Volume 134 Number 7 - Feb 15, 2007

News

Bicentennial trivia ... celebrating our parish’s 200th B-day
Enjoy history? Like trivia? You’ve come to the right place. Because each week on this page, we publish historical tibits in honor of our Bicentennial Year. Here goes:

Cash for college
With thousands of kids across Louisiana preparing for college, and federal money up for grabs, students in St. Charles Parish should apply for assistance now to avoid losing out on getting the help they need to pay for school expenses.

DHS Teacher of the Year
Joey Brady has been named Destrehan High School’s Teacher of the Year.

Don’t let lottery crooks sucker you out of your money: Sheriff
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne warns residents about a new scam that was previously reported - but deserves an update.

Ethel S's Teacher of the Year
‘She’s a phenomenal teacher and credit to the profession.’ - Karen Naquin

Healthy-heart tips for a better life
Beat No. 1 killer facing St. Charles Parish
Heart disease is a major problem in Louisiana, having been identified as one of the Top 10 health threats facing citizens of the state.

In the news
Armstrong recovery continues with more people jetting out every day
The Louis Armstrong International Airport served 6,217,023 passengers in 2006. That’s 80% of the passengers who used the airport in 2005 and 64% of the all time high of 9,733,179 passengers in 2004.

Luling grad student’s work is, well ... ‘pretty as a picture’
Luling grad student’s work is, well ... ‘pretty as a picture’ Ann Gassen of Luling, a graduate student in art at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, has been accepted in the eMerging Artists Exhibit hosted by the Morrison Institute for the Arts in Natchitoches. Her entry? That’s it pictured at left.

Sheriff's office holds homeland security drill
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office issued the following news release regarding a homeland securtiy drill this week.

Sheriff’s Reports
Man, 41, convicted of molesting a juvenile.
A 41-year-old man was found guilty of molestation of a juvenile, the St. Charles Parish district attorney said Tuesday.

TERROR DRILL 'WAS SCARY'
Haz mat team. Emails and phone messages went out all across St. Charles Parish to alert residents that increased police activity was part of an intense training exercise involving a Homeland Security terror drill - no one was really in danger.

The LSU Rural Life Museum presents Ione E. Burden Symposium, with great exhibits like you see here ...
The LSU Rural Life Museum presents Ione E. Burden Symposium, with great exhibits like you see here ... The LSU Rural Life Museum presents the 13th annual Ione E. Burden Symposium on March 3 at the museum in Baton Rouge.

United Way’s ‘Wall of Success’ honors past, present & future
February will be remembered as a historic month for the United Way of St. Charles, and February 15th will be remembered as a daylong celebration of the agency’s past, present and future with the kickoff set for 10:15 a.m. at the United Way of St. Charles offices at 13207 River Road in Luling.

Weather Girl Megan
Looks like rain ... and it's going to be cold, too. Extended Forecast for Feb. 15 - 22
Expect a mixed weather bag in the week ahead with chilly temps and lots of clouds. Here's Weather Girl Megan's rundown:

Well blow me down! Louisiana’s a Top 20 tornado state ... in fact, we’re No. 5
As part of an ongoing study of tornadic risk in the United States, the VorTek company of Huntsville, Alabama has released the rankings of the Top 20 tornado-prone states for the month of February.


Sports

Catch me!
By Staff Report
The Pier 90 parking lot is filled to the brim with the empty trailers of anglers determined to get a well-advised bite in. Lake Salvador had been so beneficial for the anglers the day before that word spread like a cold.
Parish football stars sign with Tulane and Louisiana Tech
By Staff Report
National Signing Day for high school athletes was held on Feb. 7 at the St. Charles Parish School Board offices in Luling and was attended by family, friends, school administrators, coaches and central office workers.
DOH BOWL!
By Kristian Garic
Did you watch the NFL Pro Bowl? Did you care about it? You might want to start caring.
Golfers tee off for the Hahnville High band
By Staff Report
The HHS Tiger Band Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, March 17 at Willowdale Country Club for an 18-hole scramble.
Parish softball sign-up shakin’ all month long
By Staff Report
The Luling Booster club will be accepting registration forms for the 2007 Baseball and Softballand Tee- Ball season beginning Monday Feb. 5, through March 1.
H-ville cheerleader & mascot meeting is on
By Staff Report
There will be an informational meeting about HHS cheerleader and mascot tryouts for the 2007-2008 school year on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the HHS auditorium.
Off to College and Beyond with Eric LeBlanc
By 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 led the Gold Rush with 22 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 steals in the team's victory over Spring Hill last Thursday.
Meet the ST. CHARLES VooDoo Dolls
By Heather R. Breaux
The New Orleans VooDoo arena football organization has chosen four St. Charles Parish ladies as part of the 2007 VooDoo Dolls Dance Team. They are Jenna Faul, Annie Johnson, Kara Jefferson and Emily Griffin.

Editorial

It’s time to plan the future and rebuild Louisiana
By Allen Lottinger
Louisiana Speaks is looking for a regional vision to steer the restoration and rebuilding of storm ravaged south Louisiana.
What’s trashier - Anna or TV that made her an icon
By John Whitehead
“She was entropy porn at its finest.”—Cintra Wilson, Salon You would think that Mother Teresa had just died all over again the way the media—especially television—is covering every nuance of the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.
John Edwards ‘blog team’ is playing dirty pool with Christian groups
By Nathan Tabor
I like a good blog as much as the next computer geek—but I have to admit, it is possible for bloggers to go beyond the limits of sound reason, good taste, and religious sensitivity.

Our View

Whither goest the weather?
Only weeks after former Vice President Al Gore released his film about how the earth is heating up, this country has had its most bitter cold winter in recent history.




Lifestyles

Herald-Guide
By Heather R. Breaux
You can enjoy your favorite foods, including goodies, and still lose weight with exercise and diet tips in Herald-Guide Weight Watch.
TOWN TALK with Colette Lottinger
By Colette Lottinger
Mardi Gras is certainly in the air ... in fact my computer screen has sparkles on it and I don’t have any idea where they came from.
License to drive
By Heather R. Breaux
About six months ago, the transmission in my car went kaput and I was stuck with no transportation while it was in the repair shop.
Des Allemands writer's first novel
By Heather R. Breaux
Imagine living in a world of the future where the lives of earthlings and extraterrestrials have collided head-on.
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.
COA visits coffee house
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Council on Aging's travel club hit the streets and stopped in at Demitasse Coffee House.
COA members assist in cooking class
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish Council of Aging took time during their travel club trip to visit the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute in Thibodaux.
River Region Ballet celebrates parish birthday
By Staff Report
As part of St. Charles Parish’s Bicentennial Celebration, the River Region Ballet has partnered with the Komenka Ethnic Dance Troupe to learn traditional German and French dances to honor the establishment of the German Coast.
St. Charles Art Guild holds watercolor workshop
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Art Guild held a watercolor workshop taught by Martha Guthrie, faculty member at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am 17 years old and got my first credit card a year ago.
Nifty $5 for your jokes and riddles
By Staff Report
This week's jokes are:
Speak with Authority
By Staff Report
BOUTTE - Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.
Make like a chef
By Staff Report
Learn how to make homemade spaghetti and meatballs or get a lesson in the science of cooking seafood in a St. Charles Parish Community Education class.
McCully - Rodrigue Wedding
By Staff Report
Tricia Lynn McCully and Wayne Joseph Rodrigue Jr. were married on Jan. 5 at the Church of St. Philip in Vacherie.
Petit - Keller Wedding
By Staff Report
Heather Theresa Petit and William Joseph Keller were united in marriage on September 8, 2006, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling.
Matherne - Dufrene Wedding
By Staff Report
Monique Matherne of and Meryl “Snake” Dufrene Jr. were married Jan. 26 at St. Hilary of Poitiers Church in Raceland.
Photographers: deadline looms for calendar contest
By Staff Report
Get your camera out because there is still time to submit photos for possible use in the LSU AgCenter’s 2008 Get It Growing lawn and garden calendar. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28.

Obituaries

Transitions
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