Volume 137 Number 3 - Jan 21, 2010


Boat captain arrested for forcing sexual favors from crew member
The captain of a shipping vessel that was docked off the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Norco has been arrested and booked with inappropriate sexual contact with a crewmember, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Committee discusses repealing fireworks ban
The St. Charles Parish Legislative Committee on Tuesday discussed an ordinance by Councilman Paul Hogan that would allow both the sale and popping of fireworks in the parish.

Couple growing marijuana plants in bedroom closet, police say
A Boutte couple was arrested after deputies received a tip that they were growing marijuana plants inside their home, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Economic outlook ‘stable’ in 2010
More jobs will be available, but only slight increase expected in employment
The economy in St. Charles Parish probably won’t be seeing many changes this year, according to Corey Faucheux, director of economic development and tourism for the parish.

No set opening date for library
Furniture is being brought into the new East Regional Library now, with books and staff possibly in the building by February. Residents will have to wait a little longer before they can step inside the new East Bank Regional Library.

Parish in negotiations for Luling boat launch land
The parish has set aside $500,000 in the 2010 budget to acquire land to build a new boat launch in Luling between the Davis Pond Diversion and Pier 90.

The March
The March Hundreds of parish residents walked from the West Bank Bridge Park to the parish courthouse in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Thousands of crosses mark Roe vs. Wade
St. Charles Borromeo student Quincy Hymel inserts a cross into the ground in front of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. For the next two weeks, 3,660 crosses will be in the lawn to highlight the 3,660 unborn babies that are aborted each day in the U.S Church displays one for every baby aborted each day
Like many religious institutions in the country, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan is protesting on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that legalized abortion.


HHS receiver commits to UL-Lafayette
Mike Detillier
Hahnville High School wide receiver James Butler verbally committed to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette this past weekend.
Hahnville boys struggle in 5-0 loss to No. 6 ranked Dutchtown
Bruce McDonald
The Dutchtown Griffins, the No. 6 ranked boys soccer team in the state, made quick work of the HHS Tigers, beating them 5-0 last Friday.
How Bout Them Saints...
Mike Detillier
The three game slide late in the 2009 regular season put some doubt in minds of the 'Who Dat' faithful, but Saturday's 45-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs put away any doubt that the 2009 version of the New Orleans Saints were indeed a special football team.
Oysters a tasty alternative with duck, deer season continuing to disappoint
Bruce McDonald
This is the week all hunters hate to have arrived.


Adopting a Haitian kid would be a great service
Allen Lottinger
Now’s a good time to adopt children if one is so inclined. And adopting one from Haiti would help relieve a great humanitarian problem.
Time for country to make resolution of restoring economy
Dan Juneau
The New Year is a time for resolutions-resolutions we commit to as a means to better ourselves and the communities around us.

Our View

Concrete armor to help save wetlands
Plans to use concrete from an existing floodwall to shore up some 18,000 feet of lakefront along the LaBranche Wetlands will certainly be a benefit to our parish. The concrete will come from an existing floodwall along the lake where Jefferson and St. Charles Parishes meet which will be replaced by a stronger floodwall later this year.


First Baptist Church in Paradis will have a new pastor on Jan. 30
From staff and wire reports
The First Baptist Church Family of Paradis will have a new pastor next month.
Girl Scout cookie sale began Jan. 15
From staff and wire reports
The annual Girl Scout cookie sale started on Jan. 15 and cookie deliveries will start on Feb. 26.