Volume 135 Number 28 - July 10, 2008


Cajun cuisine, music and rides highlight 34th Catfish Festival
The 34th Annual Louisiana Catfish Festival in Des Allemands will have plenty of food and fun for the entire family. The festival takes place on July 11 and ends on July 13. If the best catfish cuisine around is what your taste buds desire, then it’s probably a good idea to drop by this weekend’s 34th Annual Louisiana Catfish Festival in Des Allemands.

Fire stations may merge
Fire stations may merge St. Pierre gives departments until the end of the year to come up with a consolidation proposal
Putting out fires all over St. Charles Parish isn’t easy, especially if there aren’t enough firemen to do the job. Consolidating all of the fire stations in the parish would allow for combined budgets, giving a new, singular department the ability to hire paid firemen instead of volunteers.

Hospital asks parish for millions
Will use money to help pay off unpaid medical bills
Whether it's noon or midnight, when an accident occurs in St. Charles Parish, the victims are rushed to the hospital and treated by a staff that is on call 24 hours a day.

MySpace helps deputies nab 7
Deputies used MySpace to track a group of parish residents. Video showed group holding AK-47 guns, threatening cops
A video depicting a group of residents showing off AK-47 assault rifles and allegedly threatening to harm a person, as well as police officials, led to seven arrests.

Parish waiting for grants to update pumping stations
St. Charles Parish is actively seeking grants to help pay for updates to both the Cousins and Schexnayder Pump Stations.

Principal used first grade teacher as inspiration
Sylvia Zeno used to play the role of a teacher with her dolls. Now, she gets the chance to do so with hundreds of students each and every day. This is the second in a three-part series highlighting the parish’s three principals of the year.

Schools look into security system used by NYPD
A security system used by 80 percent of the cruise line industry that can also be found in Air Force bases and the New York Police Department, might find its way into the St. Charles Parish School System.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
This time of year everyone thinks of enjoying the outdoors.
Super Raiders go undefeated
Staff Report
The Super Raiders baseball team, which represented St. Rose for the season went undefeated for the end-of-the season tournament.
Mimosa Hargis softball girls are champs
Shonna Riggs
The Mimosa Hargis 11- and 12-year-old girls softball team, won the parish championship and went undefeated in tournament play.
Girls take 1st in tournament
Staff Report
The STC 10U Girls All-Star team competed in the LA Lightning Tourney on the Bayou in Houma. The girls were undefeated and took first place in their age bracket.
Brothers selected as All-Stars
Staff Report
Two sets of brothers were selected for the West Bank Recreational 9- and 10- and 11- and 12-year-old All-Star teams.

Our View

No credit, no medical care
It's been a battle the hospital has been trying to win. St. Charles Parish CEO Fred Martinez says the hospital goes before the council each year to borrow money just to offset the costs of the 30 percent of their visitors who don’t pay their hospital bills.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Christopher Matherne, 19, of 489 Longview Dr. in Destrehan was arrested on possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.


Essence Fest
Shonna Riggs
The star-studded Essence Festival hit the stage in New Orleans last weekend giving St. Charles Parish residents something different to experience just a few miles down the road.
Perfect Peaches
Heather R. Breaux
The peak of the Louisiana peach season runs through mid-July, so don’t miss out on this healthful window of opportunity, advises St. Charles Hospital dietician Laurie Acosta.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Herald-Guide People Watch
Staff Report
Louisiana Catfish Festival queens were chosen June 14 during the annual pageant at J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis. The theme was "A Salute to Mardi Gras."
Pets of the Week
Staff Report
Merle is a Dalmatian/Lab mix who is around a year to a year-and-a-half old. He is full of energy and love and is extremely affectionate.
Camera Shootout 2008
Staff Report
“Sunday Picnic” by Amanda Robeau is the June monthly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
Camera Shootout 2008
Staff Report
“Catching Air” by Julie Schmalz got the most votes last week and is the July 3 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest. Congratulations to Julie.
St. Charles Parish Library provides new tools for literary searching
Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish Library is pleased to announce the addition of three databases to its extensive database collection.
Summer Book Reviews
Special to the Herald-Guide
Dark Lord, written by Ed Greenwood, takes place in a fantasy world in the present day.