Volume 138 Number 7 - Feb 17, 2011


Auto burglaries on rise, lock doors sheriff urges
For years, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne has urged residents to lock their vehicle doors to prevent burglaries, but the crimes are still one of the most common in the area.

Customers triple after Arc relocates to Hwy. 90
Ramanda Williams, manager of the Cajun Village re-sale store in Boutte, loads clothing onto one of the store’s many racks. Since moving to their new location, Arc Executive Director Victoria Bryant said the number of customers to the store has tripled and When the Arc of St. Charles relocated its Cajun Village re-sale store to Highway 90 in Boutte, they expected an increase in sales and donations.

Donations pour in to help brain-damaged toddler
Donations pour in to help brain-damaged toddler Two-year-old Emerson Dean, who nearly drowned in her family’s pool, will be heading to a high-tech treatment center in Los Angeles after receiving enough money from a “blogction” and getting help from a New Orleans businessman.

Industry taxes pay majority of schools’ bill
Pays 80 percent of property, 65 percent of sales taxes
When compared to other schools across the state, it may seem like St. Charles Parish Public Schools collect much more in local tax revenue. But school officials say that such comparisons can be misleading because of state and federal funding levels and the large contribution of local industries.

Police: Intoxicated man lets young son drive him home
12-year-old crashed into a ditch, authorities say
A Des Allemands man, who police say was intoxicated, was arrested after allowing his 12-year-old son to drive him home, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

St. Pierre will not take veterans tax credit
Voters to decide if disabled veterans receive lower property taxes
In a letter sent to area newspapers, Parish President V.J. St. Pierre said he will not take advantage of a measure that would allow disabled veterans to double their homestead exemptions if the move is approved by parish voters.

Suspected scammers turn out to be real American Legion
What was believed to be a telephone scam targeting senior citizens has actually turned out to be phone solicitations by an actual American Legion Post in Belle Chase.

Talented kids prepare to wow audience at talent show
Blaine Ockerman, an HHS junior, will play acoustic guitar and sing For the second year, talented St. Charles Parish youth will come together and compete during the St. Charles Has Talent show.


Thousands of Florida-strain bass released in surrounding waters
Bruce McDonald
On a recent outing with Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Tim Ruth, I was able to observe the operation of releasing Florida-strain bass into waters surrounding Lake Cataouatche and the Salvador Management Area.
Don't miss out on Bassmaster Classic festivities
From staff and wire reports
The most prestigious fishing tournament in the world will be held out of Bayou Segnette State Park this weekend, and there are several ways that residents can get a piece of the action.
Big Buck contest returns to Sportsmen’s show
From staff and wire reports
“The Big Buck” contest is coming to the Louisiana Sportsmen's Show, with cash and prizes for the entrants with the highest-scoring deer in several categories.
East St. John hands Destrehan second district loss
Jonathan Menard
In District 6-5A, Destrehan has had little trouble picking up wins. But one team has stood in their way all season - the East St. John Wildcats.
Tigers beat Dutchtown, playoff hopes in jeopardy
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville boys basketball team's struggles continued in district with a 66-48 loss to Destrehan last week, but the Tigers were able to rebound to pick up a huge district win by defeating Dutchtown 58-54.


St. Pierre believes measure will help disabled veterans
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor, On April 30, St. Charles Parish voters will decide whether to allow disabled military veterans to double their homestead exemptions to $150,000.

Our View

Time is running out in saving our coast
Louisiana has had a lot interruptions in efforts to save its coast in recent years. There have been lots of hurricanes. And last but not least the BP oil spill.
Gulf Coast getting back to normal
After almost a year of oil spill activities, Louisiana is getting down to normalcy. Last year, few people were rigging out their boats and looking to the day when they could head into the Gulf or steer along the coast with rod and reel and bait in hand. They figured it was a lost cause then with oil being the spoiler.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Jason A. Zeringue, 46, of 300 6th St. in Norco, was arrested on Feb. 8 and charged with D.W.I. and reckless operation.
Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Gwendolyn H. Brown, 43, of 730 Vans Lane in New Sarpy, was arrested on March 3 and charged with aggravated battery.


New dietary guidelines urge less salt, more nutrient-rich food
LSU AgCenter News
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines, released in January by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, are the first to address an unhealthy public, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames.
Recipe: Dirty rice mini frittatas
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Pet 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.