Volume 133 Number 24 - Jun 15, 2006


Big Fireworks, music planned for July 4 celebration
The Sixteenth Annual St. Charles Parish Independence Day Celebration will be held on Monday, July 3rd, at the West Bridge Park in Luling from 6 - 9 p.m.

Do You Have A Disaster Plan For Your Animals?
If you have pets or livestock, your family’s disaster plans need to include what you’ll do with them. "Don’t wait until a storm, flood or other disaster threatens to think about what you will do with pets or livestock," says LSU AgCenter veterinarian Dr. Christine Navarre. "Make plans early, so you can put those plans into play the minute a potential disaster threatens.

FEMA nears cleanup completion
FEMA nears cleanup completion June 30 deadline for full compensation
With hurricane season underway once more, and after seven months of work, debris removal in the parish is nearing the end. 238,924 cubic yards of storm-related debris has been picked up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in St. Charles Parish as of June 9.

Funds available for low-income families
Program designed to help families meet summer energy costs
The St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services has received funds for the Weatherization Program administered by the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

Gator stops by for lunch
A 7 ft. alligator lounges on the front porch of Sandy Matthews’ home in Hahnville.  Matthews, seeing a flurry of activity outside her home, went to go outside and nearly stepped on the predator. In end, the alligator has to be killed. Hahnville woman finds cold-blooded surprise on doorstep
Sandy Matthews, a schoolteacher from Luling Elementary, was enjoying a fine summer afternoon off in Hahnville’s Avalon Subdivision when she received an unexpected visitor: a 7 ft. alligator.

Hahnville car enthusiast joins high performance tour
Blake Brady shows off his 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning. Brady will tour the nation showing off his prize possession. Gainesville, Fla., – Hahnville resident Blake Brady and his 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning joined other hot-rodders and car enthusiasts for America’s largest rolling car show.

High school tightens dress code
High school tightens dress code HHS says new rules will be strictly enforced
West bank residents who have children that attend Hahnville High School may have gotten an automated message from the school advising parents that the dress code will be strictly enforced in the up-coming school year.

Luling resident charged with forgery and theft
Tina Spurgeon, 38, Luling Subject allegedly forged and cashed checks
Tina M. Spurgeon, 38, of 12715 Hwy. 90, Luling, was arrested on June 6 after it was discovered that she forged and cashed checks totaling $1,500 from a locally owned business.

Monsanto donates $55,000 to United Way
Stephanie Rowley, Monsanto Employee and Co-Chair of the United Way Campaign, presents check for $55,000 to Denise Brodsky, Executive Director of United Way of St. Charles Parish. On Thursday, June 8, Monsanto presented a check to The United Way of St. Charles Parish for fifty-five thousand dollars. Along with the donation each year, Monsanto sponsors a “United Way Kick Off Fair” and “Fund Raiser Campaign” in order to raise even more money for the organization.

Parish to put properties up for sale
Parish to put properties up for sale Unclaimed lots and homes may go up for auction
Pending parish council approval, St. Charles Parish government will put hundreds of properties up for auction. On Monday, June 19, the council will consider an ordinance to allow the parish to execute an auction with Gilmore Auction & Realty Company of adjudicated properties.

Some insects like it hot
Two important insect pests that include grasshoppers and chinch bugs are showing up a little earlier than normal and have begun making their presence known to many homeowners.

St. Charles to honor former councilman
St. Charles to honor former councilman Johnson first African-American on parish council
St. Charles Parish President Albert D. Laque and Council Chairman Brian Fabre today announced that former Councilman Curtis T. Johnson, Sr. will be recognized for his service to St. Charles Parish at the June 19, 2006 Parish Council Meeting.

Vandals dig up trouble at Ormond Country Club
Vandals torched two holes at the country club, causing   thousands of dollars in damage to the course. Unknown suspects vandalize golf greens
St. Charles Parish Deputies were dispatched to Ormond Country Club in Destrehan, in response to a call from the club's manager stating that the golf course had been vandalized during the night or in the early morning hours of June 7.

With ethics, old ways die hard
With ethics, old ways die hard Does Legislature have no-good attitude on do-good measures?
BATON ROUGE – When Rep. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, tried last week to get a hearing on the House floor – his third attempt this session -- for a bill to prohibit elected officials from entering into hurricane recovery contracts, 52 of his colleagues tabled the move and buried the ethics proposal in a shallow grave.


Southard drafted by Cardinals
Michael Luke
Luling native Nathan Southard made the jump this week that few, if any, ever get to make. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the Major League Baseball Draft. Although he was selected in the 17th round of the draft, Southard's prowess at Tulane University proved more than adequate to make the large leap to the pros.
Bordelon strives for excellence
Pat Smith
Dayton Bordelon, a 17 year- old golfer from Hahnville High School, is keeping his dream of playing at the college level, possibly professionally, alive by playing competively during the summer.
Swim team hopes to rebound after recent loss
M. Susanne Hinkle
Following their recent loss to Bellemeade Country Club, 589-398, Willowdale Swim Team Head Coach, Carroll Bohnsack hopes to rebound and take the win against the Southern Yacht Club next Wednesday. "We had a tough time with our first loss, but we are striving to win our future meets," said the head coach.


Grand Isle is back to normal for the summer
Allen Lottinger
Less than a year after Hurricane Katrina destroyed or damaged just about every structure there, Grand Isle is just like it used to be.
Bush, Bilbray, Busby and control of congress
Dan Juneau
The scrimmages are ending, and game time is near. In the rough and tumble world of congressional politics, sides are being chosen. The whistle is about to blow for the real contests that will decide if the Republicans keep their majorities in both chambers of Congress, or if the Democrats take the trophies back.
Gas prices downsizing your summer plans?
Patrick Yoes
It’s that time of year again. The weather is warm; the kids will out of school, and it’s time to venture away from home on your annual quest for adventure and intrigue. That's right, it's vacation time boys and girls. If you’re like me, this is the time of year that we pack our bags and climb into our cramped automobiles and travel a long and hard journey. One in which we cram as many events as humanly possible into a limited time in order to maximize our annual pilgrimage of adventure.
Ghost story - part 2: Spirits of darkness
Ann Taylor
Whenever Victoria Maison looks at her younger sister, she sees more than the child she tried to protect years ago from a sexual predator. She sees her only sibling trapped in a cobweb, like a cocoon. A cobweb spun by her father's boss years ago when he molested his 5-year-old victim. And even though Maison has prayed over and helped many victims of abuse since that time, she has not been able to help her own sister. She still sees the residue of the pedophile's dark spirit clinging to her sister 40 years later.

Our View

There’s new hope for state coming out of Washington
If Hurricane Katrina did anything good for this area, it was to make people in other parts of the country realize how the coast of Louisiana is washing away. Losing up to 50 square miles of land every year would make it non-existent within the century.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
DWI • William E. Cummings Jr., 40, of 116 Warren Dr., Luling, was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless operation, and poss. of an open container at U.S. 90 @ Melonie St., Boutte on June 7. • Michael Schexnaydre, 45, of 514 Barreca St., Norco, was arrested and charged with DWI an careless operation at LA 48 @ Apple St., on June 7. • Rae Lynn Rouss, 48, of 3559 Hwy. 306, Des Allemands, was arrested and charged with DWI and reckless operation at 307 LA 52, Luling, on June 8.


Bees are my business
M. Susanne Hinkle
When master beekeeper, James Polk, gave A.J. and Janett Cancella their first beehive, he bet them that they would return it to him in a week.
Dufrene-McCully Wedding
Staff Report
The marriage of Miss Kristy Cherie Dufrene and Mr. Derek Paul McCully was solemized April 14, 2006 at Destrehan Plantation.
Staff Report
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Roussel Sr. of Luling announce the engagement of their daughter, Angie Alexia Roussel to Mr. Travis Gerard Ordoyne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ordoyne. The wedding will be July 8, 2006, at St. Anthony of Pauda Church in Luling at 7 p.m.
DHS announces honor roll
Staff Report
Destrehan High School 4th quater honor roll.
Welcome little one!
Staff Report
Mark James Borne was born May 8, 2006 to Brett and Johanna Borne of Destrehan.


Humphries, Dequan Arren Humphries on Thursday, June 1, 2006 in Houston, Texas.