Volume 133 Number 29 - July 20, 2006


Four arrested in drug bust
Four arrested in drug bust Two small children found in home
On July 10, St. Charles Parish officers arrested four individuals on drug related charges after a search warrant was conducted at 111 Aqueduct Dr., in Montz.

It's Community Ed. time again in St. Charles Parish
Photography is just one of the classes offered by St. Charles Parish Community Education. Registration will kick off August 31
It is Community Education time again here in St. Charles Parish.

July best month to fertilize lawns
July best month to fertilize lawns Late July is the optimum time to make that final application of nitrogen fertilizer to the lawn. Since nitrogen typically lasts 8 to 10 weeks in the soil, this would allow enough time for depletion of the nitrogen before the arrival of cooler temperatures in the fall.

Making progress towards reimportation of prescription drugs
Making progress towards reimportation of prescription drugs One of my top priorities when I came to the U.S. Senate in 2004 was to help lower the cost of prescription medications. As I hold town hall meetings across the state, many seniors recount stories of their struggles to afford the high price of prescription medications in our country.

Missing Norco woman found
Linda Kay Costanza found by police at Touro Hospital after being picked up off the streets of New Orleans. Woman has long history of mental illness
Sheriff Greg Champagne reported last week that the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office was actively looking for a missing Norco resident with a long history of mental illness.

National Night Out Against Crime
National Night Out Against Crime On Tuesday, Aug. 1, neighborhoods throughout St. Charles Parish are invited by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 23rd Annual Night Out Against Crime/Drug prevention event.

Norco woman held against her will by St. Rose man
Kentrell Smith, 46, St. Rose A St. Rose man was arrested late Monday night after he allegedly held a Norco woman in her vehicle against her will and demanded that she drive around with him, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

On a short leash
On a short leash BATON ROUGE -- When Buddy Roemer was denied a second term in office following the 1991 gubernatorial election, he said he made one major plea to Edwin Edwards, who had just been re-elected for an unprecedented fourth time. It was likely a distasteful task, as Edwards had made Roemer his whipping boy during the legendary contest – the pummeling even continued after Roemer was edged out of the runoff by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Small turn out for special election
Small turn out for special election Bond issue and mill renewal pass for St. Charles Parish Hospital
Last Saturday's special election for an expansion and five year millage renewal for St. Charles Parish Hospital passed with only a small percentage of voters turning out to vote. Both measures on the agenda passed with 65% of the vote.

St. Charles Council forms new board for children
St. Charles Council forms new board for children Appointees needed to sit on board for the children and youth of St. Charles Parish
St. Charles Parish Council has created the St. Charles Parish Children and Youth Planning Board in accordance with LRS 46:1941.5 which mandates the creation of said Board and its makeup.

St. Charles Parish sales tax holiday
St. Charles Parish sales tax holiday St. Charles Parish School System and the St. Charles Parish Council approved a sales tax holiday for July 29 & 30.

Valero appoints new VP
Valero appoints new VP St. Charles Parish- Valero Energy Corporation announced this week that Ralph Phillip has been named vice president and general manager of the company's St. Charles refinery. Former plant manager Gary Simmons has relocated to Valero's corporate headquarters in San Antonio to serve as vice president of planning and economics.


Renaissance man
M. Susanne Hinkle
At first glance, Douglas Jeffery Gilder, may appear to be different than everyone else. DJ who was diagnosed with autism at age 2 ½, does face challenges that most would find hard or impossible to overcome. But this exceptional athlete does not let those challenges stand in his way.
Montgomery makes his mark at Samford University
Pat Smith
Life for Trey Montgomery has changed tremendously since he left the halls of Destrehan High School in May of 2005. His first year at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama gave him a better opportunity to see what life will require from him to be successful.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Arrests • Isaac Kenneth, 45, of 1016 Paul Fredrick St., Luling, was arrested and charged with simple robbery at the above address on July 12. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested following the subject approached a 42 year-old female demanding $20. The victim refused at which time Isaac allegedly grabbed the victim’s shirt and punched her several times with a closed fist to her right upper cheek and head area. The victim was transported to St. Charles Hospital for her injuries. • Kentrell Smith, 27, of 728 Mockingbird Ln., St. Rose, was arrested and charged with kidnappting second degree at LA 50, St. Rose, on July 11. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested after allegedly kidnapping a 42 year-old Norco woman. • Johnny A. Champagne III, 20, of 334 Mimosa Ave., Luling, was arrested and charged with theft over $500 at 13143 US 90, Boutte, on July 12. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested after allegedly stealing $752.76 from his place of employment. Champagne would illegally process refunds and then keep the money.


Delicious and nutritious Creole Tomatoes
M. Susanne Hinkle
The hot Louisiana summers are often unbearable. But luckily for residents of South Louisiana, there is one annual crop that often makes the summer months worth while. The Creole Tomato is not only a uniquely refreshing and tasty Louisiana favorite…it can also help treat some diseases.
Give your garden a taste of the tropics
Dan Gill
If you regularly read national gardening magazines and get a variety of gardening catalogs, you may have noticed tropical-look landscaping is a trend gaining attention across the country these days.
Train your vines to be well behaved
Dan Gill
Vines are an amazing group of plants with enough diversity to boggle the mind of any gardener. What binds these wonderful plants together is their universal lack of strong stems.


Hingle Phyllis Songy Hingle, a beloved wife and mother, died at 4:35 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2006. She was 72, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Destrehan. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Calvin Hingle; four daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Marshall Townsend, Jennifer and Bruce Robinson, Andrea and Shawn Fleming, and Pamela and Mark Hatley; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Stewart and Anna Hingle and Jeffrey Hingle; three sisters, Margaret S. Meyer, Sister Linda Songy and Sylvia S. Davis; a brother, Russell D. Songy; and 13 grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob and Emily townsend, Nathan, Jull and Amy Fleming, Benjamin and Christopher Hatley and Kenneth and Lauren Hingle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aubin and Philomene Stewart Songy; sisters, Jeanne Marie Songy and Annette S. Toomer; and a brother, Aubin A. Songy, Jr. She was a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church and a 1951 graduate of Hahnville High School. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Institute for Cancer Research.