Volume 134 Number 10 - Mar 08, 2007

News

17 students shaken up in SCP school bus accident
A man driving a pick-up truck plowed into the back of a St. Charles Parish school bus injuring 17 children, the school bus driver, and himself.

BusinessFest and Health Fair - fun for the family & lots of free stuff
“Showcasing St. Charles Parish” is the theme of this year's St. Charles Business Association's BusinessFest and Health Fair.

Chris Tregre joins race for parish president
Chris Tregre joins race for parish president ... says he’s your best bet in political matchup with Snookie Faucheux and V.J. St. Pierre
Chris Tregre's concerns that residents living in St. Charles Parish have no levee protection and properties being reassessed in 2008 will burden homeowners with soaring tax rates, convinced him that he should join the race for parish president.

Grade A: SCP schools rank 6th in state
District Performance Scores for Louisiana public schools were released Monday, with St. Charles Parish Schools ranked sixth out of 50 public school districts, a slight increase over last year's rankings.

Hospital addition ahead of schedule
New wing expected to open in 9 months
After a two year planning process and unexpected delays caused by Hurricane Katrina, the St. Charles Parish Hospital is on pace to open a $24 million addition slightly ahead of schedule in January of 2008.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful ...
The volunteer group Keep Louisiana Beautiful is sponsoring its third annual anti-litter campaign weekend March 8 - 10, called “Zero Tolerance For Litter.” The effort is expected to send a strong message from enforcement agencies that litterbugs will be actively pursued and fined.

Kenner contractor jailed on $90G bond after $500G fraud bust
The Louisiana State Attorney’s General Office has arrested Dana Abboud, owner of AB Coastal Construction, Inc., on:

Man charged with 8th DWI
A 45-year old Des Allemands man booked in St. Charles Parish for his 8th DWI can add attempted bribery of an officer to the charges filed against him, according to police reports.

PhD wants Jindal’s job
Dr. Gilda Werner Reed is mom of 7, too
Psychologist and mother-of-seven Gilda Werner Reed, Ph.D. has formally announcing her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, First Congressional District of Louisiana.

Top 20 states for tornadoes ... in March, Louisiana’s No. 10
The VorTek weather-analysis company has named the Top 20 most tornado-prone states for the month of March - and Louisiana is smack No. 10.

VIPs
Very Important Parishoners
Abbey Mack has been named managing attorney of Crescent Title’s new River Parishes office in Destrehan.

WHAT PARISH PEOPLE EARN
Acting Lifestyles and Sports Editor Heather R. Breaux, seated, shares a witty comment with intern Megan Waters. Editors earn more than interns, less than publishers. How does YOUR salary stack up? Read our story and find out. Editor’s note: Hourly and annual salaries listed below are averages for all occupations 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 2 in a fascinating 2-part series that you’ll find only in the Herald-Guide.


Sports

Sports Happenings
By Staff Report
DHS band serves up jambalaya The Destrehan High School’s Band Parents club is hosting a jambalaya dinner on Sunday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DHS Sports Week with Nattie Swan
By Nattie Swan
SOFTBALL Star player: Julie Beaugh because she has been consistently hitting her sports and she is 4-0.
8-year-old All-Stars win state title ... way to go!
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish 8-year-old All-Star Basketball team won the state game and are now number one.
HHS Sports Week
By Megan Waters
Boys Baseball This just in: The Tigers played in the East Ascension Jamboree Feb. 22-24. Among their games the Tigers took on Slidell and came out victorious with an impressive score of 7-2, thus going on to win the tournament against Baton Rouge Catholic.
Lady Cougars take it all in Lutcher
By Staff Report
The J.B. Martin Lady Cougars softball team won the championship in the recent Toot Granier Fastpitch Softball Tournament, hosted by Lutcher High School.

Editorial

Don’t miss your last chance to speak out on I-49
By Allen Lottinger
A hearing will be held at the parish courthouse March 27 from 4:30 to 8:30 p. m. with additional hearings at the Alario Center in Westwego on March 22 from 4 to 8 p. m. and at the Knights of Columbus Home at 115 Buford St. in Raceland March 29 from 4 to 8 p. m.
Twinkies for Lent? Sure, if you eat the fried catfish first
By Barbara Munson
The Lenten season is upon us. This may not mean much to you if you're not a Christian, but there's no mistaking that Lent is here - just lift your nose and sniff. When you live in a predominantly Catholic area, you just can't help but associate Lent with the smell of frying fish.
Week of celebration for St. Katharine
By Staff Report
EDITOR’S NOTE: Xavier University’s Office of Campus Ministry and the New Orleans Alumni Chapter, Club #1 are celebrating, through March 10, St. Katharine Drexel, whose feast day was March 3.
Spirit Happenings
By Staff Report
Church and spiritual activities for one and all ...

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff Reports
By Staff Report
Suspects are innocent until proven guilty.



Lifestyles

Does talking to your plants qualify you for the "looney bin?"
By Heather R. Breaux
Have you noticed how Mother Nature keeps teasing us with hints that spring is just around the corner?
Family comes first for
By Shonna Riggs
Judge Mary Ann Lemmon remembers when the “scales of justice” had to be balanced between her career and family.
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.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am a 23-year-old college graduate and need advice on re-building my credit.
Girl Scouts: Making the world a better place for 95 years
By Staff Report
NEW ORLEANS - Girl Scout troops across the country will celebrate the organization's 95th anniversary the week of March 12 by hosting a “Making the World a Better Place Week.”
Celebrating 50 years
By Staff Report
Mike and Jackie Perret of Luling celebrated the joy of their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family - and with a special message from their granddaughter, Melissa Perret:

Obituaries

Obituaries
Patsy Price Soudelier Rousse Passed away on Feb. 28 in Paradis. Beloved wife of the late Lloyd Soudelier, Sr. by first marriage and the late Carlton Rousse by second marriage. Mother of Lloyd Jr., Wayne, Todd Soudelier, Sandra Withers and Tammy Soudelier. Daughter of the Late Melvin and Lena Matis Price. Sister of the late Melvin "Leroy" Price. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A native of Des Allemands and a resident of Paradis. She was 62 years old. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Paradis on Friday March 2 at 3:00pm. Visitation from 11:00am until funeral time Friday at the church. Falgout Funeral Homes.