Volume 138 Number 49 - Dec 08, 2011


Council approves $5.8 million EOC
A concept drawing of what the new Emergency Operations Center will look like when constructed. The St. Charles Parish Council approved a $5.8 million contract for a new Emergency Operations Center that will be built across the street from the parish courthouse.

Family of murdered woman hosts tree lighting
Hope event raises awareness of domestic violence
The family of a woman who was tragically gunned down by an ex-boyfriend is hoping that a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 9 will go a long way towards raising awareness of domestic violence.

Former clerk employee pleads guilty to theft
A former employee in the St. Charles Parish Clerk of Court’s Office has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $600 and falsifying records while two other former office employees were arrested and booked with theft.

Map out parish crime with new Sheriff’s Office app
Cary Armand, the coordinator for Information Technology for the Sheriff’s Office, holds up a phone showing crime mapping software in action. This week the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office launched a new online program that allows residents to map out crime in the parish. Residents can also sign up for crime alerts based on violations that occur within a certain distance of their home, work or daycare.

Pastor forgives, accepts man accused of burning down church
Pastor Curtis Stacey points to a trailer that allegedly caught fire when two men tried to steal aluminum. The fire from the trailer jumped to River of Life Christian Fellowship Church and destroyed the building. Two months ago, the New Sarpy community was rocked by a fire that destroyed the River of Life Christian Fellowship Church. Authorities made two arrests in connection with the fire, which they believe started when the men used a torch to steal aluminum.

Road rage behind I-310 crash, police say
Road rage led to a two-vehicle accident on I-310 last Friday and caused one of the vehicles involved in the wreck to ram into the guardrail and flip over, according to Louisiana State Police.

Student-run store gears up for holidays
If students, parents or fans of the Hahnville Tigers want to have a purple and gold Christmas, they can step right in to the HHS Tiger Mart for a wide selection of spirit wear and accessories.


DHS lineman chooses UH
Mike Detillier
Two weeks ago Destrehan High School defensive tackle Marrick Charles decided that he would give his verbal commitment to attend the University of Houston. This weekend his teammate, defensive end Bryan Singleton, has also decided to verbally commit to the same school
Former St. Charles player named head coach at Tulane
Mike Detillier
Curtis Johnson, who attended St. Charles Catholic High School, is the new head coach of the Tulane Green Wave.
Simple rules to bag deer
Bruce McDonald
To be successful killing a deer, a hunter has to follow the simple rules of deer hunting.
Luling baseball standout chosen as All-American
From staff and wire reports
Austin Perrin, son of Tim and Lisa Perrin of Boutte, has been selected to the 2011 11U Travelball Select All-American Team.

Our View

Community center will be plus for parish
St. Charles Parish is getting ready to make headway in expanding its public facilities in the months ahead.


Winter lawn care means “relax”
LSU AgCenter News
By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Kyle Huffstickler and Allen Owings
Recipe: Spiced holiday sugar cookies
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Christmas tree farming a $700k business
LSU AgCenter News
With nearly 35 million Christmas trees sold in the United States every year, there still may be room for a few more growers, according to LSU AgCenter forestry specialist Don Reed.
R.K. Smith gets Monsanto grant
From staff and wire reports
R.K. Smith Middle School has received a Monsanto Fund grant for $15,000. The school is proud to have Monsanto as its Adopt-A-School partner since 1987.
Book review: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”
Special to the Herald-Guide
Reviewed by Seth Champagne
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Michael P. Hernandez graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
HHS receives Exxon grant
From staff and wire reports
Thanks to the efforts of Champion’s Exxon No. 50 at 14130 Highway 90 in Boutte, Hahnville High School has been awarded a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant.
Know the score before puchasing “daily deals”
LSU AgCenter News
Frugal shoppers looking to snag a bargain can spend a lot of time browsing daily deal sites on the internet.
Winter edition of “Horticulture Hints”
LSU AgCenter News
The "Horticulture Hints" newsletter is a service of the LSU AgCenter and provides pertinent information on appropriate seasonal care and maintenance for various landscape plantings including vegetable gardening and fruit culture.
Hopping to the library
From staff and wire reports
Rayne Sanchez (left) and Caden Borgeson (right) give Max a hug during their field trip to the St. Rose Branch Library.
Visiting Mother Goose
From staff and wire reports
Mother Goose, also known as Judy Rongey, visited St. Rose Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten class.
Learning with iPods
From staff and wire reports
Second grade students at Allemands Elementary School use iPod Touch devices to practice, review and test their skills in math, word study, history, science and problem solving.
Where do you live?
From staff and wire reports
Charlene Morgan’s 2nd grade students at Allemands Elementary recently learned about animals and their habitats.
Hands-on experience
From staff and wire reports
Shell representative Jolene Page presented real-life examples of simple machines to 3rd graders at Mimosa Park Elementary.
Get it growing
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist


Jason McCarter, 40, a resident of Albany, passed away on Nov. 25, 2011 at his residence.
Gary Louis Zeringue departed this life on Dec. 5, 2011 in Luling after a courageous battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Murphy Louis and Marian Champagne Zeringue, and his sister, Jeanne Hand. He was the beloved husband of Pamela Friloux Zeringue, brother and brother-in-law of Sylvia Gaubert (Jimmy), Gerald Zeringue (Susi), Angela Friloux (Kevin), Donnie Friloux (Laura) and Paulette Friloux; uncle of Stephanie Boudreaux (Garry), Maria Baudouin (Darrell), David Gaubert (Wanda), Jessica Messia de Pradia, Cayce Hotard (Kyle), Jarrod Friloux (Kim), Adrienne Luke (Brandon), Blake Friloux (Ashley), Gerard Zeringue (Jenna), Geremy Zeringue, Nicholas Friloux (Carmen), Amy Loupe (Taylor) and Kimberly Dunn; great-uncle of Lauren Haines (Adam), Andre’, Rene’, Ryan and Erin Baudouin, Sidney and Logan Hotard, Kevin Friloux, Zoe and Mia Luke, Ava Zeringue, Bailey Friloux, Nino Messia de Pradia, Nicole Friloux, T.J. and Mithcelle Loupe and Noah Thompson; and great-great-uncle of Addison and Avery Haines.
Dorothy "Dot" Durapau, 80, passed away on Dec. 4, 2011 at her home. She was a native of Hahnville and a resident of New Sarpy for the past 60 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Richard "Black" Durapau Sr., three daughters: Donna Benoit (Jerry), Debby Durapau (Issac New) and Lisa Durapau (Manuel Bautista); two sons, Richard "Rap" Durapau Jr. (Danelle) and Dennis Durapau Sr. (Sheila), brothers, Gerald Nicholas (Shirley) and Roy Nicholas (Norma), sister, Minnie Verdun (Jack), 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon Nicholas and Phelonise Friloux, siblings, Sidney Nicholas, Erna May Keller, Vivian Verdin and Earl Nicholas; granddaughter, Kassie Lynn Federer, and great-granddaughter, Samantha Kaye Benoit.