Volume 139 Number 3 - Jan 19, 2012

News

Drug bust leads to arrest of suspected hit and run driver
A 29-year-old Boutte man who was wanted for aggravated battery, simple assault and a hit and run was arrested last week after authorities say they executed a search warrant at his home and found drugs and a loaded gun.

Fire at Waterford not responsible for power loss
An oil fire on the grounds of the Waterford 1 and 2 power plants was extinguished on Sunday, according to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center.

Parish street signs continue to disappear
Vandals continue to target street signs in St. Charles Parish, with five more signs reported stolen in Hahnville and Destrehan.

Portion of Willowdale Boulevard to close for six-week culvert project
Two culverts were replaced a year ago under Michael Drive in Bayou Gauche, which significantly improved drainage. Officials hope a similar project on Willowdale Boulevard will prevent flooding in surrounding neighborhoods. Starting Jan. 30, Willowdale Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Michael Drive and Cottage Drive for six weeks while improvements are made to a culvert, according to St. Charles Parish officials.

School Board members butt heads over travel expenses
During a Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, St. Charles School Board members butted heads regarding the district’s travel policy - or lack thereof.

Sheriff’s vessel will aid in body recovery
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office unveiled the latest tool in the department’s arsenal in maritime security and safety – a 27-foot boat that can be used for search and rescue in the mighty Mississippi.

State will not prosecute man in alleged rape
The state will not pursue charges against a Hahnville man who was accused of raping a woman after offering her a ride home more than two years ago, according to court documents.

Test for first responders is the bomb
Emergency officials and responders from St. Charles, St. John and St. James parishes came together on Thursday, Jan. 12 to test their skills in disarming bombs.


Sports

2012 lousy so far for Louisiana football fans
By Mike Detillier
The 2011 NFL season for the New Orleans Saints was memorable with a 13-3 win/loss mark and so was the 13-0 regular season finish by the LSU Tigers, but I have to say that the start of the 2012 year was lousy for football fans across our area.
Learn about HHS cheerleading, mascot tryouts at meeting
From staff and wire reports
There will be an informational meeting about cheerleader and mascot tryouts for the 2012-2013 school year on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium.
Hi-Stepper tryout meeting held Feb. 7
From staff and wire reports
There will be an informational meeting about Hi-Stepper tryouts for the 2012-2013 school year on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium.
Lady Tigers cruise past East St. John, 6-0
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville High School girls’ soccer team remained perfect in district play last week by beating East St. John 6-0.
LSU pitchers visit J.B. Martin
From staff and wire reports
Louisiana State University Baseball Pitchers Kurt McCune, a graduate of Destrehan High School, and Aaron Nola, a graduate of Catholic High School Baton Rouge, visited J. B. Martin Middle School to give a motivational talk to students about the importance of hard work in the classroom.
Registration opens for youth baseball, softball
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Department will open registration for 2012 spring baseball and softball registration and Challenger tee-ball program Jan. 19.

Our View

Coastal restoration plan is welcomed
At last, a master plan for the restoration of Louisiana’s coast has been planned and is available for public review. It shows what the coast should be like in 2061 if the restoration is accomplished.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests
From staff and wire reports
• Keith M. Sudkamp, 26, of 323 W. Hoover Drive in New Sarpy, was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with possession of a legend drug and possession of SCH I.



Lifestyles

Quick tips to take better photographs
From staff and wire reports
It used to be that the art of picture taking was something only hobbyists and professionals worried about, but today most cell phones and smartphones have built-in cameras that border on the quality of the top cameras of only a few years ago.
Consider planting spring-flowering trees this year
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Time to plant hedges
LSU AgCenter News
By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Alpha Mu Omega helps homeless
From staff and wire reports
Members of Alpha Mu Omega sisterhood at Hahnville High School recently helped serve the homeless at the Ozanam Inn Shelter in New Orleans. Serving the homeless at the shelter is an annual event for this organization.
Loupe-Hymel engagement
From staff and wire reports
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Michael Loupe are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Valerie Anne Loupe, to Dr. Brad James Hymel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Joseph Hymel, formerly of Luling.
Recipe: Almond crusted pumpkin fritters
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features