Volume 139 Number 32 - Aug 09, 2012


85 families ordered to court to answer for school absences
Penalites for missing too much school have included jail time, community service
Judges with the St. Charles Parish 29th Judicial Court are being proactive when it comes to school absences, ordering 85 families to court to sign an agreement ensuring the students will attend school every day they are able.

Cat Clearance: half off at shelter due to overcrowding
Kittens swarm a cage at the new St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter. There are currently 130 cats at the shelter and the animal shelter is trying to find them homes by putting them up for adoption for half off. More surviving now due to new shelter
It’s almost impossible to step into any room in the new St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter without either running into a small kitten or hearing the felines call out from behind their cages. Though the building is much bigger than the previous shelter, the 130 cats and kittens housed there are becoming a burden.

Copper theft big problem
Thieves even break into Sheriff’s Office radio tower
Sheriff Greg Champagne has stepped up his office’s efforts in recent weeks to combat copper theft in St. Charles Parish.

HHS’ Baudot top high school teacher
Hanhville High School teacher Amanda Baudot has been named the 2013 Louisiana High School Teacher of the Year.

Infamous rape, murder case may get another look
Victor "Bruce" Perritt was convicted in 1983 for the 1981 rape, torture and murder of Barbara Jo Brown, an 11-year-old Luling girl.

Schools consider reducing health, life insurance benefits for retirees
The St. Charles Parish School system announced their intention to reduce health and life insurance benefits for future employees hired after June 30, 2013.


Tank Ponds holding bass
Jonathan Menard
On two separate fishing trips - one to Lake Cataouatche and one to Lake Salvador, we managed to catch plenty of bass and redfish.
True Vine Baptist wins Christian Basketball Tournament
From staff and wire reports
True Vine Baptist Church beat Mt. Zion Baptist Church to claim the championship in the Christian Basketball Tournament, which was held at Hahnville. Mt. Airy Baptist Church finished in third place.
HHS’ American Legion squad advances to regional
Jonathan Menard
Hahnville-based Otto Candies fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the semifinals of the American Legion state tournament to not only clinch a berth in the championship game, but also punch their ticket to the Mid-South Regional.
American Legion Baseball Mid-South Regional Tournament Schedule
From staff and wire reports
Stadium – Kirsch Rooney Stadium Host – New Orleans, LA Local Chairman – Sidney Parfait August 9-13

Our View

Olympics help to unite the world
It’s a positive note that a world with so many differences can take time out to enjoy friendly competition in an orderly manner. The Olympics have kept us together in many ways and hopefully can continue to do so through an endless future.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Sue S. Coons, 50, of 86 Carriage Lane in Destrehan, was arrested on July 31 and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of pharmaceutical drugs, suspended driver’s license and no vehicle license.


Destrehan grad represents parish at minority educators conference
From staff and wire reports
Mya LaGrange, a recent graduate of Destrehan High School, represented the St. Charles Parish School district as a panelist at the 22nd Annual Leadership Conference for Minority Administrators in Bay St. Louis, Miss. on June 14.
New Rotary Board named
From staff and wire reports
Board Photo: Back Row L-R: (BOARD OFFICERS) Tanya Colee, Past-President, Gail Kelley-Webb, Vice President, Shelly Schonekas, President, Brian Champagne, Secretary, John Harmon, Treasurer, Shirley Madere, Sergeant at Arms Front Row L-R: (BOARD DIRECTORS) Anne Moyer, Club Administration, Rochelle Touchard, Public Relations, Fen Swann, Service Projects, Mike Tate, Foundation (Not Pictured: Bob Monti/Jeanine Granier, Membership)
St. Charles grads receive river region scholarships
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Parish students Leah Trusty and Sean Robert have both received River Parishes Education Foundation Awards Scholarship.
United Way increases funding for St. Charles Parish
From staff and wire reports
United Way of St. Charles Board of Directors approved $1,400,208 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year to fund programs and services of its partner agencies in St. Charles Parish. This represents a $95,000 increase over last year’s allocation.
Fireman recognized for 30 years of service
From staff and wire reports
Luling VFD recently recognized Buddy Weems for 30 years of service with the department. Weems (center) receiving his award from Deputy Chief Andrew Metrejean (left) and Chief Craig Petit (right)
You’ve got to read this!
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
Vicknair’s celebrate Golden wedding anniversary
From staff and wire reports
Robert and Janice Vicknair celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month.
Book Review: Last Days of Last Island
From staff and wire reports
The non-fiction novel Last Days of Last Island was a very informative account of the 1856 hurricane.
54th Annual St. Charles Beauty Pageant
Kyle Barnett
A couple of St. Charles girls were able to make their dreams come true last weekend when they were named Miss St. Charles Festival and Miss Teen St. Charles Festival.


Ronald Joseph "Cowboy" Benoit, 69, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:03 p.m. in Luling.
Kade Michael Davis, 2, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. as the result of an accident. He was the son of Lindsey Elizabeth VonAspern and Andrew Michael Davis, grandson of Victoria "Vicky" Necaise-Kinler, step-grandson of Kelly Michael Kinler, grandson of Gary Michael VonAspern, grandson of Loren and Missy Shubert. Great Grandson of Robert Julian Necaise, Sr., and the late Joan Necaise Strong, nephew of the late Robert Necaise, Jr., great-great-grandson of the late Ernest and Rena Strong.