Volume 136 Number 51 - Dec 16, 2009

News

H1N1 vaccine finally arrives, more eligible
From April to mid-November, close to 47 million Americans contracted the H1N1 flu virus, and while the pandemic has receded, another H1N1 wave could occur if vaccination rates slack off, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection.

IRS searching for 24 residents who are owed a total of $18,011
The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 24 St. Charles Parish taxpayers who are due a total of $18,011 in undelivered refunds.

Loan allows expansion of Hurst, J.B. Martin by adding new wings
The school board called a special meeting on Dec. 14 to consider taking out a $10 million loan to be used for major school improvements.

Luling Santa passes the beard test
Santa Claus? With a twinkle in his eye and a nose like a cherry - even without the suit Marc Majoria is turning heads these days. The full white beard, growing since January, makes him look suspiciously like an undercover Saint Nick.


Sports

DHS takes third in Baton Rouge
Jonathan Menard
The Destrehan boys finished third in a tournament at Central of Baton Rouge, and were 30 seconds away from playing in the championship game.
HHS tennis star gets 'A+' in athletics
Jonathan Menard
Congratulations to HHS senior Megan Gonzales, who was named one of this year’s A+ Athletes in an event sponsored by WWL-TV, McDonald’s, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Area football players set to shine in River, Bayou all-star game
Mike Detillier
The HTV-Lions Club Bayou vs. the River all-star game, an annual football showdown featuring the top talents from the bayou and the river region, is set to take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Nicholls State’s John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.
HMS wins parish title
Jonathan Menard
After losing four of their five starters from last year’s squad, many weren’t sure if Harry Hurst Middle School could capture another parish championship.
High schools consider replacing scoreboards
Michelle Stuckey
An issue of controversy on the school board agenda for the Dec. 9 meeting was the replacement of the current high school scoreboards in St. Charles Parish.
Tiger receiver could be impact player, Saints remain perfect
Mike Detillier
While Destrehan High School offensive guard Ashton Duhe has verbally committed to SMU, Hahnville High School halfback Alfred Blue has verbally committed to LSU and Hahnville High School safety Brion James has verbally committed to play for Tulsa University, the recruiting of Hahnville High School wide receiver James Butler has started to heat up quite well.




Lifestyles

School Board fights state funding cuts
Michelle Stuckey
While states all over the country are lowering or eliminating program funding, Louisiana may have gone too far.
J. B. Martin student nominated for national conference
From staff and wire reports
Logan Long, a 7th grade student at J.B. Martin Middle School, was nominated to represent the school and the community as a member of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. in 2010.