Volume 133 Number 4 - Jan 26, 2006

News

Cox cable and east bank water issue top agenda
Cox Communications Government Affairs Manager Arthurine Payton addressed the council regarding several decisions that company has implemented, such as the removal of the channel listings station from basic cable format and splitting religious channels TBN and EWTN from their joint station and moving them to digital. Payton acknowledged that many customers called Cox in response to the moves made by the cable provider.

Free, rapid HIV screening offered at health center
The St. Charles Community Health Center is now offering a free HIV test that will give results in as little as 20 minutes without having to draw blood.

Landowners stand to lose millions for the sake of hurricane protection
BATON ROUGE -- The governor and other state officials are locked away inside a House committee room, discussing what could become Louisiana’s first comprehensive coastal protection plan. Outside in the hallway, where the real wheeling and dealing often takes place, a state senator is barking orders at an aide.

Learning disabled students face extra difficulties without diploma
Learning disabled students face extra difficulties without diploma For many graduates from Hahnville and Destrehan, life is full of promise and possibility because those students have a high school diploma in their hands.

Norco officer to serve on hurricane panel
Capt. Patrick Yoes of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office will serve on Independent Panel reviewing communication breakdown during Hurricane Katrina. Panel will review communications network breakdown during Hurricane Katrina Washington D.C.- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin has appointed Captain Patrick Yoes, St. Charles Sheriff’s Office, to serve as one of the 25 members of an Independent Panel reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. Capt. Yoes, who serves as National Secretary of the 322,000 member Fraternal Order of Police, will fill a seat representing rank and file law enforcement officers nationwide.

Parish airs government channel via Internet
First step in correcting communication meltdown during Katrina As Hurricane Katrina roared through South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast many residents of St. Charles Parish found themselves lost in the dark, literally and figuratively. Many residents had little or no communication with the parish during and after the storm. The parish website provided little information and was only updated as often as someone was available to input the information.

St. Charles Health Center sees rise in mental problems post-Katrina
It has been nearly five months since Hurricane Katrina came barreling through the gulf coast region and things are finely beginning to slow down. Displaced residents are moving into FEMA trailers, debris no longer blocks the streets and people in general are trying to get back to normal. It's when things slow down and people have a chance to take a deep breath that they realize how the last few months of distress has affected their lives.

Vision Quest
Vision Quest Leaders ask public for advice to plan for the future On Saturday, a grassroots storefront opened to allow citizens in the St. Charles Parish area to voice their concerns and visions for the future of Louisiana, especially in their own communities. The data collected will be culled adding to Louisiana Speaks, a revitalization plan by Louisiana Recovery Authority, (LRA).


Sports

Dixon Selects the Tigers
By Mike Detillier
The LSU Tigers finished off a huge recruiting weekend by getting a verbal commitment from East St. John High School star athlete Ricky Dixon. Dixon, who was ranked as the nation’s 22-ranked wide receiver prospect, selected the Tigers over Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Hahnville hammers East. St John
By Claude Adams
It was opening night in district 5-5A as Hahnville met East St. John in Boutte on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who are returning five starters from last year's team, appear to be the odds on favorite to capture this year's 5-5A district title. Hahnville jumped to a quick lead, wasting little time in setting the tone for the Wildcats.
McGee signs with UNO
By Pat Smith
Displaced by Katrina, Candice McGee came to Destrehan girl’s basketball team with a strong record and good knowledge of the game. She played with JPRD Westbank Allstars and the AAU Summer League. These two programs helped her to possess what Coach Frontha defines as fundamentally sound in the basic skills of basketball. Fundamentals are the foundation for fun. “If you know the game and know it well, the rest is fun, ” said Frontha.
Saints pick their man
By Mike Detillier
After weeks of interviewing candidates for the New Orleans Saints head coaching spot, general manager Mickey Loomis has made his choice and it is Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Sean Payton.

Editorial

Apology Accepted... Lets Move On
By Patrick Yoes
In a post-Katrina World, there are two things that should be obvious by now. One, you can't ask for billions in recovery aide from the federal government without expecting to be under a public microscope and, two, you can't fake leadership in such a demanding environment as the pressure will surely expose your weaknesses.




Lifestyles

King Cake Time
By Colette Lottinger
I decided to make a king cake for a garden club meeting. It was rather rush job, except for the lengthy time for rising the dough. I’ve always been an experimenter in the kitchen so at 7 a.m. I started combining ingredients. Here is the recipe if you’d like to try it:
Married to the Mop
By Colette Lottinger
“Married to the Mop” is Luling resident Barbara Colley’s fifth murder mystery solved by the owner of the Maid for a Day service, Charlotte LaRue. This is an easy reading novel with familiar locations and situations that make this a fun mystery read especially for locals. The combination of Mafia don, missing faberge eggs, an abusive husband, a senile mother, scared relatives and a Mardi Gras party are just a part of the intense package of mystery. Charlotte LaRue gets roped into helping out even when her very life is at stake.

Obituaries

Melanie Manning White Betts
Melanie Manning White Betts, on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at Luling, La. Beloved wife of Dallas Betts, Sr. Mother of Christopher Michael White and Dallas Emanuel Betts, Jr. Daughter of Patricia C. St. Amant and the late Michael Manning. Step daughter of Dana St. Amant. A resident of Des Allemands, La. Age 28 years. She was employed by Wal-Mart in Boutte, La. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend a funeral service at St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Des Allemands, La., on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Interment was at St. Gertrude Cemetery . Visitation was from 9:00 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at St. Gertrude Catholic Church. Falgout Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.
Sally Jane Carter White
Sally Jane Carter White, age 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006 at 6:02 a.m. in Destrehan, La. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur White. She is survived by by sons, David White, Sr., and Gary White; daughters, Debbie Porche and Joan Loupe; brother Jimmy Dale Carter; sisters Carolyn Mai and Eloise White, 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation was at the H.C. Alexander Funeral Home Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Funeral service was at 12:00 noon Friday, Jan. 20, 2006 at First Baptist Church in St. Rose, La. Interment was in Jefferson Memorial Gardens in St. Rose, La. H.C. Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.
Charles W. Campbell
Charles W. Campbell, 79, of Stephens, Arkansas, formerly of Luling, LA. died Monday, January 16, 2006. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Camden, Arkansas. Mr. Campbell was retired from Union Carbide at Taft, Louisiana and was the owner of the Huddle House Restaurant in Luling. He was a former member of the St. Charles Parish Rotary Club and was an Air Force Veteran. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles H and Mabel Lockridge Campbell, sister, Juanita Poindexter, of Stephens, and brother, Travis Campbell, of Houston. He is survived by his wife Melissa Campbell of Stephens, daughters, Susan Humphries of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Charlotte Anne Hinkle of Hammond, LA.; stepson, Ronnie Ritter, Jr. of Coral Springs, FL, and stepdaughters, Kathy Ritter of Lawton, OK, and Laureen Kastanos of Elk Grove, CA.; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his former wife, Nita Sue Johanningmeier of McComb, MS. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Camden, AR on February 4 at 11 AM; in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to that church. To sign the online guest register, visit www.proctorfuneralhome.com.
Hazel Marie Falgout LeBlanc
Hazel Marie Falgout LeBlanc, age 87, died peacefully on Friday, January 20, 2006 at Canon Hospice. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years “Hyp” LeBlanc; parents, Nelson Falgout and Alfreda Walker Falgout; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Cyril Bernard; sister-in-law, Patricia Falgout; and greatgrandson, baby Gabriel Michael Brens. She is survived by sona nd daughter-in-law, Dr. Hal A. and Ann Whittaker LeBlanc; brother, Nelson J. Falgout; grandchildren: Beth and Michael Freitas, Becky and Steven Brens, Halle LeBlanc and fiance’ Jason Lowery, Hal “Beau” LeBlanc Jr. and Melissa LeBlanc; great grandchildren, Kristen, Lorrie, Victoria, Madelyn, Breland and Micah. She was a member of the Norco Homemakers Club, a charter member and several times “Woman of the Year” of the Bonnet Carre Garden Club. She loved her family, gardening, painting, and fishing. She and Hyp are together again. Special thanks to her family and her caregivers: Angela Anderson, Beth Drake, Marion Frances, Marilyn Kelson, Ruby Pinedo, Rosie Bondack, Norco Adult Care Center and Canon Hospice. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 am Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church . Entombment was at St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., P.O Box 1950, Clarksburg, MO 20871-1950 or Canon Hospice. HC Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.