Volume 133 Number 40 - Oct 05, 2006


Are 'school busses' too hot for kids?
Darn tootin' - especially for the young 'uns
Last week the Herald-Guide asked in page-one headline, "Are school busses too hot for our kids?" And this week we answer with a resounding: "Yes, they are too hot, especially for the little ones" - because "school busses" have nothing to do with wheeling squealing students to their campuses in a fleet of big yellow vehicles.

Doctor pleads no contest in child-pornography case
Dr. David Sampognaro of Luling pleaded no contest to a single count of "attempted possession of child pornography" before the 29th Judicial District Judge Emile St. Pierre in Hahnville.

FEMA 'can't see' the Sunset levee, says build new homes 7-feet higher than old homes
In FEMA's eyes, since the Sunset Levee wasn't overseen and certified by the Corps of Engineers, it might as well not even exist, said Tab Troxler, director of St. Charles Emergency Operations Center. It would be easier to go to the moon and bring back a moon rock than to get those levees certified, says emergency operations center director.
What do you call a levee that's not certified? According to FEMA, it might as well be mud.

Herald-Guide Election Roundup: St. Charles goes as Louisiana goes
School board members chosen, constitutional amendments pass, in Sept. 30 vote
Almost 7,000 residents of St. Charles Parish voted in Saturday’s election that selected five local school board members and the state's insurance commissioner in addition to putting 13 amendments into the state constitution.

K'garten kids: Saints will win the Super Bowl - THIS YEAR!
‘They practice hard and pray a lot' - Emily Thompson, 5
"Do you think the Saints are going to win the Super Bowl?" Had you asked me that question a few weeks ago I would have told you I really hadn't thought all that much about it.

Louisiana pot laws under fire after Ol' Willie's bust
Country music star Willie Nelson was recently caught with a pound and a half of marijuana in Louisiana. BATON ROUGE - A pound and a half of marijuana wasn’t the only thing country music legend Willie Nelson allegedly brought into Louisiana two weeks ago. Trailing close behind has been a wave of pro-pot advocacy spokesmen and global media attention.

Parents, student & driver say it’s a no-brainer - school buses need A/C
Parents say that all school buses should be air-conditioned because children can suffer during the hotter months of the year. The question of whether to install air-conditioners in St. Charles Parish school buses is an easy one to answer for two parents, a former driver and a student interviewed exclusively by the Herald-Guide.

Smith: Illegal aliens & teacher salaries key issues for state
Gary Smith spoke about teacher salaries and illegal aliens at the last rotary meeting. The Louisiana Legislature accomplished "a lot" this year, State Rep. Gary Smith said in a report to the St. Charles Rotary Club, including:


Fattenin' the herd: deer hunters learn how in BIG Luling seminar
Staff Report
Wow! Over 100 deer hunters and business sponsors gathered at Dougie V's Restaurant in Luling for the Deer Food-Plot Seminar hosted by the LSU AgCenter's St. Charles Parish Office. And if you're thinking, dang, I missed it, relax.
Wildcats enter district play undefeated
Eric LeBlanc
The Destrehan Wildcats escaped St. James on Friday with a 10-6 victory, closing out their non-district schedule with a 5-0 record. In order to mirror that record in the second half of the season, the Wildcats will have to go through some tough opponents, including tomorrow's John Ehret Patriots.
Hahnville hosts East St. John in district play
Claude Adams
Larry Dauterive brings his high powered offense into Boutte on Oct. 6 as he looks to keep the Wildcats on track and moving towards the Superdome on Dec. 9.
Saints aren't perfect but they can still make the playoffs, says Mike
Mike Detillier
Everyone following the wild football odyssey of the New Orleans Saints knew winning times would come to an end - very few clubs go undefeated in the NFL these days. But even in defeat, you have to admit our guys were impressive.


Amendments could help save coast
Allen Lottinger
It used to be voters in Louisiana voted consistently against proposed constitutional amendments. That's when they had up to 52 proposals for voters to meditate on while in the voting booth.
Open letter to St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque, Councilman ‘Ram’ Ramchandran and Public Works Director Greg Bush:
Letters to the Editor
Gentlemen, parish work crews are finally cutting grass in Ormond subdivision, but let's face it, we're not seeing any real improvement. The Pipeline was cut, but only about half-way.
Miracle of the Talking Virgin and the Baby Who Heard Her
Staff Report
This riveting photograph has traveled the world in newspapers and e-mails read by millions of people - and no wonder: Baby Anna DiMaggio, of LaPlace, not only appears to be talking with the statue of Mary in her family's garden, her father, Andrew DiMaggio, says she WAS talking to the Virgin ... and the Virgin was talking back.
'Paradox of Our Time': Comic didn’t write it, but everyone thinks he did
Derek Clontz
There are no guardrails on the information highway, and The Paradox of Our Time, a "think piece" featured on the Spirit Weekly page in our last issue, is an excellent example of how the Internet can create seeming realities that have no more substance than smoke or mist.

Our View

Battle for the Paddle helps good causes
Today is one of the fun days of the year in St. Charles Parish. The annual Battle for the Paddle will be held from 4 to 7:30 p. m. at West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests Paul Brackens III, 23, of 2008 Golfview Dr. in LaPlace was arrested on Sept. 26 on Janet Drive in St. Rose and charged with relative to theft for approximately $1000, relative to theft for approximately $400, relative to theft for approximately $200, relative to possession with the intent to distribute a schedule two controlled dangerous substance to wit marijuana and he was a fugitive of St. John Parish.


Health center offers flu shots while supplies last
Staff Report
St. Charles Community Health Center, a not-for-profit health clinic, has announced that they are administering flu shots for $15 as long as supplies last. Two thousand shots are now available.
Hat’s off to parish honor-roll kids: 612 Destrehan students make the grade & we name every one of them
Staff Report
Brittany Abate, Ashley Able, Meghan Adams, Brittany Aitken, Jessica Albanese, Brittany Allesandro, Stephanie Allotto, Steve Alvarado, Chelsea Anderson, Robbie Anderson, Jake Andry, Amber Arceneaux, Ashley Arrington, Katie Arrington, Ahmi Atsina, Britny Aubert, Alyssa Aucoin, Rickey Aucoin,
Playful pooch needs lots of TLC
Heather R. Breaux
Ozzy, an owner surrender, is available for adoption at the St. Charles Parish Humane Society.
Heather R. Breaux
St. Charles Parish Public Schools has launched a new "character-education initiative" designed to teach children the importance of acting responsibly and fairly and treating themselves and others with respect.
This just in: LSU-UCLA study proves ... Obesity, heart disease FEAR tasty salads
Staff Report
Eating just one salad a day provides even greater health benefits than doctors and nutritionists previously thought, says eye-opening new research.
Fight colds, flu, ‘superbugs' and more with doctor’s immune-booster salad
Derek Clontz
You can protect yourself against illness and enjoy optimal good health by tossing up an immune-boosting "super salad" that a nutrition expert created exclusively for Herald-Guide readers who don't like getting sick.


AICKLEN Shauna Faith Aicklen of Luling on Thurs., Sept. 21, 2006. Beloved daughter of Kelley Chubb Aicklen and Joey Aicklen, III. Sister of Jessica. Also survived by a host of family and friends. Age 4 1/2 months. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend the Funeral Services at Mothe Funeral Home, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA on Wed., Sept. 27, 2006 at 1 p.m. Visitation at the funeral home was on Wed., Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. until Funeral time. Interment was privately held at a later date.