Volume 136 Number 7 - Feb 12, 2009

News

3.9 percent fall in crime leads to lowest number in over 12 years
Thanks to a roving task force and the fact that administrative officers hit the streets to assist patrol units in December, crime in St. Charles Parish fell by 3.9 percent in 2008, with the lowest number of crimes reported in over 12 years.

Council members differ on ethics decision
Some don’t see problem with Marcus Lambert continuing to serve, others call board ruling fair
On Jan. 28, the state Board of Ethics confirmed an earlier advisory opinion that said that St. Charles Parish Councilman Marcus Lambert must either resign from his sales director job at Transload America or give up his council seat to avoid a conflict of interest.

Dump trucks spilling trash on way to Jefferson Parish landfill
Litter clutters many areas of Highway 90 near the Jefferson Parish - St. Charles Parish line. Much of that debris seems to be coming from dump trucks headed to Jefferson Parish landfills. The “No littering,” and “$3,000 fine” signs that ornament Highway 90 near Jefferson Parish’s landfills appear to go unnoticed, or at least unenforced, allowing the littered shoulders to remain trashed a little longer.

Parish forms committee to spread census awareness
Because the 2010 census will determine just how much government money St. Charles Parish will receive in the future, the parish is calling on representatives from education, media, business and the community to serve on a committee to help raise awareness.

Revised flood maps would have raised rates for over 60 percent of west bank
While the St. Charles Parish Council decided against adopting new FEMA flood maps, Parish President V.J. St. Pierre says that it’s still important for the public to view them to understand the importance of flood insurance.

St. Pierre wants retired plant workers to fill foremen posts
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre might turn to a relatively untapped market when it comes to filling vacant public works' foremen positions this year - retired plant workers.

‘Trash Bash’ calls on volunteers to clean up their communities
The parish may still be uncertain over whether or not to bring back curbside recycling, but until that decision is reached, they plan to use volunteers to take out the trash one piece at a time.


Sports

Tigers defend goal against Wildcats, girls fall to rivals
By Heather R. Breaux
Destrehan Coach Kurt Hargis said that although his team played well defensively, they just couldn’t find ways to get the ball in the hole in their 38-46 loss to Hahnville.
Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
It was 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning with temperatures in the mid 60s. The ground was dry, but the air had enough humidity to leave a good rabbit scent on the ground. Bad news if you are a rabbit.

Our View

Parish’s crime fall impressive
Last week, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne released crime statistics from 2008, which show a marked decrease from the year before.
Planning and zoning is on the right track
St. Charles Parish could be one of the most beautiful areas of the nation. It is a natural wonderland with bayous, swamps, marshes, giant oak trees, lakes, and of course, ole man river running through it.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Corey A. Vidal, 19, of 82 Carriage Lane Apt. C in Destrehan was arrested on Feb. 2 and charged with simple robbery.
Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests • Eugene V. Plake, 21, of 172 Annex St. in New Sarpy was arrested on March 4 and charged with second degree battery.



Lifestyles

Sounds of St. Charles
By Heather R. Breaux
If you’re from St. Charles Parish, then you’ve probably heard of a man named Blanche Newsome.
The Cook's Corner
By Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Sign up for a community education class TODAY!
By Staff Report
Registration for all spring 2009 Community Education classes will be accepted thru Feb. 20. Classes will begin the week of March 2.
Camera Shootout 2009 Feb. 5 Weekly Winner
By Staff Report
“Shower Me With Kisses” by Donna Morgan got the most votes last week and is the Feb. 5 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest. Congratulations to Donna.