Volume 135 Number 9 - Feb 28, 2008


25-year-old opening trendy boutique in Luling
Hahnville graduate makes splash with PLUR
At 25, most people have gingerly stepped foot into the workplace and are gradually easing into what is often referred to as the “real world”

Arsonist hits Norco fire station
Investigator says building was not being used and fire wasn’t electrical
A blaze intentionally set by an arsonist left the Norco fire substation severely damaged and in need of repair. And the volunteer firefighters forced to put out the blaze want information from residents to help arson investigators solve the crime.

Bring on the wall
Bring on the wall Hogan on crusade to get Sunset District floodwall
It's been almost three years since 1,400 residents living in the Bayou Gauche area signed a petition asking for flood protection for their homes and businesses. All of the signatures came from property owners living in the Sunset Drainage District and residents of Des Allemands, located outside of the district.

Check scam in Luling
Check scam in Luling Mystery shopping firm tries to bilk woman for thousands
A Luling resident looking for a way to supplement her income signed up to become a mystery shopper and almost got scammed out of thousands of dollars. Now, Alexandra Schmaltz is warning residents to watch out for the mystery shopping scam that she thought was the real thing.

Church donates home to family
Church donates home to family Family vows to have insurance this time
Just days before Christmas last year, the Smith family from New Sarpy lost everything in a fire. But thanks to the kindness of a ministry, the family will get a new start in a brand new home.

Council prioritizes important projects
Council prioritizes important projects The St. Charles Parish Council has a list of priority projects that have been submitted to Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, along with State Representative Charlie Melancon. That's because they want as much help as possible to execute the projects from the various financial sources that are available.

Family sees opportunity as a ‘sign’ to fundraise
A lot has changed for Lori Templet since she began selling Christmas signs with a picture of the nativity and a message that read “This House Believes.”

Lost art -- Cobbler makes living for almost 40 years
Joe Medina works on resoleing a shoe. Besides, serving as a cobbler, Medina also offers several shoe supplies. When you first step inside Joe Medina’s cobbler shop on Paul Maillard Road in Luling, it’s as though you’ve gone back in time to a place where the stitching and resoleing of shoes was big business.

Pump it up, get fined
Vehicles with excessive noise to get tickets
The St. Charles Parish council wants to stop drivers from blasting music from their car windows as they ride around the parish.

Sheriff’s Office sends one of their own to top FBI post
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office has had one of their members named as president of the Louisiana Chapter FBI National Academy Associates.

TV segments to highlight local issues, keep public in the loop
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre may not have wanted the parish's committee meetings on TV, but he is hoping that the medium will help him accomplish a goal he made upon taking office.

Volunteers needed to help abused children
Abused children in St. Charles Parish need someone to speak up for them, and by volunteering to serve as a court appointed advocate, members of the community will get that chance.


Lady Tigers fall to Chapelle
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville girl's basketball team finished just inches shy of the Class 5A state championship game, falling to Chapelle 56-39 in the semifinals on Monday night.


Coastal Waste Services article misleading
Letters to the Editor
Unfortunately we find it necessary to respond to the article written on February 21, 2008. This article contains incorrect and incomplete information.

Our View

Let’s give our new governor a chance
Gov. Bobby Jindal has taken it upon himself to address the issue of ethics first and try to make Louisiana a state in which government does what it is supposed to do and the people who work in it do not take advantage of their positions to the detriment of the public.
Governor, legislature on the right track
Gov. Bobby Jindal deserves accolades for his initial efforts to reform the state. He got most of what he wanted in putting ethics ahead of everything else in government.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Jules A. Bruce Jr., 21, of 1450 Louise St. Apt. B-3 in Thibodaux was arrested on Feb. 19 and charged with DWI and speeding.


Recommended practices for quality citrus production
Rene' Schmit
Citrus is undoubtedly one of the most popular backyard fruits grown by homeowners throughout southeast Louisiana, mainly because citrus is easy to grow and often produces well each season.
Gone but not forgotten
Heather R. Breaux
In March of 1969, an emotional shockwave was felt throughout the Hahnville area when the parish’s most celebrated black athlete, Don Raymond, lost his life in a tragic car accident on River Road.
Staff Report
It was a sold-out crowd at the Superdome in New Orleans last weekend when Monster Jam 2008 rocked the house with amazing stunts and the roaring sounds of big-wheeled cars and trucks like Maximum Destruction and the Bulldozer.
The Cook’s Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Farm bureau invites ladies to compete in queens contest
Staff Report
Charlene Bruce, St. Charles Parish Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chairman would like to invite single young ladies to enter the Farm Bureau Teen Queens Contest, and Queens Contest on Saturday, March 15.
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.
Camera Shootout 2008
Staff Report
“Fountain” by Charles Flowers got the most votes last week and is the Feb. 21 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
Lady Tigers off to impressive 7-2 start
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville softball team bounced back from a 5-1 loss to Belle Chasse by sweeping Higgins last week 3-2 and 3-1.
Camera Shootout 2008 February Monthly Winner
Staff Report
“Baby’s First Mardi Gras” by Erica Williams is the February monthly winner in the photo contest.


It is with great sadness that the family of Guy A. Bourgeois announce his passing after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at the age of 62.
Glay Hood Collier passed away on Saturday, Feb., 23, 2008 at the age of 72.