Volume 133 Number 14 - Apr 06, 2006

News

Blanco catches second wind
Blanco catches second wind New approach in regular session
BATON ROUGE -- Castration for sex offenders, human cloning, cockfighting, flag burning, computer-assisted hunting, an official state song.

Dow to build a plant in Hahnville
Dow to build a plant in Hahnville Site a potential for new jobs
The Dow Chemical Company Biocides business has announced plans to build a new, integrated Vinyl Methyl Ether (VME) facility at St. Charles Operations in Hahnville, La., which will replace the existing VME capacity manufactured in South Charleston, W.Va.

Expo sends students into the future
Dow employee Gordon Geoffroy assists students from Destrehan High School at the Reality Store where they learned about living expenses such as automobile and mortgage payments, health and car insurance as well as other daily living costs. High school students get an eye opener
Career Connections, an expo that showed area high school students what happens when their education experience hits the real world, was held March 23 at Hahnville High School.

Learning in the shadow of a great man
The brand new, $10 million facility that sits at the base of the Hale Boggs Bridge and a picture of a young R.K Smith upon graduation. R.K. Smith touched lives in the parish
At the grand opening of the parish's new middle school facility, R.K. Smith, the man for whom the building is named for was the centerpiece, celebrating the legacy of a tireless educator, Roland K. Smith.

Lights, Camera, Action!
Kevin Mathews, a student at Destrehan High School, Mason Vial, a student at Hahnville High School, work with state-of-the-art equipment in the Advanced Television Production Program at the Satellite Center. Television production class casts spotlight on students
At the Satellite Center, a handfull of students have the priviledge of participating in the Advanced Television Production Program which utilizes state-of-the-art filming equipment.

Local dentist honored
Dr. Pete Glaser and his daughter and partner, Dr. Laurie Glaser. Glaser selected for outstanding service
Boutte dentist Dr. Peter L. Glaser received the Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) during its 126th Annual Session on March 25 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.

Voters to decide on hospital expansion
Voters to decide on hospital expansion Special election this Summer; updating hurricane communications
On Monday, at the parish council, two measures were introduced simultaneously for St. Charles Parish Hospital, as a resolution was put forth and passed to hold a special election on July 15 for the hospital.


Sports

Altitude challenge draws record crowd
By Ann Taylor
Record crowds came out on April 1 to watch or participate in this year's Valero/United Way Bridge Run/Walk. Participants were rewarded at the end with fabulous food and drink and live music as well as entertainment for the kids.
Pokey Chatman looks back and forward
By Michael Luke
While events this weekend proved disappointing for the Lady Tigers, Ama's native daughter, Dana "Pokey" Chatman discussed the long road to success she has travelled, coming a long way since her days of Biddy Basketball.

Editorial

Levees no match for restoration
By Allen Lottinger
The state and federal government will get more bang for their bucks by paying for coastal restoration, rather than building levees.
Family says thanks for Parish’s warmth
Letters to the Editor
To The People Of St. Charles: We, the Hitt Family, Ann, Al, Tazz and Zachary, want to say how grateful we are for everything that the community has done for us.
Katrina’s passed, let’s get a move on
Letters to the Editor
Attention To The Powers that be: Now that Katrina is over in St. Charles Parish, let's get on with the necessities. Fourth Street and Milling Street are but two of the streets in Old Luling that are in terrible condition.
Victims’ Voices: Silent No More
By Patrick Yoes
Once upon a time in America, to be a crime victim was to be a nameless, faceless entity. Victims were seldom informed of the status of their offenders or cases. They were often excluded from judicial processes affecting their lives unless they were witnesses. They seldom had input into the outcome of their cases, or into holding their offenders accountable.
Oh Baby!
By Ann Taylor
In case you haven't noticed, there is a world-wide debate about what should happen to 400,000 plus frozen embryos currently in storage at in-vitro clinics. Evangelical Christians and Catholics believe that these embryos are human persons and deserve to be treated as such. "Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being," they argue.

Our View

New plant to boost economy in the area
It's unusual to hear of a major company moving a plant from another state into Louisiana, as it's usually the other way around. For far too long, the state and the region has struggled to court business. Often the sight is business, industry and talented personnel leaving Louisiana for better opportunities.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that several vehicles in the Ormond Subdivision were burglarized on March 31 and April 3. There were no signs of forced entry in any of the vehicles except for one. If anyone has information on these burglaries, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-903-STOP. Individuals with information may be eligible for a cash reward.



Lifestyles

Spinning in the wind
By M. Susanne Hinkle
If you're an area local, chances are you have seen Harold Vicknair's 'whirlygigs' spinning in his front yard on the corner of River Road and Barton Avenue in Luling.
Lending a helping hand
By M. Susanne Hinkle
Local residents and organizations are lending a helping hand to the FISH relief volunteer camp located directly behind the First Union Presbyterian Church in Luling.
DHS choir is SUPERIOR
By Staff Report
Friday, March 31, 2006: The DHS Chamber Singers received Sweepstakes (all Superior Ratings) and the DHS Concert Choir received Superior ratings on stage and Excellent ratings in sight-reading.
HHS plays a melodies of sweet success
By Staff Report
Congratulations to the HHS Concert and Symphonic Bands on receiving all Superior ratings in both Performance and Sight-Reading at the District VII Concert Band Festival held at Nicholls State University on March 28-30.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Dufrene Annie D. Dufrene, on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 5:45 a.m. in Luling, LA. Beloved wife of Raymond J. Dufrene for 68 years. Mother Leslie Dufrene and his Evelyn, Dale Dufrene and his wife Mary, Flora Arceneaux and her husband Wally. Daughter of the late Pierre and Lucia Authement Dufrene. Sister of Josh Dufrene, Walterine Comardelle, Winnie McCully, Dessie Burson, Vonnie McBlair and the late Walter Dufrene and Eula Dufrene. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. A native of Bourg, La and resident of Des Allemands, La. Age 88 years. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend funeral services at First Assembly of God Church, Des Allemands, La. Interment was at Matherne Cemetery, Bayou Blue, La. Falgout Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.