Volume 134 Number 14 - Apr 05, 2007

News

$70M gas plant brings 315 jobs to SC Parish
A $70 million bio-gas company that is expected to generate 300 temporary construction jobs and 15 full-time industrial positions for St. Charles Parish is scheduled to open in Taft in Dec. 2008, a company spokesman says.

In the news
Steve Sirmon (left), the parishes public information officer, was appointed as registrar of voters. St. Charles Parish Council fills Registrar of Voters vacancy
St. Charles Parish Council filled the vacancy of Registrar of Voters at its April 2, meeting.

Herald-Guide’s Heather R. Breaux named Editor of Lifestyles & Sports
Caleb Frey hired as news editor covering schools, police, coastal and wetlands issues, more
Last summer, St. Charles Parish resident Heather R. Breaux joined the staff at the Herald-Guide as a rookie reporter fresh out of college - and eight months later - she is working her way to the top and has been named Lifestyles and Sports Editor.

Keeping parish kids on the straight & narrow
Dominic Brown Dominic Brown and friends are on a mission to help at-risk kids from our toughest neighborhoods embrace sports, not crime or drugs
A Boutte couple and a friend who is studying to become a pastor are working hard to keep parish kids active in sports - and out of trouble.

King of the road - Gators cruise the parish
King of the road - Gators cruise the parish For a couple of minutes on a summer-warm Wednesday afternoon in Boutte, this 8-foot gator ruled Hwy 90, backing up traffic while he made an unsteady, stop-and-go crossing from one marshy spot to another.

Need Help? Dial 2-1-1
We are all familiar with the 9-1-1- emergency phone system, but dialing 2-1-1 quickly links residents to a connected, integrated, state wide system of free community services.

No car? Need a ride? The United Way’s ‘limo service’ can help you
The United Way's Marie Scantlebury said that Nicholl's Limousine Service help get parish people around. St. Charles Parish residents had no taxicabs, city buses or any other kind of public transportation before Hurricane Katrina.

Schools boss Rodney Lafon is NOT running for parish prez
Rumors are flying that St. Charles Parish Superintendent of schools Dr. Rodney Lafon, (right), is retiring from that position so he can run for the office of parish president to replace Albert Laque when his term expires later this year.

SCP needs flood of cash to protect citizens from storm
Parish President Albert Laque St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque won’t take no for an answer when it comes getting the money needed to complete the work on the levees before hurricane season starts this year.

St. Charles Parish redesigned from public safety to housing
Louisiana Speaks has helped guide many plans in the works specifically to make St. Charles safer and help it develop including:

Valero funds bus upgrades for SC Parish
At least 26 St. Charles Parish school buses are are going to retrofitted with special filters that will help them meet higher emission standards thanks to a special grant from Valero St. Charles Refinery.


Sports

Sheriff says golf classic was the biggest yet
From staff and wire reports
“I would like to thank everyone for their participation and support in this year's Sheriff Greg Champagne Golf Classic. The 2007 tournament was the biggest ever.
Destrehan & Hahnville head into ‘crunch time’
By Caleb Frey
It's time for district baseball in St. Charles, and the boys teams for Destrehan and Hahnville high schools have both gotten off to great start.
HHS Sports Week with Megan Waters
By Megan Waters
Girls Track Season update: On March 23 and 24, the girls' track team traveled to compete in the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic, held at the Tad Gormley stadium. This invitational meet is a two-day event and is the largest high school track meet in the south. Over 100 boys and girls come from Louisiana and surrounding states travel to compete. Hahnville placed 3rd overall and had many athletes win in individual events.
Junior high track teams face off for first meet
By Shonna Riggs
ON THE RUN. Henry Lenox (pictured right) from Cammon Middle School ran impressively at the first middle school track event of the season held Thursday, March 29 at Hahnville High.
Hahnville High sports news
By Staff Report
Congratulations to HHS girls soccer players who were named to the All-River Parishes team.

Editorial

Mayor wants to sell airport
By Allen Lottinger
Mayor Ray Nagin has said that he would like to sell Louis Armstrong Airport, which is located partly in St. Charles Parish, to the state.
Letter to the editor
By Staff Report
Dear Editor: I thought you’d be interested in a new street sign that went up in Willowdale in Luling.
What does the resurrection of Jesus tell us about our future?
By Ann Taylor
Two thousand years ago Christ was put to death on a cross and then miraculously rose from the dead 3 days later. Since that time, Christianity has flourished. Today 2.1 billion people consider themselves Christians. Taken as a whole, Christianity is now the largest religion in the world - yet only a remnant remains faithful to the Word. This "great apostasy was predicted in revelations.
Spirit news from around the world
From staff and wire reports
Archdiocese: Hannan Responding Well To Therapy NEW ORLEANS -- Former New Orleans Archbishop Phillip Hannan has been released from a Covington hospital. The 93-year-old suffered a stroke last Friday. He is now being treated at an intermediate care facility. Archdiocese spokesman the Rev. William Maestri said Hannan's movement and speech are improving and that he is responding well to therapy. Hannan served as archbishop of New Orleans from 1965 to 1989.- WDSU.com

Our View

Politics getting into high gear - - everywhere
Politics is in the air everywhere, it seems. And that includes Washington, Baton Rouge and St. Charles Parish.

Sheriffs Reports

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



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
The running joke in the news room is that I am one of the most organized people to have occupied an editor’s desk.
Eggs-ellent! Spegg-tacular! It’s no yolk!
By Heather R. Breaux
Thick gray clouds and a serious chance of rain didn't stop dozens of children of all ages from crowding fields near the Bayou Gauche Fire Station to hunt for 7,600 plastic eggs stuffed with yummy candy a full week before Easter Sunday.
Colorful, safe and delicious:
LSU AgCenter News
Dyeing and decorating eggs is enjoyed by many families at Easter. But because eggs are perishable, you should follow food safety precautions to keep from getting sick.
Send your summer activities so we can list them in the Herald-Guide
By Staff Report
Before you know it, school will be over and parish neighborhoods will be filled with older kids riding their bikes, playing ball and hanging out with friends.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I want my kids to be financially responsible. I really think that personal-finance classes should begin early on in their educational career.
Ask Nattie
By Nattie Swan
Dear Nattie: My high school prom is right around the corner and I am SO nervous.
Keep your Easter bunny ‘hoppy’ with these 4 easy expert tips
By Heather R. Breaux
With Easter here many of us feel the impulse to give our children and loved ones colorful Easter baskets brimming with surprises.
Camera Shootout 2007 March 29 Weekly Winner
By Staff Report
"Friends” submitted by Brandon Loupe of Norco got the most votes last week, making him the March 29 weekly winner in our photo contest.
Nifty $5 for YOUR jokes and riddles
By Staff Report
Q: Why did the Easter egg hide? A: He was a little chicken!

Obituaries

Obituaries
Ducote Cecile Daigrepont Ducote passed away on Wednesday, March 28 at 12:03 am in Luling. Beloved wife of the late Howard P. Ducote. Mother of Norman Ducote and wife Pam, Debra Ducote Thompson and her husband, Tony, Donna Ducote Harruff and her husband, Paul. Grandmother of Nicholas and Seth Ducote, Austin and Brittney Thompson. Great Grandmother of Kohl Howard Ducote. Daughter of the late Ferdinand and Josephine D. Daigrepont. Sister of Merlin, Alton, and Eddie Daigrepont, Agnea Daigrepont and the late Hazel Lachney. A native of Mansura and a resident of Luling. She was 75 years old. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church, 155 Holy Family Lane (off Lakewood Dr.) Luling on Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 am. Interment St. Charles Cemetery in Luling. Visitation from 8:30 am until funeral time at Holy Family Catholic Church. Falgout Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.