What's Happening

Emergency shelter and food program
August 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm
EAST BANK - Beginning Aug. 4, emergency food and shelter federal funds are available for East Bank residents of St. Charles Parish to assist in paying utility bills, mortgage or rent assistance.

Residents who applied for assisstance in 2007 are not eligible for 2008 help.

Eligible residents meeting the following criteria may qualify: 1. Must be facing an emergency crisis, such as loss of income due to illness, reducation of work hours, etc. and 2. Must be a resident of St. Charles.

All residents qualifying for utility assistance must provided their current bill and disconnect notice.
All residents qualifying for mortgage or rent assistance must provide past due, forclosure or an eviction notice.
Residents meeting these guidelines may call the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services at 985-764-7944 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Back to school bash to feature Molly the pony
August 16, 2008 at 12:34 pm
After the success of last year’s event, the German Coast Farmers’ Market will play host to the second annual Back to School Bash on Aug. 16.

The bash will take place at the East Bank site of the farmers’ market, near the Ormond Plantation. Blanche Newsome will perform at the event, which will also include door prizes, back to school gift bags, face painting and a display by the parish library.

Molly the pony, along with some of her pony friends, will also be on hand at the event. Molly was rescued after Katrina by Kaye Harris, who is her current owner. Several months later she was attacked by a pit bull. Although her numerous wounds healed, her leg did not make it and amputation and a prosthesis were necessary for Molly. Now Molly visits everyone and anyone who could use her quiet wisdom and inspiration, from Children's Hospital to nursing homes.

The main draw to the event will be the food. Fresh produce, pastries, breads, rotisserie meats, seafood and dairy products, such as creole cream cheese, will all be available during the bash. As will kettle corn, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions, homemade salad dressings, wine, pastalaya and stuffed crabs.

“We came up with the idea of a back to school bash because we really wanted to push healthy eating habits for kids,” Ann Montgomery said. “We want to show that you don’t have to travel far to get fresh food and vegetables.”

Door prizes at the bash will include little coolers that kids can use with their meals, while the gift bags will have honey soap, which is made in little animals to promote hygiene. There will also be plenty of honey samples around and kids will learn that a drop of honey on a cracker might be tastier - and healthier - than butter.

The Back to School Bash will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon.

Luling church to honor reverend
August 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm
LULING - Pastor Rodney Johnson Sr. and Bell Baptist Church will be dedicating a monument to the late Rev. Eugene Turner on Saturday. Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at 300 Hackberry Lane in Luling. The public is invited.

Religion class sign up at St. John
August 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm
PARADIS - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is still accepting registration for religion. Parents of students should call Pat Usprich at 504-723-8357 to register.

Parishioners are needed to serve as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Workshops for those interested will be offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beginning in the fall. For more information, call Janice Dufrene at 985-758-7845 or the rectory at 985-758-2668.

Engaged and married parishioners are invited to attend a dinner to celebrate marriage on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets are $45 per couple. For information, call Lisa Matherne at 985-758-8800.

Swim team hosts preteen dance
August 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm
LULING - The Willowdale Country Club swim team will host a back-to-school preteen dance on Friday, Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the club in Luling.

Children 9 to 12 may attend. Admission is $8, which includes three snacks or beverage tickets. Additional tickets will available for $1.

Booster clubs hold registration
August 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm
The booster club will also hold football registration on Aug. 14 at the Des Allemands ball field from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Aug. 20 at Landry Middle School.
Boys 6 years and older may participate this year if they turn 6 by Aug. 1.

Joggers, walkers and cyclist will soon be able to take the Mississippi River bike trail all the way to New Sarpy and Norco - thanks to the extension of the trail. Mississippi River bike trail to extend to Apple Street
August 13, 2008 at 6:52 pm
Cyclist, roller skaters and joggers who have enjoyed the use of the bicycle path in Destrehan will reap the benefit of an extended trail.

August 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm
Hilda Hymel Vicknair passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008.

August 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm
Hilda Hymel Vicknair passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008.

August 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm
Rosamae Dozier, home maker, died on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 at 12:49 a.m. at her residence at age 78.

Sheriff's Reports
August 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm
•Dionne Terrell, 40, of 502 E. Club Dr. in St. Rose was arrested on Aug. 5 and charged with aggravated arson.

New gas boom fills government coffers
August 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm
A year ago, the good folks up in Northwest Louisiana were excited a year ago about the economic potential of having the Air Force’s Cyber Command project perhaps locating its headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base. That is still a definite possibility that can bring thousands of high paying white-collar jobs to the area.

Bus system could cure some of our problems
August 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm
St. Charles Parish apparently is finally going to get a public transportation system that will allow residents to reach destinations without fueling their gas tanks. It will cost about $2 a trip or $60 for a monthly pass, which still can be much cheaper than visiting the pumps on a regular basis.

Schools can’t roll back too far
August 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm
While rolling up the St. Charles Parish Public Schools state constitutional tax would only cost resident anywhere from 25 cents to $2.93 a year, the high cost of everything from gas to food makes even that amount hard for residents to part with.

Self-taught photographer opens full-service studio Self-taught photographer opens full-service studio
August 13, 2008 at 12:24 pm
Becoming a photographer has always been a dream for Luling's Melissa Perret. With the help and inspiration of her fiancee, Brennen Friloux, and the opening of their photography business - These Are The Moments Photography - that dream has finally come true.

The Cook’s Corner The Cook’s Corner
August 13, 2008 at 12:21 pm
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.

PUPPY DRUM. Jerome Laque with a keeper black drum at Seabrook Bridge. Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
August 13, 2008 at 12:21 pm
Just 35 miles east of Luling, recent catches at the Seabrook Bridge have been more than impressive, so I decided to fish the area last Monday with Jerome Laque, Andrew Callais and my son Hunter. We weren't disappointed.

August 13, 2008 at 12:20 pm
The AAU Junior Olympic Games, which were held in Detroit this year, are known as the largest national multi-sport event for youth in the United States.


Communities rally to support Cottages for CASA
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Crafty Destrehan couple work together on art
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Parish President candidates address department heads
Parish President candidates address department heads
Do you feel the parish’s current department heads have done a good job under the V.J. St. Pierre administration? Why or why not? Do you plan to make any major changes to the administration if you were elected parish president?