Volume 133 Number 5 - Feb 02, 2006


Affordable Housing is coming to St. Charles Parish
The USDA Rural Self-Help program will help increase housing opportunities for low income families in St. Charles Parish.

Fugitive from St. Charles Parish nabbed in Florida
Fugitive from St. Charles Parish nabbed in Florida Fugitive from St. Charles Parish nabbed in Florida Accused of stealing over $24,000 from work An employee of WMCO Inc. and Randa Corporation, Denise Pepperman, 47, was arrested in Florida after evacuating St. Charles Parish for Hurricane Katrina. Pepperman was wanted on felony theft charges over $24,000 and forgery.

Hahnville Band invited to D.C. for 4th of July Parade
Hahnville Band invited to D.C. for 4th of July Parade Group needs donations to march on national stage The Hahnville High School Marching Band has been invited to march at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. on July 4. Hahnville is only one of 3 bands in Louisiana that was chosen, as the invitation comes directly from governor's office. A recommendation for Hahnville came from the Louisiana Music Educator’s Office.

Insurance issues swamping hurricane victims
Profits come before customers, say some BATON ROUGE -- Only during this period of Louisiana’s long history would Al Trautman be able to tell his story with little or no shock value. People listen to his tale out of kindness, mind you, but it’s a yarn they’ve heard repeated all so often since last fall. You see, Trautman can actually stand in his bedroom and enjoy a panoramic view of his backyard.

Local adult learning centers offer voice to the unheard
Local adult learning centers offer voice to the unheard Literacy a problem statewide Between 21 percent and 23 percent of American adults, equaling about 44 million people nationwide, cannot demonstrate basic skills in reading, writing and math.

Local officials ready to fight Boasso Bill
St Charles Parish would lose in levee consolidation, they claim
Both Councilman “Snookie” Faucheux and Representative Ernest Wooten told the Republican Women of St. Charles that we would lose money if we consolidated into one levee board like the “women of the storm” are proposing, so “don’t be fooled by the Boasso bill.”

Sheriff warns of cyber predators
Sheriff warns of cyber predators MySpace and AIM hotbeds of crime Recently, in Baker County, Ore. - a small rural community a quarter the size of St. Charles Parish - a 37year-old man molested a 16 year-old girl after they met on Myspace.com, a popular Internet community for kids. The man misrepresented himself when they exchanged messages online with the teen. Then, he showed up at the girl's after-school job, followed her to the parking lot, forced her in his car and attacked her. The assailant knew where she worked because she posted it on her MySpace profile.


Wide receiver for St. Charles Catholic High signs on with Tulane
M. Susanne Hinkle
"I wanted to be as good a football player as my Dad, but I ended up being better," a laughing Casey Robottom said, recalling his father's football days at St. Charles. Robottom, a wide receiver and punt receiver for St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace, recently received a full paid scholarship to play football for Tulane. But Tulane wasn't his only choice. Robottom received offers from Brown University and Princeton University before deciding to play for Tulane.
Lumar leads Tigers
Claude Adams
An imposing man, a demanding coach, Coach Lumar has the boys program at Hahnville playing at a level desired by many area school coaches. He hawks over the practice session eagerly pointing out mistakes and correcting players and quickly offering praise when it flows right. It helps that he is returning at least three starters from a team a year ago that won the district.
Destrehan stifles Hahnville
Pat Smith
Destrehan's defense was consistent and confident in every move they made on the field in their game against the Hahnvville Tigers. With the help of Donald DeLatte, Luis Valladares, Robbie Anderson and Johathan Cabrera, the Wildcats walked away with a 4-0 victory.
Hahnville Tigers takes charge
Pat Smith
Once again Hahnville stepped out on the floor with the eye of the tiger, took control of the game and came out with a win over Destrehan Wildcats 61-42 in a District 5-5A game on Friday, Jan 27. The Tigers were relentless and at times punishing on both ends of the court. Destrehan attempted many times to pull ahead and close the gap but were unsuccessful due too many turnovers in the first half, a total of 10.
Lady Wildcats edge Lady Tigers
Chiante Johnson
On Friday night, Destrehan Lady Wildcats and Hahnville Lady Tigers battled it out in the biggest rival of the year. The Lady Wildcats took the victory over the Tigers 71-59. Both teams had been preparing for their archrivals for weeks and were eager for the game.
Hahnville looks for a big year
Michael Luke
Last year, Hahnville's season came to an emotional jolt, losing to St. Paul's in the regionals 4-2. With the disappointing loss, the Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 31-4, an undefeated district season and a district championship. But, as always, they were looking for more.


People in South Louisiana are different
Allen Lottinger
Our people and state were exposed to public opinion by people all over the world like never before after Hurricane Katrina opened our doors to universal inspection.
Apology Accepted... Lets Move On
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.
Trash on highways unsightly, dangerous
Patrick Yoes
I bet in a post Katrina world, there isn’t a single driver in southeast Louisiana who doesn’t have at least one story about debris falling from a trash truck either striking their vehicle, caused them to take dangerously evasive actions, or striking something on the roadway. With tons and tons of Hurricane Katrina trash being hauled to landfills, most all of which are located on the west bank just over the Jefferson and St. Charles Parish lines, it seems as though all roads to the landfills lead through St. Charles Parish, even from parishes far to our east. All of this has local residents experiencing a much larger percentage of driving challenges than any other community.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Theft • A trolling motor, valued at $495, was reported stolen from 179 Lakewood Drive, Luling, LA, on Jan. 24.


Get It Growing
Dan Gill
Rainy Februarys Remind Us To Plan Gardens Accordingly February weather often includes heavy and frequent rain, and this should remind us that Louisiana has a relatively wet climate.
Delay Pruning Following a Freeze
Dan Gill
Although temperatures have been quite mild this winter, freezing conditions could occur before the arrival of spring. Typically, the freezes we experience in our area cause little to no injury to our landscape plantings, however there are occasions when they can be severe enough to cause important damage.
Plant Ground Covers In Early Spring
Dan Gill
Using ground-cover plantings in landscapes is becoming increasing popular, and early spring is a good time to plant them.
Plan Strategies Now for Healthy Lawn This Summer
Dan Gill
Although our lawns are still dormant this month, you can begin to plan your strategy to have an attractive, healthy lawn this summer.


Guillard Allen Guillard on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at Downtown Baptist Hospital, San Antonio, Texas.