Volume 138 Number 26 - Jun 30, 2011


Biologists search spillway for ‘relic of dinosaur age’
Dr. Jack Killgore, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, holds a shovelnose sturgeon. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Corps have joined together to save sturgeon that floated into the spillway. Biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have spent the last two weeks scouring the receding water of the Bonnet Carre Spillway for an endangered species of fish that is considered to be a relic of the dinosaur era.

Boutte man charged with kidnapping woman, 3-year-old
A Boutte man has been charged with simple kidnapping after police say he grabbed a woman and her child and forced them into his car.

Construction underway on $200 million plant
Eight miles of pipeline will be built in St. Charles Parish to  deliver hydrogen from Air Products’ new plant to industry around the area. Construction on a $200 million hydrogen plant in Luling is underway and a pipeline, which will deliver the hydrogen throughout the area, is scheduled to begin construction in July.

Driver’s ed brings out worst in licensed drivers
With the summer months upon us, hundreds of teenage drivers will be hitting the road for the first time during driver's education courses.

Extravagant fireworks show to light up sky
Around 4,000 people are expected to take in the St. Charles Parish fireworks show, which begins at 9 p.m. on July 3. Before the fireworks begin, visitors to the West Bank Bridge Park can listen to music by Seabrook. The band starts at 6:30 p.m. For more than two decades, parish residents have made an annual trek to the West Bank Bridge Park during the Fourth of July weekend for an evening filled with music, food, fun, and most importantly, a fireworks show that lasts between 20 to 30 minutes.

Gator attacks Destrehan man fishing in spillway
Wildlife ‘moving around’ because of opening
A Destrehan man was attacked by a 4-foot alligator in the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Sunday, but he only suffered minor injuries.

Path cleared for Ashton assisted living center
Fifteen people have already put their names on a waiting list for a new Luling assisted living facility that will have 60 units. Facility should open in September ‘12
Construction will finally begin this September on an assisted living center that has been in the works for seven years.

Recent rains not enough to hatch mosquito eggs
Mosquito populations are not expected to increase due to recent small rains in St. Charles Parish.


HHS hosts first-ever girls’ soccer camp
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville Lady Tigers soccer team and coaching staff will host a three-day camp for girls in 3rd through 8th grade.
National kicking camp comes to DHS
From staff and wire reports
Destrehan High School will host a National Camp Series kicking and snapping camp on their football field on July 16.
Shoot hoops with HHS at basketball camp
From staff and wire reports
HAHNVILLE - The Hahnville High School basketball camp will run from July 11-15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the R.K. Smith Middle School gym.
Luling fisherman witnesses rare wildlife event in Lake Cataouatche
Bruce McDonald
Jon Winn, of Luling, decided to try his luck at catching a few bass in Lake Cataouatche, but while fishing in a canal between the Tank Ponds and the La Cypress Canal, he witnessed his own nature special.
Yankees win 8-year-old championship, 12-9
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish Yankees won the 2011 8-year-old boys baseball parish championship by a score of 12-9.
10-year-old All-Stars cruise to state title
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles 10-year-old All-Stars beat out 12 other teams to win the USSSA State Tournament, which was held in Slidell.
River Cat All-Stars take state tournament
From staff and wire reports
The 13-year-old River Cat All-Stars won the USSSA State Tournament, which was held in Slidell.
Flamethrowers win championship in thriller
From staff and wire reports
The Flamethrowers won the girls 11-12 parish championship by winning both the semifinal and final in dramatic fashion.

Our View

Is President playing politics with oil?
President Barack Obama’s order to take some 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve came at a very good time for his administration. It likely will reduce the price of gasoline at the pump just in time for election season.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Aaron Williams, 26, of 640 Judy Dhal Road in Woodville, Miss., was arrested on June 21 and charged with D.W.I. 2nd offense, speeding, driver’s license suspended and resisting an officer.


Celebrate ‘National Blueberry Month’
LSU AgCenter News
Enjoying fresh Louisiana berries is a treat that many people look forward to each year.
‘Beecuz’ every girl matters
Michelle Stuckey
St. Charles residents Debra Rieder and Lisa Gibbs both remember how difficult their own “tween” years were. They also relived the experience with their daughters.
VIPs:Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Lee Oliver, a senior at Destrehan High School, was chosen as a COX Inspirational Hero.
HHS grad earns leadership award
From staff and wire reports
Lauren Hayley Smith, a recent Hahnville High School graduate, received the NASSP/Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) where she was honored with a $1000 scholarship.
BCA field trip day
From staff and wire reports
Kids attending the Boutte Christian Academy this summer have been busy on field trips to City Park’s Storyland, Zephyrs baseball games and more.
Destrehan woman honored by local Girl Scouts
From staff and wire reports
A garden party theme set the stage for Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s annual Adult Recognitions event held in New Orleans’ City Park on May 21, honoring the dedication and commitment of its adult volunteers, as well as the contributions made by religious leaders and school principals.
St. Charles Catholic band highlighted
From staff and wire reports
Coach Frank Monica introduced the band “7th Day” to the students and faculty of St. Charles Catholic High School.
Recipe: Independence Cake
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Ballpark beauties
From staff and wire reports
The Ballpark Beauties is an annual event that allows Louisiana festival queens to be presented on the field during pre-game at a New Orleans Zephyrs home game.
Mother’s Day royalty
From staff and wire reports
In recognition of Mother’s Day, the River Parishes Hospital Senior Friends ladies enjoyed a Royal Mother’s Day Tea Party in May.
East Bank farmers’ market celebrates 8 years
From staff and wire reports
The German Coast Farmers’ Market recently celebrated its 8th anniversary at the East Bank location.


Lisa Faye Armstrong, 50, passed away on June 14, 2011 at Ochsner Medical Center of Jefferson.
Russell J. Valence Sr., 70, a native of Westwego and resident of Paradis, passed away on June 19, 2011.
Kenneth Bourgeois Sr., 58, passed away on June 19, 2011 in an accident in Boutte.