Volume 136 Number 42 - Oct 15, 2009


Long delays at Ashton, Barton crossings frustrate drivers
A resident captured this picture of a train blocking a crossing in front of Ashton Plantation with the guardrail still up. She says she waited for 15 minutes before leaving. It’s something that almost every resident in the parish has experienced at one time or another - being stuck at a railroad crossing as a train lumbers past or even stops completely. The wait can be enough to make most drivers want to scream.

Parish’s fire, road, health tax renewals pass
Voters decided to renew property taxes that will support the St. Charles Community Health Center, the fire departments and road construction.

Study shows parish where water flows in Destrehan area
The parish was able to create this aerial map that shows the direction of water flow in the Ormond and Red Church subdivisions. The information was gathered by parish workers using GPS devices, which saved the parish money by not having to use a firm to c Destrehan - Over the last few months, Luis Martinez has had to explain himself to more than a few curious residents who’ve watched him crawl around drainage ditches and poke his head into manhole covers.

Study: Half of swine flu patients otherwise healthy
The largest U.S. analysis of hospitalized adult swine flu patients has found almost half were healthy people who did not have asthma or any other chronic illnesses before they got sick.

What you need to know about vaccines
Do U.S. flu vaccines use adjuvants? No, at least not in the initial doses.


Tigers must be prepared for 2 separate Dutchtown offenses
Jonathan Menard
It’s hard for a team to look any better than Hahnville did last week, dominating both sides of the ball for a crushing 48-10 defeat of Destrehan. But head coach Lou Valdin knows that his team will need a similar effort every game for the next few weeks if they hope to sweep through district.
Another game, another talented offense for Destrehan to defend
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan struggled on both sides of the ball in their 48-10 loss to rival Hahnville, and things won't be any easier this week when the Wildcats travel to East St. John.
Lady Wildcats knock off Tigers, move to 23-7
Jonathan Menard
The Destrehan Lady Cats swept the Hahnville Lady Tigers 25-19, 25-17 and 25-14 to improve to 23-7 on the year and 4-2 in district.
Not just students who show school spirit during rivalry
Jonathan Menard
Those looking for school spirit this week won't just find it in the halls of Destrehan and Hahnville, but instead will see it all around the courthouse on Friday.

Our View

Ferry farewell
It used to be a relaxing interlude as we parked our car on the Luling-Destrehan ferry, got out and leaned over the railing to survey the flowing waters of the great Mississippi River. Now we only whiz over it at 60 mph on the Hale Boggs Bridge which was almost the first of its kind.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Gus R. Hurst, 21, of 825 Gerry Dr. in Kenner was arrested on Oct. 5 and charged with simple burglary, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, on a St. Charles Sheriff’s Office attachment and as a fugitive of the New Iberia Sheriff’s Office.


Hahnville, Destrehan high schools select homecoming kings, queens
Heather R. Breaux
Both Destrehan and Hahnville High celebrated their school’s homecoming with the crowning of a new king and queen to reign over this year’s senior class.
HMS, DHS clean up East Bank garbage
From staff and wire reports
NORCO - Forty-two volunteers representing Hurst Middle’s Wetland Watcher Project and the Destrehan High WISE (Wildcats Interested In Saving the Environment) Club worked together to clean-up the front boat launch area of the spillway.
Students learn the art of interviewing
From staff and wire reports
LULING - Team members from the Culinary Arts and HRT (Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism) Administration courses at the Satellite Center performed mock interviews with human resource officers from the greater New Orleans area.
Responsibility lands RJV kids at the top
From staff and wire reports
PARADIS - R.J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis recognizes the following students for displaying the character trait of “responsibility.”