Volume 141 Number 23 - Jun 05, 2014

News

Earn commercial driver’s license free of charge with state program
Earn commercial driver’s license free of charge with state program High demand for truck drivers in River Parishes
Due to a high demand for commercial truck drivers, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the federal government have teamed up to offer free training for those in the River Parishes who would like to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

First crawfish cook-off draws big-name judges to Destrehan
First crawfish cook-off draws  big-name judges to Destrehan St. Charles Parish’s first crawfish cook-off will kickoff with a bang this Sunday after organizers landed high-profile celebrity judges such as former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson and former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Maid drained elderly couple’s bank account
Maid drained elderly couple’s bank account Ordered to pay back $68,850, prohibited access to the elderly
A St. Rose housekeeper who pled guilty to stealing nearly $70,000 from an elderly couple will avoid a lengthy jail sentence, but is prohibited from having access to any senior citizens.

Ochsner CEO says no layoffs planned at St. Charles Parish Hospital
St. Charles Parish Hospital has announced they are heading toward an agreement that would put the day-to-day management of the hospital in the hands of the Ochsner Health System.

Outdoor organization seeks funds to take disabled hunters on free trips
Fishing tourney fundraiser held on June 14
A local hunting organization is holding a fishing tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 14 in order raise money needed to construct a wheelchair accessible boat for charity hunts.


Sports

New regulations allow nighttime frogging in Salvador Management Area
Jonathan Menard
For the first time, hunters are allowed to go frogging at night in the Salvador Wildlife Management Area in St. Charles Parish.
Former HHS soccer player inks scholarship
From staff and wire reports
Former Hahnville High School soccer player Bryan Stewart-Bennett has signed a scholarship to continue his soccer career at William Carey University.
Lady Tigers, Wildcats place 14 on All-District 1st Team, 5 on 2nd team
From staff and wire reports
Lady Tigers, Wildcats place 14 on All-District 1st Team, 5 on 2nd team.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests (June 5)
From staff and wire reports
•Alceste Arabie, 52, of 115 Destrehan Drive in Destrehan, was arrested on May 23 and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana first offense, use and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of someone under 17 and possession of a stolen firearm.



Lifestyles

Daves-Cortez wedding
From staff and wire reports
Kim and Mary Lou Daves of Coila, Miss. announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Daves, to Gage Cortez.
Hahnville principal to vie for state principal of the year
Kyle Barnett
Hahnville High School principal Ken Oertling has been announced as a finalist for Louisiana Principal of the Year. Oertling will join a panel of ten finalists who will be interviewed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education later this month.
Young at Art month of May winners
From staff and wire reports
Two St. Charles Parish students were recently named art winners for the month of May for River Parishes Hospital.
“Evan” Humane Society showcase adoption pet
From staff and wire reports
This week’s Humane Society showcase pet is Evan.
St. Charles chapter named Rotary Club of the Year
From staff and wire reports
The Rotary Club of St. Charles was recently presented with several awards, including the Rotary Club of the Year (Large Club), Presidential Citation and the Club Achievement Award at the District 6840 Conference.
Students wave goodbye for the summer
From staff and wire reports
Mimosa Park Students waved goodbye to the 2013-2014 school year last week as they boarded the buses one last time until next school year.

Obituaries

Church
R. Dean Church Sr. passed away peacefully on May 27, surrounded by his family and friends.
Ashcroft
Michael “Big Mike” Wayne Ashcroft, 43, of Luling, died on Tuesday, May 27.