Volume 138 Number 50 - Dec 15, 2011


7 years later, schools could spend hundreds of thousands to replace track
In 2004, Hahnville High School installed a new track around the football field, but the track has deteriorated and can no longer be used for meets. Doesn’t have ‘leg to stand on’ in potential lawsuit
After only seven years of use, the track at Hahnville High School has deteriorated to the point of being useless for meets and the School Board has begun discussing plans to replace it.

Bald eagles making comeback in St. Charles
A bald eagle was photographed feeding in the grass on Willlowdale Boulevard on Thursday. Bald eagles have become a relatively common sight in St. Charles Parish and residents should expect to see more of them in the future, according to Amity Bass, the natural heritage manager of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Expect warmer winter, weather expert says
But don’t rule out periods of extreme cold
Frank Revitte, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) said that this winter is predicted to be slightly warmer on average than in recent years.

Firefighters battle blazes at hi-tech training center
This $1.2 million training center puts firefighters into real-life emergency situations and has a live burn building, a kitchen stove simulator and a moveable search rescue maze system. For years, firefighters in St. Charles Parish were forced to train at dead end streets or abandoned buildings, and while they were able to learn the basic skills of fighting fires, the important skills could only be learned on the job.

Man dies after driving off Des Allemands bridge
Speed, impairment not suspected in death
A 48-year-old Thibodaux man died after his vehicle crashed into the Des Allemands bridge rail, flipped over it and fell 28 feet to the ground below, according to Louisiana State Police.

School Board’s turn to redraw district lines
It is the School Board’s turn to redraw district lines in St. Charles – a process that should go smoothly, according to Kevin Belanger, chief executive officer for South Central Planning and Development Commission.


9 players selected to compete in all-star game
Jonathan Menard
The HTV/Lions Club Bayou versus River All-Star football showdown will be held this Friday on the campus of Nicholls State University.
Mimosa wins volleyball championship
From staff and wire reports
Tiger swimmers impress at state
From staff and wire reports
Hahnville High School’s Devin Candies placed 12th in state in the boys 50 yard freestyle, swimming it in 23.06 seconds.
Redfish hot after cold front
Bruce McDonald
If you’re looking for easy redfish action, head to Grand Isle along Highway 1.

Our View

Bill of Rights ensures our freedom
Sometimes we forget about how our great nation was formed and still stands relatively undisturbed in providing the freedoms we enjoy.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Larry Mitchell, 55, of 2226 Highway 52 in Boutte, was arrested on Dec. 3 and charged with possession of SCH II - Crack, expired MVI, renewal registration required and criminal sanctions for operations.


Destrehan man competed on Wheel of Fortune
Michelle Stuckey
Joe Gilberti, of Destrehan, played for the big bucks Thursday night on the Wheel of Fortune game show.
Cold season garden chores
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Recipe: Mirepoix chicken skillet
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of the North American Olive Oil Association
Monsanto funds kid camp, firefighter training
From staff and wire reports
When it comes to the safety of their community, the people of the Luling Volunteer Fire Department know that practice makes perfect. Before rescues can be attempted, firefighters must have the proper training and experience to best handle the situation.
Book Review: “A Model Summer”
Special to the Herald-Guide
Reviewed by Malerie Dempster
Environmental conditions influence citrus production
LSU AgCenter News
Although this was not a bumper year for oranges, it was certainly an excellent year for satsumas.
Love is in the air
From staff and wire reports
Joshua Veillon and Dwan Pitre Veillon were married on Oct. 29, 2011 in Pleasure Bend in Vacherie on Lake Des Allemands.
Henry ‘Buster’ Smith honored with award
From staff and wire reports
Receiving the Lifetime Achievement award in honor of the late Henry ‘Buster’ Smith are Senator Gary Smith and Glen Smith.
St. Charles Hospital celebrates Christmas
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Parish Hospital is proudly showcasing its Holiday Tree, decorated by pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Luling Elementary School.
‘Letters About Literature’ open for entries
From staff and wire reports
The Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana, in partnership with the Louisiana Writing Project, announces that entries for Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest for students, are now being accepted by the The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Christmas wrap
From staff and wire reports
Middle school students at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan participated in global outreach ministry programs throughout the year.
SCB announces Student of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Katie Cannon and Chochy Lousteau have been named Students of the Year at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan.
Reading time
From staff and wire reports
Mimosa Park Elementary School 1st grade students Madelyn Cooper and Ellie Burns are reading stories and retelling them to practice comprehension.
Tree of survivors
From staff and wire reports
Jr. Beta Club members at R.K. Smith Middle School created ornaments for the Christmas tree at Celebration in the Oaks.


Kentreon "Dees" Wells, 16, departed this life on Nov. 22, 2011 as a result of a long battle with heart disease. He was a sophomore at Hahnville High School in Boutte. Kentreon was baptized at an early age and attended Moses Baptist Church in Bridge City. He was the son of Sheree Wells and Kent Henderson, and brother of Kentrell "Tugga" Wells of Avondale. He was the grandson of maternal grandparents, Patricia Wells and Noah Wells of Boutte, and his late paternal grandparents, Jessie Mae and Joseph Henderson of Avondale. He is also survived by several loving aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Lester "Nicky Boo" Millet, 68, of LaPlace, passed away on Dec. 9, 2011 at Oschner Medical Center in Jefferson. He was a Pipefitter in the construction industry who was a native of New Orleans and lifelong resident LaPlace.
Francisco Medina Jr., 81, passed away on Dec. 10, 2011 at St. Charles Parish Hospital. He was a retired from the St. Charles Parish Recreation Department.
Sandra "Sandy" Falgoust, 57, passed away on Dec. 4, 2011. She was a native of Springfield, Ill. and resident of Luling. She is survived by her husband, Keith Falgoust, parents, Joe and Lila Jeannice, daughters, Ashley Fontenot and Casey Woods, brother, Chuck Vanhus, sisters, Linda Bass, Sarah Fontenot, Shree Coker and Jeri Lynn Vanhus, and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Vanhus.
Rinnie Roy Robicheaux, age 63, born in New Iberia, LA on November 12th, 1948, entered his eternal reward on Friday, December 9, 2011at 10:12 p.m. in the presence of the love of his life, Molly Duplantis Robicheaux. He grew up in Franklin, LA, served his country in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973 and was employed by Union Carbide Corp. from 1973-2003.