Volume 136 Number 39 - Sep 24, 2009


Alligators still in demand, but price just isn’t right
Hunters are getting paid less for alligators even though the price of shoes or purses hasn’t fallen, St. Charles Parish wildlife and nuisance control officer Kenny Schmill says. With little market for alligator hides, hunters are staying home rather than heading out into local swamps and marshes after the big, toothy reptiles.

Community center, EOC, launch get the go-ahead from council
A community center, boat launch and a new emergency operations center all received the go-ahead from the Parish Council on Sept. 21, and most of the money for their eventual construction will come from grants.

Hahnville blasts Vanderbilt Catholic, Lutcher over Destrehan
Tigers win 42-7, Wildcats fall 48-10
The Hahnville Tigers picked up a big win on Friday by blasting Vanderbilt Catholic 42-7 behind three touchdowns from Alfred Blue and two TD passes by Brian Ensminger. Meanwhile, Lutcher’s offensive weapons proved too much for the Destrehan Wildcats, who fell 48-10.

Infant-sized tumors shock Des Allemands woman, doctors
This tumor, which was 15 pounds, was discovered along with a basketball-sized one inside the stomach of Vanessa Bell. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Vanessa Bell of Des Allemands didn’t foresee herself dealing with another serious medical condition. That was, however, until mid 2008 when two infant-sized masses were discovered in her abdomen.

Paradis library to go out for bids early 2010
A new, 6,341-square-foot library in Paradis is currently scheduled to go out for bids early next year and be completed in 2011, according to Library Director Mary desBordes.

Parish declares war on overgrown ditches
As the summer draws to a close, many St. Charles Parish residents are noticing a marked improvement in the drainage systems around their homes.

Swine flu lands student in ICU
Swine flu lands student in ICU Dealing with the sudden illness of her son Andrew has been extremely difficult, but LeAnne Sandoz says the outpouring of support from Andrew's friends in the community has been a blessing.


What a start
Mike Detillier
The NFL season is a marathon not a sprint race to the Super Bowl, but can you believe just how well the New Orleans Saints have played in the first games of the 2009 campaign.
Historic Grand Isle bridge burns
Staff Report
GRAND ISLE - A fire last weekend destroyed about 2,000 feet of the historic Caminada Pass fishing bridge at Grand Isle.
Outdoor Report
Bruce McDonald
It was a Monday afternoon and the weather conditions were perfect. Light southwest wind less than 5 mph, overcast from area thunderstorms, a cool 85-degree temperature and the tide was falling.
Wildcats ready for showdown with No. 1 ranked Lutcher
Jonathan Menard
After two straight losses, the Destrehan Wildcats have started a new winning streak.
Hahnville must cut miscues to avoid upset by Vanderbilt
Jonathan Menard
After a heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to Lutcher, the Hahnville Tigers were able to bounce back for a 39-8 win over O.P. Walker. And while the Hahnville offense came out smoking in the first half, it was the defense that carried the team to the victory.

Our View

Boat launch should benefit wetlands
St. Charles Parish harbors some of the greatest wetland areas of the world. But so far, most residents can’t take full advantage of them.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Christopher J. Barrios, 24, of 27 Brandon Hall in Destrehan was arrested on Sept. 12 and charged with DWI and open container.


Hi-Stepper Parent Club thanks community for support & fundraising
Staff Report
Duanne Cazalot of Destrehan says her late grandmother was always very lucky.
Turning the page
Heather R. Breaux
With nearly 2,000 books sold, Des Allemands writer Lee Stephen credits most of the success of his science-fiction book series, Epic, has received to both independent publishing and the Internet.
The Cook's Corner
Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
People Watch
Staff Report
Michael Aaron Williams will be performing Friday, Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the annual St. Charles Rotary’s Alligator Festival in Luling.
Private Friloux completes basic training
Staff Report
Private Blake M. Friloux, formerly of Luling, has completed his basic training and graduated from the Ft. Sill, Oklahoma training facility, where he was a part of the 434th Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Battalion.
Cadet choosen for honors camp
Staff Report
Hahnville High School Cadet Jean Pierre Alexander DuRousseau was selected to attend one of 10 honors camps this summer at the University of Oklahoma. Out of 107,000 cadets in AFJROTC only 500 are selected for the camps.
Ford graduates USMC boot camp
Staff Report
Private Aaron J.P. Ford, 18, of Paradis graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC on Aug. 28.
Macy Terrebonne wins Hamilton Award
Staff Report
Each year, an award is given out to students who are about to finish their junior year of high school and have exhibited superior achievements.
Destrehan, Motiva recognize kids for dress code, tardies
Staff Report
For the last few years, Destrehan High School and Motiva have been recognizing students who are taking care of business by living up to our ROARS expectations.
Flying high in the sky at Hurst
Staff Report
The talented Hurst cheerleading squad led the cheers of the crowd as the Roadrunner football team began football season with a victory against the Cammon Pirates.
SafetyMates make way to R.K. Smith
Staff Report
Monsanto, R. K. Smith's Adopt-A-School partner, donated four SafetyMates to be used throughout the school building.
Jaguars prowl at mascot tryouts
Staff Report
R.J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis recently held their mascot try-outs.
Mimosa Park students stop, drop and read at school
Staff Report
Andrew Kessler and Ethan Chacon, first graders in Ms. Christina Berniard’s class at Mimosa Park Elementary, enjoy books during “Drop Everything and Read” time.
Youth classes work together at AES during guided activity
Staff Report
Children in the 4-year-old class at Allemands Elementary are involved in a guided discovery activity.