Volume 134 Number 42 - Oct 18, 2007


Bridge City man gets 20 years for stabbing Luling resident
A Bridge City man accused of killing a Luling man who took him in after Hurricane Katrina pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel Jr.

EPA: Air quality good despite numerous odor complaints, flares
EPA: Air quality good despite numerous odor complaints, flares The recent outbreak of factory flares, combined with 327 odor complaints so far this year, are literally adding fuel to the fire that the air St. Charles Parish residents breath may be laced with chemicals.

Fire causes damage to three Des Allemands neighborhood homes
Fire causes damage to three Des Allemands neighborhood homes Two Des Allemands families lost their homes on Oct. 12 after a fire started in one dwelling and spread to the other.

Luling gift basket business gaining national following
The Basketry owner Kristi Brocato (right) helps customer Toni Payne, of Toni and Co. Hair Salon, find the right piece of Pandora’s Box jewelry. When Kristi Brocato took a job at a gift basket company in college, little did she know that one day her own gift baskets would be received by the likes of former President Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Gladiator director Ridley Scott.

Ordinance gives residents public hearing on video bingo
The St. Charles Parish Council voted to approve Councilman Barry Minnich's proposal to prohibit future video bingo establishments from opening in St. Charles Parish without a public hearing.

Parish hospital one of only 27 in state to get cardiac rehab certification
Pictured above is the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team.  From left to right: Gerald Miller, Karman Champagne, Laurie Salas, and Rosalind Morris. The St. Charles Parish Hospital became one of only 27 hospitals in Louisiana, and the only hospital in the River Parishes, to be recognized as a nationally certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

Police urge precaution after string of parish purse-snatchings
A Destrehan woman, whose purse was ripped from her shoulder while she was placing groceries in her car, is the latest victim of a spree of random purse snatchings that have occurred recently on both the east and west banks of the parish.

Red Cross, HUD team up to find affordable housing for disaster victims
The American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) signed an agreement last week that will allow disaster victims quick access to housing information and assistance.


Hahnville’s offense continues to evolve
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville Tigers didn't dwell too long on their double-overtime, 31-24 loss to rival Destrehan. Instead, they bullied East Ascension last week, scoring at will offensively while shutting down the Spartans on defense for a 41-6 victory.
Opposition gunning for 7-0 Wildcats
Jonathan Menard
After cruising to big wins in their first five games of the season, the Destrehan Wildcats have found themselves fighting for their lives in their last two contests, both of which the team still managed to win.
St. Charles Herald Guide's High School Playmakers of the Week
Jonathan Menard
Molton continues to shine for Wildcats Destrehan wide receiver Tim Molton has been making big plays throughout his high school career.
Finally, the Saints win one
Mike Detillier
It took until the evening of Oct. 14 for the New Orleans Saints to get their first victory of the 2007 season and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Sign up today for parish basketball
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation is currently holding registration for the 2007 basketball season for boys and girls ages 5 to 6, boys ages 7 to 14 and girls ages 13 to 14.
Former LSU lineman Joseph Baird dead at 80
From staff and wire reports
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former LSU lineman Joseph “Red” Baird has died, a university spokesman said Wednesday.
100 SRE students take part in football contest
Special to the Herald-Guide
Over 100 fourth and fifth grade students at St. Rose Elementary took part in this year’s NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition.


Will our election system be changing?
Dan Juneau
A case now before the U.S. Supreme Court may have significant implications for how we elect candidates for statewide and legislative offices in Louisiana.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests • Shawn Morris, 20, 1533 Westminister Blvd. in Marrero was arrested on Oct. 4 and charged with two counts of simple burglary.


A walk to remember
Heather R. Breaux
In 1719 the early immigrants of St. Charles Parish sailed in from Germany, Switzerland and found their way from a small German territory called Alsace Lorraine to settle the Parish of Plenty as colonists.
Histories and customs of Halloween
From staff and wire reports
Halloween is an annual celebration, but just what is it actually a celebration of? And how did this peculiar custom originate? Is it, as some claim, a kind of demon worship? Or is it just a harmless vestige of some ancient pagan ritual? The word itself, "Halloween," actually has its origins in the Catholic Church.
Eeek, drink and be merry
Special to the Herald-Guide
Makes 6 cakes. Prep time: 15 minutes. Baking time: 27 minutes.Refrigerating time: 60 minutes. Decorating time: 30 minutes.
People Watch
From staff and wire reports
The artwork judging for the St. Charles Council On Aging’s annual calendar contest took place at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26 followed by an entertaining reception.
River Parishes Hospital announces monthly ‘Young At Art’ contest winners
Special to the Herald-Guide
River Parishes Hospital is proud to announce its monthly art winners for the month of September. They are: Beija Cerda, a student at Riverbend Preschool and Kirsten Cases and Heath Mohon, students at Riverside Academy.
Heather R. Breaux Blog
Heather R. Breaux
Thousands of die-hard purple and gold fans cheered on the LSU Tigers as they marched into triple overtime against Kentucky last Saturday.