Volume 138 Number 21 - May 26, 2011

News

Alleged Luling voyeur booked on child pornography charges
Daniel Kinder A Luling man arrested earlier this month after authorities say he took lewd photographs of children has been booked with additional charges of child pornography.

Parish pays it forward to Smithville tornado victims
Bonnie Hymel, Mikki Pritchet, Chrisha Pool, Allen Carmouche, Allyn Smith, Jeffrey Fabachen and Dakrea Mendoza enjoy a quick bite to eat after delivering supplies to Smithville. Volunteers drive 350 miles to deliver goods
After tornadoes ripped through the south in April, leaving total destruction in parts of Mississippi and Alabama, several St. Charles Parish businesses and residents stepped up to help.

Police: St. Rose victim hit with brick, robbed while walking home
Glenn Brooks A 34-year-old St. Rose man is in jail after police say he allegedly hit another man in the back of the head with a brick, beat the man in the face and then fled the scene with the victim's money and keys.

Student participation rises due to new attendance policy
Since new attendance requirements were implemented in Louisiana last August, attendance in St. Charles Parish public schools has consistently risen each quarter.


Sports

Night shrimping cure for fishing overload
By Bruce McDonald
Last week, a late season cold front pushed through the area and caused low water conditions. Most of the popular areas to fish were inaccessible.
Basketball team wins international championship
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Parish 11-12 year old girls All-Star basketball team won the Biddy International Championship after beating New Orleans by a 52-50 score in overtime.
Franchise team captures title
From staff and wire reports
STC Edwards 13-14 boys Franchise team won the championship this Saturday, at the West Bank Bridge Park.

Editorial

Rainwater doesn’t understand his job
By C.B. Forgotston
The Associated Press’s Melinda Deslatte wrote a column about the scare tactics being used by Commissioner of Administration (“COA”) Paul Rainwater and other state agency heads as a result of the actions of the House Appropriations Committee.
Our business climate matters
By Dan Juneau
The current national economic downturn is the worst the nation has experienced since the economic malaise of the early 1980s. Many of us in Louisiana remember well how that terrible recession and the plunge in energy prices devastated our state's economy. Thousands of Louisiana businesses went bankrupt or left the state, and millions of our workers moved away to find employment elsewhere. It took a full decade for our economy to begin to find solid footing again. It was the most painful economic era since the Great Depression for our people.
Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
A letter from Paul Hogan, Councilman District IV

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Suspects are innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.



Lifestyles

Bring butterflies with buddleias
LSU AgCenter News
By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Kyle Huffstickler and Allen Owings
Recipe: Mexican lasagna
From staff and wire reports
Courtesy of Family Features
Book Review: "Awakened"
From staff and wire reports
“Awakened” by P.C. and Kristin Cast is set in Tulsa and Scotland during current times.
VIPs: Very Important Parishioners
From staff and wire reports
Ashley Batiste, David Angeles, Malerie Dempster, Tyler Lirette, Craig Richard, Ellen Suss, Leighton Webre, Sam Eastepp, Derek Walker, Kameron Anderson
HHS student given financial success scholarship
From staff and wire reports
Total Choice Federal Credit Union has selected Alyssa Worman as the recipient of their 3rd Annual $1,000 Your 1st Choice for Financial Success Scholarship.
Monsanto donates $8k to Wetland Watchers
From staff and wire reports
Employees from Monsanto in Luling were pleased to award the Harry Hurst Middle Wetland Watcher Service-Learning Project a check in the amount of $8,000.
Local Civil Air Patrol members met Blue Angels
From staff and wire reports
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets from the Hammond Composite Squadron and the Pontchartrain Composite Squadron were honored Saturday, May 7, by having their picture taken with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Obituaries

Bernadette Grenner Martinez
Bernadette Grenner Martinez, 64, entered into enternal rest on May 18, 2011.
Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson, 90, passed away on May 13, 2011 at Luling Living Center in Luling.
Leslie A. Lanoix
Leslie A. Lanoix entered into eternal rest on May 7, 2011.
Alcida Foret Tassin
Alcida Foret Tassin, 90, of Luling, passed away on May 19, 2011 at her home.
Bernadette Grenner Martinez
Bernadette Grenner Martinez, 64, entered into eternal rest on May 18, 2011.
Merrick J. Matherne
Merrick J. Matherne, 70, passed away on May 17, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.
Curry James Lewis
Curry James Lewis, 39, passed away on May 9, 2011 in Des Allemands.
Inez Richards DiMaggio
Inez Richards DiMaggio, 92, passed away on May 7, 2011.
Lista "Mama Lista" Benarby Guilfore
Lista “Mama Lista” Benarby Guilfore, 104, entered into heaven on May 10, 2011.