Volume 134 Number 20 - May 17, 2007

News

$3.2M port-security grant will make Louisiana safer
U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon has announced that ports in south Louisiana would receive over $3.2 million in federal grants to assist with improving port security.

Day care costing you too much? State can help
Some Louisiana families can get assistance with the cost of child care through programs administered by the state, according to LSU AgCenter child care associate Cheri Gioe.

Help cops find fugitive who killed New Sarpy man
A New Sarpy man was shot and killed on Mother’s Day in LaPlace and police are still searching for a suspect, according to the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

In the news
You read it here first ... SCP schools set to put heart machines in every school
Other newspapers are now reporting that SCP schools could be the first in the state to put heart-starting defibrillators in every school from kindergartens through high schools.

Now THAT’S Italian! SCP Rotary Club hosts Group Study Exchange from ‘the old country’
Pinuccia Paraboni, leader, and Marco Trozzi enjoy crawfish at Judge Edward Dufresne’s camp. The first woman to be a Group Study Exchange leader from Italy arrived in St. Charles Parish earlier this month with four others to be hosted by local Rotarians.

Off to college? Start now for financial aid
The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance announced today that processing of new applicants for Tuition Opportunity Program for Students scholarship awards for the 2007-2008 academic year has begun.

ROTC units pick up $500 checks from Rotary
ROTC units pick up $500 checks from Rotary Three area high school ROTC units were presented with $500 checks by St. Charles Rotary Club.

SCP Hospital’s awards banquet for volunteers
St. Charles Parish Hospital hosted an awards banquet for members of its staff of volunteers in order to express the hospital’s appreciation.

SCP Schools STRUT THEIR STUFF at national excellence convention
St. Charles Parish Schools were featured in the National School Boards Association's Walk of Excellence at the NSBA's 67th Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Sheriff’s K-9 specialist named TOP DOG in DC awards ceremony
Sheriff’s K-9 specialist named TOP DOG in DC awards ceremony St. Charles Sheriff's canine specialist Sgt. Paul Finn was named the 2006 United States Marshals Service Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at the Director's Awards Ceremony held in Washington, DC.

State bans sale of Chinese food with ANTIBIOTICS in it
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is adding China to the list of countries that must test seafood for a banned substance before it can be sold in Louisiana, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Bob Odom said Friday.

VIPS
Very Important Parishioners
Army Pvt. Andre Arceneaux has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of LeRoy Arceneaux of Norco. Arceneaux is a 2005 graduate of Destrehan High School.

YMCA set to open doors in Luling just weeks from now
YMCA program manager Lou Johnson welcomes everyone to the new facility. The River Parishes YMCA will open in June, offering youth activities for St. Charles Parish middle school and high school students.


Sports

OYSTERS: Season set to open for 15 short days
Special to the Herald-Guide
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Bryant O. Hammett, Jr. announced a 15-day oyster season in the Little Lake Public area.
Destrehan High loses to Jesuit, ends season 9-4
By Megan Waters
For most teams, to be able to come back from losing the district title and play in the quarterfinal game at Zephyr's Stadium would be a Cinderella story.
Dayton Bordelon to attend McNeese State
By Staff Report
Congratulations to HHS Senior, Dayton Bordelon, who recently committed to McNeese State University on a four year golf scholarship.
DHS Sports Week with Randi Marshall
By Randi Marshall
Desty Darlings Season Update: The Desty Darlings held officer tryouts on Friday, May 4.
HHS Sports Week with Megan Waters
By Megan Waters
Track and Field Season Update: At the Louisiana State University Outdoor State Track Championship, the HHS Tigers took home 9th place within the entire state.
WHIRL WIND: Cyclones are state champions
Special to the Herald-Guide
The St. Charles Cyclones U18 Divison 1 team of the St. Charles Soccer Club, recently won the 2007 U18 Division 1 Louisiana Soccer Association State Championship, in Alexandria the weekend of April 28.
Deer season was a success, says state game recognition program
From staff and wire reports
The Louisiana Big Game Recognition Program has added 19 deer so far to their Big Buck Harvest List for the 2006-07 deer season.
Americans urged to get off their ‘chairs’ & start moving around
LSU AgCenter News
Seven in 10 Americans are not regularly active even during their leisure time. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says that most people can enjoy greater health benefits with longer and more vigorous physical activity than they typically do.
Saints players visit St. Charles Borromeo
Special to the Herald-Guide
St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan held their annual All Sports Athletic Banquet, which honored the following teams: flag football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, cheerleading, and dance team.
Hahnville High soccer boys make All-District
Special to the Herald-Guide
Congratulations to the following HHS Boys Soccer Players who were named to the All-District, Division I-5A, District VI Soccer Team.
River Parish Mudcats win 2 championships
By Staff Report
The River Parish Mudcats, a 12-year-old select team representing St. Charles and St. John Parishes, captured tournament championships at the Monster Slam USSSA Tournament held in Belle Chasse the weekend of April 21 to 22 and the Big Barrel Challenge held at Robert Park in Gonzales on May 6 and 7.
River Parishes choose 2007 coach of the year
Special to the Herald-Guide
Congratulations to Hahnville High School baseball coach, Kade Rogers (pictured right), who was named “Coach of the Year” for District 5-5A and for the River Parishes.

Editorial

Let’s make our state friendly to all businesses - even the little guys
By Allen Lottinger
So we didn’t get the German steel mill that many were hoping would locate upriver near Convent and provide good jobs to some 2,700 people. Our state government went out of its way to attract it. But the Mobile area won.
R - U - CAR-azy?
By Barbara Munson
A recent news story reported that Washington is the first state to ban text messaging while driving. Text messaging while driving?! You would think that common sense would have that one covered, but then common sense isn’t exactly common anymore, is it?
Parish puts up too many STOP as political favors, claims reader
Letters to the Editor
Editor: I guess the parish council will never stop installing those 4-way stop signs that my research suggests are illegal.
Secret abortions are a cancer on society, says doctor sickened by the ‘procedures’
Letters to the Editor
Editor: Artificial contraception is a silent cancer growing on our society.
Forgive others and break the spiritual chains that bind you
Special to the Herald-Guide
By MICHAEL BROWN Editor of spiritdaily.com Christ mandated it. When asked how often we should forgive someone, He said not seven times, but seventy times seven. We don't often think of how important forgiveness is, but it's crucial as the initiation of healing, as an act of charity, and in setting ourselves emotionally free.
Spirit Happenings
By Staff Report
After a two-year hiatus, the Louisiana District UPC Deaf Evangelism Ministry Conference is back with a terrific program May 18-20 at the ministry's campground in Tioga, 1800 Hickory Hill Road. The annual conference, normally presented in October, has not been held since 2004 due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Religion in the NEWS ...
By Staff Report
Plots by American-based Islamic terrorists with no direct ties to international terror networks form a large and growing threat to the American homeland, the FBI and other government security agencies say. - USA Today

Our View

Lead us on, graduates of 2007
Congratulations, graduates. You have completed an important part of your life, your high school education, which we hope has prepared you well for the years ahead.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff’s Reports
By Staff Report
All subjects innocent until proven gulity in a court of law.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux Blog
By Heather R. Breaux
When I was a teenager, my parents always told me that the time I spent in high school would be the best years of my life.
RJ Vial kids have a blast at the annual Cajun Open House
By Heather R. Breaux
R.J. Vial Elementary School students filled the grounds around the school’s main building wearing their gold spirit shirts and ready to have fun at the school’s annual Cajun Open House.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I am a 17-year-old senior at Destrehan High School and I need to find a way to earn and start saving money for my senior trip.
Is your home safe from these electrical hazards?
By Heather R. Breaux
Your home is your castle, whether you live in a tiny studio apartment in the city or a sprawling manison in the suburbs. But is your castle really as safe and secure as your think?
Love is in the air
By Staff Report
Smith - Laurent Engagement Willie and Glenna Smith of Ama announce the engagement of their daughter, Laci Lois Smith to Beau Thomas Laurent, son of Darla and Mark Hendrix of Raceland and Terry and Melissa Laurent of Des Allemands.
VIPs
By Staff Report
The National Society of High School Scholars announces that Lex D. Vieregge from Des Allemands of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts High School has been selected for membership in the society. He is the son of Kristin Matherne and the grandson and Ernest and Mary Ann Matherne of Des Allemands.
Birth Announcements
By Staff Report
Niah Yoriana Aldave, pictured at right, was born on November 4, 2006 to proud parents Tobie Fletcher and Luigui Aldave. The family resides in New Jersey. Maternal grandparents are Deanna and Robert Fletcher of Luling. Paternal grandparents are Cristina and Luis Aldave of Lima, Peru. Congratulations to Tobie and Luigui!
Road trip travel tips
From staff and wire reports
Are we there yet? Those four little words can fast become the bane of any family road trip.
Are YOUR kids ready for summer?
Special to the Herald-Guide
THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University is offering numerous youth activities over the summer months. They include: