Volume 135 Number 29 - July 17, 2008


Check receipts during sales tax holiday

Residents should catch a huge break thanks to the parish’s sales tax holiday. Customers expecting tax relief on Aug. 1 and 2 because of the parish sales tax holiday need to be careful. Some businesses may not have their registers programmed to give the tax credit.

Drive by shooting in Destrehan
Two people were standing in the 300 block of River Oaks when a man exited a passing vehicle and opened fire, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

J & K takes hassle out of back to school shopping
Parents just have to call J & K and tell them what grade their child is in and what school they attend in order to get a tote bag loaded up with all the proper supplies. Parents across the parish will soon begin the epic annual journey that is otherwise known as attaining school supplies. And while those very parents will soon run into each other, quite literally, at various supply stores, one local business is taking the hassle out of the search - for free.

Library needs more money
Architect for new East Bank branch asks for $400,000
The architect in charge of designing the new East Regional Library, Norman Chenevert, met with the St. Charles Parish Council's Legislative Committee to ask for additional money to complete the building.

Plantation getting face-lift
The Destrehan Plantation is getting its third new roof since the 1970s. This will be the first new roof since Hurricane Katrina. The oldest documented antebellum home in the lower Mississippi Valley is getting a much deserved face-lift. Construction workers have labored for nearly six weeks to ensure that St. Charles Parish’s Destrehan Plantation gets a perfect roof renovation.

Schools crack down on worker's compensation
Internal review shows that some school employees are taking advantage of system
An internal review by the St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ Insurance Office showed that the district may be getting burned by their generous worker’s compensation policy while also overpaying post-retirement benefits.

Sheriff’s Office sets ‘high standards’ for graduates
There are very few professions where any single individual can have a dramatic impact on the lives of everyone around them. Thirty St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, who graduated from the police academy last month, will now have that opportunity.

St. Pierre considers 4-day work week
The Public Works Department has been on a four-day work week schedule for years. Move would reduce fuel usage, save employees money
The escalating cost of fuel has forced local governments around the country into a four-day work week as a way to help both the workers and employers survive the dilapidated economy.

‘Mama Lou’ - a Shoney’s staple
Louise Bearden has been in the service industry for over 50 years and has given a lot of welcome advice during that time. Every morning at exactly 4 a.m., Louise Bearden, affectionately called ‘Mama Lou’ by most visitors who come to dine at the Shoney’s in Boutte, comes to work with a smile on her face, ready to wait tables.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report
Special to the Herald-Guide
By Bruce McDonald The “dog days of summer” make fishing tough this time of year.
Metairie-based company sponsoring St. Charles Soccer Club
Staff Report
OrthoSynetics, the largest provider of non-clinical business and marketing services to orthodontic and dental practices worldwide, today announced its sponsorship of Saint Charles Soccer Club, the only chartered Soccer Club in Saint Charles Parish.
Bayou Katz travel team places third
Staff Report
The Bayou Katz, a 10-year-old travel team from St. Charles Parish, placed third in the Louisiana State Championship tournament held in Carencro on June 20.
Destrehan boys take championship
Staff Report
Destrehan 9- and 10-year-old boys’ team, Orange Crush, played with great heart during the regular season.
Mimosa Rougeou wins championship
Staff Report
Mimosa Rougeou 9- and 10-year-old softball team went undefeated in the St. Charles Parish Recreation Tournament to win the championship.
Renegade All-Stars play in state game
Staff Report
The 2008 7- and 8-year-old St. Charles Westbank Renegade All-Stars played in the LAUSSSA State tournament in St. Francisville and the Little League World Series in Mandeville this summer.
Babe Ruth softball are state champs
Staff Report
The Babe Ruth softball team are 2008 Louisiana State Champions.
Tigers receive baseball scholarships
Staff Report
Lydon Eusea and Colby Broussard received baseball scholarships to Louisiana State University at Eunice. LSUE has just won the Division II National Championship, their second in three years.
Destrehan head football coach honored as ‘Citizen of the Year’
Staff Report
Stephen Robicheaux, head football coach at Destrehan High School, recently received the American Legion - Department of Louisiana “Citizen of the Year” award.
Kickball division announces open registration
Staff Report
WAKA Kickball is proud to announce open registration for the LA Crescent Division in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Our View

Jindal tries to head state the right way
Gov. Bobby Jindal has done an unheard of thing this week. He used line item vetoes to eliminate some 250 legislative earmarks from the state budget.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Alfred Simmons, 29, of 1101 Kinler St. in Luling was arrested on July 2 and charged with possession with intent to distribute counterfeit cocaine and on a warrant for criminal neglect of family.


Calling all parish beauty queens
Staff Report
Two pageants scheduled in the coming weeks for St. Charles contestants
Champagne begins fourth term as sheriff
Shonna Riggs
It has been more than 50 years since a St. Charles Parish Sheriff was awarded the privilege of being sworn into office four consecutive times.
Falgoust presented with dental award
Staff Report
The American Association of Public Health Dentistry presented Nicole Falgoust, of Des Allemands, with the Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health Award.
Louisiana Dollar Dream
Heather R. Breaux
Destrehan native Brittany Holtsclaw is living her dream. As a student studying drama and theater at New York’s prestigious New York University, she hopes to obtain her bachelor’s degree and have the freedom to pursue a career in the arts.
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 July 10 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“Never Too Much of a Good Thing” by Matt Oubre got the most votes last week and is the July 10 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.