmette Elementary news desk. *** Superintendent of St. Bernard Public Schools Doris Voitier and Chalmette Elementary principal […]



SBPH accredited, performs first surgery

Sep 21st, 2012 | By
SBPH accredited, performs first surgery

Paul Verrette, M.D., a specialist in Internal Medicine, in the reception area with SBPH employee Mandy Dobronich-Hingle.  St. Bernard Parish Hospital is proud to announce that Kelvin J. Contreary, M.D., who specializes in general and vascular surgery, successfully performed the hospital’s first surgical procedure on Sunday, Sept. 16.  Dr. Contreary, far left, and Vonni G. […]



Team Braithwaite volunteers press on despite weekend theft

Sep 21st, 2012 | By
Team Braithwaite volunteers press on despite weekend theft

Jesse Shaffer Sr.  along with several other volunteers from Knights of Columbus and Catholic Charities were seen sorting through donations at the Lynn Oaks School. *** Around $15,000 in donated items for infants as well as cleaning supplies for firefighters were stolen from the Lynn Oaks School’s gymnasium last weekend, but the collective of volunteers […]



School district receives 19th award for excellence in financial reporting

Sep 14th, 2012 | By

For the 19th year in a row, the St. Bernard Parish School District’s Department of Business Services was recognized for their dedication to fiscal efficiency and responsibility. The Department of Business Services was commended for their work at the September 11 School Board meeting. The award—Certificate of Achievement For Excellence in Financial reporting—is the highest […]



Violet native brings MMA home Sept. 21 at Civic Center

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
Violet native brings MMA home Sept. 21 at Civic Center

Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and Violet native Jonathan “Mack Attack” Mackles is literally a lethal weapon. In his weight class, he is currently the number one fighter in the State of Louisiana and is ranked among the top 20 fighters in the world. His professional record is 12 – 2, and on Friday, Sept. […]



Starting over: Those outside of St. Bernard’s levee protection move forward after Isaac

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
Starting over: Those outside of St. Bernard’s levee protection move forward after Isaac

**** It has been nearly two weeks since Hurricane Isaac came slowly trudging up from the gulf, wiping out power for days and pummeling Southeast Louisiana with heavy rainfall. Most areas in St. Bernard Parish have cleaned up and put this event behind them, as the impressive new flood protection system worked as designed. Fortunately, […]