Volume 138 Number 20 - May 19, 2011

News

1 foreclosure a day filed in St. Charles
Affect neighboring homes by lowering property values
From May 2010 to April 2011, almost 450 foreclosures were filed in St. Charles Parish, which equates to more than one foreclosure a day.

Long-awaited library opens doors in Paradis
Bryleigh Dufrene, 5, reads a book on Tuesday in the new Paradis Library. The library opened its doors on Monday and contains a children’s activity room, a small study room and a large meeting room. The library will host several fun activities for both tee Climbing wall, magician set to visit
Residents in Paradis, Des Allemands and Bayou Gauche finally got the chance to walk into their own library on Monday when a new 6,200-square-foot branch opened on the corner of Audubon and Fonda streets.

Nearly half of termite samples are from most aggressive species
Majority of samples come from St. Rose
‘Tis the season of termites, as swarms of the destructive insects are being spotted flying together near street lamps throughout the parish. And nearly half of the termite samples that are being collected are of the most aggressive species - Formosan.

Residents clash with parish over Sunset Drainage District
About 50 parishioners butted heads with parish officials on Tuesday night during a town hall meeting about possibly disbanding the board of the Sunset Drainage District.

Teen drowns in Des Allemands
Pulled under by current, yelled for help before disappearing
A 14-year-old boy drowned on Sunday while swimming with friends in Lac Des Allemands, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

View, comment on new land use plan online
After two years of information gathering and analysis, a complete draft of St. Charles Parish's new comprehensive land use plan will be made available for public viewing and comment.


Sports

Competition for open spots bringing out best in Tigers
By Jonathan Menard
There will be plenty of new faces on the football field for Hahnville next season, as the Tigers lost several key starters due to graduation. But because so many positions are open, head coach Lou Valdin says the intense competition has made for a good spring.
Destrehan’s upcoming seniors take ownership of football team
By Jonathan Menard
Watching the Destrehan football team practice this spring, it's easy to see a difference between this squad and the one that struggled to a 3-7 record last year. While last year it was the coaches alone who provided encouragement, this year the seniors have stepped in to help with that role.
Crushers finish first at classic
From staff and wire reports
The LA Crushers 10U team won first place in the 11th Annual Crush Classic held at Coquille Sports Complex in Covington on May14-15. The team went undefeated for the weekend and defeated the LA Lightning to win the championship.
All-Star team places second in international tournament
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish 13-14 boys All-Star basketball team finished as International runners-up.

Editorial

Good, bad legislation when it comes to education
By Dan Juneau
Most of the buzz surrounding the current legislative session has revolved around the projected $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget.

Our View

Income tax repeal would make life easier
Bills have been introduced into the state legislature to eliminate the state income tax, which may be a good idea but not for the next couple of years. We are already at deficit status and doing it right away would make it difficult to keep the state in business.

Sheriffs Reports

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



Lifestyles

Lemonade stand raised money for tornado victims
From staff and wire reports
May 7 was Lemonade Day in South Louisiana, a program that encouraged children to setup a lemonade stand to learn the basic principles of business.
Recipe: Lemon raspberry pie
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Jazz In Motion brings home platinum award
From staff and wire reports
Hahnville student awarded for work ethic
From staff and wire reports
Congratulations to Hahnville High School senior Cyle Berkesch, who received a gift certificate provided by Frank Sibley with RJ Marchand located in Metairie.
DAR recognizes DHS missionary
From staff and wire reports
The Vieux Carre Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the Good Citizenship Award to Jonathan Snyder, a DHS senior, for displaying the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism.
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Army Spec. Kenyata K. Coleman has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., as an Honor Graduate and received a Letter of Commendation.
It's a girl!
From staff and wire reports
Olivia Brooke Grasperge was born on April 12, 2011 at 5:47 p.m. to proud parents Britton and Brooke Fahrig Grasperge and proud big brother, Talon, of Baton Rouge.

Obituaries

Betty Jo McBroom Falgout
Betty Jo McBroom Falgout, 74, a native of Des Allemands and resident of Raceland, passed away on May 12, 2011.
Theresa "Tee" Robichaux Sampey
Theresa “Tee” Robichaux Sampey, 93, passed away on May 12, 2011.
Deborah Schexnaydre Weber
Deborah Schexnaydre Weber, 51, passed away at her residence on May 12, 2011.
Santana Marshall
Santana Marshall, 25, passed away on May 9, 2011 at her grandmother's home in Des Allemands.