Volume 138 Number 15 - Apr 14, 2011


1 year after spill, families clamor for beach vacations
1 year after spill, families clamor for beach vacations Last year, some locals had to change their summer plans after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill soiled popular Gulf beaches in Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. Just one year later, beach authorities are now reporting the all-clear for summer visitors to return to the pristine coast.

Civic associations still waiting for justice after thefts
Former president charged with stealing thousands from each
Two East Bank civic organizations are still waiting for justice after they say Chris Kennedy stole thousands of dollars from them in 2010.

Construction begins on new middle school wings
An artistís rendering of what the new Harry Hurst wing will look like when completed. Construction on the new wing began last week. Construction has begun on the two wing expansions that will allow Harry Hurst and J.B. Martin middle schools to expand to include 6th grade.

Destrehan Plantation named stateís top attraction
Destrehan Planatation was awarded a 2010 Travel and Tourism Louey Award. Destrehan Plantation has been awarded a 2010 Travel and Tourism Industry Louey Award for Travel Attraction of the Year after completing several high-profile projects that set them apart from the competition.

SCB students collect $6,000 in memorial run
SCB students collect $6,000 in memorial run St. Charles Borromeo students in kindergarten through eighth grade recently participated in a Memorial Run/Walk for Jack Iko McGuire.

Tasty Norco food creations in 300 stores
A display case shows the plethora of sauces and other food items manufactured at Norcoís Edible Enterprises. The only business food incubator in the greater New Orleans area now has 23 tenants whose products are in more than 300 stores. Business is cooking at Edible Enterprises as the only food incubator in the greater New Orleans area enters its second year with 23 tenants whose food is now available in more than 300 stores across the Southeastern United States.


Abundance of recreational choices draws families to spillway
Bruce McDonald
For residents in St. Charles, St John and St. James parishes, the Bonnet Carre Spillway has been an excellent place for outdoor lovers to escape.
Lady Tigers wrap up district with huge win over East St. John
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville Lady Tigers exploded for 12 hits as they ripped East St. John 15-0 Tuesday.
Football combine coming to Destrehan
From staff and wire reports
Former East Carolina All-American lineman and NFL veteran Brian Rimpf will host the Big Show Combine, a football combine for prep football players, on April 23 at Destrehan High School.
Lady Cats drop finale to St. Amant
From staff and wire reports
Destrehanís struggles in district play continued on Tuesday as they suffered a 13-4 loss to St. Amant.
St. Charles Storm wins Strawberry Cup
From staff and wire reports
The U11 St. Charles Storm Girls Soccer team won the Strawberry Cup in Hammond.
Local player granted rare sixth-year of eligibility
Mike Detillier
It was widely thought that former Hahnville High School defensive end Kentrell Lockett would not be granted a sixth season of college football at Ole Miss. But last week the NCAA did indeed grant the All-SEC defensive end another season of college football.
SCB students take field for junior Saints camp
From staff and wire reports
Third through eighth grade students at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan recently enjoyed the New Orleans Saints Jr. Gatorade Training Camp during two separate sessions.


Kennedy seems to know what state needs
Allen Lottinger
St. Charles Rotary Club had an interesting speaker last week, one who could become governor of our state some day. John Kennedy is now state treasurer and has given his opinion of the financial situation in the state and how to fix it many times.
Budget chairman moves toward fiscal sanity
Dan Juneau
If you donít know much about Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee in Washington, you may want to Google him. You will be hearing a lot from him and about him in the years to come.

Sheriffs Reports

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


Time to fertilize LA lawns
Dan Gill
LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Surfing the web
From staff and wire reports
Austin Martin and Timothy Martin from Michelle Thomas' 2nd grade class at St. Rose Elementary are creating outlines on weather as they use technology in the library.
Running the town
From staff and wire reports
Norco Elementary 5th grade students went on a recent field trip to Biz Town at the University of New Orleans on Friday, April 1.
Field Day fun
From staff and wire reports
The students at Sacred Heart School in Norco enjoyed a Field Day Celebration on Friday, March 25.
Bookfair buddies
From staff and wire reports
Dylan Morales and Ja'Hari Allen search for a "Just Right Book" at the school book fair.
Womenís Club Teacup Auction a hit
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Women's Club recently hosted its annual TeaCup Auction at the Chateau Country Club.
Satellite team members dominate Animation Fest
From staff and wire reports
The 6th Annual Satellite Center Video and Animation Festival was a success on April 8.


Jerry John Billiot
Jerry John Billiot, 57, entered into eternal rest on March 28, 2011.
Lisa Varnado Pfaff Crosby
Lisa Varnado Pfaff Crosby, 32, passed away on March 31, 2011.
Johnny Wayne Harris
Johnny Wayne Harris passed away on March 29, 2011 with his loving family at his side.