Volume 139 Number 18 - May 03, 2012


2,000-pound sandbags used to stem high tide in Luling
LULING – Public Works crews since Thursday have been busy filling, delivering and placing 2,000-pound sandbags in at least 11 low spots along the ring ditch that surrounds Willowridge subdivision.

Assisted living facility will offer 100 activities each month
Will have beauty shop, home theater
Ashton Manor, a 60-apartment assisted living and memory care community opening in September, will offer individualized services and activities in a comfortable, home-like setting, according to Luling native David Schonberg of D.C. Schonberg and Associates.

Bill pits local hunters against airboat operators
Senate Bill 648 would allow the parish to regulate equipment, permit fees and speed limits for airboats. One resident says the airboats scare wildlife off of his hunting lease. Airboat operators say they have a license to run in public waterways and that Legislation that would give St. Charles Parish authority over airboats operating on local waterways is pending in the House after passing the Senate in a 39-0 vote a few weeks ago.

Despite rain, more than $90,000 raised during relay
Relay Princess Caryn Tucker and Prince Adrian Garcia toss out beads at the West Bank Bridge Park during Relay For Life. Despite rainy, cold conditions that shaved around five hours off of this year’s event, St. Charles Parish Relay for Life was able to raise $90,698, according to event chair Audrey Raziano.

More readers take advantage of library e-books
Electronic library growing every month
With the price of e-books on the rise, thousands of St. Charles Parish readers are turning to their local library for help.


Seniors come up big in Hahnville’s playoff win
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville seniors Mike Ford, Travis Faucheux and Cody Farrell did all they could to extend their high school baseball careers, leading the Tigers past Covington 10-7 in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Tuesday.
Scouting specks in Grand Isle
Bruce McDonald
Pete Cassagne and I recently took a trip to Grand Isle to scout specks, and if our trip was any indication, it’s going to be a great summer.
Lady Tigers fall to Sam Houston in heartbreaker
Jonathan Menard
The Lady Tigers came within six inches from winning their second-straight state championship when Alexandra Friloux was thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Outdoor journalism contest now accepting entries
Jonathan Menard
The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) is accepting entries for this year’s Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest sponsored by LOWA and the Louisiana Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) with support from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Our View

Sheriff gets help in fighting crime
Sheriff Greg Champagne is showing us a new way to fight crime - by getting local citizens to help.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Jassen P. Robert, 45, of 142 Robert St. in Ama was arrested on April 19 and charged with possession of schedule II drug oxicodone, disturbing the peace and obstructing public passages.


J.B. Martin’s Neighbors named teacher of year
Kyle Barnett
When meeting J.B. Martin Middle School teacher Stacy Neighbors it’s easy to see why in addition to being recognized as "teacher of the year" at the Louisiana Middle School Association’s Annual Conference in Baton Rouge last month, Neighbors is a past winner of the state "teacher of the year" award.
Hahnville senior receives scholarship
Kyle Barnett
Ms. Brandi Soigner was named the recipient of the 2012 Robert C. Menezes, Sr. Memorial Community Scholarship Tuesday night, April 24, at Hahnville High School’s awards ceremony.
LSU running back visits school before testing
Kyle Barnett
Alfred Blue recently came to R.K. Smith Middle School to speak to students in preparation for iLEAP and LEAP testing. Alfred attended both J.B. Martin Middle School and Hahnville High School here in St. Charles Parish. He currently attends Louisiana State University where he plays on the football team as a running back. Alfred is known for his positive attitude and good grades. He has spoken to students at both J.B. Martin and R.K. Smith about the importance of hard work, having a positive attitude and making the grade. The R.K. Smith family is thankful that Alfred took time out of his schedule to visit us. They wish him best of luck at LSU!
First Baptist Church of Luling holds banquet
Kyle Barnett
The deacons of the First Baptist Church of Luling hosted a banquet honoring the widows and widowers of the church. Sharon LeBlanc’s beautifully decorated banquet tables topped off the delicious lunch provided by Zydeco’s. Standing behind the honored guests are some of the deacons along with Pastor Gary Keene and Associated Pastor Dale Seal.


George Washington Bird, 92 of Luling, passed away on April 25, 2012, at the home his daughter in Matthews, N.C. after a brief illness.
Rosalie Caballero Naquin entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 16, 2012 at the age of 91.
Gloria Millet Vicknair peacefully passed away on April 15, 2012 while surrounded by her family.
Mary Lee Green Coleman passed away on Friday, April 20, 2012 at River Region Hospice in River Ridge at the age of 62.
Dennis William Walters, age 65, passed away peacefully Thursday, April, 19, 2012 at Slidell Memorial Hospital.
Herbert J. Breaux, Jr., 48, passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:50 a.m. in Jefferson.
Louise Brady Templet, age 76 of Norco, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012.