Volume 133 Number 41 - Oct 12, 2006

News

3 years in prison for child porn
Destrehan man pays high price for illegal DVD
Shane Helds, 26, of 123 Ormond Village Dr., Destrehan, has been sentenced to five years in prison with two suspended after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

3rd graders learn how to eat right so they won’t get fat
‘Smart Bodies’ program makes healthy choices fun
Childhood obesity is epidemic in St. Charles Parish just as it is nationwide. And that's why the new "Smart Bodies" program for 3rd-graders is so important - it's teaching kids how to eat right and make other lifestyle choices that will help them lose weight or stay slim.

Laque gives FEMA a ‘coonass earful’ in levee-lobby effort
For a year now. Albert Laque has been pleading with higher-ups to protect St. Charles Parish with levees on both the east and west banks of the Mississippi.

Man shot in the face with a 12-gauge - & he’s still alive
A 25-year-old Boutte man was charged with attempted second-degree murder after he blasted another man in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun, say cops.

My friends call me Hercules, you can call me, 'Sir!'
Frickey says no meal is complete without him glugging down a big bottle of water. Easygoing Des Allemands iron-man power-lifts 455 pounds - & muscle for muscle, he may be the strongest human in St. Charles Parish
Mild-mannered Jason Frickey is 43 years old and an insulin-dependent diabetic. But that doesn't stop the 195-pound Des Allemands iron-man from bench-pressing over twice his weight - a personal-best 455 pounds.

Norco man fires gun at wife in wild squabble
‘It’s a miracle no one was killed; this was a violent situation’
A 46-year-old man was charged with attempted first-degree murder after he shot at his wife with a high-powered Glock 40-cal. handgun at their home in Norco, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office reports.

Parish spends $32Gs for park but can’t say when workers will build it
St. Charles Parish spent $32,800 to buy land for a community park in Des Allemands last August, but now, two months later, it’s still not clear when construction will start.

Tired of your old plants? Trade them at the Oktober Fest
The German Coast Farmers Market will celebrate its Oktober Fest on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Will business and industry go on the offensive for tax reform in 2007?
BATON ROUGE -- It was a policy milestone for business and industry in 2004 when the state legislature approved a long-range phase-out of taxes on corporate debt and manufacturing equipment.


Sports

The ‘Assumption’ is: A Destrehan win
By Eric LeBlanc
Although the Destrehan Wildcats won their first district game on Friday and improved to 6-0 on the season, they lost a crucial piece of their offense on the first play of the game. After throwing an incomplete pass, quarterback Jordan Jefferson collided with an Ehret defender and broke his wrist. He then left the game and had surgery later on in the night. Head Coach Steve Robicheaux said that there is a possibility that Jefferson could return late in the season, but he is out for the foreseeable future.
The agony of defeat
By Staff Report
The Hahnville Tigers, playing at their nearly undefeatable home field, fell hard in 5A district play to East St. John 45 - 25. It was a night that Hahnville players, coaches and fans knew would be a test for their young team going up against a highly-ranked East St. John offense.
Who’d a thunk it? Saints have better W-L record than LSU
By Mike Detillier
In 2003 Disney released a movie called Freaky Friday. The premise was that mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter (Lindsay Lohan) would trade places to see what life would be like in a reversed role.
Joe Horn on New Orleans’ greatest catch
By Staff Report
Entering his 10th season in the NFL, New Orleans Saints’ wide receiver Joe Horn has made a few great catches in his career, but he also knows what restaurants in the Big Easy catch the best seafood. From broiled crawfish to quality steak, Horn recently discussed his ten favorite restaurants in New Orleans on his weekly “Alltel Audibles” podcast.
Norfleet wins 2006 State Duck Calling Title
By Staff Report
With a consistent performance through three rounds of competition, Charles “Slade” Norfleet of Luling won the Intermediate division of the 38th Annual State Duck and Goose Calling Contest.

Editorial

How could anyone dislike the Amish?
By Allen Lottinger
How anyone can pump bullets into the bodies of young Amish girls is beyond comprehension. They are among the finest people on earth.
The Katrina Factor meets politics
By Dan Juneau
Two interesting sources of information came to light during the past week.
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By C.B. Forgotston
There has been a lot of motion, but little action when it comes to addressing the tax that people in Louisiana have been saddled with on their Homeowners' Insurance policies to pay for the debt of the Citizens Fund Insurance.

Our View

North Korea flexing its nuclear muscle
Strange that the very week South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Kimoon was nominated to head the United Nations, North Korea announced it conducted an underground nuclear test. That could be good or bad.




Lifestyles

Rotary clubs seek area professionals for goodwill exchange to Italy
By Staff Report
Rotary club members of Southeast Louisiana and South and Central Mississippi are seeking outstanding professionals to visit Italy in June 2007 as part of the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation.
Butterflies are free
By Colette Lottinger
Butterflies were everywhere at the River Regions Arts & Humanities Council Members' and Guests Tea on Sept. 30.
Louisiana’s best sweet potato recipe
By Staff Report
The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission and Louisiana Cookin' magazine have concluded the second annual Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest for Canned Sweet Potatoes, naming four first place winning recipes and one grand prize winner.
Dianthus: bright choice for cool-season color
By Staff Report
Every year more and more choices are available for planting cool-season bedding plants to add color to landscapes during the fall and winter. October is a good time for planting many cool-season bedding plants that include garden mums, pansies, snapdragons, flowering kale/cabbage, petunias, dusty miller, calendula, delphinium, larkspur and dianthus. Certainly, the versatility and longevity of dianthus makes it one of the more ideal choices for containers, formal landscape designs and flower beds as well as for borders and cottage gardens.