Volume 134 Number 3 - Jan 18, 2007


Attacked by killer bees
Africanized - stung 67 times and lives to tell about it
EDITOR’S NOTE: The discovery of Africanized “killer” bees just miles from St. Charles Parish in the greater New Orleans metro area suggests all residents should be vigilant. This first-person account from a hunter who had a run-in with the insects in Arizona shows how dangerous they can be.

Bicentennial trivia
You can be a Herald-Guide Bicentennial supermodel like Amanda Pertuis. E-mail heatherb@heraldguide.com and we’ll arrange to make you famous, too. New model each week. ... celebrating SC Parish’s 200th birthday
Throughout 2007, the Herald-Guide will feature seven trivia tidbits about St. Charles Parish in each of our weekly issues. Here’s this week’s installment.

Can you top this?
Can you top this? Jon’s knife, sword and battle-axe collection is sharp
Jon Finley’s been collecting old weapons for 20 years and these beauties are his favorites.

Can you top this?
Yeeeeeeeee-haw! Mark’s Buffalo Bill postcard is 100 years old
Mark Scoggins loves cowboys and the Wild West, and his prize possession is a rare postcard that advertises the Wild West show that Buffalo Bill Cody took to Bologna, Italy, in 1906.

Crime up 4.6 percent in 2006, says Sheriff
Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that crime in St. Charles Parish rose 4.7% in 2006. The total number of crimes rose from 2,180 in 2005 to 2,283 in 2006.

Habitat for Humanity coming to Destrehan
Weekly Reader ... with Derek Clontz
Rumors are flying that Habitat for Humanity is aiming to build a few houses for needy folks in Destrehan. And the rumors are right.

Health insurance for every man, woman and child in Louisiana
... do you support it? HERALD-GUIDE READER POLL
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed extending medical insurance to all Californians, including illegal immigrants, with a far-reaching plan that would transform the health care market by spreading the $12 billion cost of universal coverage among employers, individuals, insurers, government and health care providers.

Louisiana named ‘least healthy’ state in U.S.
...and the Herald-Guide is doing something about it in a 10-part series on health issues facing St. Charles Parish - and what YOU can do to avoid them
The United Health Foundation has ranked Louisiana as the “least healthy” state in the nation for 2006 and the picture painted by the respected research group isn’t pretty.

St. Charles housing boom
How high demand has pushed up prices and left developers looking for workers to hammer the nails and land to build on
As residential housing throughout St. Charles Parish continues to expand, local developers are facing a slew of problems heading into the New Year as they attempt to accommodate the sudden and continuing housing needs of residents since hurricane Katrina ravaged southeast Louisiana.

St. Charles Parish property tax hikes: Are YOU in trouble?
“I’ve had a lot of homeowners upset with this office - they aren’t happy with the large increase in property taxes they got this year. But there’s nothing the parish can do about it. I encourage property owners to write the governor, the tax commissioner and the state legislature to ask for tax relief.”

VIPs - Very Important Parishioners
Mary Coleman is employee of the month at St. Charles Parish Hospital. She is a Housekeeper in the Environmental Services Department.

Voices of St. Charles Parish
Can you afford to pay four times more than you are now paying for your property taxes? Carolyn Schexnaydre is a concerned citizen living in Destrehan. Got something to say on any topic of local interest? We'll give you the space in Voices of St. Charles Parish. Write: editor@heraldguide.com

Weather Girl Megan's
Brrrr! It's CHILLY outside, says Megan. Extended forecast for Jan. 18-23
Expect a mixed bag of weather in the week ahead, with chilly weather accompained by rain. Here’s Weather Girl Megan Water’s rundown:

‘Killer bee’ swarm spotted just miles from St. Charles Parish
Africanized The discovery of Africanized “killer” bees in a condemned house just 30 miles from St. Charles Parish has alarmed officials who say this is the first time the insects have been found this far east.


What Saints and Moses have in common?
Kristian Garic
It took Moses 40 years to lead the Israelies to the Promised Land, and with one more game to go, the Saints have darn near made it there themselves for the first time in their 40-year existence.
Take me out to the ball game
Nattie Swan
The Destrehan baseball teams had a practice and an inter-squad game.
Saints are COOKIN'
Mike Detillier
For New Orleans Saints fans it was a 40-year, two week wait - and well worth the countdown.
Off To College... and Beyond with Eric LeBlanc
Eric LeBlanc
Player of the Week This week's Off to College and Beyond Player of the Week is Xavier guard and DHS grad Mark Stewart who knocked down 13 three-pointers in the Gold Rush's two victories this past week. He led the team with 28 points (7 of his scores three-pointers) to go along with 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in the teams' victory over Spring Hill last Thursday. He also had 18 points (all of them on 6 three-pointers), 2 assists, a rebounds and a steal in the team's victory over Loyola on Saturday.
DHS nips HHS in tournament action
Nattie Swan
The Destrehan boys' basketball team played in a tournament against the Hahnville Tigers.
Staff Report
The West Bank Dart Association’s Chaouis dart team is headed to the City Cup championship after defeating the Inlaws and Outlaws in a close match in the final game of the gold division playoff round.
Punt, pass and kick
Staff Report
Mason Aucoin of Luling won first place in the 8-and 9-year-olds division of the Gatorade NFL Punt, Pass and Kick team championships held earlier in the football season during the Saints-Redskins game in the Superdome.


Who Dats’ are bound for Chi-town
Allen Lottinger
The Saints are going to town. Chicago town, that is.
Saints win again - even with Barbara on 'injured reserve'
Barbara Munson
Editor’s note: In a December issue, Barbara Munson declared herself “a jinx” to the New Orleans Saints after realizing they lose when she watches them on TV, and win when she doesn’t. This week, she tells what it was like to see their playoff game with the Philadelphia Eagles after the fact - on videotape. The Morning After Sunday, January 14, 7:30 a.m. I sit here bleary-eyed, achy, and exhausted. No, I don't have the flu, I have Saints fever.
Our Readers Write
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: The Sheriff's Office's SWAT team did a bang-up job arresting that gun suspect in Luling a week or so ago. I liked your story, too, although your ...
Angel in the making
Staff Report
Believe it or not, you know this beautiful 13-year-old ... as a saint! Who is she?
Media can help stop the murder madness in New Orleans
C.B. Forgotston
On Saturday night there was another murder in New Orleans. That would make the 10th or 11th murder, depending on who is counting (and what one considers a murder), since the beginning of the year.

Our View

Davis Pond Diversion not doing its job
It is discouraging that more than three years after completion of the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion Project opened in St. Charles Parish, it is operating at a maximum of only three percent of its intended capacity.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
Staff Report
Carolyn Brumley, 48, of 324 River Oaks Drive, Luling LA was arrested on January 11 for possession of SCH II to wit cocaine
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's reports
Staff Report
Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law. Reports are taken from official reports filed by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.


This week’s BEST-BUY GOODIES at the German Coast Farmer’s Market
Staff Report
This week’s BEST BETS, say market officials:
BURNOUT 5 ways to beat it and feel good again
Derek Clontz
Burned out? You can recover your zest for working and living with tips from an expert.
Don't let YOUR finances get out of control
Heather R. Breaux
Many college graduates may have the diploma and even the job, but their finances often need some work.
Girl Scout Cookies everywhere
Staff Report
Ask a Girl Scout in southeast Louisiana why she likes to sell Girl Scout cookies and the answers may vary but the enthusiasm does not.
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 the editor.
Mission accomplished
Heather R. Breaux
“All he wants is to come back with all his pieces and survive this war. And he wants his platoon to come back. That’s why I ask people to pray for my son, and pray for all the men. I ask them to pray for a safe return for all of them,” said Tyrell Cornwell of Luling in an exclusive interview with the Herald-Guide in November 2006.
TOWN TALK with Colette Lottinger
Colette Lottinger
I finished reading the new Charlotte LaRue novel by mystery author Barbara Colley. She’s right on the money with Scrub-a-Dub Dead.
Staff Report
Eighth grader Americo Sheppard, is Raymond K. Smith Middle School’s Student of the Year. Sheppard is a member of the Jr. Beta Club, participates in school and recreational sports, has received numerous academic awards, is on honor roll and has been named a Top Tiger each year.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am 12 years old and I want to start saving half of my allowance. I get $10 a week doing chores around the house. Are U.S. Savings Bonds a good value for me, or should I look into other ways to save money. -Confused in Ama
$5 for your jokes & riddles
Staff Report
1. A woman gives a beggar $1 and 32 cents. The woman is the beggar’s sister, but is not the woman’s brother. How come? ANSWER: The beggar is her sister.


STIPE Vernell Chadwick Stipe, age 37, on Jan. 12, 2007. He leaves to cherish his parents, Olevia Stipe and Henry Lewis; children Vernell Jr., Jia-Mona and Brandon Mayers; brothers Reginald and Roderick Lewis and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 9 at Children of Israel Baptist Church in Killona at 11 a.m. Passover at Killona Fire House.