Volume 133 Number 22 - Jun 01, 2006


eBay squaring off in legislative dot-com battle
eBay squaring off in legislative dot-com battle Louisiana retailers could lose big
BATON ROUGE -- There are business and industry folks up at the Capitol, as well as lobbyists for health care and video poker. But very rarely do you ever see eBay’s people, as they might be called, looking out for the interests of the popular auction website.

Fatal crash mars holiday weekend
Fatal crash mars holiday weekend 2 die in Luling car accident
Friday evening, as the Memorial Day weekend was beginning, a 3 vehicle fatality occurred on U.S. 90 in Luling. According to Louisiana State Police reports, a preliminary investigation revealed that 1995 Dodge Dakota pick-up driven by Arvin Popham, 37, Avondale, was traveling westbound on U.S. 90, when he, for reasons unknown, lost control.

Gas truck driver robbed at gun point
Gas truck driver robbed at gun point A LaPlace man was robbed at gun point while he attempted to deliver diesel fuel to a business location at Campus Dr., Plantation Business Park in Destrehan.

Investigation of Valero explosion complete
Investigation of Valero explosion complete Agency plans no additional study
Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completed their two-day assessment of the May 20 fire at the Valero St. Charles refinery and returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C. No further CSB investigation of the incident is planned.

Parish overhauls hurricane communications
Parish overhauls hurricane communications Residents won’t be left in the dark this time
With the trials and tribulations of Katrina and Rita still fresh on the minds of parish residents, hurricane season officially arrives today. While St. Charles Parish by and large missed the brunt of two major storms last year, the parish has initiated a series of changes from lessons learned in the last storm season.

Practicing for the big one
Entergy’s nuclear plant creates 1220 Megawatts of electricity. For over 20 years, Waterford 3 has produced power for the region. Officials run a drill of a nuclear emergency at Waterford 3
"Listen up people, at 10:15 a.m., Waterford 3 has called a site emergency. I repeat, a site emergency," said Tab Troxler. The problem with the giant nuclear facility was a plane had flown into the nuclear reactor. Thankfully, it was only a drill.

Seniors often target of con-artist
Seniors often target of con-artist Sheriff offers tips to seniors on how to avoid being scammed
Studies show that fraudulent telemarketers direct 56 to 80 percent of their calls to senior citizens, the fastest-growing segment of America's population. Because senior citizens are a prime target for con artists and thieves, Sheriff Greg Champagne joined the National Crime Prevention Council in helping seniors resist home improvement scams and telemarketing fraud.

St. Rose man charged with attempted first-degree murder
Michael J. Foster, 28, River Ridge and Brad McPhail, 19, St. Rose Man shot in the head during botched drug transaction
A St. Rose man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly shot a River Ridge man in the head during a drug transaction gone horribly wrong.

Thieves strike vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision
Thieves strike vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision Residents warned by automated telephone message
Residents in Willowdale Subdivision received automated messages from Sheriff Greg Champagne via phone calls after thieves struck vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision, resulting in several items reported stolen by residents.


Fishing for a cure
Michael Luke
Luling resident Sherman Horn is a lucky man. First he bought a winning raffle ticket, but, as the winner of St. Charles Parish Relay for Life charter fishing trip, Horn picked the perfect day to cash it.
Lumar signs with Bossier
Pat Smith
Graduating May 18, Reginald R. Lumar is ready for the next phase of his journey. His decision to accept a full basketball scholarship to Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier, Louisiana is just the beginning that he is very excited about.
Hoops not just for kids
Pat Smith
St. Charles Parish has an Industrial Basketball League that provides opportunities for men for fellowship with their colleagues while doing one of their favorite past times.


Patio homes is good idea
Allen Lottinger
St. Charles is mostly a rural parish but much of our rural areas are wetlands where residences cannot be built. To conserve space in subdivisions and allow residents to acquire homes at less price, the parish council is considering establishing zoning classifications to allow smaller lots.
Two sides of Ethanol
Dan Juneau
Legislation mandating that 2 percent of gasoline and diesel fuels sold in Louisiana must soon contain ethanol and bio-diesel blends will probably be on Governor Blanco's desk shortly. She has committed to signing the legislation in order to promote an alternative market for Louisiana farmers.
Corruption bipartisan
Letters to the Editor
When it comes to corruption, Republicans are ready to come to the aid of their Democrat brethren, probably with the philosophy of "There, but for the grace of God, might be my fate three weeks from now".
A day off from work, but remember why it’s here
Patrick Yoes
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and of thanksgiving. It is a time of "remembrance" because we pay our respects to the one million American men and women who laid down their lives in time of war. It is a time of "thanksgiving" because we are thankful that such people once lived, and that their legacy is the unparalleled freedom we enjoy in this country and much of the world.
D-day in June reminds us of the need to pray
Michael Brown
We're not sure how bothered folks have to become about June 6, 2006 (6/6/06), which is next Tuesday (and which comes once a century), but it certainly affords another opportunity to pray. Some even believe they have heard from angels to this effect: that it is a day in which the Archangel Michael should be specially invoked.

Our View

Think positive about the season that lies ahead
As if you didn’t know already, today is the first day of hurricane season. It is the day many have been dreading for months. It used to not be that way. We looked forward to June 1 as the beginning of vacation time when kids are out of school and families have more freedom to take trips to the beach and to Disneyworld.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Arrests • Brad L. McPhail, 19, of 309 Almedia Plantation Rd., St. Rose, was arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder, armed robbery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor at 843 Goodhope St., Norco, on May 23. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested on a warrant that was issued on May 23, for Att. First Degree Murder and armed robbery. On May 23, the above subject allegedly shot a 28 year-old River Ridge man in the head during a drug transaction. After the shooting McPhail allegedly took $600 from the victim. He is being held on a $750,000 bond set by Judge Granier.


2006 Catfish Festival Baby and Youth Winners
Staff Report
The Louisiana Catfish Festival held its annual Baby and Youth Pageant on May 13 and the support of the 51 contestants made it a huge success.
Staff Report
Dawn Erica Matherne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric J Matherne of Bayou Gauche, Louisiana, was married on Saturday April 29, 2006 to Dr. Brett Cowan Meyer, son of Ms. Karen Meyer and Dr. John Meyer of Hollywood, Fla. Rabbi Alan Tufts officiated the sunset ceremony at the Pelican Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.
Staff Report
Mrs. Susie Brown Johnson and Mr. Anthony Ronald Daisy are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Keisha Daisy to Dwayne Bolden, son of Rev. and Mrs. Mitchell Bolden, Jr.
Welcome little one
Staff Report
Sarah Elizabeth Edwards was born on March 21, 2006 to Brian and Lynn Foret Edwards.
Congrats Grad
Staff Report
Christopher Pickett, son of Ray and Lynne Pickett of Des Allemands received his Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Commencement was held on May 20.
HHS student named National Honor Student
Staff Report
Trevell Alexander, a graduated senior from Hahnville High School, has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award Winner.
Congratulations to SLU graduates
Staff Report
The following St. Charles Parish residents graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University for the Spring 2006 semester.
HHS student named U.S. Achievment Winner
Staff Report
The United States Achievement Academy announced that Samantha May from Luling has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award Winner.


Guillot Ulysse “Junior” Guillot Jr., died Monday, May 22, 2006 at 10 a.m. in Norco, La. Age 93 years. Husband of the late Cecile Cambre Guillot. Son of the late Ylysee Guillot Sr., and Laura Smith Guillot, father of Carroll Guillot, Gary Guillot, Lois Guillot Ponville, Marie Ann Guillot Ruberstel, Yulone Guillot Hebert, Jeanne Guillot Thibodeax Bates, and Emille Guillot Yokum and the late Bryan Guillot. Brother of Sidney Guillot, Lloyd Guillot, and Grace Cacienne. Preceded in death by 8 brothers and 2 sisters. He worked for Shell for 33 years. Also survived by 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A native of Labadieville, La., and a resident of Norco, La. Interment in St. Charles Catholic Church Cemetery in Destrehan, La. Visitation was at Alexander Funeral Home in Norco, La. Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.