Volume 134 Number 8 - Feb 22, 2007


10 reasons to quit smoking;
6 tips to make it EASY
Smoking is something millions of Americans do daily, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, but what many don't realize are the inherent risks that accompany the habit.

Don’t let ‘brown patch fungus’ gobble up your green lawn
Don’t let ‘brown patch fungus’ gobble up your green lawn Heavy rains for the better part of the last month in St. Charles have helped stimulate the development of brown patch disease in many St. Augustine lawns.

Got rentals? FEMA will help you find good tenants ... and it won’t cost you a dime
Got a house or apartment for rent? State and federal authorities will help you find a tenant - fast.

Mom & dad start fund to honor four children killed in car crash
Sandra and Allen Washington. “I will not cry,” says Sandra. “I will reach out. ... to help others.” The legacy of Allen and Sandra Washington's children, Rachel, Samantha, Allen Jr., and Alandra will continue to survive through the Washington Memomorial Scholarship Foundation, a fund started to remember the four children who died when the car driven by their oldest daughter Rachel, slipped into the the dark, murky, swamp waters along Airline Hwy. in Kenner, on the day before her 21st birthday.

SC Borromeo Mardi Gras Ball a dazzling night to remember
The King and Queen of the Krewe of Ormond: Queen Miriam Loar and her escort Eric Fernandez and King Paul Barrios and his escort Kaitlyn O’Connor. Also pictured are Melissa White and LeRoid Jones who crowned the King and Queen of the Krewe of Ormond.
The St. Charles Borromeo Middle School Students and the St. Charles Borromeo Fountain of Youth held their Annual Mardi Gras Ball “The Krewe of Ormond” for the residents of Ormond Nursing and Care Center.

St. Charles population boom fuels Cox cable's recovery
Increased business and new customers in St. Charles Parish are helping Cox cable get back on its feet after Katrina devastated the communications giant's infrastructure and drove 200,000 people - including 74,000 subscribers - to new homes outside of the New Orleans area.

Stop-smoking advice for a better life
Cigarettes, cigars, pipes are a major problem in St. Charles Parish
Smoking is a huge problem in Louisiana and St. Charles Parish, having been identified as one of the Top 10 health threats facing men and women and also children who are exposed to second-hand smoke.

United Way ‘Victory Party’ celebrates donations of $2.3M
Aubin Songy who started this precurser to United Way in St. Charles Parish was saluted posthumously for their pioneer-ship in our community.
United Way of St. Charles had a lot to celebrate at their Victory Celebration on Feb.15. Campaign Co-Chairmen Ron Guillory (Valero) and Snookie Faucheux (Motiva) recognized Texion Chemicals, New Sarpy Kindergarten and St. Charles Community Health Center in particular for contributing the largest increases to the total $2,347,581.01 donated. Valero was also recognized for their employees large contributions to United Way.

V.J. St. Pierre running against Snookie for parish president
Parish President candidate V.J. St. Pierre An honorably discharged disabled veteran, retired business owner and life-long parish resident, Vernon J. St. Pierre says the experiences he learned in war and over the course of his life have taught him to be humble, grateful, and appreciate humanity, characteristics he feels will make him the best candidate for parish president.

Very Important Parishioners
Air Force Airman 1st Class Durell Marshall, right, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Anna Marshall of Luling, and a 2005 graduate of Hahnville High.

Who’s Who in SC Parish?
Nominate your friends for our PEOPLE'S CHOICE award
Who's Who in St. Charles Parish? You tell us.


Read how your child can start hunting without a license
Staff Report
You can put your child on the fast track to hunting even without a full license, says the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Chew on this, kids: cancer & spit-tobacco link is real
Staff Report
With spring sports now under way, some teenagers and adults who participate will reach for “their chew” - digging into their pockets for tobacco they can pack into their cheeks while playing on the field.
Smack! Lady Tigers are in FULL SWING!
Megan Waters
Game Report - Hahnville’s Lady Tigers played a heartbreaker against Terrebone, losing the pre-season match-up, 2-1.
Sports Week
Megan Waters
Golf Game report: HHS golf won against the South Lafourche golf team in Februray.
Fishin’ or rasslin’?
Anthony Taylor
A couple of Fridays ago I played a little hooky solely because I had no intention of going to school that day.
Off to College and Beyond
Eric LeBlanc
This week's Off to College and Beyond player of the week is Xavier guard and DHS grad Mark Stewart who set a career record for 3-pointers on Saturday with his 75th 3-pointer of the season. In the game, a victory over Loyola, he scored 20 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Last Thursday, he had 9 points and an assist in the team's victory over Mobile. He also had 2 points, a rebound and an assist in the team's victory over Tougaloo last Monday.
All-District BOYS SOCCER team roster
Staff Report
The 2007 All-District boys soccer team members are:
Yummy Recipes
Staff Report
Check out this week's great recipe for those of you who love to hunt and cook a tasty meal.


Carnival was the BEST EVER
Allen Lottinger
Carnival was as successful as ever in southeast Louisiana in 2007. And that is remarkable considering the recent history of disabling storms in the area.
‘The first nine months are the easiest’
Barbara Munson
A friend of mine, a professional woman in her 30s, sent an e-mail to me and several other friends asking for advice. She was feeling the urge to become a mother, but was wondering how she would "know" when the time is right. Does anyone ever "know"?
Vitter wants your feedback on illegal immigration
David Vitter
One pressing issue that will come before the U.S. Congress this year is immigration reform. Like many in Louisiana, I am very concerned about the influx of illegal immigrants and am firmly opposed to immigration policies that harm American workers and leave our citizens at risk.
Lovebirds who fell in love in jail ... wonderful!
Letters to the Editor
Editor: Your story on Patricia and Kevin Bartley, the couple who fell in love in prison, was heartwarming. It made me feel good to think that people could lift themselves up in that way.
Heather R. Breaux’s story on my new book was great
Letters to the Editor
Editor: The article your Lifestyles Editor, Heather R. Breaux, wrote about me and my new book was absolutely wonderful.
Stand up and speak out against cockfighting
Letters to the Editor
Editor: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson recently announced that he supports legislation to ban cockfighting throughout New Mexico. Caring Americans welcome this news and want Louisiana Gov.
If God inspired the Bible, why are there so many different versions of it?
Staff Report
This is the third and final installment in our three-part series on the Origin of the Bible: Human Invention or Divine Intervention?” by Dr. Brant Pitre. Pitre is a biblical scholar of international acclaim. For background information or CDs of his Bible studies, visit www.brantpitre.com.
Spirit Happenings
Staff Report
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO FISH FRY St. Charles Borromeo Fountain of Youth Annual Lenten Fish Fry is to be held on Friday, March 2nd and March 9th at St. Charles Borromeo Cafeteria from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Menu includes: fried catfish, potatoes, salad and bread for $6 per plate. Dine in - or take out. The proceeds will benefit the Mexico Mission Trip this summer. For more information, call Janeen Rodrigue, 985-764-6383

Our View

Congress cannot run a war
Can a public body as large and divisive as the U. S. Congress run a war? We don’t think so.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Suspects are innocent until proved guilty in a court of law


Colette Lottinger
It was cold, cold, cold, at United Way’s Victory Celebration Thursday night at Ormond Plantation, but the fire radiating from the good-hearted and generous people there helped to warm up the night.
Mardi Gras St. Charles style
Heather R. Breaux
If you’re a St. Charles Parish resident, you didn’t have to travel far to get into the Mardi Gras spirit because the parades were right in our backyard.
This just in ...
Caleb Frey
If you are an artist, graphic designer, or just naturally creative, the River Parishes Transit Authority needs your help to develop a logo design for their upcoming marketing campaign.
Here comes the bride ...
Heather R. Breaux
Can you think of anything more beautiful than a blushing bride and her grinning groom walking down the asile? I can’t.
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.
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.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am a 19-year-old college student and got my first credit card two years ago.
Speak with Authority
Staff Report
BOUTTE - Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.
Star Struck
Heather R. Breaux
If you’ve ever met a celebrity, then you probably remember how shocked or happy it made you feel - even if you weren’t a big fan.


BERTILE DUFRENE BOWNDS Bertile Dufrene Bownds passed away on Tuesday, Feb 13. in Kenner, LA. She was the beloved wife of the late William Moda Bownds. Daughter of the late Joseph and Argentine Matherne Dufrene. Sister of Harris Dufrene and the late Alvin, Louis, Lawrence, Harry, Ernest Dufrene, Alida Barrios, Cecile Tamburello, Elle Dufrene, Mildred Reed, and Irene Hano.