Volume 139 Number 16 - Apr 19, 2012


2 arrested in St. Rose attempted murder
Police still searching for third suspect
Two St. Rose men who allegedly shot a 25-year-old acquaintance several times last Sunday have been arrested, but authorities are asking for help tracking down a third man they say is involved in the crime.

751 vote early on $60 million bond issue for schools, hospital
On Saturday St. Charles Parish residents will decide whether the school system and the hospital will be able to borrow a combined $60 million.

Board spends $500,000 to replace HHS track
Current track lasted only 7 years
The St. Charles Parish School Board voted unanimously last week to replace the track at Hahnville High School at a cost of nearly $500,000.

Driver dies after head-on collision on Hwy. 3127
A woman from the Dominican Republic was killed last Tuesday when her vehicle ran into oncoming traffic on LA 3127 in St. Charles Parish.

Record number of teams Relay for Life
Relay for Life officially gets underway at 3 p.m. on Saturday and the event is free and open to the public. More than 350 people have already signed up for the event and organizers hope to raise $100,000 this year. Fun, games include ugliest bridesmaid’s dress, manly
More than 350 people have already signed up to walk around the clock in the battle against cancer during the 14th Annual Relay for Life in St. Charles Parish.

Scorpion found in Bayou Gauche
Bug expert says arachnid likely hitchhiked into parish
When residents in Bayou Gauche find a strange or unusual insect, they bring it to the home of Gordon Matherne, the town’s resident bug hunter. While Matherne has seen several unique specimens over the years, he experienced a first last week when someone brought him a scorpion.

St. Pierre touts drainage improvements at Chamber parish presidents' forum
During the recent River Region Chamber of Commerce Parish Presidents’ Forum, V.J. St. Pierre touted several projects recently completed by the parish in 2011.


Lady Tigers cruise past Ehret, 16-0, in first round
Jonathan Menard
The third-seeded Hahnville Lady Tigers needed only four innings to cruise to a 16-0 win over John Ehret in the first round of the state playoffs.
Bass attack rattle trap in Grosse Point
Bruce McDonald
After getting a tip that bass in Grosse Point were hitting the half ounce blue/chrome rattle trap and the watermelon/red baby brush hog, my son and I headed out.
Hahnville scores six in fourth inning to knock off Destrehan
Jonathan Menard
Led by senior slugger Mike Ford, the Hahnville Tigers scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning for a huge come-from-behind, 9-6, victory over rival Destrehan on Saturday.
Lady Wildcats’ season comes to end with 1-0 loss
Jonathan Menard
The Lady Wildcats gave No. 10 Live Oak everything they had, but in the end it wasn’t enough as they lost 1-0 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
Ford signs with LSU-S
Jonathan Menard
HHS Senior Michael Ford has signed with Louisiana State University-Shreveport for a baseball scholarship. He is the son of Michael and Celeste Ford of Luling. Ford is shown above with his parents and HHS baseball coach Kade Rogers.
8-year-old Destrehan boy catches biggest redfish at First Choice tournament
Jonathan Menard
Colton W. Stowe, 8, of Destrehan, caught a huge redfish at a sponsored event put on by First Choice auto auctions. Stowe outfished around 30 others and caught the biggest fish of the tournament. The redfish was 29 1/2 inches and was caught with a dead shrimp under cork in LaFete. Stowe won some money for his big catch and also received a hat signed by all of the guides at Griffin Charters.

Our View

School, hospital bond election
St. Charles is a fortunate parish. We have one of the finest public school systems in the state, if not the best, and a hospital that offers modern medical services convenient to our residents.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Kevin Burch, 32, of 14554 Kohnke Hill Road in Hammon, was arrested on April 9 and charged with D.W.I., reckless operation, expired MVI and possession of marijuana.


Picking out a mower that is right for you
Kyle Barnett
Every year throughout the country the sun starts coming up a little earlier and the temperature rises. Springtime is setting in and the lawn needs to be cared for. The bushes are out of control, the flowers are sick and the front yard is beginning to resemble an alligator farm more than a place for your kids to play. What to do?
Mimosa Park Elementary celebrates young readers
Kyle Barnett
Congratulations to Mimosa Park Elementary March’s Captain’s Crew members. These students earned their sailor hats by reading the longest in the Library’s Monthly Reading Program.
Mimosa Park Elementary Reading Recovery Camp
Kyle Barnett
Students from Mimosa Park Elementary recently took part in Camp Reading Recovery, a celebration of 20 years of the program in St. Charles Parish.
You’ve got to read this!
Kyle Barnett
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
First Presbyterian Church Support Alpha Daughters of Zion
Kyle Barnett
The First Presbyterian Church has offered their support to the Alpha Daughters of Zion Organization.
Luling twins to attend LSU veterinary school
Kyle Barnett
Mallory and Maegan Watson attended Louisiana Tech University majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine.
Senior birthday club
From staff and wire reports
River Parishes Hospital recently held a birthday celebration for its Senior Friends Members and Volunteers celebrating a birthday in January, February and March. Each member was invited to bring a guest to enjoy lunch, birthday cake and games for prizes. All birthday guests received a birthday card and a complimentary meal ticket to dine at the River Parishes Hospital cafeteria. Becoming a member of the Senior Friends Birthday Club is just one of the benefits of becoming a member of the Senior Friends Program. Members receive discounts in the cafeteria and gift shop, a complimentary meal each day for a guest in the event the member is hospitalized, discounts at local merchants in the River Parishes area, monthly activities and day trips and a monthly discount in the Fit At 50 Exercise Program. Members also receive an array of national discounts through the National Association of Senior Friends.