Volume 135 Number 44 - Oct 30, 2008


Ama woman kicks and flees from spillway robber
A 47-year-old Ama woman fought back against a man who robbed her at the spillway, kicking him before jumping in her truck and driving to safety, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

Animal shelter in running for $10,000
The St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter/Humane Society has a chance to win $10,000 in a national contest that uses votes from around the community to determine the winner.

Blind veteran fights for visually impaired
Hahnville resident Larry Franklin lost his sight after contracting sarcoidosis, an illness that caused permanent nerve damage. For at least the last 30 years of his life, 65-year-old Hahnville resident and military veteran Larry Franklin has been blind. Franklin wasn't born visually impaired, he lost his sight because of an illness called sarcoidosis that can cause permanent nerve damage in various parts of the body.

Hidden town wants parish recognition
Residents of Elkinsville want the parish to put up a sign that would officially recognize their town, which was founded by free slave and business owner Palmer Elkins around 150 years ago. Elkinsville, a small community, wants official town plaque
Driving through St. Rose, everyone rolls past a tiny town called Elkinsville, although no one would ever know it. That’s because there’s no sign or historical marker to identify the small community.

No grant equals no new park in Luling- at least for now
Residents living in the Willowdale and Lakewood subdivisions in Luling will have to wait a little longer before they have a new place to relax and play in their community after a grant fell through for Rathborne Park.

Ordinance would make developers pay
Once a developer puts drainage, sewer lines, roads and light fixtures in a subdivision in St. Charles Parish, the builder of that subdivision has a year to guarantee the work. Now, an ordinance introduced by Councilman Paul Hogan is asking that Public Works officials and an engineer give those subdivisions a final inspection before the one year warranty expires.

Orgeron named art director
Besides being a busy wife, a working mother of two kids and a St. Charles Parish community volunteer, Kristie Orgeron has been promoted to Art Director for the Louisiana Publishing Company in Boutte.

Parish water sample is best tasting in region
A Waterworks employee shows school children what the water looks like before it goes through the parish’s purification process. A tap water sample from the East Bank of St. Charles Parish has been named ‘best-tasting' in a regional contest held by the American Water Works Association in Tulsa, Okla.

Trick-or-treaters need to be mindful of high school game traffic
Hundreds of children will don their scariest outfits and head to neighborhoods around the parish on Friday, hoping that they might be able to put enough fright in those homeowners to be rewarded with bags full of candy.

Youth center has big ideas, but needs community help
Youth center has big ideas, but needs community help Although Luling’s Umoja ComeUnity Center is up and running for after-school activities, and for school events and private parties, the center’s founder, Reanda Fields, says that they are still in need of crucial donations like computers and volunteers.


Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
I made a scouting trip during the summer to find places to fish other than Grand Isle, Lake Salvador and Lake Cataouatche.
With perfect season on the line, DHS ready for East Ascension
Jonathan Menard
Once again, it took the Destrehan offense a little while to get going, but once it did, there was no stopping them.
Once again, Tigers called on to stop dangerous ground game
Jonathan Menard
After a glance at the final score, most people would assume Hahnville and Dutchtown just got finished playing an exciting high school basketball game, with both teams combining for 97 points and the Tigers pulling it out at the last second by a 49-48 score.
Saints fans rest for BYE
Mike Detillier
This past week has to go down as one of the darkest in recent years for New Orleans Saints fans - so, I’d say that it’s about time for a bye week.
Jordan Jefferson may start for LSU
Mike Detillier
Just a quick prediction, but I think LSU head coach Les Miles is very close to inserting former Destrehan High School standout quarterback Jordan Jefferson into the lineup.
Shooting Stars basketball league designed for kids with disabilities
Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish Recreation Department is now registering for the new Shooting Stars Basketball program, designed for children ages 5 to 18 with disabilities.
Hunter education classes offered
Staff Report
The St. Charles Sheriff’s Office will offer a 16-hour hunter safety education course to the public on the following dates: Nov. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hahnville defensive seniors serve as mentors to group of young Tigers
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville offense has more than held their own this season, but it has been a young defense, led by five hard-working seniors, that has really stood out so far this year.
Local soccer team wins big
Staff Report
The Flamin'’ Hot Chee Weez, a St. Charles U12 Division 1 soccer team, placed first in the Sugarfest Tournament in Raceland Oct. 18 and 19.
Wildcat defensive trio make Destrehan too tough for opponents
Jonathan Menard
Last season, Destrehan relied on its talented offensive playmakers, but this year, it's the other side of the ball that has kept the Wildcats undefeated and in prime position to compete for another state championship.
Orange Crushers are All-Stars
Staff Report
Orange Crushers are the 7-8 year-old All-Stars for St. Charles Parish.
Destrehan baseball team holds golf tournament in effort to raise funds
Staff Report
The Destrehan baseball team will host a golf tournament on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Ormond Country Club in Destrehan.
Staff Report
During prep football season, the Herald-Guide cameras are hitting both the Wildcat and Tiger sidelines hoping to capture the Fan of the Week.

Our View

Amendment checklist
St. Charles Herald-Guide does not endorse individual candidates for public office since, in a small community such as St. Charles, candidate-choice is influenced heavily by friendships and relationships. But we do offer suggestions on proposed constitutional amendments.


Have a healthy Halloween with these nutrition tips
LSU AgCenter News
When asked what Halloween means, kids usually put candy at the top of their list before goblins or costumes. Even so, nutrition can play a role on Halloween, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
Music City Madness
Heather R. Breaux
For the third year in a row, CMT.com is scouring the nation in search of the best unsigned country acts by launching its annual “Music City Madness” competition.
The Cook’s Corner
Staff Report
A Spooktacular recipe for the whole family!
HHS students attend Girls State
Staff Report
Seven students represented Hahnville High School this summer at Girls State held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches on June 29 through July 5. Raven Scott was named Outstanding City and Parish Citizen.
DHS choir members advance to second round
Staff Report
Destrehan High School students Sharie Mahler - Alto 2, Daniel Duensing - Bass 1 and Andy Johnson - Tenor 1 advanced to the second round All-State choir auditions.
High school students selected for district honor band
Staff Report
The following Hahnville High School band students were selected to participate in the 2008-2009 Senior High District Honor Band. They will perform at a concert in January 2009.
LaWanna Davis named high school counselor of the year
Staff Report
The Destrehan High School community would like to congratulate LaWanna Davis for being named Louisiana High School Counselor of the Year by the Louisiana School Counseling Association at the recent Louisiana Counseling Association Conference in Baton Rouge.
AES students learn colors and shapes
Staff Report
DES ALLEMANDS - Students Caraline Dufrene and Makenna Cortez are pictured in Dana Dufrene’s class at Allemands Elementary sorting patterned blocks by color.
Band sweeps fest with superior ratings
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - The Destrehan High School Pride of Destrehan band recently performed at the Morgan City Band Festival.
Nerds outsmart ACM rival Pirates
Staff Report
LULING - R. K. Smith Middle School students and faculty participated in Nerd Day. Students were supporting the football team in anticipation of “outsmarting” the Albert Cammon Middle School Pirates.
R.J. Vial Elementary helps save the world
Staff Report
PARADIS - Third grade students at R.J. Vial that have joined the Recycling Club recently made bins to place around the school.
Students teach French at festival
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Hahnville High School students in Judy Westerhaus’ French III Honors class were recently invited to attend the Heritage Festival at Destrehan Plantation.
Satellite students assist in parish-wide health screenings
Staff Report
LULING - The Satellite Center Health Science team members Ayana Kelly, Jalesa Frank, Damion Winn, and Jasmine May assist school nurse, Arolyn Honor, with health screenings at Norco Elementary School.
La Belle Fleur Garden Club News
Staff Report
The regular meeting of the La Belle Fleur garden club was held at the home of Marie Weiler on Oct. 14 with eight members in attendance. The 50/50 was won by Karen Petit.
Camera Shootout 2008
Staff Report
“OMG! What’s That?” by Dee Millien from Hahnville got the most votes last week and is the Oct. 23 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
17 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
Birth Announcements
Staff Report
Gil, III and Candice Schmidt would like to announce the birth of their son.