Archive for January 2013

Hundreds gather to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
Hundreds gather to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally attracted hundreds of St. Bernard residents on Monday, January 21. The march began at Chalmette High School’s Ninth Grade Academy where the participants joined hands in prayer and listened to King’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech, before heading to the Sigur Center for […]



Chalmette wakes to oil sheen on cars

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

After neighbors to Chalmette Exxon Refinery woke up Sunday morning to an oily substance coating their vehicles, the refinery has set up a hotline for affected residents to report claims. DEQ spokesperson Rodney Mallet stated that the release occurred as a result of a valve malfunction that caused a leak of approximately 36 barrels on […]



Hospital Board hopes against future third-party management

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
Hospital Board hopes against future third-party management

“We don’t have layers and layers of management anymore,” said St. Bernard Hospital interim CEO and Hospital Board Chairman Wayne Landry. Thanks to the “wisdom and foresight” of the Hospital Board, the parish’s hospital has $9.5 million in the bank instead of the estimated $3.5 million projected had Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System […]



Arabi Food Store celebrates 40 years

Jan 21st, 2013 | By
Arabi Food Store celebrates 40 years

Much has changed on the 600 block of Friscoville over the last four decades, but local staple Arabi Food Store has done its best to maintain a small-neighborhood feel while adjusting to the new times. “We have a lot of neighbors who don’t drive or are elderly, and sometimes people only need a few pieces […]



123 years of The St. Bernard Voice

Jan 11th, 2013 | By
123 years of The St. Bernard Voice

Today marks the 123 consecutive year The St. Bernard Voice has chronicled the life and times of St. Bernard Parish and its colorful residents. From government meetings to house fires, and everything in between, Grandson of founder William F. Roy and current Editor Emeritus E.M. Roy Jr. says the paper has shifted and changed with […]



More layoffs by parish

Jan 11th, 2013 | By

Ten more parish employees have been laid off, as parish government continues to downsize the workforce to a more affordable size going into the new year. Chief Administrative Officer Jerry Graves Jr. confirmed the layoffs and said that the Public Works, Road, Water and Sewage, Tourism and Human Resources departments saw cuts. “Right now we […]



Meraux Foundation Donates Land for Bicycle/Pedestrian Path Trailhead

Jan 4th, 2013 | By

On December 27, 2012, the Meraux Foundation, represented by Rita Gue, President, and Floyd Gue, Vice President, donated three parcels of land to the St. Bernard Parish Government.  St. Bernard Parish president, David Peralta, accepted the land donation on behalf of the parish.  The land will serve as a trailhead for the planned bicycle/pedestrian path […]



Former Arabi resident to aid endangered species in Australia

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
Former Arabi resident to aid endangered species in Australia

Codi Whittington, a former Arabi resident and current student at Louisiana State University, will be traveling “down under” to volunteer with Australia’s endangered animals and environments. This summer, Whittington will participate in a unique travel program in Australia with International Student Volunteers (ISV) and a group of 20 to 50 other students from around the […]



Shooting range in Old Arabi set to reopen

Jan 4th, 2013 | By
Shooting range in Old Arabi set to reopen

For the first time since 2005, a recreational indoor shooting range and gun shop will open its doors in Arabi after the council approved the owner’s conditional use permit 5-1. Councilchair Guy McInnis voted no, and District B Councilman Nathan Gorbaty was absent. Some residents who remember the range pre-Katrina spoke at the December 28 […]