Volume 135 Number 42 - Oct 16, 2008


Destrehan, Hahnville both win
Destrehan, Hahnville both win The Destrehan Wildcats stayed undefeated with a 24-0 win over St. Amant.

Early voting gets underway on Oct. 21
As the election draws closer for the next president of the United States, St. Charles Parish residents who didn’t register to vote by Oct. 6 won’t be allowed to vote for John McCain or Barack Obama. Registrar of Voters Brian Champagne says that by law everyone has until 30 days prior to an election to register to vote.

Jobless rate increases
The unemployment rate in St. Charles Parish jumped from 3.6 percent to 4.2 percent in the last year. A new Nucor Steel plant, which produces carbon and alloy steel products (above), could help reduce that number. But $2 billion plant may bring 5,000 new jobs
Unemployment continues to rise in St. Charles, St. James and St. John Parishes, but some relief may soon be on the way after Nucor Steel decided to build a $2 billion plant in St. James.

New venture gives residents ability to cook, market food items
St. Charles Parish residents who have a passion for cooking and a good idea for a food product could see their homemade recipes lining the shelves of supermarkets everywhere. That's because the Norco Food Incubator, a facility that includes a commercial grade kitchen for production of home baked goods, is almost complete.

Parish native charged with murder of Va. man
A Des Allemands native has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 53-year-old man in Accomack County, Va.

Plenty of supporters give Lemmon aid, decisive win
Lauren Lemmon reacts with joy after learning that she had won the 29th Judicial District’s Division D seat. Hahnville lawyer Lauren Lemmon won the 29th Judicial District’s Division D seat on Oct. 4 after capturing 56 percent of the vote and knocking off incumbent Judge Kirk Granier.

SBA offering up to $200,000 in loans to homeowners with damage
Owners or renters that experienced damage to their homes or personal property during either Hurricanes Gustav or Ike are eligible for up to $200,000 in loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Server merger: Money saver or home invader?
A merger of the administrative and council servers will save $20,000, Kendall Stall says. Kendall Stall, the parish's Information Technology director, plans to merge the council's e-mail server with the parish administration’s e-mail server, which means that his department will have access to council members’ home computers.

Spillway Road repair delayed
The Spillway Road should be completely repaired by mid-October or early November. Hurricanes push back completion date to mid-October, early November
Work to repair the Spillway Road got underway the week of Sept. 29 after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike delayed the project, with the road set to be complete by mid-October or early November depending on weather conditions.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
This time of year brings hunting season. Many local hunters start making their way north into the hills in search of that trophy buck.
Destrehan offense should score often against winless St. Amant
Jonathan Menard
After needing two overtimes to pick up a win over Hahnville last season, Destrehan had a much easier time of things this year, using a solid defensive effort and an impressive passing game to beat the Tigers 33-7.
Hahnville defense will again be key in first road game of year
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville managed to hang tough with Destrehan throughout the first half, but in the end the Wildcats proved to be too much for the Tigers to handle, snapping Hahnville's three-game win streak with a 33-7 loss.
Mike Detillier
Right now the New Orleans Saints have the best player in pro-football in quarterback Drew Brees.
Jonathan Menard
Sophomore linebacker Darzel Washington had a big game against Destrehan last week by helping the Tigers slow down the Wildcat run game.
Des Allemands Gator Bowl 2008
Heather R. Breaux
On Sunday, Oct. 12, 18 parish recreational football teams met in Des Allemands for the annual Gator Bowl.

Our View

Should airport be privatized?
A new possibility has come forth on what to do about the ownership and management of Louis Armstrong International Airport. The City of New Orleans which owns it and the State of Louisiana have been investigating the possibility of the state buying it since it is a regional airport serving all of southeast Louisiana and the city can use the money.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Leonard Celestine, 23, of 1108 Paul Frederick St. in Luling was arrested on Oct. 6 and charged with possession with intent to sell crack cocaine, possession of Nabumetone, resisting an officer by flight and criminal damage to property.


Overcoming the Odds
Heather R. Breaux
For nearly 20 months, Hahnville resident Jamona Anderson challenged herself daily to learn and master the first five belt levels in the martial arts sport known as Tae Kwon Do.
Staff Report
After the Benediction, the new book by Ellen L. Grant, is a reality-based, effective tool that addresses the challenges many Christians face today, such as controlling in-laws, overbearing bosses, pretentious pastors, dysfunctional families, illnesses, financial ruin, and what Grant calls "the most gratifying temptation of all … flesh."
Lions Club hosts annual baby contest
Heather R. Breaux
The Luling Boutte Lions Club will host the Fall Fest Baby Contest on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the VFW Post 3750 in Luling.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
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.
Saints board meets in Ormond
Staff Report
The Saints Board of Realtors recently met at the Ormond Country Club.
History plays an important role in America’s current market plunge
Denise Zeringue
As our country endures economic crisis, consumers are worried about the safety and security of their jobs, homes, retirement and financial futures.
Camera Shootout 2008
Staff Report
“When the Saints Go Marching In” by Donah Barrios got the most votes last week and is the Oct. 9 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.


Mary Catherine Pellegrin Bouvier, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 at 3:41 a.m. in Belle Chasse. Beloved wife of Ernest Bouvier, Jr. Mother of Jerry Bouvier and wife Nanette and Catherine Gunn and husband Mike.
Trysten Brown Canaski passed away on Oct. 6, 2008. Trysten joined the Lord’s Choir of Angels at the age of 2 years and 3 weeks. He is survived by his mom and dad, June and Chris Canaski.
Reed J. Folse, 77, a native and resident of Raceland, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 26, 2008.
Marie Amelia Boe' Laiche passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 at 10:45 a.m. Beloved wife of Irvin (Tutone) Laiche for 59 years.
Nickie Lynn Vitrano Nicks, 53, died on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at her home in Granbury, Texas, after a short battle with cancer.