Volume 136 Number 35 - Aug 27, 2009


1,000 miss school
Schools monitoring for flu-like symptoms
School nurses across St. Charles Parish are closely monitoring students for flu-like symptoms in an effort to prevent the transmission of what many school officials are calling an “unseasonal outbreak.”

2 dead, 1 injured after back-to-back plane crashes
Two separate plane crashes that occurred less than 24 hours apart left two men dead and a Taft man injured. Both incidents took place on private air strips and involved experienced pilots who crashed while still on the ground, authorities said.

Bikers can sign up for scenic poker run to festival
LULING - United Way of St. Charles is currently accepting registrations for its upcoming ‘Ride United’ Poker Run scheduled for Sept. 26.

Entertainment, retail, housing are what the people want
250 residents give input to planners
Residents were given the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the future of St. Charles Parish at a series of seven Community Vision Forums.

Foxy Lady shutting doors after 35 years
Foxy Lady shutting doors after 35 years After 35 years, a St. Charles Parish fixture will soon close doors at both of its locations after its owners have decided that it’s time to retire.

Hahnville cruises, Destrehan falls in River Parishes jamboree
Hahnville cruises, Destrehan falls in River Parishes jamboree Tigers beat up on St. James 21-6, Lutcher over Destrehan 25-0
It may have just been a jamboree, but Hahnville showed exactly why they are considered contenders for the 5A crown this season, dominating St. James on both sides of the ball for a 21-6 win.

Judge: Toups’ sentence reduced to spare victims
Says victims didn’t want to go through torture of trial
Former Destrehan High School band teacher Byron Toups, 40, will serve six months in prison and six months of home incarceration after pleading guilty to malfeasance in office, intimidation of a witness and simple battery in a case involving two high school students.

Parish considers storm- resistant community center
Building could be used to house recreation, RSVP and provide gym for parish sports
A long-awaited community center could finally be on the horizon for St. Charles Parish, and the best part is, the center would be constructed using a Community Development Block Grant.

Parish financials clean, audit reveals no problems
Hahnville - Auditors Stagni & Co. have given St. Charles Parish’s 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report an unqualified opinion, dubbing the report “clean” for the most recent fiscal year.

Pretend cop arrested after pulling over Luling woman
A Luling man was arrested after pulling over a woman on Paul Maillard Road using flashing blue lights and attempting to confront her before she sped off and called the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

Waterford deals with hostile crisis during drill
Residents driving down Highway 18 were no doubt surprised to see emergency responders in the parking area near Waterford 3 on Aug. 27, but it wasn't a real crisis situation at the nuclear plant, it was just a drill.


Jamboree offers early look at Tigers, Wildcats
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville and Destrehan will take the field on Aug. 27 at DHS, which will give several players their first game-like experience before the season officially kicks off on Sept. 4.
Bayou Perot redfish save the weekend
Bruce McDonald
Water pouring out of Salvador is concentrating schools of feeding redfish in the junction between Bayou Perot and Lake Salvador. Here Tony Taylor and Bruce McDonald show off two of the bigger fish out of a limit caught on Saturday. The fish bit on Carolina rigs using a 3/4-ounce egg weight, swivel, and 1/4-ounce leadhead jig baited with dead shrimp. The bite should continue though the fall.
Dance Unlimited sets new records at national competition
Staff Report
The fourth of July week was full of more than just fireworks for the River Parishes own Dance Unlimited. They traveled to our nation's capital, Washington D.C. to attend the Dance Masters of America National Convention and Competition.

Our View

Youngsters need place to ‘hang out’
It was encouraging to see students taking part in the parish planning sessions held during the past two weeks in St. Charles. After all, their future here will be longer lasting than that of most residents.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Michele Beasley, 46, of 251 S. Oak St. in Gramercy was arrested on Aug. 23 and charged with DWI and driving with a suspended license.


Gone to market
Heather R. Breaux
One of the unique aspects of the climate in southeastern Louisiana is the ability to grow vegetables twelve months a year - with most of the harvesting taking place in the spring and the fall.
Last day to register for Community ED, Aug. 31
Staff Report
Last Day to Register for Fall 2009 Community Education classes will be Monday, Aug. 31, 2009.
Welcome Baby!
Staff Report
Below are recent births in the St. Charles Parish area:
Breaux-Bond Engagement
Staff Report
Together with their families, Heather Rae’ Breaux and Sean Michael Bond are happy to announce their engagement to be married.
Schaubhut - Landry Wedding
Staff Report
Miss Shannon Melissa Schaubhut and Mr. Lance Paul Landry were united in marriage on May 1, 2009 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Vacherie with Father Michael Miceli celebrating the nuptial mass. A reception followed at Our Lady of Peace Community Center.
Havers - Lewis Engagement
Staff Report
Beverly Havers and Shane Lewis of Walla Walla, Wa. are happy to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
Student Book Reviews
Staff Report
Marian Keyes's book “Last Chance Saloon” is the story of three lifelong friends and their journey through the struggles of life.
VIPs - Very Important Parishioners
Staff Report
Daniel Paul Ward of Luling recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts Troop 371.
You’ve got to read this!
Staff Report
The following books are now available at St. Charles Parish libraries:


Charles Joseph Caillet, Sr., born May 6, 1957, completed his life on Aug.18, 2009 in Katy, Texas where he lived for the past 10 years. He graduated from Hahnville High School in 1975 and from Louisiana State University in 1979.
Scott “Punkin” Drain passed away at the age of 24 on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Dearly beloved husband of Tara King Drain, devoted father of Tyler (age 6) and Kylie (age 3).
Paul S. "Moose" Durapau, 71, a native of New Orleans and a resident of Hahnville passed away on Friday, August 15, 2009.
Funeral services for Mrs. Miriam Julie LeBlanc Launey, 88 were held on Aug. 18, 2009 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Destrehan, Louisiana with burial to follow at St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum. Father Daniel will officiate.