Volume 136 Number 28 - Jul 09, 2009


3-way stop sign down for the count
The debate over the legality of a 3-way stop sign at Willowdale Boulevard and East Heather is over for good after the Parish Council decided to delete a 1984 ordinance that called for the sign’s installation.

Dow vapor sends at least 30 to hospital
Odor caused throat, eye irritation
When Pam Butler awoke in her River Park apartment at 5:45 a.m. on June 7, she was greeted with a headache and dizziness.

Guide starts online biz directory
Free service quick and easy to use
A new, free online directory designed specifically for St. Charles Parish residents makes it much easier to find area businesses than flipping through the yellow pages.

Meeting ‘King of Pop’ leaves lasting impression on St. Rose man
It was the year 1973. Page after page of high-end fashion magazines printed glossy images of young, hip models sporting bell-bottom jeans and clog heels. The Dodge Charger was one of the largest and most popular muscle cars to hit the streets, and the Jackson 5 - lead by then child star Michael Jackson - were topping the charts on radio stations across the country.

‘Sweat equity’ goes long way towards home ownership
‘Sweat equity’ goes long way towards home ownership Last week, Tanisha Love cut the red ribbon to her new home, making her a proud first-time homeowner. But there’s something particularly special about this homeowner - she’s been one of the main participants building her own home for the last five months.


Herald-Guide Outdoor Report
Staff Report
If it’s speckle trout you have been waiting to catch this summer, head to Grand Isle now! Last week my son Hunter and I made a morning fishing trip to the island.
Wildcats, Tigers ‘pass’ a good time in 7-on-7 league
Jonathan Menard
Though the opening of the 2009 football season is still two months away, Hahnville and Destrehan have been facing off against each other once a week since June in a 7-on-7 league that both teams belong to.
Mimosa defeats Willowdale 641-432
Staff Report
Willowdale swim team was defeated by Mimosa swim team 641 to 432. Individual winners for Willowdale are as follows.

Our View

Is it really too late to save our coast?
We’ve spent a lot of time emphasizing that if we don’t get major work underway to save the Louisiana coast within the next 10 years, it will be too late. It will all disappear into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Jonathan Ryan, 25, of 106 Kaylee Dr. in Hahnville was arrested on July 1, and charged with theft over $500.


Senior organization offers computer classes
Heather R. Breaux
The St. Charles Council on Aging has released its June calendar, which includes events open to St. Charles Parish seniors 60 years and older.
Behind the Music
Heather R. Breaux
Thirty-one years ago, David Rosenthal first waved his director’s baton at Hahnville High School. Last month the band director retired, saying that his “time” had finally come.
9 Girl Scouts make cookie hall of fame
Staff Report
Girl Scouts throughout southeast Louisiana developed their entrepreneurial skills while embracing community service during this year’s Girl Scout cookie program - including nine St. Charles Parish cadettes.
Pet-sitting biz brings comfort to owners, pets
Lea Trusty
After the tragic death of her mother, Stephanie Derbes knew she’d need something to brighten her days. Having a fondness of pets and the joy they bring, she decided to start a pet sitting business.
La. Catfish Festival queens crowned
Staff Report
Louisiana Catfish Festival queens were chosen June 14 during the annual pageant at J.B. Martin Middle School in Paradis. The theme was “A Salute to Mardi Gras.”
10-man ‘metal’ band unique art
Staff Report
With a little creativity and scrap metal laying around, Frenchy Berard of Des Allemands designed his version of the Olympia Brass Band using nails, tin, washers, nuts, soft drink cans, welding rods and other metal to create the one-of-a-kind replica.
Jasmine Smith in national pageant
Staff Report
Jasmaine Giovanni Smith, age 10, was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Louisiana pageant, which was held July 2 through 4 at the Lafayette Hilton and Towers in Lafayette. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 - 12.
St. Charles Hospital announces employee of the month
Staff Report
St. Charles Parish Hospital is proud to announces the Employee of the Month for May 2009, Daitrone Kennedy.
St. Charles junior cotillion director named
Staff Report
The National League of Junior Cotillions has announced the appointment of Stacey Smith as the Director for the NLJC's St. Charles Parish Chapter.
River Parishes Hospital welcomes Kosi Avotri, MD
Staff Report
Dr. Avotri received his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra, Ghana. He completed a pediatric internship at the Ministry of Health in Accra, Ghana and two residencies in pediatrics - the first at Michigan State University affiliated residency program in Lansing, Mich. and the second at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Conn.
Camera Shootout 2009
Staff Report
“Energy” by Lori Gagliano-Folse got the most votes last week and is the July 2 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2009 photo contest. Congratulations to Lori.
Camera Shootout 2009
Staff Report
“Woodpecker Twins” by Mike Peters is the June monthly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2009 photo contest. Congratulations to Mike.
Summer Book Reviews
Staff Report
Two words - vampire romance. Go ahead and laugh - I did when I saw the section that Barnes and Noble bookstore created just for this series of books - but Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight” saga is taking the reading world by storm.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
11 new books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
Berthelot - Bourgeois Engagement
Staff Report
Mr. and Mrs. Brice Paul Berthelot and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Joseph Bourgeois announce the engagement of their children Kelly Lynn Berthelot and Jacques Paul Bourgeois.
Fahrig - Jourdain Wedding
Staff Report
Miss Kali Lyn Fahrig and Mr. Joshua Anthony Jourdain were united in a nuptial mass on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edgard.


JoEllen Marie Mire died on Sunday, June 28, 2009 at River Parishes Hospital at the age of 50. She was a longtime resident of Norco.