Volume 138 Number 44 - Nov 03, 2011


Community center ground breaking set for next month
The St. Charles Parish community center will have a gym, commercial kitchen, public meeting space and office space for at least three parish departments. The building will also be used as a staging area for assisted evacuations. Lowest bid $500,000 over budget, but parish will move forward
Even though the lowest bid for a new community center in Luling came in $500,000 higher than the estimated cost, St. Charles Parish will move forward with the project.

Despite increased fine, street signs still disappearing
Despite the fact that the St. Charles Parish Council recently increased the maximum fine for the vandalism of parish property, street signs continue to disappear in Luling and Destrehan.

Destrehan man gets 7 years for vehicular homicide
A 36-year-old Destrehan man was sentenced to seven years in jail, with four years suspended, after crashing into and killing a Raceland man that was standing near his truck on the side of I-310 on New Year’s Day.

Hands on with heritage
Hands on with heritage Students got a first-hand look at Civil War-era weapons during the Destrehan Plantation Heritage Days, which were held last week.

St. Rose’s Valentine named Principal of Year
Superintendent Rodney Lafon presents St. Rose Principal Merlyna Valentine with the 2011 Principal of the Year Award. Valentine was chosen by her peers for the honor. She continues to be an example for her colleagues even though she has overcome huge obsta Lost both hands, feet to sepsis
St. Rose Elementary can officially boast the best principal in the parish this year.


Wildcat defense must win war in trenches to slow down Tiger run game
Jonathan Menard
After last week’s 18-14 loss to Bonnabel, you can’t blame the Destrehan football team if they believe that the fates have been aligned against them.
Players of the week
From staff and wire reports


Democrats have major say in Republican elections
Dan Juneau
The recent state elections gave a little more clarity to political trends in Louisiana. It is disappointing that only 35 percent of the registered voters in the state exercised their right to select their leaders in government, but that 35 percent is a good sample to help analyze the political landscape in the Bayou State as it currently exists.
Letters to the Editor
Meet my soul friends
Lilla Marie Lottinger
I would like to share with you about some souls who have become very special friends of mine. This may sound funny, or even crazy to some, but it is very real to me,and I’m convinced of the truth of it.

Sheriffs Reports

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


Book Review: “The Gallic War”
Special to the Herald-Guide
Reviewed by Michael White
Alpha Daughters seek donations for Safe House
From staff and wire reports
The Alpha Daughters of Zion’s Safe House is in need of donations such as money, towels, queen size beddings, paper plates, utensils, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other household essentials.
New child development program at United Way
From staff and wire reports
As part of United Way of St. Charles’ Success By 6 program’s mission to ensure children are prepared for school by the time they enter 1st grade, United Way is providing a "Child Development Associate (CDA)" Training Program for area childcare center providers.


W. F. George Jr.
W.F. George, Jr., 75, a native of Lufkin, Texas and resident of Hahnville passed away on Oct. 16, 2011 at his home.
Allen F. Dugas Sr.
Allen F. Dugas Sr., 84, entered into heaven on Oct. 17, 2011, at his home with his loving family at his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Jules V. "Buck/Big Daddy" Creel
Jules V. ‘Buck/Big Daddy’ Creel passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2011.
Ruby Hayes
Ruby Hayes, 75, departed this life on Oct. 17, 2011 in Destrehan.
Jacqueline Ann Jennings
Jacqueline Ann Jennings, 68, passed away on Oct. 18, 2011 at East Jefferson Hospital.
James "Jimbo" Randal Jr.
James "Jimbo" Randal Jr., 42, passed away on Oct. 22, 2011 at his residence.
Iris Estay Moreau
Iris Estay Moreau, 72, passed away on Oct. 28, 2011 in Luling.
Robert "Bobby" Friloux
Robert "Bobby" Friloux, 72, passed away on Oct. 26, 2011.
James "Pee Wee" Wilson
James "Pee Wee" Wilson, 70, passed away on Oct. 20, 2011 at River Region Hospice in River Ridge.
Mildred Hymel Madere
Mildred Hymel Madere Selman, 92, passed away on Oct. 23, 2011.
Robert Raymond Haydel
Robert Raymond Haydel, born, 89, a native of Destrehan, passed away on Oct. 25, 2011 at Ormond Nursing and Care Center in Destrehan.
Jerry Joseph White Sr.
Jerry Joseph White Sr., 66, passed away on Oct. 27, 2011 at the Carpenter House in Baton Rouge.
Gloria Mae Olivier Hotard
Gloria Mae Olivier Hotard, 87, of Overland Park, Kan. passed away on Oct. 24, 2011 at her home.
Murphy Paul Trahan
Murphy Paul Trahan, 85, passed away on Oct. 31, 2011 at his residence.