Volume 137 Number 9 - Mar 04, 2010

News

Business fair adds crafts in attempt to lure patrons
Businesses at the fest give away merchandise such as pens and candy and residents also have a chance to win door prizes. Handmade dresses, quilts, rosary beads on menu
The St. Charles Parish Business Fest will have a new look this year with the introduction of arts and crafts vendors.

Crawfish prices still high, but beginning to drop
Mike Garst traveled all the way from Metairie in an attempt to catch his own crawfish in the ditch that runs along Highway 90. Garst said crawfish are so expensive right now that catching his own will save him money, even factoring in the cost of gas. Cold winter weather put a chill on the crawfish harvest and led to soaring prices at local seafood stores. But on Monday, the price began to drop and many believe the trend will continue.

Crime jumps by 17 percent in 2009 due to thefts, assaults
Due to a large increase in assaults and thefts, crime in St. Charles Parish rose by 17 percent in 2009 when compared to 2008.

Drainage issues highlight sparsely-attended town meeting
Parish Council member Carolyn Schexnaydre sponsored an East Bank town hall meeting at Destrehan High School on March 2.

Fatal wreck on Hwy. 90
Fatal wreck on Hwy. 90 A 54-year-old Michigan man was killed after his car ran into the back of a dump truck on Highway 90 near the St. Charles Parish line, according to the Louisiana State Police.

Grimaldi named Deputy of the Year
Grimaldi named Deputy of the Year Jumps into canal to save family
A St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s deputy who jumped into a canal and swam a stranded family back to the highway has been named the 2009 Deputy of the Year.

Librarian taking hard look at tax
Board praised for building new library without bonds, loans
After the controversy over the expansion of the East Regional Library project in 2009, both the St. Charles Parish Council and the Library Board are taking a careful look at the library’s millage renewal, which will be voted on later this year.

More Florida bass stocked in Cataouatche
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has stocked 8,671 Florida largemouth bass into Lake Cataouatche. In 2003 and 2005, the department stocked the lake with 14,512 Florida bass. Now, anglers are routinely pulling out 8-pounders. Anglers catching plenty of trophy bass in diversion-fed lake
Over the past three months, nearly 9,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings, all between 4 to 6 inches in length, have been stocked into Lake Cataouatche.

New Luling highway studied
Wait times long on heavily-congested Barton Avenue
The St. Charles Parish Council has asked for a study that will determine the feasibility of constructing a new highway in Luling to connect Highway 90 and River Road.

Schools tackle drainage problem
Mimosa Park Elementary and the Norco Elementary schools will receive much-needed repairs this summer while students are on vacation.

St. Rose man fleeces road home program
A St. Rose man has pled guilty to theft of government funds after defrauding the Louisiana Road Home Program, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.


Sports

Destrehan stars held in check in 49-61 loss to St. Thomas More
By Jonathan Menard
St. Thomas More was just too big for the Destrehan Wildcats. The Cougars outrebounded the Wildcats 41-16 and held Destrehan's top two scorers in check in a 61-49 bi-district playoff victory.
2010 American League Tryouts
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Parish will hold tryouts for the youth baseball 2010 American League.
Parish wants feedback on parks, recreation
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Parish wants to know what residents think about the state of parks and recreation in the area.
Rabbits, rabbits everywhere
By Bruce McDonald
Sunday, we arranged a rabbit-hunting trip at Churchill Hunting Club.
Destrehan tennis courts complete, team practices at home for first time in year
By Michelle Stuckey
The Destrehan High School tennis teams got to practice on their home courts for the first time in a year on Feb. 25. The teams have been practicing at Ormond Country Club while four new tennis courts were being built at DHS over the past year.

Editorial

Passenger rail service needed
By Allen Lottinger
The main route where Louisiana could use passenger rail service is between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, right through St. Charles Parish.
“I See You”: From Augustine to Avatar
Special to the Herald-Guide
By Christopher West When Avatar recently became the top grossing movie of all time, I thought I should see what all the hype was about.
Health care summit didn’t accomplish anything
By Dan Juneau
The much-ballyhooed “health care summit” between President Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans was held last Thursday.

Our View

Business fest great way to support local businesses
This weekend, do yourself a favor and check out the St. Charles Business Fest and Craft Fair that will be held on March 5 and 6 in the Hahnville High School gym.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Suspects are innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.



Lifestyles

Hurst students learn to test energy efficiency
From staff and wire reports
As part of the National Youth Leadership Council's Generator Go Green Initiative Grant, 34 Hurst Middle 8th grade students participated in a Student Energy Auditor Training workshop presented by the Alliance to Save Energy from Washington DC.
School Board makes changes to absence, suspension policies
By Michelle Stuckey
During the meeting on Feb. 24, the School Board instituted a change in the excused absence and out-of-school suspension policies for the district.
United Way celebrates success
From staff and wire reports
United Way of St. Charles announced at their Victory Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 25, they have reached 98.7 percent of their campaign goal of $2.2 million dollars.
River Parishes Hospital offers scholarship
From staff and wire reports
The River Parishes Hospital Auxiliary is now seeking applicants for its annual scholarship.
Sheriff's Office now giving scholarship
From staff and wire reports
Sheriff Greg Champagne will award a $500 scholarship to a worthy St. Charles Parish high school senior in furthering their education and training in the state of Louisiana.
Corned beef
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
VIP: Desiree Amadeo
From staff and wire reports
Desiree Amadeo , a homeschool student from Luling will be honored by the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts for her example of achievement, exceptional artistic growth, perseverance and accomplishment at dance.
Debutant is granddaughter of local couples
From staff and wire reports
Abbey Simoneaux, granddaughter of Philip and Goldie Cheramie of Norco and Clarence and Verna Simoneaux of Destrehan, was among debutantes presented in the 2010 Karnival Krewe de Louisiane Ball.