Volume 135 Number 3 - Jan 17, 2008

News

Ability to change with parish keeps Great Southern on top
Kathy and Jack Fisher, with their daughter Julia Fisher-Perrier, are constantly on the look out for new furniture trends in order to keep Great Southern Furniture one of the top choices for not only parish residents, but for anyone in the greater New Orle From a rural parish with a population of only 12,321 to a fast growing suburban sanctuary with over 55,000 residents, St. Charles Parish has undergone a huge transition over the last 60 years.

Council plans to put committees to good use
Council plans to put committees to good use St. Charles Parish's newly elected officials held their first council meeting on Jan. 14 and agreed to redo bids on the west bank pump station and asked the newly formed Legislative Committee to decide how to impose a 20 percent fee on video bingo proceeds.

Dawning of a new era in parish as St. Pierre, nine others sworn into office
V.J. St. Pierre gives his first speech as parish president at the inauguration ceremony. Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, along with nine other councilmen and women, can officially drop the "elect" from their title after they were sworn in at an inauguration ceremony in front of the St. Charles Parish Courthouse on Jan. 13.

First-time homeowners receive help from state
Louisiana residents looking to purchase their first home will receive extra help from the state by way of a mortgage program that assists those without the money for a minimum down payment or closing costs.

Landrieu promises levee funding for River Parishes
Also says she is impressed with Parish’s St. Pierre
Senator Mary Landrieu plans to unite the River Parishes by making sure they get the funding they need to complete levee projects.

LTC opening new facility, nursing center
The Louisiana Technical College branch in Jefferson will soon open a state-of-the-art manufacturing center this spring that will feature more than $600,000 in new equipment.

School system to begin offering engineering courses
St. Charles Parish Public Schools is offering engineering courses for senior high school students at the Satellite Center beginning next year.

Voters who haven’t picked party will miss out on presidential primary
St. Charles Parish residents that failed to update their voter's registration card by choosing a political party in January won't be able to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary on Feb. 9. That primary decides the front-runners for president.


Sports

Former DHS player heads to Pro-Bowl
By Mike Detillier
Former Destrehan High School standout Ed Reed has been selected to play in the Pro-Bowl for the fourth time in his six seasons in the NFL.
MIKE ASKS ...
By Mike Detillier
For the second time in the past five years the LSU Fighting Tigers are the BCS College Football National champions. Last Monday the Tigers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 38-24 and to be honest the 38-24 score was no indication of just how dominant the Tigers were.
Hahnville High School
By Mike Detillier
Darius Reynaud will turn pro early Former Hahnville High School all-state running back Darius Reynaud, who has enjoyed a stellar college career at West Virginia, has decided to leave the Mountaineers a year early and throw his name in to the 2008 April draft according to his mother, Katrina.
HHS soccer team sponsors ‘Future Tiger Night’
By Staff Report
The Hahnville High School Soccer team is sponsoring "Future Tiger Night" when the Tiger's host Destrehan in some key District matches on Friday January 25, 2008 at HHS.
Herald-Guide 2008 Marathon Guide
By Staff Report
Pictures from the state’s largest marathon, “The WALL” - Next week. Visit www.runnotc.org for more information.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Juvenile, 16, of Destrehan was arrested on Dec. 28 and charged with two counts of simple burglary.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG: Honoring 90 years
By Heather R. Breaux
Just when you thought you were free and clear from the temptations of the saturated fats and high-calorie foods of the holidays - just when you believed that it was okay to give into your New Year’s resolution and start that diet plan, you find yourself face to face with a box of Girl Scout Cookies.
All hail the King & Queen
By Heather R. Breaux
Krewe of Des Allemands From the moment you meet Hugh “Nunnie” and Betty Dufrene, you can clearly see that reigning as the Krewe of Des Allemands’ king and queen means much more than just riding on a float - it’s an honor they’ll both treasure for years to come.
Herald-Guide People Watch
By Staff Report
Local photographer, Tammy Mars of Gallery la Roux in Luling will have her work on display at the Louisiana State Museum in Patterson, Louisiana. The grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, and the display be be available for viewing for three months.
The Cook’s Corner
By Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
St. Charles Art Guild News
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Art Guild holds monthly meetings the first Tuesday of each month.
The Writer’s Nook
Special to the Herald-Guide
Editor’s Note: The Writer’s Nook is an occasional series that features the literary writings of parish high school students. This week’s feature contains a poem titled “Pockets” written by Zachary Wilson. Zachary is a sophomore at Destrehan High School.
CROSSWORD
By Staff Report
Like crosswords? You’re going to love our new crossword puzzle - every week in the St. Charles Herald-Guide. Tell your friends and don’t miss a single great issue or puzzle.
Spouse’s poor credit could lower yours
LSU AgCenter News
You’ve taken good care all your adult life to pay bills on time and maintain a high credit score. You expect your high rating to continue after marriage, but it could drop if your new spouse has a low credit score.

Obituaries

Amedee
Barbara Stroh Amedee, age 66, died at St. Charles Parish Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008.
Becnel
John Clarence ‘Lut' Becnel passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 in Metairie, LA at the age of 85.
Roux
Dorothy Landry Roux passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at 5:40 a.m. in Luling, LA at the age of 79.
Spears
Curtis Wayne Spears, Sr., age 73, and a resident of Destrehan, La., passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008.