Volume 133 Number 42 - Oct 19, 2006


Boom! Boom! Boom!
Boom! Boom! Boom! ‘School shooters’ stopped cold in sheriff’s terror drill
Boom. Boom. Boom. Shots fired. More shots fired. A bomb explodes. Smoke fills the halls.

Mystery of the potato chip truck parked at taxpayer expense
Mystery of the potato chip truck parked at taxpayer expense THIS colorful potato chip truck and “rolling billboard” has been parked at the St. Charles Parish Courthouse every night for at least a week and the question we’ve gotta ask is, “Is this legal?”

Spooky reason you can’t adopt a black cat in October
Spooky reason you can’t adopt a black cat in October Get this, folks - until Nov. 1 rolls around, you couldn’t adopt a black cat in St. Charles Parish if you tried.
And the same is true all over the United States because as a matter of policy, animal shelters don’t place black cats in October fearing creeps and idiots might hurt or torment them on Halloween.

St. Charles Parish Council connect water systems & build new homes 7-ft HIGHER
Linking east and west bank water systems by running a pair of 16-inch lines under the Mississippi River is a done deal now that the St. Charles Parish Council has voted to spend $4.6 million on the job that members originally set aside just $2.5 million to complete.


Wildcats take first of three final tests at West Jeff stadium
Eric LeBlanc
The Destrehan Wildcats remained undefeated at 7-0 as they trounced the Assumption Mustangs and their powerful offense last Friday. The 2-0 Wildcats, however, face perhaps their most difficult challenge yet tomorrow as they take on the West Jefferson Buccaneers on the Westbank.
Playoff hopes fading for HHS - can Tigers turn it around?
Kristian Garic
What’s next for 5-2 Hahnville? A key District 5-5A match-up against the 3-4 John Ehret Patriots, that’s what. Games don’t get any bigger than this as the Tigers desperately need a district win. If they get caught looking ahead to their showdown with undefeated 7-0 Destrehan a week down the road - and lose to the Patriots - their playoff hopes dim. My prediction? I expect Hahnville to bounce back - and jump right back into the district race.
The Saints are football’s version of ‘Rocky’
Mike Detillier
Who would have thought of it… six games into the 2006 NFL season the New Orleans Saints are a 5-1 win/loss football team.


Billy Graham's End-Times Prophecies
Staff Report
That’s the word from famed evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, who declines to give an exact date for the end but flatly states: "I have heard the distant sound of hoofbeats and seen the evil riders on the horizon of our lives.
How children were taught to love God in 1855
Staff Report
EDITOR’S NOTE: Back in the good ol’ days parents taught their children to love God and nobody made fun of them for doing it. Here, in Part 2 of an exclusive 12-part series, the St. Charles Herald-Guide reprints with permission another chapter from “Easy Lessons for the Little Ones at Home,” originally published by the American Tract Society in 1855, and more recently preserved and digitized by the Michigan State University Libraries. So sit back, relax and feel the power of faith of a day gone by.
Note to politicians and bureaucrats: ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way’
C.B. Forgotston
Why is it that only politicians and government bureaucrats have the solutions to big problems in Louisiana?

Our View

Ferry disaster memorial should be in Destrehan
It was a tragic morning in St. Charles Parish October 20, 1976 when the Luling-Destrehan ferry was struck by the 750-foot tanker Frosta and sunk. Of the 94 aboard, 78 died.

Sheriffs Reports

Oh no! Another naked man nabbed in the Parish - SAY COPS
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Deputies with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles Walker, 46, and charged him with obsenity after his neighbor, Gail Thompson, reported that she saw him standing stark naked on his front porch.


Animal control officer is a dog’s best friend
Heather R. Breaux
‘I do it for the animals and because it is my passion.’ In that short sentence, Norco resident and St. Charles Parish animal control officer Shawn Palmisano explains why she’s devoted to a job that a lot of people simply could not handle.
Can you top this?
Staff Report
Way back when, butter-makingwas a back-breaking chore made only slightly less tedious by J.S. Gifford's hand-cranked "cylindrical butter worker" that's now on display in Bonnie Guidry's Bits 'N' Pieces antique shop in Paradis.
How high blood sugar makes you fat even if you aren’t diabetic
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Men and women who gain weight without overeating and are tired all the time may be suffering from insulin resistance - a condition that’s often easy to conquer with a few dietary and lifestyle changes that will help you look and feel good again.
Local company ‘shells out’ support
Staff Report
Shell Pipeline Company LP sponsored a day for employees to give back to the community by offering them the opportunity to volunteer their time to help out St. Bernard residents trying to recover from the damages left by the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Garrett Fortin and Meghan O’Quinn – National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists
Staff Report
Garrett Fortin is the son of Sharon and Michael Fortin of Destrehan. He is a member of the DHS National Honors Society, president of the Destrehan Honors Scholars, president of the Literary Club, treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta,and team captain of Quiz Bowl. Garrett boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA.
St. Charles 4-H'ers gather for LARGEST camp turnout - ever
Staff Report
A group of 41 members, counselors and adults from St. Charles Parish recently attended 4-H Summer Camp. The camp, the 4-H Grant Walker Educational Center, is located in Grant Parish about 25 miles north of Alexandria in Pollock. Other parishes attending with St. Charles were: St. John, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemine, East Baton Rouge and St. Landry. This was one of the largest summer camp groups for these parishes due to the addition of St. Landry. Administrators were fearful that the Metro area parishes would not bring as many kids due to the destruction of the area by Hurricane Katrina but the Metro Parishes each brought nearly their regular numbers!
Shocking real reason you wake up grumpy
Staff Report
Thousands of grumpy and groggy parish people rely on caffeine-rich coffee or soda pop to give themselves a leg-up on their day.


Landry Monica D. Landry on Fri., Oct. 13. Age 45. Native and resident of Des Allemands. Daughter of Roland and Nellie T. Dufrene. Survived by husband Louis Landry; children, Jay and wife Emily Landry, Zachary Landry and Ashley Landry; brother Stuart Dufrene; sister Valerie Duhon; grandson Ethan Landry. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Fri., Oct. 13 at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. Serviced by Thibodaux Funeral Home.