Volume 136 Number 12 - Mar 19, 2009


Des Allemands man catches own crawfish to save money
Perry Shifflett of Des Allemands catches his own crawfish instead of paying high prices at market. On an overcast Sunday morning, Perry Shifflett of Des Allemands prepared nearly 75 pounds of crawfish, complete with all the trimmings, for family and friends.

Parish has received over $3.6 million in CDBG funds since ‘82
The St. Charles Parish Council and parish president have proclaimed April 12 through April 18 as National Community Development Week.

Parish, schools collect nearly $79 million in '08
Together, St. Charles Parish and the public school system collected nearly $79 million in sales tax in 2008, an increase of a little more than $5 million from the previous year.

Poll Results
In last week’s online poll question, we asked residents if they would use a paved bike path on the West Bank levee.

QVC cook to lead Norco food incubator
Gaye Sandoz Facility, which is only the second of its kind in state, to open April 1
A commercial kitchen and food production incubator in Norco that’s scheduled to open its doors on April 1 has hired a director - one who has appeared on national television and is a well-known food product developer and marketing consultant.

Voters get first chance to decide fate of new ER on March 21
St. Charles Parish Hospital hopes that voters will allow them to borrow $11.5 million to refinance existing bonds and build a new emergency department. The hospital has recently finished constructing a new wing and has added new digital imaging equipment. Hospital seeks to borrow $11.5 million to refinance existing bonds, build 9,200-square-foot emergency room
This weekend, voters will get the first chance to decide whether or not St. Charles Parish Hospital will be able to borrow $11.5 million to refinance existing bonds and construct a new building to house an expanded emergency department.

Wetland park envisioned as one-stop spot for family fun
An artist’s rendering shows what the education portion of Wetland Watchers Park could look like when completed. Fishing piers, sand volleyball courts and canoe, kayak launch highlight recreation facility
Five years ago, St. Charles Parish set aside 28 acres in the LaBranche Wetlands and christened the area Wetland Watchers Park. Now, plans are moving ahead to turn that park into something the parish sorely needs - a one-stop spot for education and recreation that will include fishing piers, an outdoor classroom and a canoe launch.


State championship out of reach for Hahnville’s Tigers
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville Tigers stunned everyone but themselves last week by not only making the Top 28, but by beating top-seeded Huntington to secure the school's first-ever state title appearance.
Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
St. Charles Parish is considered a small parish in the state of Louisiana, but when it come to the opportunity to be in the outdoors, it is one of the state’s giants.
Lady Tigers 2-0 in district play
Special to the Herald-Guide
"We came out against Holy Cross kind of flat. After a great weekend in Monroe, where we got after it day in and day out, it is tough to come with that intensity every game. That is something we're still trying to learn how to do."
Destrehan baseball, softball focuses on the little things
Special to the Herald-Guide
Destrehan head baseball coach Marty Luquet said he knows his team is better than its 3-8-1 record indicates, and he just might be right.
St. Charles Tae Kwon Do announces new black belts
Staff Report
Pictured at right is the group of new black belts at St. Charles Tae Kwon Do.


Louisiana: The energy-less state
Dan Juneau
President Obama’s recently released budget details two things: where the Administration wishes to go and how it will pay for it.
Charity Hospital questions remain
Allen Lottinger
Many people are still convinced that Big Charity in New Orleans should be saved and restored to use as a Charity Hospital and LSU teaching facility. And the arguments for it keep getting better.
We were deceived again
C.B. Forgotston
Several months ago, I suggested using the $500 Million slush fund controlled by the ethically-challenged, head of economic development Stephen Moret to fill the projected shortfall in the state’s current Operating Budget rather than cutting higher education and healthcare.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •Aaron Granier, 30, of 213 Luke Dr. in Des Allemands was arrested on March 8 and charged with DWI and reckless operation.


Crazy for Coca-Cola
Heather R. Breaux
Millions of people all over the world enjoy the hobby of collecting - with just about everything being a collectible, from baseball cards to stamps to comic books.
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
Staff Report
“Ducking Duck” by Darren Robert got the most votes last week and is the March 12 weekly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2009 photo contest. Congratulations to Darren.


Jacque Anthony Griffin, 19, a native and resident of Des Allemands, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Visitation was held 9 a.m. to funeral time on March 13 at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands.
Robert Hulon Boggan passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 7:56 a.m. at St. Charles Hospital in Luling. Age 75. A native of Alvin, Texas and resident of Luling.