Volume 135 Number 49 - Dec 04, 2008


Black Friday has mixed results for area businesses
The beginning of the holiday shopping season got off to a slow start for several businesses in St. Charles Parish, while others found success the day after Thanksgiving.

Bunge: New permit doesn’t mean more emissions in air
Bunge: New permit doesn’t mean more emissions in air Residents living near Bunge Grain Elevator in Destrehan who are worried that the company applied for a permit in November to release more emissions into the air don't need to be concerned, according to a spokesman from the company. Jerry Gibson, plant manager for Bunge, says that their emission levels won't change.

Destrehan back in title game for second straight season
Destrehan back in title game for second straight season It may not have always been pretty, but Destrehan was able to fight through numerous turnovers, while taking advantage of some by their opponent, to head back to the state title game with a 21-14 win over Baton Rouge Central.

Hospital spends $200,000 on two new ambulances
St. Charles Parish Hospital will be getting two brand new ambulances in January to replace two that had mechanical problems in a fleet of five.

Nearly a third of students miss school during holiday
Despite low turnout, schools want to continue using Thanksgiving break for make-up
Family vacations took precedence over school last week for over 1,000 St. Charles Parish students, with 1,500 reported absences on Monday and 2,622 on Tuesday.

New program aims to help Luling’s at risk kindergartners
United Way, who gave $10,000 to school, will monitor students’ progress throughout year
At risk kindergarten students at Luling Elementary will take part in a new program this year that aims to make sure they move on to the first grade after the United Way of St. Charles gave $10,000 towards its implementation.

Stock market still in trouble
Local CPA gives tips to weather financial crisis
Certified Public Accountant and St. Charles Parish School Board Representative Al Suffrin wants residents to know that the recent government bailout doesn’t mean they can stop worrying about the state of the economy.

What happens if council seat becomes vacant?
What happens if council seat becomes vacant? If Marcus Lambert decides to give up council seat, he would get to choose interim replacement
After an advisory opinion was issued from the Louisiana Ethics Board informing Councilman Marcus Lambert that he can’t keep his council seat and work for Transload America Landfill in Killona, some residents in District 6 became concerned about what would happen if he vacated his council seat.


Back at home, Wildcats one win from state title game
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan is one win away from returning to the Class 5A state championship, though they needed a big time comeback against Higgins to get into this Friday's semifinal game with Baton Rouge Central.
Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
With the Thanksgiving holidays behind us, we now turn our attention to the Christmas season. Most hunters have killed enough game for to last them a while.
D.A. Gators remain undefeated champs
Staff Report
The undefeated Des Allemands Gators won their 24th game in a row in their second season to win the title of St. Charles Parish Champions in the 6-7-8-year-old division.
Battle on the BAYOU
Heather R. Breaux
Both Destrehan and Hahnville girls soccer teams are perfecting techniques and busy practicing for the annual Battle on the Bayou tournament which is set for Dec. 6 and 7 at the J.B. Martin/R.J. Vial Soccer Complex in Paradis.

Our View

Troxler successor is very important
St. Charles Parish will undoubtedly miss the work of Tab Troxler as emergency preparedness director when he leaves to accept a similar position for Dow Chemical Company. He has been a valuable leader in that very important spot.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Arnella M. Barre, 49, of 152 White Castle Dr. in Edgard was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with DWI and careless operation of a motor vehicle.


Amanda Shaw to appear on Dec. 7
Staff Report
Fans of Amanda Shaw will be excited to know that the award-winning fiddle player, songwriter, singer and actress is involved in two big events in St. Charles Parish on Sunday, Dec. 7.
Wild Hearts
Heather R. Breaux
This is a real-life fairy tale about a girl named Bailie Dufrene and her two horses, and the unique bond that they share.
Parish teens perform in Rivertown’s Aladdin
Staff Report
Two St. Charles Parish teenagers are performing in Rivertown Repertory Theatre's production of Aladdin Jr. Dec. 5 through 14.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Council on Aging plans array of December events
Heather R. Breaux
The St. Charles Council on Aging has released its December calendar, which includes events open to St. Charles Parish seniors 60 years and older. The monthly list includes:
Camera Shootout 2008
Staff Report
“Raccoon” by Brittany Jenkins got the most votes last week and is the Nov. 27 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
Camera Shootout 2008
Staff Report
Lil’ Saint” by Brian Robin is the November 2008 monthly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
WWL meteorologist visits Norco school
Staff Report
NORCO - Second grade students at Norco Elementary K-3 School were visited by Dawn Brown, a WWL meteorologist, on Nov. 14.
Japanese family tours New Sarpy
Staff Report
NEW SARPY - Mani Schmidt, a third grade student at New Sarpy Elementary enjoyed showing his grandparents and his uncle around his school during their recent visit from Japan.
R.J. Vial: A school that keeps giving
Staff Report
PARADIS - This year R.J. Vial has had many opportunities to give back to the community.
Bob Breck visits HHS career day
Staff Report
BOUTTE - The Hahnville High School counseling department and the School-To-Career Department recently hosted “Career Day” for the freshmen.
Spider webs and story books at SCB
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - After reading “Charlotte’s Web” by E. D. White, the students in third grade at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan experienced a special day.