Volume 134 Number 16 - Apr 19, 2007

News

$3.1 million windfall for SC Parish levees and wetlands
Senator David Vitter U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced that the Department of Interior will allocate $3.1 million in federal funding for St. Charles Parish through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program that became law with the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

In the news
In Louisiana, reckless driving is out - ‘wreck-less’ driving is in
State highway officials have launched an ongoing campaign to promote driver safety and awareness in the hope of preventing the nearly 1,000 motor-vehicle fatalities that occur each year.

Does your child’s day-care center make the grade?
Just 10 of 25 facilities in SCP meet tough new voluntary standards
A study of child-care centers conducted by the respected National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies placed Louisiana 51st in the nation, dead last in providing adequate child-care services for kids. But 10 facilities in St. Charles Parish meet new high standards recommended by the state, placing them among the best of the best.

FEMA funds maintenance building for St. Charles Parish Schools
Hurricane Katrina submerged not only the city of New Orleans beneath flood waters but surrounding cities and parishes suffered major damage as well. In St. Charles Parish, west of New Orleans, Katrina damaged the maintenance building of the St. Charles Parish Schools.

Future for Head Start not so bright as feds GET STINGY
SCP schools scrambling for cash to keep the program alive
St. Charles Parish schools are constantly striving to provide the best possible education for all students - and that includes those aged two months to four years in the Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

Herald-Guide wins big again in Louisiana Press awards contest
Named the Best Weekly Newspaper in Louisiana in 2006 for our coverage of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and their afternath, the St. Charles Herald-Guide has won several top awards in 2007.

More DWI arrests than usual thanks to citizen watchdogs
Over a one week span, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s office reported an unusually high number of DWI arrests, a “welcome feat” that the department says comes from a variety of factors, including the help of concerned citizens.

Parents: Fix ‘death road’ before more innocent children die ... like ours did
Allen and Sandra Washington believe 21,000 signatures from concerned citizens on a petition will motivate the Gov. Kathleen Blanco to fix Hwy. 61. Still-grieving Allen and Sandra Washington have launched a dramatic crusade to persuade Gov. Kathleen Blanco to put safety barriers along the stretch of Airline Highway in St. Charles Parish where their four children died in a horrific car accident in 2003.

Registrar of voters bids farewell
Registrar of voters bids farewell St. Charles Parish Council bid farewell to registrar of voters Janice Zeringue Hymel, at the council meeting Monday night.

Sheriff blames vandalism and thefts on on BORED KIDS home for spring break
An e-mail from St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne attempted to shed some light on a string of incidents that he considers to be isolated acts of vandalism and theft related partly to parish schools being out of session for spring break holidays.

VIPs
Very Important Parishioners
Congratulations Alyson Waguespack, 2007 St. Charles Farm Bureau queen, and Monique Cannon, St. Charles Farm Bureau teen queen.

Watch where you go in your ATV if you DON’T want a ticket, say cops
Community Advisory from Sheriff Greg Champagne
Complaints to my office from citizens and parish officials continue to rise relative to the unlawful operations of motorized All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) such as four wheelers, dirt bikes and golf carts on public roads and on private property without permission of the landowners.

Wow! Destrehan yard sale rakes in $13,000
Wow! Destrehan yard sale rakes in $13,000 Tables piled high with books, clothes, shoes, stereo gear, television sets and bric-a-brac of every description lined Joyce Bridges’ perfectly manicured front lawn on a sunny Friday afternoon for what has to be one of the biggest “garage sales” around.


Sports

Bridge run - NOT!
By Heather R. Breaux
Over 1500 registered participants competed for $4,000 in prize money at the 11th Annual United Way of St. Charles Bridge Run. Here’s a run down of this year’s winners.
Hahnville baseball on 'cruise control
By Caleb Frey
There's nothing certain when it comes to sports, and the Hahnville Tigers (21-7, 7-1) certainly didn't think they would lose facing the West Jefferson Buccaneers who were 10 games below .500 to start the afternoon, but the Tigers did drop the first in a two game stance against the Bucs, and that's why they play the games.
Hahnville softball pitcher Chelsey Flores breaking records
By Megan Waters
Starting out in T-ball, Chelsey Flores probably wasn't worried about pitching a hard ball or breaking some of Hahnville's most elite records held by previous pitchers.
SPRINGTIME can cause problems for your fish pond
LSU AgCenter News
Springtime losses in fish ponds are common throughout the Southeast – especially in Louisiana, according to LSU AgCenter expert Dr. Greg Lutz, who says these losses can be the result of oxygen problems, common diseases or a combination of causes.
Easy Recipes
By Staff Report
Redfish with caper sauce
Hahnville soccer boys receive district honors
By Staff Report
Hahnville High Soccer Players who received All District Honors were acknowledged at the HHS Soccer Banquet on April 4 at Badeaux's Restaurant in Des Allemands.
DHS alumnus makes all-state hoops team
From staff and wire reports
NEW ORLEANS — Guard Mark Stewart of Xavier University of Louisiana is a third-team selection on the 2006-07 All-Louisiana men's basketball team.
2007 United Way 5K Bridge Run
By Staff Report
TOP WOMEN RUNNERS. The following women were in the top three for the 2007 United Way of St. Charles Bridge Run.
2007 United Way 5K Bridge Run top men runners
By Staff Report
TOP MEN RUNNERS. The following men were in the top three for the 2007 United Way of St. Charles Bridge Run.

Editorial

Post-Katrina play moves from attic to attic
By Allen Lottinger
The best post-Katrina play to be staged in the area has been held over at Southern Rep Theatre at Canal Place in New Orleans. But better hurry because it ends Sunday.
Barb’s Zephyrs are the team to MEET in 2007
By Barbara Munson
It’s that time of year again, a time for hot dogs, peanuts, and baseball. Friday night was the home opener for the New Orleans Zephyrs, and this month is the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Shrine on Airline. With such glorious weather, how could I not attend?
Letters to the editor
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation for the outstanding article that Caleb wrote in this week's Guide regarding the Hahnville High School Golf Team.
Religion in the news
By Staff Report
Pizza king: Florida needs more Catholics Domino's Pizza multimillionaire Thomas Monaghan is creating a community to draw residents who share traditional Catholic values. - The Miami Herald
Sin of pride destroyed the ancient Romans AND IT STILL THREATENS MANKIND TODAY
By Staff Report
Editor’s note: This article is based on Dr. Brant Pitre’s Sin and Salvation, a bible study on St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Next week: Salvation. CD’s on this bible study are available at www.brantpitre.com
Religion and spirit headlines from around the world ...
By Staff Report
Republican '08 Options Disappoint Christian Evangelicals Evangelical Christians have long been a key constituency for the Republican Party, but leading religious conservatives are expressing dissatisfaction with the party's current crop of presidential candidates. - The Washington Times
Spirit Happenings
By Staff Report
Prayer vocations day at Luling church In conjunction with “World Day of Prayer for Vocations,” Holy Family Knights of Columbus will host a vocations program on Sunday, April 29.
Crackpot - or ahead of his time? When it comes to ED BLAKELY you be the judge!
By C.B. Forgotston
According to published reports, New Orleans Recovery Czar Dr. Ed Blakely believes the destruction of The Big Easy was a “natural event” and the result of Global Warming.

Our View

Louisiana could be the rishest state
Look around you. There are riches everywhere. Louisiana has more natural resources than any of the 48 contiguous states. And yet it is considered one of the poorest states in the nation.

Sheriffs Reports

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



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
We’ll all remember where we were the day the deadliest campus massacre in the history of the United States occurred - after all it just happened this past Monday.
The classics never die
By Caleb Frey
Video games have been a worldwide pastime for more than 20 years now, which would lead one to think that those gamers from yesteryear have moved on to more sophisticated electronics or hobbies.
Moneytalk with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I read in a recent USA Today article that today's generation of youngsters have the purchasing power of over $200 billion per year and it made me start thinking about the money that my teenagers use to buy things that they want.
Send us your summer activities and we’ll list them in the Herald-Guide
By Heather R. Breaux
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.
Harry Hurst kids go ‘green’ for Earth Fest at Audubon Park
By Staff Report
Science teacher Barry Guillot and forty-five Harry Hurst Middle School 7th graders represented the LaBranche Wetland Watchers Service Learning Program at the Audubon Zoo's 2007 Earth Fest celebration.
Plant a garden with your kids and watch to see what grows
By Staff Report
Remember how much fun it was to play in the dirt as a kid? You can relive those memories this spring by planting a garden with your child in recognition of Earth Day, April 22.
Luling and Boutte Lions Club presents spring beauty pageant
By Staff Report
The Luling and Boutte Lions Club will hold a Spring Festival Pageant on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at R. J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis. Proceeds from this pageant will go directly to the Louisiana Lions Camp in Leesville, LA.
Win free Disney on Ice tickets in our great reader contest
By Staff Report
Tickets are now on sale for Disney on Ice’s Princess Wishes, but you can win a family fun-pack from the St. Charles Herald-Guide that includes four tickets to the show at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center on May 3 through 6 just by identifying the Disney cartoon described in the hint below.
Camera Shootout 2007 Monthy Winner
By Staff Report
“Say Cheese” by Kandis Pitre of Luling got the most votes last week and is the March 2007 monthly winner in the Camera Shootout photo contest.
Nifty $5 for YOUR jokes and riddles
By Staff Report
How does the barber cut the moon's hair? A: Eclipse it.
Speak with Authority
By Megan Waters
Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.
VIPs
By Staff Report
A congratulations to the HHS Women’s Choir and HHS Mixed Ensemble who qualified for state at the district competition.
Herald-Guide celebrates St. Charles Parish schools
By Staff Report
Submitted by Susan Landry

Obituaries

Obituaries
Send your obituary announcements to heatherb@heraldguide.com for speedy publication in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s print and Internet editions. Compiled by Megan Waters, Intern