Volume 134 Number 17 - Apr 26, 2007

News

3rd-grader’s blood drive saves lives & nets him a PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
At the tender age of 8, third-grader Kaleb Champagne is the youngest recipient of the WDSU-TV’s “6 On Your Side Award” - which is given to individuals of any age who make a difference in their community.

Booster club remembers a GREAT volunteer
The Mimosa Booster Club donated a memorial bench at the west bank bridge park to a dedicated and beloved volunteer, the late Marsha Barr.

Destrehan festival makes it official: Spring has ... SPRUNG!
PJ’s Catering owner Paul Beier and his son make crawfish beignets. Vendors from as far away as Mississippi showcased their products at the Destrehan Plantation Spring Arts and Crafts Festival on April 21st and 22nd.

Don’t get ticketed in seat belt crackdown
St. Charles Parish and state police will crack down on unbuckled drivers and passengers from May 3 through June 21 and issue tickets to anyone not wearing a seat belt.

Drag racing: new law will put hot rodders in jail for 180 days
Danger sport is a killer - and cops are sick of it
A Louisiana state senator and the executive director of the state’s highway safety commission plan to launch an aggressive campaign to put an end to drag racing on public streets.

Kids eat free in summer LUNCH
Food provided in June and July for SCP children
With St. Charles Parish’s “Summer Food Service” program gearing up for June and July, parents can rest easier knowing their children can get healthy meals without having to pull a penny out of their pocket to pay for them.

R.K. Middle kids learn to put on REAL CIRCUS and YOU’RE invited to see them in ACTION!
R.K. Middle kids learn to put on REAL CIRCUS and YOU’RE invited to see them in ACTION! Hur-RAY! Hur-RAY! Hur-RAY! Step right up to see the ‘Greatest Show in the Parish!’
R.K. Middle School has been looking a lot like a circus lately, probably because students are performing in a circus - the Circus of the Kids.

Surprise for Pope in Latin America: Catholics are ‘going Pentecostal’
What follows here is a thoughtful and fascinating overview of pentecostal history and politics in Latin America, one of three continents included in the The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s Spirit and Power, a global survey of pentecostal and charismatic Christians that was released just months ago.

Tourist commission hires
Tourist Commission Director Jesse Lambert The River Parishes Tourist Commission is looking to step their advertising game up after hiring Louis Giacona Advertising LLC to take care of getting the word out that there’s plenty to do and see in the River Parishes.

Work on $2.4M school building starts in May
St. Charles Parish Schools are just weeks away from breaking ground on $2.4 million maintenance facility to replace the old one that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.


Sports

Destrehan Wildcats beat Hahnville Tigers in a close one, 5-3
By Caleb Frey
There were two obstacles standing in the way of Destrehan taking the District 5-5A title, the first was defending champion Hahnville.
HHS girls golf team competes like pros at spring regional tourney
Special to the Herald-Guide
The HHS Girls Golf Team competed in the Division I Region III golf tournament held at Colonial Golf & Country Club in Harahan on April 11. The team fared well placing 4th in the competition. Allie Petit placed 2nd with a score of 85. Teammate Elizabeth Suss was also named a tournament medalist with a score of 117.
Hahnville grad takes golf skills to college at ULL
Special to the Herald-Guide
Congratulations to HHS Graduate Dustin Petit who recently signed a commitment with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for a golf scholarship. Petit helped lead Hahnville High to the Class 5A State Title in the spring then went on to Meridian Community College to lead his team to the 2006 MACJC State/Region XXIII title and an eight-under par team score.

Editorial

25 years of wedded bliss and at least that many more to go ...
By Barbara Munson
Back in 1982 I embarked on the journey of a lifetime. I was 22 years old, knew virtually nothing about real life, and I had no way of knowing what lay in store for me. When I signed my name on the dotted line, I was certain of only two things: I was deeply in love with Ronnie, and I wanted to spend my life with him.

Our View

Airline Highway canal still a danger
One danger spot has existed in St. Charles Parish for many years and nothing has been done to eliminate it. It is the deep roadside canal along Airline Highway in the vicinity of I-310 crossing.




Lifestyles

Students across the state get chance to redesign their school
From staff and wire reports
Students who think they have some great ideas for designing a 21st century school now have the opportunity to do just that - and win up to $10,000 in scholarship money at the same time!
2007 Great Backyard Bird Count tracks birds and sets a new record
By Heather R. Breaux
In just four days in February, participants in the Great Backyard Bird Count tallied more than 11 million birds across the United States and Canada - and Luling and Montz bird watchers tracked 23 species right here in St. Charles Parish.
Send us your summer activities and we’ll 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.
Kids all smiles during jam session with band
Special to the Herald-Guide
By SHANNON MADDEN LULING - On Wednesday, April 4, The Bucktown All-Stars, in their usual manner, rocked the house at the annual “Groovin’ with the Gators” concert at Lakewood Elementary School.