Volume 140 Number 17 - Apr 25, 2013


Drugs connect rash of East Bank murders
After experiencing a long dry spell with no murders in the parish over a 13-month period from early 2011 to mid 2012, St. Charles Parish has seen four murders in the past 11 months–all of which have occurred on the East Bank. Three of those murders occurred in the first three months of 2013. and all of the murders reportedly involved the use of drugs.

Killona mother forced out of home for 2 weeks after 18-wheeler hits power pole
A woman and her two daughters were without electricity for two weeks after an 18-wheeler tore down the power line in front of their home and damaged their electric meter and hookup.

St. Charles Parish Schools superintendent announces retirement
St. Charles Parish Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rodney Lafon. St. Charles Parish Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rodney Lafon has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2013.

St. Pierre holds firm on decision not to sign lobbying contract
After saying last week that he had no intention of signing a contract with Tauzin Consultants, Parish President V.J. St. Pierre held firm despite pleas from residents who said a lobbying firm is needed to fight the prospect of high flood insurance.


Lady Tigers in state tourney for fifth-straight year
Jonathan Menard
Despite losing several talented players that helped lead the program to three-straight state title games, the Hahnville Lady Tigers softball team is heading back to Sulphur as the top-ranked squad in Louisiana.
Hahnville Lady Tigers dropped in softball playoff quarter finals
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville Lady Tigers were unable to overcome a second inning scoring streak by Mt. Carmel and lost in quarter final playoffs in Sulphur.


No fat in state budget?
C.B. Forgotston
There is a public perception and a perception by the leges that Tim Barfield is in charge of the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Our View

Gun control not only solution
Here we are talking and arguing about how we can cut the murder rate with gun control on the American scene. And, meanwhile, three people were killed and nearly 300 were injured at the Boston Marathon by something grandma had in her kitchen.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests (April 25)
From staff and wire reports
•Julia E. Bourgeois, 21, of 1215 Paul Frederick St. in Luling, was arrested on April 11 and charged with aggravated burglary.


Starnes-Stephens engagement
From staff and wire reports
Eugene and Patsy Starnes, of Norco, announced the engagement of their daughter, Tracey Marie Starnes to Adam Wesley Stephens, son of Dennis R. Stephens and Robin Stafford of LaPlace.
New Sarpy Elementary reading rock stars
From staff and wire reports
New Sarpy Elementary Reading Rock Stars were recently announced. Each star received a "Reading Rocks" chain, bookmark, and pencil, as well as a new paperback book.
SCB yearbook design winner
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Borromeo School recently held their 2012-2013 yearbook cover design contest.
You’ve got to read this!
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries.
HHS recieves Exxon Mobil Corp. Grant
From staff and wire reports
The Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program has awarded Hahnville High School with a $500 Grant.
Norco Elementary students of the month
From staff and wire reports
Students of the month from Norco Elementary were selected for displaying character traits of sharing, cooperation, self-respect, patience, excellence and courage.
Lakewood Elementary classroom collaboration
From staff and wire reports
This week at Lakewood Elementary Lauren Dailey and her 5th grade students, (Aimee Sierra, Lance Boudoin, Joey Brezinsky and John Pearsall) worked collaboratively by putting their heads together to solve a metric conversion problem.
St. Rose Elementary students explore simple machines
From staff and wire reports
Third grade students in Richard Weerts’ class at St. Rose Elementary studied simple machines by measuring the amount of force needed to move an object using different types of simple machines.
Harry Hurst Middle middle and elementary honor choirs
From staff and wire reports
HMS had 13 students represented in the District VII Middle School Honor Choir.
Young entrepreneurs visit Subway in LaPlace: field trip highlighted franchising as a business opportunity
From staff and wire reports
The 2013 class of the River Region YEA! program recently visited the Belle Terre Blvd. Subway location in LaPlace owned by former Chamber Board member Raj Pannu.
This week’s Humane Society showcase adoption pet “Deuce”
From staff and wire reports
Deuce is a 4 year old male Great Dane. Humane Society officals said he is playful, wonderful with children and very good with other dogs.
Norco Elementary social studies fair winners
From staff and wire reports
A social studies fair at was recently held at Norco Elementary. Pictured are the first place winners who advanced to the next round of competition at Nicholls State University.
Mimosa Park reading teacher receives grant
From staff and wire reports
Judy Matherne, Reading Recovery/Literacy Teacher at Mimosa Park Elementary, was awarded $500.00 from River Parishes Education Initiatives for presenting a grant proposal supporting the connection of reading between school and home.
St. Charles Parish releases how-to guide on public involvement in government
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish Public Information Office has released a new brochure containing information on all the ways members of the public can get engaged in the local political process.
St. Rose Elementary second grade students create habitats
From staff and wire reports
St. Rose Elementary second grade students in Michelle Thomas's class were given the name of a particular animal and then researched information on their animal and its habitat.
J.B Martin presented with autism education award
From staff and wire reports
J. B. Martin Middle School was presented with an award as a model practice school site in the Key Area of Environment for 2012-2013 at a Louisiana State University Health Sciences & Human Development Center and Louisiana Department of Education’s Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project meeting.
Norco Elementary “Peaceful School Bus”
From staff and wire reports
The students, along with their bus drivers, were part of Norco Elementary’s Peaceful School Bus meeting where the students illustrated a peaceful school bus setting.
St. Rose girl named Ursuline Academy Prom Queen
From staff and wire reports
Akendra Johnson, an honor roll student at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, was recently selected by the senior and junior classes as Ursuline’s 2013 Prom Queen.
Monsanto donates supplies to R.K. Smith
From staff and wire reports
Dayna Parker, representative from Monsanto, presented binders, crayons and Post-it Notes to Assistant Principal Ronnie Seal, Principal Harold Blood and Assistant Principal Shonda Harris. Monsanto is R.K. Smith Middle School’s business partner.
Norco Primary Students of the Month
From staff and wire reports
Norco Primary School 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.
Entergy grants $25K for Wetland Watchers Park
From staff and wire reports
Members of the St. Charles Parish Council and parish staff accept a $25,000 grant from Entergy for Wetland Watchers Park in Norco.
New Sarpy Mudbugs chill out and read
From staff and wire reports
New Sarpy Elementary Library proudly announces the winners for January’s reading program, "Chill Out and Read!"
R.K. Smith honor roll
From staff and wire reports
Ivette Galvez receives her certificate for making principal’s list for the second nine week period from Assistant Principal Ronnie Seal. Dayna Parker, representative from Monsanto, rewarded Ivette with a sling backpack for her efforts.
Norco Elementary Young Author winners
From staff and wire reports
Pictured are winners in the Norco Elementary Young Authors contest: (Front row) Caleb Thomas, Kaitlin Mizell, Michael Love and Lanie Fincher. (Back row) Paul Baxter, Kyla Royal, Emma Rome and Alyssa Sander.
Valero Junior Achievement volunteer gives lesson
From staff and wire reports
David Hall, a Junior Achievement volunteer from Valero, explains a lesson to Jazz Eugene and Shana Vicknair from Dawn Gill’s fourth grade class at Norco Elementary.


Mathilde Gassen Estay, 96, after enjoying a full and rich life with family and friends, died on April 17.
Van Wirt
Alfred Van Wirt, 81, of Jonesborough, Tenn., went to be with his Lord on Sunday, April 21 after a long illness.
Perry Lynn Jorden, 64, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 22. He will also be with his mother Irene (Monkey) Jorden; father, Lonnie Jorden; nephew, Craig LeRay and his niece, Telli Jo Adamietz.