Volume 137 Number 50 - Dec 16, 2010


Council: Train wait time way too long
The Parish Council will send a letter to all railroad companies that operate in the parish and ask them to cut down on wait times, which some say can last longer than 20 minutes.

Grandfather says family coping with girl’s brutal death
The grandfather of a murdered 15-year-old LaPlace girl says he is pleased with the arrest of a suspect in the case of her death.

Parish racks up $36 million in grants in only 3 years
St. Charles Parish obtained $100,000 in state appropriated funding to go toward construction of a new emergency operations center. The parish is moving forward with plans to construct the 12,900-square-foot facility across the street from the courthouse. Securing grant dollars for critical projects and innovative programs has been a major goal of Parish President V.J. St. Pierre’s administration from the start.

Santa Claus comes to town
Santa Claus comes to town After the annual tree lighting at the West Bank Bridge Park, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Charles, Santa Claus rode in on a fire truck to hear what parish children wanted for Christmas.

School Board renews Lafon’s contract, gives $3,000 bonus
The St. Charles Parish School Board voted unanimously to extend the contract of Superintendent Rodney Lafon by 18 months, the maximum allowed.

School Board says goodbye to 2 long-serving members
Two long-time members of the St. Charles Parish School Board attended their last board meeting this month.

Site of previous parish flooding gets elevated
The St. Charles Parish Public Works Department recently raised by 18 inches the berm levee directly to the south of homes along River Ridge Drive, armoring the area against future flooding.

St. Rose fires blamed on arson
Occurred weeks apart at same convenience store
Two fires at the same St. Rose convenience store have been called arson by the Louisiana state fire marshal, who is urging those with information about the blazes to come forward.

Still time to purchase memorial bricks for monument
A drawing of the Fallen Hero Memorial, which is now under construction in front of the new law enforcement complex. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has begun construction on a Fallen Hero Memorial that will be placed in front of the new law enforcement complex, but still needs residents to purchase memorial bricks to surround the area.

Teens arrested for bank parking lot robbery
Two Destrehan teens have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at the Capital One Bank in Destrehan in October.

‘Bomb bottle’ e-mail circulated around parish
While threat is real, authorities have not seen ‘bombs’ in St. Charles
Some residents were worried after an e-mail was sent out across the parish concerning home-made bombs.


HHS boys, girls soccer teams pick up big wins
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville Tigers boys soccer team stretched their season record to 6-2 after a 2-1 victory over Terrebonne on Friday. One of Hahnville's senior captains, Lamar James, scored off of a throw in from junior Jonathan Schmaltz to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
Tigers suffer first loss of season
Jonathan Menard
Led by 24 points from Schane Rillieux, Brother Martin pulled out a 71-59 win over Hahnville Monday night, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season.
Deer hunters hundreds of miles apart, but have same results
Bruce McDonald
There is an old saying, "If you don't go, you don't know!" Many hunters rely on game cameras to take pictures of game movement around their stands. They later find out they should have been in the stand.


Tax code needs correction
Allen Lottinger
Our tax code is in serious need of correction. And since our president has recently relented in holding tight to liberal legislation, perhaps he will proceed to do it by making further use of his newfound co-existence with Republicans.
Legislators keep distance from Governor’s ideas
Special to the Herald-Guide
BY John Maginnis, Lapolitics.com
Proposal would keep hundreds of billions in private economy
Dan Juneau
As soon as the outlines of a deal between President Obama and Republicans to extend tax rates were announced, jihad was declared by liberal members of Congress and the left-leaning blogs.

Our View

Chemical plants benefit parish
Chemical plants have been a blessing to St. Charles Parish. They have brought prosperity to the parish and they have brought to our area many wonderful people we would never have known otherwise.

Sheriffs Reports

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


AgCenter warns against frauds this holiday season
LSU AgCenter News
The holiday season is a special time for giving – especially to those in need. The economic downturn has created a surge in needy individuals and the charities that aspire to assist them. But scam artists can masquerade as charities with an aim to defraud people of their money, warns LSU AgCenter family economist Jeanette Tucker.
AgCenter warns against laying dormant sod in wintertime
Dan Gill
April through October is the best time for sodding in Louisiana, but dormant-season sodding can be successful, but it is simply a little riskier.
HHS student raises money for Shriners Hospital Burn Unit
From staff and wire reports
Hahnville High School senior Taylor Petit has been raising money for the Shriners Pediatric Burn Unit as part of her Senior Project.
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Apple Street gets sweet
From staff and wire reports
Norco’s sweetest new store opened earlier this month and offers a variety of chocolate, candies and gift sets to customers.
Valero fights holiday hunger
From staff and wire reports
Valero St. Charles Refinery recently held its annual food drive where employees collected 12,476 pounds of food, which is equivalent to over six tons. With their total employee headcount, that is about 26 pounds per employee.
Food safety rules include holiday pies
LSU AgCenter News
Pies are traditionally served at holiday feasts, but some need to be treated carefully, according to Beth Reames, a nutritionist with the LSU AgCenter.
Women’s Club has autumn excitement
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Women's Club held it's Autumn Auction in November.
Fried turkey not necessarily unhealthy
LSU AgCenter News
Fried turkey is not as unhealthy as it sounds - if you don't eat the skin of the bird, according to Beth Reames, a nutritionist with the LSU AgCenter.


Randy Michael Thomassie Sr., 29, a resident of Luling, arrived home peacefully in the arms of our Lord on Nov. 24, 2010.
Irma Horan Ruiz, 96, of Carriere, Miss. passed away on Nov. 26, 2010.
Seth Martinez, 19, son of Hal and Penny Martinez, went to his Heavenly home on Nov. 28, 2010 while at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.
Marie L. Vicknair, 91, passed away at her son’s residence on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.
Gladys Rogers Roussell, 92, died on Dec. 1, 2010.
Hugh “Nunnie” Dufrene, 77, passed away on Dec. 2, 2010 in Luling.
Lucy Mae Rome, 82, passed away on Dec. 5, 2010.
Loretta Breaux Baudoin, 73, passed away on Dec. 2, 2010 in Jefferson.
Charles J. Matherne, 67, passed away on Dec. 6, 2010 in Houma.
Ada Ford Cologne, 80, passed away on Dec. 6, 2010 in Houma.
Mary Migliore Haydel, 83, died peacefully on Dec. 6, 2010.
Rita Zeringue Rousse, 90, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Nov. 21, 2010.
Gertrude Duhe Millet, 83, passed away on Dec. 27, 2010 in Vacherie. She was the assistant postmaster in Destrehan for 20 years. She was a Eucharistic minister and ministered to the sick and shut-in. She was also a member of the Ladies Altar Society and recipient of the St. Louis Medal.