Volume 138 Number 41 - Oct 13, 2011


Council will talk about boat launch plans at meeting
The St. Charles Parish Council will discuss plans for two West Bank boat launches at a committee meeting on Tuesday just in time for budget hearings at the end of the month.

District ranks 12th in school performance
District and school performance scores were released last week and St. Charles ranked No. 12 out of 70 districts in the state.

Dow will restart $250 million project, hire hundreds of workers
Dow St. Charles will restart one of the company’s two Olefin units and hundreds of construction workers will be needed for the project. A Dow plant that was shut down in 2009 will be reopened by the end of 2012. The $250 million project will result in more than 50 permanent jobs and hundreds of construction jobs for the parish.

Industry takes top awards at cook-off
The Aldehyde Strippers, including Nick Quinn, Jeff Duhe, Jason Guerrero and Wayne Nicholas, won first place for their jambalaya. The team was made up of employees from Dow St. Charles Operations. Even though the competition was stiff, with 103 teams showing up to cook jambalaya or gumbo, industry representatives won top honors in three of the four events at the 10th annual Battle for the Paddle last week.

Investigators not sure what caused Boutte blaze
This Boutte home, which belonged to the family of LSU running back Alfred Blue, burned down on Sept. 27. Home belonged to family of LSU running back Alfred Blue
Investigators with the Luling Volunteer Fire Department have been unable to identify the cause of a Boutte fire that destroyed the family home of LSU sophomore running back Alfred Blue.

Rathborne says Luling levee permit unlawful
Rathborne Land Co. L.L.C. and Willowridge Estates L.L.C. have filed a petition against the federal government because they say a permit issued to St. Charles Parish for construction of the West Bank hurricane protection levee is unlawful.

Security camera helps police nab burglary ring
Residents who have video surveillance asked for help
Surveillance equipment can be a powerful tool in law enforcement’s fight against crime.

Tempers flare at School Board over $2.1 million employee payment
Tempers flared last Wednesday at a St. Charles Parish School Board meeting in which the board approved a one-time payment of $1,000 to all full-time employees and $500 to all part-time employees. The payment will go out in the Nov. 20 payroll checks and will cost the district $2.1 million.


Tigers can enter driver’s seat of district race with win
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin said his Tigers have a chance to put themselves in the driver’s seat for the District 8-5A championship if they can pull out a win over East St. John on Friday.
Wildcats need consistency against winless John Ehret
Eric LeBlanc
If anyone left the Destrehan-Higgins game at halftime on Friday, they missed a thrilling Wildcat comeback from being down 12-0 to forcing overtime.
Players of the week
From staff and wire reports
Fishermen pull in limit of sac-a-lait in Salvador
Bruce McDonald
Bull reds are patrolling the passes along the coast, speckled trout are over inland oyster reefs, bass are schooling in local lakes and sac-a-lait are in a fall pre-spawn frenzy.

Our View

Rigs to reefs money should benefit fisheries
Fishermen always relish the sight of an oil rig when they head offshore to make their catch in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Michael A. Ryan, 55, of 11862 Sheraton Drive in Baton Rouge, was arrested on Oct. 3 and charged with D.W.I., reckless operation, operating under suspension, simple obstruction of highway and open container.


2011 HHS Homecoming Court
From staff and wire reports
KING: Peter Ashton Church of Luling is the son of Ellen Church and Dean Church Jr. After graduation, Peter plans to attend Louisiana State University to major in pre-law. QUEEN: Arianna Monique Bastian of Luling is the daughter of Cheryl Bastian and Lowell Bastian. She is a member of S.A.D.D. and serves as an athletic trainer for the football team and basketball team. She was awarded cum laude. After graduation, Arianna plans to attend Southeastern University to major in physical therapy.
Recipe: Ice cream sundae fudge
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Book review: “The Terror”
Special to the Herald-Guide
Reviewed by Jacob Jones
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Sherman Jones, John Paul Talman, HHS All-State Choir members and David Angeles
Lacassin-Starnes Engagement
From staff and wire reports
Jeanette Turner Lacassin of Baton Rouge proudly announces the engagement of her daughter, Ashley Lauren to Travis E. Starnes, son of Eugene and Patsy Starnes of Norco and grandson of Ruby and Homer Cooper of New Sarpy.


Marlin Gene Wandling, 88, passed away on Sept. 29, 2011. He was a native of Litchfield, Ill. and resided in Luling for the past 45 years. He was the beloved husband of 64 years to Jean Marie Cooper Wandling, father of Nelda Christine Brescher (husband Edmond II) of Ponchatoula, Patricia Lyn Picard (husband Michael) of Luling, Aleta Marie Harmon (husband Mark) of Luling and the late Val Cooper Wandling; brother of Madalyn “Lyn” Stacey (husband Tom), grandfather of nine; great-grandfather of 10, and uncle of Cindy Stacey Carriere and Nancy Stacey.
SGM Charles J. Bordes, AUS retired, 84, passed away at his home on Sept. 25, 2011. He was born in Destrehan and lived in Jefferson Parish. He was the son of the late Marie Rushing Bordes and Albert A. Bordes, beloved husband of the late Alice Bayly Bordes, father of Sandra B. Dart (husband John), Roger J. Bordes (wife Cindy) and the late Gary C. Bordes; brother of Elizabeth B. Mueller, Gloria B.Trosclair, Alton W. Bordes and the late John H. Bordes; grandfather of Kenneth C., Lauren E. and Brad J. Bordes, Andrew J. Dart and Donald and Joseph Lavigne.
Charles “Sonny” Edward Bell, Jr., 76, a superintendent with Monsanto for 30 years and Silgan Corp for 4 years, passed away Oct. 5, 2011.
Irby H. Gaubert Sr., 77, passed away Oct. 7, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Annabelle Vicknair Gaubert and by first marriage of the late Aline Lorio Gaubert, father of Donnie Gaubert (fiancé Crystal Clement), Irby Gaubert Jr., Karen Gaubert (fiancé Eric Cresse) and the late Randall Gaubert (Dawn); stepfather of Patricia Oubre Schexnayder (Danny) and Carolyn Oubre Davis (Glenn), grandfather of Darren, Derrick, Eddie and Ricky Gaubert; step-grandfather of Ashlynn Schexnayder, Jack Cali III, Scott Rome and Kevin Delaune; brother of Leah Cantrelle, and son of the late Ambrose and Leah Gaubert.
Joan Elizabeth DuRocher, 79, passed away on Sept. 30, 2011 at the Vermilion Health Care Center in Abbeville. She was a native of New Orleans who lived in Norco since 1938 and was a retired supervisor with Shell Oil Company.
Johnny Cullins, 55, a native of Luling and resident of Des Allemands, passed away on Oct. 6, 2011. He was the father of Michael L. Cullins, Melissa Cortez (husband Alex) and Jonnilin Danford (husband Joshua); grandfather of Dixie, Justin, Maci, Brittain, Dane, Alex, Julian and the late Kristian; also survived by three great-grandchildren. He was the son of Jean Bourgeois and the late Loyce Cullins, stepson of Mandry Bourgeois Sr., brother of Judith Comardelle (husband Vernon) and Margaret Davis (husband Phillip).