Volume 140 Number 40 - Oct 03, 2013


Businesses built before ‘83 could see big rise in insurance
After months and months of debate and lobbying on behalf local homeowners, the enaction date for the Biggert-Waters Act came and went on Oct. 1 with little fanfare.

Expansion of Panama Canal will increase traffic in St. Charles
The transportation infrastructure in St. Charles Parish is in questionable shape when it comes to handling up to three times more freight traffic that is expected to be shipped through the area after the expansion of the Panama Canal is completed.

Fire, smoke at airport will be part of emergency exercise
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport will hold its tri-annual full-scale emergency exercise on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon. This emergency exercise, which may include open fire and smoke, tests the response capabilities of the airport, its stakeholders and surrounding mutual aid responders’ ability to respond to an emergency incident.

Karen's impacts will be felt in St. Charles on Saturday
Parish releases storm update
St. Charles Parish remains under a tropical storm watch. The current forecast has Karen drifting to the north northwest before interacting with a cold front and then turning eastward with an eventual landfall in Plaquemines Parish. Wind speeds at landfall are expected to be near hurricane strength.

St. Charles Parish declares state of emergency
St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre Jr. has declared a state of emergency as the Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor and respond to Tropical Storm Karen as she nears the coast.


Valdin: Hahnville needs perfect game to knock off Destrehan
Kyle Barnett
The parish will light up on Friday night when the Hahnville Tigers take on the Destrehan Wildcats in Hahnville.
Destrehan hopes to run wild in rivalry game against Hahnville
Jonathan Menard
Destrehan has scored 196 points in their first four games on the way to a perfect start, but their high-powered offense will be tested when they face rival Hahnville, whose defense is giving up just 12 points a game.
LSU, SEC changed forever
Mike Detillier
In front of our very eyes, we are seeing major changes in college football and in particular how games are going to be played in the SEC and for LSU.
Destrehan dominates, shuts out Hahnville
Kyle Barnett
Hahnville never stood a chance as Destrehan proved once again they are the team to beat in the Bayou District and perhaps even the state.

Our View

Future of coast may brighten up
After the leveeing of the Mississippi River ,which has nearly destroyed the Louisiana coast by depriving it of overflows of fresh water that brought life to our wetlands and marshes, we got a break in 1990. In that year, the Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act was passed by Congress.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests (Oct. 3)
From staff and wire reports
•Troy P. Brady, 48, of 127 St. George Road in Schriever, was arrested on Sept. 15 and charged with speeding, suspended driver’s license, registration certificate, possession of Lortab and possession of hydrocodone.


This week’s Humane Society showcase adoption pet “Dylan”
From staff and wire reports
This week’s Humane Society showcase is Dylan.
You’ve got to read this! (Oct. 3)
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries.
Wetland Watchers fundraiser Oct. 8
From staff and wire reports
The Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Project, which involves students from fourteen different St. Charles Parish schools in environmental education activities, will hold a fundraiser at Ormond Plantation on Tuesday, Oct. 8 for 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Book review: “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore”
From staff and wire reports
Robin Sloane is the author of the novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. This mystery is set in modern day San Francisco at, unsurprisingly, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.
September artist of the month
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Art Guild held its first meeting for the year at the St. Charles United Methodist Church in Destrehan.
R. J. Vial increases keyboarding skills
From staff and wire reports
R. J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis is moving up in the technology world.
Saints Board of Realtors Recognition
From staff and wire reports
Lilly Dufrene of LaPlace was recently recognized at the Saints Board of Realtors General Membership Meeting at the St. John the Parish Library.


Clara Dunn Duran, 78, a native and resident of Des Allemands passed away on Friday Sept. 20.