Volume 136 Number 52 - Dec 24, 2009


Battered woman's life saved
Lt. Pam Schmitt (left) and victims representative Melissia Dempster work the phones following up on parish crimes. Credits new Sheriff's unit
For several years, 22-year-old Cora Shaw was living in a continual nightmare.

Bucket Brigade calls refineries unsafe, releases accident report
From 2005 to 2008, ten of the stateís largest refineries, two of which are in St. Charles Parish, reported over 2,000 accidents that resulted in the release of millions of pounds and gallons of pollutants near schools, waterways and neighborhoods, according to a report released by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Corps clearing land on Hwy. 90 for western levee
Many residents driving on Highway 90 near the Davis Pond Diversion think that the parish is already clearing land for a new boat launch. While Parish President V.J. St. Pierre and his administration are working on securing land for that project, the actual clearing is being done by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Western Tie-in.

Drinkers get free ride during holidays
The St. Charles Parish Sheriffís Office and Jakeís Towing are making sure residents have no excuse to drink and drive this holiday season.

Police: Robber forces friend to serve as getaway driver
Man accused of robbing Destrehan Valero station
Dervol J. Zeno, 28, of 533 Fife St. in LaPlace, was arrested on Dec. 22 for reportedly robbing the Valero Corner Market in Destrehan and then forcing a friend to drive him home at gun point.

Second man arrested in break-in that led to death
Aaron Vinnett St. Charles Parish sheriffís deputies have arrested a St. Rose man for taking part in an attempted burglary that led to another suspect being killed by the homeowner.


HHS cheerleaders headed to Disney World after second-place finish
From staff and wire reports
Congratulations to the HHS cheerleaders who competed in the UCA Louisiana State Cheerleading Competition against schools from across the state.
River Region falls to Bayou Region, but DHS stars shine
Mike Detillier
The Bayou Region All-Stars defeated the River Region All-Stars 17-13 in the 10th annual HTV-Lions Club High School All-Star Classic Friday night at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.
What do you give a sportsman for Christmas who has everything?
Bruce McDonald
Talk to my wife, Gretchen - married for 30 years - and she will tell you, "Bruce has everything he needs to venture into the outdoors."
Wildcats hold on for 4-3 win over Tigers
Bruce McDonald
The Destrehan Wildcats beat the Hahnville Tigers 4-3 in the opening district game for both teams.
Hunting closure issued due to flooding
From staff and wire reports
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham has issued a Declaration of Emergency closing all hunting seasons, except waterfowl, in portions of southeast Louisiana due to flooding.
Wildcats, Tigers stay hot on the court, DHS girls fall
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville Tigers were one of the surprise teams last season, making it all the way to the state finals. This year, Hahnville isnít sneaking up on anyone, but is still putting up solid wins.
Tim is running out for duck, deer hunters
Bruce McDonald
Time is running out for deer and duck hunters. In Area 6, our area, the firearm season will remain open until Jan. 24. Primitive arms will continue from Jan. 25-31. Archery will remain open until Feb. 15.
Still restrictions on deer harvest
From staff and wire reports
On Dec. 23, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) re-opened hunting seasons closed since Dec. 18 due to flooding in southeast Louisiana.
Hahnville routs Fontainbleau 67-36
Special to the Herald-Guide
By Warren LeBeauf The Hahnville Tigers are trying to get back to their winning ways, and have posted a record of 9-4 so far this year.
Destrehan girls don't stumble in
Jonathan Menard
The Destrehan Lady Wildcats have been impressive through the first two rounds of the Rumble on the River tournament, picking up wins over Doyle and McKinley.
Wildcats cruise to holiday tourney win
Jonathan Menard
The Destrehan Wildcats ran over Amite 59-41 for a first round victory in the Plaquemine Holiday Classic.

Our View

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all
To many itís Merry Christmas. To others itís Happy Holidays. But to all, itís a wish for a season that spreads goodwill to mankind.


School board chooses card winner
From staff and wire reports
Every year, the St. Charles Parish School Board chooses one lucky studentís Christmas card design to be sent to all of the faculty and staff of the school district.
With help from friends, woman turns experience with domestic violence into safe haven for victims
Michelle Stuckey
The holidays can be the hardest time of the year for some women, especially those who live with domestic violence. Shirley Sims, minister at the First Baptist Church in Paradis, has first-hand experience in living in a home with domestic violence.