Volume 135 Number 19 - May 08, 2008

News

Bills could change tax setup in parish
Bills could change tax setup in parish Parish leaders against handing over sales tax collection, distribution
Three bills currently under consideration by the Louisiana legislature could change the way sales taxes are collected and distributed at the local level.

Cox looking for high school students to host TV program
Cox looking for high school students to host TV program Cox Plugged In, a cable television show, is looking for Hahnville and Destrehan High School students to be hosts for the program. The show’s 11th season starts in August and auditions will be held on May 10.

Don’t throw it away
Most residents don’t think twice about throwing away old electronic equipment or household cleaning products, but these materials can cause severe damage if taken out with the regular trash.

Justice of the Peace Smith resigns from Hahnville post
Aleshia J. Smith has resigned from her post as Justice of the Peace for District 1 in order to take a position on the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology.

Laque to stand trial
Three former parish employees allege racism, retaliation
Three parish employees filed a lawsuit against both St. Charles Parish and former Parish President Albert Laque that claims they were fired from their positions because of racism and political retaliation.

Parish certification could lead to lower flood insurance
Parish certification could lead to lower flood insurance St. Charles Parish is one step closer to receiving a national certification for storm preparedness. According to FEMA, the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) may provide points to communities that reach this certification, which can be applied toward lowering flood insurance rates.

St. Pierre helps ease senior hurricane worries
St. Pierre helps ease senior hurricane worries Dozens of seniors from around the parish gathered last week at the VFW Hall in Luling for a hurricane seminar that specifically zeroed in on what they should do in the event a hurricane hits St. Charles Parish.

Testing dates moved back for first time in 10 years
Testing dates moved back for first time in 10 years Will provide additional time for learning, but could result in lower performance scores
LEAP, iLEAP and GEE testing dates will be pushed back for students in every grade beginning next school year. This change means that testing will occur in April for the first time since the state’s accountability system began in 1999.

Valero spends $600 million on environment
Valero spends $600 million on environment The Valero St. Charles Refinery in Norco has earned statewide recognition for environmental excellence and will receive an award in May at its Voluntary Protection Program Association (VPPA) Region VI conference.


Sports

Hole in One
By Staff Report
Led by Andrew and Jason Noto, the Hahnville golf team soared to a second place finish in the state meet, finishing only two strokes behind champion Mandeville High.
St. Charles Borromeo holds spring cheerleading camp
By Staff Report
The SCB Cheerleaders held their spring mini-camp for girls ages 3-11 this past April in the school gym.
St. Charles Borromeo holds spring cheerleading camp
By Staff Report
The SCB Cheerleaders held their spring mini-camp for girls ages 3-11 this past April in the school gym.
Luling Father and son duo win mullet-toss competition
By Staff Report
Luling’s Gilbert and Bryce Bustamante took first place in the Florabama Mullet Toss in Orange Beach, Ala.

Editorial

Willowridge sewage leak needs fixing
Letters to the Editor
To the editor: I am a resident of St. Charles Parish and have been for most of my life. When my husband and I moved back after 8 years of Navy life, we were excited to be able to purchase a home in the Willowridge Subdivision. Growing up here, I have always admired and loved the subdivision and when we purchased our small home on Laurel Court I felt beyond blessed.

Our View

Fishing park on the west bank?
On Sunday, the police cited four unsuspecting anglers with criminal trespassing for bank fishing along the containment levee of the Davis Pond diversion.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Nancy NcKenna, 51, of 2108 Ormond Blvd. in Destrehan was arrested on April 29 and charged with theft of goods under $100.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
If you were my mother, then you’d probably still be able to recall the echoing of my bedroom door being slammed shut out of frustration or the shrieking sounds of my sister and me fighting for no other reason than “because we can.”
The Cook’s Corner
By Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Mother of the Year
By Heather R. Breaux
When the Herald-Guide went on the hunt for St. Charles Parish’s Mother of the Year, we had no idea just how many great moms call our parish home.
Pets of the Week
By Staff Report
Bosco, a 2-year-old neutered-male hound mix who loves to run around in wide-open field and play fetch is currently up for adoption at the St. Charles Humane Society.
Put together pet evacuation kit in advance of hurricane season
By Staff Report
Animal Control wants to make sure you and your pets are prepared for this upcoming hurricane season.
Put together pet evacuation kit in advance of hurricane season
By Staff Report
Animal Control wants to make sure you and your pets are prepared for this upcoming hurricane season.
Birth Announcements
By Staff Report
Kenneth Virgil Hebert was born on April 23 at 6:13 p.m. at Tulane-Lakeside Hospital.
Camera Shootout 2008
By Staff Report
“Dolphin Splash” by Shari de Castro got the most votes last week and is the May 1 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
HHS track runner ends season on a high note
By Heather R. Breaux
Ama’s Precious Singleton gives her all at Hahnville High’s track meets not only for her school or herself, but in memory of the parish’s most celebrated track runner Don Rayomnd.