Volume 139 Number 33 - Aug 16, 2012


Athletes may hide concussion symptoms in order to play
Schools institute memory tests to help diagnose concussions
Concussions are one of the most common injuries affecting football players. The Centers for Disease Control has put the number of concussions occurring in high school football players at around two million per year.

Board votes to lower school tax rates
The St. Charles Parish School Board voted to slightly decrease property tax millages on parish residents.

Foods created by entrepreneurs in Norco spread to 1,000 stores
Tenant companies at Edible Enterprises have manufactured almost 100,000 units of product and provided more than 1,200 hours of employment opportunities. Cooks are making waves at Norco’s Edible Enterprises, now in its third year of operation. More than 1,000 stores across the region are filled with food products manufactured at the self-service plant, which represents a 233 percent increase from last year, according to Gaye Sandoz, the marketing and production director.

Local publishing company inks deal with Louisiana Lottery
Louisiana Publishing CEO Tony Taylor and his wife, Louisiana Publishing Vice President Ann Taylor, show off the new Louisiana Sportsman scratch-off tickets. The Louisiana Sportsman game launched on July 30 with more than 1.2 million tickets for sale with In 2004, Louisiana Publishing in Boutte launched a unique fleur de lis logo that rocketed in popularity, with the decal covering the back windshields of thousands of vehicles and even the proud skin of outdoorsmen across the south. Now, that logo can be found on scratch-off lottery tickets.

Luling tax preparer pleads guilty to filing false returns
A Luling tax preparer accused of filing false tax returns for her clients and for herself pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday.

Luling woman runs into 4 cars while fleeing deputies
A Luling woman was arrested last week and charged with four counts of hit and run driving and a variety of other charges after she fled police.


Rep. Miller catches nice speck at Sulphur Mines
From staff and wire reports
State Representative Greg Miller finished just out of the prizes, but caught a nice 2-pound trout at the CCA Legislators Rodeo last weekend. Miller, from Norco, is in his first year representing the 56th District of Louisiana.
42 trout, crabs galore caught in Grand Isle without using boat
Bruce McDonald
With high winds and muddy water, it seemed like my fishing trip to Grand Isle would be a wash. But by the end of the trip I had caught 42 nice trout and plenty of crabs without having to step foot in a boat.
Hahnville squad beats Oklahoma, Mississippi in Mid-South Regional
Jonathan Menard
The Hahnville-based Otto Candies American Legion baseball team made a lasting impression in their first trip to the Mid-South Regional, beating state champions from Oklahoma and Mississippi to begin the tournament.

Our View

Mars trip another success in space
Cheers went up when NASA’s planet rover Curiosity made a successful landing on Mars last week. The eight-month interplanetary voyage is one of several successful trips to the red planet, which so far has been one of our main hopes of uncovering secrets of our universe.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Christopher Garner, 32, of 5061 LA 3127 in Killona, was arrrested on Aug. 9 and charged with aggravated battery.


Book Review: Up From the Cradel of Jazz
From staff and wire reports
Up from the Cradle of Jazz by Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose, and Tad Jones, is a chronicle of music and musicians from the 1940s to the late 2000’s.
You’ve got to read this!
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries.
LA firefighter of the year award goes to Destrehan man
Kyle Barnett
Destrehan resident Blake Estevez has been named state firefighter of the year by the American Legion.
Cupcake Wars Sisters
Kyle Barnett
The first thing that greets you on Wednesday mornings when entering Edible Enterprises in Norco is the sweet smell of baking cupcakes–the second…laughter. That’s because sisters Melissa Woods and Michele Burton-Otis are in the kitchen.


Evelyn Springer Hoyt left her friends on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 to join her husband Warren, parents and brothers and sister. Evelyn Loraine Springer was born in Grand Junction, Iowa July 7, 1921 the daughter of Lillian Lorenzen Springer and Harold Springer.
Amos Joseph Rodriguez, 81, died on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at St. Charles Parish Hospital. Amos received his Electrician’s license from Delgado in New Orleans. In his younger years, he was a champion boxer and excelled in track and shotput. He also enjoyed fishing and bowling. He was best known as "The Guitar Man" and the leader of his musical family band, which was his pride and joy.