Volume 133 Number 15 - Apr 13, 2006


A heap of trouble
An abandoned vehicle surrounded by piles of trash sits idle on Carriage Lane in Ormond Subdivision.
Carriage Lane a pocket of blight, crime and trash
Carriage Lane has long been an eye sore for some residents of Ormond Subdivision. In addition, Hurricane Katrina caused residents to evacuate their homes, leaving everything behind. In some cases, residents didnít return. The street is now the home to several extensive large piles of debris, insulation, sheet rock, household trash and even abandoned automobiles.

Dow announces grant program
$2,000 awards for schools
St. Charles Operations is proud to announce its 2006 Educational Enhancement School Grant Program," said Stanley Dufrene, community relations manager.

East bank hurricane levee likely to go up 3 ft.
East bank hurricane levee likely to go up 3 ft. Exact height and funds still in limbo
With hurricane season right around corner, levee construction and maintenance is at the forefront of concerns for St. Charles Parish residents. Rumors and projections are leading local levee officials to believe that the Army Corps of Engineers may tell St. Charles Parish and the Pontchartrain Levee Board that east bank hurricane levee needs to be raised 3 ft.

Oil, gas and lawsuits
Oil, gas and lawsuits Debate over legacy site litigation could become testy
BATON ROUGE --If there were ever a poster child for so-called legacy sites, the distinction would likely belong to William Doreís 9,000 acres of marshland in Cameron Parish. He has made a profitable living leasing out his land to oil and gas prospectors, but it has come at a hefty price.

Ormond vehicles struck again
Ormond vehicles struck again Someone witnessed a teen in the act, says sheriff
Several vehicles in Ormond Subdivision once again became targets for criminals. This time the perpetrators were thieves.

Vitter speaks to area leaders
Vitter speaks to area leaders Topics include Katrina aftermath and immigration
Monday morning, U.S. Senator David Vitter addressed the River Region Chamber of Commerce at the LaPlace Quality Inn. In a room brimming with local business, industry and political leaders, Vitter's speech dealt with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and economic challenges to the River Parishes.


All-district girlsí hoops team named
Michael Luke
The All-District team was announced for area girls' basketball and several girls from Hahnville and Destrehan made the team, an indicator of the success each had this year.
Team shines as they prepare to compete for the district title
M. Susanne Hinkle
With the distractions of Summer and Spring, the Hahnville Softball squad still managed to secure their place in the district playoffs. "One challenge that faces me as a coach is keeping the kids focused on softball when Spring is here and it brings on many other activities that seem to take precedent over winning games," said Kenneth Vial, Hahnvilleís Head Coach.


A spiritual and visual retreat
Allen Lottinger
Our retreat master told us to go out and view the beauty that God has provided us. The birds, the mighty oaks, the flowers and, yes, even the insects which help us in their own way.
Sobering personal income news
Dan Juneau
The governor and Legislature should pay close attention to a recent bit of economic news. Data just released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) had some sobering news for Louisiana. Due in large part to the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana's per capita income fell by an ominous 9.1 percent during 2005.
Hurricanes - Itís all in the math!
Patrick Yoes
For years we knew that our luck was running out. Hurricanes make their way to the New Orleans area with a frequency that can be tracked by reviewing the historical data of all recorded storms. As such, we have been quite lucky, actually beating the odds of a major strike in New Orleans by nine years. That is, until Hurricane Katrina reared her ugly head.
"Gospel of Judas" no gospel
Ann Taylor
ROME, APRIL 6, (excerpt from Zenit) - The National Geographic Society has announced its intentions to publish an English translation of an ancient text called "The Gospel of Judas" later this month.

Our View

Water improvement financing an important matter
St.Charles Parish Council is considering a bold new plan to finance the improvements made necessary to its water system made by the increase of population and greater use by industry as the parish grows. It remains to be seen whether or not this plan is the right way to go about it, considering that the big users will virtually pay all of the cost of the upgrade.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Arrests ē Dorian Thompson, 18, of 835 East Hoover St., New Sarpy, was arrested and charged with molestation of a juvenile at St. Charles Correctional Center on April 4. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested after allegedly inappropriately fondling a juvenile.


What Cha got cookin'?
M. Susanne Hinkle
Chef Pat Phelan and his students are always cookin' up something good. Students interested in pursuing Culinary Arts as a profession need to go no further than the Satellite Center. The program is designed to prepare culinary students for college instruction or work in the industry.
Get it Growing!
Dan Gill
Itís great to spend time outside with your children, but you need to take a few precautions to ensure they stay safe. During this season, when the weather starts to warm up and youíre spending more time outdoors, I think itís a great time to get kids interested in gardening. Magic just seems to happen when you give a child a packet of seeds, a little spot of his or her own and a few demonstrations about what to do.
Tis the season for caterpillars
Rene' Schmit
Populations of the Eastern Tent and Forest Tent caterpillars are back and it seems that there are more of them than last year!


Falgout Ione M. Falgout, 52, died on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. She is survived by children; David Falgout, Jr., Anna M. Alfred Piner. Sister of Alvin Barham, and sister of Mary Redford and 2 grandchildren. Funeral services were be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2006 at H.C. Alexander Funeral Home in Norco. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment Jefferson Memorial. H.C. Alexander Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.