St. Bernard Parish

Latest News
7:43 am
Mon December 8, 2014

St. Bernard Parish Voters Reject Multiple Financial Ballot Measures

Voters in St. Bernard Parish rejected several tax measures to pay for a number of public services.

It’s seen a sign of growing frustration over the cost of rebuilding their parish since Hurricane Katrina.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports that most tax renewals pass in most elections. But the rejection of several financial matters in Saturday’s election could show the discontent in a parish that’s much smaller post-Katrina.

Voters also recently rejected a proposed new tax for their parish hospital.

Community
3:20 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Cityscapes: When St. Bernard Made Cars

The 1922 Ford Assembly plant in Arabi, St. Bernard Parish
TheHenryFord.org

In this month's Cityscapes column for NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune, geographer Richard Campanella chooses another industrial subject. The Ford Motor Co. plant in Arabi, along the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish, employed hundreds of local workers, starting in the early 1920s.

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Latest News
8:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

St. Bernard Parish President Indicted For Stalking

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta has been indicted for stalking his ex-wife.

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Coastal Desk
1:55 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom

LeBlanc Marine offloads concrete artificial oyster reef materials in a St. Bernard Parish marsh.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana's coast is becoming big business.

Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.

Deep in St. Bernard Parish’s Lake Athanasio, a construction crew is hard at work. Ben Leblanc is standing on a floating barge, overseeing his troops who are knee deep in marsh, battling enormous horse flies.

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Environment
12:41 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Restoring The Coast By Creating Oyster Beds In St. Bernard Parish

Concrete oyster beds wait to be offloaded into St. Bernard's Lake Athanasio
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

A consortium of environmental and industry stakeholders are making concrete reefs on the Gulf Coast in an attempt to create new oyster habitats. The Lake Athanasio project covers a half a mile of St. Bernard Parish coastline, and seeks to satisfy coastal restoration and commercial interests by giving oysters a sustainable habitat to mature.

Tyler Ortego developed the engineering concept behind the artificial reefs.

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2014 Winter Storm
2:59 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

St. Bernard Offices Reopen Thursday

Officials in St. Bernard Parish say all government offices are expected to operate on normal schedules beginning Thursday.

Spokeswoman Lenor Duplessis says residents can get more information on parish operations as the winter storm abates online at www.sbpg.net or www.facebook.com/StBGov.

Science & Health
7:02 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Deadly Amoeba Found For First Time In Municipal Water Supply

Kali Hardig, 12, was released from a hospital in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 11 after surviving a brain infection caused by amoebas.
Danny Johnston Associated Press

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 9:32 am

A 4-year-old child who died of a rare brain infection in early August has led Louisiana health officials to discover that the cause is lurking in the water pipes of St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans.

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Latest News
7:33 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Two Charged in Chalmette Death

Two men have been charged with negligent homicide in St. Bernard Parish after a man who lived with them in Chalmette allegedly died Dec. 10 of a drug overdose due to their inaction.

Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann tells The Times-Picayune that Andrew Brady, 22, and Gregg Sampson, 52, allegedly fell asleep instead of immediately reporting that the unidentified man was overdosing at their home.

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Latest News
7:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Chalmette Man Found Stabbed to Death

St. Bernard Parish deputies say a 68-year-old Chalmette man was found stabbed to death in his apartment after a co-worker hadn't heard from him for two days.

The Times-Picayune reports authorities arrested two people in the case, including a woman who was a friend of the victim.

Deputies say Joseph Spurlock was found in his apartment Sunday with multiple stab wounds to his upper body.

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St. Bernard Parish
4:55 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

St. Bernard Names Finance Director

Ross Gonzales has been appointed director of finance for St. Bernard Parish.

Gonzales, a certified public accountant, is a University of New Orleans graduate. He replaces Beverly Gariepy, who recently accepted a position with St. Tammany Parish government.

Gonzales has served as housing and redevelopment coordinator for St. Bernard since last January.

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