Volume 137 Number 15 - Apr 15, 2010


42 homes evacuated in Norco
A police car blocks off River Road after the leak. Chemical leak sends 3 to hospital for eye irritation
Three people, including one on-site plant worker, sought medical care for eye irritation Tuesday after a chemical leak at Dow’s Norco facility.

Architect for community center back on agenda
Councilman says he expects unanimous approval
Councilman Shelley Tastet said that he expects the council to unanimously approve the hiring of Sizeler, Thompson, Brown Architects to design a new community center when they meet on April 19.

CEO hopes healthcare bill reduces ER visits
A young resident gets a shot at the St. Charles Community Health Center on Monday. Health center spokeswoman Julia Bodden said that the focus of the new healthcare bill is on primary care, which is what the health center advocates. As certain aspects of the new healthcare legislation take affect, local healthcare and insurance providers are considering what it could mean for St. Charles Parish.

Destrehan man gets 18 years for vehicular homicide
A multiple DWI offender from Destrehan received 18 years in jail after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an August crash on Airline that led to the death of a 30-year-old woman.

District shoots for large screens in every classroom
J.B. Martin Middle School teacher Heather Skiba uses a Promethean Board to teach her math class. By the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, most classrooms in St. Charles Parish will have a large-screen device, whether it is an LCD projector, a flat panel monitor or a Promethean Board.

Legislator wants slot limit on Cataouatche bass
Lake Cataouatche has become a bass-fishing mecca since the opening of the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion. By Todd Mason As predicted, the opening of the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion early last decade has led to a bass-fishing boom in the marshes of St. Charles Parish.

Parish lands $20 million in grants in two years
In a little over two years, St. Charles Parish has secured more than $20 million in grants, which will help fund parish projects like a new community center and paved paths on the levees while also allowing for numerous drainage improvements throughout the area.

Police: Gun pulled at T-ball practice
Ollie Hull III Forces parents, children to flee park
An 18-year-old Destrehan man was arrested after waving a shotgun in the air near a T-ball practice, which sent parents and children scurrying from the area, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.


Destrehan stays perfect in district with 2-1 win over HHS
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan used an opportunistic offense, superior defense and a trio of effective pitchers to edge Hahnville, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Hahnville.
Register now for summer camp
From staff and wire reports
It's time to register for the St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Inclusive Day Camp, which offers six weeks of summer fun for boys and girls from June 7 until July 15.
Softball, baseball umpired needed
From staff and wire reports
Umpires needed for baseball and softball games within the tri-parish area.
Adult basketball meeting set
From staff and wire reports
Hahnville can’t seem to overcome Destrehan
Jonathan Menard
For the second time this season, the Hahnville Tigers came up just short of doing something nobody else in District 6-5A has been able to do - beat Destrehan.
With fishing slow, good time to ride
Bruce McDonald
On Monday afternoon, Hunter and I decided on riding ATVs in the Bonnet Carre Spillway for a little recreation.
Running for a cause
Jonathan Menard
Over 1,500 runners and walkers participated in the 14th Annual United Way of St. Charles 5K Bridge Run/Walk.


Republicans develop plan in New Orleans
Allen Lottinger
If you thought the nation was beginning to fall apart before last weekend, you might feel it’s well on its way today.
Construction at Wetland Watchers continues
Special to the Herald-Guide
By Renee Allemand Simpson
One-time revenue is a risky, shortsighted policy
Dan Juneau
The push is on at the state Capitol to raid dedicated funds in order to plug future budgets with one-time revenue-a risky and shortsighted policy. To understand why this practice is fiscally irresponsible, a look at the recent past is important.

Our View

Is income tax the best way?
April 15 is perhaps the most dreaded day of the year in America. It is the day citizens must wrap up an exasperating analysis of their incomes that must be reported on their federal income tax returns.


Successfully grow, maintain Azaleas this spring
Rene' Schmit
No other shrub in the home landscape can beat azaleas for flower power when they are in full bloom.
Only students will be treated at new health center
Michelle Stuckey
Students of Albert Cammon Middle and St. Rose Elementary schools will have the option of going to a new health clinic built between the two schools starting in late April.
Hello, flower! cupcakes
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Our Lady celebrates First Eucharist
From staff and wire reports
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Hahnville celebrated the sacrament of the First Holy Eucharist during Mass on March 14.
Daisy Girl Scout troop attends spring festival
From staff and wire reports
Over 500 Girl Scouts from throughout southeast Louisiana attended Swing into Spring festival on March 27 hosted by Girl Scouts Louisiana East.
Art Guild artists of the month for March
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Art Guild recently announced their artists of the month for March 2010.
St. Charles Women’s Club
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Women's Club, a social and civic organization, recently held its annual Tea Cup Auction at the Chateau Country Club in Kenner.