Volume 135 Number 43 - Oct 23, 2008


Celebrities flock to Des Allemands for swamp tours
Actor Dan Aykroyd is just one of the many celebrities that have taken airboat tours from the Mathernes. Nestled along the outskirts of Des Allemands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience just waiting to happen that will impact the memories of tourists, locals and even celebrities for a lifetime.

Council considers breathing new, natural life into roadways
If the parish decides to sign an agreement to use a natural asphalt release agent, the product would be included in the specifications for any future roadwork projects. Keymel Technologies says their product will make roads last for three to four times lo The Parish Council is considering a proposal to buy an asphalt release agent that would eliminate the use of petroleum or citric base products that cause the breakdown of roads. The release agent, which comes in a liquid form and is made with natural ingredients, could keep roads in tact three to four times longer than normal, according to product maker Keymel Technologies.

New $31 million bond issue to help homeowners
The Louisiana Housing Finance Agency has approved a $31 million bond issue to fund its Mortgage Revenue Bond Assisted Program.

Parish could get more money from severance taxes if new amendment passes
When voters head to the polls on Nov. 4, they won’t just be electing a new president. There are also seven proposed constitutional amendments that range from the redistribution of state severance tax revenue to the establishment of term limits for members of state boards and commissions.

Schexnaydre ordinance pulled by council members
Councilwoman Carolyn Schexnaydre wanted a sign put up on Thomas Coby to keep Destrehan fans from parking on the street during games. Five council members voted to pull an ordinance that would have done just that. Councilwoman had wanted ‘No Parking During Game’ sign put on Thomas Coby to reduce street parking during DHS games
A plan to put a “No Parking During Game” sign up near residents’ homes on the south side of Thomas Coby in Destrehan was removed from consideration by five council members Monday night.

Schools want to cut down on workers’ comp claims
After an internal review showed that some employees may be taking advantage of the St. Charles Parish school system’s workers’ compensation policy, the board took the first step towards making a change.

St. Pierre: server merger a done deal
V. J. St. Pierre Regardless of any objections by council members
The controversy is over - at least for Parish President V.J. St. Pierre.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Staff Report
A recent scouting trip into the Salvador Management Area revealed a ridge where acorns were falling on its banks.
Tigers faced with difficult task of stopping Dutchtown backs
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville was able to bounce back from a tough loss to Destrehan by way of a huge 31-8 win over East Ascension, which moved the Tigers to 4-2 on the season and evened out their district record at 1-1.
Tough early schedule makes East St. John dangerous foe
Jonathan Menard
After Destrehan failed to score in the first half against winless St. Amant, many in the stands wondered if this was a nightmarish flashback to last year, when the Wildcats needed a blocked field goal to keep their undefeated season in tact.
Saints leave Carolina black and blue
Mike Detillier
In writing this article I feel the same way I felt back in September of 2007 when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the New Orleans Saints 41-10.
DHS Ladycats net first-place district spot
Heather R. Breaux
On Oct. 15, the Destrehan High School Ladycats varsity volleyball team out served parish rivals, the Hahnville High School Lady Tigers to net a victory at the teams’ second meeting of the season.
Jonathan Menard
DARZEL WASHINGTON Washington, who was picked as a Herald-Guide Playmaker last week, got the award once again after tearing through East Ascension for 8 tackles and 3 sacks, leading his team to a 31-8 win in the process.


It’s getting time to decide how to vote
Our View
We’re sure most folks in St. Charles Parish have already decided who they will vote for to serve as President next. But the job isn’t over.


Contestants needed for Queen of Hearts
Staff Report
The Queen of Hearts Miss, Teen, Ms. and Baby pageants will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 beginning at noon at Sacred Heart School auditorium and will coincide with the River Parishes Fall Festival being held on the grounds of Sacred Heart School in Norco on Nov. 14, 15 and 16.
Car show benefits Luling girl with cerebral palsy
Leslie Cooper
Louisiana Custom Cruisers, Inc. will hold the second annual benefit car show on Nov. 1 at St. Charles Plaza.
Atomic Pilot ... a band to believe in.
Heather R. Breaux
Four success-driven musicians, whose unique backgrounds span the borders of two southern states, come together to form the line-up of an up-and-coming rock ‘n’ roll band who’s got their eye on the most rewarding prize of all - making it big in the fast-paced music industry.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
DHS crowns king and queen
Heather R. Breaux
On Friday, Oct. 17, Destrehan High School crowned Paige Hebert and Rufus Porter as the school’s homecoming king and queen.
Handmade instruments ‘on key’ with music appreciation at Harry Hurst Middle
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - The Music Appreciation classes at HMS have spent the last month studying the instruments of the orchestra, learning to identify the four families and the individual instruments that are specific to each family.
Food chain studies, earthworms at SRE
Staff Report
ST. ROSE - Amy Lind’s fourth grade students at St. Rose Elementary, Mariah Narcisse and Edward Hamlin, study the behaviors of earthworms while completing experiments with the “Food Chains and Webs” science kit.
Reading buddies story swap at NES
Staff Report
NEW SARPY - Skyler Fabre, a third grader in Jan Theriot's class, enjoys reading to Marc Vining, his reading buddy.
Body Walk teaches kids healthy eating
Staff Report
LULING - Aspen Jack teaches third graders from Norco Elementary School about healthy eating.
Students fill SCB auditorium for Ronald McDonald’s visit
Staff Report
NORCO - Ronald McDonald made a guest appearance to the students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan to present a show called “Adventures into Friendship.”
Camera Shootout 2008 Oct.16 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“Boots Williams” by Erica Champagne got the most votes last week and is the Oct. 16 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
12 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries


Norma Elizabeth Dufrene passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 in Patterson. Beloved daughter of the late Edmond Dufrene, Sr. and Ella Hogan Dufrene. Sister of Edmond Dufrene, Jr., Tim Dufrene, Donovan Dufrene and Elaine Stinnett. Also survived by 11 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Priscilla Theresa St. Amant Moore departed this life peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 at the age of 63.
Margaret Sumners Witte, 98, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 in Tallahassee, Fla.