Volume 135 Number 45 - Nov 06, 2008


$7 million assisted living center coming to Ashton
Phase I of a new assisted-living facility could include 36, one bedroom units and 14 rooms for patients with Alzheimer’s. The new Ashton Plantation Senior Living Center, an assisted-living facility designed to house elderly parish residents, will be located in front of the Ashton Plantation Subdivision.

ADM not sure why grain elevator exploded
An explosion at the ADM grain elevator forced the company to relocate operations to another facility at St. Elmo Parish says explosion was never threat to neighbors
An explosion at the ADM Grain Elevator in Destrehan last Thursday morning left some residents puzzled about what caused an inside section of the grain elevator to blow up. Raoul and Carolyn Laurent, of 121 Pelican Street, were jolted out of bed when they heard a loud popping sound.

Arc expands upon home care services
Families that attend to a physically or mentally challenged loved one will now have more options when it comes to their care after the United Way and the Arc partnered together to expand services in St. Charles Parish.

Council collides over info request
The St. Charles Parish Council will seek an official opinion from the Louisiana Board of Ethics about what should be done when a public information request isn’t honored by a fellow council member.

Founding church members forced out
Pastor Mo Seneca has made some big changes to the First Assembly of God church in Des Allemands. He has preached in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, changed the music and removed the pulpit. He admits that those things have upset the tradition of the church. Pastor says people feel more welcomed with the changes he’s made
When some members of the First Assembly of God church in Des Allemands witnessed an elderly woman get openly reprimanded by the pastor for speaking in tongues, they decided it wasn’t the place for them to worship.

Guild members paint parish landscapes
The St. Charles Art Guild sponsored a plein-air workshop where they learned the basics of landscape painting. The guild will hold a second workshop in January that deals with pastels.
The plein-air workshop the St. Charles Art Guild sponsored in October with instructor Phil Sandusky was a huge success.

Nominations taken for Christmas fund
This year the St. Charles Herald-Guide sponsors its third annual $1 Children’s Christmas Fund to help a needy parish family this holiday season.

Nuss: curbside recycling will eliminate trash in landfills
Council Chairman Dennis Nuss would like to see curbside recycling brought back into St. Charles Parish. Nuss said recycling efforts were made before Hurricane Katrina, but the company that offered the services to residents has since left and hasn't returned.

Parish gains control over type of debris that can be dumped
Sanitary landfill regulations in St. Charles Parish haven’t been updated since 1981, and because of that, the council approved a measure last month that now gives the parish more control over what type of landfill can move into St. Charles Parish.

Shopping center doors set to open
Shopping center doors set to open First two stores will cater to LSU fanatics and fitness buffs
The first two tenants in a 12,000-square-foot shopping center are planning to open their doors in November, giving residents the chance to shop for LSU items and get in some exercise to make room for all that Thanksgiving food.

Too close to home
LIVING DIABETIC. Lee Hebert (left) knows what it’s like for a diabetic to survive on a day-to-day basis. After all, his wife Lindsey (right) was diagnosed with the disease at age 16. Local author acts to raise awareness about diabetes, a disease his wife faces everyday
Local science fiction writer Lee Hebert is helping raise diabetes awareness by donating 60 percent of the book sales from his Epic novel series for the month of November to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Willowdale family goes green, sees red
Willowdale family goes green, sees red Government rebates, promise of future savings make decision worthwhile
Luling resident Anne Moyer never considered herself a “green” person, but in-depth research into the benefits of renewable energy has caused her to reconsider.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report
Special to the Herald-Guide
“Redfish are tearing up spoons in Lake Salvador,” the voice said on the other end of the phone. The inflection in the voice made it both a statement and an implied question.
Saban ... He’s BACK
Mike Detillier
Since January of 2007, LSU Tiger fans have Nov. 8, 2008 circled on their calendar.
Perfect regular season on the line as DHS takes on Dutchtown
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan played their most complete game of the year, jumping all over East Ascension from the very beginning and pulling away with a 46-0 win that moved the team one step closer to their second straight undefeated regular season.
After pair of overtime games, HHS takes on winless St. Amant
Jonathan Menard
For the second straight week, the Hahnville Tigers went into overtime with a district opponent, but unlike last time, they couldn't take care of business as they fell 35-28 to rival East St. John.
Wildcat kicker selects Tulane
Mike Detillier
Destrehan High School place-kicker Ryan Rome grew up a LSU fan, but his loyalty has changed over the past few weeks.
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.
How to get your kids to enjoy the outdoors
Staff Report
Get out there and do something! All too often our families -- especially kids -- spend their time holed up indoors watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Internet.
Suitin' up for SOCCER season
Heather R. Breaux
Hahnville High Girls Soccer The Hahnville High School Lady Tigers soccer team is looking for a repeat season from last year, and they’re turning to a few new faces who can perform winning plays and excellent team effort.

Our View

Electoral system is very outdated
Now that the election is over, it is perhaps time to start thinking about reforming the electoral system. To say it is outdated is a gross understatement.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •Chrissy L. Billiot, 27, of 339 Acorn St. in Boutte was arrested on Oct. 30 and charged with purse snatching (accessory after the fact).


Local organizations help deployed soldiers
Staff Report
The Ladies Auxillary and VFW of Luling are sponsoring two projects for the Christmas season - Operation Christmas Love and Operation Phone Home.
Destrehan Plantation
Heather R. Breaux
An exciting new book on Destrehan Plantation and its namesake is scheduled for release this month at the Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival held on the manor’s grounds on Nov. 8 and 9.
Locks of Love
Heather R. Breaux
For the second year in a row, Niki Walker Salon hosted it’s annual Locks of Love event on Sunday, Nov. 2 on location in Destrehan.
The Cook’s Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Luling’s Brittney Boudreaux graduates from basic training
Staff Report
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Brittney M. Boudreaux has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
CASA welcomes Charlita Patterson
Staff Report
Child Advocacy Services (CASA) welcomes Charlita Patterson to the Child Advocacy Service’s Madere Center as the new CASA Advocate Supervisor. Patterson’s ultimate passion and mission is to be a public servant for abused and neglected children in hopes that it will make a difference in the over all well-being of their lives.
Three local nurses named among top 100 in Louisiana River Parishes
Staff Report
River Parishes River Parishes Hospital is proud to have two nurses named 2008 Great 100 Nurses.
Hahnville High School teacher receives grant
Staff Report
Hahnville High School teacher Deborah S. Unger received a $3,250 service learning grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation.
Edward Jones has new director
Staff Report
James Orgeron has taken over the Edward Jones office in Destrehan.
Local high school grads eligible for scholarship
Staff Report
College students who have graduated from either Destrehan High School or Hahnville High School may be eligible to apply for the Ethel Schoeffner Scholarship.
Camera Shootout 2008 October 30 Winner
Staff Report
“Love Me, Love Me Not” by Abby Chabert from got the most votes last week and is the Oct. 30 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
23 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
Council on Aging announces calendar contest winners
Staff Report
The St. Charles Council On Aging held their calendar contest reception on Thursday, Oct. 16.
State’s 4-H museum hunting for items
LSU AgCenter News
The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is conducting a “scavenger hunt” in a quest to find memorabilia for display in the new Louisiana 4-H Museum in Mansura.
German Coast Society celebrates Oktoberfest
Staff Report
Members and guests of the German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogy Society celebrated Oktoberfest Oct. 22 with a traditional German dinner and a presentation about Cajuns and Acadians at La Maison Magnolia in Norco.
Hurst band shows great school spirit
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - Hurst seventh Grader, Nicole Robichaux, plays her trumpet as part of the HMS Band and Runnerette Dance Line that performed at the middle school’s football game.
HHS students help raise nearly $600
Staff Report
BOUTTE - The Hahnville High School student council held a “Pie in the Face” fundraiser to help raise money for United Way.
‘Just say NO’ at Norco Elementary
Staff Report
NORCO - To celebrate “Red Ribbon Week” and saying no to drugs, third grade students at Norco Elementary K-3 School inflated smokers' lungs to visualize the decreased capacity of a smokers' lungs.
Trunk-or-Treat a success at Songy
Staff Report
LULING - The students at Songy Kindergarten enjoyed the school’s first annual “Trunk or Treat,” sponsored by the Lakewood PTA and faculty.
Mimosa kids make ‘how to’ ghosts
Staff Report
LULING - Halloween 2008 at Mimosa Park Elementary School presented many opportunities for learning.
Tutoring program is now in effect at RKS
Staff Report
LULING - R. K. Smith Middle School has a new tutoring program in effect - Tutoring in Community to Advance Children.
Chiasson - Labat Engagement
Staff Report
Brett and Ginger Parr Chiasson of Des Allemands are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Marie Chiasson to Raymond Joseph Labat, III of Luling, son of Raymond Jr., and Regina Champagne Labat.