Volume 133 Number 17 - Apr 27, 2006

News

April showers?
Russel Roberts, ama, shows his wilted tomato plants on his vegetable farm. A lack of soil moisture has been a major concern for him and other farmers in the parish. With the lack of rain, Roberts is forced to irrigate his crops on a daily basis. Record drought still spells trouble for ranchers, farmers and aggravates water shortage
Wednesday’s substantial rain may have staved off a critical drought in parish. However, the driest spring in decades could cause major losses for ranchers and farmers if more rain doesn’t come soon, according to County Agent Renee’ Schmit.

Assessor issues interesting as usual this session
Assessor issues interesting as usual this session BATON ROUGE -- From the looks of it, the legislation was one of those no-brainers, a local bill that lawmakers historically give the nod to out of courtesy and have no need to question. But for some reason, Rep. Jeff Arnold was the only legislator in the 105-member House to vote against creating the "Old Metairie Road Business and Cultural District."

Destrehan man charged with insurance fraud
Everett Alleman, 58, Destrehan Subject faces 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine
In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, crimes such as insurance fraud are receiving national priority and attention and the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit is maintaining a zero tolerance approach to its investigations.

Dow employees go door to door
Dow Employees Brian Green and Percy Gasery visit with a neighbor, Bonita Spenter, during Dow's annual Door-to-Door event held recently near the Dow St. Charles facility. More than 50 Dow employee volunteers from the St. Charles Operations facility recently spent the afternoon visiting neighbors in the Killona community and in areas of Hahnville during Dow's Door-to-Door Day.

FEMA advises west bank to raise new homes
FEMA advises west bank to raise new homes Bayou Gauche, Paradis and Des Allemands no longer in 100-year plain
New flood height advisories released by Federal Emergency Management Agency -- if adopted by St. Charles Parish -- will drastically affect the building of new homes in certain areas on the west bank. Most areas in the lower portion of St. Charles Parish will no longer be inside Zone-X.

FEMA approves private property debris removal
Aid available in St. Charles
Parish President Albert D. Laque has announced that residents of St. Charles parish who still need help with removing hurricane-debris from their private property have until May 31 to request assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Mobile Medical Unit gets grant to continue work
The Foundation of the Mid South has awarded St. Charles Community Health Center a $50,000 Bridge Grant from the Foundation’s Hurricane Recovery and Restoration Fund in order to continue SCCHC's mobile medical unit presence in south Louisiana.

Ormond vandals caught
Ormond vandals caught Slingshot weapon of choice
Last week, two 16 year-old juveniles were arrested and charged 17 counts of criminal damage to property. According to police reports, the individuals are responsible, in part, for the spate of vandalism that took place in Ormond Subdivision during March.

Police searching river after person apparently jumps off bridge
Police are searching the Mississippi River for a person who apparently jumped off the Hale Boggs Bridge, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.


Sports

Tigers sweep the pair and the title
By Pat Smith
In both rivalry games against Destrehan, Hahnville's program of excellence won them the rightful title of District 5-5A Champions. In their game on Thursday, Hahnville beat Destrehan 14-10. On Saturday, Hahnville took their second victory against Destrehan with a win of 2-0.
Hahnville Boys' and Girls' Track win district
By Michael Luke
At the district track meet, Hahnville High School swept the competition, winning both the girls and boys overall titles.

Editorial

Last chance to do it right?
By Dan Juneau
If a system were the only one of its kind in the United States, was very antiquated, and yielded poor results, one would think those in charge of the operation would be desperately trying to reform it. Not so with Louisiana's Charity Hospital system. The genesis of the Charity system was during Huey Long's tenure as governor. In subsequent years, it grew to become the main delivery system for indigent health care across Louisiana. At its inception 70 years ago, it was a progressive approach. But in today's world of federally controlled Medicaid, it's a dinosaur being kept alive by politicians for political purposes.
Wrong-headed immigration policy
Letters to the Editor
In more than 60 years of reading the Herald and Herald-Guide, I have never seen a more wrong-headed editorial than the one written by Allen Lottinger in the edition of April 20, 2006.
New park draws thanks
Letters to the Editor
Nearly 8 years ago my science students at Hurst Middle adopted the site where the spillway's East Guide Levee meets Lake Pontchartrain as part of the LaBranche Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Project. It was a popular dumping spot where we found many washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators. The students took pride in the spot, planted many trees and worked with community leader Milton Cambre to plan out a nature trail in the area. Not only will this site have the first public nature trails in this region, it will also include an outdoor classroom, raised wooden decked trails, a fishing pier, sheltered picnic tables, a playground for children, and eventually real restrooms!
Just a few more weeks
By Patrick Yoes
Sometimes you just need to get away to see what is really going on. Case in point, last Saturday’s well-anticipated mayor’s election in New Orleans.
Hand of hope
By Ann Taylor
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.
St. Marks celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday with levee procession
By Colette Lottinger
A Divine Mercy Celebration was held on Sunday at St. Mark’s Church in Ama by Father Joseph Dau Van Nguyen. Jesus told St. Faustina that this Feast of Mercy would be a very special day when “all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.”

Our View

Closing MR-GO would be cost-effective
We keep reading that it is not cost-effective to completely close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet - - MR-GO as it is better known - - which has been blamed for much of the erosion of Southeast Louisiana’s wetlands.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
By M. Susanne Hinkle
Arrests ~ Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that members of the Drug Enforcement Administration received information that the subjects below were planning a drug transaction involving the sale of 1000 tabs of Ecstacy, which would take place in St. Charles Parish. On April 14, St. Charles Parish Agents along with DEA Agents arrested Cavalier and Wrens after witnessing this drug transaction take place. At the time of the arrest, Wrens and Cavalier were found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, two bundles of cocaine, and over $8,000 in US currency. This incident was an ongoing investigation involving DEA, St. Charles Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Kenner Police Department. Other individuals were arrested in conjunction with this investigation. • Kevin Cavalier, 19, of 100 Dixie Dr., Bayou Gauche, was arrested and charged with conspire to att. to poss. with intent to dist. 1000 DU’s of MDMA(ecstacy), poss. with intent to dist. cocaine and poss. of a firearm during the sale of a CDS at 13146 US Hwy. 90, Boutte, on April 14. • Michael Wrens, 36, of 6757 Willie Lou Ave., Houma, was arrested and charged with conspire to att. to poss. with intent to dist. 1000 DU’s of MDMA (ecstacy), poss. with intent to dist. cocaine HCL and poss. of a firearm during the sale of a CDS at 13146 US Hwy. 90, Boutte, on April 14.



Lifestyles

St. Charles Parish Art Guild 2006 Annual Member Art Show
By M. Susanne Hinkle
The St. Charles Art Guild presented their 2006 Member Art Show at the St. Charles Parish Library in St. Rose. The show was presented in memory of Dee Rabalais, a charter member of the guild. The event was open to the public and there was a good turnout. Art students from Destrehan High School and Hahnville High School also participated in the show.
Wedding and Engagements
By Staff Report
Bourgeois-Roccaforte The marriage of Miss Quincee Marie Bourgeois and Mr. Randy Anthony Roccaforte will be solemnized on Friday, April 28, 2006 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Destrehan. Quincee is the daughter of Belinda Babineaux Wilson and Kevin Bourgeois of Destrehan. Randy is the son of Janice and Lonnie Roccaforte of Garyville. Quincee is a Certified Court Reporter and Registered Professional Reporter employed with Torres Reporting & Associates, Inc. with offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Randy is a Process Operator employed at Marathon Oil in Garyville. The couple will reside in Garyville.
Birth Announcements
By Staff Report
Emma Griffith, was born to Emily Griffith and Curtis A. Brown on April 17, 2006 weighing in at 7 pounds 5 ounces and 10 1/4 inches long. Emma has a proud sister, Torey Gay, 6. Parents, sister and baby reside in Norco.
Joh'anna's Jazz in Motion Shakes a Tail Feather in Baton Rouge
By Staff Report
Joh’anna’s Jazz in Motion’s competition group traveled to Baton Rouge to compete in the VIP dance competition. The students walked away with gold, high medals and top awards.
Lakewood Elementary State Science Fair Winners
By Staff Report
Several Lakewood Elementary sixth graders recently received awards at the State Science Fair at LSU. Among the students competing in the division were Austin Savoie-placing 4th in Physics, Jared Bosco and Thomas Hymel taking 3rd in team projects, and Michelle Bourgeois winning 1st in Behavioral. Michelle also won 3rd overall in the Junior Division and received the Louisiana Gulf Coast Section Institute of Food Technologist Special Award.
Energy Saving Tips for a Hot Summer
By Staff Report
Another summer and another energy price hike. It seems like an unstoppable pattern, made worse this year by the devastation wrought in the energy producing Gulf states but by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Patterson Freeman Patterson, Sr., on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at his residence in New Sarpy, La. Son of the late Arthur and Ophelia p. Patterson. Devoted father of Freeman, Jr., Rickey and Jeff Patterson. Brother of Walter Patterson. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchilden and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Age 70 years. A native and resident of New Sarpy, La. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend funeral services at Beechgrove Baptist Church in Reserve, La. on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. Rev. Wesley Anderson, Sr., Pastor, officiating. Interment Providence Cemetery, LaPlace, La. Serviced by Robottom.