Volume 134 Number 11 - Mar 15, 2007

News

Absentee voting and polling places ...
March 31 is an important day for the St. Charles School Board.

Airport expansion into parish on hold
Seeking to focus more on restructuring Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, Interim Airport Director Sean Hunter said there are no immediate plans for expansion into St. Charles Parish.

Child with leukemia needs your help
Ten-year-old Angel Gordon, a student at St. Rose Elementary School, was diagnosed with leukemia in January.

Deputy’s hit-and-run horror ends on high note: he’s O.K.
A Luling man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer after his run in with a St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s deputy last Wednesday in which the man tried to run the officer over with his car.

Facelifts for St. Rose & Mimosa schools
Two structural additions were approved Monday night by the St. Charles Parish School Board’s Capital Improvement Committee, both jobs to be completed by Murray Architect.

Free dental clinic set to open in a few weeks
The St. Charles Parish Community Health Center will open a dental clinic in June.

Have we got 4-H Club news for you ...
Food drive and sewing camp top the list of activities these guys are involved in

Man hurt in fall off St. Patrick’s float
A 19 year old was listed in critical condition at University Hospital after he fell from a float in a St. Patrick's Day parade.

New teacher education program at River Parishes CC up for approval
The River Parishes Community College in Sorrento is set to offer an Associate of Science in Teacher Education Degree if the program meets approval by the State Board of Regents, according to a press release from the RPCC.

Parish gears up for bus line
As St. Charles Parish nears the reality of a largely federally funded mass transit system that would run throughout the parish and into the farthest reaches of St. John, concerned residents have been asking what will happen in three years when the federal money allocated runs out?

Parish SMACKDOWN on icky mosquitoes
Insects fear Doug Hanson, left, and James Dufrene of SCP’s mosquito control office. St. Charles Parish is taking aim at pesky mosquitoes this year with special bug-gobbling fish and new high-tech sprayers.

River Region Chamber backs SCP Schools in vote
The St. Charles Parish School System is asking the voters of St. Charles Parish to approve a renewal of two (2) millages on March 31, 2007.

Spirit Happenings
LIVING WAY OF THE CROSS LULING - Holy Family 9th and 10th grade students will present the Living Way of the Cross on Friday, March 16 at 6:30 pm at Holy Family Church. Walk with Jesus to his Crucifixion during this 45-minute meditation.

Summertime means gator-time for parish
In any other part of the country it may sound odd to find a fully grown alligator catching a tan on someone’s front lawn, but in St. Charles Parish, it simply means summer is around the corner and alligator nuisance officer Kenny Schmill has work to do.

Unemployment at 4.6 percent
The January seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment for Louisiana was estimated at 1,892,800, an increase of 82,700 jobs since January 2006, the Louisiana Department of Labor announced.

VIPs
Very Important Parishoners
Danielle Simon has been named Employee of the Month at St. Charles Parish Hospital. She is a supervisor in the Health Information Department and has worked at the hospital since 2001.


Sports

ON A ROLL
By Staff Report
Vacherie - The 2nd Annual River Road Car Show rolls into historic St. Joseph Plantation Saturday, March 17.
OH BABY! Sacred Heart basketball girls are No. 1
By Staff Report
ALMOST THERE. Sacred Heart team members Brennan Ferguson and Lauren Vicknair race to score in the girls basketball game.
HHS Sports Week
By Staff Report
Softball This just in: The Lady Tiger softball team tucked away another win Tuesday, March 6 against East St. John 2-0. The game was away on East St. John's turf, but that didn't slow down our girls.
12 new school playgrounds to help parish kids keep fit
By Shonna Riggs
Plans are under way to upgrade playgrounds for students at 12 St. Charles Parish public schools this year.
DHS Sports Week with Nattie Swan
By Nattie Swan
Baseball Star player: Trey Watkins because he is hitting over .600, has scored 16 or 17 rins already, and has stolen 12 bases.
Kudos to H-ville’s All-District players
By Staff Report
The following HHS Girl Soccer Players were named to the All-District Soccer Teams: 1st Team All District -Chelsi Bourgeois, Ashley Eusea, Leslie Jefferson, Tara Mince, Raven Scott, Megan Waters, 2nd Team All-District - Jessica Lauland, Samantha May, Courtney Speice, Honorable Mention All-District - Annie Kinler, Carly Queen, District Offensive MVP - Ashley Eusea.
Catfishing is a labor of love for Des Allemands teen
By Staff Report
Louisiana catfishing seems to be a dying trade. But Aaron Cortez, 17, of Des Allemands, is standing strong against the winds of change.
Hahnville High’s AFJROTC competes in drill
By Staff Report
Hahnville High School Junior Varsity AFJROTC Drill Team competed in the Franklinton Drill Meet.

Editorial

Free trade could help our image in South America
By Allen Lottinger
President Bush has turned his attention into a new direction, one that has not occupied the attention of American presidents in quite some time.
Read how fate made a writer of St. Rose’s Farrah Rochon
By Barbara Munson
Farrah Rochon grew up in Edgard and credits her aunt for instilling in her a love of reading. The daughter of an English teacher, Farrah received her Masters in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University and was pursuing her Ph.D. with the intent to become a teacher herself. Somewhere along the way, fate stepped in.
School millage renewal: it’s a smart investment in our children’s future
By Staff Report
School millage renewal: it’s a smart investment in our children’s future
GOP likes abortion and gay marriage?
By Staff Report
Question: When did Republicans begin embracing flip-floppers who support abortion, gun control, gay marriage, illegal immigrants and amnesty?
What to expect when you’re baptized in the Holy Spirit
By Staff Report
A deeper union with God, greater love for others - and that’s just the beginning Stir up the Holy Spirit in yourself and your teenagers - workshop this month.

Our View

Here are four steps to save Louisiana’s coast
With so much attention being paid to the deterioration of the Louisiana coast these days, it would seem there would be a great deal of work underway to stop it. But there isn’t.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
All persons are innocent until proven guilty



Lifestyles

Thank goodness it's Monday
By Heather R. Breaux
For most of you, the catch phrase, "Thank Goodness It’s Friday" means that rest and relaxation are just ahead - but for me, not so much.
Loook who's having fun at the biz fair
By Heather R. Breaux
Business was booming at the annual St. Charles Parish Business and Health Fair where merchants from around the parish set up shop to show residents what products or services they have to offer.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Heather R. Breaux
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am 16 and just inhereted $98,000 from my grandmother.
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.
Don’t let gardening wreck your health
LSU AgCenter News
You may know how and when to plant your pansies and petunias, but do you think about a little stretching exercise before heading out into the garden?
WELCOME, BABY
By Staff Report
Kevin Michael Giroir Jr. was delivered Feb. 12 at 8:04 p.m. to proud parents Kevin Michael Giroir Sr. and Rochelle Lynn Domangue Giroir of Hahnville. Kevin Jr. weighed in at 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 inches long. His siblings are Blair Michael Boquet and Kristin Renee Boquet.
VIPs
By Staff Report
Luling's Justin Ward achieved Eagle Scout status and was promoted to assistant Scoutmaster in Eagle Scout Troop 371. Justin, 18, is a junior in high school. He is the son of Paul and Caroline Ward.
Herald-Guide celebrates St. Charles Parish Schools
By Staff Report
New Sarpy kids learn about life in Japan Submitted by Jennifer Meyers-Lind NEW SARPY - Ms. O'Rourke's first graders (right)and Ms. Miller's third graders at New Sarpy Elementary School have been working together to develop knowledge of our neighboring country, Japan. With the help of Kuniyo Schmidt, a first grader's mother, who is from Japan, the students learned first hand about the country as they made origami, ate Japanese food, and shared in the learning of Japanese language and games.
Speak with Authority
By Megan Waters
Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.
Herald-Guide celebrates St. Charles Parish Schools
By Staff Report
Around the world - and back - at New Sarpy Submitted by Kathleen Shnowski NEW SARPY - New Sarpy Kindergarten Center celebrated multi-cultural week in February.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Jesse Denton, Sr. Jesse L. "Josh" Denton, Sr. of Destrehan "New Sarpy." A native of Calhoun County, Mississipi, passed into eternal glory on Wednesday Feb. 28 at 8:00PM. Born Sept. 9, 1921, he was 85 years old. He leaves his wife of 66 ˝ years, Virgina P. Denton; 1 daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Donald Clarke of Hammond. 2 sons and daughters-in-law; Jesse L. Denton, Jr. and Barbra of Ducala, GA and Thomas H. Denton and Diane of Baton Rouge; 7 grandchildren; Sherry G. Dickens of Waxahchie, TX. Kim B. Hendrix of Tueplo, MS. 1 sister, Jane LaBorne of Morgan City and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a preceded by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Hammond Denton; and 1 brother Elliss H. Denton of Slate Springs, MS. He was a U.S. Army WWII Veterans, a mason of over 50 years. He retired from T.L. James Co., Inc. and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kenner. He was in the care of Cannon Hospice for the past year. Thanks to them for his good care. A special thanks to family and friends and Cannon Hospice- Dr. Persige, Sandy, Tennecia, Kim and Crissy.