Volume 134 Number 4 - Jan 25, 2007


Bicentennial trivia
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... celebrating SC Parish’s 200th B-day
In honor of St. Charles Parish’s Bicentennial year, the Herald-Guide will feature seven trivia tidbits about the parish in weekly installments through Dec. 31, 2007. Ready? Read on:

Council puts the brakes on St. Rose truck depot and Luling subdivision
St. Charles Parish Council refused in a regular meeting to grant permission for a truck company to build its terminal in St. Rose.

Cox threatens to clip Super Bowl cable and the question is, would they REALLY do that?
The Super Bowl will not air for Cox Communications cable subscribers in St. Charles Parish unless CBS-affiliate WWL-TV’s parent company, BELO Corp., of Dallas, Texas, and Cox’s corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia, can settle a dispute before game day on Feb. 4.

CRACK-COCAINE driver booked after wild car chase, say police
Sheriff’s deputies in hot pursuit from Paradis to Waggaman at speeds up to 100 mph
It wasn’t the Dukes of Hazzard - it was the real thing.

DC think tank: Louisiana economy is a stinker
A Washington study group has trashed Louisiana’s business climate for the second time in as many years, saying the state’s economy continues to lag behind other states in three key areas.

Herald-Guide Exclusive CANCER PREVENTION Interview Excerpt
Dr. Heli Roy ‘Louisiana has higher than national death rates in all cancers, with the Top 4 Cancers for us being lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer. For the record, African Americans have much higher death rates than Caucasians in all cancers, both in Louisiana and nationally," says Dr. Heli Roy, LSU AgCenter expert.

IT’S OFFICIAL Snookie’s running for parish president
The cat is finally out of the bag: Clayton “Snookie” Faucheux, vice chairman for St. Charles Parish, says he’s runing for parish president.

Never say die
SAINTS RULE. Bradley Clark and David Robin show off their tattoos. Parish fans root for boys in black until the bitter end
On a dreary and rainy Sunday afternoon in St. Charles Parish, regular patrons, hardcore fans, and casual fans alike gathered at Sport's Pub in Destrehan to cheer on the New Orleans Saints in the biggest game of the 40-year franchise.

Where to get the help you need in St. Charles Parish
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.

Schools are in the pink - and the black - as tax revenues soar
The St. Charles Parish School Board has released its comprehensive annual report - and the numbers are good.

Stop exit exams for high school seniors, test 9th graders instead
State education officials are thinking about getting rid of the so-called Graduation Exit Exam for high school students and replacing it with a test for ninth graders.

Weather Girl Megan
Weather Girl says: Extended Forecast: Jan. 25 - Feb. 1
Expect a mixed weather bag in the week ahead, with cool temperatures and accompanied by clouds, rain and sunshine depending on the day. Here’s Weather Girl Megan Water’s rundown:


WHO DAT love dem Saints? WE DAT
Mike Detillier
The clock finally struck midnight for the Cinderella New Orleans Saints.
Play ball!
Nattie Swan
Softball is in full swing Softball practice is under way at Destrehan High School and new coach Jacob Thompson has high hopes for his dedicated team.
Season ends, but future is bright for the black and gold
Kristian Garic
While some will be disappointed about the way the Saints ended this magical season, some will also look forward to the future for this football team.
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 LSU swimmer and DHS grad Kevin Braud who won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 49.08 seconds and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:47.36 at the Texas A&M meet on Saturday. He also placed second in the 200-yard medley relay (1:30.83) and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly (51.07).
Get your fried fish from HHS band
Staff Report
The Hahnville High School Band Boosters will sponsor a lunch special on Friday, Feb. 16.
Baseball, softball sign up
Staff Report
The Mimosa Booster Club is will hold it’s annual baseball and softball registration Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lakewood Elementary School cafeteria.


Governor’s race turns political already with Blanco & Jindal opposing - again
Allen Lottinger
The campaign for governor in Louisiana has started in earnest and it looks like party politics will play a big part in it.
Open letter to every parent - from every child
Barbara Munson
Note to readers: This week's “open letter” column is something that's been weighing on my mind since I attended my daughter's high school open house and heard, yet again, how only the parents of the "good kids" seem to show up. - Barbara
LSU tix going up, but still a bargain at $40
Derek Clontz
Going up! LSU plans to raise ticket prices for the upcoming season. If approved by the university’s board of supervisors, the base price of a single ticket will jump from $36 to $40 for non-SEC games - with premier games costing $45.
Spirit Happenings
Ann Taylor
Christians and non-Christians invited to Bible Study in Luling
Murder madness in N.O. ... you don’t know the half of it
C.B. Forgotston
As of this writing, 15 murders have been reported in New Orleans in the first 21 days of the year. At that rate the city is on its way to over 350 murders in 2007. There were three more shootings over the weekend, but as far as we know all three victims remain alive.

Our View

St. Charles school system is prospering
We’ve seen evidence nationwide what a good school system can mean to a community.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
A 13-year-old Luling boy was booked on a charge of attempted first-degree murder, says the sheriff’s office, after he held a knife to his mother’s throat ...- threatened her with a gun ... tried to smother her with a pillow.


TOWN TALK with Colette Lottinger
Colette Lottinger
Saint’s player Reggie Bush was fun to watch when he made his somersaulted touchdown and danced his jazzy jig at Sunday’s playoff game against the Bears. He did get reprimanded for it by Coach Sean Payton and probably angered the Bears enough to do twice what it took for them to win. It was a fun moment anyway...probably the best in the game.
Luxury $2M spa opens in Paradis
Ann Taylor
The owners of a new salon and day spa opening in Paradis are confident their luxurious facilities will attract customers.
Fountain of Youth
Derek Clontz
Researchers believe the first person who will live to celebrate his or her 150th birthday has already been born.
Throw me something, mister!
Heather R. Breaux
Mardi Gras season has arrived, and I wouldn't be a true Louisiana girl if I didn't say this is my favorite holiday.
Eat mo’ nutria
Staff Report
We’re looking for healthy nutria recipes to help people eat cheap and lose weight. Share yours. Email Heather R. Breaux at heatherb@heraldguide.com or call her at 985-758-2795. Best recipe wins $5.
This week’s BEST-BUY GOODIES at the German Coast Farmer’s Market
Staff Report
This week’s BEST BETS, say market officials:
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I’ve been reading your Moneytalk column in the Herald-Guide every week. I am only a student and still live at home with my parents. So, why do I need to worry now about being financially literate? - Just Asking in Des Allemands
$5 for your funny jokes and riddles
Staff Report
QUESTION: What is red and smells like paint? ANSWER: Red paint - Mateo McGraw, Luling
Speak with Authority
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.
Oh, when the saints, come marching in ...
Staff Report
PARADIS - Can you guess the name of the jazz classic that R. J. Vial Elementary students Briar Falgoust and Julia Caro, and band director Darlin Brady-Caro are tooting on their trumpets?
Read why these teens are playing with cars
Staff Report
BOUTTE - HHS Students in Kade Rogers’ physical science class use toy cars to figure out speed, velocity and distance.
Kewl dog and pony show at Borromeo
Staff Report
DESTREHAN - The early childhood students of St. Charles Borromeo School finished their religion unit, God’s Gift of Animals, with a visit from Stacy Chiasson, her horses and dog.
Technology rocks for Mimosa 2nd graders
Staff Report
LULING - Andrea Cox and Melody Voitier's second grade students from Mimosa Park Elementary participate in a comparing and contrasting lesson as they learn to use handheld computers.
Staff Report
Sacred Heart School seventh grader Jimmy Antin is the winner of the geography bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Antin will go to regional competition.
High schoolers stop by Rotary Club meeting
Staff Report
LULING - Hahnville and Destrehan High School students interested in the field of education were guests at the St. Charles Rotary Club.
Your favorite pizza topping reveals the hidden you
Staff Report
The toppings you order up for your pizza reveal your personality with pinpoint accuracy, says a psychologist.
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.


BATSON Aubrey Merrell Batson, Sr. passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14 in Houma. A U.S. Marine Corp. veteran of WWII. Husband of the late Sylvia Mercedes Batson. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Batson. Father of Peggy Falla and husband Joe Falla; John Batson and girlfriend Karen Peters; the late Aubrey M. Batson Jr. William (Billy) Batson, Sue Tesch, Anita Gaubert and Mary Massengale. Father-in-law of Elaine peters Batson. Brother of Eugen McFarren and Vonda Morton. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Age 80, a native of Earle, Arkansas and resident in Houma. Visitation was at Alexander Funeral Home Norco at 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday Jan 16. A private Graveside Service followed the visitation. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Terrebone House Asst. living, Terrebone General Hospital and the Gulf State L.T.A.C unit, all of Houma Alexander Funeral Home of Norco.