Volume 133 Number 43 - Oct 26, 2006

News

$88G windfall ‘a coup’ for schools; Chevron donates land & lots of it
St. Charles Parish schools raked in the equivalent of an $88,000-plus (assessed) windfall when Chevron North American Exploration and Products Co. donated 43 acres of prime land to the school district just days ago.

Chihuahuas worse than pit bulls when it comes to biting
Chihuahuas worse than pit bulls when it comes to biting -SAYS ST. CHARLES PARISH ANIMAL SHELTER
Forget “ferocious breeds” like pit bulls, Doberman pinschers and German shepherds - the bitingest dogs in St. Charles Parish are cute little house and lap dogs: Chihuahuas, Llaso apso’s, cocker spaniels and shih tzus.

Council backs $20M levee to protect the west bank
It’s a no brainer - we’ve got to do it, says councilman
St. Charles Parish Councilman Clayton Faucheux says the parish has no other choice - it must appropriate $20 million of its preliminary $90 million budget for fiscal 2007 to continue the construction of levees on the west bank.

Melancon vs. Romero congressional showdown
3rd District candidates face off exclusively in the St. Charles Herald-Guide
EDITOR’S NOTE: Louisiana State Sen. Craig Romero, republican, hopes to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, democrat, as the congressman respresenting Louisiana’s 3rd District in Nov. 7 election. To help you make an informed choice, the St. Charles Herald-Guide asked Romero and Melancon to respond in 50 words or less to three questions as follow on this page. In the interest of fairness, and to determine which candidate’s answers would appear first, we flipped a penny.

Rub the moose for good luck - the New Orleans Saints do
Trina Williams and Marylin Dubois hold Lucky Moosy - the driver’s license office unofficial Saints mascot. Wooden statue has helped football team to one of the best records in the NFL - can the big guy help you, too?
If you ask St. Charles parish Driver's License Bureau manager Pam Pitre, she'll tell you the real reason the New Orleans Saints are winning. His name is “Lucky Moosey.”

Shiver me timbers
Shiver me timbers Power Rangers and princesses are as popular as pirates in St. Charles Parish this year
BOUTTE - The hottest Halloween costumes for parish kids this year are karate-kickin’ Power Rangers for the boys and assorted princesses and heroines for the girls, including Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.”

Sweet! Sugarcane crop best in 5 years, says ag agent
After nearly five years of hard times for sugarcane farmers, this year’s crop looks like it will be much better than the crops of the past few years, according to LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ben Legendre.

What you must know about constitutional amendments before you vote on Nov. 7
VOTERS PASSED all 13 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution offered on the September ballot, and their are eight more on the Nov. 7 ballot. Here’s an overview from PAR - the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a citizens advocacy group. We include a quick description of the amendments and also an explanation of what a vote for - or against - would mean for you and the State:


Sports

Destrehan’s 8-0 record on the line against upset-minded Hahnville
By Eric LeBlanc
The Destrehan Wildcats proved they are serious contenders for the state title with their 35-21 spanking of a strong West Jefferson Buccaneers team and their game with the Hahnville Tigers could be even easier.
Now we're playing for pride, baby
By Mike Detillier
The Hahnville High School football Tigers have been struggling to regain control of their season after a string of heartbreaking losses, and let's face it, folks - things aren't going to get any easier with unbeaten Destrehan and always-tough Assumption on tap over the next two "do-or-die" weeks.
Baltimore Ravens owe St. Charles Parish big time, says Mike
By Mike Detillier
Talk about homecomings. When the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens go head to head us local folks hardly know who to root for with so many former St. Charles Parish high schoolers lining up for the Ravens.

Editorial

How children were taught to love God in 1855
By Staff Report
MY DEAR CHILD - I wish to tell you some things about yourself. Do you remember who made you? God. Yes, God made you, and put you in this beautiful world to live. God made your body and your soul.
Gov. Blanco makes the grade - unfortunately, it’s an flat “F”
By C.B. Forgotston
The other day when I got a note from fellow "Internet Kook" Emily Metzgar reporting that Gov. Kathleen Blanco had received an "F" from the Cato Institute for "Fiscal Policy," I wanted to say, "DUH."




Lifestyles

Fingernail myths that keep you from looking your best
By Staff Report
BOUTTE - You can grow and take advantage of strong, beautiful nails with tips from a dermatologist who says common misconceptions and “old wives’ tales” may be doing you more harm than good. And when you abuse your nails with chemicals and synthetic hardening agents, says the expert, you can make your fingers “sick.”
It’s all in the way you move
By Jennifer Nall
"Ballroom dancing is an art form," says Charlotte Giardina, of St. Rose. And anyone can do it, she insists - even you.
EEK! Parish woman lives with ghosts
By Susan Christie, MSW
I live with ghosts. But even though the experience can be startling, I’ve never been afraid.
SENIOR SALUTE ...
By Staff Report
Congratulations to Destrehan High School seniors –Sharion Scott and Valicia Miller – who were named semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship program.
Can you top this?
By Staff Report
Dick Pitre’s 1959 Edsel Ranger looks showroom new, but with 114,000 miles on the odometer, this buggy’s been around.
‘Two-ton’ tabby pigs out on ice cream and frozen yogurt
By Heather R. Breaux
LULING - Before the sun comes up and the roosters get a chance to crow, Rocky, the King Kong Kitty, cries so loud for his breakfast that the bellowing meows can be heard echoing from one end of the house to the other.

Obituaries

Obituaries
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