Volume 135 Number 46 - Nov 13, 2008


$2 million turns old Kmart into hi-tech learning center
$2 million turns old Kmart into hi-tech learning center After spending nearly $2 million to turn an old Kmart building into a training center for teachers, the St. Charles Parish public school system is already starting to see an “academic” return on their investment.

100-year-old Ama cook still sharp as a tack
Lista Gilfore has lived to be 100 years old by avoiding drinking and smoking and living a relaxed lifestyle. Born in 1908, ‘Mama’ Gilfore never dreamed she would live to see a black president
Anyone who sits down to talk to ‘Mama’ Lista Gilfore of Ama wouldn’t think she’s 100 years old. Her mind is as sharp as a knife. Her speech is crystal clear. But what’s more remarkable than that, is the fact that her memory is excellent.

65-year-old shopper chases after Wal-Mart purse snatcher
A 65-year-old Luling woman that had her purse stolen at Wal-Mart chased the thief through the parking lot, yelling for help and alerting a witness who was able to follow the getaway car and get a good ID of the crooks.

Bouncing sign irks New Sarpy residents
Rev. Albert Bailey says he will lead a protest march if the New Sarpy boundaries are not returned to their original location. Many say boundary should include part of Ormond, slice of Good Hope Street
More than 500 residents living in New Sarpy have signed a petition asking St. Charles Parish President V. J. St. Pierre and the Parish Council to return the New Sarpy boundary lines to its original location.

Parish moves ahead with sewer upgrades
The parish will upgrade eight lift stations because of sewer problems that have occurred when heavy rains pour into the area. Above is a list of the eight stations that will receive upgrades and their locations. Heavy rains cause sewer problems for some residents, and as the population continues to rise, that problem could become a lot worse.

Parish nets nearly $5 million in free money for projects this year
St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre appointed a grants officer to secure money for the parish as part of his newly appointed administration, and so far this year, that decision has really paid off.

School ratings increase
St. Charles now has nine 3-star schools
St. Charles Parish public schools have improved their district performance rating for 2008, according to figures released by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Suicide gives second chance to parish inmates
Note left by former law clerk says judges didn’t review 13 years of prisoner petitions
A suicide note left by a former law clerk of Chief Justice Edward Dufresne, Jr. alleges that a panel of three judges didn't review thousands of prisoner petitions over the last 13 years. Instead, those cases were merely signed off on and summarily rejected.


Wildcats lock up No. 2 seed, begin title defense from home
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan ended the regular season with their most impressive win of the year, stomping all over Dutchtown 42-7 to secure their second straight undefeated regular season and second straight district championship.
Hahnville, Dutchtown set for epic rematch in first round
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville may have gotten off to a slow start last week, but when their offense finally warmed up in the second half, there was no stopping them.
Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
Last Tuesday was a historical day in our Nations history. For many outdoorsmen, as for myself, it was a day off to take care of hunting and fishing needs, too. The weather was clear, cool, with light winds. It was a perfect day to be off.
Looking in the rearview mirror
Mike Detillier
At the present time the 2008 version of the New Orleans Saints look a lot like the 2007 version of the New Orleans Saints.
Destrehan’s Ladycats lose in a playoff heartbreaker
Heather R. Breaux
Despite winning the district championship, the 2008 season ended for Destrehan High School’s girls volleyball team after they fell to the Northshore’s Mandeville Skippers in the first round of the playoffs Monday night.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •Joshua P. Gaubert, 28, of 114 Julie St. in Paradis was arrested on Nov. 6 and charged with DWI and reckless operation.


Parent support revved up on the East Bank
Shonna Riggs
Harry Hurst Middle, Ethel Schoeffner Elementary and New Sarpy Elementary joined together to host a community after-school event at the New Sarpy playground park.
How sweet the sound
Heather R. Breaux
Each year, over 35 high school bands from across Louisiana travel to Cajun Field in Lafayette to compete in the Louisiana Showcase of the Marching Bands.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
SCB middle schoolers make a splash at Massachusetts’ cranberry harvest
Staff Report
MASSACHUSETTS - Middle school students at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan visited the Lexington Green in Massachusetts during a middle school trip in October to Boston and other parts of Massachusetts.
4-H volunteers helps pack food for charity
Staff Report
The CHEF of St. Charles 4H group volunteered at the 2nd Harvest Food Bank on Oct. 30. CHEF of St. Charles is a home school support group in St. Charles Parish.
5th graders take a stand against drugs
Staff Report
ST. ROSE - Students in Katie Stearns' fifth grade class at St. Rose Elementary decorate their door poster for “Red Ribbon Week.”
Richaud - White Engagement
Staff Report
Mr. and Mrs. George Leonard Jr. of Luling and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Richaud Jr. of Houma are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Gencie Rai Richaud to Billy Rogers White III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rogers White Jr. of Luling.
Camera Shootout 2008 Nov. 6 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“Lil’ Saint” by Brian Robin got the most votes last week and is the Nov. 6 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.


Larry J. Babin, age 84 years, beloved husband of Doris Melancon Babin for the past 60 years, passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2008.
On Oct. 29, 2008 Ryan Plattsmier found peace. Ryan was the much loved son of Randy and Mary Ann Plattsmier and beloved brother, Derek, and his canine “buddy,” Lou.