Volume 139 Number 49 - Dec 06, 2012

News

Boutte woman charged with Paul Fredrick carjacking
A 23-year-old Boutte woman was arrested and charged with carjacking after police say she attacked another woman on Paul Fredrick Street before driving off in the victim’s car.

FEMA reps will be at town hall meeting
Meeting takes place on April 15 at 6 p.m.
Representatives from FEMA, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon’s office and the Louisiana Protection and Restoration Authority will join state and local officials at a town hall meeting on Monday on the proposed FEMA flood maps.

Norco sidewalk project will make school trek safer
Through a $250,000 grant, St. Charles Parish will be able to build a sidewalk on Norco’s heavily traveled 5th Street to keep children safe while they walk to school.


Sports

Saints find out worth of head coach
By Mike Detillier
Before the start of the 2012 NFL season most of us thought the loss of Sean Payton would be significant to the New Orleans Saints throughout the year, but none of us had a good measuring stick on just how much his presence would be missed.
Former DHS player sets NFL team record
By Mike Detillier
Former Destrehan High School standout wide receiver/return specialist Damaris Johnson established a new Philadelphia Eagles record Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Cougars win second-straight parish title
From staff and wire reports
The J. B. Martin Lady Cougar volleyball team recently completed its second consecutive year as undefeated St. Charles Parish champs.
Former HHS soccer players recognized
From staff and wire reports
Southwest Community College’s Jessica St. Pierre and Bryan Stewart-Bennett, who both starred at Hahnville, received post-season honors for their success during the season.
Hahnville wrestlers finish 6th at invitational
From staff and wire reports
Five Hahnville High School wrestlers advanced to the second day of the Sam Sara Invitational, helping lead the squad to a sixth-place finish out of 22 teams.
Destrehan stops two-game skid with 52-45 victory
By Jonathan Menard
The Destrehan boys basketball team halted a two-game skid by beating Central Lafourche 52-45 on Friday.
Former DHS kicker transfers from Tulane
By Mike Detillier
Former Destrehan High School standout placekicker Ryan Rome has decided to leave Tulane University and transfer to McNeese State.

Our View

Vouchers could benefit education
Louisiana’s school voucher plan suffered a setback last week when a Baton Rouge area judge declared it unconstitutional. Judge Tim Kelley ruled that funds from the Minimum Foundation Program could not be diverted to private entities.
Is co-existence in our future?
It’s a mixed up world to say the least at the present time. We have Syria saying they have not killed their people with chemical weapons. It was rebels in their country who did it to point the blame at the Syrian government so they could take over the country.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests (Dec. 6)
From staff and wire reports
•Malcolm J. Moreau, 26, of 816 Paul Fredrick St. in Luling, was arrested on Nov. 29 and charged with possession and distribution of a pharmaceutical drug - butalbital, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and no display plate.



Lifestyles

Cancer-stricken children given Christmas to remember
By Kyle Barnett
The scene was set at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Norco. The soft sounds of Bing Crosby Christmas carols were punctuated by the voices of children who were sitting at tables coloring Christmas-themed posters and placing stickers on a rooftop scene including Santa Claus and his reindeer.
Author Elgin Pierre visits Albert Cammon Middle School
From staff and wire reports
Author and poet Elgin Pierre recently visited Tina Westbrook’s 7th grade reading class at Albert Cammon Middle School. His visit included him reading a poem that he wrote to all of Mrs. Westbrook’s classes.
Teddy Bears for Kids Fighting Cancer
From staff and wire reports
Those who would like to help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas please can sponsor a Teddy Bear for $10.
Luling Elementary honor roll
From staff and wire reports
Students were recently named to the Principal's List at Luling Elementary.
Harry Hurst Gummy Bear Density experiment
From staff and wire reports
Eighth grade students at Harry Hurst Middle in Destrehan recently practiced the scientific method and measurement skills while exploring the concept of density using Gummy Bears.
Harry Hurst students Assist at 4-H Fun Day
From staff and wire reports
Harry Hurst 8th grader Gavin Blakley volunteered as a 4-H Junior Leader assisting participants with archery skills arrow during the 4-H Shooting Sports FUNshop at the St. Charles Parish 4-H Fun Day event held recently at Monsanto Park.
Norco Elementary parent teacher organization
From staff and wire reports
Ann Snakenberg’s 3rd grade class won for the most box tops turned in for PTO in August and September. Lisa Bourg’s 5th grade class won the most PTO memberships for this school year. Pictured is librarian Kim Guidry serving Madisyn Guidry.
Norco Elementary guest speaker teaches about Italian immigrants
From staff and wire reports
Norco Elementary’s art teacher Phillip Whitmore, 5th grade student Grifyn Johnson and Principal Kelli Oertling at morning announcements on Oct. 18, 2012.
Destrehan High School Teacher of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Congratulations to math teacher Angie Butler, Destrehan High School’s Teacher of the Year 2012.
River Region Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur’s Academy
From staff and wire reports
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is an innovative program that guides students through the process of starting their own real business.
This week’s Humane Society showcase adoption pets “Blackie” and “Jolie”
From staff and wire reports
Blackie is a sweet lab mix who is still looking for a home. Humane Society officials reports that he knows lots of tricks and is also a standup comic. Jolie is a 4 yo calico and she loves attention. Humane Society officials said she is tops when it comes to grooming herself, all she needs is a forever home.
Lieutenant David Guzzardi retires from the Sheriff’s Office
From staff and wire reports
Lieutenant David Guzzardi, a 29-year veteran of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and former commander of the office’s Crime Scene Division, retired from the Sheriff's Office last week.
R.K. Smith teacher invited to Governor’s mansion
From staff and wire reports
Stephanie Gullage, teacher of math and reading at R. K. Smith Middle School, was one of the teachers honored during a luncheon at the governor’s mansion in September.
You’ve got to read this!
From staff and wire reports
New books are waiting for you in your St. Charles Parish libraries.
Golden trifecta birthday
From staff and wire reports
Sarah Lastrapes, a sixth grader at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Norco, celebrated her twelfth birthday on 12/12/12.
Hurst Teacher of the Year
From staff and wire reports
Harry Hurst Middle School has announced Gabrielle Pollock as their 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year.
LWE students explore use of color
From staff and wire reports
Mason Lucky, a student in Jasper Fahrig’s talented art class at Lakewood Elementary, worked on a project exploring the use of color as part of a year-long study of the seven elements of art.
Luling United Methodist Church Easter service
From staff and wire reports
Six-year-old Thomas Adcock and 7-year-old Sarah Green wave handmade palm branches as part of Palm Sunday at Luling United Methodist Church.
St. Charles Parish Arts Awareness Festival
From staff and wire reports
Kevell Byrd, a fifth grader at Luling Elementary, enjoyed creating a person from paper straws at the St. Charles Parish Arts Awareness Festival.

Obituaries

Lirette
Malonie Marie Lirette, 48, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:45 a.m in Des Allemands.
Matherne
Victor Joseph Matherne, 95, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26 at 9:45 a.m. in Luling.
Tregle
Sidney J, Tregle, 90, a native and resident of Des Allemands, passed away Nov. 23.
Mayeaux
Dorothy Mayeaux, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Thibodaux.
Eshleman
Emily Womack Eshleman, 88, a retired employee of Archbishop Rummel High School, passed away on Friday, Nov. 2 at Luling Living Center.