Volume 134 Number 51 - Dec 20, 2007

News

Feds give juvenile detention centers bad grade due to lack of programs
Center desperately needs mental health and education services
In St. Charles Parish nearly 80 youth visited the St. James Detention Center for criminal offenses since October 2007, according to the Office of Youth Development Corrections in Baton Rouge.

Metairie doctor volunteers to help Mexican orphan
St. Charles Borromeo missionaries hope to find good homes for Jenny and other children from a poor Mexican orphanage
An eight-year-old girl, living in an orphanage in Mexico needs to be evaluated by a doctor, and St. Borromeo's Youth director has found a child psychologist from Metairie willing to volunteer to do the costly assessment of the child.

Santa Visits Parish Early
Hands out toys to over 1200 happy children
It was more than just a Toys for Tots community outreach - it was a winter wonderland transformed into Santa's Village.

Satellite Center's industry class searching for a few good students
Despite the big advantage qualified students get by securing high-quality plant jobs with local industry, the center has had trouble filling classes
The Satellite Center recently held a PTEC recruitment event in order to increase enrollment in the center's two process technology classes, which give high school seniors college credit towards an associate's degree in that field.

Schools go high-tech - turn to biometric timeclocks
Thumb scans to replace time cards for employees
Something once seen exclusively in sci-fi movies and space age epics is making its way into the St. Charles Parish school system.

St. Pierre transition team plans to make parish government more efficient, seeks applicants for several key positions
Parish President-elect V.J. St. Pierre held the third meeting of his Transition Team on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and reports that preparations for the beginning of his administration are progressing well.

St. Rose man booked in convenience store shooting
An 18-year-old St. Rose man wanted for attempted second degree murder because of a shooting that occurred at the Kwik-N-Fast convenience store, turned himself in to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

Water project hits snag as Corps rejects second river crossing
Water project hits snag as Corps rejects second river crossing A pipeline project that will transport water from the West Bank to their East Bank neighbors faces more delays because Army Corps of Engineers rejected the site where the pipe was to originally cross the river.


Sports

St. Charles Shootout
By Heather R. Breaux
The Hahnville High School girls basketball team slam dunked 13 competitors in the 2007 St. Charles Shootout tournament and snagged the championship title with a 44-42 win over Ellender Memorial.
Saints still in the hunt
By Mike Detillier
The Saints 31-24 win over the Cardinals got them back to the .500 mark and a 7-7 record with two games left to go in the regular season.
Destrehan drummer invited to perform in Jan. 5 bowl game
Special to the Herald-Guide
Stephen Tumblin of Destrehan High School has been selected as a member of the inaugural U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, an honor celebrating the values and strengths these standouts share with Army Strong Soldiers.
NICE SHOT
By Staff Report
NATURAL TALENT. Alissa Cavaretta, the 12-year-old daughter of Frank and Tina Acosta Cavaretta of Luling, killed her first buck of the season.

Our View

Recycling needs to be part of our future
It makes sense to recycle materials that can be reused instead of dumping them in a landfill as trash. It won’t clutter up the landscape.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Lamar Narcissen, 22, of 29 Meadows Dr. in Destrehan was arrested on Dec. 7 and charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled dangerous substance.



Lifestyles

SCROOGED?
By Heather R. Breaux
The classic cartoons like Frosty the Snowman, the uplifting sounds of cheerful melodies like Jingle Bells and all the vibrant holiday lights are supposed to bring joy to us this time of year.
Last-minute HOLIDAY gift guide
By Jonathan Menard
With Christmas day fast approaching, many local residents are still trying to find those special last-minute items to stuff in stockings or place under the tree.
Cameron Guidry wins Christmas card contest
By Staff Report
Cameron Guidry, a 6th grade talented art student at R.J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis, was honored as the winner of the St. Charles Parish Public Schools Christmas Card Contest.