Volume 133 Number 36 - Sep 07, 2006


Ballet star elected first president of dance company
Seated: Lisa Wursteisen, Sarah Comiskey, Diana Blancarte-Ball, Angela Amedee. Standing: Henry Sorbet, Sherri Blanchard, Johanna Raymond, Anne Candies, Paul Ory DESTREHAN, La. - As the River Region Ballet’s Board of Directors prepared for their twelfth season, they elected their first president.

Basketry shoppers help Katrina victim
Pictured (l-r) Rhonda Perrin, her daughter in law and the person who wrote in about Mrs. Perrin, Stanley Perrin, her son, Mrs. Mildred Perrin, and Kristi Brocato, owner of The Basketry. She was speechless when presented with gift
The Basketry of Luling held a cocktail party/fund raiser on Aug. 26 to raise money for a family affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Council to consider extra tax for delinquent property owners on Sept. 18
On Sept. 5, the parish council introduced an ordinance that if approved will create an additional tax on the tax bills for property owners that are delinquent in paying outstanding invoices for the removal of weeds and grass maintenance not in compliance with the parish code.

Dangerous superbug on the rampage in St.Charles
Luling Pediatrician Juan Fukuda said the bacteria moves very fast. He’s seeing otherwise healthy children with serious staph infections. Local doctors see increase of severe skin infections
A dangerous strain of a superbug that can be caught as easily as getting a mosquito bite is sweeping through St. Charles Parish.

Dynamite blasts send shock waves through Mimosa, Willowdale and Willowridge
Calls pour in from concerned residents
On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, sonic booms heard every five minutes had residents of Willowdale, Willowridge and Mimosa subdivisions calling the parish office to find out what was happening.

Ellington Mortgage Company now open in Boutte
Ellington Mortgage Company is proud to announce the opening of a new location to better assist their customers.

Laque recovers completely from surgery
Laque recently attended the ground breaking ceremony for St. Charles Parish Hospital’s new addition. ‘Wound-vac bag’ was worst part. “That thing drove me insane,” says Parish President.
Parish President Albert Laque didn't miss a beat when St. Charles Hospital told him that he would have to have surgery to remove a benign tumor growing in his abdominal cavity.

At a recent luncheon at the St. Charles Operatons site for Dow Chemical, U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon said that when duty calls and he travels to Washington, he goes there to represent his district and to convey to the government what is needed fo Emotions, insurance issues could define 3rd Congressional District
BATON ROUGE -- With qualifying finished and the Nov. 7 election date nearing, the race for the 3rd Congressional District is under way and it promises to be as contentious as it is telling.

National TV show executive has local roots
Rev. George Fischer at left is proud of his daughter, Betsy Fischer, who spoke at last Wednesday’s Rotary meeting. Betsy is the excectutive director of the No.1 rated Sunday morning news show “Meet the Press.” Betsy Fischer speaks to rotary club about her work
Betsy Fischer, executive producer of NBC’s Meet the Press that airs on Sundays, was guest speaker at the St. Charles Rotary Club last Wednesday.

New hospital construction to break ground
The 51,000 square-foot addition will stand three-stories high and take 15 months to complete. Expansion will provide state of the art medical care
On Aug. 30 the St. Charles Parish Hospital board members accepted a bid that will help pave the way for construction to begin this month on an expansion project that has been years in the making.

Norco robbery investigation continues
Sheriff reports that incident may have transpired differently
On Aug. 28, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that they are still pursuing the investigation regarding a 30-year-old Norco woman who said that she was attacked by an unknown man while attempting to retrieve belongings out of her vehicle.

Sheriff’s crime alerts a success
Approximately 150 new subscribers last week
Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that his crime alert project has had a great response, especially within the past couple of weeks.


Hate to say it, but Saints are rebuilding, again…
Mike Detillier
The off-season of optimism has quickly turned to football reality for all New Orleans Saints fans.


Vast new oil production in Gulf should help save
Allen Lottinger
There’s good news out in the Gulf of Mexico at a time when our coastal restoration efforts need it.
Ormond builder says he's not to blame for low income housing
Letters to the Editor
In response to the article written by Keirsten Williams, I would like to interject the facts in the midst of the obvious emotional outburst that Ms. Williams displayed in her letter to the editor for the week of August 31, 2006.
Who’s really behind the sexual revolution?
Lilla Marie Lottinger
I will let you in on a secret about why so many people today are controlled by their fleshly, sexual desires. It is not a secret because it should remain hidden, but because so few are aware of it…
AP editorial puts Louisiana in bad light -- again
C.B. Forgotston
Thanks to fellow "Internet Kook" and real free-lance journalist, Emily Metzgar we get the following taste of how we in LA are viewed by others.

Our View

Our View
Soon after Hurricane Katrina passed and people returned to the area, St. Charles Parish was the scene of much frenzied activity.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •John Balma, 38, of 912 Indiana Ave., Cheboygan, WI was arrest on Aug. 28 on U.S. 90 at Myrtle and charged with possession of a schedule two controlled dangerous substance (crack cocaine). The above subject was stopped for suspicious person and further investigation revealed Balma to be in possession of crack cocaine.


Where are they now?
Heather R. Breaux
In 1992, 2nd Lt. Douglas Gautrau of the Air Force’s 26th Operational Weather Squadron, along his father, tracked the course of Hurricane Andrew.
River Parishes Hospital announces art winners
Staff Report
River Parishes Hospital is proud to announce its monthly art winners for the months of June and July.
Mr. and Mrs. Monty Johnson, Jr.
Staff Report
The marriage of Miss Dana Champagne and Mr. Monty Johnson, Jr. was celebrated on June 3, 2006 in Destin, Florida.


BYERLY Douglas Craig Byerly, on Mon., Aug. 28, 2006, at his residence in Des Allemands. Beloved husband of Reba V. Byerly. Father of Billy Byerly, Douglas Eugene Byerly, Tammy Byerly, Lisa Tregle, Katrina Cortez and teh late Trisha Y. Byerly. Son of the late Ronald and Margie Byerly. Step son of Ruth Byerly. Brother of Ronnie Byerly, Vickie McDonald, Nancy Byerly and Marsha Byerly. Also survived by nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. A native of Mansfield, Ohio and a resident of Des Allemands. Age 64 years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral. Religious services at Des Allemands Mennonite Church on Thurs., Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at Interment Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation from 9 a.m. until funeral time Thurs. at the church. Falgout Funeral Homes in charge of arrangements.