Volume 135 Number 20 - May 15, 2008


Destrehan center helps put people to sleep
The center has two on-site sleep rooms, which each have a double bed and a relaxing atmosphere. If you have trouble sleeping through the night or don’t feel rested in the morning, then you could be suffering from a sleep disorder. And as daunting a task as it may seem, getting properly diagnosed and treated for a malady like sleep apnea could be just what the doctor orders.

Flood insurance cut by 15 percent
Residents that live in flood zone areas in the parish can expect a 15 percent reduction on their annual flood insurance bill. That's because the parish's planning and zoning department applied for, and received, a Community Rating System certification, which qualified the parish for the reduction.

Gas, diesel cost school district small fortune
The school’s 125 route buses travel around 9,000 miles a day, get extremely low gas mileage
If you think $70 is a lot to fill up an automobile these days, imagine owning 154 buses.

Kids eat for free off parish
Food items such as hot dogs, fries, salad and corn will be served for free during the summer. All students under 18 eligible for free lunches
Learning doesn't end when school gets out, and now those free meals won't have to either.

Monsanto wins awards for environmental measures
Monsanto was recently honored with two first achievement awards and two honorable mentions for going beyond the call of duty to help clean up the environment.

Parish auctions off items for extra cash
Parish auctions off items for extra cash Forget Office Depot and Office Max.

Spillway proves dangerous
The Bonnet Carré Spillway is still not open completely to the public, and Spillway Operations Manager Chris Brantley cautions residents to take the barricades seriously.

Students could get $2,500 for turning in bad classmates
St. Charles Parish Public Schools will use Crimestoppers next year in an attempt to stem criminal acts on campus. Next year, school children in St. Charles Parish could be taking home as much as $2,500 for alerting authorities to criminal activity through Crimestoppers' Safe School Hotline.

Summer camps expanded to include the west bank
The St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Department has found the solution for those working families and their children on the west bank this summer by adding two additional camp sites at Luling Elementary and Eual Landry Middle School.


Speed Racer
Staff Report
For most car-racing junkies, a seven-day trek to some of the premier racetracks the United States sounds like the perfect vacation. And for Devin Clancy of Destrehan, traveling thousands of miles in the 2008 One Lap of America car competition gives him the opportunity to do just that. After all, he just wrapped up this year’s competition.
DHS, HHS set for spring games
Jonathan Menard
Though the official kick off to the 2008 season is still three months away, both Destrehan and Hahnville will get to strap on the pads one final time before summer starts when they travel for their annual spring games.
Lafreniere’s ‘96 Sting wins state championship, three locals compete
Staff Report
The Lafreniere ’96 Sting U-12 girls soccer team won the Division I Allstate Sugarbowl State Championship in Lafayette on May 3 and 4.
Destrehan boys tennis team take second place at state tournament
Staff Report
Congratulations to the Destrehan High School boys tennis team for their outstanding performance at the state 5A competition on April 29 and April 30 in Lafayette.

Our View

Pump station riddle must be solved
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre and the current council members must make a decision regarding the controversial Magnolia Ridge Pump Station.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •Jamaal Edward Williams, 21, of 283 Meadows Dr. in Destrehan was arrested on May 6 and charged with possession of marijuana and resisting an officer.


Community Chorus
Heather R. Breaux
Community chorus representative Marilyn Richoux, along with other choir members, cordially invites the public to attend the Spring Concert of the Community Chorus of the River Parishes on May 23.
Pit-fired pottery
Heather R. Breaux
At the center of the art world there lies a vast array of technique, talent and craftsmanship that can only be found within the creative mind of an artist.
The Cook’s Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Camera Shootout 2008 May 8 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“Fighting Lizards” by Jessica Kluttz got the most votes last week and is the May 8 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
Pets of the Week
Staff Report
Lola, a 3-month-old Chow/Shepherd mix is currently available for adoption at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter.