Volume 133 Number 39 - Sep 28, 2006


Africa's Father Deo in SC Parish seeking your help
Father Deogratias Ekisa with Rotary President Kirsti Brocato at the Alligator Festival. 'Hardship priest' needs money to help poor kids go to school
Uganda's big-hearted Father Deogratias Ekisa said all three Sunday Masses at Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling on Sunday. When I found out he had nothing scheduled between noon and his 6 p.m Mass, I asked him if he would like to try some alligator at the St. Charles' Rotary Club’s Alligator Festival.

Analysis: Insurance race has hefty issues for coast, but very few solutions
BATON ROUGE -- In separate interviews this week, The St. Charles Herald-Guide asked the front-running Republican candidates for insurance commissioner what they would specifically do about the scarcity of home insurance in coastal Louisiana, the perceived ineffectiveness of the Insurance Rating Commission and the fledgling Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.

Are our school buses too hot for kids?
Find out why the parish school board has launched another study to figure out whether it’s a good idea to put A/C units into 131 school buses.
On Wed., Sept. 30, the St. Charles Parish School Board voted on a resolution regarding the possibility of installing air conditioners on all of the parish’s school buses.

Battle for the Paddle arrives
Cook-off for charity is just days away-and you'r e invited
The United Way of St. Charles will hold their annual jambalaya and gumbo cook-off on Thur., Oct. 5 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.

Mobile Medical Unit unveiled at St. Charles Community Health Center
Parish President Albert Laque cuts the ribbon unveiling the new mobile medical unit. From left are: Yvonne Gaspard-Board of Directors of STCCHC, Gretchen Helmstetter, CFO STCCHC, Bishop Otis Kenner and Robert Hickman- Board of Directors of STCCHC, James C The St. Charles Community Health Center displayed a new mobile medical unit to serve the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish region.

St. Charles Parish vanishes from U.S. map
Aaron Ertel: Community is built on silt and goo and doesn't even show up as coast line
By the way, did you know that we're not on the continent?

Unlocked vehicles pose as easy burglary targets
Sheriff issues neighborhood crime alert
On Sept. 19, Sheriff Greg Champagne issued a crime alert via email to all citizens urging them to be wary of a rash of automobile break-ins that occurred on Destrehan’s Ormond Meadows Drive.


Battle of unbeatens Friday as Destrehan faces St. James
Eric LeBlanc
Last Friday night, the Destrehan Wildcats took down the South Lafourche Tarpons 42-7. The offense scored on all but three of their possessions in their second consecutive victory over a former District 6-5A rival. The Wildcats had the offense running on all cylinders racking up almost 500 yards of total offense.
Tigers to host St. Augustine Purple Knights
Claude Adams
St. Augustine will be coming to town on Sept. 29 looking to provide a competitive football game for the Hahnville Tigers. They are coming with one goal in mind, to win. This year is a rebuilding year for the Purple Knights. Hurricane Katrina took their equipment, their coach and displaced most of the team. Their weight room sat under 5 feet of water. They are playing football this year and are having a rough go of it. It will not get any easier tomorrow night.
JBM Cheerleaders take home top awards
Staff Report
The 2006-2007 J.B. Martin Cheerleaders received top awards at the Universal Cheerleading Association’s camp this summer at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Hahnville High's Darius Reynaud is SMOKIN' at West Virginia
Mike Detillier
The West Virginia Mountaineers are turning heads nationally with their high-powered offense led by former Hahnville High School star running-back-turned-wide-receiver Darius Reynaud.


Saints victory was more than just a win
Allen Lottinger
In many respects, it was the greatest game ever played in the Superdome.
Federal money used for coastal restoration must actually solve the problem
Dan Juneau
One of the biggest issues facing Louisiana is the preservation of its coastal regions. Loss of coastal areas impacts hurricane safety, wildlife and fisheries, and private property.
Comedian tells how we've forgotten to live & love in age of throwaway morality
George Carlin
EDITOR'S NOTE: Making the rounds on the Internet is a seemingly unlikely but thought-provoking message from wrinkled and wizened funnyman George Carlin, a stand-up comedian and social critic who joked about drugs and sex in the 1960s and '70s but, as you can see for yourself, is serving up a different brand of humor and commentary today. The message that follows is popping up in e-mails and on Internet message boards nationwide. And when you read it, we think you'll agree that perhaps in the case of Mr. Carlin, the Lord truly does work in mysterious ways.

Our View

Religions can play bigger role in world unity
It’s time for religions to get a better grip on unifying populations into a saner direction for the world.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests •Gilbert P. Bartholomew, 41, of 123 East 6th St. in Edgard was arrested on Sept. 24 on U.S. 90 at I-310 and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possesssion of 28 grams of cocaine.


Herald-Guide Health Report
Staff Report
In this week's Herald-Guide Health Report, Drs. Brian Brogle and Stephen Lacour of the St. Charles Parish Hospital address prostate health for men. Frequent urination, an inability to urinate, back pain and sexual dysfunction are symptoms of prostate problems, the causes of which are usually benign but may signal cancer. They also explain how cancer is diagnosed and your treatment options. Read this important report - then pass it along to someone you love. And don't forget to check back next week for another Health Report - ONLY in the Herald-Guide.
Homecoming queen surprised at selection
Claude Adams
Hahnville High School’s homecoming queen was both shocked and honored at her selection.
St. Charles does it again... Owens crowned Queen Sugar
Staff Report
Sarah Owens, the 21 year old daughter of Marty and Janet Owens of Luling was crowned Louisiana Queen Sugar 65 on Sat., Sept. 23, at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Pageant in New Iberia.
Pet of the Week
Heather R. Breaux
Tangi, an orange and white tabby, is available for adoption at the St. Charles Parish Humane Society.
Local 4-H members win top awards at group contest
Staff Report
Young people from across Louisiana were named 4-H State and Blue Ribbon winners at the recently held 4-H University contests in Baton Rouge. The event, formerly known as 4-H Short Course, was the 92th annual gathering of 4-H members from across the state. Members competed in over 40 different project related contests. Approximately 1600 members and 200 volunteers participated in the activities.
Hurst Middle students double as heroes
Staff Report
Hurst eighth graders Paige Duplantis and Paris Vinnett were both honored by the Heroes in Training National Award program sponsored locally by Esplanande Mall and PBS during an event that also featured Radio Disney.
Celebrate like the rich... even if you aren't
Colette Lottinger
You can treat your family, friends and guests to a "champagne and caviar' wedding reception on any budget with exclusive advice from leading chefs, caterers, consultants and planners who tell Herald-Guide readers exclusively how to party like the rich - whether you're loaded or not.


GUSS Janice Marie Guss on Sat., Sept 23 in an automobile accident in LaPlace. Daughter of Octavia S. Guss and the late Herman Guss Jr. Sister of Lysandra Johnson, Terry and Rodney Guss and the late Herman Guss, III. Also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Age 46 years. A native of Hahnville and a resident of LaPlace. “Janice worked most recently in the Technology department at the school board office, after working her way up from secretary, in special education, to part time college student after working all day, then became a middle school teacher at Landry Middle School. She was promoted to the technology department where she found her calling. Janice touched so many of our lives,” said friend Pam Dufrene. Relatives and friends of the family, also priest and parishioners of Our Lady of Grace and Holy Rosary Catholic Churches and all neighboring churches were invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1 Rectory Lane in Hahnville on Thurs., Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Father Bernard Francis, celebrant. Interment at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Taft. Visitation at the above named church was held from 8 a.m. until mass time. Rosary at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family request Masses said in Janice Gross name at one of the above listed Catholic churches. Serviced by Robottom.