Volume 133 Number 19 - May 11, 2006


Ace Hardware associate nationally recognized for work after Katrina
Ace Hardware associate nationally recognized for work after Katrina Destrehan, La. - In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’ s devastation, many local residents turned to Anthony’s Ace Hardware for help in rebuilding their homes and lives. However, if it weren't for the dedication and resolve of employee Leslie Lauman, those residents would have found a “closed" sign instead of a welcome mat.

Blanco has another shot at redemption
Blanco has another shot at redemption BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Kathleen Blanco is on the threshold of her potential resurgence, with six weeks of the regular session behind her and just as much time remaining.

Drunk driver harms officer
Bill Baldwin, 46, Kenner charged with DWI and Sgt. Bobby Gorman, a nine-year veteran Multiple fractures send cop to the hospital
Sgt. Bobby Gorman was severely injured when a Kenner man turned into his path of travel near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Riverbend Dr. in St. Rose the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office reported.

Katrina has little effect on termite population
Katrina has little effect on termite population Populations found a way to keep colonies free from water during storm
Hurricane Katrina brought with her massive rainfall and flooding. In the storm’s aftermath, some residents in the area believed that the massive flooding would decrease the termite populations.

New ADA sworn in
Steven Gonzales being sworn in by District Attorney Harry Morel, Jr. St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry J. Morel, Jr. has added a new Assistant District Attorney to his staff. Steven Gonzales was sworn in by Mr. Morel on April 24.

Parish to provide kids with meals during the summer
Parish to provide kids with meals during the summer Food Service Program to open cafeterias at four schools
Children in St. Charles Parish will have the opportunity to get a nutritious and balanced meal from June 5 through July 13 at four designated food service sites throughout the parish.

School board enacts sales tax holiday
School board enacts sales tax holiday A way of saying thanks to parish for support
Members of the St. Charles Parish School Board passed a resolution at its meeting on May 3, that would provide a local "Sales Tax Holiday" to parish residents as a way of thanking the community for their commitment to public schooling in the area.

Valero to move heavy equipment through Norco
Valero to move heavy equipment through Norco This week, four huge vessels, each weighing about 130 tons, will be trucked from the Bonne Carre Spillway to the Valero St. Charles refinery. Part of the plant's new upgrades, the equipment will be used in the hydrogen production facility, which is currently under construction. The Louisiana State Police and the St. Charles Sheriff's Department will help direct and detour traffic in an effort to ensure the safety of and minimize the impact on area residents.

Water rate increase expected
Question remains: Who will foot the bill?
At its May 15 meeting, the parish council will decide whether to increase the rates of water users in St. Charles Parish. If approved, the rate increase will pay for a $25 million plan to upgrade water treatment facilities on the east and west bank.


Tigers create joy in Hahnville
Pat Smith
Hahnville entered into the playoffs as district champs and has managed to gain victories over their first two opponents in the playoffs.
Hahnville falls short at state golf tournament
Michael Luke
After a dominating year, Hahnville High School Boys' Golf Team traveled to Shreveport to defend their state title. Held at Olde Oaks Golf Club, the tournament was a multiple day event against the finest golfers in Louisiana.
Hahnville High School wrestler wins state championships
M. Susanne Hinkle
Winner of 171 lb. weight class at the state finals, Levi Gruwell began his competitive wrestling career when he won the Junior Wrestling State Championships at age eight. From there he grew into a victorious wrestler, competing this past year at the State Wrestling Championships on February 17 and 18 at the Ponchatrain Center in Kenner and wrestling his way to number one in his weight class."


Jazzfest joins Carnival in renewing our spirit
Allen Lottinger
Jazzfest 2006 was the best ever. It even rained Sunday and the show went on unabated. That indicated that nothing can deter music lovers from actively appreciating the rhythms and sounds of some of the greatest bands and singers in the nation.
Spend it wisely
Dan Juneau
Within the next few weeks, the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) will meet to review data and establish a new official revenue estimate for state government. The new estimate will serve as the certified amount of revenue the Legislature has to spend in the FY 2006-07 state budget.
Unnecessary stop signs
Letters to the Editor
To the editor: With gasoline nearly $3 a gallon, and probably going higher, now would be a good time to remove unnecessary stop signs at intersections throughout Norco.
Tie one on and show your support
Patrick Yoes
Ever stopped to think what life would be like if there were no police to protect us. No laws, no checks and balances in a system that defines right and wrong. If you will, just picture it. Total lawlessness… no scenes of security for you, your family, and your property. Not a pretty thought is it?
A Mother’s Sacrifice
Lilla Marie Lottinger
I recently had the great privilege of being with my sister Lauren as she was having her baby. It was quite a profound, intense and beautiful experience.

Our View

Fish will become our Navy to defend us from mosquitos
When we reflect on how beautiful St. Charles Parish is, we think about its great outdoors that Mother Nature has blessed with an abundance of trees, wild plants and wildlife.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
M. Susanne Hinkle
Arrests James Jackson, 31, of 1208 Paul Frederick St., Luling, was arrested and charged with reckless operation, driver not licensed, resisting an officer by flight, resisting arrest, poss. with intend to dist. cocaine and poss. of cocaine in the 300 Blk. of Alexander St., Boutte, on May 2. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was stopped for suspicious person. As the officer attempted to stop the subject, he accelerated his vehicle turning the corner of LA 52 and Baily. Jackson then exited his vehicle while it was still in motion and fled into a wooded area. After a brief pursuit, Jackson was arrested and booked accordingly. Jackson was allegedly found in poss. of 34.5 grams of cocaine.


Wetland Watchers receive national award
M. Susanne Hinkle
The LeBranche Wetland Watchers service learning group at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan has been a hot topic of conversation among parents and educators in the parish and beyond.
St. Charles Schools name Sherry Chapman teacher of the year
Staff Report
Sherry, a teacher at New Sarpy Kindergarten Center, graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education Degrees.
St. Charles Schools name Holly Thompson Middle school teacher of the year
Staff Report
Holly, a teacher at J. B. Martin Middle School, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and has attained the title of High Qualified Teacher.
St. Charles Schools name Laura Abbey High School teacher of the year
Staff Report
Laura, a teacher at Hahnville High School, graduated from the University of Louisiana-Monroe with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Alternative Teaching Certification, and a Masters of Education Degree.
Brown-Harrison Engagement
Staff Report
Mr. and Mrs. James McCoy of Boutte, Louisiana, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Baldwin-Brown to Lawrence Harrison, son of Kathryn B. Harrison of Amite, Louisiana and the late Lawrence Harrison Sr.
Dance Unlimited wins two state dance titles
Staff Report
On Sunday, April 9 the Louisiana Association of Dance Masters crowned their new title winners. For the fifth time in six years, Duanne Cazalot, Samantha Sidwell and Angie Lehrmann were honored to be the teachers of the Louisiana state title winners.
Life's lessons from your mother
Staff Report
Your mother tried to teach you some valuable lessons. Moms have a unique ability to impart essential wisdom.
Sacred Heart School recommended for accreditation
Staff Report
Norco, LA - Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Norco has been recommended for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Susan Hymel wins Mother-of-the-Year Contest
Staff Report
Susan Hymel of Luling is the winner of the St. Charles Herald -Guide Mother-of-the-Year Contest.


Vegas Lucie LeBlanc Vegas, age 92, a native of Lockport and a resident of Matthews and Luling La., died Monday, May 1, 2006. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Lucie Vegas, one sister, Mrs. Earlis (Winnie) Adams, and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Sterling (Aline) Adams. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Vegas, her parents, Salvadore and Mary Boudreaux Leblanc, her brothers, Phillip LeBlanc, George LeBlanc, Luke LeBlanc, Paul LeBlanc, and Charlie LeBlanc, her sisters, Valerie Allemand, Laura Chauvin, Rita LeBlanc, Alice Walker, Adele Uzee, and Elvire LeBlanc. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary post 3665 in Raceland. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Hilary Catholic Church, Matthews, La., on Friday, May 5, 2006 at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Savior Cemetery, Lockport, La. Memorial gifts may be made to the Annie Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund-c/o Yvonne Vernon-1007 W. Thomas St., Hammond, La, 70401. Falgout Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.