Volume 133 Number 46 - Nov 16, 2006

News

Are YOU average? Read our story and find out
St. Charles Parish by the numbers
BOUTTE - You're an average St. Charles parishioner if you're:

Can you top this?
Can you top this? DeeAnn’s old cabin used to be a general store
BAYOU GAUCHE - DeeAnn Edwards' cypress cabin is just the latest incarnation of a 100-year-old grocery that she found sitting in a field in Grand Point, Louisiana, and then, after negotiating a price with the owner, trailered over to her waterfront lot.

Louisiana’s running out of oysters and pecans just days before Thanksgiving
So what are you gonna stuff your turkey with THIS year?
Say it ain’t so! Oyster dressing and pecan pie – both made with Louisiana-grown products – could be hard to get this holiday season and cause consumers to dig a little deeper in their pockets when they DO find them.

The FACES of unemployment in St. Charles Parish
What can be done about the 800 men and women who aren't working in a boom economy where just about every business is begging for help?
IT SEEMS that everywhere you go in St. Charles Parish there's a "help wanted" sign on a window or door while able-bodied men and women mill around in front of convenience stores begging for money, sometimes wild-eyed and, on occasion, with an icy-cold beer in one hand - and a filter king in the other.

What you must know about NEW cable TV deal
Competitive bidding by big players promises cheaper and better service, say officials
Cheaper cable television with more and better channels and superior repair service may be in the offing when the parish’s contract with Cox Cable expires in 2007.


Sports

Oh, So Close…
By Mike Detillier
All week long New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton stressed that his team had to protect the football if they expected to knockoff the defending world champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wildcats are rolling - again
By Eric LeBlanc
The Destrehan Wildcats accepted their fate, facing an essentially 9-1 Dutchtown team in the first round of the playoffs, and took them down 35-28 Friday night. Tomorrow, the Wildcats will again be at home against the 8-4 Carencro Bears in the regionals.

Editorial

What married women want
By Staff Report
Sociologists Steven Nock and W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia have presented a new study on what makes women happy based on the findings of the National Survey of Families and Households.
How children were taught to love God 150 years ago - in 1855
By Staff Report
Editor’s note: Reprinted with permission. Easy lessons for the Little Ones at Home, circa 1855, digitized by Michigan State University.
A question of faith
By Staff Report
This week’s question: As a Christian, am I supposed to be a missionary for Christ or should I leave preaching to the preachers? I count among my friends a Hindu and also several Jews and even an atheist, none of whom accept Jesus as the Messiah. Sometimes we talk about religion, but I prefer not to because I don't know what to say. What should I do?
Every state in the U.S. is corrupt, it's just that in LA, we don't worry about it
By C.B. Forgotston
LSU’s student newspaper has published a well-done article about Louisiana’s well-deserved reputation for corruption. Despite what many think, I do not believe LA is the most corrupt state in the U.S.

Our View

Strange bedfellows: Bush & Clinton get together
Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton have joined forces to support many worthwhile causes, including support for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
DWI •Shane M. Degruy, 25, of 18 Dunleith Dr. in Destrehan was arrested on Nov. 5 at LA 48 and charged with DWI and reckless operation.



Lifestyles

How fruits & veggies can be hazardous to your health
By Derek Clontz
BOUTTE - The strawberry you spoon into your cereal each morning ought to be marked with a skull and crossbones because even though the luscious red fruit appears to be a healthy choice, it's actually dripping with deadly pesticides that won't wash off.
Our Heather blasted off 60 pounds!
By Heather R. Breaux
Every day I looked at myself in the mirror - in the bathroom in the morning while brushing my teeth, in department store dressing rooms. I even looked at my reflection in shop windows as I passed by them.
23 weight-loss strategies for people with NO willpower
By Derek Clontz
Dieting doesn't have to be painful or an exercise in futility - here are 23 super tips that can help make yours easy to start and stick with.
MONEYTALK with St. Charles Parish’s Al Suffrin
By Staff Report
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I'll need a loan to pay for my college education and I don't know how to choose a good one. Help!

Obituaries

Obituaries
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