Volume 139 Number 41 - Oct 11, 2012


Family finds body of 20-year-old bridge jumper
Family finds body of 20-year-old bridge jumper Devastated at loss of only child
The body of 20-year-old Gretna resident Jake Bodden was recovered by family members four days after he jumped to his death off the Hale Boggs Bridge in Luling.

Father charged with sexual battery of 3-year-old
A 42-year-old Terrytown man has been arrested and charged with the sexual battery of his 3-year-old daughter, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

New calendar includes 2-week Christmas vacation
The St. Charles Parish School Board introduced the proposed 2013-14 academic school calendar, which includes a 2-week break for Christmas vacation.

Police: Good Samaritan killed after getting struck by car
State police believe that driver fatigue caused a three-car accident that led to the death of two people on Interstate 310 near Highway 3127 on Saturday morning.

Residents party against crime at National Night Out
Must register parties now
Residents across the parish have begun to plan their National Night Out Against Crime parties, which take place on Oct. 16 and attempt to bring neighbors together to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness.


Robicheaux says winless Ehret better team than record indicates
Jonathan Menard
Last week’s 41-21 win over Higgins was a milestone of sorts for the Destrehan Wildcats, giving the program their first district win since 2010. But Destrehan’s goal this season isn’t to win a couple of district games. Instead, the team is gunning for the league championship.
Valdin expects big plays, physical game as Tigers battle East St. John
Kyle Barnett
The Hahnville Tigers continue district play this Friday against East St. John as they come off their first victory of the season.
Former DHS QB leads team to comeback win
Mike Detillier
Former Destrehan High School quarterback Wynrick Smothers had an outstanding game Saturday, leading the University of Central Arkansas to a come-from-behind, 34-14 victory over Nicholls State.
Destrehan remains undefeated in district
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan remains undefeated in district play after cruising past John Ehret 42-24 on Friday night.
Hahnville capitalizes off opponent’s mistakes
Kyle Barnett
The Hahnville Tigers pulled off their second win in a row, and first at home, in a 26-16 victory over district foe East St. John Wildcats to become one of two undefeated teams–the other being Destrehan–in the district.

Our View

It’s time to practice democracy in the U.S.
It looks like Louisiana citizens can sit back and relax this election season without even going out to vote. At least that is the way it seems with how the electoral vote is shaping up.

Sheriffs Reports

From staff and wire reports
•Joy-Lyn Cockerham, 20, of 236 Mockingbird Lane in St. Rose, was arrested on Oct. 2 and charged with looting, unauthorized use of a moveable, driver not licensed and reckless operation.


Students create unique culinary classics
Kyle Barnett
The teaching kitchen at the Satellite Center in St. Rose is different from most classrooms.
St. Rose Elementary students study food chains and webs
From staff and wire reports
St. Rose Elementary students in Ms. Fraychineaud’s fourth grade science class, Timothy Martin, Jael Martin, Jada Marshall and Grant Sanders, are experimenting with dissecting an owl pellet as part of their study of food chains and food webs.
2012 Battle for the Paddle attracts thousands
From staff and wire reports
With 99 teams cooking jambalaya or gumbo, United Way of St. Charles kicked off its fundraising campaign with the 11th annual Battle for the Paddle cook-off on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.
You’ve got to read this!
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries.
Norco Elementary celebrates grandparents day
From staff and wire reports
Thursday, October 4, 2012 was 4th grade grandparents day at Norco Elementary. The grandparents visited classrooms during morning meeting and then went to the cafeteria for pictures and donuts.
Norco Primary Students for the Month for August
From staff and wire reports
Norco Primary focuses on a different character trait each week. The Students of the Month are chosen by their teachers for exemplifying the character traits within the month that they are honored.
English III students study Native American literature and culture
From staff and wire reports
During the study of Native American literature, Mrs. Unger’s English III Academically Gifted students read and recited Native American poetry and myths, listened to the tranquility of Native flute melodies, created totem poles and researched the Native American Code Talkers during World War II.
Not too late to join 4-H
From staff and wire reports
Even though school has already started, students wishing to participate in 4-H can still join the club, according to Mark Tassin, 4-H youth and family development department head at the LSU AgCenter.


Betty J. Hicks, 83, passed away at 5:18 p.m. on Sept. 23 at St. Thomas Hospital in Cadiz, Ky. after a short illness.
Howard J. Falgout, 86, passed away on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:10 p.m. in Destrehan.
Robert Bruce Johnson, 54, passed away on Sept. 14 at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. Visitation was at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs on Monday, Sept. 17 and at the funeral home on Tuesday, Sept. 18 until funeral services in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Todd Alan Rabalais, 48, passed away on Friday, Sept. 21.