Volume 133 Number 6 - Feb 09, 2006


A change is underway
Management program transforming government BATON ROUGE -- Whether you’re a good government egghead or a cynical crackpot, it’s difficult to find fault with making government more responsive, less bureaucratic and increasingly adept. But to make it all happen, to eclipse antiquated systems and bury the fabled good-ol’-boy network, a process must be undertaken that is easier preached than carried out.

Accusing Cox Cable of misinformation, council wants TV Guide channel reinstated.

Davis named realtor of the year
Ben Oubre being sworn as president by Lynda Butler. New president installed The Saints Board of Realtors held their Installation of 2006 Board of Directors on Friday, January 13, 2006 at Ormond Country Club. Ben Oubre was installed as President by 2005 Louisiana Realtors Association President, Ms. Lynda Butler.

Hospital honors workers for United Way contributions
River Parish Hospital employees pose with their donation to the United Way. River Parishes Hospital recently held a celebration for its employees, honoring them for their donations totaling over $12,000 to the St John United Way Fund. Scott Boudreaux, CEO, welcomed the employees and thanked them for their generosity in helping residents of the community. Boudreaux talked about the organizations that the United Way sponsors and said he feels these organizations are a great asset to St. John Parish, especially during and after the recent hurricanes.

Parish Council passes resolution to not pay Waste Management
Failure to meet contract cited as motivation On Monday evening the St. Charles Parish Council unanimously passed a resolution to withhold any payment to Waste Management of Louisiana, LLC.

Rape in Boutte
Marcos Jiminez, 24, Mexico Mexican illegal charged with the illicit crime St. Charles Parish Detectives arrested Marcos A. Jiminez, 24, an illegal alien from Mexico Monday morning. Jiminez, who was residing at 121 Lakewood Dr. #73 at Lakewood Apartments, was charged with aggravated rape and armed robbery.

School buses run on bio-diesel fuel
Buses lined up at the St. Charles Parish School Board.  Parish recieved funds to run buses on Bio-diesal fuel. School system hopes to reduce pollution In an effort to reduce pollution in the New Orleans area, the St. Charles Parish School System's Transportation Department received a grant from the EPA's Clean School Bus USA program for bio-diesel fuel to be used in 98 of its 149 bus fleet. The fuel, produced from a number of renewable sources including soybean old, rapeseed oil and animal fats, will replace the standard fuel normally used in the buses.

Sheriff Champagne to award a scholarship
Honorary Membership Program helps worthy St. Charles Parish student further their education Sheriff Greg Champagne will award a scholarship providing assistance to a worthy St. Charles Parish student in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. It will be awarded to a graduating high school student from either Destrehan High School or Hahnville High School.

Sheriff responds to recent allegations that Ormond is not patrolled
"Officers are present in the area," says Sheriff Greg Champagne. The Ormond area has been the victim of at least three strings of over night vandalism that resulted in criminal damage to several vehicles and mailboxes throughout the subdivision. As residents remain concerned about the incidents, Sheriff Greg Champagne is speaking out against allegations that the area is not being patrolled by deputies. And residents are echoing his sentiments saying the area has police presence.

Trailers are supposed to be a bearable solution
FEMA trailer resident, Dawn Matherne, poses for a picture outside her trailer in Des Allemands. "It took them four months to even have the water heater in working order," says local resident. Last summer's series of hurricanes left thousands of people on the gulf coast homeless. FEMA promised trailers, and slowly but surely residents have received these trailers and made them their homes, well not really.


Hahnville clips East St. John
Chiante Johnson
Hahnville Tigers took a victory over East St. John Wildcats with 66-63 in overtime on Friday night at the Wildcats Stadium.
Jai Eugene switches and signs with LSU
Michael Luke
After committing to the University of Michigan several weeks ago, Destrehan standout Jai Eugene had a change of heart and decided to sign with LSU. At 5'11" and 185 lbs with electric speed, the blue chip recruit was pursued as a cornerback by all of the top college football programs in the nation-from Miami to LSU.
Lady Wildcats Triumph over John Ehret
Pat Smith
Destrehan's Lady Cats basketball team played a smart game against the Lady Patriots and accomplished another win, beating them with a score of 43-41.
Destrehan Lady Wildcats Win District Champs
Pat Smith
The undefeated Lady Wildcats soccer team closed out their season on Friday, February 3, at West Jeff Stadium against John Ehret shutting them out 12-0.


Blocking offshore leases may get attention
Allen Lottinger
Gov. Kathleen Blanco is getting aggressive in her efforts to attract more federal government financial support in our efforts to rebound after Hurricane Katrina. Now she has threatened to block the sale of offshore oil leases off the coast of Louisiana in August if we don’t get a larger share of the revenue.
133 years of taking notes
Patrick Yoes
Much has happened in St. Charles Parish in the more than thirteen decades. We have gone from a sparsely populated agricultural community to being one of the largest ports in the world. And during that time, one business has witnessed this evolution first hand.
Viewers around the country protest obscene programing on basic cable
Ann Taylor
Several programs currently on basic cable television should be considered pornography, according to the Parents Television Council, yet they are part of the general basic programming offered by Cox Cable. We will not go over the details here, but explicit examples of obscene programming currently being aired on MTV, Fox FX, and other basic cable stations can be reviewed on the web site www.parentstv.org.

Our View

Trash Bash
Admittedly, we have had a lot of Hurricane Katrina-related trash in addition to regular trash to pick up in St. Charles Parish since the storm tore up thousands of trees and branches and portions of many structures. So it is somewhat understandable that we would have somewhat of a trash problem.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Theft • Assorted jewelry and assorted medication, an undetermined value, were reported stolen from 1016 First Street, Lot 10, Norco, LA, on Feb. 3


Even If I have to crawl, I will keep moving forward
M. Susanne Hinkle
Des Allemands resident is learning to read at age 59 To most it seems hard to imagine a life without the ability to read and write. Life is hard enough let alone living everyday without the basic ability to read street signs, restaurant menus, look up a number in the phone book, or even read the newspaper. "I never could figure out why people stared at the newspaper so long. Then I realized they were reading," said Curtis O'Neil Young of Des Allemands, who has lived his whole life with out the ability to read. At age 59, he has taken the first step of a long journey towards a new ability to read and write.