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‘Crazy week’ followed by a peaceful calm

‘Crazy week’ followed by a peaceful calm

Editor July 22, 2011 Comments Off on ‘Crazy week’ followed by a peaceful calm

Crazy, crazy, crazy. That would be a good way to describe the past five or six days at my house. And I believe my wife would probably agree with those words. But today, the

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Son’s birthday proves how time flies

Son’s birthday proves how time flies

Editor July 18, 2011 Comments Off on Son’s birthday proves how time flies

Time flies. Yesterday I?wished my youngest son, Marshall, happy birthday for the second time in his life. Sometimes I can’t even believe I?can say “youngest son,” which indicates I have more than one child.

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Two-and-a-half years of ‘Independent’ success

Two-and-a-half years of ‘Independent’ success

Editor July 8, 2011 Comments Off on Two-and-a-half years of ‘Independent’ success

Is it July already? Since I started The Slidell Independent in January, 2009, I keep telling family members that I can’t believe how fast time seems to be zooming by. For that matter, this

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Scrutiny of public officials goes far overboard

Scrutiny of public officials goes far overboard

Editor July 1, 2011 Comments Off on Scrutiny of public officials goes far overboard

Public officials. Looking at elections recently, it is clear that fewer-and-fewer people want to do it. That seems surprising, since you might think a lot of people would like the idea of having a

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Keep competing in GSGC

Keep competing in GSGC

Editor June 30, 2011 Comments Off on Keep competing in GSGC

I had the absolute pleasure of covering the Greater Slidell Golf Championships last weekend. The three-day event covers all three courses in Slidell — Pinewood, Royal and Oak Harbor — and golfers try their

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Time for our own economy-beating idea forum

Time for our own economy-beating idea forum

Editor June 24, 2011 Comments Off on Time for our own economy-beating idea forum

That was some pretty tough news to hear just over a week ago, when I was told my good friend, Gene Duvic, was closing his store in Olde Towne, Abigail’s of Slidell. Sure, we

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World’s greatest??I’ve got that

World’s greatest??I’ve got that

Editor June 18, 2011 Comments Off on World’s greatest??I’ve got that

With Father’s Day almost here (it’s on Sunday for those of you who are very much behind schedule) I really think there is no more of a perfect time to brag about my dad.

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Pastor Bryan is one great friend to have

Pastor Bryan is one great friend to have

Editor June 13, 2011 Comments Off on Pastor Bryan is one great friend to have

It was last year when I began a special honor I starting handing out, when one particular individual in Slidell led me to begin the “Nicest People in Slidell” club. There have now been

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Lots of great acting talent is in our midst

Lots of great acting talent is in our midst

Editor May 27, 2011 Comments Off on Lots of great acting talent is in our midst

Are you ready for a nice, three-day weekend? I am looking forward to the Memorial Day holiday coming up this Friday through Sunday, even though my closest friends and family know I will never

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Job well done to local athletes, students

Job well done to local athletes, students

Editor May 12, 2011 Comments Off on Job well done to local athletes, students

Every time I cover a scholarship signing of a local player, I feel happy. Everyone involved is happy; it’s just a happy day. How can it not be??That player is signing a full-paid scholarship

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Awards time might bring the need for a box

Awards time might bring the need for a box

Editor May 9, 2011 Comments Off on Awards time might bring the need for a box

I had a local city council member call me this week, and after discussing the topic she called about, mentioned that she hadn’t seen me much lately. Hey, you know what? She was right.

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Political season already shows some interest

Political season already shows some interest

Editor February 27, 2011 Comments Off on Political season already shows some interest

I certainly got a lot of feedback last week when our newspaper was the first in the media to get the initial indication from St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis about what direction he

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U.S. budget should spark voter participation

U.S. budget should spark voter participation

Editor February 27, 2011 Comments Off on U.S. budget should spark voter participation

$3.7 trillion. That is the number President Barack Obama unveiled to Congress last week when he introduced his proposed 2012 United States budget. That is the amount of money the government is expected to

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Political season is obviously here

Political season is obviously here

Editor February 4, 2011 Comments Off on Political season is obviously here

Political season is upon us once again, and you can tell it by more than just the date on the calendar. Not surprisingly, even with the newest Slidell/St. Tammany political season not even coming

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The Slidell Independent: Two years old

The Slidell Independent: Two years old

Editor January 30, 2011 Comments Off on The Slidell Independent: Two years old

By Kevin Chiri Where do I start? That is truly the thing going through my head right now, since I want to say something about a very important event. This week marks the two-year

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Low crime here Only comes from Local dedication

Low crime here Only comes from Local dedication

Editor January 30, 2011 Comments Off on Low crime here Only comes from Local dedication

Safe St. Tammany. That’s the simplest way to say it. Crime statistics for 2010 in St. Tammany Parish and the City of Slidell were released last week and the news is good—very good. Crime

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Want to help your business? Join the Chamber

Want to help your business? Join the Chamber

Editor January 30, 2011 Comments Off on Want to help your business? Join the Chamber

By Kevin Chiri I don’t usually like to say this, but this time I just have to: You missed a great night if you were a local business woman or man, and didn’t attend

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‘Stinky’ subject must be faced at some point

‘Stinky’ subject must be faced at some point

Editor January 30, 2011 Comments Off on ‘Stinky’ subject must be faced at some point

The news about garbage in St. Tammany Parish is back in the headlines. No, this isn’t referring to various other issues that some people might consider to be some version of garbage. This really

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You can’t give up hope for the best year ever

You can’t give up hope for the best year ever

Editor January 8, 2011 Comments Off on You can’t give up hope for the best year ever

By Kevin Chiri Let me be the final one to wish you “Happy New Year.” The start of a new year always brings resolutions, which could be translated into, “I want to be a

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Elections and our young Slidell entrepreneurs

Elections and our young Slidell entrepreneurs

Kevin Chiri July 6, 2010 0

Elections and our young Slidell entrepreneurs I was like most of the local candidates running for positions in the March 27 Slidell municipal elections. I was at virtually every forum there has been locally

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