Volume 135 Number 38 - Sep 18, 2008


Bayou Gauche sees the worst of Hurricane Ike
Gregory Dufrene, who has lived on Bayou Gauche island his entire life, says he hasn’t seen flooding in the area this bad since Hurricane Juan. Dufrene also says that he will never move from the island because preparing for a flood has become a way of life Belinda and Carl Simoneux have always been proud of the fact that their home is built on the highest point of Bayou Gauche island. But as the winds of Hurricane Ike pushed water onshore, the Simoneauxs watched helplessly as the waves covered the roadway and edged closer to the front door of their island home.

Des Allemands flood tubes vandalized
Parish workers had to build earthen levees on top of the vandalized flood control water tubes. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the vandalism of flood control water tubes along Bayou Des Allemands. The vandalism couldn't have come at a worse time, since the area experienced rising water due to the affect of Hurricane Ike.

First year-round swim team in parish history gets started in Luling
Nu Wave’s Luling branch will give the parish its first ever year-round swim league. The team will have monthly meets throughout the season. The future Michael Phelps’ of the parish won't have to travel far to hone their talents throughout the year. Now, they can get all the practice they need at the newly heated pool at Mimosa Swim & Racquet Club.

Health center still dealing with aftermath of Gustav
The St. Charles Community Health Center is seeking donations after one of its buildings was damaged during Gustav. St. Charles Community Health Center in Luling lost more than the ability to treat patients when Hurricane Gustav made landfall - the center lost the use of its administration and medical services facility.

Lawsuit called SLAPP in the face
Lawyer says library architect wants to stifle freedom of speech
An attorney representing Gwen Dufrene, a Bayou Gauche resident who was sued by architect Norman Chenevert, has asked the 19th Judicial Court in East Baton Rouge Parish to throw out the lawsuit against his client based on Louisiana's Anti-SLAPP law.

Parish gets $100,000 plan grant
St. Charles Parish will receive $100,000 from an organization that provides planning models and technical assistance to help communities with their transportation and infrastructure needs.

Recent events highlight need for levee in Willowridge
Willowridge and Willowdale experienced street flooding on Sept. 14, illustrating the need for a levee in the area. It’s storm events like Hurricanes Ike and Gustav that remind Willowridge residents that levee protection is still years away and their homes are at risk of flooding.

The Basketry celebrates 13th year in St. Charles
Located at 50 Wade Street in Luling, The Basketry started out 13 years ago as a catalog based gift basket company and has grown into the national spotlight.

UWSC gets ready for seventh Paddle Battle
The 7th annual United Way of St. Charles Battle for the Paddle cook-off is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. The event is an annual gumbo and jambalaya cook-off that helps the UWSC raise awareness about their organization. The 7th Annual United Way of St. Charles Battle for the Paddle cook-off is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park. This event helps United Way of St. Charles to raise awareness about the organization and helps people understand how it serves the community.

Woman turns to marathons to honor late husband
Starts racing in memory of those who lost lives to cancer, runs 26.2-mile marathon in Maui, Hawaii
On a single sheet of lustrous purple letterhead, Luling’s Pamela Matherne presents her cause, simply headlined “What would you do to save a life? How far would you go?,” to potential donors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Wildcats pick up right where they left off, throttle St. James
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan may have faced an almost two-week delay to the official start of their 2008 season, but it wasn't obvious on Sunday afternoon.
Tigers struggle offensively in overtime loss to Hurricanes
Jonathan Menard
Even though South Plaquemine was missing several players due to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, their stars were on the field Monday night, and that's all that mattered.
Saints lose 9-point lead against Redskins
Mike Detillier
After watching the New Orleans Saints fall to the Washington Redskins 29-24 there is just one word to describe the loss, disappointing.

Our View

Bayou Gauche waits for the next one
Riding in an airboat through flooded sections of Bayou Gauche island can be a humbling experience after a major storm has roared through and done considerable damage to homes, property and families. Gliding along the water-logged highways, passing house after house submerged beneath water can make anyone wonder how the residents who live on the island will cope with rebuilding and piecing their lives back together after a storm.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Bryan Lester Mayeux, Jr., 55, of 116 Sam St. in Boutte was arrested on Sept. 10 and charged with criminal assistance to suicide.


Disaster recovery: How kids cope with storm stress
LSU AgCenter News
Children’s reactions to disaster depend on their age and maturity. Their responses also are affected by how close they are to the event, their level of exposure to it through TV and how they see their parents react.
Hurricane on the bayou
Staff Report
Four-year-old Joshua Mongrue is pictured on Bayou Gauche Island last Friday watching as the island’s only road gets flooded by Hurricane Ike’s surge.
Archbishop visits St. Charles EOC
Staff Report
New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes, center, toured the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center last weekend.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Renter Repairs 101
Heather R. Breaux
Like most St. Charles Parish residents, Lola Sanchez of Luling evacuated the area before Hurricane Gustav made landfall.
St. Charles Art Guild NEWS
Staff Report
The organization’s first workshop, “Basics of Landscape Painting,” will be held on Oct. 22 through 24 at Destrehan Plantation with Phil Sandusky as workshop instructor.
Birth Announcements
Staff Report
C.J. Switzer would like to announce the arrival of his baby brother, Jacob Cole Switzer.
Minds bubble in R.J. Vial science classes
Staff Report
PARADIS - Bill Edmondson and Michael Cavalier, sixth graders at R.J. Vial Elementary, discover how many drops of water a penny can hold, using plain tap water and soapy dishwater.
Motivation rules at R.K. Smith Middle
Staff Report
LULING - Raymond K. Smith student representatives presented the guidelines and rules for the 2008-2009 school year to the student body during a school pep rally.
Proper fire attire is required at HHS
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Hahnville High School students in Dennis Robbins’ Fire Safety Class prepare for their class with the proper attire.
First day of k-garten harder on parents
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - The first day of kindergarten can be a tough one - especially for parents. Most of the children at New Sarpy Elementary were excited about meeting new friends and embarking on an exciting school career.
New ROTC members welcomed at DHS
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - Just as Destrehan High School has freshman orientation, the DHS AFJROTC has their own way to welcome the new members in the corps.
Morphing student scientists at Vial
Staff Report
PARADIS - Jacob Norville, Katelyn Harrison, teacher Donna Reyes and Sadie Naquin at R.J. Vial recently observed tadpoles outside their school.
Dufresne - Landry Engagement
Staff Report
Mr. and Mrs. Olivier "Jun" Dufresne of Wallace announce the engagement of their daughter Elizabeth Marie Dufresne to Michael Paul Landry of Luling, son of Ms. Suzanne Boudreaux Landry of Luling, and Mr. Lloyd Landry III of Thibodaux.
Camera Shootout 2008 Sept. 13 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“A Bee-utiful Flower” by Abby Chabert got the most votes last week and is the Sept. 13 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
22 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
VIPs - Very Important Parishioners
Staff Report
Army National Guard Pvt. Destine M. Jory has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.