Volume 135 Number 31 - July 31, 2008


After 64 years, business closing doors
After 64 years, business closing doors With roots stretching back to the early 1940s, Great Southern Furniture has helped define St. Charles Parish for generations.

Barging in On Destrehan
More barges could soon creep into the Destrehan area if the Corps allows Magnolia Fleet Barge Company to expand. Pollution concerns scare residents away from barge expansion
Magnolia Fleet Barge Company wants permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand the number of barges it has along the Mississippi River in Destrehan.

Fight against crime from comfort of own neighborhood
Local sheriff's offices are once again calling on neighborhoods to show they care about their community by participating in the National Night Out Against Crime.

Funeral home giving away free phone cards to soldiers
For men and women serving in the military, the opportunities to talk to family members or loved ones are few and far between, especially if they are stationed overseas.

Monster gator pulled out of Spillway
Monster gator pulled out of Spillway After an 11-year-old-boy had his left arm gnawed off by a nearly 11-foot alligator last week, wildlife officers across south Louisiana have been keeping an eye-out for the dangerous reptiles.

Schools make additions to award-winning InBox program
The InBoxes will have three new additions this year, the most important being a new and improved emergency guide. Documents include new emergency guide, wellness brochure
In what has become an annual tradition, several workers gathered last week to “stuff” the InBoxes for students of the St. Charles Parish public school district.

Southern Scrap moving in
Because of the pending closure of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MR-GO), Southern Scrap is relocating from New Orleans to St. Charles Parish in a move that will retain 150 jobs and generate 100 new ones in the region over the next three years.

Twins save man from drowning
Twin sisters Gina (far left) and Judy (far right) Caillouet flank Warren Williams and his wife during a gathering to honor the sisters for their heroism. The twins pulled Williams, who couldn’t swim, out of the Airline Highway canal. Fraternal twin sisters Judy and Gina Caillouet don't want anyone to call them heroes. But during a summer rainstorm last Friday, the two Caillouet sisters risked their lives when they interlocked arms and slipped into the deadly waters along Airline Highway to save a stranger's life.

‘Unforeseen obstacles’ halt levee project
Because of recent work on the Davis Pond Diversion, the Corps is turning their attention to the second alignment. Recent work on the Davis Pond Diversion has impacted the alignment
Plans to pick a levee alignment for the West Bank Vicinity Hurricane Protection project have stalled.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
The key to being a successful angler is simple - if you want to catch a big fish, you have to have your line in the water - and the past few weeks has made for great fishing.
Hahnville High School runner competes in Junior Olympics
Staff Report
Luling’s Tyler Hebert swept most of the competition when he placed third in the 2000-meter steeplechase track event at the AAU National Championships for Track and Field June 29 through July 4 in Orlando, Fla.
Louisiana Heat wins Northshore Classic
Staff Report
The Louisiana Heat 11AA boys baseball team won first place in the Northshore Classic Tournament held in Mandeville.
Luling Ladybugs take second place
Staff Report
The Luling Ladybugs, a 7- and 8-year-old softball team, place second in St. Charles Parish recreational softball.
Super Raiders place first in parish
Staff Report
The Super Raiders, a 9- and 10-year-old baseball team, placed first in St. Charles Parish recreational baseball.
Louisiana Catfish Festival race winners
Staff Report
The Louisiana Catfish Festival Run in Des Allemands was a success.
Parish coaches face off in Baton Rouge golf tournament
Staff Report
Four local coaches tied at the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s golf tournament on July 22 at LSU with a score of 59.
End-of-summer swim team results
Staff Report
The following are the results of the Willowdale and Mimosa swim teams.
Willowdale Gators choose 2008 high-point winners
Amy Brezinsky
The high-point winners for the Willowdale Country Club swim team and runners up are pictured.

Our View

Waiting patiently for a decision
There are three different ways that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers can build a levee as part of the West Bank Hurricane Vicinity Project to protect residents from dangerous storms.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Tommy Franklin, 47, of 151 Ellis St. in Ponchatoula was arrested on July 18 and charged with DWI, obstructing a roadway and open container of alcohol in a vehicle.


Community Education registration begins Aug. 1
Heather R. Breaux
St. Charles Parish Postal Patrons will be receiving their Fall 2008 Community Education brochures in the mail the first week of August.
St. Charles 4-H members participate at 4-H University
Special to the Herald-Guide
Every June hundreds of 4-H members gather in Baton Rouge at the Louisiana State University campus to participate in the annual LSU AgCenter's 4-H University, formerly known as 4-H Short Course.
Staff Report
Destrehan High School sophomore Jodi Scaffidi recently had the opportunity to visit the set of WWL-TV Channel 4 and meet one of her idols, newscaster Lucy Bustamante.
The Cook’s Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Pets of the Week
Staff Report
Sarah is a sweet female Doberman Pinscher, Labrador Retriever mix that is full of energy and up for adoption at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter.
RRB celebrates year with inauguration
Staff Report
River Region Ballet celebrated its upcoming 2008-2009 season with their Inaugural Presentation Party at Ormond Country Club.
Camera Shootout 2008 July 24 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“Golden Gate Fog” by Charles Flowers got the most votes last week and is the July 24 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
VIPs - Very Important Parishoners
Staff Report
Latter & Blum announced their annual scholarship winners.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
19 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
Summer Book Reviews
Special to the Herald-Guide
In his exciting mystery novel, Tell No One, Harlan Coben tells of the dynamic life of his main character, Dr. David Beck.
Early August is the time to start late-summer vegetable gardens
Dan Gill
There is something particularly satisfying about putting quality, nutritious food on the table as a direct result of your gardening efforts.