Volume 133 Number 49 - Dec 07, 2006


6 of serial killer’s victims were from SC Parish
At least six of the 23 murders committed by suspected serial killer Ronald Dominique, 42 of Houma, occurred in St. Charles Parish.

Can you top this?
Willowdale family’s tree is a TOWERING GIANT
Every Christmas, Sally and Dean Church of Luling bring in a giant Christmas tree to celebrate the season. And when we say giant, we mean giant - this beauty is 16-feet tall.

Family survives lethal gas that filled house while they slept
An unsuspecting family in Luling are lucky to be alive after their hot water heater malfunctioned, filling their home with lethal carbon monoxide gas that sent them to the hospital - but could have killed them.

Hahnville High School exchange student couldn’t be happier with his new host family in Luling
There’s no greater feeling than having a place to call home - even if you are on the other side of the world from the home you were born and raised in.

National Spanish Honor Society charters Hahnville High School Herald-Guide Staff Report
Hahnville High School’s Spanish program has been granted a charter in the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica - that’s the “National Spanish Honor Society” for folks who speak “no espanol.”

New emergency phone system can dial everyone in SC parish in 13 minutes flat
A satellite phone system with super sonic capabilities will cost St. Charles Parish $78, 000 for the upgrade, Tab Troxler, director of the Emergency Operations Center, tells the Herald-Guide.

Norco’s Christmas parade - after a 1-yr Katrina layoff, it’s back ... with bells on
Norco’s Christmas parade - after a 1-yr Katrina layoff, it’s back ... with bells on In 2005, Hurricane Katrina blew the annual Norco Christmas Parade away. But you can’t keep a great event down for long, and this year it was back and bigger and better than ever.

Parish council gives GREEN LIGHT to more development on the east bank
St. Charles Parish Council lifted a ban on development on the east bank in a regular meeting at the courthouse, opening the door for the long-talked about Plantation Business Park in Destrehan and other projects that are expected to be good for parish residents and the economy.


Believe it: SC Catholic CAN whip J.T. Curtis
Kristian Garic
Impossible. It's impossible for St. Charles Catholic to beat J.T Curtis, right? Impossible. Just like it was impossible for UCLA to beat USC this past weekend.
Reggie B breakout
Mike Detillier
Ever since the New Orleans Saints selected USC Heisman trophy winning halfback Reggie Bush in the first round of the 2006 draft, all Saints fans have waited for a break-out game for the player Saints wide receiver Joe Horn deemed “Baby Matrix.”
Off to College...and Beyond
Eric LeBlanc
This week's Off to College and Beyond Player of the Week is Southern Illinois defensive back and HHS grad Craig Turner who had 11 tackles, 2 pass deflections, a forced fumble, an 18-yard kick return and 13-yard punt return in the Salukis' loss to Montana on Saturday.


The St. Rose library is so good they ought to open it more often
Barbara Munson
I've been an avid reader, a book collector, and a big fan of libraries for as long as I can remember. I enrolled in the summer reading program every year as a kid, I enrolled my daughter when she was a toddler, and I continue to use the local libraries for various reasons. When my computer crashed, the library's computers allowed me to check my e-mail. When I needed to do research, I used the library's subscription to the expensive genealogy website. I continually borrow books, I belong to one of the book discussion groups, and I've even been known to use a meeting room from time to time.
How children were taught to love God in 1855
Staff Report
CHAPTER IX. ABOUT SALVATION. MY DEAR CHILD - Have you thought about the sad truths of which I told you in the last chapters?
Yes, Virginia, there IS a St. Nicholas
Staff Report
The true story of Santa Claus begins with a very real person - Nicholas - who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.

Our View

Session should stick to recovery, insurance needs
Many believe Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s call for a special legislative session beginning Friday to be premature and an opportunity to give away Christmas gifts from the state government. Hopefully that will not be the case.


Steel trap memory no matter what your age - our tips show the way
Derek Clontz
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you can’t hold on to your memory and stop misplacing your car keys and forgetting what you went to the grocery store for.
Dear Santa,
Heather R. Breaux
Dear Santa, I want makeup. I want a computer, a camera and animls and earrings. Santa you are cyout. Does it snow a lot. I like you. I want a little pup. Love, Ester Lagos
Holiday shopping nightmare
Heather R. Breaux
Long lines in a sea of swirling sale advertisements. The sound of loose change dropping into plastic cash register drawers and the shuffling of feet amidst it all. And it isn’t even daybreak yet.
Ask Nattie
Nattie Swan
Nattie Swan is St. Charles Parish’s best new advice columnist for kids and their parents. Let her help you. Send questions to editor@heraldguide.com.
$1 Children's Christmas Fund takes off
Staff Report
KIDS from all over the parish are standing in line to hand off their donations to the $1 Children’s Christmas Fund sponsored by the Herald-Guide.
Moneytalk with Al Suffrin
Staff Report
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am a 16-year-old high school student and my parents say that I need to learn financial responsibility with my allowance and the money I earn from babysitting. My parents give me $20 a week for the chores that I do around the house, and I usually make $50 each week from babysitting neighborhood kids after school and on the weekends. Most of the things that I need are purchased by my parents, and I normally use my money to buy special things that I want like movie tickets or a new CD. What percentage of the $70 I earn each week be put towards my savings? Also, should I set a "savings goal" to make sure that my personal savings never falls below a certain amount? -Interested in saving, Norco


COMARDELLE Doris B. Comardelle, on Monday, November 27, 2006 at 10:14 P.M. in Luling, LA. Beloved wife of the late Roy Paul Comardelle. Mother of Roy A. Comardelle, Betty C. Meacham, Diane C. Rome, Pamela C. Schaubhut and the late Dwayne J. Comardelle. Daughter of the late Henry and Anita Leonard Bergeron. Sister of Leroy Bergeron and the late Standley, Clifton, Henry Bergeron, Thelma Oursi, Stella LeBoeuf and Alice Babin. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by 1 grandchild. Age 78 years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral. A Mass of Christan Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Paradis, LA, on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. Interment Sunset Cemetery, Bayou Gauche, LA. Visitation from 9:00 A.M. until funeral time Wednesday at the church. Falgout Funeral Homesin charge of arrangements.