Volume 137 Number 28 - Jul 15, 2010


Lack of School Board candidates means easy 'elections' for most
Qualifying for the St. Charles Parish School Board ended last week and there are four new names in the running. One of them, Art Aucoin, has already won the seat for District 7 because he is running unopposed.

Man charged with kidnapping, raping ex-girlfriend
A Metairie man has been charged with forcing his ex-girlfriend into his vehicle and driving to a dirt road in St. Charles Parish before raping her, authorities said.

Number of days students can miss school slashed
Changes in the state attendance and drop-out policies have St. Charles Parish Public Schools administrators worried. The new legislation allows students to miss almost half the amount of days that they were previously allowed to miss. In high school, students will only be allowed to miss five days per class. They were previously allowed eight days per course.

Parish cancels contract with lobbyist
Parish President V.J. St. Pierre has cancelled a contract with lobbying firm Egle and Associates.

Queens chow down on catfish during eating contest
2010 Catfish Queen Brittanie Williams plants a “kiss” on a catfish before skinning it. More than 35 pageant queens from across Louisiana competed last weekend to be named the fastest catfish eater.

Spillway Classic known for obstacles, wet and dirty fun
While the goal of some runners is to speed through the course, most Spillway Classic participants want to see how dirty they can get before crossing the finish line. Two thousand adrenaline junkies are preparing to get wet and dirty during the 23rd Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run, which begins at 8 a.m. on July 18 at the Bonnet Carre Spillway.


Oil tightens noose around coastal waters, but Lake Cataouatche still top spot
Bruce McDonald
During the summer months, weekly trips to Grand Isle would have been the norm and many nights would have been spent fishing under a light or waking up early to make an offshore trip.
World Series champs
From staff and wire reports
After forming a newly-selected team only one month ago, the 7-year-old St. Charles Parish All-Stars won the World Series championship in Sulphur. They became the first 7-year-old team to win a World Series for the Parish.
All-Stars win state title
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles 10U girls All-Stars went undefeated in the state championship held in Brusly. They are now headed to regionals in Magnolia, Ark. on July 21.

Our View

Avondale closing another hit on the economy
Louisiana’s economy seems to be taking one hit after another.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Kent G. Gaubert, 48, of 145 Hummingbird Drive in Houma, was arrested on July 1 and charged with SCH IV - possession of Xanax, reckless operation, driving against traffic, traffic control signal, following too close, speeding and driving roadway lane of traffic.


Solar power coming to farmers’ market on July 17
From staff and wire reports
Farmers' market visitors will get the chance to learn more about solar energy this weekend.
Recipe: Filet with Farro salad
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Book Review: 'My Sister's Keeper'
Special to the Herald-Guide
Reviewed by Elise deBruler
BCA now accepting Pre-K apps
From staff and wire reports
Qualifying parents can now register their 4-year-old kids for a chance at free placement Boutte Christian Academy’s pre-kindergarten programs for the coming year.