Volume 133 Number 20 - May 18, 2006


Business keeps coming post-hurricane
Business keeps coming post-hurricane But will it continue?
BATON ROUGE – If you believe the economic development flacks, businesses inside Louisiana and around the country – world, even – continue to salivate at the thought of gobbling up some of the post-Katrina work here.

Call to duty
William Becknel, Robbie Wilson, Charles Cancienne, Raymond Walters and John Clark. America’s welcome mat has changed for the better-- say local vets
Each year millions gather on Memorial Day, barbequing and pitching horseshoes all across America. While most pass the time with ease and carefree delight, very few actually know what the holiday represents.

Dow recognizes high achievers at Hahnville
St. Charles Operations Human Resource Leader, Sonya Davis, speaking to the award recipients on the importance of education and the impact of Dow on the community. Students at Hahnville High School were recognized by Dow Chemical Company last week for their outstanding academic achievements.

Dow to move boilers
Two huge package steam boilers, weighing more than 160 tons each, are scheduled to be moved from Hahnville to the Dow St. Charles Operations site on Wednesday, May 24. Some of the roads in the area will be temporarily closed by St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Deputies while two 80-foot long transporters move the boilers.

Free Go Zone workshop for businesses in Houma
A seminar to address business incentives offered through the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at the Houma Civic Center.

Good Fellows
Jarrod Friloux (right) with Sgt. Tim Traylor at Balad Airbase in 2003. Local gives unique account of life in Iraq
In the deserts of Iraq, American soldiers bare the face of true bravery. The work they do, sometimes, represents a side of the Iraqi conflict that most never see. They are the faces standing behind you in line at the grocery store. They are the faces sitting next to you at the little league game. They are the faces that at first glance appear to blend in with the rest of the world. Although sometimes unknown, they are the true American heroes.

Heavy users to feel the pinch at the tap
Heavy users to feel the pinch at the tap Water rate increase passed onto large consumers
After months of debate, hand-wringing and dire warnings, the parish council approved a water rate increase that will substantially tax heavy users. By a vote of 8-1, the council passed a $25 million upgrade to water system on the east and west bank. Councilman Ganesier "Ram" Ramchandran was the lone hold out against the measure.

Herald-Guide wins Newspaper of the Year
Herald-Guide wins Newspaper of the Year Louisiana Press Association held its annual banquet honoring the best newspapers throughout the state this past weekend in Baton Rouge. In Division 6, The St. Charles Herald-Guide won Newspaper of the Year, based on the number of points earned in the Better Newspaper Editorial Competition and the Better Advertising Competition for 2005.

Join Forces, Stop Chasing Fire Ants Around Your Neighborhood
It’s one of the best seasons of the year to try to rid your yard of fire ants, and the most success can come if you get your neighbors involved in the fight, too, according to experts with the LSU AgCenter.

Local tech college offers free construction trade classes
Hoping to meet overwhelming demand for workers in area
The need for construction workers in the River Parishes has blossomed post-Katrina, and St. Charles Parish and the New Orleans metro area each need a vast amount of workers to meet the huge demands.

Parish readies for another hurricane season
Workers begin repairing the east bank hurricane protection levee. Category 5 levee in the works
Last week construction began on preparing the east bank levee for another round of hurricanes. With low spots due to the levee sinking, the Pontchartrain Levee District and the Army Corps of Engineers began the first round of repairs.

Parish schools announce LEAP test scores
Parish schools announce LEAP test scores Scores show an improvement over last year
At a press conference on May 15, St. Charles Parish School Board officials were delighted to announce that the results from the parish's annual LEAP testing showed an improvement over last year's scores.

Woman killed in River Road crash
On Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 12:36 a.m., the Louisiana State Police Troop B, investigated a single car fatal crash on LA 18 (River Rd.) in St. Charles Parish.


DHS and HHS make mark on Girls’ All-District Softball Team
M. Susanne Hinkle
Hahnville High School's Girls’ Softball Team finished first in the district this past season with Destrehan High School's Girls’ Softball Team coming in at a very close second. Both teams shined during the regular season and several students from each school have been chosen to represent their teams in the 2006 All-District Girls’ Softball Team.
Hahnville runs out of steam in quarterfinals
Michael Luke
Coach Frank Cazeaux had announced his intention to step down as head coach earlier in season. Instead of miracle run through the state baseball tournament, Cazeaux and the Tiger's were sent home via the Jesuit Blue Jays.
Wildcats closeout season
Pat Smith
With the loss of several leading players from last year, the Destrehan Wildcats managed to complete their season taking second in the district. They entered into the playoffs tackling one game at a time.


Selection of New Orleans mayor important to us
Allen Lottinger
We can find reasons to vote for either of the candidates for mayor in our metropolitan big city Saturday. Mayor Ray Nagin was a successful businessman four years ago before he was elected to public office for the first time. His opponent, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, is a born and bred politician.
High Temperatures Stresses Some Vegetables, Others Like It Hot
Dan Gill
The high temperatures that will be with us from now until October take their toll on some vegetables – although others like it hot. To be successful, you should plan your garden accordingly.
Good people, tough times
Dan Juneau
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted 81,000 businesses in the State of Louisiana, most of them small businesses. Unless you are in their shoes, it is difficult to understand what the affected small businesses are going through. Imagine for a moment that, in the span of 24 hours, your store or office is heavily damaged, your customer base is greatly reduced, your workforce is dispersed, and you find out that your insurance does not cover all of your losses. Those are just some of the problems that tens of thousands of small business owners are facing in the aftermath of the storms.
Our future under construction
Patrick Yoes
Few things are more important to the quality of our lives than the education of our children. No matter where we live and what we do; we all have a stake in the performance of our public schools - now and in the future.
Spirit Letters
Letters to the Editor
Despite the assurances of a few well meaning but terribly misguided Christian Pastors, there is simply no reason to see “The DaVinci Code.” How could any Christian possibly be entertained by a story that cruelly mocks the Son of God and claims that He is not divine? That the Bible is a complete and total fraud? And that the Church that He founded is composed of leaders who are among the worst liars and most vile people in human history who sought to cover up God's marriage?
The DaVinci Con
Archbishop George Niederauer
"A lie is halfway round the world while the truth is still putting its boots on." --- Mark Twain My first reaction to Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code," was: "It's a work of fiction, a thriller, a page-turner. Everybody knows that." I was wrong. A young friend of mine met a classmate from Catholic high school who told him that she was seriously thinking of giving up her faith after reading "The Da Vinci Code." My friend said, "You'd give up your faith because of a novel?" She answered, "Oh, but it's all true!"

Our View

Newspaper of Year award
It was a gala luncheon, to say the least, last Friday in Baton Rouge when Louisiana Press Association named St. Charles Herald-Guide as Newspaper of the Year in its category.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Arrests • Karen Falcon, 53, of 17 Bonura Dr., St. Rose, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and illegal discharge of a firearm on May 8. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested following an altercation with her husband. During the altercation the subject allegedly cut the victim on legs with a kitchen knife and fire a shotgun into the wall of their residence.


Making a difference
M. Susanne Hinkle
"If there is one single thing I want children to gain from my summer classes, it is the idea that they are special and have a place in this world," said Mary Ann Singleton, creator and facilitator of the free at home etiquette class scheduled to begin in May.
Dow puts students in the driver's seat
Staff Report
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students showcased their science knowledge at a special Science Night held recently, at Lakewood Elementary. Science Night is part of an innovative program, "Putting Students in the Driver's Seat: An exploration of Motion and Force," that was awarded $1,960 by Dow's Educational Enhancement Grant last year.


DeJean Melvin A. DeJean entered peacefully into eternal rest at River Regions Hospice House on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 after a lengthy battle with cancer for the past 10 years. He was 92 years old. He was a native of Lutcher and a former resident of Norco, La. for 63 years. He was the husband of the late Inez Simon DeJean by first marriage and the late Grace DeJean by second marriage. Father and father-in-law of Patricia DeJean Costa, Mel and Carolyn W. DeJea and Dennis and Martin DeJean. Brother of Ethel DeJean Hayes and the late George, Percy, Dudley, Elwood, Roy and Harry DeJean and Gloria DeJean Brignac and Shirley DeJean Knott. He was the son of the late George and Virginia Duhe DeJean. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 30 great great grandchildren. Melvin was a retiree of Shell Oil Company in Norco. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend funeral services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on May 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. Entombment at St. Peter Catholic Church Cemetery, Reserve, La., along side his beloved wife Inez. H.C. Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.