Volume 139 Number 7 - Feb 16, 2012

News

3,600 Florida bass stocked in Cataouatche
Though the new year is a little more than a month old, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has already stocked Lake Cataouatche with 3,600 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings.

4 teens charged with beating, robbery of Luling man
Four teens have been arrested and charged with armed robbery after authorities say they beat a Luling man before stealing money from his wallet.

Arrests
•Samuel A. Blair, 23, of 1309 Independence Drive in New Orleans, was arrested on Feb. 3 and charged with forgery.

Historic Spillway cemeteries contain bodies of Civil War veterans, Corps officials say
Human remains that were disturbed in two African American cemeteries in the Bonnet Carre Spillway will be laid to rest later this year and the area will be renovated.

Next 2 months will be warmer, dryer than usual
Last year was one of the warmest and driest on record for Louisiana and St. Charles residents will continue to feel the effects into the spring.

Plantation to give tours from slave’s point of view
Most Louisiana plantation tours focus on the day-to-day lives of the land owners, leaving out much information about the slaves, Germans and Native Americans that made up the area’s culture. But Destrehan Plantation and the River Road Historical Society want to shine a light on these groups through a new tour entitled "Unheard Voices of the German Coast."

Sheriff warns residents to be wary of check scam
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports about an old scam which involves residents getting a valid-looking check in the mail made out to them, according to Sheriff Greg Champagne.

Tiger marching band will lead 8 floats in Des Allemands parade
Full of unique flair and fun, each float in the Des Allemands parade has its own festive name, from the Krewe of Mixed Nuts and Easy Riders to Party Animals and the Krewe of Outkast.
With more than 50 years of history, the Krewe of Des Allemands parade will roll for another year down its familiar route.


Sports

Register now for junior tennis league
From staff and wire reports
Registration for the 2012 St. Charles Parish Junior Team Tennis League is now open.
Grand Ridge offers tennis workshop
From staff and wire reports
Grand Ridge Golf Club, located at 500 Willowdale Blvd. in Luling, is hosting a Tennis Coaching Workshop for anyone interested in learning the basics of teaching tennis skills to children.
HHS to host info meeting for color guard tryouts
From staff and wire reports
There will be an informational meeting about color guard tryouts for the 2012-13 school year on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. in the HHS auditorium.
Hahnville softball ace signs with Nicholls
By Jonathan Menard
Hahnville pitcher Hannah Haydel, who is entering her senior season, officially signed with Nicholls State University last week.
St. Rose’s Cochran ranked No. 16 prospect in state
From staff and wire reports
St. Charles Catholic defensive tackle Taylor Cochran, of St. Rose, has been named the No. 16 rated prospect in Louisiana for 2013 by Schuman’s National Underclassman.
J.B. Martin wrestlers place in state meet
From staff and wire reports
Three J. B. Martin Middle School students placed in the Louisiana Youth State Wrestling Meet.

Editorial

Celebrate Black History Month by keeping emphasis on education
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor, On Feb. 28, 2011 six African Americans met with the Superintendent of St. Charles Parish Public Schools and among other concerns, raised the question of the gap in academic performance between African-American and white students. Following is precisely what we requested:
Revision to fireworks ban wrong on so many levels
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor, I am truly perplexed as to why, after the obvious and overwhelming opposition to repeal the fireworks ban in St. Charles Parish a year ago, this kind of proposition would again rear its ugly head.

Our View

Tell your neighbor to throw you something
Carnival time is here again and St. Charles Parish is looking forward to a big weekend ahead. The Krewes of Lul and Des Allemands are set to roll and will have plenty of favors to spread around. Plus, there will be a lot of merry-making and feasting on the streets of Luling Saturday and Des Allemands Sunday.




Lifestyles

Schools parade their Mardi Gras spirit
By Michelle Stuckey
St. Charles kids are adding their own special mix to this weekend’s Mardi Gras festivities.
Fly your flag for Presidents’ Day
From staff and wire reports
The Flag Manufacturers Association of America encourages all citizens to proudly display their American flags on Monday, Feb. 20, when the United States celebrates Presidents’ Day. This federal holiday was first implemented by an Act of Congress in 1880 and was the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen.
United Way welcomes new campaign director
From staff and wire reports
The United Way of St. Charles is excited to announce Melissa Frederick as its new Campaign and Marketing Manager.
Popular ground cover works well in La.
LSU AgCenter News
By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Dan Gill, Kyle Huffstickler and Allen Owings
SCC students attend pro-life march in D.C.
From staff and wire reports
Nine students from St. Charles Catholic recently went to the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.
BCA now offering pre-k scholarships
From staff and wire reports
Qualifying parents can register their 4-year-olds for a chance at free placement in private school pre-kindergarten programs for the coming school year.
Relay for Life king, queen selected
From staff and wire reports
The 2012 Relay for Life Survivor Celebration Dinner sponsored by Valero was held on Feb. 9 at the KC Hall in Norco.
Luling Living Center celebrates Mardi Gras royals, court members
From staff and wire reports
During a special ball on Feb. 8, Luling Living Center residents celebrated their 2012 Mardi Gras king, queen, maids and dukes.
Catfish Queen meets congressman in D.C.
From staff and wire reports
Rep. Jeff Landry poses with Luling native Taylor Petit, Louisiana Catfish Queen XXXVI.