Volume 136 Number 3 - Jan 15, 2009


Are you doing all you can to live a healthy lifestyle?
Most people think they are in good health, but the truth is we can all do things to improve. Even small lifestyle changes can make a big difference.

Better New Year’s resolutions for men’s health include eating right
Better New Year’s resolutions for men’s health include eating right Most men’s New Year’s resolutions sound the same: we all want to get healthier and make or save more money.

Bottled water backlash has many drinkers turning to filtration systems
The recent bottled water controversy has caused a ripple of doubt among consumers seeking filtered water for their families.

Bus system to begin in February
Start finally in sight for transit system planned since 2000
A bus transit system that was supposed to begin in October, but was delayed by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, should be up and running in February.

Confusing law causes panic among second-hand retailers
Kristie Lucky, of Luling’s Hopscotch Consignment, examines one of the store’s many toys.  A new law means that second-hand retailers could face criminal or civil charges for selling recalled children’s toys or clothing. A new law that requires all toys and clothing sold to kids ages 12 and under be tested for lead and chemicals used to make plastics nearly clotheslined the way area thrift and consignment shops do business.

Farmers’ Market relocates to Highway 90 to boost sales
The West Bank Farmers’ Market, which was located on River Road but has been closed since July, will move to a new location due to dwindling customers and vendors at its old spot.

Keep your brain in shape as you age
It's easy to forget that your brain, like the rest of your body, needs to be exercised to stay in shape.

Losing weight made easy: Introducing the BodyBugg
Losing weight made easy: Introducing the BodyBugg As seen on the NBC hit show “The Biggest Loser,” The Fitness Club of Boutte, announces the introduction of Apex Fitness Group's BodyBugg™.

Natural remedies can provide relief from colds
COLD DAYS. Adults can catch a cold two to four times a year, while younger children can have the virus up to 10 times annually. The holidays are a season of giving, both in terms of gifts and cheer and in terms of viral infections. And while Christmas music has disappeared, the sounds of coughing, sneezing and blown noses have not.

New Web site will allow users to notify parish of any problems
A screen shot from the parish’s new Web site, which features easier and more organized navigation, plus other services. Notifying the parish about sewage or drainage problems might get a lot easier with the introduction of St. Charles Parish’s new state-of-the-art Web site, which officially went live on Jan. 12.

Norfleet named SCPH ‘Manager of the Year’
11 YEARS OF SERVICE. Pam Norfleet, center, was named St. Charles Parish Hospital’s “Manager of the Year.” St. Charles Parish Hospital has named Pamela Norfleet “Manager of the Year” for 2008.

Take hard work out of choosing routine
Everyone knows the benefits of being fit - but working out where to start your fitness journey can be tough - especially when you’re returning to exercise after injury or when you haven’t worked out for a while.

Ten minutes to feeling good Everyday
Ten minutes to feeling good Everyday As the days begin to grow shorter and shorter, it's likely you're finding your to-do list has reached a length of world-record length proportions. With so much on your plate, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself.

Viking Fitness offers exercise variety
“Let Viking Fitness be your place to get in shape in 2009. We’ll help you reach your personal goals whether it is to lose or gain weight. Our 10,000-square-foot facility is the largest in our area and offers you free weights, cardio equipment, machine, senior classes, tanning, kids hang-out area, and much more.

Working out can fit into your schedule with Anytime Fitness
Why is it so hard for adults to stay in good terms with their fitness? One of the biggest reasons is lack of time and convenience of gym availability in their neighborhood.


Wildcat football ranked 18th in U.S
Heather R. Breaux
The Destrehan High School football team has finished 18th nationally for the 2008 season.
Hahnville, Destrehan prepare for district opener Jan. 20
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan and Hahnville will meet on the hardwood on Jan. 20 in what will be the district opener for both squads.
Mike Detillier
Over the past few weeks the sports names that have dominated the headlines in the River Parishes are Jordan Jefferson, Ed Reed, Mike Scifres, Rufus Porter and Darrington Sentimore. But another Destrehan High School standout came to the head of the class this week as a wide receiver/return specialist Damaris Johnson.
Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
By the time you read this article, you will be experiencing the coldest weather we have had in the past five years.
Hahnville salutes soccer seniors
Heather R. Breaux
Four Hahnville High School seniors, pictured at right, will soon part ways with the Lady Tigers soccer team and were saluted by fellow team members as they defeated East St. John 11-0 on Jan. 9.


Stop with the 4-way stop signs
Letters to the Editor
Editor, For all those who drive Primrose Dr. in Mimosa Park, you might be seeing another illegal 4-way stop sign if the council passes an ordinance for these illegal signs, as they usually do. The sign will be at the intersection of Primrose and Oak Lane. I see no obstructions or anything else that would warrant a 4-way stop sign.

Our View

No better time to help out the homeless
When parish residents venture outside this weekend, they will likely be met with freezing temperatures. But for most, getting warm again is as simple as returning home and turning on the heater.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Clair Desoto, 39, of 2773 Jimmy Dean Dr. in Metairie was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with DWI, no driver’s license and careless operation.


Cousins travel to Washington D.C. for presidential inauguration
Staff Report
Mya LaGrange and Shaysa Lewis have been invited as honored scholars by the Congressional Youth Leadership Conference to attend the historic Jan. 20 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, who will become the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to be elected to the seat.
Raising awareness
Heather R. Breaux
Last Thursday, over 40 Hahnville High School students spent the night in cardboard boxes on the campus football field in an effort to raise money and awareness for homelessness.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Camera Shootout 2009 Jan. 8 Weekly Winner
Staff Report
“Love” by Chelsea Levron got the most votes last week and is the Jan. 8 weekly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest. Congratulations to Chelsea.