Volume 133 Number 23 - Jun 08, 2006


Catholic Charities taps Frady to head local operations
Pictured on the right is Phil Frady, who replaces Bill Swann as administrator of St. Charles Regional Office of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Phil Frady has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, developing improved productivity of organizations.

Children of the storm
Children of the storm Parish sees spike in child welfare cases post-Katrina
In a post-Katrina Louisiana, according to child welfare officials, there has been a rise in clientele in need of services to deal with stress or poor living conditions. Local advocate, Gail Roussel, Executive Director of The Center of Family and Youth Services in St. Charles Parish, stated, "We have seen a dramatic increase in clients as a result of Hurricane Katrina, especially in relationship to substance abuse and domestic violence."

Indian burial grounds and traffic woes surface at council
Indian burial grounds and traffic woes surface at council Growing pains continue to be hot button issue
St. Charles Parish's exceptional growth in size and industry have dominated the parish council agenda. This past Monday things were no different.

Insurance concerns huge issue for bankers
Insurance concerns huge issue for bankers Outcome knows no boundaries, rich or poor
BATON ROUGE -- More than 40 bankers descended on the State Capitol last month, awaiting meetings with agency heads and filling the hallways with pinstriped power suits and scrolling through BlackBerries while sitting in committee rooms.

Naked and exposed
Naked and exposed West bank levee still tangled up in bureaucratic red tape
Along the parish's southern flank, most of the west bank section is without any significant hurricane levee; this is a fact of life that west bank parish residents have grown accustomed to.

Paradis man charged with attempted arson
Brian Ballard, 27, Paradis Fight with lover spurs act
Enraged from an altercation with his girlfriend, a Paradis man poured gasoline on his living room floor. The assailant then allegedly used a cigarette lighter to spark a small fire.

Summer reading programs kick off at parish libraries
Summer reading programs kick off at parish libraries Starting June 5, children can register for the annual summer reading program at any library branch in St. Charles Parish. The theme for this year's program is "Paw to Read" and the program is full of exciting activities for youngsters of all ages.

Vitter comes to St. Charles
Vitter comes to St. Charles Senator opens office hours at courthouse
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced satellite office hours for St. Charles Parish residents. Vitter uses satellite offices around the state to make it easier for his constituents to find help in dealing with the federal government. This month, satellite office hours will be Monday, June 19 in Hahnville.


Hurricanes Girls Softball team in high gear
M. Susanne Hinkle
In an effort to give girls a chance to play competitive softball outside of school and the recreation department, Kenneth Vial, head girls softball coach at Hahnville High School, gathered a handful of local girls and created a competitive softball team called the St. Charles Hurricanes.
Legion ball is a hit
Michael Luke
Although area high schools have recently let out and ending the baseball seasons for the Hahnville and Destrehan, summer is baseball is in full swing, as American Legion Baseball kicks off this week in St. Charles Parish.
Track team sprints into summer
Pat Smith
The St. Charles Striders, a summer track team known to produce national champs such as Jaii Scott, long jump; Chris Richards, long jump, triple jump, 100 and 200 meters; Traun Smith, triple jump; and Jarvis Harris, triple jump.


Louisiana takes lead in making abortions illegal
Allen Lottinger
The anti-abortion bill just passed by the Louisiana Legislature successfully by-passes the pro-choice argument that a woman should be able to choose what to do with her own body.
Class action lawsuit loophole
Dan Juneau
Last year, Congress did something it rarely does these days; it passed a major reform in the face of strong opposition. Responding to many well-documented abuses, Congress enacted a compromise bill on class action lawsuit reform. Class action petitions were flooding state courts prior to the reform and, on too many occasions, the plaintiffs got coupons and their attorneys got lots of cash. One of the primary provisions of the federal bill was to channel most of the class action suits into federal court. However, the bill made a clear exception: Class action cases brought by a state's attorney general could still be heard in state courts.
It’s all about the angle
Patrick Yoes
It’s all about the angle. Nine months later, with the scars of Hurricane Katrina all around us and the vivid images of the madness she left in her wake still fresh in our mind, Hurricane Season is once again upon us. With it comes the very real need to start your evacuation planning.
Ghost Story - part 1
Ann Taylor
Australian mystic talks to Destrehan Plantation spirits This is the first of a two-part interview with Australian Victoria Maison. Next week: Ghost story - part II, How to deal with spirits of darkness. Two weekends ago, during the Destrehan Plantation Spring Festival, Australian mystic Victoria Maison said she saw a ghost on the stairway in the back of the plantation. Maison, from Lismore Australia, says she has been blessed with the gift of being able to speak with souls. These souls or "ghosts" appear to her seeking help.

Our View

Local citizens need to be seen and heard more
What’s that you say? The people up in Washington D. C. don’t care what you think? Well think again. Senators and Congressmen are constantly holding area meetings to get input from their constituents. And those meetings are often very poorly attended.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •Reynaud Lyncoy, 26, of 43 Cathy St., Norco, was arrested and charged with poss. of stolen property at LA 48, Norco, on May 27. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested after being stopped for illegible license plate on vehicle. Further investigation revealed the subject to be in possession of a vehicle that was reported stolen from New Orleans. • Laquin Ingram, 21, of 326 Trailsway Dr., Hahnville, was arrested and charged with driver not licensed, improper display of plate, SCSO attachment, fugitive from JPSO and poss. with intent to dist. SCH II (crack cocaine) at Smith St., Hahnville, on May 27. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was stopped fro no license plate. Further investigation revealed the subject was driving without a license and was wanted out of St. Charles and Jefferson parishes. Ingram was also found to be in possession of 19 grams of crack cocaine. • Terrance Patterson, 28, of 1204 Lasseigne Rd., Thibodaux, La., was arrested and charged with reckless operation, aggravated obstruction of a highway of commerce, poss. of ecstasy, poss. of marijuana and fugitive from Jefferson Parish at LA 48 @ Burguires Ln., Destrehan, on May 30. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was stopped for driving recklessly. Further investigation revealed the subject to be in poss. of Ecstasy and marijuana. • Duvell London Jr., 25, of 728 Turtlecreek Ln., St. Rose, was arrested and charged with poss. with intent to dist. a SCH II CDS to wit crack/cocaine, battery on a police officer (3 cts.) and resisting an officer by violence at 11734 LA 48, St. Rose, on June 1. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was stopped for suspicious person. Further investigation revealed the subject to be in poss. of crack cocaine. • Curtis Johnson, 20, of 270 East 24th St., Reserve, was arrested and charged with poss. with intent to dist. SCH II (crack cocaine), no driver license and no proof of insurance in the 100 Blk. of Hollywood Pk., Montz, on June 1. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested following a traffic stop for suspicious activity. Further investigation revealed the subject to be in poss. of crack cocaine. • Darlene Holmes, 34, of 1730 LA 52, Boutte, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery at the above address on June 3. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested following an altercation with a 34 year old Boutte man. During the altercation, the subject allegedly scratched the victim in the face and threw a pole from a weight bench at his elbow. • Darryl Jackson, 41, of P.O Box 122, Killona, was arrested and charged with poss. of cocaine, poss. of drug paraphernalia and a fugitive from JPSO at Autin Ln., and LA 631, Des Allemands on June 3. Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that the above subject was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped. Further investigation revealed the subject to be wanted out of Jefferson Parish, and was in poss. of crack cocaine.


A Golden Anniversary
Staff Report
Alice Mae and Hemes (Bobod) Dufrene celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 28.
Wall-Curole Wedding
Staff Report
Amy Claire Wall of Destrehan and Jay Paul Curole of Galliano were married on June 2, 2006, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan.
Dufresne-Wagner Engagement
Staff Report
Ron and Cindy Verdin Dufresne of Marshall, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Tala Noel Dufresne of Hammond, to Zachary Reynolds Wagner of Houston, Texas.
Hobby named All-American Scholar At-Large
Staff Report
The United States Achievement Academy announced that Derek Hobby from Des Allemands has been named an All-American Scholar At-Large Award Winner.
LSU announces parish graduates
Staff Report
LSU, Baton Rouge, announces their Spring 2006 graduates.
La. Catfish Queen completes her royal reign
Staff Report
Held traveled thousands of miles throughout Louisiana to over forty five different pageants, festivals, and special events.


Lewis James “Jime” Oneil Lewis, on Monday, May 29, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. A native of Norphlet, Ark., and a resident of Luling, La. Age 82 years. Beloved husband of the late Sarah Lucille Lewis for 50 years. Father of Connie L. Cancienne, Larry Sweeny, Randy Lewis, Ronnie Lewis, and the late Bobby Glen Sweeney. Brother of Bettie L. Early. Step-brother of David Dickson. Also 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Sid and Mamie Robinson Lewis. A sister, Nadine Starr. A brother, Haskel G. Lewis. He entered the Conversation Corps before WWII and then enlisted in the U.S. Army serving as a mechanical instructor. He volunteered for Airborne Infantry duty with the 511th Airborne Infantry, commonly known as the 11th Airborne. Member of VFW, First Baptist Church, he was a deacon, member of Gideons, retired supervisor of Monsanto Chemicals. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend funeral services at West St. Charles Baptist Church in Boutte. Interment in St. Charles Cemetery, Luling, La. Falgout Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.