Volume 135 Number 41 - Oct 09, 2008


Brigade keeping the air clean one bucket at a time
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade takes independent air samples using a five-gallon bucket with a hand-pumped vacuum. Agency takes a closer look at St. Charles Parish oil refineries
If you happen to see a bucket, plastic bag and vacuum hanging from a fence in a neighbor’s yard, don't be alarmed - it might just be someone taking an air sample for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Credit freeze hurting builders
Deloe Home Builder Ron Brown says banks just aren’t making loans like they used to. Only those with large stash of cash can afford to buy homes, says developer
The President and CEO of First American Bank, which has five branches in St. Charles Parish, believes the bailout of the U.S. financial system won't impact his local bank. Bank president Frank Bourgeois says the problems began with larger national lenders and the decline of the housing market.

Destrehan thumps Hahnville 33-7
Destrehan thumps Hahnville 33-7 Destrehan struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, but exploded in the second on their way to a 33-7 victory that keeps them undefeated at 5-0.

Don’t build here
Residents in Fashion Plantation say the development of a new subdivision will make their homes more prone to flooding. Fashion Plantation residents fight
A group of Hahnville residents oppose the development of a subdivision they believe will destroy valuable wetlands that help limit flooding in their neighborhood.

Flu vaccine should be given to all school-aged children
More people are expected to take the flu vaccine than ever before after the Centers for Disease Control decided to increase the recommended age for vaccination to those from 6 months old to 18 years. The previous recommended age group were those between 6 months and 5 years.

Luling Rehab Hospital settles into new wing
The 16-bed Luling Rehabilitation Hospital provides a complete range of intensive therapy programs to prevent and minimize chronic disabilities. Luling Rehabilitation Hospital represents a different approach to rehabilitation by assisting patients in rebuilding their lives after an illness or injury - a service that has come full circle since the center first opened its doors eight years ago.

Man charged with holding 80-year-old against his will
In August of 2007, frequent sexual encounters between an 80-year-old man and two young females eventually led to the Norco man being held against his will and having his vehicle stolen.

New library site does have contaminants, LDEQ says
Parish officials helped break ground last week at the site of the new East Regional Library. While they say site is safe for library, school or home shouldn’t be built there
The soil where the East Bank Regional Library in Destrehan will be built contains two different kinds of chemical contaminatants, according to documentation provided by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

Parish workers get job and G.E.D.
Because of a shortage of workers, parish decides to hire those without G.E.D., but let them work toward it
A shortage of parish workers and a list of major projects that were running behind schedule forced St. Charles Parish administrative leaders to come up with an unusual idea that would eliminate both problems. With the support of Parish President V. J. St. Pierre, parish officials began hiring applicants on a temporary basis who had no high school diploma or G.E.D.

Schools’ calling system shines during evacuation
The ConnectED service allows school administrators to record, schedule, send and track voice messages to students, parents and staff in minutes. During Hurricane Gustav, the system called 136,816 numbers. The St. Charles Parish public schools’ communication system proved its value during Hurricane Gustav, calling 136,816 numbers to inform parents of closings and when schools would re-open as soon as a mandatory evacuation was called.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Staff Report
When I arrived at the Pier 90 boat launch Monday afternoon, launch attendant George Garcia was indulging in a catnap when he raised his head to tell say, "You're crazy if you don't try to catch specks and reds in Bayou Couba.”
The Showdown
Jonathan Menard
Dominant ‘D’ key for Tigers As they have done all year, the Hahnville defense dominated another opponent last week, which gave the offense the ability to overcome sloppy play for a 28-0 win over John McDonogh.
Sentimore verbally commits to Alabama
Mike Detillier
Destrehan High School defensive tackle Darrington Sentimore has verbally committed to play for Nick Saban and the University of Alabama.

Our View

Why can’t campaigns be more civilized?
It’s strange seeing Sen. Mary Landrieu and State Treasurer John Kennedy smiling at each other while shaking hands before their first debate Monday in Baton Rouge. The way they have been tearing each other apart in their political advertising, we’re sure the pictures do not represent their feelings.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Lamar Narcisse, 23, of 290 Meadows Dr. in Destrehan was arrested on Sept. 27 and charged with possession with intent to crack cocaine and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a parking lot.


Council on Aging plans October events
Heather R. Breaux
The St. Charles Council on Aging has released its October calendar of events, which is open to St. Charles Parish seniors. The monthly list includes:
Desty Darlings
Staff Report
Along the sidelines of every Friday night Destrehan High School football game, are the crowd favorites, the Desty Darlings.
HHS crowns king and queen
Special to the Herald-Guide
On Oct. 3 Hahnville High School crowned Jai Erielle Bridges as their 2008 homecoming queen.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Troxler crowed as Queen Sugar LXVII
Staff Report
Chelsea Lee Troxler, the 19-year-old daughter of Charlotte and Lee Troxler of Luling captured the coveted title of Queen Sugar LXVII on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Pageant in New Iberia.
Camera Shootout Oct. 2 winner
Staff Report
“Fire Sail” by Mike Peters got the most votes last week and is the Oct. 2 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
La Belle Fleur Garden Club meeting news
Staff Report
The regular meeting of the La Belle Fleur garden club was held at the home of Louise Hehmeyer on Sept.16 with 12 members in attendance.
River Parishes Hospital hosts birthday party for the center’s Senior Friends
Staff Report
River Parishes Hospital recently hosted its quarterly birthday party for the hospital's Senior Friends members who celebrated a birthday in July, August and September.


Maybelle Baudoin Caillet, age 94, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Oct. 1, 2008. Born March 6, 1914 in Raceland. She was a resident of Hahnville for 74 years.
At Chauteau Terrebonne in Houma, at 11:55 p.m., Monday, September 29, 2008, Winfield Joseph Friloux, Sr., peacefully with family at his side, entered into eternal rest. After living his adult life in Luling, he moved to Houma in 2006.
"Well done, good and faithful servant." Matt. 25:23 The Rev. Msgr. James C. (JC, Fr. Jim) Moragne entered eternal rest on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 4:48 p.m. following complications from emergency surgery. Fr. Jim was born June 11, 1944, and attended St. Joseph's Seminary in St. Benedict, LA where he received his Associate of Arts degree in 1964.