Volume 139 Number 19 - May 10, 2012

News

Council asks state to prevent U-turns on portion of U.S. 90
The St. Charles Parish Council is urging the state to install "No U-Turn" signs along Highway 90 in Luling between Barton Avenue and Coronado Drive.

Herald-Guide wins coveted Best News Coverage award
For its extensive coverage of local news, the St. Charles Herald-Guide received the Best News Coverage award by the Louisiana Press Association on Saturday.

Planning commish did not violate ethics law, judges say
The state’s Ethics Adjudicatory Board has ruled that a member of the St. Charles Parish Planning and Zoning Commission and his wife did not violate ethics law when they applied for and received a zoning change for property they own on Highway 90 in Luling.

R.K. Smith teacher charged with molesting student
Troy Quinn Schools conducting internal investigation into charges
An R.K. Smith Middle School teacher has been arrested and charged with molesting a student.

Senator withdraws support for airboat law after complaints
State Sen. Gary Smith is asking the House to withdraw a bill he introduced in the legislature that would have allowed St. Charles Parish to restrict local airboat travel.

Sightings of rare brown widow spiders on the rise across state
Reports of deadly brown widow spiders are coming in from across the state and the arachnids are likely in the area, St. Charles Parish County Agent Renč Schmit said.

Teachers voice concern with state education changes
A room full of St. Charles Parish Public Schools teachers and school administrators waited in the Professional Learning Center in Luling last Wednesday. The crowd had been notified upon arrival that State Superintendent John White was delayed by a lightning storm battering Interstate 10 east of Baton Rouge. The room buzzed with conversation as the wait continued. The local educators were anticipating a talk from White on sweeping changes to the state’s education system that were signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Warm winter triggers termites to swarm earlier than usual
Termite swarms have become more noticeable across the parish, but County Agent Renč Schmit said that doesn’t mean there are more termites than usual. While warm winter weather caused termites to swarm earlier than usual, residents shouldn’t worry that home infestations will increase drastically this summer, according to St. Charles Parish County Agent Renč Schmit.


Sports

Luling racer speeds past field for first national win
Jonathan Menard
Luling’s Val Harmon cemented himself as one of the top racers in the NHRA circuit after winning his first national competition.
Cataouatche always good stop before a fish fry
Bruce McDonald
My brother, C.P. "Bruh" McDonald and I decided to try and fish Lake Cataouatche last week. Usually, a fisherman can go out and catch bass, bream, sac-a-lait and catfish without any problems, but we only managed to catch a bunch of catfish.
Destrehan season comes to end with extra-innings loss to Lafayette
Jonathan Menard
It took two days, but sixth-seeded Lafayette High School knocked off Destrehan 3-2 last week in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Lady Tigers host soccer camp for boys, girls
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville Lady Tigers soccer team and coaching staff will host a four-day camp to provide instruction in fundamental individual skills, team tactics and strategies.
Hahnville, Destrehan tennis players compete in state tournament
Jonathan Menard
Stephanie Hebert, a senior at Hahnville High School, was one of 24 girls and Connor Jones, a junior at Destrehan High School, was one of 23 boys in the state to play in the Class 5A State Tennis Tournament held at the University of Louisiana Monroe by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Hebert beat Sean Hughes of Dutchtown in the first round before falling to Domincan’s Haley Tucker in the round of 16. Jones fell to Lafayette High School’s James McLemore in the first round.
HHS, DHS domianate All-District softball teams
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville and Destrehan dominated the District 8-5A All-District teams in 2012. Though District 8-5A consisted of Hahnville, Destrehan, Bonnabel, East St. John, John Ehret and Higgins, all 10 starters for the district-champion Lady Tigers landed on the first team. Hahnville head coach Kenneth Vial was also named coach of the year after leading the Lady Tigers to a 10-0 mark in district. Destrehan finished with four starters on the first team and five starters on the second team. All-District players are selected by the league’s coaches.

Our View

Port of South Louisiana future looks great
There could be an expanded future in store for the Port of South Louisiana in the River Parishes.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests
From staff and wire reports
•Troy W. Quinn, 41, was arrested on May 7 and charged with molestation of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile.



Lifestyles

Boutte Printer Receives Top Performance Award for Printing Companies . . . Again!
Kyle Barnett
Kevin and Debbie Hebert of St. Charles Printing Company, Inc., Boutte, received the Superior Performance in Print Shop Management award for 2011 from CPrint International, at the organization’s biannual conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Scholarship available for local college students
Kyle Barnett
College students who have graduated from either Destrehan High School or Hahnville High School may be eligible to apply for the Ethel Schoeffner Scholarship. You are eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria:
Hurst Teachers Honored as Holocaust Educators of the Year
Kyle Barnett
Recently three teachers at Harry Hurst were honored as being the Educators of the Year during the Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony.

Obituaries

Merritt
Warren Franklin Merritt Jr., affectionately known as Skeeter by friends and family, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the age of 84.