Volume 134 Number 5 - Feb 01, 2007


44G back pay for school worker axed over politics, says fed jury
“I felt like David going up against Goliath - I knew from the start that it would be a tough case to win.”

Veggies, fruits and fitness will protect you & loved ones
Cancer is a major problem in Louisiana - only two states report more cases.

Cancer-fighting tips from a doctor; don’t live in fear - take charge now
"It’s never too late to begin healthy eating and exercise habits that can slash your chances of getting cancer by 30 percent," says LSU nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.

Deputies who collided in car crash O.K.
“Both deputies involved in the traffic accident are doing fine. One returned to work right after the incident. The other is recovering from his injuries and is expected to return to work soon.”

Have YOU seen this 'Tweety Pie'?
Have you seen this bluebird? From Henslow’s sparrow to the American woodcock, even Alfred Hitchcock would be impressed at the assortment of birds St. Charles Parish has to offer.

Household chemicals
Choose natural alternatives to reduce your cancer risks and protect the environment
Many products used at home, such as soaps and detergents, are meant to be washed down the drain.

It’s no joke - state is running out of college students
Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie told the Board of Regents that while Louisiana has made great strides in increasing the overall educational level of its citizens in recent years, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have driven down college enrollment significantly.

New Sarpy teen kills himself playing Russian Roulette
A New Sarpy teen shot himself in the head right after telling a close friend of the family a final message - “Tell family I love them.”

Power foods that prevent cancer - you don’t have to live in fear of the ‘BIG C’
With a clear link between diet and cancer, it is more important than ever to follow a diet low in saturated fat, moderate in mono-unsaturated fat and high in fruits and vegetables.

Teen charged with arson in blaze that destroyed $30G classroom
"We never ran into a dead end - the case just took a long time."

Teenager flees parish hospital and drowns in Ashton pond
A 17-year-old boy bolted through the double doors of the St. Charles Parish Hospital in a patient’s gown, ran until he reached the Ashton Plantation subdivision, jumped into a pond - and drowned.


Super Bowl is gonna be PEYTON PLACE
Mike Detillier
All of us in south Louisiana are a little down in the dumps due to the fact that our New Orleans Saints are not playing in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday in Miami.
Batter UP!
Kristian Garic
Can you hear it? Clang! Boom, the sound of a ball hitting a leather mitt, the sound of an aluminum bat striking that white pearl-leather- bound baseball?
J.B. Martin and R.K. Smith RULE in three-day basketball tourney
Staff Report
R. K. Smith Middle hosted a basketball tournament on January 11, 12, and 13. Teams from J. B. Martin Middle, Harry Hurst Middle, Cammon and R.K. Smith competed. The J. B. Martin girls team won the girls’ tournament and the R.K. Smith boys team won the boys’ tournament.
The mighty duck that didn’t die
Staff Report
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials said a feathered Lazarus had been shot by a hunter and put into his refrigerator for two days.
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 scored a team-high 25 points to go along with 3 assists and 2 rebounds in the Gold Rush's victory over SUNO last Thursday. He also led the team with 21 points to go along with 3 assists, a rebound and a steal in the team's victory over Dillard on Saturday. He also had 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in the Gold Rush's victory over William Carey last Monday


We've had embarrassing moments since Katrina
Allen Lottinger
Pres. George W. Bush did goof when he did not mention the continued resurrection from Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast as one of the nation’s major concerns. But it wasn’t really a big deal. Words will not heal us.
Who dat needs a Super Bowl when ‘we dat’ got them Saints?
Barbara Munson
There was once a city named New Orleans. This was a fun city, a historic city, a place where the nation came to party. The city had its share of problems, as all big cities do.
Can YOU top this?
Staff Report
Take ... me ... to ... your ... READERS’ Luling man’s retro robot is a winner.
Read THIS if you like GOOD NEWS
Derek Clontz
Editor Derek Clontz talks about St. Charles Parish's population explosion ... and throws in a few interesting quotes.
Weather Girl Megan's Extended Forecast
Megan Waters
Expect a mixed weather bag in the week ahead with chilly temperatures accompanied by clouds, rain and sunshine depending on the day.
The tip of the spear of freedom ... the historical black church
Letters to the Editor
Langston Hughes once said, “We are not where we ought to be, we are not where we should be, but thank God we are not where we were.”
I'm not keen on school millage increase
Letters to the Editor
In the Jan. 18, 2007 issue of your newspaper, the St. Charles Parish school board said if voters fail to renew two separate millages on March 31, 2007, schools could go bankrupt or close and teachers might have to be fired.
Parish scholar tells what you ought to know about the Dead Sea Scrolls
Ann Taylor
NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series on the "Origin of the Bible: Human Inventions or Divine Intervention?” by Dr. Brant Pitre of Destrehan. Pitre is a Bible scholar of national renown. For background information or CD's of his Bible studies, visit www.brantpitre.com
Thank God for that state next door
C.B. Forgotston
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA made the following statement on WWL-TV in New Orleans:

Our View

Bullying could lead to crime
Bullying is a serious concern in the nation’s schools. It is not uncommon to hear that bullying is a part of growing up, but with national experts reporting that bullies identified at age eight are six times more likely to be convicted of a crime by age 24 and five times more likely to end up with serious criminal records by the age of 30, it is clear that the idea that this is a normal part of childhood is only a myth.


Colette Lottinger
Congratulations to King Milton and Queen Kathleen Cambre as royalty presiding over the Young at Heart Carnival Ball hosted by the St. Charles Council on Aging and Recreation Department on Jan. 21 at the Jerusalem Shriners Center in Destrehan. The ball is one of the highlights of the carnival season in our parish.
Crawfish crop is really big ... and thanks to rain and a mild winter
Staff Report
Louisiana's famed crawfish harvest is bouncing back two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the $40-million industry - and the proof is in all the live CRAWFISH signs that are popping up all over St. Charles Parish.
Are you a litterbug?
Heather R. Breaux
A few weeks ago I was walking to my car in the mall parking lot and I spotted a woman taking trash out of their car and throwing it on the payment next to her, and in a matter of seconds there it was - a mountain of empty water bottles, cigarette packs and greasy fast-food wrappers.
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.
‘Voices of Louisiana’ gets two thumbs up
Colette Lottinger
A lesson in Louisiana history was taught with vigor and relish at Destrehan Plantation’s Mule Barn.
Elegant & fun: COA Young at Heart Ball
Staff Report
The St. Charles Council on Aging and the St. Charles Recreation Department put on the annual Young at Heart Carnival Ball on Jan. 21 at the Jerusalem Shriner’s Center in Destrehan.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: My daughter will graduate high school in May and wants to take out student loans to pay for her entire college education.
$5 for your jokes & riddles
Staff Report
Two dumb fishermen decided to rent a boat on a lake for their favorite sport.
Speak with Authority
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.
FREE college money for high school juniors with LOT of brains & talent
Staff Report
Are you interested in competing for thousands of dollars in cash and college-granted scholarships? Are you a high school girl?
Hahnville Hi-Steppers score BIG at tourney
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Hahnville High School Hi-Steppers placed third in their division for the “kick dance,” second for pop/novelty performance and fifth for overall pop/novelty at the Louisiana State Dance and Drill Team Comeptition.
Ooh la la! HHS French students are good
Staff Report
HHS students in Judith Westerhaus’ French classes held a celebration honoring their achievement in the study of the French Language and Culture.
See what Satellite kids are learning now
Staff Report
LULING - Health Science team members from the Satellite Center assist Jenny Fuselier, Destrehan High School nurse, with health screenings.
Math wizard’s up for Presidental Award
Staff Report
LULING - Ranell Troxler, a math teacher at Raymond K. Smith Middle School, was honored at a BESE Board meeting as being a finalist for Louisiana's Presidential Award for Math.
Bicentennial trivia
Staff Report
Enjoy history? Like trivia? You’ve come to the right place. Because each week in the St. Charles Herald-Guide, we publish seven new historical tidbits in honor of St. Charles Parish’s Bicentennial Year. Here goes:
Just me and my shadow!
Staff Report
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