Volume 135 Number 13 - Mar 27, 2008


Auditor: Cochran broke law
Auditor: Cochran broke law Ronald Dawson, the certified public accountant who conducted an audit of the St. Rose Fire Station in 2006, says that Councilman and Fire Chief Larry Cochran broke a state law by allowing his mother to live at the station.

Council ‘intelligent’ enough to award contracts without board approval
St. Charles Parish officials and Parish President V.J. St. Pierre are looking at a plan that would do away with the Quality Based Selection Review Board, a group of professionals from outside the parish that determine which engineering and architectural firms get contracts.

Drainage study planned to rid parish of street flooding
Sam Scholle, director of public works and wastewater, plans to redo a master drainage study of St. Charles Parish this year because the one currently in place is seriously outdated. Scholle says flooding in subdivisions needs to be corrected and it's a problem that's decades old.

Echoes of the past brought into the present
Echoes of the past brought into the present Restaurant takes over historical New Sarpy store
Chef Ed Rhinehart keeps a diary loaded with the tidbits and food recipes that have helped him become a local star in the Louisiana culinary scene. Little did he know that journal marks he made seven years ago would in fact turn into a prophecy of sorts.

Parish air too dirty
Lung association says breathing it can lead to death
The federal government has announced that the air in St. Charles Parish, as well as in 345 other counties and parishes across the nation, is too dirty to breathe, putting residents at risk for heart and asthma attacks.

Program lets families save money by building own home
Families must work 35 hours a week building 1,500-square-foot home, qualify for 1 percent interest rate
Families in St. Charles Parish are finding out that the cheapest way to move into a new home may just be by building it themselves.

Pump costs could fall, project slated for July start
The West Bank pump project will finally be moving forward and construction could start as early as July. That's because St. Charles Parish has been working with project engineer Rick Shread and consultant C. J. Savoie to ensure that the project isn't overpriced this time around.

Stylist cuts into competition by updating Luling salon
Friendly Cuts owner Amanda Cameron has found success since opening her own salon five years ago. When Amanda Cameron of Des Allemands had her fill of working as a hair stylist on someone else’s clock and managing other people’s salons, she decided to take matters into her own hands and start a business.


MiIitary Man
Shonna Riggs
Up at dawn, in full gear and ready to run across the finish line of the Crescent City Classic, doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment for a military colonel who’s used to the physical fitness requirements of the job.
Softball district proves tough for Destrehan, Hahnville
Jonathan Menard
Everyone has talked about how tough Class 5A District 6 is for baseball, but the Hahnville and Destrehan softball teams are having their share of trouble in the lady's side of things.
HHS golf team results
Staff Report
Below are results from the Hahnville High School golf match played at Willowdale Country Club in Luling on Tuesday, March 18.
Cheyney Hill signs basketball scholarship with Dillard University
Staff Report
Congratulations to Hahnville High School Senior Cheyney Hill who recently signed a scholarship to play basketball at Dillard University.
10-year-old St. Charles Parish All-Star team competes nationally
Staff Report
The 10-year-old St. Charles Parish All-Star biddy basketball team competed in the National Biddy Basketball Tournament held in Slidell March 14 through 19.
St. Charles recreation department rolls out new baseball leagues for 2008
From staff and wire reports
Kids returning for the 2008 recreational baseball season in St. Charles Parish will be ready to play competitively thanks to a new reorganization effort.
Boutte TaeKwonDo students compete in regional tournament
Staff Report
Students from St. Charles TaeKwonDo Plus in Boutte, competed in the New Orleans Regional TaeKwonDo Tournament on February 23 in Metairie.
Herald-Guide Outdoor Report
Staff Report
The waterways in and surrounding St. Charles Parish are frequented by many local fisherman. So, anglers grab your pole. Here's your fishing report.
Mustangs win Northshore Slam
Staff Report
The Mustangs baseball team in recently undefeatedly winning the Northshore Slam 10-year-old major championship.
Hahnville High School volleyball tryouts
Staff Report
Hahnville High School girls volleyball tryouts for the 2008-2009 school year will be held on April 28, 29 and 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the main gym.

Our View

St. Charles Hospital is serving us well
We are blessed in St. Charles Parish with a hospital that has provided the type of services that were mainly needed in the past and is keeping up with the times in this day of modern medicine.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Calvin White, 33, of 12325 Highway 18, Apt. 3 in Luling was arrested on March 14 and charged with aggravated assault.


Heather R. Breaux BLOG
Heather R. Breaux
Statistics show that as of December 2006 over 18.5 billion text messages were sent every month - and that number has grown by 250 percent each year for the last two years with experts estimating it to grow to 80 billion messages per month in by the end of this year.
In the eye of the beholder
Heather R. Breaux
Photography is commonly defined as the process of obtaining a permanent image of an object, either in black and white or in color. But for Luling’s Charles Owcarz, capturing a moment in time is larger than just simple mechanics - it’s the desire and ambition to document the interesting things he sees in the world around him.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Staff Report
Like crosswords? You’re going to love our crossword puzzle - every week in the St. Charles Herald-Guide. Tell your friends and don’t miss a single great issue or puzzle. See answers below.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
17 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
Camera Shootout 2008 March 20 Winner
Staff Report
“Swamp” by Marcia Hokanson got the most votes and is the March 20 weekly winner in the Camera Shootout Contest.


Edith Keller Bergeron died on March 13, 2008 at 9:25 p.m. at Ormond Nursing and Care Center, Destrehan, LA. Age 98.
Edmond 'White' Comardelle passed away on Monday, March 17, 2008 at age 74.
Preston Williams passed away on Friday, March 7, 2008 at his home in Luling, LA was called to his Heavenly Home.