Volume 138 Number 16 - Apr 21, 2011


1 year after spill, dealers say seafood definitely safe to eat
On the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, local seafood companies are reporting strong sales and clean, healthy catches.

Des Allemands man dies after fall from barge
Johnathan Luna A Des Allemands man died on Monday after falling into the Mississippi River from a barge he was working on.

HHS student sparks attention after national welding victory
Andrew Zera recently traveled to a national welding competition in San Antonio and came home with $750, $400 of tools and a welding machine after finishing in first place. Luling resident Andrew Zera is getting national attention now that he placed first in the National Associated Builders and Contractors plate welding competition.

Investors purchase Willowdale Country Club
Pete Gilbert, the new president of Grand Ridge Golf Club. Plan to reopen June 1 as Grand Ridge Golf Club
A group of local investors purchased Willowdale Country Club and say they have cleaned it up financially and will give the parish icon a fresh start as Grand Ridge Golf Club.

Luling native plans 725-mile bike ride for tsunami victims
Chad Robin gears up for a bike trek that will take him across three states. He is raising money for tsunami victims. Having little biking experience won't keep him from adventure
When Luling’s Chad Robin was looking for a big adventure before beginning his summer internship, he settled on a 725-mile bike ride that would take him across three states - despite the fact that he is not an experienced cyclist.

Man arrested in undercover operation gets 25 years
A New Sarpy man who was arrested in an undercover drug operation was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week.

More than half of West Bank parks recently renovated
Renovated and state-of-the-art parks and paths are on the horizon for the West Bank of St. Charles Parish.

Teens face tough summer job market
The massive budget deficits that are crippling federal, state and local government agencies across the country are expected to have a negative impact on the employment prospects for teenagers this summer, according to a job research firm.


Tigers drop fourth straight with 9-5 loss to St. Amant
Jonathan Menard
The district woes continued for the Hahnville Tigers, who dropped to 5-7 in league play after falling to St. Amant, 9-5.
Destrehan’s win streak comes to an end in extra innings
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan came out on the losing end of a wild game with East Ascension on Tuesday, falling 11-10 in ten innings. The two teams combined for 21 runs, 28 hits, 16 walks and 12 strikeouts in the contest. Destrehan was in front for half of the game, taking a 6-1 lead into the fifth inning.
Six honored as Bonnet Carre Bassmasters
From staff and wire reports
The Bonnet Carre Bassmasters awarded plaques to its top six members for 2010.
Gymnast racks up awards at state meet
From staff and wire reports
Katie Kunkel, a Level 4 gymnast for Elmwood gymnastics and a student at Mimosa Park Elementary, recently competed in the Louisiana State Gymnastics Meet on April 3 in Baton Rouge.
Destrehan combine mirrors the NFL
Kristian Garic
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.

Our View

Easter brings us hope for a better world
Now that the traditional revelry of Carnival and the serious reflections of Lent have just about past, the hopeful season of Easter is upon us. It gives inspiration that the future can be what we make of it.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Travis S. Justice, 31, of 136 Dufresne Lane in Des Allemands, was arrested on April 11 and charged with cultivation of Marijuana, possession of SCH I CDS to wit Cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal use of a CDS in the presense of persons under the age of 17 (2 cts.).


Handle Easter eggs with care
LSU AgCenter News
Although dyed Easter eggs may look like decorations, they are a perishable food. Improper care of perishable foods can trigger foodborne illness, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames.
Recipe: Jelly bean Easter bark
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
LA First Lady visits MPE
From staff and wire reports
The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children is proud to announce the award of interactive technology to Mimosa Park Elementary School.
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Ryan T. Mahler and Tiffany M. Landry
Black grasshoppers will emerge soon
LSU AgCenter News
Rene' G. Schmit LSU AgCenter County Agent, St. Charles Parish
Relay for Life
From staff and wire reports
Hundreds of parishioners came out to walk around the West Bank Bridge Park track and raise money to fight cancer during the annual Relay for Life. Thirty-one teams competed this year to raise a total of $24,000.
St. Charles Society
From staff and wire reports
Sheriff Greg Champagne’s first Spring Cochon de Lait was a success on Sunday afternoon, April 17.
Basketry now open at new location
From staff and wire reports
The Basketry, a popular shop in Luling, has relocated to a bigger and better building right on Highway 90.
Shape up before summer
From staff and wire reports
(Family Features)
Arc thanks Cammon Middle for successful bead drive
From staff and wire reports
The Albert Cammon Student Council and students supported the Arc of St. Charles in a bead drive for the donation of Mardi Gras beads and trinkets. With the students participation, the Arc is able continue the "Go Green" jobs for people with intellectual disabilities.
HHS Science Olympiad goes to regional competition
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville High School Science Olympiad team competed at the Region I competition on March 26th.
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.
Get it growing
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist


Janice Rodney Jones, 59, passed away on April 6, 2011 at her home in Destrehan.
Anna DiFatta Bourgeois, 99, passed away on April 3, 2011 at Ormond Nursing and Care Center in Destrehan.