Volume 133 Number 50 - Dec 14, 2006

News

13 things you don’t know about St. Charles Parish - dazzle your friends with our trivia
Kelly Rebstock, 26, of Des Allemands has the Bicentennial spirit. Spaniards were the first Europeans to see the land that would become St. Charles Parish in 1542
But a French expedition was the first to actually get off their boat and set foot on the land 140 years later - in 1682.

3 children died in holiday blaze that burned down Norco family’s house
Firefighter monitors a “training fire” at a condemned house. On anniversary of the tragedy, fire chief’s safety tips can help keep you & your loved ones safe
And chief Robert Lupe remembers the tragic, 2001 blaze well. “The fire occured at 11:52 p.m. It was a horrible scene, the mother told us that she had just stepped next door to talk to her sister, and within a matter of a few moments her entire house was on fire. There were two little girls inside the house and one boy,” Lupe told the Herald-Guide.

Crack cocaine, fake crack and marijuana rounded up in bust
Sheriff’s deputies arrested 13 men on various drug charges - including distribution of crack cocaine and fake crack cocaine - to conclude an undercover drug investigation in St. Charles Parish, say reports.

Destrehan wife booked in attempted murder
A Destrehan woman fired two shots at her husband wounding him in the stomach and buttocks, say official reports

Gunmen terrorize mother & baby, demand cash, flee in Oldsmobile
LULING - Two men forced their way into a woman’s home near the 1200 block of Paul Frederick Street, demanded money and then fired a shot into the woman’s sofa before forcing her outside with her 2-year-old baby - and pumping another bullet into the ground.

How family, friends and students are helping Kyle
Loads of love in bills donated for Kyle at J.B. Martin Middle. Kyle Bergeron has three wishes and Gwen Savoie, a close friend of the Bergeron family, has made it her mission to make them come true.

Luling’s Leonard Fisher Sr., dead at 89
Police juror, businessman, pillar of the community
“Leonard K. Fisher Sr. came, put down roots, and plans to stay until the time comes for him to reach the front, or back, door of heaven. With surpreme confidence, he knows he will enter, but is in no big hurry.”

Mission Possible
Mission possible - my journey to the NERVE CENTER of St. Charles
Deep inside the courthouse, beyond the glass doors down far below the elevators and two flights of stairs - literally in the basement - is the nerve center of St. Charles Parish ... the Emergency Office of Preparedness and Homeland Security.

Parish schools own what teachers and students create in class
In a ground-breaking move, the St. Charles Parish student and teacher ideas developed on school time or using school resources belong to the school board, not to the teachers and students who came up with them.

Parish ‘spy camera’ sees everything ... even our reporter (pictured) on her doorstep
Ever get the feeling someone is watching you? In this staged experiment, emergency boss Tab Troxler shows what his camera can do, zeroing in on reporter Shonna Riggs on her doorstep (right). Camera pictured is for illustration purposes only - it’s not the A futuristic and highly sophisticated camera keeps a watchful eye on St. Charles Parish 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and its capabilities will blow your mind.

Talking points
School board chief’s $12,000 surprise
Schools superintendant Rodney Lafon is easy to like and his job is a big one. And St. Charles Parish School Board members agreed in a regular meeting that he does indeed have the chops to warrant a new contract that includes a respectable pay raise.

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Sports

Everybody’s STILL talking about the State Football Championships
By Kristian Garic
Dreams were shattered and dreams were achieved in the Louisiana High School Football State Championship games.
Saints Rule
By Mike Detillier
If you weren’t convinced that the New Orleans Saints are the “ Real Deal” this season, you have to be convinced now after the boys in black and gold dissected the hottest team in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys (42-17). Other than a 77-yard touchdown run by Cowboys halfback Julius Jones early in the first quarter, the Saints totally dominated play out on the field. And credit has to go to the Saints offensive line, quarterback Drew Brees and the best gameplan I have seen this season by a head coach in Sean Payton. Under little duress most of the game Drew Brees, who grew up in Austin, Texas and was not offered a football scholarship by any of the state’s larger colleges in Texas, put on a show of a lifetime. Brees completed 26 of his 38 throws for 384 yards and 5 touchdowns. The five touchdowns thrown against the Cowboys were the most ever by an opposing quarterback against Dallas in their 47-year history.Brees spread the football wealth all around hitting 10 different receivers in the 42-17 shellacking of the Cowboys. The Saints running game also was a vital part of the biggest victory of the season. Deuce McAllister rushed for 111 yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry, but he was almost overshadowed by the guy that normally is his lead blocker. Fullback Mike Karney rushed for 1 touchdown and caught 2 passes for scores. Three touchdowns from a fullback, who would have thought it? Let’s not forget Reggie Bush in this equation either. The 2005 Heisman trophy winner rushed for 37 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and he also caught 6 passes for 125 yards and 1 score. It was a total team effort on offense and you have to give plenty of credit to the Saints offensive line who totally dominated the line of scrimmage. On defense the Saints defense bent a few times, but they did a great job confusing young quarterback Tony Romo who had his worst game of the season completing just 16 of his 33 throws for 249 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 pass interceptions. Give the Saints secondary a lot of credit for doing a great job controlling the Dallas-trio of Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn and Jason Witten in the receiving department also. For a football team that was without star receiver Joe Horn and defensive tackle Hollis Thomas for the entire game, and quality starters like Marques Colston, Will Smith and Mark Campbell hobbled with injuries, the Saints had their biggest statement game of the season. This Saints football club scored 42 points, the most ever on a Bill Parcells-coached team in regulation time and the Saints have now become the new version of “America’s team.” It was quite a nationally televised showcase for Payton and Brees and the rest of the league had better take notice. The Saints are indeed the “Real Deal.” The (9-4) New Orleans Saints, who would have believed it …
Off to college and beyond
By Eric LeBlanc
Bullock named All-American Bowling Green running back and DHS grad Chris Bullock was named a third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. He set a new school freshman record with 769 yards rushing this year, leading the team. He also finished the season as the fifth leading freshman rusher in the country.

Editorial

Sweet potatoes from man who grew them
By Barbara Munson
I love Saturday mornings at the local farmers' market. I like finding cabbages that are bigger than human heads, and buying sweet potatoes and peppers from the man who grew them. I can't pass up the local wine or the goat milk soap, and I love browsing through the fresh cheeses, sausages, and pastries.




Lifestyles

LAUGH
By Derek Clontz
You can add years to your life and enjoy the best possible health your genes will allow - just by laughing a lot.
A man's best friend
By Heather R. Breaux
While grocery shopping after work one evening I bumped into an old friend I hadn't seen in several years.
Ask Nattie
By 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
Notes from Destrehan & Hahnville High Schools
By Nattie Swan
The theme for Destrehan’s annual Winter Formal dance was "Frozen in Time" and the king and queen of the evening were Tristan Babin and Brittany McCray, chosen by their classmates. Some opinions on the dance are:
MONEYTALK
By Staff Report
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am 16 years old. I just got my first job at a pet store, but I am confused about the allowances section I need to fill out on the W-4 worksheet. If my parents are claiming me on their taxes, then what allowances should I claim? Also, can you explain to me the different taxes that will be taken out of my paycheck and what they are for? -Curious About Taxes, Destrehan
Fattest cat in the parish crowned King Kong Kitty tilts the scales at 26 lbs.
By Heather R. Breaux
The scales have stopped shaking. The pounds have been calculated. And Taz, a 26-pound feline from Luling, has been crowned as the Herald-Guide's 2006 King Kong Kitty.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Griffin Dick “Pick” Griffin died on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 2 a.m. at St. Charles Hospital in Luling. A native and lifelong resident of Boutte. Age 54 years. Father of Bonnie Naquin, son of Ellis and Elma Griffin. Brother of Gerald Griffin, Ellis Griffin Jr., Donald Griffin, Irma Vicknair, Dolores Gassen, Audrey Breaux, Mary Leblanc, Phyllis Breaux and Annette Gray. Also survived by four grandchildren. Relative and friend of the family were invited to attend the mass of Christian burial at St. John Baptist Catholic Church in Paradis on Dec. 7. Interment was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Raceland. Falgout Funeral Homes in charge of arrangement.