Volume 133 Number 12 - Mar 23, 2006


Accused rapist jumps bail
Accused rapist jumps bail Luling man allegedly raped 15-year old girl
The St. Charles Sheriff's Office is looking for a Luling man charged with the forcible rape of a juvenile after he skipped out of a court date on March 10.

Brou: Now is the time for panic
The metal sides of this C-plant clarifing tank are showing signs of corrosion. If the tank is not repaired, Brou is concerned that the tank could rupture, shutting down the east-bank’s largest water plant. East bank water plant failure is imminent
The east bank water crisis ratcheted up another notch at the parish council meeting on Monday evening. At the meeting, Department of Waterworks Director Robert Brou told members in an impassioned address that C Plant's failure “could happen tonight."

Clearing New Paths for the Future
Hurst 7th graders Paige Duplantis and Renee Walsh wait in line to get some well-deserved hot dogs and chili after a hard morning's work. Motiva, Valero and Dow chip in assistance
When St. Charles Parish teachers Barry Guillot, Craig Howat and Daniel Martin along with local environmentalist Milton Cambre surveyed the damage from Hurricane Katrina to their proposed site for the region's first public nature trail, they were encouraged by the lack of erosion from the tidal surge.

Coveted trophy up for grabs
Race Chairman Tracie Lack and United Way Executive Director Denise Brodsky hold the coveted team participation trophy won by St. Charles Parish Schools for the past two years. Businesses will again challenge St. Charles Parish School System for the highly coveted team participation trophy awarded by the Valero St. Charles United Way Bridge Run. For the past two years, St. Charles Parish Schools has won the trophy. Last year’s school team boasted over 300 participants.

Death trap
Death trap Motorists have no room for error if they drive off Airline Highway
The deadly canal that runs alongside Airline Highway between St. Rose and Destrehan, continues to claim lives and reap havoc on automobiles.

Displaced Metairie man charged with indecent behavior
Displaced Metairie man charged with indecent behavior Suspect witnessed taking inappropiate photos in park
A New Orleans area man, who was staying with a Luling family, was charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office arrested John L. Smith III, 60, Metairie, on March 12 after someone witnessed him taking inappropriate photographs of a 6 year-old girl in Monsanto Park.

Dow Offers $6,000 in PTEC Scholarships
Dow Offers $6,000 in PTEC Scholarships Program available for graduating seniors and mid-career adults
The chemical industry has been vocal about how their operations have changed over the years. Technology has changed and, as a result, the skill sets a plant operator must have today have changed through the years as well. That is why Dow St. Charles Operations and neighboring companies have partnered with the Louisiana Technical College -- River Parishes Campus to offer an Associate's Degree in Process Technology (PTEC).

Four large vessels moved
Valero moving multi-ton equipment through the parish
Valero St. Charles Refinery and Mammoet USA will be transporting 4 large vessels, weighing 150-580 tons, March 15-19.

Hurricane recovery could be overshadowed during regular session
Hurricane recovery could be overshadowed during regular session BATON ROUGE -- When six feet of Katrina’s water rushed down Bayou Savage along the eastern side of New Orleans, Pete Gerica rescued his elderly mother from the surge and strapped her to the top of a tree using a cable wire.

Internationally-known singer Mark Mallett to perform in Ama
Canadian singer/songwriter Mark Mallet. Canadian singer/songwriter and Catholic missionary Mark Mallett, who will be performing at the Father Cote Center in Ama on Thursday, March 23, has been making waves once again.

Laque’s pleas for levee go unanswered
Laque’s pleas for levee go unanswered Parish going it alone in hurricane protection
With hurricane season set to start June 1, St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque expressed extreme frustration in trying to complete a hurricane protection levee for the parish's vulnerable southern flank, the west bank. This is especially taxing, considering the near miss St. Charles Parish experienced with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

LEAP --displaced students will be scored separately
LEAP --displaced students will be scored separately Some students were out of school for 6-8 weeks.
Students get your #2 pencils ready, it’s LEAP test time again. As students prepare for the annual testing, state and parish officials have taken steps to accommodate a possible risk of displaced student scores affecting the parish’s overall testing results.

Local leaders add support to the Jindal Bill
Local leaders add support to the Jindal Bill Congressman Bobby Jindal was recently joined by parish presidents, mayors, and coastal advocacy groups to add further weight behind the push to pass his Domestic Energy Production through Offshore Exploration and Equitable Treatment of State Holdings Act of 2006.

Recreational riders beware
Recreational riders beware Sheriff warns 4-wheeler and dirt bike owners they will be fined if caught riding on public streets or levees
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's office is cracking down on people riding recreational vehicles on public roads. They recently issued a statement warning people that if they are caught riding 4-wheelers, dirt bikes or other off-road vehicles on public roads, they will be issued a ticket and fined. The sheriff's office is clamping down on the law due to a rise in complaints of children riding off road vehicles in neighborhoods.

School district's response to Katrina rewarded
Superintendent Lafon and Dir. of Public Information Rochelle Cancienne (right) accept the Grace Under Fire Award Innovative communication system helps district win $10,000
Nationwide, along with two other school districts, Superintendent Dr. Rodney Lafon and Director of Public Information Rochelle Cancienne were recognized for their performance during Hurricane Katrina. Winners of the Grace Under Fire Award at the American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) annual conference, the St. Charles Parish School District receives a $10,000 endowment.

Top Citizen, Young People are honored at Rotary banquet
MONA BAGOT was honored as 2005-06 Citizen of the Year in the parish by St. Charles Rotary Club Friday night. This year’s Citizen of the Year was praised as a heroine in saving ill and elderly hospital patients during Hurricane Katrina.

Wetland Watchers wins national award
Along with Superintendent Lafon and School Board President Robichaux, Harry Hurst Science teacher Barry Gulliot accepts a $10,000 check from the AASA and Sodexo USA. Hurst Middle school program nets $10,000
From a crowded field of worthy entrants, the LaBranche Wetland Watchers, an outdoor educational program for Harry Hurst Middle School, won the 2006 National Silver Star, a $10,000 prize.


Hahnville's track: the sky is the limit
Pat Smith
The Don Raymond Relays certainly is a place to find good talent in track and field. High schools from the surrounding areas participated on Friday at Hahnville High School. However, for the Hahnville girls and boys team, winning was not an option but a plan. They both successfully took first place in the Don Raymond Relays.
Local girls dominate all-district team
Michael Luke
The All-District team was released for girls' soccer and plenty of talent represented the area. On the first team for Hahnville High School, senior midfielder Rachel Byrd, sophomore midfielder Samantha May, sophomore striker Ashley Eusea, junior goalie Megan Waters and freshman defender Raven Scott were named, with offensive juggernaut, Eusea named offensive MVP for scoring 38 goals this season.


Outstanding citizens honored
Allen Lottinger
Every year, we honor people in the parish by selecting them as outstanding citizens, young people and deputies. This year, a much larger number of such people in the parish were honored, mainly because of outstanding accomplishments in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Espouse optimism but budget cautiously
Dan Juneau
As required by law, the governor recently submitted her executive budget for Fiscal Year (FY) `07 in advance of the Regular Session. The $20-plus billion budget proposal turned some heads due to its size and the amount of new spending it contains.
It’s all about balance
Patrick Yoes
We all mark certain events in our lives with anniversaries by which, throughout time, our kind have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication of another year.
Could cure given to Maria Esperanza be for the Bird Flu?
Ann Taylor
In an unprecedented speech last week, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
M. Susanne Hinkle
Indecent BehaviorJohn L. Smith III, 60, of Luling, LA, was arrested and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile at St. Charles Correctional Center on March 12. Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested on a warrant that was issued on March 12, 2006 for the above charge. On March 11, 2006 the subject was observed taking inappropriate pictures of a six year old juvenile, and allegedly inappropriately touching a juvenile. Smith was released on March 14, 2006 after posting $12,530.


Some spring pests have arrived early
Staff Report
This year's mild winter and warming temperatures have set up the perfect scenario for an early emergence of various insect pests.
St. Charles Catholic to host first ever after prom party
Staff Report
Whenever a new tradition is started, it is usually met with some resistance because most people are resistant to change. St. Charles Catholic is planning to establish a new tradition and dispense with any resistance by putting on a one of a kind party.


Lewis Johnny Lewis, Jr., on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at his residence in Killona, LA. Son of Julia Lewis and the late Johnny Lewis, Sr. Brother of Michael A. Williams, Patricia L. (James) Downing, Gilbert Lewis, Navada L. (Rickie) Borne, Nathan (Foncella) and David Lewis. Also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Age 52 years. A native and resident of Killona, LA. Relatives and friends of the family, also pastors, officers and members of Canaan, Children of Israel and Bethlehem Baptist Church and all neighboring churches were invited to attend the funeral service at Canaan Baptist Church. Rev. Henry Wolfe, Pastor, Officiating. Interment Bethlehem Cemetery, Hahnville, LA. Serviced by Robottom.