Volume 139 Number 39 - Sep 27, 2012


$1.2 billion Valero project will be complete this year
Construction on a $1.25 billion hydrocracker at Valero’s St. Charles refinery in Norco will be completed by the end of the year, according to an earnings statement released by the company.

•Michael J. Roussel Jr., 30, of 199 E. 12th St. in Hahnville, was arrested on Aug. 31 and charged with possession of Hydrocodone, improper turn signal, expired tag and open container.

Get your groove on at ALLIGATOR FEST
Get your groove on at ALLIGATOR FEST Topcats, Category 6 take stage
More than 30,000 people are expected to descend upon Luling for the Rotary Club’s 33rd annual Alligator Festival to browse crafts from more than 30 vendors, listen to a wide variety of music and chow down on famous south Louisiana delicacies.

Man gets 3 years in jail after fatal Norco crash
Was over legal limit, driving wrong way, police say
A Kenner man who police say was over the legal limit for alcohol will serve three years in jail after pleading no contest to a Norco vehicular homicide.

Parish’s Homeland Security director resigns
Scott Whelchel Will take over a similar position at Dow
Following a major undertaking in preparing the parish for Hurricane Isaac and dealing with recovery in its aftermath, Scott Whelchel, the director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Charles, is resigning.

Police searching for man seen taking pictures of children at Norco school
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a man who was seen taking photos of children at Norco Elementary during recess last week.

School voucher program has little effect on parish
School voucher program has little effect on parish Only 27 students receive tuition for private schools
A total of 27 students from St. Charles Parish have received tuition for private schools under the Louisiana Scholarship Program (LSP).

St. Mark Church offers holy hour every night thoughout October
Father Antone of St. Mark Church in Ama is holding a nightly holy hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m. throughout the month of October. Jesus is exposed in the Eucharist and the faithful gather with Mary, the Mother of God, to pray, love and adore Him.


Wildcats try for second upset in as many weeks
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan picked up a signature win last week by knocking off a ranked West Jefferson squad, but they will need to put together a similar blueprint if they hope to get by Dutchtown on Friday.
Hahnville’s Reynaud sets record in Titan’s win
Mike Detillier
It was quite a break out performance for former Hahnville High School standout running back Darius Reynaud this past Sunday. In the Tennessee Titans 44-41 victory over the Detroit Lions in overtime, Reynaud made two crucial plays on special teams to lift his team to an upset win.


Battle for the Senate taking shape
Dan Juneau
With less than two months to go before the Nov. 6 election, the focus of the media is on the presidential race. Power in Washington is perceived to reside in the White House and understandably so. However, power on the Potomac also splits between President Obama and a divided Congress.

Our View

New Gulf leases should help save coast
It’s good news for St. Charles Parish and all of Louisiana that some 38 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico will be auctioned off for oil and gas production in March. It should help keep one of the basic elements of our economy in place.


Local printer receives national honor for sales growth
From staff and wire reports
Kevin and Debbie Hebert, of St. Charles Printing Company, Inc. in Boutte, have been honored for their company’s sales growth by CPrint International during the bi-annual board meeting in Nashville, Tenn. CPrint awards printers who have demonstrated a significant sales growth over the past year.
Second grader receives summer reading medal
From staff and wire reports
Second grader, Alyssa Licciardi, receives her medal from librarian, Natalie Tzerefos, at Mimosa Park Elementary's Back to School Bash. Alyssa earned her medal by spending 1,000 minutes reading books this summer.
You’ve got to read this!
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries
Birth: Zafirau
From staff and wire reports
Eleanor Catherine Stohlman Zafirau was born Aug. 27, 2012 at 12:43 p.m., amidst hurricane evacuations and hospital lockdowns – a likely foreshadowing for a life full of adventure! She weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.
St. Rose Elementary September teamwork winners
From staff and wire reports
St. Rose Elementary School honors three faculty and staff members each month for going above and beyond to help all succeed. The theme for this year at St. Rose is “Soaring to New Heights.” The winners are given our “Blue Angels” Teamwork Award because of their teamwork and school spirit.
This week’s Humane Society showcase adoption pet “Sweetie”
From staff and wire reports
Sweetie is a three-month old tabby who is currently available for adoption. Humane Society officials say he loves to play and treasures toys.
HHS Student represents at statewide leadership conference
From staff and wire reports
Haley Morgan recently represented Hahnville High School at the Louisiana Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar.
Man owes life to co-workers, 911 operator after wasp sting
Kyle Barnett
Steve Gennaro knew he was in trouble.


She always exemplified style and grace.
Cletus Eldon Martin, 88, a native of Corbin, Ky. and resident of Luling passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Beloved husband of Minnie Pauline Martin for 66 years. Father of Jerry E. Martin and Deborah M. de Vega (Rafael). Sister of Betty Sue Jackson (Carl) of Andover. Grandfather of April Velez (Edgardo), Felipe de Vega (Jessica), Gerri Ann Miles (Donny) and Guille McCreary (Michael). Great-grandfather of Catherine Locklear; Nathan Velez; Rafael and Javier de Vega; Isabelle, Lucas and Helena Hoge; Tyler Smith; and Jillian Miles. Also survived by nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Chester B. and Emma E. Martin; and his brothers, Glenn, Ray, Edward, James, Bill and Lowell Martin.
Louise Garrison Worrell died on Sept. 14, 2012 in Fayetteville, Ark. She was born on March 27, 1917 in Ryan, Okla., the only child of Samuel Young Garrison and Ruby Spain Garrison, both of whom were born in Indian Territory before Oklahoma statehood. Always proud of her Oklahoma roots, Louise was a graduate of Ryan High School. She completed secretarial training at Draughon’s Business University in Oklahoma City in 1936 and lived for a time in New Mexico before her marriage.
Max Lea Spiers, 77, peacefully entered into rest on Thursday, Aug. 30 at River Region Hospice. A native of McNeill, Miss., and a resident of Luling for 54 years, a veteran in the Korean Conflict with the U. S. Army and was with the Maintenance Department of Cytec/American Cyanamid for 40 years.