Volume 138 Number 2 - Jan 13, 2011


6-month culvert project will impact Ormond traffic
The installation of new culverts underneath Ormond Boulevard will necessitate temporary lane switching for motorists for the duration of the project, set to begin in early February and end in late July.

Circle K robber still on the loose
Sheriff Greg Champagne wants residents to be on the look-out for a suspect in an armed robbery on Thursday, Jan. 6.

Community bands together to help young stroke victim
Community members from both sides of the river banded together to keep one local family on their feet after a devastating blow.

Hwy. 90 robber chased off with machete
A 56-year-old employee of Affordable Used Cars in Boutte chased off a would-be robber with a machete, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Owner charged with setting store on fire...twice
The owner of a St. Rose convenience store was arrested after authorities say he set fire to his store twice in order to collect a $1 million insurance policy.

Parish slaves had to fight for own freedom, author says
Destrehan Plantation recently unveiled a new exhibit that commemorates the largest slave revolt on American soil. (Above) Visitors view a painting of the uprising that was done by local artist Lorraine Gendron. The author who helped re-publicize the largest slave revolt in the history of the United States learned some little-known facts about St. Charles Parish while researching a book about the uprising.

Schools allow students to 'pay back' missed days
The St. Charles Parish school system is giving high school students a break from the strict attendance policies put in place statewide last August with a new attendance recovery program.

Sheriff's Reports
Arrests •Robert J. Thomassie, 32, of 616 Kinler St. in Luling, was arrested on Dec. 31 and charged with D.W.I., improper control of vehicle, no MVI sticker, and needed renewal of registration.

Still no sign of man who jumped into river
There is still no sign of a man who authorities say jumped into the Mississippi River to avoid capture after a deputy chased him through a business area and to a river pier.


Hunters taking advantage of ‘jewel’ of the East Bank
Bruce McDonald
St. Charles Parish is truly blessed with two great public hunting management areas - the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Lake Salvador Management Area.
Reed voted to pro bowl for seventh time
Mike Detillier
Former Destrehan High School standout Ed Reed has been voted to the NFL Pro Bowl for the seventh time during his nine year NFL career. Despite missing the first six games of the 2010 season due to a hip injury, Reed returned to the Baltimore Ravens midseason and has again become one of the most dominant defenders in the league.
Tigers knock off East St. John, fall to St. Amant
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville boys soccer team used a big second half to knock off East St. John on Friday, picking up a 2-1 victory.
LSU fan ‘Cotton’ turns 75 on 75th anniversary of Cotton Bowl
From staff and wire reports
Roland "Cotton" Deroche has been a longtime fan of LSU Tiger Football.
Hahnville’s 4-game win streak comes to end
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville Tigers (8-3) saw a four-game win streak come to an end with a 48-37 loss to Shaw last week.

Our View

Author highlights slave revolt
One of the greatest slave revolts in history took place right here in the River Parishes. And it began on Jan. 8, 1811 which was Twelfth Night, the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of carnival here in Louisiana.


HHS graduate named to Millsaps College Senate
From staff and wire reports
James Michael Bell of Luling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marlon D. Bell, has been elected to the 2010-11 Student Body Association Senate at Millsaps College.
Tex mex-stuffed peppers
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Waters-Oliver engagement
From staff and wire reports
Mr. and Mrs. John Waters of Luling are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Ashley Waters, to Paul Glenn Oliver Jr., son of Mrs. Anna Oliver and the late Paul Glenn Oliver of Destrehan.
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Workshop: Plan the future for loved ones with disabilities, special needs
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Parish Schools and LASIG2 will host an event on Jan. 25 for those who have loved ones with disabilities or special needs.
Daughters of Zion help inmates’ children
From staff and wire reports
The Alpha Daughters of Zion were able to spread holiday cheer to children of the female inmates at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.
St. Charles Happy Homemakers volunteer for family, community
From staff and wire reports
The Happy Homemakers have been volunteering for many years at Albert Cammon Elementary School in St. Rose.


Nellie Toups Dufrene, 72, a native of Thibodaux and resident of Des Allemands, was entrusted into God’s loving care on Dec. 26, 2010 at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
Joyce Champagne Gendron, 84, passed away on Dec. 25, 2010 in Vacherie.
Lonnie “Kingpin” Granier Sr., 51, of Bayou Vista passed away on Dec. 24, 2010. He was a native of Kraemer.
Jerry L. Kelly, 58, passed away on Dec. 17, 2010 at the Woodland Village in New Orleans. He was a truck driver, pipefitter and welder. He was employed for 10 years with DeRouche and Son.