Volume 137 Number 48 - Dec 02, 2010


Boat parade launches at earliest date ever
Parishioners can kick off their holiday celebrations earlier than ever during this year’s Christmas on the Bayou Boat Parade.

Holiday pet adoption helps owner cope with cancer
When the holiday season rolled around last year, something was missing in Renee Simoneaux’s life. After going through a bitter divorce, and finally finding her prince charming and settling down, she still felt like she needed something more in her life.

Keep up with Parish Council with online updates
By Renee Simpson The parish Public Information Office and Council Office are making it easier to keep up with the actions of the St. Charles Parish Council with online updates before and after each meeting.

Man killed in I-310 wreck
A 30-year-old Slidell man was killed after his vehicle collided with a billboard on I-310 south near LA 3127, according to Louisiana State Police.

Pictorial history books flying off the shelves
A pictorial history of St. Charles Parish that spans more than 300 years has become a hot item as Christmas approaches.

Police: Men tie up, assault jewelry thief
Two Luling men apparently took justice into their own hands by calling an alleged jewelry thief over to one of their homes, threatening the man with a gun and then tying him up in a bathtub, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Rising standards may leave some schools in dust
Since 1999, the number of schools in Louisiana that are considered academically unacceptable has risen considerably. But the reason is not necessarily that schools are becoming less successful.

Santa, Mrs. Claus big draws to Norco Christmas Parade
Santa, Mrs. Claus big draws to Norco Christmas Parade The Christmas season will begin in the River Parishes on Sunday, Dec. 5 as the Norco Christmas Parade, complete with a float carrying both Santa and Mrs. Claus, rolls through the area.

Town hall meetings to gauge interest in recycling
St. Charles Parish Council members will hold two town hall meetings to seek input on whether or not residents want curbside recycling brought back to the parish.


Perfect weather greets deer, duck, pig hunters over weekend
Bruce McDonald
Last weekend was very cold - the type of weekend most deer hunters have been dreaming about since last year.
St. Charles Catholic ready for epic clash against Evangel
Jonathan Menard
Fresh off of a 42-28 victory over Winnfield, St. Charles Catholic will face their biggest hurdle of the season Friday night when they travel to Shreveport to take on Evangel in the Class 2A semifinals.
Former Tiger Butler shines in finale
Mike Detillier
Many football insiders in the state of Louisiana were surprised that there wasn’t a host of major college schools recruiting Hahnville High School wide receiver James Butler last season.
Crushers are Fall Classic champs
From staff and wire reports
The LA Crushers 10U team won first place in the LA Crusher Fall Classic held at LaSalle Park in Metairie on Nov. 13-14th.
Newly-formed Outlaws win the Bulldog Bowl
From staff and wire reports
The River Parish Outlaws took the 9-10 year old Open Class Weight Championship at the Bulldog Bowl (Johnny Bright Playground) in Metairie on Nov. 13 and 14.
Sacred Heart cheerleaders show their school spirit
From staff and wire reports
Sacred Heart, Norco recently celebrated "Spirit Week.”
Lady Tigers host 15 teams in Bayou Invitational tourney
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville High School girls soccer team is hosting their 13th Annual Battle on the Bayou Invitational Soccer Tournament.
U10 soccer team finishes runner-up in parish tourney
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish U10 boys soccer team finished as runner-up in the end of the season St. Charles Parish Tournament.
HHS Defensive Player of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Ben Taylor Hahnville - Position LB
HHS Offensive Player of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Ahmad White Hahnville - Position RB
DHS Offensive Player of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Rickey Jefferson Destrehan - Position WR
DHS Defensive Player of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Tarquin Kenner Destrehan - Position LB
Lockett likely to appeal for 6th year of eligibility for Ole Miss
Mike Detillier
Reports out of Oxford, Miss. indicate that former Hahnville High School and current Ole Miss standout defensive end Kentrell Lockett is thinking seriously about appealing to the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility.

Our View

Norco death beyond comprehension
It was sad indeed this week for police to discover the remains of a 78-year-old woman who was brutally murdered some three weeks ago in her Norco home. She was described as a sweet lady who minded her own business and was kind to everyone.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Curtis Francois, 58, of 220 W 2nd St. in LaPlace, was arrested on Nov. 22 and charged with D.W.I. and reckless operation.


Deck the halls with colorful berries
Rene' Schmit
LSU AgCenter
River Parishes nurses named part of “Great 100”
From staff and wire reports
River Parishes Hospital has two nurses who were named 2010 "Great 100" Nurses. Chris Gatlin, Nurse Manager of the Medical/Surgical Unit and Intensive Care Unit, and Janell Bryant, a Registered Nurse in the Outpatient Services Unit, were recognized for their hard work and achievements.
Recipe: Peppermint snow pie
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Manage your holiday money wisely in today’s economy
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of LSU AgCenter
Pets of the Week
From staff and wire reports
See the pets of the week on YouTube at youtube.com/stcharlesgov or on Government Access Channel Cox Cable 6 in St. Charles Parish.
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Ryan L. Granier and Nathean P. Robinson
Christmas around the world
From staff and wire reports
Sixth grade students from Lakewood Elementary stand next to the tree they decorated at Celebration in the Oaks.
Phonics safari
From staff and wire reports
Judy Rongey, pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Rose Elementary, recently gave a Zoophonics Workshop to pre-k and kindergarten parents.
AES students learn about “crabitats”
From staff and wire reports
Observing an aquarium sparked the students in Mrs. Knight’s 2nd grade class at Allemands Elementary School to extend their learning.
Letters to the President
From staff and wire reports
Students in Jessica Wicher-Bates’ English class just wrapped up a unit on writing letters.
Get it growing: compost fallen leaves this season
Dan Gill
LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Republican Woman donate to new Sheriff’s Complex
From staff and wire reports
The Republican Women of St. Charles donated a 5-by-8-foot flag for the new Sheriff’s Complex.


Hubert Paul Champagne, 92, passed away on Nov. 27, 2010 in Raceland. He was a native and resident of Lockport.
James “Jim” Daigle, 87, a native of Grosse Tete and resident of Des Allemands, was entrusted to God’s loving care on Nov. 25, 2010.