Volume 138 Number 47 - Nov 24, 2011


$81,000 raised for Boutte family who lost home in fire
Approximately $81,000 in donations has been raised to help LSU running back Alfred Blue and his family after a fire destroyed their home in September, according to LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette.

Community bands together to feed 200 for Thanksgiving
Four community organizations have come together to make sure that nearly 200 parish residents will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional holiday meal.

Marino elected Clerk of Court
St. Charles will have a new clerk of court next year after run-off elections were held last weekend.

New emergency room will open early next year
A new emergency department at St. Charles Parish Hospital should be usable by early March of next year if construction continues as planned.


HHS Players of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Ernest Thompson and Jerqwinick Sandolph
DHS Players of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Kevin Smith and Dereck Robinson
Mean Machines win championship after perfect season
From staff and wire reports
The Mean Machines 10 and under soccer team won the St. Charles Parish Soccer Championship 5 - 2 on Nov. 12.
Ama racer takes top BMX spot
From staff and wire reports
Gretna BMX Raceway held it’s Louisiana State Championship Race last month and Ama resident Billy Ray Brady III, who has only been racing since July, took home first place in the 11-year-old Novice class.
Lady Comets finish 2nd
From staff and wire reports
With a 8-2 record, the varsity volleyball team at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan was named the runner-up for the River Parishes Catholic League.

Our View

Giving thanks
Despite the complaints we hear from people every day, there are many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Bryant Hunter, 40, of 713 Kinler St. in Luling, was arrested on Nov. 14 and charged with burglary of a moveable.


DHS student to perform in Macy’s parade
From staff and wire reports
Jeffrey Mitchell, flutist and Destrehan High School senior, has been selected to perform with the Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Keep Fluffy safe during holiday travels
From staff and wire reports
Will you be traveling with a furry friend this holiday season? Follow these tips to keep your pets safe and your trip carefree.
Don’t fret about fried turkey
LSU AgCenter News
Fried turkey is not as unhealthful as it sounds – if you don’t eat the skin of the bird, according LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. In fact, experts recommend not eating the skin no matter how a turkey is prepared.


Roy L. "Shine" Madere, 82, passed away on Nov. 15, 2011 at his residence in New Sarpy. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and the owner of Roy Service Center in New Sarpy for over 35 years.
Willietta Bennett Evans Sampson Gilles entered eternal rest on Nov. 13, 2011. She was a retired St. Charles Parish teacher. Willetta leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Marcel Gilles, daughter, Ivy Evans Ivey, son-in-law, Terry Ivey, adopted son, Perry Breaux, adopted daughter, Varlencia Sumlin, and grandchildren: Gary Jr., Brandon and Jessica Sampson, Arrianne Bowie, and Johnny Henry. She also leaves, her devoted niece, Ingrid Adams, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander Bennett III and Gladys Rousseau Bennett, her grandson, Demond Sampson, and her beloved sister, Marion Joseph.
Bessie S. Carter, 83, passed away on Nov. 14, 2011 at Luling Living Center in Luling. She was the daughter of the late Louise Dorsey and Solomon Sumler, mother of Sylvia Johnson, and sister of Edwina Marsh, Louise Rogers, Alfred and Alvin Sumler, Lawerence Gibson, the late Mary Sumler, Martha Harris, Solomon Sumler Jr. and Isaac Sumler. She is also survived by two grandsons, one great-granddaughter and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was a native of Des Allemands and resident of Luling.
Henry Joseph Robertson, 83, departed this earthly life on Nov. 9, 2011, at Marrero Healthcare Center in Marrero. He was born in St. Rose and a native of Shrewsbury. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie J. Robertson Sr. and Florine Nelson Robertson, one brother, Willie J. Robertson Jr., two sisters, Margaret Johnson and Olivia Robertson, and one brother-in-law, Hensey Johnson. He is survived by one sister-in-law, Hedda T. Robertson, three nieces: Phillis R. Magee, Patricia A. Robertson, and Hedda R. Frank; and three nephews: Julius Robertson and Darryl Robertson of Phoenix, Ariz. and Kevin Robertson. Henry is also survived by seven great-nieces, four great-great- nieces, 10 great-great-nephews, and one great-great-great-niece.