Volume 134 Number 23 - Jun 07, 2007

News

Blind preacher COPES with SUDDEN loss of sight
JACKSON FAMILY: (L-R) m left: Bruce Jackson, Jr., Nicole Jackson and Rev. Bruce Jackson, Sr. After losing his eyesight due to exposure to industrial chemicals, in 2006, Rev. Bruce Jackson, 38, associate minister of Mending Broken Hearts Ministry in Luling, is determined not to let the life altering experience slow him down.

Church buys new tents for Good Samaritan volunteers
Talk about “cool tents” - this baby is not only spacious, it’s equipped with comfortable cots ... and a special “air duct cooling system.” That’s construction volunteer Mitch Mclean relaxing. Attempting to get things ready for the next group of volunteers to come and help rebuild homes in New Orleans, the First Union Presbyterian Church in Luling is upgrading its tents and replacing them due to weather damage caused by the rain and the heat.

H-ville High principal retires after 34 years as ‘The Fuse’
H-ville High principal retires after 34 years as ‘The Fuse’ Hahnville Principal Barbara Fuselier may be retiring at the end of June, but to the graduating classes she's helped shape over the last 34 years she will always be affectionately remembered as "The Fuse."

Hospital plan to keep patients & staff safe during a hurricane - even another Katrina
Hospital’s “patient transport bus” will roll into action during an evacuation, say officials familiar with the plan. St. Charles Parish Hospital’s staff is prepared for the 2007 hurricane season.
And the lessons learned from past storms have helped the administrative team to reorganize and adjust the hospital’s plan to provide continued support and safety for both patients and staff.

Hot stuff
Hot stuff Hahnville VFD wants to show teenagers the ropes - and hoses - of firefighting ...
With insurance rates going up in St. Charles Parish due, in part, to a shortage of firefighters, the Hahnville Volunteer Fire Department is working to “flesh out its ranks” with a special firefighting training course for teens at Hahnville High.

In the news
Spare change? Pushy panhandlers are on the prowl in Ormond, but you can JUST SAY NO

Outside firm hired to inspect buildings
St. Charles Parish Council voted to hire an outside firm to perform building inspections because there is not enough adequately trained personnel qualified in the planning and zoning department to do the job.

Safety tips guaranteed to float your boat
They’ll also keep you alive and out of jail, Sheriff Greg Champagne says
As summer approaches and the waterways of south Louisiana see more and more traffic, St. Charles Sheriff Greg Champagne wants anyone who decides to operate a watercraft to know that drinking and boating can turn into a deadly combination.

Speed cited in car crash that killed 2 teens
Speed was a factor in the one-car crash that claimed the lives of two girls on St. Rose Ave., Louisiana State Troop B spokesman Joseph Piglia said.

The future’s SO BRIGHT they gotta wear shades
THEY MADE THE GRADE: 20 graduates, inset, top. In foreground, inmate Byron Bacon with proud daughter, Jessica. And guys - from all of us here at the Herald-Guide, great job. We congratulate you - and salute you. 20 inmates get their GEDs at Nelson Correctional’s graduation ceremony
The Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility held it’s sixth annual graduation ceremony, on May 31, for 20 inmates receiving a General Education Diploma.

Why Entergy is paying YOU $8 a month
Energy Regulatory Commission orders refunds for overcharges; your share of the pie: 4% of bill
From now until the beginning of next year, Entergy Louisiana customers should start seeing some additional digits on their energy bill, but not in the form of a new charge as $91 million in refunds are set to start rolling out over the next six months.


Sports

Recreational sports in full swing this summer
By Heather R. Breaux
The St. Charles Parish Parks & Recreation Department offers many opportunities for both kids and adults
HHS Sports Week with Megan Waters
By Megan Waters
Boys Basketball Season update: The Tigers have been practicing religiously for the past couple of weeks, and do not plan to slow down once the summer basketball leauge is in full swing. All players are starting the summer off with a bang as they soar towards to hoops and slam dunks and high flying three pointers.
DANCERS: Auditions for Louisiana Dance Team
From staff and wire reports
The Louisiana Eagles will conduct auditions for the 2007-2008 E-Gals Dance Team on Saturday, June 9, at Port Allen High School. Auditions will begin at noon on the football field.
St. Charles high school athletes in the spotlight again this week
By Staff Report
Ten St. Charles Parish student athletes have made the cut and were named to The Times-Picayune All-Metro track, tennis and golf teams making them part of this week’s VIPs - Very Important Parishioners.
Bears den in wetland reserve program lands
By Staff Report
A cooperative habitat restoration program that restores wetlands on marginally and non-productive croplands recently helped produce five black bear cub litters in Louisiana
Louisiana artificial reef head died on May 27
From staff and wire reports
Richard Kasprzak, long time coordinator of the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, passed away May 27.
N.O. seafood festival set for this weekend
From staff and wire reports
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board is inviting everyone to the first-ever New Orleans Seafood Festival featuring cooking demonstrations by the very finest French Quarter chefs, the Louisiana Fishermen’s Village, where fishermen will sell their catch right off the boat, and music by Louisiana greats.
Rebels place fourth in baseball tournament
By Staff Report
West St. Charles Little League's 13-14 year old Rebels placed 4th in the 16 and under bracket at Disney's Sun & Surf Bash Baseball Tournament held Memorial Day weekend at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

Editorial

A nice place to work - but you wouldn’t want to LIVE there
By Allen Lottinger
There is one place in Louisiana where a person can always find a job. Problem is, there are not many places to live there.
Feds have put you $516,348 in debt & you don’t even know it
By Dan Juneau
Our state Legislature seems determined at this point to bring fiscal irresponsibility to new heights as it fashions the state budget for next year.
I like new state law that stops people from smoking in restaurants and at work
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: It’s been six months since The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act went into effect clearing the air in St. Charles Parish and all around the state.
Your story on day-care was good - with a couple of clarifications
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor, Thank you for your interest in the state's new Quality Rating System as evidenced by your story in the April 19 edition of the St. Charles Herald-Guide: Does you child’s day-care center make the grade?
Religion in the NEWS NEWS NEWS ...
By Staff Report
Rudolph W. Giuliani has come under fire from the Roman Catholic bishop of Providence, R.I., who has criticized Mr. Giuliani’s support of abortion rights, calling the position pathetic, confusing and hypocritical. - The New York Times

Our View

Oops! We didn’t read our own legal notices
We owe an apology to the St. Charles Parish Council. We didn’t read its legal advertising published this past month about receiving bids for official journal of the parish on Monday.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
Suspects are innocent until proven guilty



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
In this day and age, with our world’s constant and seemingly endless stream of supply and demand, I find it hard to exist in this society without having to deal with the public at least once a day.
Kids work hard grooming and feeding horses at St. Rose stables
By Shonna Riggs
In the quiet community of St. Rose, Glenn and Kaye Harris, co-owners of Pony Tales, a 25-year-old family owned pony ride business, employ students as young as 12 years old to help groom 18 ponies, two miniature ponies, and two horses for social events.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I'm thinking about investing in gold. I'm 16 and earn $25 per week baby sitting.
Although the spring harvest for vegetables is over - YOU can still grow yummy veggies in June, says LSU
LSU AgCenter News
By June, many of the final harvests of spring vegetables are underway, and some spring rows are bare from earlier picking.
VIPs - Very Important Parishoners
By Staff Report
Send your VIPs to heatherb@heraldguide.com.
Herald-Guide celebrates St. Charles Parish School
By Staff Report
Submitted by L. Anderson

Obituaries

Obituaries
Send your obituary announcements to heatherb@heraldguide.com for speedy publication in the St. Charles Herald-Guide.