Volume 134 Number 9 - Mar 01, 2007


Constable recalls 1976 election that made history in SC Parish
Constable recalls 1976 election that made history in SC Parish No African-American ever held the political position of constable in St. Charles Parish until 1976, when Rose Pierre-LeGaux decided to run for the office - and won.

Danger roads of SC Parish
The number of vehicular crashes in St. Charles Parish has remained steady over the past four years, a trend the Sheriff's Office views as hopeful especially due to a rapid increase in population since 2005.

Dow & Motiva will put YOU to work
St. Charles Parish chemical companies have a surplus of high paying jobs, and to fill them, company officials are recruiting students before they graduate from high school.

Got road kill? Here’s how to get the poor guy carted away
Some consider them an eyesore, and others can't help but feel sorry for the lifeless lumps left on the roadside, but anyone who's traveled along a major roadway has seen an animal that met it's match against a moving vehicle.

How 2 schools beat all comers in state fitness contest
The Louisiana Department of Education honored two schools for promoting healthy eating and physical activities among their students - the only two schools that entered the Louisiana Healthy Schools competition.

In the news
Suspect still at large after Luling bank robbery, says sheriff’s office
... plus, airport-expansion and fiery 18-wheeler crash in our "high-speed news" section.

Inmate escapes from correctional center
Wallace Gabriel, 46, escaped from Nelson Coleman Correctional Center on March 1. BREAKING NEWS: It's happening now
Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that at approximately, 10:00 A.M. this morning, as a group of inmates were returning into the prison from the exercise yard, one of the inmates slipped away from the group and scaled a fence topped with razor wire. He received serious injuries as a result, but was able to get away.

Parish educator’s college fund still going strong
Former teacher and principal Ethel Schoeffner may not have been a wealthy woman, but her frugal ways have paid dividends to over a 100 worthy students since 1991.

Parish to Cox: too many cable beefs
Two proposals to improve TV cable service passed unanimously during the first March meeting of the St. Charles Parish Council.

Purple martins are back
USING HIS GOURD: Sal Noto checks out a bird house that’s been damaged by squirrels. Many in Southeast Louisiana consider February synonymous with Carnival season. But for Sal Noto it's not the parades that have him ripe with anticipation, but the return of hundreds of his “closest” feathered friends.

Very Important Parishoners
Andrew Key Wood has been inducted into the Eagle Scout Court of Honor. He is a senior at HHS and a member of Troop 370. He is the son of proud parents Andy and Jo Rae Wood of Luling.

Editor’s note: Hourly & annual salaries listed below are averages for every occupation from CEO to secretary and everything in between. Data is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the “Metropolitan Statistical Area” of St. Charles Parish, Kenner, Metairie & New Orleans. This is Part 1 of a fascinating 2-part series that you’ll find only in the Herald-Guide.


Staff Report
On your mark ... get set ... register for the United Way of St. Charles 5K Bridge Run by calling 985-331-9603 or logging onto www.runnotc.org.
HHS Sports Week with Megan Waters
Staff Report
Boys Baseball This just in: Over the Mardi Gras holidays the boys didn't skip a beat after playing Jesuit, 12 to HHS 1, on Monday, Feb. 19.
DHS Sports Week with Nattie Swan
Nattie Swan
Desty Darlings Star Player: Brittany Walker because she organized our biggest fundraiser, the Sadie Hawkins Dance.
Tiger Golf Classic tees off on March 17
Staff Report
The HHS Tiger Band Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, March 17 at Willowdale Country Club.
Off to College
Eric LeBlanc
PLAYER OF THE WEEK This week's Off to College and Beyond Player of the Week is UNO shortstop and DHS grad Tyrone Wethers who was 2 for 6 with 4 runs scored, an RBI and a hit by pitch in the Privateers' home opener victory over Southern last Tuesday. He was also 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI and 2 walks in the teams' victory over New Mexico State on Saturday. And on Sunday, he was 1 for 4 with a run scored and a walk in the Privateers' loss to New Mexico State.
2007 HHS cheerleader and mascot tryouts
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.
H-ville’s Thigpen signs with Meridian College
Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish School Board honored Hahnville High School baseball player Wesley Thigpen after he signed a letter of intent with Meridian Community College in Mississippi.
YES! 8-yr-old All-Stars place FIRST at tourney
Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish 8-year-old All-Star Basketball team placed 1st in the Kenner Invitational Tournament and 3rd in the District Harahan tournament.
Ponchatoula SINKS Hahnville girls in a heartbreaker
Staff Report
HEARTBREAKER. Hahnville High’s girls basketball team suffered a tough loss to Ponchatoula High School’s Green Wave. PHS beat HHS 61 to 48 in a playoffs matchup.


Al Gore is quite the comedian
Allen Lottinger
It’s hard not to like Al Gore, whether you agree with him politically or not.
Oh no! Barb’s gone ga-ga over a futuristic travel game you need a satellite to play ...
Barbara Munson
On our recent trip to Colorado, I found myself with a few unscheduled hours, and I was most pleased. Geocaching time!
We’re closer to a color-blind society than you think ...
Nathan Tabor
A geographer from the University of Georgia, Matthew Mitchelson, has come up with an interesting statistic, as reported on CNN: there are at least 777 streets in the U.S. named for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
Founding fathers believed in our Constitution ... do you?
John Whitehead
For years now, America has been faced with a constitutional crisis over what the Constitution means and who it applies to.
Masons reject divinity of Jesus Christ, says Church
Ann Taylor
Today’s question about Masons is answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum University.

Our View

Public transportation here could be very beneficial
If global warming is truly an environmental problem of the future, the river parishes are making a step in the right direction. More public transportation and less individual auto traffic will cut down on emissions that have been blamed for it in the earth’s atmosphere.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
Staff Report
Arrests Tarah A. Bergeron, 22, of 926 Grand Bayou Rd. in Des Allemands was arrested on Feb. 20 with the possession of crack cocaine.


My movie nightmare
Heather R. Breaux
The smell of popcorn filled the air as the lights dimmed and the first movie I’ve seen on the “big screen” in over a year started to roll.
Herald-Guide makeover contest winner
Heather R. Breaux
The ladies at Vous Salon and Spa in Paradis treated Corey Granier like a king with a day of all-inclusive spa services scheduled just for him.
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
River Parish queens SHINE at state beauty convention
Staff Report
Ashlyn Falgout, River Parishes Fall Festival Miss Queen of Hearts and Ashley Wilking, St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival Miss Queen won top awards at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens Pageant in Baton Rouge.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am a single mother of two teenage boys and about a year ago I found myself swimming in a pool of credit card debt.
Staff Report
Hahnville High School’s Mendi Lebeouf was named District III Athletic Director of the Year. She will now compete for the title of State Athletic Director.
Destrehan’s Theta club sweeps competition
Staff Report
Destrehan High School’s Mu Alpha Theta club competed in the Catholic High of Baton Rouge competition on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Parents chow down at school breakfast
Staff Report
Sacred Heart School held a family breakfast to celebrate Catholic School’s Week which was attended by parents and students.
New Sarpy students go high tech for geometry
Staff Report
New Sarpy Elementary third graders in Mrs. Andry’s homeroom are using technology to help them learn about geometry.
R.J. Vial students learn about character
Staff Report
Students spotted displaying good character on campus and in class at R. J. Vial Elementary are recognized and honored with a principal luncheon.
Make no bones about it - science is COOL
Staff Report
Mrs. Ruiz’s pre-kindergarten students at St. Charles Borromeo School enjoyed a visit from “Mr. Bones”.
New Sarpy kids march with crowns on
Staff Report
Students at New Sarpy Kindergarten Center had their own marching parade after completing a unit on the book, The Emperor's New Clothes.
Registration is on at Sacred Heart school
Staff Report
Sacred Heart in Norco is holding registration for those who are interested in attending the school.


Eunice Granier Rodriguez Eunice Granier Rodriguez on Thursday, February 15, 2007 in River Ridge, LA. Wife of the late Wille J. Rodriguez. Daughter of the late Willy Granier and Maria Fabre Granier. Mother of Eunice Chalsson and the late Sally Roberts. Sister of Mildred Colon, Anna Mae Dufrene, the late Emmett Granier and Gladys Roussel. Also survived by 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Age 80 years. A native of Wallace, LA and a resident of Norco, LA. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Norco, LA. Interment St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum, Destrehan, LA. Visitation at Alexander Funeral Home, Norco, LA from 8:00 a.m., until 9:45 a.m. on Monday.