Volume 133 Number 21 - May 25, 2006


Dow to expand Hahnville plant
Dow to expand Hahnville plant Growth will mean a 150 jobs for parish
The Dow Chemical Company has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation, will invest in new ethyleneamine capacity at the St. Charles Operations site in Hahnville, La., by expanding an existing production plant and building a new production plant.

Four new principals appointed
Four new principals appointed The St. Charles Parish School Board announced the names of several teachers and staff that have received new appointments for the 2006-2007 school year.

Have the right answers before storm; take ‘Hurricane Quiz’ now
Have the right answers before storm; take ‘Hurricane Quiz’ now This game of 20 questions can help you determine whether you and your family will be prepared if a hurricane comes your way, according to LSU AgCenter experts.

Loud music sprouts surprise
Loud music sprouts surprise Deputy finds 3 pot plants in back seat during traffic stop
During a traffic stop by a St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputy, Gary Eugene, Jr., 25, was arrested for growing marijuana and driving with a suspended license.

New subdivision vetoed by Laque
A photo of Pier 90 taken during Hurricane Rita. While the proposed homes would be on stilts, the photo shows how much water can inundate the area. Prone to flooding cited as a reason.
In a rare move, Parish President Albert Laque vetoed an ordinance to approve a five home subdivision in an area designated wetlands along Highway 90, citing a propensity for flooding.

School athletic facilities to get overhaul
School athletic facilities to get overhaul Board approves $1 million plan for improvements
After evaluation by Sizeler Architects identifying problems with athletic facilities at elementary, middle, and high schools, St. Charles Parish Schools recently approved a measure to improve athletic facilities at several school sites in the parish.

Sheriff’s Office purchases 13 new patrol units
Pictured is Sheriff Greg Champagne, Jan Madere (Madere's Garage) and Deputy Thomas Mayville Dodge makes the lower bid under Ford
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s department recently purchased 13 new patrol interceptors for its officers through a government program.

Tough on crime?
Tough on crime? Critics want new crimes and mandatory sentences curbed
BATON ROUGE -- The stars must have been perfectly aligned in 2001 when every imaginable party involved with the criminal justice process in the Legislature sat down at the same table.

Willowdale Peeper: the bane of residents
Willowdale Peeper: the bane of residents Under the cover of darkness, a Peeping Tom has eluded police
It's not so easy to catch a Peeping Tom, as concerned residents of Willowdale, Willowridge and Davis Plantation are finding out.


Landry goes in 5th round
Michael Luke
St. Charles Parish continues to produce world-class athletes, and at the recent National Football League Draft that became even more evident, as former Hahnville High School Quarterback Dawan Landry made the jump to the National Football League following a standout career at Georgia Tech. Taken in the fifth round, Landry was selected 146 overall.
Recreation summer baseball games in full swing
M. Susanne Hinkle
The recreation department's summer baseball teams are already busy hitting home runs, and sliding into bases. "We are on our 8th game this week," said Robert Brown of the St. Charles Recreation Department. The recreation department offers competitive baseball teams for residents between the ages of 5 and 18 years-old.


Just prepare to evacuate
Allen Lottinger
If we've learned anything in the past year, it should be how to react to hurricane season. Be prepared!
Insurance dilemma
Dan Juneau
One of the major problems remaining in the wake of Katrina and Rita is the huge number of insurance claims that must be resolved. Literally hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were damaged by the storms. Many of the claims have already been settled, but many more involve coverage questions that are not easily resolved. The huge number of claims in itself has taxed the claims settlement process to its limits.
Elections over… let’s move forward!
Patrick Yoes
While in Colorado this past weekend, some 1,600 miles away from the politics of New Orleans, I was surprised Saturday night when television programming was interrupted with breaking news that Ray Nagin had been re-elected as Mayor of the City of New Orleans. A week earlier, while in Washington, DC, the mayoral debate was carried live in that city. For good or bad, the whole world watched this election.
Priest ‘Underground': New Orleans disaster has deep spiritual implications
Michael Brown
Eight months after a ferocious hurricane devastated huge swaths of New Orleans and the Mississippi coast, the notion that such damage can be part of a purification or "chastisement" continues to be met with fierce resistance.

Our View

Southeast Louisiana needs unified approach
Now that the New Orleans area has gotten politics out of the way, it is time to get down to the business of unifying southeast Louisiana into a big and effective metropolitan area.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Arrests ~ Sheriff Champagne reports that the subjects below were stopped for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed the subjects to be in possession of crack cocaine. • Edward Potts, Jr., 47, of 127 Mott Ln., Des Allemands, was arrested for poss. of SCH II CDS to wit crack cocaine and no seat belt at Tinney & Kinler, Boutte, on May 13. • Charlotte Pierre, 42, of 1730 LA 52, Luling, was arrested and charged with poss. of SCH II CDS to wit crack cocaine, poss. of drug paraphernalia, open alcoholic beverage in vehicle and SCSO attachment at Timney & Kinler, Boutte, on May 13. • Leroy Pinckney, 46, of 726 King St., Charleston, Sc., was arrested and charged with poss. of SCH II CDS to wit crack cocaine at Timney & Kinler, Boutte, on May 13.


Staff Report
Laurie Lane Luttrell of Prairieville and Christopher Kyle Hoffman of Grosse Tete were united in matrimony in a noon ceremony Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the Carriage House in Gonzales, La.
Staff Report
Mrs. Lilly Colomb Munson and the late Mr. Hervis (Putt) Munson, Jr., of Paradis, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Heather Anne Munson to Mr. Jame Richard Appleby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Appleby.
Student named United States National Honor Student
Staff Report
The United States Achievement Academy announced today that Taylor Webre from Luling, La., has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award winner.
HHS student awarded Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
Staff Report
Congratulations to Timothy Sliwinslei of Hahnville High School who won the 2006 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship.
McNeese announces graduates
Staff Report
Congratulations to the following local students that graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
Granier named recipient of Robert C. Menezes, Sr. Memorial Community Scholarship
Staff Report
Ms. Alyse Katherine Granier was named the recipient of the 2006 Robert C. Menezes, Sr., Memorial Community Scholarship Thursday night, May 18, at Hahnville High School's graduation ceremony held in the John A. Alario Center in Westwego, Louisiana.
DHS grads have something to brag about!
Staff Report
Destrehan High School's Class of 2006 earned over $4,310,787 in scholarship offers for college, military, community and TOPS scholarships.
LSU Announces Graduates
Staff Report
Graduates with honors DESTREHAN Alanna Catherine Fitts, Summa Cum Laude Holly Marie Hernandez, Magna Cum Laude Jennifer Claire Nicklas, Magna Cum Laude