Volume 136 Number 26 - Jun 25, 2009

News

Bats suck life out of Monsanto Park party
Bats suck life out of Monsanto Park party Children, parents flee when colony disturbed
Several park visitors’ recent encounter with swarming bats at Luling’s Monsanto Park has residents weary of visiting the recreational area, but experts say that the occurrence is quite normal.

Councilman wants more attention brought to U.S. 90
Says council has contacted state 69 times in 18 years due to safety issues
After a number of requests to the state have failed to elicit much response, Council President Terry Authement wants to initiate a task force to draw attention to the many problems motorists encounter while driving on U.S. 90.

Despite economy, number of home occupations fall
Economic ups and downs may seem like just the motivation a person needs to start their own company and work from home. After all, they’d save money on gas, eating-out expenses and an array of other commuter costs.

Health center gears up to provide service to Norco
Will use mobile unit, temporary building until new center is built
Medical care will roll into Norco on July 6, with a mobile unit providing pediatric and primary adult care services until a modular building is ready in August.

Motiva bike club puts pedal to metal, rides 150 miles for MS
Motiva bike club puts pedal to metal, rides 150 miles for MS By Joe Paul For nearly three years, a group of employees at the Shell/Motiva Refinery in Norco has been putting the pedal to the metal to help fund multiple sclerosis research.

Report: Wal-Mart employee steals 'her money' back
Claims discount was given to husband because
A Wal-Mart cashier was arrested for giving her husband a discount of $91, and allegedly told managers that she did so because the company owed her money for breaking a watch she had brought in to have repaired.


Sports

NFL star Reed gets back to his roots at annual football camp
By Staff Report
Youth from around the parish joined NFL professional football player Ed Reed, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, at Harry Hurst Middle School for his annual football camp.
St. Charles Racers Club hits the track in 2009 race car challenge
By Heather R. Breaux
The 11-man St. Charles Parish Race Club just wrapped up the second of five racing events for the Louisiana R/C Challenge 2009.
Willowdale falls to Bellemeade 431 to 557
By Staff Report
Bellemeade hostsed Willowdale Country Club on Wednesday, June 17. Willowdale was defeated 557 to 431. Here are the results:
All-Star softball team goes undefeated, takes home first
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish 8 and under All-Star softball team recently went undefeated and took home first place in the Westside Warmup tournament in Brusly.

Our View

West bank highways need attention
We agree with Council President Terry Authement that a task force is needed to study the traffic problems along U. S. 90 in St. Charles Parish. It is a major thoroughfare that needs improvement.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Jerome Peabody, 53, of 60 Mary St. in Norco was arrested on June 15 and charged with aggravated assault.



Lifestyles

Crape myrtles may have blooming woes
LSU AgCenter News
The most popular summer-blooming tree in Louisiana is the crape myrtle with its lovely, long-lasting flowers. Crape myrtles start blooming between mid-May and early June and continue flowering for 80 to 100 days depending on the variety.
Local ladies’ literacy crusade educates parish youth, provides learning tools to students
By Heather R. Breaux
Over 900 student dictionaries were given out to St. Charles Parish third graders thanks to the Republican Women of St. Charles.
Herald-Guide People Watch
By Staff Report
Two Girl Scout cadettes from St. Charles Parish Troop 923 recently earned the “Girl Scout Silver Award,” the highest award a Girl Scout cadette can achieve.
Camera Shootout 2009
By Staff Report
“What Are You Doing to Me!” by Ashley Robicheaux Cauley got the most votes last week and is the June 18 weekly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2009 photo contest. Congratulations to Ashley.
Summer Book Reviews
Our View
“The Road to Serfdom” by Friedrich Hayek is a nonfiction book about political philosophy, classical liberalism, and laissez-faire economics.
The Cook's Corner
By Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
St. Rose students participate in CASA art contest
By Staff Report
St. Rose Elementary School third grade students participated in an art contest held by Child Advocacy Services' local CASA program.
FCS honors 9 with 2009 ‘Outstanding Programming Award’
By Staff Report
Nine LSU AgCenter educators recently won top honors for their home-buyer education program at the Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting.
Locals place in Louisiana Artist Association open art show
By Staff Report
Louisiana Artist Association, which is based in St. Charles Parish, held an open art show at Clearview Mall on June 12-14. An open art show is open to both members and nonmembers.
Bell selected to represent peers on Louisiana Legislative Youth Council
LSU AgCenter News
Some of Louisiana's most outstanding students were announced as new members of the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council and will work together over the next year in an effort to influence the legislative process and make the state a better place for young people.
Louisiana Master Gardner program slated this fall
By Staff Report
Local gardeners who want to enhance their garden knowledge are invited to participate in the Louisiana Master Gardener Program which begins in August.
You’ve got to read this!
By Staff Report
20 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries

Obituaries

Aysen
Betty Gros Aysen of Luling passed on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 2:15 a.m. She was 71 years old.
Liberty
Joseph C. Liberty, 73, a native of Nebraska and resident of Luling, died Saturday, June 6, 2009.
Dempster
Burt J. Dempster, Jr. passed away on Sunday, June 21 at 6:45 a.m. in Des Allemands.