Volume 135 Number 34 - Aug 21, 2008


Barge owner a no-show at Destrehan town hall meeting
David Weidner, co-owner of Magnolia Fleet Barge Company, did not attend a town hall meeting about his company’s barge expansion. Because of that, residents left the meeting with their questions still unanswered. District III Councilwoman Wendy Benedetto says she plans to ask for the cooperation of Magnolia Fleet Barge Company co-owner David Weidner in answering the questions and concerns of the Destrehan community.

Change in minimum wage has minimum impact
Though the federal minimum wage recently rose by 70 cents, only 2 percent of the nation's workforce experienced a pay increase, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dog-saving Lieutenant graduates from FBI academy
Dog-saving Lieutenant graduates from FBI academy Lt. Ricky Oubre, who is known for saving dogs from animal shelters throughout the southeastern part of the state and training them for police work, graduated from the FBI National Academy Program.

Minor league football could be headed our way
When minor league football coach Ken Austin looks down the 100-yard stretch of a football field he sees more than just the blueprint for a game.

Operation Clean Sweep begins
FEMA and the Coast Guard will make a final sweep of the parish’s waterways to cleanup debris like limbs or objects underwater. Waterways in parish to be cleaned of debris
The waterways of St. Charles Parish will finally be rid of hurricane debris. That's because FEMA has partnered with the Louisiana Coast Guard to do one final sweep and make sure the rivers and bayous are free of Hurricane Rita and Katrina remnants that could pose a safety hazard.

Parish levee projects receive funds
The Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority agreed to use a $300 million surplus in its 2007 budget to provide funding for several coastal restoration and hurricane levee protection projects. Two of those projects will affect St. Charles Parish.

Spillway Road repairs behind schedule
The amount of time the project had to be advertised for bid, along with a second rise in water levels, has delayed repairs to the Spillway Road. Road will likely remain closed for more than a month, forcing school children onto Airline
Buses full of school children are being forced to use the dangerous Airline Highway because the Spillway Road is still closed, though the parish will soon begin work to repair it.

Thrift store relies on the help of disabled residents
Two Arc of St. Charles volunteers help load up the racks of Cajun Village, a thrift store that will be run with help from disabled residents. With the help of several disabled citizens, a new business venture has opened its doors in St. Charles Parish. The thrift store, Cajun Village, started out as a simple vision that the executive director and a few earnest volunteers have made into a reality.


Tigers are young, but have plenty of talent
Jonathan Menard
Even though Hahnville head man Lou Valdin only returns four overall starters from last year's team, he's not worried. In fact, Valdin feels that while his squad will be young, there is enough talent on both sides of the ball for his team to be competitive.
Destrehan begins defense of state title
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan cruised to the Class 5A state championship last year, finishing the season with a perfect 15-0 record that included the demolition of every single opponent they faced in last year's playoffs.
5 secrets to catching fish at Seabrook
Staff Report
Imagine a location 35 miles from Boutte where you are able to catch big redfish that stretch 24 to 27 inches long, nearly two-feet trout, black drum weighing in at 30 to 40 pounds and limits of puppy drum.


Historical association thanks parish for cleanup
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: On behalf of the St. Charles Museum and Historical Association, I would like to thank Parish President V.J. St. Pierre and his staff for the continued support and assistance afforded the association. I would also like to thank the Department of Parks and Recreation for refurbishing and maintaining the historical walkway at the West Bank Bridge Park.

Our View

Council gives property owners tax break
The St. Charles Parish Council agreed with residents and decided to roll back millage rates. That made some taxing districts unhappy, some concerned and some indifferent.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Nicholas P. Banta, 30, of 3531 46th St. in Metairie was arrested on Aug. 8 and charged with simple burglary.


St. Charles Art Guild celebrates 40 years
Staff Report
The St. Charles Art Guild is amongst the oldest and still functioning art guilds in the metropolitan New Orleans area. It was established in 1968 by Mariann Burns, Laura Wilk and Claire Van Wirt. Charter members were Travis Pitchford and nationally known Mississippi mud clay artist Lorraine Gendron.
J. B. Martin cheerleaders win top awards
Staff Report
The J.B. Martin cheerleaders won top honors at the UCA Camp at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Norco American Legion elects new officers
Staff Report
The American Legion Spillway Post in Norco installed their officers for the 2009 year.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
A GREEN thumbs up
Heather R. Breaux
When Fayla Breaux of Luling pulled a newly sprouted fern bud from the ground over 20 years ago, little did she know that the tiny greenery would survive three transplants, Hurricane Katrina and grow to be nearly 5 feet tall.
Naquin - Mule’ Wedding
Shonna Riggs
On July 19, 2008, Miss Katie Lynn Naquin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Naquin of Destrehan, married Mr. Frank Mule’ III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mule’ II of Metairie.
Keller - Walters Engagement
Staff Report
Mrs. Patsye V. Lunk announces the upcoming marriage of her daughter Miss Laurie Marky Keller to Mr. Michael E. Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Walters of River Ridge.
Benedic - Worth Wedding
Staff Report
Mr. And Mrs. Oren Benedic of St. Rose announce the marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Lynn, to Mr. Chad Michael Worth, son of Mr. And Mrs. Donald Worth of Destrehan.
Birth Announcements
Staff Report
Blakely Elizabeth Thompson was born on June 16, 2008 at 7:17 p.m. at Oschner Hospital in Kenner, to the proud parents of Holly and Jacob Thompson of Destrehan.
Camera Shootout 2008 August 14 Winner
Staff Report
“Speedy Gonzales” by Abby Chabert got the most votes last week and is the Aug. 14 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest. Congratulations to Abby.
You've got to read this!
Staff Report
11 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries


Roland Paul Bernard went to meet the Lord on Tuesday, Aug.12, 2008.
Sidney James "Snake" Matherne, a native of Evergreen and a resident of Destrehan, for the past 55 years, passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at the age of 83.