Volume 139 Number 48 - Nov 29, 2012


15 decorated boats fight for $300 prize in parade
15 decorated boats fight for $300 prize in parade Parade floats around Bayou Gauche on Dec. 1
For the 16th straight year, residents and visitors to Bayou Gauche Island will get a chance to see the floating Christmas parade known as Christmas on the Bayou.

Elevated flaring at Shell continues after equipment failure
Elevated flaring at Shell continues after equipment failure An equipment failure at the Shell in Norco caused the release of unknown amounts of butadiene, hydrogen sulfide and benzene, according to a report submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center.

Norco Christmas parade welcomes Super Bowl to N.O.
Norco Christmas parade welcomes Super Bowl to N.O. Santa, Mrs. Claus will pose for free pictures
Santa will be joined by Darth Vader, a master drumline and dance troupes from around the area when the Norco Christmas parade rolls through town celebrating Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Dec. 2.

St. Pierre vetoes another ordinance concerning Aviation Board nominee
For the second time in a little more than a month, St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre has vetoed an ordinance that concerns the parish’s appointment to the New Orleans Aviation Board.

Women sentenced to a day in prison for role in Christmas parade brawl
Police say 2 deputies were injured after women resisted arrest
Most charges were dropped against two women who each resisted arrest at the Norco Christmas parade last year, which police said led to a mini riot and the injury of two deputies.


Taylor named district defensive MVP
Kyle Barnett
For the past two years, senior linebacker Gabe Taylor was the leading tackler for the Hahnville High School football team.
Hahnville's Lou Valdin wins district coach of the year
Kyle Barnett
Hahnville High School head football coach Lou Valdin was awarded the All-District Coach of the Year award this year, marking the seventh time he has received such an honor.
Hahnville finishes 14th at state cross country meet
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville Tigers cross country team placed 14th out of 41 teams at the LHSAA cross country 5A championships on Nov. 13.
Gold LSU Tigers win 8U championship
From staff and wire reports
The Gold LSU Tigers won the U8 Soccer Tournament held the past two weekends at JB Martin. The championship game was held on Sunday, Nov. 11. Pictured are Coach Loyd Bourgeois, Ethan Hidalgo, James Hoyt, Jabari Young, Aidan Ritter, Preston Bourgeois, Thomas Adcock and Aidan Hidalgo.
Another double-digit win season for the Tigers
Mike Detillier
The 20-13 victory for the LSU Tigers over the Arkansas Razorbacks gave Les Miles his sixth double-digit win season in eight years at LSU.

Our View

We can't fall off 'fiscal cliff'
The "fiscal cliff," so to speak, is fast approaching and if it is not addressed by Congress and the President, the state of the nation could take a steep slide.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests (Nov. 29)
From staff and wire reports
•Leonard Celestine, 19, of 134 S. Kinler St. in Boutte, was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with two counts of simple battery, simple robbery and an SCSO attachment.


St. Charles Parish Hospital nurses recognized as Top 100 in Louisiana
From staff and wire reports
Every year since 1986, state-wide community, civic, healthcare and government leaders join family, friends and peers to honor the top 100 nurses statewide.
Birth: Aaron Michael D’Amico
From staff and wire reports
Born in Kenner to April and Anthony D’Amico of Luling and welcomed by big brother Avery on Oct. 10. Weighed 7 lb 9 oz, 19.5 inches. Grandparents are Ronald and Roxanne Seaton and Antonino and Maria D’Amico.
You’ve got to read this!
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries.
Valero donates over 28,000 pounds of food for needy families
From staff and wire reports
On Thursday, Nov. 15 Valero St. Charles Refinery employees donated 28,210 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which equates to 23,508 meals for those in need during Thanksgiving.
Ethel Schoeffner Elementary Student of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Lauren Hurst has been named student of the year at Ethel Schoeffner Elementary. Lauren is the daughter of Keenan and Melissa Hurst of Destrehan.
Norco Elementary Peaceful School Bus Program
From staff and wire reports
Norco Elementary has implemented the Peaceful School Bus Program, which is part of the Olweus Bullying Program.
J.B. Martin Middle School selects 4H club representatives
From staff and wire reports
Recently J. B. Martin Middle School in Paradis selected its 2012 4H Club. Congratulations to these students in their new positions.
J. B. Martin Middle School’s Student of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Camryn Mikesell, the daughter of Paul and Stephanie Mikesell of Luling, has been selected as J. B. Martin’s 2012-2013 Student of the Year.
Norco Volunteer Firefighters Visit Norco Primary School
From staff and wire reports
For Fire Safety Week, the Norco Volunteer Department made a visit to Norco Primary.
J.B. Martin Middle School students of the month
From staff and wire reports
J. B. Martin Middle School’s Cool Cats Team students of the month for November. Left to right: Luca Busalacchi, Alexis Williams, Michelle Grafe and Hunter Bealer.
R.K. Smith Middle School student of the year
From staff and wire reports
James Reagan was selected as R.K. Smith Middle School Student of the year.
R.K. Smith Middle School selects new Beta Club officers
From staff and wire reports
R.K. Smith Jr. Beta Club Officers for the 2012-2012 school year are standing, from left, James Reagan and Gabriel LoCoco, co-presidents; Ra’Janae Morris, vice president; and seated, Ana Rosado, secretary and David Rodriguez, reporter.
Historical Association presents artifact to school system
From staff and wire reports
Superintendent Dr. Rodney Lafon accepts, on behalf of the school system, an original 1925 news article highlighting the newly established (1924) high schools in the parish.
Norco Elementary 4-6 School Honor Roll 1st Nine Weeks
From staff and wire reports
Students at Norco 4-6 were recently named to the first nine week honor roll.
This week’s Humane Society showcase adoption pets “Blackie” and “Candy”
From staff and wire reports
Blackie is a sweet lab mix who is still looking for a home. Humane Society officials reports that he knows lots of tricks and is also a standup comic. Candy is 22 weeks old, she is a husky mix. At the shelter they call her Candy because she is so sweet. According to Humane Society officials this puppy is very playful, loves toys and adores people.
Mimosa Park Elementary's Veterans Day
From staff and wire reports
Mimosa Park Elementary Students celebrated Veteran’s Day by wearing patriotic shirts.
Mimosa Park Elementary’s Captain’s Crew
From staff and wire reports
Mimosa Park Elementary's Captain's Crew is a title given to the top fifteen (15) 1st and 2nd grade students that participate in the Library's reading program.


Loraine Herring Post passed peacefully from this life at her home in Luling on Nov. 24, after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness.