Volume 134 Number 24 - Jun 14, 2007

News

$500Gs for ‘no-flood pump’ in Paradis
In south Louisiana where nearly everything is below sea level, there might be few things as important as pumping stations that help keep Louisiana from flooding and FEMA recently approved funding for upgrades to the pump station in Paradis.

100 kitty cats up for grabs in super shelter ‘adopt-a-thon’
HERE, KITTY KITTY. Humane Society president Jennifer King loves to cuddle with these cute kittens. June is ‘Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat’ month and the St. Charles Parish animal control staff urges residents to adopt a cat or kitten.

3-legged pony needs a special sling - will YOU help buy it?
All clippety, no clop: Even with her right front leg missing is as sweet as she can be. Molly, a 15-year-old pony rescued after Hurricane Katrina by Kaye and Glenn Harris of St. Rose, is the only pony in Louisiana with an artificial leg because she was attacked by a pit bull dog in 2005.

Billy Raymond running for Desmond Hilaire’s District 1 council seat
Billy Raymond running for Desmond Hilaire’s District 1 council seat Billy Raymond, Sr. 49, a lifelong resident of Hahnville, and a 27-year employee of Dow St. Charles Operations, in Taft, has announced his candidacy for the District 1 councilman position currently held by Desmond Hilaire, whose term ends this year.

Hunter gets nod as airport chief
The New Orleans Aviation Board voted to name Interim Director of Aviation Sean C. Hunter permanent in the position as Director of Aviation at the New Orleans International Airport effective immediately.

In the news
Short on cash? Parish will help you pay rent and utilities if you live on the east bank
St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services has funds available now for East Bank residents that need assistance paying utility bills, mortgage, or rent beginning June 4, 2007.

Killona Elementary’s fate undecided
EYE SORE. The old Killona Elementary School faces possible demolition. The old Killona Elementary School certainly has seen better days and they may all be behind the old structure as the cost to repair the school is a more than the school board bargained for.

Mee-OUCH
Henry Bergeron with this bobcat that slammed into his riding lawnmower on Old Spanish Trail in Paradis. Bobcat killed in collision with man’s riding lawnmower
St. Charles Parish resident, Henry Bergeron, was cutting grass in a field across the street from his house on the morning of Saturday, June 9, when a bobcat plowed into his riding lawnmower.

PLUS: Snookie throws hat into ring for parish president ...
Councilman Clayton St. Charles Parish residents can add one more name to the list of potential candidates for the October 2007 parish president’s race, Councilman Clayton “Snookie” Faucheux - who officially announced his candidacy just days ago but told Herald-Guide readers exclusively that he was running last January.

Schools ban too-sexy shorts & iPods but give cell phones a thumbs up
Parents with children enrolled in St. Charles Parish schools will definitely want a copy of their child’s school handbook for the upcoming school year as it outlines changes in dress codes, disciplinary action, and the use of cell phones during school hours.

Sheriff’s camp shows teens what it’s like to be a cop
THE REAL DEAL: Explorers Brice Palumbo, Amanda McCarte, and Joseph Schnider in training with unidentified teacher (above) and  Deputy Berley McCarter, below.. St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program is looking for teens between the ages of 16 through 21 to take part in a training camp designed to promote various careers in law enforcement.

Speeding cited in car crash that killed 1
State Police Troop B investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred in the early morning hours near Ormond Meadows in Destrehan in which one of the cars involved was reported stolen an hour after the accident occurred.

Tommy Faucheux out, Steve Sirmon in as parish’s information officer
Taking his job seriously: One of Tommy Faucheux’s last assignments with the parish was a mock disaster drill. St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque has appointed Steve Sirmon,Jr. as the new Public Information Officer for the parish effective June 11, 2007.

VIPs - Very Important Parishioners
Shaun Boudreaux has been named employee of the month at St. Charles Parish Hospital. Shaun works in the Information Management Department as a Computer Operator.

Wal-Mart Health fair FOR WOMEN ONLY
Wal-Mart’s Christine Rivera chats with health-conscious customer, Emma White of Luling. Wal-Mart Supercenter will be hosting its Fourth Annual Women’s Health Fair Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sports

Swim season has arrived
By Staff Report
18-year-old Drew Wood (pictured right), son of Joe Rae and Andy Wood of Luling, shows top form in the 15 to 18 boys freestyle race between the Willowdale Gators and the Jewish Community Center. Drew finished first in the race and the Gators won their first meet of the season, 531-295. Photos by Ann Taylor.
HHS Sports Week with Megan Waters
By Megan Waters
Coaches, send your HHS sports news to Herald-Guide Megan Waters at intern@heraldguide.com for consideration in her weekly column, HHS Sports Week with Megan Waters.
Casting for Christ
By Staff Report
Casting for Christ, a christian fishing club, is looking for new members to participate in monthly meetings and tournaments.
Heads up! Recreational soccer team starts season with 2 wins
By Heather R. Breaux
It was a slow first half on the shorter-than-normal field near Zephyr Stadium in Kenner when the Pandora’s Boxers took on the Metairie Rockstars two weekends ago.
St. Charles Parish high school athletes of the year
From staff and wire reports
The Times-Picayune named two Hahnville High School athletes and two Destrehan High School athletes to the 2006-07 Althletes of the Year list.
Paradis dancers tap their way to LA pageant
By Staff Report
Dance Unlimited of the River Parishes Paradis Studio, performed at the Louisiana Catfish Queens Pageant.
Introducing the 2007 SCP Westbank All-Stars
By Staff Report
The above picture is the smiling faces of the 2007 St. Charles Parish Westbank All-Star Team.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries News Briefs
From staff and wire reports
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting alligator lottery hunt applications for five Wildlife Management Area lakes and six public lakes in the central portion of the state.

Editorial

Who says there won’t be a governor’s race? In Louisiana? Surely, you jest!
By Allen Lottinger
One would think the presidential race is tomorrow and the governor’s race a year away with the amount of campaigning going on for each.
Let’s take our cities back from criminals - one block at a time
By Dan Juneau
It was a Rosa Parks moment for Cathy Toliver. Returning home from church on Sunday, she found three young burglars in her Baton Rouge home stealing her possessions. She refused to assume the role of victim. Instead, she ran them out and chased them through her neighborhood, hollering through her car windows for neighbors to call the police.
St. Charles Borromeo KIDS are helping to rebuild New Orleans
By Shonna Riggs
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan hosted a week long work camp June 3 through June 9 where teen volunteers from St. Charles Parish and all over the country gathered in teams to gut homes and clean yards in stormed damaged areas in Orleans Parish.

Our View

A Louisiana vacation makes good CENTS
So you want to take a pleasant vacation this summer but not spend all of your money on gas? Think Louisiana.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff’s Reports
By Staff Report
D.W.I. Jimmy K. Lee of 204 Laurel Ct. in Luling was arrested on June 6 for D.W..I. and careless operation of a motor vehicle.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
For most of us, watching a movie or reading a book is always better the first time around - in my opinion, there’s nothing better than the initial excitement that a great film or enjoyable read can give to its audience.
Hahnville reverend warns of The Last Days on earth in his new book
By Shonna Riggs
Rev. Rodney Johnson, 49, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hahnville, held a book signing Saturday, June 2, to encourage the public to read his new book, The Last Days.
MONEYTALK with Al Suffrin
By Al Suffrin
Dear Mr. Suffrin: I’ve heard that opening an IRA is a good way to help kids jump start their savings.
Family Matters with Deniese Zeringue
Special to the Herald-Guide
Families across Louisiana are now making their grocery lists in preparation for those summer outdoor meals.
Love is in the air
By Staff Report
Send your wedding announcements and birth announcements to Lifestyles Editor at heatherb@heraldguide.com for prompt publication in YOUR St. Charles Herald-Guide.
VIPs
By Staff Report
Send your VIP annoucements to Lifestyles Editor Heather R. Breaux at heatherb@heraldguide.com or give her a call at 985-758-2795.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Send your obituary announcements to heatherb@heraldguide.com