Volume 135 Number 16 - Apr 17, 2008

News

Ama levee on the way
Ama levee on the way Residents living in Ama could be next in line to get levee protection on the West Bank. That's because St. Charles Parish has been working with the Jefferson Parish Levee District on three possible alignment scenarios.

Death of 8-year-old child highlights abuse prevention
Death of 8-year-old child highlights abuse prevention Keep telling and telling and telling until somebody listens.

Destrehan software guru survives helicopter crash
Destrehan software guru survives helicopter crash Destrehan native Jack Cali didn’t think twice when he traded racing Corvettes around a Nevada speedway for a helicopter-style view of the western United States.

Government could soon have power to ban nicotine
Landmark legislation making its way to the House floor would shift responsibility of regulating tobacco products to the Food and Drug Administration, which will likely lead to bigger warning labels and the removal of dangerous additives in cigarettes.

Improving the wetlands one student at a time
Barry Guillot's hands have just been pricked by an albino hedgehog.

Monsanto expansion creates 380 new jobs
Monsanto will make an investment of up to $196 million over the next 18 months at its glyphosate manufacturing facility in Luling, a move that will lead to the hiring of close to 400 people.

Montz wants their kids back from Norco
Montz wants their kids back from Norco Montz residents are forming a new civic association and plans are underway to create a separate booster club for the children who live in that community.

Museum moving into Destrehan Plantation
Destrehan Plantation's Caire House will soon be the home to a unique museum that plans to interpret the historical integrity of St. Charles Parish for present and future generations.

Nursing home head takes on theft, care
Nursing home head takes on theft, care Luling Living Center had 13 complaints in ‘05, but only 6 in ‘07
The Luling Living Center, a nursing home that provides care to elderly and disenfranchised residents in the community, has been plagued with complaints and a bad reputation for years. But new owners are trying to change the center's image.

Outspoken councilwoman doing her best for East Bank
Outspoken councilwoman doing her best for East Bank Carolyn Schexnaydre, councilwoman-at-large from the East Bank, has been embroiled in a lot of controversy lately because of a resolution she wrote urging an investigation to clear Councilman and St. Rose Fire Chief Larry Cochran, along with his department.

St. Pierre says new library good for the East Bank
Besides books, internet, study rooms and Nintendo will be offered
Led by the proposed 39,000-square-foot East Bank facility and plans for a new library in Des Allemands, the library system in the parish is currently undergoing a huge transformation.

Students get the chance to become ‘satellite’ film stars
Enterprising students from both Hahnville and Destrehan will get the chance to show-off their own films at the Satellite Center's third annual Video and Animation Festival.


Sports

Destrehan powerlifters show strength, technique and stamina
By Heather R. Breaux
Powerlifting is a strength sport, consisting of three events: the squat, the bench press and the deadlift - all of which resemble Olympic weightlifting because of the heavy lifting required.
HHS & DHS baseball teams get district wins
By Jonathan Menard
The Destrehan and Hahnville baseball teams put their destiny in their own hands last week, by each picking up big wins against district competition.
Shortfall projected in Saints, Hornets payments
By Staff Report
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana is short of what it owes the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets by more than $6 million this year under the state's contractual obligations to the pro sports teams. And the shortfall is expected to more than triple next year.
St. Charles Borromeo Gatorade Saints Camp
By Staff Report
St. Charles Borromeo Students from the second and eighth grades were given the opportunity to enjoy a field day with the New Orleans Saints Jr. Gatorade Training Camp during two separate sessions.
St. Charles Cyclones take all in Lafreniere Gator Classic
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Cyclones a Div 1 Boys U19 team recently won the Championship at the Lafreniere Soccer Club Gator Classic Soccer Fest the weekend of March 29th. Team members bottom row, l to r:
Louisiana Hurricanes finish first in Starz Sports tourney
By Staff Report
The Louisiana Hurricanes 10U girls softball team recently finished 1st place in the Starz Sports tournament held in Brusly.
Hahnville High baseball celebrates VooDoo style
By Staff Report
On April 5, the Hahnville High School baseball team defeated Destrehan 4-3, but this powerhouse group of boys wouldn’t be the only ones to celebrate that day.

Editorial

Questions asked on potential fire department violations
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: The letter below has been sent to Sheriff Greg Champagne. I hope that you will publish it, as I believe many people have the same questions that I do and we all would like to know that when his investigation is complete, we will have the answers to the questions below made public.
Questions asked on potential fire department violations
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: The letter below has been sent to Sheriff Greg Champagne. I hope that you will publish it, as I believe many people have the same questions that I do and we all would like to know that when his investigation is complete, we will have the answers to the questions below made public.

Our View

Spillway’s opening is historical
The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway earmarks a decade long event in St. Charles Parish.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Sharon Jones, 27, of 5155 Barras St. in St. James was arrested on April 4 and charged with DWI, possession of marijuana and illegal tint.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
I knew that it would happen. I’ve been there before and I feared I’d be there again. I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and I was fat.
How does your garden grow?
By Heather R. Breaux
From raising seedlings to growing a colorful and vibrant flower garden, look no further - you can get all of your spring gardening information right here.
Women’s club members learn what it takes to be ‘beautiful’
By Colette Lottinger
Excited St. Charles Women’s Club members placed their names in a hat hoping to be chosen for a makeover at the organization’s March meeting.
Missoula Children’s Theatre puts on Cinderella production at St. Charles Borromeo
By Staff Report
St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan worked with Missoula Children’s Theatre to present Cinderella at the school in March.
Festival of St. Charles holds pageant April 20
By Staff Report
Festival of St. Charles will hold its pageant and extravaganza April 20 at the American Legion Hall, 12188 River Road in St. Rose.
Saints Board of Realtors award winners
By Staff Report
The Saints Board of Realtors recently held its annual awards Gala at the Jerusalem Temple in Destrehan. Current SBR President, Dana Bonette was the mistress of ceremony, 2007 Realtor of the Year, Judy Songy delivered the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Last year’s SBR President, Angelle Songy presented the 2007 awards to the following recipients.
Camera Shootout 2008 April 10 weekly winner
By Staff Report
“Louisiana Fisherman” by Karen Donnaud got the most votes last week and is the April 10 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
The Basketry to give away 300 Webkinz to customers beginning April 25
By Staff Report
This Friday kicks off “Webkinz Extravaganza Weekend” at The Basketry! Starting this Friday through Saturday, The Basketry will give away FREE WEBKINZ to the first 300 customers.