Volume 139 Number 5 - Feb 02, 2012

News

Catholic Charities helps hundreds through food, counseling services
Hundreds of parishioners are calling out for help, and Catholic Charities has been there to answer them.

Corps seeks input for historic cemetery plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to seek input on the best way to manage two cemeteries that reside in the Bonnet Carre Spillway but are now grass-covered fields.

Deaths of father, son called huge loss for community
Were killed after getting struck by train
Residents of Norco are feeling a huge loss after a father and son who were active in the community were killed in a tragic vehicle accident last week.

Former director pleads not guilty to child porn charges
A former Valero official who was arrested after police say they found child pornography on his laptop computer has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of pornography involving juveniles and three counts of obstruction of justice.

Planned tenure changes would have little effect on St. Charles
80 percent of teachers in district have tenure
Nearly 80 percent of teachers in St. Charles Parish are tenured, a status that gives job security to many. But tenure does not guarantee lifetime employment and planned reforms at the state level could change the game for some educators.

Sheriff’s Office christens new fleet facility
A new, 6,000 square-foot automobile maintenance facility will be used by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office for routine maintenance and repairs on the more than 200 vehicles that make up the department’s fleet.

Thefts, burglaries caused crime to spike 5.7 percent in 2011
Due to a large jump in the number of reported burglaries and thefts, crime in St. Charles Parish rose by 5.7 percent in 2011 when compared to 2010, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.


Sports

St. Charles Borromeo cheerleaders capture Crescent City Cup title
From staff and wire reports
The competitive cheerleaders at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan recently won first place in the Worldwide Spirit Association’s Crescent City Cup competition in Westwego.
Sac-a-lait attack mini jigs in North Canal of SMA
By Bruce McDonald
When water temperatures begin to reach 62 degrees, bass and sac-a-lait head for the shallow water to spawn.

Our View

Are vouchers a good choice
Gov. Bobby Jindal wants vouchers to private schools to play a bigger role in providing education to our school age kids. And if properly administered, there is no reason why they would not benefit the system.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests
From staff and wire reports
•Ebony M. Simms, 28, of 208 Meadows Drive in Destrehan, was arrested on Jan. 24 and charged with possession of hydrocodone, obtaining drugs with false prescription, possession of stolen auto, flight using motor vehicle, expired driver’s license, improper control of vehicle, illegal tinting of window, dealer’s temporary plate and false certificate.



Lifestyles

Two employees promoted at Sheriff’s Office
From staff and wire reports
In December, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Champagne promoted two employees of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Recipe: Vegetable-cheese breakfast roll-ups
From staff and wire reports
HHS choir to compete in 2012 World Choir Games in Ohio
From staff and wire reports
The Hahnville High School Vocal Ensemble has officially registered to participate in the 2012 World Choir Games, the largest international choral competition in the world, it was announced by INTERKULTUR, the International Organizing Committee of the World Choir Games.
Nicholls Culinary Institute wins fifth regional title
From staff and wire reports
Having won first place for the fifth consecutive year at the South Central Regional San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University will once again compete for the national title.
Apply now for Sheriff’s scholarship
From staff and wire reports
Sheriff Greg Champagne will award a scholarship providing assistance to a worthy St. Charles Parish student in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. It will be awarded to a graduating high school senior living in St. Charles Parish.
The stork has arrived!
From staff and wire reports
Chase David Bowers and Kayla Rayne Oliver
Financial assistance available for East Bank residents
From staff and wire reports
Emergency Food and Shelter Federal Funds are now available for the East Bank residents of St. Charles Parish to assist in paying utility bills, mortgage or rent.

Obituaries

Hurschel John "Macky" Burleigh Sr.
Hurschel John "Macky" Burleigh Jr., 65, beloved husband of Barbara Barrett Burleigh of Valdosta, Ga., entered peacefully into eternal rest on Jan. 11, 2012 at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta.