Volume 133 Number 16 - Apr 20, 2006


Home Occupation Permits skyrocket post-Katrina
Home Occupation Permits skyrocket post-Katrina Illegal operators are the problem, says director
Since Hurricane Katrina, Home Occupation Permits for St. Charles Parish continue to be authorized at an unprecedented rate. As almost three to four permits are approved at each parish council meeting, the explosion of the permits is another indicator of the parish's burgeoning growth.

Levee district hopes to add 3 pumps
The Bayou Trepagnier Pump is St. Charles Parish’s lone line of defense along the lakefront; it was funded by the Pontchartrain Levee District, St. Charles Parish and Shell/Motiva. Hurricane protection not complete on east bank
In the never ending battle the parish faces against the forces of Mother Nature, the Pontchartrain Levee District is projecting a need to add to 3 pumps to the hurricane levee along the shores of the lake.

Local man charged with attemped murder
Rebun Vega, 31, Paradis Victim rushed to hospital for emergency surgery
Rebun Vega, 31, Paradis, was arrested and charged with second degree attempted murder following an altercation with an unnamed adult male and his wife.

Louisiana sweet treats in season
Researchers say that folic acid has many health benefits and that adding a healthy dose of strawberries to your diet can help reduce the risk of certain cancers. Local strawberries may help save your life
"This year was a very successful crop," says Rene' Schmit, County Agent for St. Charles Parish, and April is an especially good time of year to enjoy Louisiana strawberries.

Open door policy
Open door policy Public records bills being reviewed in regular session
BATON ROUGE -- It is widely known as “sunshine,” that willingness by government to open up its books and meetings and operations to the general public.


Hahnville Boys and Girls run into first
Pat Smith
Destrehan hosted their annual Invitational on April 13. The participating teams, including Destrehan. were East St. John, McMain, Hahnville, Higgins and West St. John.
Tigers slaughter Patriots
Pat Smith
When baseball fans walked into the gates of the Hahnville Baseball Field, etched on the board were the words “Welcome to Hanhville Baseball: The Program of Excellence.”
DHS to take on HHS this week in baseball
M. Susanne Hinkle
The Destrehan High School Wildcat Baseball Team started the season 9-0. After a few losses their current record is 17-7, managing to secure their place in the district tournament. This year will be the team's fifth trip to the state tournament.


Immigrants are necessary
Allen Lottinger
Strange that we should be talking about keeping immigrants from Latin America out of the country at a time when they are helping to reconstruct our state after the nation’s biggest disaster in history.
A stronger economy and safer environment
Dan Juneau
A recent Wall Street Journal article told the story of a Montana geologist-turned-independent oil man who discovered what is now the highest-producing onshore field found in the lower 48 states in the past 56 years. The story line was that, for several years now, major oil companies have taken the approach that there are no more large fields left to find under American soil. The majors left, and wildcatters like Richard Findley took over.
We all should vote in Mayor’s election
Patrick Yoes
I have lived in St. Charles Parish all my life, but I have always considered myself a New Orleanian. We may not have a vote in New Orleans elections, but the mayor of New Orleans is, in many ways, our mayor as well. As goes New Orleans, so goes the region. The cities successes and weaknesses, and image have tremendous impact on us in a national and global economy.
Did death of pope signal final coming of christ?
Robert R. Allard
For those who were close to Pope John Paul II, no explanation is necessary for this statement. For the rest of humanity, it is necessary to study the special legacy left by this virtuous man, who many are already calling Saint John Paul the Great!

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
DWI • Albert Dufrene, 45, of PO Box 225, Des Allemands, was arrested and charged with DWI, ROMV and open container on April 12. • Kyle Ayme, 51, of 299 Adams Raceland, was arrested and charged with DWI, driving on shoulder, open container and prescription meds at St. Charles Hospital on April 13. • Erick Marks, 67, of 308 Santa Cruz Ct., Luling, was arrested and charged with DWI and reckless operation at US 90 & LA 52 on April 14. • Corey Shaw, 23, of 26 Temple St., Wilton, Me, was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless operation and resisting an officer by violence at US 61, St. Rose, on April 14. • Jason Watson, 27, of 2350 Dukes Ave., Mobile, Ala., was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless operation and open container at I-10 Eastbound on April 13.


Local graphic artist gains national attention
M. Susanne Hinkle
As a young adult, when Matt Touchard was planning for his future, he realized early on that the only profession that made any sense to him would involve the creative arts. Whether he was involved in art, music, sculpting or writing, he knew that he would make a career out of using the right side of his brain.


White Billy Rogers White, Sr., age 81, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at Terrebonne General Medical Center. Beloved father of Billy Rogers White, Jr., Glenda Jones, Jo Ellen Maurin, Darryl White and Denise Matherne. Proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. Brother of Cecil White and Annie Pruitt. He was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. A native of Tylertown, Ms., and a resident of Houma, La. He served in the US Marine Corps and retired form the international Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 406. Visiting was held at Alexander Funeral Home, Norco. Religious services were at Alexander Funeral Home of Norco. Rev. W.D. Cottingham officiated. Interment at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, St. Rose, La. Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.