Volume 136 Number 21 - May 21, 2009


Lung association gives parish failing grade
Report says air dangerous for those battling lung disorders, children and teens
Breathing the air around St. Charles Parish could be hazardous to your health, especially if you are battling existing lung disorders such as asthma or pulmonary disease.

Monsanto cuts 100
Severe ongoing droughts cause slowdown in Roundup production
Monsanto will cut 100 contractors at its Luling plant due to severe ongoing droughts in certain areas of the world and unusual weather across the country.

Not yet ‘for sale,’ but church drawing interest
Not yet ‘for sale,’ but church drawing interest Although “for sale” signs have yet to be posted near the historical St. Anthony of Padua Church in Luling, talk of the building becoming available for purchase has sparked interest from local residents.

Paradis library moves one step closer to reality
Council recommends architect, plan calls for 6,341-square-foot building
In a close, 5-3 vote, the St. Charles Parish Council authorized the parish Library Board to hire Norman Chenevert & Associates to design a library in Paradis.

Parish picking up lunch tab for teens, children
Free summer lunch program cost parish $55,000 last year, served more than 8,000 hot meals
Once again, St. Charles Parish is shelling out the dough to make sure children and teens 18 years and under receive a free, piping-hot meal for lunch during the summer.

Parish seeks local agencies to receive emergency funds
St. Charles Parish has been chosen to receive $11,591.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the parish.


Heartbreaking defeat ends Destrehan season
Special to the Herald-Guide
When the Wildcats handed Dutchtown only its second 6-5A loss in the regular season finale, the Griffins scored five runs in the seventh to make the final margin interesting.
Wildcats, Tigers gear up for spring games
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan and Hahnville football fans will get an early preview of next year's squads when both teams host spring games this week.
May winds still gusting over local waters, making fishing difficult
Special to the Herald-Guide
It's May and the winds have not let up. Since March, south and southeast winds have stayed at 15 to 20 mph. Any area lakes with open water, the waves have been running about 2 to 4 feet.

Our View

Memorial Day is time to honor sacrifice
On May 25, people across the country will celebrate Memorial Day, which commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Leroy Hensley Sr., 63, of 430 Barbara Road in Paradis was arrested on May 13 and charged with DWI, careless operation and resisting arrest.


Summer reading programs begin June 1 at library
Staff Report
St. Charles Parish Library announces the 2009 teen reading program, "iLibrary." Teens ages 12 to 18 can go to the library to register beginning June 1. The program runs until July 31.
Herald-Guide People Watch
Heather R. Breaux
For nearly nine years, Tanya Street has served as a school nurse in St. Charles Parish. Currently, she works at A.A. Songy Kindergarten Center, Mimosa Park Elementary and Lakewood Elementary.
Making the Grade
Heather R. Breaux
J.B. Martin Middle School teacher Stacy Neighbors has a lot to be proud about. After all, the eighth grade language arts teacher is a finalist for “Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year.”
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Hurst Wetland Watchers filmed for national video
Staff Report
Students who are part of Wetland Watchers, an environmental service-learning program at Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, are making both local and national news for their historic protection and reclamation of a 28-acre area in St. Charles Parish.
St. Charles Art Guild announces new officers
Staff Report
Pictured are the 2009-2010 St. Charles Art Guild Officers: (l to r) Carol Fors (ex-president), Laurie Abadie (president), Shirley Jones (recording secretary), Marie Weiler (corresponding secretary), Joan Longo (club treasurer), Mary Sue Carter (grants treasurer). Not pictured is Sophie Hava (vice-president).
Camera Shootout 2009
Staff Report
“Spring Grazing” by Brittany Jenkins got the most votes last week and is the May 14 weekly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2009 photo contest. Congratulations to Brittany.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
21 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
R.J. Vial embraces parents, students
Staff Report
PARADIS - R.J. Vial Elementary School has truly embraced the partnerships with their student’s families.
Teachers dress the part at St. Rose
Staff Report
ST. ROSE - The first-grade team at St. Rose Elementary got into the spirit when they dressed up as their favorite characters during “Storybook Character Day.”
New Sarpy goes green on Earth Day
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - New Sarpy Elementary second grade teacher, Michelle Miranda, works closely with student Addison Raiford as they plant flowers to celebrate Earth Day.
Preschoolers enjoy a day with mothers
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - Mothers of the Ms. Jo’s Pre-K class from St. Charles United Methodist Church Preschool in Destrehan were treated to a “Mother’s Day Tea.”
Kindergartners tour Mimosa Park
Staff Report
LULING - A. A. Songy Kindergarten students toured Mimosa Park Elementary School in Luling. The excited students were escorted by third grade tour guides, the guides let the newcomers know what to expect next year.
Welcome, Baby!
Staff Report
Send your birth announcements to heatherb@heraldguide.com.
2009 Catfish Festival Baby and Youth Pageant winners
Staff Report
The Louisiana Catfish Festival held its’ annual Baby and Youth Pageant on April 18. Winners in the pageant were as follows: