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6:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Sterling Farms Grocery Store In Marrero Closing

The Sterling Farms grocery store opened last year with great fanfare, with one of its goals to bring fresh produce to New Orleans' food deserts.
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The Sterling Farms grocery store in Marrero co-owned by actor Wendell Pierce is closing just one year after opening, the Times-Picayune reports.

Best-known for his roles in the cable TV series The Wire and Treme, Pierce has said that one of his most important goals with opening the market was to place fresh produce in urban “food deserts” where it was not otherwise available.

First Lady Michelle Obama had visited the store last July after making an address in New Orleans on nutrition and obesity.

Latest News
10:14 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

JPSO: 2 Men Shot Dozens Of Vehicle Windows

Sheriff's detectives have charged two men with shooting out windows of at least 166 vehicles in Jefferson Parish.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says detectives on Tuesday arrested 19-year-old Christopher Flanagan and 20-year-old Dacotah Hamilton, both of Marrero, charging them with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage.

It's not clear if either man has a lawyer.

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Flood Protection
10:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

St. Charles West Bank Levee Gets Final Approval

The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the third and final phase of the St. Charles west bank hurricane levee, which means all three phases of the levee project have corps approval to move toward construction.

At the St. Charles Parish Council meeting on Monday night, Parish President V.J. St. Pierre said the Corps of Engineers approved a permit green-lighting the design and construction of Phase III Ellington, the last permit necessary to authorize the project. The other two phases had already been approved.

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Development
2:17 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

$8M Expansion Under Way at Shopping Center

Three new businesses are setting up shop at Westside North Shopping Center in Gretna, which has been undergoing an $8 million expansion made possible by the city's acquisition of a street for the project.

The Times-Picayune reports Cavender's, a western wear store, Auto Zone and Planet Fitness will join other stores at shopping center, which splits the West Bank Expressway and is the city's big economic engine.

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Flood Protection
3:24 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Corps awards $14.7M drainage contract

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to improve drainage at the Trapp Canal on the west bank of Jefferson Parish.

Corps officials say the project, which is part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project, will reduce the risk of damage from a 1-in-10-years rainfall.

The $14.7 million contract to was awarded to Hamp's Construction LLC. Under the contract, 7,400 feet of the canal will be widened and other improvements made between Bayou Fatima and Bayou Barataria.

Harvey Murder
5:03 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Marrero man booked in funeral home worker's death

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says a 29-year-old man has been booked with second-degree murder in the death of a funeral home employee whose decomposing body was found in the apartment where he lived in the funeral home.

The sheriff's office says Alfred R. Scott of Marrero was arrested Wednesday and booked in the stabbing death of 51-year-old Noah Stoute.

Stoute was a caretaker and embalmer at Mothe Funeral Home in Harvey. His body was found Tuesday, but he apparently was killed Aug. 28, as Hurricane Isaac was approaching.

Business & Technology
11:00 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Jeff company wins drainage contract

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $18.6 million contract for drainage construction in the Industrial Canal area on Jefferson Parish's west bank.

The contract, an element of the Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project, seeks to reduce flooding that might result from about 9 inches of rain falling over a 24-hour period.

The contract was awarded to Fleming Construction Co. of Jefferson Parish.

The 36-month project includes removing underground drainage pipes and replacing them with a reinforced concrete open channel.

West Bank Flood Protection
12:49 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Corps of Engineers: Problems in West Bank levee

An Army Corps of Engineers report has found debris buried in a levee built after Hurricane Katrina.

The levee protects the densely populated suburban West Bank neighborhoods across the Mississippi River from the main portion of the city.

The report says the levee meets the corps' design specifications and is not in danger of failure because of any unsuitable debris. But the report advises the corps to consider shoring up one portion of the levee built atop a "buried debris field."