Volume 134 Number 18 - May 03, 2007

News

Cops show women how to stay safe in a dangerous world ...
Women learned to kick, punch, spit, grab, scream and then runaway, from would-be attackers at a free self-defense class, April 26, at Destrehan High School.

Crime is on decline in parish, say cops
Best 1st quarter report since 1996, says sheriff
St. Charles Parish through March is down almost eight percent according to statistics released from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Grant will help health center treat Hispanics
St. Charles Community Health Center has received a Johnson & Johnson "Community Health Care Award" and a two-year grant in recognition of its efforts on behalf of underserved pregnant women in southeast Louisiana.

In the news
SCP is ready for hurricane season, say officials, and that means you can rest a little easier ...
As hurricane season approaches, St. Charles Parish officials feel confident in their abilities to keep residents safe.

Lake Pontchartrain field day a NATURAL with schoolkids
WET N' WILD. Luling Elementary students haul in a batch of tasty blue crabs at the annual Wetland Watchers field day on Lake Pontchartrain. A mountain of fill and a lot of hard work are paying off in a big way for the Wetland Watcher's Nature Park in Norco.
Grass is growing, a large pier jettisons far out into the Lake, and the shoreline is neat and even.

Land on AUCTION BLOCK as parish unloads 100s of properties
STRIKING satellite image shows one of the properties to be sold on Saturday, May 5, at the Destrehan High School Auditorium.
Registration at 8 a.m., Auction at 10 a.m. St. Charles Parish will auction off over 300 properties - mostly vacant lots - in an effort to put the land back into commerce and relieve the liabilities now born by the parish.

Luling gal runs 6-figure jewelry business - from her HOUSE
Where the money is made: On Carole Siegel-Dezarn’s kitchen table. The stay-at-home mom is a real success story. A Luling woman is being featured on the cover of a national magazine for her accomplishments as a stay-at-home mom who in addition to taking care of her family, rakes in a $100,000-plus salary selling jewelry from her home.

More folks out of work in SCP - but state figures are downright peachy
Unemployment edged up in St. Charles Parish in March with state officials reporting a rate of 4.3 percent for the month compared with February’s 4 percent.

Outrage over pit-bull ring with a St. Charles Parish connection
A Mississippi resident who is allegedly responsible for breeding pit bulls to fight and then having them transported to St. Charles Parish was arrested on dog-fighting and drug charges in the midst of a multi-organizational sting that took place recently in Pass Christian, authorities said.

Paul Hogan in race for SCP council seat
Paul Hogan in race for SCP council seat Paul Hogan, right, a civil engineer from Des Allemands, has announced his candidacy for the St. Charles Parish Council's 4th District seat, currently held by his second cousin, Derryl Walls.

R.J. Vial locked down in school scare
R.J. Vial Elementary was locked down for about half an hour on May 1 as the St. Charles Sheriff’s Department investigated student reports of a stranger lurking in the wooded area near the school.

SCP School Board member ELECTED TO NATIONAL OFFICE
C.H It’s official. St. Charles Parish School Board member C.H. “Sonny” Savoie has been elected secretary-treasurer of the National School Boards Association.

VIPs
Very Important Parishioners
A Pretty Blaire Guidry attended the Modeling Association of America International Convention in New York City as the 1st Step Consulting Agency’s “Ambassador of Good Will.”

What's Happening
Herald-Guide Best Bet
Disney on Ice presents ‘Princess Wishes’ at Houma civic center


Sports

TURTLE FARMERS:
LSU AgCenter News
In the 70-something years since a Louisiana man first gathered turtle eggs along the railroad track and sold the hatchlings as pets, the turtle industry in Louisiana has experienced a roller coaster ride that may be at its lowest point.
NFL football safety LaRon Landry drops by HHS football practice
Staff Report
STAR STRUCK. Herald-Guide intern, Megan Waters, spotted Washington Redskins safety draft, LaRon Landry, at a Hahnville High spring football practice session and he was more than happy to ham it up for the camera along with HHS football coach Lou Valdin.
HHS Sports Week with Megan Waters
Megan Waters
Baseball Season update: Congratulations to the Tigers for ending district play with a championship under their belt, and a play-off game coming soon next week reportedly against Airline High School. The Tigers, who always look for good competition, met their match and lost against Holy Cross, 1-0.
DHS Sports Week with Randi Marshall
Randi Marshall
Boys Track Season update: Congratulations to Coach Ulysses Frontha and the boys track team for winning the District 5-5A championship.
HHS soccer players make parish team
Staff Report
Congratulations to the Hahnville High School Boys Soccer players who were named to the "All-River Parishes" soccer team.
Hahnville announces 2007- 08 dance team
Staff Report
Congratulations to the following Hahnville High School students who were chosen for the 2007-2008 HHS Hi-Steppers.
Easy recipes for people who catch & kill their own food
Staff Report
Buy How Sportsman Cook at Louisiana Publishing’s Outdoor Store: www.lasmag.com
4-Hers have a blast at sports-shooitng workshop
From staff and wire reports
Seven St. Charles 4-H members accompanied by three adult volunteers and 4-H Agent, David Pichon, attended a Shooting Sports Workshop at Regalia Park in Reserve.
Fore! Hahnville GOLF TEAM tees off for state championships
Staff Report
The Hahnville High Boys Golf Team hosted the Division I Region III Class 5-A Regional Tournament at Willowdale Country Club on Tuesday, April 24 and did so with an outstanding performance by the entire team.
Destrehan High’s Air Force JROTC gets Distinguished Unit Award for
Staff Report
The Air Force Junior ROTC Unit LA-932 at Destrehan High School has been selected as one of 321 units to receive the 2006-2007 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award.

Editorial

Pro-life movement gaining ground around nation
Allen Lottinger
The pro-life movement apparently is gaining ground in Washington D. C. and Mississippi.
Barbara’s got a bone to pick with her finicky family's EATIN' HABITS
Barbara Munson
Dinnertime in our household was always something of a pain, partly because I was seldom in the mood to cook after working all day and partly because we had finicky kids to feed.
Letter to the editor
Letters to the Editor
Editor: The Herald-Guide’s Spirit Weekly is the best religion page I’ve ever seen.
Abortionist sees error of ways, turns pro-life after a friend prays for her
Ann Taylor
The founder of the first abortion clinic in Mississippi and one-time staunch abortion advocate, described the series of events that led to her conversion to pro-life at a Knights of Columbus-sponsored breakfast in LaPlace.
Religion in the news
Staff Report
Is it significant that the five Supreme Court justices who voted to uphold the federal ban on a controversial abortion procedure also happen to be the court's Roman Catholics? - The Washington Post

Our View

Big property auction will benefit parish
Saturday, May 5, should offer many possibilities for anyone who wants to own property in St. Charles.

Sheriffs Reports

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



Lifestyles

Lorraine & Colette!
Staff Report
Lorraine Gendron, Hahnville resident, was one of 10 artists selected to paint Fleur de Lis’s for a Children’s Foundation fundraiser at the Zurich Classic golf tournament in Avondale.
You know you're a Cajun if ...
Heather R. Breaux
At some point in our lives we’ve all heard a southern-accented joke from well-known comedian Jeff Foxworthy - you know, the ones that poke fun at “rednecks” and gives you a laundry list of ways to tell if you are one or not.
Letter from Iraq
Heather R. Breaux
Editor’s note: Army Sgt. Jeffry Kieffer graduated from Hahnville High School in 1996 and from Nicholls State University in 1998 with an associates degree in criminal justice. Kieffer joined the Army in 2002 and is married to Nicole Pitre of Marrero. The couple share a son named Anthony. He was first deployed to Iraq in 2003 and was deployed for a second time last October. This is his letter of thanks to R.J. Vial Elementary students and teachers for their community donation drive that supported care packages sent to the troops last Christmas who bravely serve overseas.
HERALD-GUIDE PEOPLE WATCH
Staff Report
JOB WELL DONE. These St. Charles Parish school employees are recipients of staff achievement awards for the 2006-2007 school year.
HERALD-GUIDE PEOPLE WATCH
Staff Report
4-H CONTEST DAY: 40 St.Charles 4-H members participated in the activities.
You’re my inspiration
Heather R. Breaux
Seventeen St. Charles Parish Public School students were honored at the Annual Cox Inspirational Heroes program held at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner and that makes them this week’s Very Important Parishioners.
DANCERS: Are you ready for the River Region Ballet’s auditions?
From staff and wire reports
The River Region Ballet will hold junior company and company auditions for the upcoming 2007-2008 season on Saturday, May 12 at Images Dance Studio, 105-A River Point Dr. in Destrehan.
The Art of Jazz: An interactive exhibit at the Hahnville library
From staff and wire reports
A traveling exhibit by the Louisiana State Museum will be at the Hahnville branch of the St. Charles Parish Library through May 25.
Herald-Guide celebrates St. Charles Parish Schools
Staff Report
Submitted by Amy Brezinsky LULING - On Friday, April 27, A.A. Songy held their second annual Family Fun Fest. The students participated in a number of fun activities to celebrate the season and culminated the day with a picnic under the trees. This exciting day of play concluded the school’s "Week of the Young Child."

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