Volume 138 Number 42 - Oct 20, 2011


2011: Gamblers lose $10 million to machines
$29.7 million spent on video gaming in St. Charles
Despite the state of the economy, residents in St. Charles Parish are still spending plenty of money on video gaming with $29.7 million going into the roughly 324 machines in the area in a 12-month period, according to statistics from the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division.

38 on waiting list for 60-room Ashton Manor
Ashton Manor is scheduled to be completed in September 2012. Assisted living center breaks ground in Ashton Plantation
Officials finally broke ground on an assisted living center that has been in the works for several years. The center, which will be called Ashton Manor, will be built in Luling’s Ashton Plantation on six acres of land owned by St. Charles Parish Hospital.

Concrete blocks on Hwy. 90 cause 2-car accident
Witness says blocks fell out of trailer, driver fled
Authorities are searching for the driver of a white pickup truck who allegedly caused a two-car accident after concrete blocks fell out of his trailer on Oct. 5, according to Louisiana State Police.

Controversial therapy gives cancer-stricken grandpa hope
Jack Spurlock plays with his great-grandson, Henry. Spurlock was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer but has prolonged his life with a controversial therapy. In January, Jack Spurlock was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and was told he would live for only a few short months. His family felt helpless and he could only sit at home, waiting to die.

Final piece of West Bank bike path will go out for bids
Paved path from Davis Drive to Jefferson Parish
Due to the outpour of support from residents in Ama, the state Department of Transportation and Development will soon go out for bids on a 3.29 mile bike path that will extend from Davis Drive in Luling through Ama to the Jefferson Parish line.

Parish voting locations
1-1 Killona Fire Station 216 Adams St., Killona

Rocket show will light up sky on Sunday
Cadets with the Civil Air Patrol will shoot off homemade rockets on Sunday in the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Public invited to watch event at spillway
Rockets will be launching hundreds of feet into the air over the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Sunday. Cadets with the Civil Air Patrol, the volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, will set off rockets that they built themselves.


Hahnville must corral another talented QB in Higgins’ Jackson
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville must put last week’s heartbreaking loss to East St. John behind them if they hope to knock off Higgins this Friday and stay in the race for a district championship.
Destrehan needs to score early, often to defeat high-powered ESJ
Eric LeBlanc
It was an eerily familiar situation that the Destrehan Wildcats found themselves in on Friday against the John Ehret Patriots.
Lady Cats remain perfect in district with sweep of Hahnville
From staff and wire reports
The Destrehan Lady Cats kept their perfect district record in tact by knocking off rival Hahnville 3-0 in volleyball.
Mimosa swim team names high-point season winners
From staff and wire reports
Mimosa Swim and Racquet Club honored the many swimmers that helped the team place second in their division meet as well as come out runner up in the city championship.
Players of the Week
From staff and wire reports

Our View

Early voting spikes interest in election
Voters in Louisiana and St. Charles Parish will decide Saturday who runs their governments for the next four years. Campaigns for the different offices have been active, to say the least, and of different calibers.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Rebecca Polkey, 23, of 406 Falcon Drive in LaPlace, was arrested on Oct. 12 and charged with possession of Soma.


Bark at the Park seeking donations
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter and Humane Society are currently taking donations for Bark at the Bridge Park. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park.
Plant broccoli, cauliflower now
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Recipe: Cranberry orange bread
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
The stork has arrived!
From staff and wire reports
Book Review: "Just Kids"
Special to the Herald-Guide
Reviewed by Kate Prendergast
Schoeffner Scholarship now taking applications
From staff and wire reports
College students who have graduated from either Destrehan High School or Hahnville High School may be eligible to apply for the Ethel Schoeffner Scholarship.
Hahnville High students act in mock crash
From staff and wire reports
On Oct. 12, students from Hahnville High School participated in "Consequences of Impact," a mock crash involving impaired driving, at ITT Technical College in St. Rose.
Azaleas are popular for multi-season blooms
LSU AgCenter News
By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Kyle Huffstickler and Allen Owings
Four Generations
From staff and wire reports
The Troxler family in Taft is celebrating the 4th generation addition to their family.
HHS leaders team up
From staff and wire reports
Anna Busalachi, Emily Bell and Lydia Chiasson recently attended the Louisiana site of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. The three Hahnville High students joined more than 100 other young leaders from high schools throughout the state.


Geraldine B. Tregre, 82, entered into enteral rest on Oct. 10, 2011. She was a native of Hahnville. She was the beloved wife of the late Percy J. Tregre Sr. for 62 years, loving mother of Glenn Tregre (wife Gina), Wade Tregre (companion Donna), Kent Tregre, Jill Tregre Tassin (husband Bryant), Chris Tregre (wife Pati), Tammy Tregre Sassin (husband James), Percy Tregre Jr. (companion Lori), Sara Tregre Richmond (husband C.J.) and Gerald Tregre (wife Carol); daughter of the late Wilson Brady and Nellie Troxler, sister of Josepha Hymel, the late Wilson Brady and the late Hazel Deroche; devoted grandmother of Brock Tregre, Drenda, Kent Michael and Maddie Tregre, Nicole Tassin Cedotal, Kristy Tassin Austin, Rebecca Medina, Michael and Brandy Tregre, Brandon, Ryan and Lindsay Sassin, Lee Tregre, Donna Tregre Breaux, Clinton and Rachel Richmond, Cory, Layne and Lakynn Tregre; great-grandmother of Dakota and Braxden Tregre, Lily Troxler, Alex and Claire Worth, Collin and Aidan Cedotal, Kirsten Tassin, Lucas Austin, Abigail Medina, Kaylyn and Peyton Sassin, Sean Jarzmekowski, and Kynlee Tregre.
Gary J. Doucet, 64, passed away on Oct. 14, 2011 at his residence. He was the beloved husband of Patsy Welch Doucet, father of Garrett John Doucet (wife Katheryn) and Patrick James Doucet (wife Lacey), grandfather of Kyle Patrick, Haley-Kate Angelle, Ava Claire and Cooper Paul Doucet, son of the late Ocean Doucet and Loretta Angelette Doucet, and brother of Eddie T. Doucet. He was a native of Golden Meadow and a resident of St. Charles Parish. Gary was a Knights of Columbus 4th Degree for 36 years, LIFA member for 20 years, usher, Eucharistic Minister, Lecturer and Religious Educator at Holy Family, St. Gertrude and St. John Catholic Churches, and member of the Hahnville Lions Club for 11 years.
Ethel DeJean Hayes, 91, passed away on Oct. 6, 2011 in Destrehan. She was the beloved wife of the late Wilbur "Chuck" Hayes, mother of R.J. Prevost (wife Carol), H.J. Prevost III (wife Beth) and Sandra Ellis (husband Jimmy), stepmother of Neddy Sumners, daughter of the late George DeJean Sr. and Virginia Duhe DeJean, sister of the late Harry, Roy, Melvin, George Jr., Dudley Sr., Percy Sr. and Elwood DeJean Sr., Shirley Knott and Gloria Haydel; grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of seven. She was preceded in death by one grandchild. She was a native of Lutcher and resident of Des Allemands, and a Pink Lady for St. Charles Hospital.
Craig B. Parker, 60, entered into eternal rest on Oct. 9, 2011. He was the beloved husband of 20 years to Leslea Tapia-Parker, father of Chadwick Parker (wife Jasmine), Alexander Parker and Courtney Parker, and grandfather of Jaedyn Parker and Ethan Parker. He was a native of New Orleans and a resident of Destrehan for the past 13 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marines and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Mary "Ellie" Hotard Holmes, 92, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2011. She was a lifelong resident of Norco and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also was a well respected business owner of River Parishes Oil Company in Norco with her late husband E. L. "Whitey" Holmes for over 50 years. She is the daughter of the late Agnes Brady and W. P. "Fatty" Hotard, mother of Richard J. Holmes, Leonard J. Holmes, John Coley Holmes, Will H. Holmes, Roger C. Holmes and Matthew J. Holmes; and sister of Dorothy Hotard Burks and Warren Hotard. She was preceded in death by sons, Ernest L. Holmes Jr. and Ernest "Putch" Holmes, sister, Ruth Hotard, brothers, Francis Hotard and Richard Dickie Hotard. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lessie Mae Gibson, 87, passed away on Oct. 15, 2011 at St. Anne General Hospital in Raceland. She is survived by her son, Layton Ladd, two daughters, Lessie Wheeler and Phillis Iverson, four sisters, Chatherine Robinson, Yalonde Harris, Velma Hunt and Delma Richard; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elton Jelks and Sabra Jelks, her husband, A.P. Gibson, brother, Charles Elton, and son, J. C. Ladd.