Volume 133 Number 25 - Jun 22, 2006

News

Coastal concerns a major issue for legislature
Recent session pushed coastal issues to forefront of state agenda
BATON ROUGE – Issues that have long drawn concern from only south Louisiana communities, such as hurricane protection, flood control and coastal restoration, were crystallized as major state policy during the regular session that adjourned Monday evening.

Council invites Holy Cross to move to parish
Storm-damaged school seeking relocation; the question is where?
Introduced by Councilman Dickie Duhe, a resolution passed requesting the Parish President Albert Laque, along with St. Charles Economic Development and Tourism Director Corey Faucheux, to pursue and invite Holy Cross High School to relocate its campus from the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans to St. Charles Parish.

Eighteen Wheeler knocks out Amtrak train in Paradis
Only a hour into their trip, passengers of the Sunset Limited were rocked from their seats when the train struck a pick-up. Collision sent debris flying across Old Spanish Trail
An eighteen wheeler truck struck an Amtrak train, the Sunset Limited, headed for Los Angeles at about 1 p.m. on June 14. The incident sent three people to the hospital for minor injuries.

First African-American to serve parish council honored
First African-American to serve parish council honored Curtis Johnson’s friends and family packed the council meeting Monday night to remember him
Before the regular minutes of the evening began during Monday’s parish council meeting, the memory of Curtis T. Johnson, Sr. was colorfully recalled amid a packed room.

Thieves strike Hahnville grocery store
Popular lunch spot hit by criminals in a overnight heist. Awards offered for information leading to arrests
In the early morning hours of June 11, thieves struck Birdie's Express, on River Road in Hahnville. At 1:52 a.m., St. Charles Parish deputies responded to a call from the store's owner stating that the store had been burglarized.


Sports

New Head Coach enthusiastic about summer swim season
By M. Susanne Hinkle
With summer in full swing, Hill Heights Country Club's swim team, the Hurricanes, are hard at work practicing, swimming and competing at local swim meets.
Brown selected by Braves
By Michael Luke
St. Charles Parish continues to produce some of the best players in the state. Shining at the collegiate and sometimes professional levels, Hanhville and Destrehan remain hotbeds of great baseball athletes. This year is no different.
New head coach enthusiastic about summer swim season
By M. Susanne Hinkle
With summer in full swing, Hill Heights Country Club's swim team, the Hurricanes, are hard at work practicing, swimming and competing at local swim meets. Head Coach, Nicole Matherne, says despite their recent losses she is happy with the progress of her swimmers. "We have lost our first two meets but the kids are improving with every practice and every meet. And that is what is important to me," said Matherne.

Editorial

New York publishers aghast at destruction here
By Allen Lottinger
As members of Louisiana Press Association, we took a helicopter and bus tour of devastated areas of New Orleans soon after Hurricane Katrina. On Friday, we took a bus tour of the same areas with the New York Publishers Association down here to report on progress since the storm. Unfortunately, there was little progress seen in those areas.
Another one bites the dust
By Dan Juneau
At the moment, only four days remain in the legislative session. Time enough to do harm, time enough to do good-and perhaps time enough to add a bit more to the record level of state spending. The voters who pay attention to the legislative process will probably focus on two things in the 2006 Regular Session: The first is the record budget headed for the governor's desk; the second is the ethanol mandate that will likely hit them in their wallets.
Dark days for law and order
By Patrick Yoes
Every fifty-two hours, on an average, a law enforcement officer is killed somewhere in America while protecting their communities. Last week, the officer paying this supreme sacrifice was very close to our homes. So close in fact, that our willingness in the past not to think about this ugly side of America can no longer be ignored.

Our View

Where will all the criminals go?
It’s good news that the big city next door is getting an army of troops in to quell the increasing elements of crime that invaded as many former residents returned and new people arrived in the aftermath of Katrina.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
By Staff Report
Arrests • Tracy Williams, 21, of 270 Magnolia Ridge, Boutte, was arrested and charged with unauthorized use an access device at Nelson Correctional Center on June 13. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested after allegedly illegally utilizing a debit card.



Lifestyles

New Royalty Chosen to represent the La. Catfish Festival
By Staff Report
The Louisiana Catfish Festival Queens were chosen June 10, during the annual pageant held at Hahnville High School in Boutte.
St. Charles Parish kids to perform in JPAS musical
By Staff Report
Twelve St. Charles parish children are participating in the 12th Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Children’s Summer Theatre production June 22-25.
School System falculty/employees retire
By Staff Report
Congratulations to the following St. Charles Parish School System employees/falculty on their retirement.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Hebert Eula Mae Dufrene Hebert, on Monday, June 12, 2006 at Bethlahem, Pa. Beloved wife of the late Herbert J. Hebert. Father of Hal Hebert and his wife Janet, Neil Hebert and his wife Debra, Melanie Sims and her husband Robert and Melissa Pinkerton and her husband Rev. Russell Pinkerton. Grandmother of Anna Halloran and her husband Brian, Aaron, Andrew, Lee Hebert, Jonathan, Amy Pinkerton, Hunter, Zach and Amanda Sims. Daughter of the late Henry and Azelene Authement Dufrene. Sister of Nancy Bush and the late Herbert Dufrene and Clara Arceneaux. A native of Bayou Blue and a resident of Des Allemands, La. Age 79 years. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend funeral services at Bible Center Church, Luling, La., on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 10 a.m. Interment Mennonite Cemetery, Des Allemands, La. Falgout Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.