Volume 138 Number 32 - Aug 11, 2011


Community reaches out to family after plant explosion
Warren and Sandra Smith, who have been a fixture at the West Bank German Coast Farmers’ Market for several years, have gotten letters and calls of support from patrons after an explosion destroyed their Smith Creamery plant. Empty booth set up at market to collect donations
For years, the smiling faces of Warren and Sandra Smith greeted visitors to the German Coast Farmers’ Market, who would come to get their hands on Smith Creamery’s whole, fat-free and chocolate milk, butter and Creole cream cheese.

Dance club out to cure teen boredom
A group of kids gather on the dance floor of HourGlass Teen Lounge on Friday night. The new Luling club caters to teens. Seeks high school bands, offers games, concessions
Tara Phillips was tired of hearing about how her eight children had nothing to do in St. Charles Parish, an area that lacks a mall, movie theater or bowling alley for teens to enjoy. So she decided to do something about it.

Decade of diversity is what makes chorus sing
Members of the River Parishes Community Chorus perform. Each month, music can be heard wafting out into the R.K. Smith Middle parking lot as a small group of parishioners comes together to share their love of singing. The 50-person ensemble lifts their voices in harmony and gives a sound to the River Parishes Community Chorus.

No major damage in library water leak
New branch shut for a day to contain underground leak
A water leak under the East Regional Library in Destrehan caused the closure of the building all day on Thursday but did not cause any major damage, according to Head Librarian Mary desBordes.

Sales Tax Holiday shows mixed results
Last weekend’s parishwide sales tax holiday had mixed results for area businesses.


Economically, nation is running on empty
Dan Juneau
I don’t know where I’m running now, I’m just running on Running on-running on empty Running on-running blind Running on-running into the sun But I’m running behind.

Sheriffs Reports

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


United Way offers new savings program for low-income families
From staff and wire reports
United Way of St. Charles is launching a new matched savings program, called CASH - Creating Assets, Savings and Hope, for low-income residents of St. Charles Parish.
Book Review: “Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”
Special to the Herald-Guide
Abraham Lincoln’s life and the lives of those who worked closely with him are explored in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s tome "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."
How to season a cast iron skillet
LSU AgCenter News
Remove all packaging and adhesives from a new unseasoned cast iron skillet. Some modern cast iron cookware is preseasoned at the factory, but it won’t hurt to season it again. Make sure all paper and pricing stickers are completely removed.
Prune roses now for fall blooms
LSU AgCenter News
By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Kyle Huffstickler and Allen Owings
Kindergarten preparation helps parents, children
LSU AgCenter News
As the first day of kindergarten approaches, many parents find themselves anxious about how their children will adjust. Parents of young children may be anxious about leaving their children in a new environment for the first time.
Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features


Alton C. "A.C./Chief" Duhe Sr.
Alton C. “A.C./Chief” Duhe Sr., 76, passed away peacefully at his home on Aug. 1, 2011.
Sylvia G. Switzer Habisreitinger
Sylvia G. Switzer Habisreitinger, 68, passed away on July 31, 2011 in Destrehan.