Volume 133 Number 37 - Sep 14, 2006

News

Alligators bring big bucks
PARISH CANAL'S GREEN GIANT On Monday, this 11-foot mega-gator was sold to dealer Whitney Curole of KWK Crabs in Des Allemands. The 460-pound beast was caught in the Parish Canal and is the biggest gator Curole has seen so far this season. Hunters seeing green as season opens with big un’s fetching $45 a foot
Alligator season got off to a fast start this year with respectable numbers of the fearsome-looking reptiles succumbing to the wily tactics of local alligator hunters.

Ceremony jump starts hospital construction
Hospital CEO, Federico Martinez, showing his wilder side by breaking ground with his flaming Harley Davidson hard hat.
Expansion will bring parish’s health care to a new level
Representatives of the parish’s health system gathered on Sept. 8 to celebrate the expansion of the St. Charles Parish Hospital with a ground breaking ceremony.

Destrehan shoot-out leaves two wounded
On Sept. 2 at 2:50 a.m., St. Charles Parish police officers were notified of a shooting in the vicinity of Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan. Police Investigating relationship between parties
On Sept. 2 at 2:50 a.m., St. Charles Parish police officers were notified of a shooting, and in response were dispatched to the Shell Station located on Airline Drive in Norco to meet up with the victims.

Dow Chemical to shut down PXC plant
Doors will close by Oct. 31
On Sept. 6 Dow Epoxy, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Company, announced that it intends to close the PXC plant at the St. Charles Operations site owned by Union Carbide Corporation in Hahnville by Oct. 31.

Home businesses under parish scrutiny
Council members debate regulations
On Sept. 5 the parish council was faced with a proposal by the parish president’s administration that, if passed, would make it easier for residents to operate businesses from their home by cutting through some of the red tape and allowing the parish’s planning and zoning department director to determine approval on applications.

In their own words - only in the Herald Guide ...
School Board Q & A you must read before the Sept. 30 election
Editor's note : we interviewed each school board candidate via email and are now presenting their answers verbatim.

Race-Trac employee robbed at gunpoint
On Sept. 4, an employee at the St. Rose Race-Trac on Airline Drive was robbed a gunpoint. St. Rose robber still unknown
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a search for an unknown black male who is the supposed gunman in an armed robbery that occurred on Sept. 4 at the Race-Trac in St. Rose.


Sports

Wildcats cruise into Homecoming week 2-0
By Eric LeBlanc
The Destrehan Wildcats will take on the Terrebonne Tigers tomorrow at 7 p.m. at home for their homecoming game. Last week, the Wildcats cruised to a 48-28 victory over the O. Perry Walker Chargers.
Valdin candid about his team’s lack of running game
By Claude Adams
Hahnville came out on a mission last Friday evening handing their former 6-5A district rivals a 38-point shellacking. The Tigers (2-0 overall, 0-0 5-5A) got off to a shaky start as they won the toss and elected to receive -- only to fumble the kickoff. The defense took the field and forced Central Lafourche to a three and out, and for the second week in a row, the defensive front four found themselves in the opposing teams backfield frequently.
LSU vs Auburn
By Mike Detillier
It is just three weeks into the college football season, but one of the most important games of the 2006 season will occur this coming Saturday when the LSU Tigers face the Auburn Tigers.

Editorial

It’s time to eat alligator again
By Allen Lottinger
At one time, it had men wrestling real live alligators. Then there were the alligator beauty queen contests.
Ray Nagin: The perfect double-agent
By Clancy DuBos
If there is a vast white conspiracy to keep poor blacks who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina from moving back to the city, it could not have a better front man than Clarence R. Nagin, mayor of New Orleans.
Lead us not into temptation
By Dan Juneau
Sometime between now and the end of December, the state will release the amount of surplus revenue available after the books are closed on Fiscal Year 2005-06.
Walmart's gay and lesbian partners disturbing to reader
Letters to the Editor
On August 21, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce announced a "partnership" with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Non-Catholic visitor sees Jesus in local chapel
By Ann Taylor
Last Thanksgiving, Andy Petty of Gretna saw something he'll never forget. Nearly a year later he can remember it like it was yesterday.

Our View

We shouldn’t let occupational permits get out of hand
St. Charles Parish Council is considering an ordinance that would make it easier to get a home occupational permit. That could be good or bad.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
Arrests •Tamonica Lee, 17, of 8874A Sunnyside Dr. in LaPlace was arrested on Sept. 2 and charged with obstruction of justice after disposing of a gun that was used in a shoot out at the Shell Station on U.S. 61 in Norco.



Lifestyles

Pet of the Week
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish Humane Society is where Felix, a Snowshoe feline, currently calls home.
Towering sunflowers call Norco garden home
By Heather R. Breaux
Adam Duhe loves to watch plants grow and flowers bloom in his grandmother, Brenda Duhe’s, garden, and recently he decided to try his hand at gardening by planting sunflower seeds.

Obituaries

Obituaries
MARTIN Geraldine Martin on Thurs., Sept. 7 at her home in Norco. Daughter of the late Joseph Alexander Sr. and Odessa H. Miller. Stepdaughter of the late Johnny Miller. Wife of August Martin Jr. Sister of Rev. Vernon (Yvonne) Alexander Sr., Arthur (Alberta) Bailey Sr., Lawrence (Alma Lee) Bailey, Lurlee A. Green, the late Elouise Johnson, Rev. Robert Sr., Joseph Jr. and Edmond Alexander. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Age 72. A native and resident of Norco. Relatives and friends of the family, also pastors, officers and members of the Greater Good Baptist Church and all neighboring churches were invited to attend the funeral service at Greater Good Baptist Church, 47 Cathey St., Norco on Wed., Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Rev. Willie Dewey, Pastor, officiating. Interment Montz Memorial Park Cemetery in Montz. Visitation was held at the above church from 10 a.m. until service time. Serviced by Robottom.