Volume 133 Number 18 - May 04, 2006


6 years of living dangerously
6 years of living dangerously 2012 is potential completition date of west bank levee
The most pressing issue that St. Charles Parish faces is the lack of hurricane protection, especially on the west bank where most homes and business are vulnerable to storm inundation.

Blanco only a speedbump on the road to more gambling, says lobbyist
Blanco only a speedbump on the road to more gambling, says lobbyist BATON ROUGE -- Rep. Ernest Wooten has his name attached to a set of bills that increase the number of video poker machines in truck-stop casinos and ups the maximum bet players can stick into the one-armed bandits.

Fugitive sweep nabs 32
Fugitive sweep nabs 32 Sheriff's office takes part in national roundup
During a weeklong nationwide fugitive roundup, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 32 wanted individuals during a spree police officials designed to capture at-large individuals locally and nationally.

High speed chase lands local man in jail
Deron Downing, 22, Destrehan Subject wanted by two law enforcement agencies
A high speed police chase on the evening of April 24, resulted in the arrest of Destrehan resident, Daron Downing, 22. As a result, he was charged with numerous crimes by the St. Charles Seriff’s Office.

Laque delivers State of the Parish address
River Region Chamber Chairman Blaise Gravois, St. James Parish President Dale Hymel, St. John the Baptist Parish President Nickie Monica and St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque spoke during a luncheon at Destrehan Plantation. Several large businesses relocating to St. Charles, says parish president
Speaking in front of a host of business professionals and executives from the River Parishes, St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque delivered a speech outlining the conditions of the parish to the River Region Chamber of Commerce during a well-attended luncheon last week at Destrehan Plantation.

Pesky predator takes a bite out
Gumbusia Fish, (Gambusia affinis), are used to control mosquito population and malaria.  While only a small guppy-sized fish, it has a voracious appetite, eating hundreds of mosquitoes a day. Parish agency offers hungry fish to residents with standing water
St. Charles Mosquito Control Inc. is busy getting the parish ready for another summer of those annoying pests, mosquitoes.

United Way of St. Charles gets $50,000 grant
Denise Brodsky, Executive Director, United Way of St. Charles (center) poses with St. Charles Parish leaders holding the generous donation from Bunge North America. Bunge donates for Katrina relief
Bunge North America has awarded the United Way of St. Charles a $50,000 Grant to continue the local United Way’s support of Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts.


A Field of Dreams
Pat Smith
It is that time of year again when our young children will begin to discover their field of dreams. Alex Waltz, now 15, has loved the game of baseball since the age of two. “He started with a plastic Coke bottle as his bat and the cap to the bottle as his ball,” said his mother Shannon Waltz. “He loves the game; he has a passion for the game,” adding that the Booster Club has allowed his dream to become a reality at a young age.
Destrehan's softball team closes out season
Pat Smith
Destrehan Girl's Softball Team placed second in the district and ended their season losing in the first round of the play-offs against Natchitoches Central with a score of 4-1.
Hahnville Boys' Golf wins title
Michael Luke
Hahnville Boys' Golf Team took home the Division I Region III Class 5-A district title the past week at their home course, Willowdale Country Club. The defending state champ distanced themselves from the field with a strong team performance.
Hahnville High School announces planned summer camps
M. Susanne Hinkle
Football Camp Football youth camp is open to boys ages 7-14. The cost is $50 and includes a t-shirt. For more information, contact Coach Lou Valdin @ 758-7537. WHEN: July 25—28, 2006 WHERE: HHS Field House TIME: 9 a.m.— Noon
Destrehan and Hahnville head to state finals
M. Susanne Hinkle
Girls’ and boys’ track team members from Hahnville and Destrehan High Schools recently competed at the Class 5A Region II Track Meet. By placing in the top four of the track event, these students qualified for the State Track Meet May 6 at LSU.


At last we know how to evacuate
Allen Lottinger
It may have been one year -- and one hurricane too late -- but Mayor Ray Nagin has come up with a firm plan for evacuation when a Category Two storm approaches. It may save lives and a lot of utter frustration when the inevitable happens again.
What the New Orleans vote means for the future
Dan Juneau
In a few weeks, displaced, challenged and beleaguered New Orleanians will determine who will be their next mayor. Either the incumbent, Ray Nagin, or the challenger, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, will have four years to try to bring some degree of normalcy back to the Crescent City.
Louisiana’s spicy politics
Patrick Yoes
Death, taxes, Edwin Edwards and dirty elections. What do the four have in common? The first two, we all agree, are inevitable. But, in Louisiana, so are the second two.
15th century city saved from plague by the Holy Name
Ann Taylor
Editor’s note: the following story is an excerpt from the book “The wonders of the Holy Name” by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. A devastating plague broke out in Lisbon in 1432. All who could do so fled in terror from the city and thus carried the plague to every corner of the entire country of Portugal.
Jesus: “I walked on earth for you.”
Ann Taylor
Editor’s note: The following is the May message from Jesus to Anne, A Lay Apostle. Anne, who is considered genuine by Archbishop Hannon and others in the Church, has been recieving monthly messages from Jesus since December of 2004. He has told her these messages are to prepare his followers for his return.

Our View

Levee route through parish still undetermined
The good news is that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a hurricane protection levee along the west bank of the Mississippi River from Plaquemines Parish through St. Charles to Donaldsonville.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
• Kelly Creel, 26, of 207 River Oaks Dr., was arrested and charged with poss. of a CDS to wit Hydrocodone and 2 SCSO attachments at the above address on April 21. Sheriff Champagne reports that officers executed a search warrant at the above location. A search of the residence revealed Creel to be in poss. hydrocodone. The subject was also wanted on 2 traffic attachments.


Think of fertilizers as 'vitamins' for plants
Dan Gill
Choosing a fertilizer for your landscape is not as difficult as it might seem – particularly if you look at it the right way.
A passion for playing
M. Susanne Hinkle
Many residents of St. Charles Parish know that Dr. Rodney Lafon began his education career as a music teacher before being promoted to Superintendent of St. Charles Parish Schools.
DHS Third Quarter Honor Roll
M. Susanne Hinkle
Christine Abell, Francie Abell, Ashley Able, Jessica Albanese, Tachel Alexander, Brittany Allesandro, Kristine Allesandro, Stephanie Allotto, Callie Anderson, Chelsea Anderson, Jasmine Anderson, Kyle Anderson, Amber Arceneaux, Andrew Arceneaux, Rickey Aucoin, Tristan Babin, Shaine Babineaux
Albert Cammon Middle School Honor Roll
Staff Report
Albert Cammon Middle School’s third quarter Honor Roll students were recognized at an Honor Roll Breakfast. Students were able to attend the breakfast with their parents, or guardians, to celebrate their academic accomplishments.


Oglesby Dale H. Oglesby, age 61, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2006. Beloved father of Deron, Jennifer, Ashley, and Jared Oglesby. Proud grandfather of Caleb Karling and Collin Oglesby. Brother of Darrell Oglesby. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman S. and Marie Barron Oglesby. A native of Verda, LA and a resident of Luling for many years. Mr. Oglesby was a retired Computer Process Engineer for Dow Chemical Company. Religious services were held at Verda Baptist Church with Rev. Roland Hebert and Rev. Douglas James officiating. Interment at Verda Cemetery, Verda, La.