Volume 138 Number 30 - Jul 28, 2011

News

At least one more full bridge closing expected
Motorists can expect to see workers switch from the northbound to the southbound side of the Hale Boggs Bridge in mid to late August, according to the Department of Transportation and Development.

Expect mosquito numbers to explode in the next week
While the parish is still technically experiencing a drought, some residents may already be getting tired of the near-constant small rainfalls over the past two weeks.

Paradis Library has drawn thousands since opening
AJ Dellande is fascinated by Elmo after the Sesame Street character visited the West Regional Library in Luling. The library system has grown in the last few years by adding a large library in Destrehan and a new branch in Paradis. Residents of Des Allema For years, residents and library board members agreed that a new library branch was needed to serve the Des Allemands, Paradis and Bayou Gauche area.

Parish receives $6.8 million for West Bank levee
Hurricane protection for the West Bank of St. Charles Parish is getting ever closer to reality with the announcement of $6,751,717 in Statewide Flood Control Program funds going toward the project over a number of years.

Parish unemployment nearly doubles in 3 years
But area still boasts highest weekly wage in state
St. Charles Parish boasted the highest weekly wage in the state for the fourth quarter of 2010, but that number does not necessarily mean that the parish’s economy is prospering.

Pay NO taxes on Aug. 5, 6
David Stell, of Stell Furniture in Luling, moves a washing machine to his store window for the upcoming Sales Tax Holiday. Appliances and furniture are some of the top sellers during the tax holiday. On Aug. 5-6, St. Charles will be the only parish in the state that will suspend all sales taxes on most retail purchases.

Police identify body of Luling bridge jumper
Body of 23-year-old Metairie man recovered from river
St. Charles Parish authorities say that a body discovered floating in the Mississippi River is that of a man who jumped off of the Hale Boggs Bridge last Wednesday.

State makes changes to strict attendance policy
Students who are sick for less than three days no longer have to worry about whether their school will take a doctor’s note.


Sports

Future of tennis on display at West Bank park during carnival
By Jonathan Menard
College players, tennis instructors and high school coaches from around the area descended upon St. Charles Parish on Saturday for the first-ever tennis carnival.

Our View

West bank still lacks levee protection
While the East Bank of St. Charles has a completed hurricane protection levee, mostly along Airline Drive, the West Bank has a ways to go.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests
By Staff Report
•Kenneth Singleton, 19, of 2101 Fernando St. in Marrero, was arrested on July 18 and charged with possession of stolen property over $500.



Lifestyles

Hahnville poet wins national recognition
By Michelle Stuckey
Barry North worked as a refrigerator mechanic for the St. Charles Parish Schools for 28 years before he published his first poem in 2007.
Local Sergeant retires from Army
From staff and wire reports
First Sergeant Larry E. Thomas retired from the United States Army during a ceremony held on June 4, 2011.
Local host families needed for students
From staff and wire reports
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.
The stork has arrived
From staff and wire reports
Mason James Dufresne, Daz Ahmahd Gross, Jayden Michelle Hymel, Silas Edward Pourciau, Kaden Anthony Lynn Cusimano
St. Charles Hospital announces new CFO
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Parish Hospital recently announced the hiring of Peter Torsch as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Local library awarded $500 worth of books
From staff and wire reports
Poisoned Pen Press recently announced the winners of their 2011 library book giveaway.
Farmers’ Market announces best preserves in parish
From staff and wire reports
The German Coast Farmers’ Market recently held its annual LSU AgCenter Preserve Contest.
Book Review: “Boy Toy”
Special to the Herald-Guide
“Boy Toy” by Barry Lyga is a fiction novel describing the life of a high school senior boy whose world is far from ordinary.
Hi-Steppers dress Cajun-style for fundraiser
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville High School Hi-Steppers traded their black dancing boots for white shrimp boots during a recent photo shoot that had the dancers posing with nets, moss, fishing poles and even a Cajun wash board.
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Elysa Brady represented Joh’anna’s Jazz In Motion Dance Studio at Dance USA 2011 Nationals Dance Competition.
Esperanza, Pride of Barbados give tropical feel to lawns
LSU AgCenter News
By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Kyle Huffstickler and Allen Owings
Parish teachers complete summer internships
From staff and wire reports
Thirteen teachers and two counselors from St. Charles Parish Public Schools completed School-to-Career summer internships at several local industries in order to bring their experiences back into their classrooms.