Volume 134 Number 26 - Jun 28, 2007

News

$60 million decision
Government agencies decide whether or not to lower your taxes
St. Charles Parish tax districts, are deciding whether or not to lower millages at meetings scheduled throughout the summer.

Des Allemands seafood owner plans to rebuild after fire
Des Allemands seafood owner plans to rebuild after fire Firefighters from four different departments in St. Charles Parish responded to a fire at South East Seafood in Des Allemands during the early morning hours of June 8.

Des Allemands seafood owner plans to rebuild after fire
Firefighters from four different departments in St. Charles Parish responded to a fire at South East Seafood in Des Allemands during the early morning hours of June 8.

Detectives probe possible Norco drug connection
Detectives probe possible Norco drug connection Six men were indicted June 21, on two counts in connection with the largest drug bust in St. Charles Parish history.

Luling man accuses contractor of fraud, misuse of funds
The ceiling of Andy Rougeou’s Willowdale home that he claims is leaking due to sub-standard contractor work. As St. Charles Parish resident and native Andy Rougeou and his wife Toni look upon what they say was once a beautiful home on 3 West Levert Dr. in Willowdale subdivision, he wonders if it will ever be close to what it once was.

Luling man accuses contractor of fraud, misuse of funds
As St. Charles Parish resident and native Andy Rougeou and his wife Toni look upon what they say was once a beautiful home on 3 West Levert Dr. in Willowdale subdivision, he wonders if it will ever be close to what it once was.

Man’s body found in river
A missing Houma inmate’s body was discovered in the Mississippi River near the Hale Boggs Bridge in Luling, according to the St. Charles parish Sheriff’s Office.

Man’s body found in river
A missing Houma inmate’s body was discovered in the Mississippi River near the Hale Boggs Bridge in Luling, according to the St. Charles parish Sheriff’s Office.

Million Dollar transit system to get rolling by year’s end say transit authorities
Million Dollar transit system to get rolling by year’s end say transit authorities Residents expecting the new transit service through St. Charles and St. John parishes to arrive this summer will have to look for a another ride as the River Parishes Transit Authority isn’t expected to get the service running until near the end of the year.

Oil company to begin seismic survey through parish soon
A Houma based energy exploration firm will be conducting land surveys in the upcoming months over much of St. Charles parish to determine if untapped sources of natural gas or oil are afoot locally.

Public input sought on KV landfill growth plan
Do we want garbage coming from Chicago and dumped over here? -- Councilman Brian Fabre
Killona Ventures, LLC a construction and demolition landfill located on Hwy 3127 in Killona, wants to nearly double in land size and accept more hazardous materials. A resolution to support increasing the size of the landfill from 75 acres to 144 acres was tabled at the June 4 council meeting after councilman Barry Minnich said the public should be given more time to comment on the proposed expansion. He also said the landfill smells bad. Councilman Brian Fabre expressed his concerns that KV landfill is located in one of the few areas in the parish left to develop. Desmond Hillaire, councilman for district 1 where the landfill is located, tabled the resolution and called for a town hall meeting in mid-July to discuss the expansion with all the parties involved.

Public input sought on KV landfill growth plan
Do we want garbage coming from Chicago and dumped over here?
Killona Ventures, LLC a construction and demolition landfill located on Hwy 3127 in Killona, wants to nearly double in land size and accept more hazardous materials.

School board votes to demolish old Killona Elementary School
School board votes to demolish old Killona Elementary School St. Charles School Board members are expected to vote to tear down the Old Killona Elementary School at the July 2 meeting.

Spectacular fireworks, live band set for 4th
Burst of Color in Luling: St. Charles Parish annual Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park. St. Charles Parish will celebrate July 4th with spectacular fireworks and live music on Tuesday, July 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Spectacular fireworks, live band set for the 4th
St. Charles Parish will celebrate July 4th with spectacular fireworks and live music on Tuesday, July 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

St. Charles Parish Historical Foundation and River Road Museum merge
The St. Charles Historical Foundation and The River Road Museum Shell Norco have merged.

St. Rose Travel Center Casino robbed at gunpoint
The Rose Casino in the St. Rose Travel Center was robbed in the early morning hours of June 24, according to the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office who responded to the incident.

St. Rose Travel Center Casino robbed at gunpoint
The Rose Casino in the St. Rose Travel Center was robbed in the early morning hours of June 24, according to the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office who responded to the incident.

Women pin down intruder
--and call police
A St. Rose man was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and sexual battery after he snuck into a Bonura Drive home and allegedly touched two women inappropriately while they slept.

Women pin down intruder
A St. Rose man was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and sexual battery after he snuck into a Bonura Drive home and allegedly touched two women inappropriately while they slept.


Sports

Sports Week
By Megan Waters
The 9-10 Mimosa Voo Doo Dolls' season ended during the end of the season tournament in mid June, but the girls fought hard through double elimination, live pitching, and Louisiana's summer heat.
Striders head to Junior Olympics
By Caleb Frey
The St. Charles Striders of the Amateur Athletic Union have qualified 34 track and field athletes to participate in the Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn from July 27 until August 4.
BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
Our View
The 2007 season is over for St. Charles Parish Recreation. Winners are pictured throughout this section. Send team pictures to heatherb@heraldguide.com.
Sports Shorts
Special to the Herald-Guide
If you are looking to have your swimming, baseball, or any kind of summer sport photo published, send them to the Herald-Guide.

Editorial

ACLU fights Jesus in Slidell courthouse
By Jeff Crouere
For the past ten years, a portrait of Jesus Christ in the Slidell City Court created no controversy. It had been hanging in the lobby of the courthouse ever since it was originally constructed in 1997. In that time, not one person had complained to court officials.
The business of doing good
By Nathan Tabor
A recent headline points out why it wouldn't be a bad idea to post the Ten Commandments in our schools.
How big should Big Charity be?
By Dan Juneau
The Housing and Urban Development agency in Washington just sent down some good news and bad news for our state government. HUD has been reviewing Louisiana’s plans to use $300 million in federal dollars for the construction of a new Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
Remember Last Island, Audrey, Katrina . . . and be prepared
By Allen Lottinger
It was 50 years ago when the most destructive hurricane in history hit Louisiana’s coast - - until the debacle two years ago.

Our View

Millages should not be permanent fixtures
When millages are passed to finance government activities, they are usually designed for a specific amount of total revenue. Whatever they support, the amount of millage is determined by the amount of money it will produce on that day’s assessment roll.
Millages should not be permanent fixtures
When millages are passed to finance government activities, they are usually designed for a specific amount of total revenue. Whatever they support, the amount of millage is determined by the amount of money it will produce on that day’s assessment roll.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff’s Reports
From staff and wire reports



Lifestyles

Mimosa’s drama camp performs an excerpt from the musical ‘Annie’
By Colette Lottinger
Excerpts from Annie and a Tribute to America were presented by youngsters as two musical venues to a packed Mimosa Park Elementary auditorium in mid -June.
Red, white and blue Mimosa kids pay tribute to America
By Colette Lottinger
Some 32 Mimosa Park Elementary students became drama club members for two weeks in June and sang a tribute to America with songs honoring our country on flag day. The four renditions were: “You’re a Grand Old Flag, American Tears, God Bless America and Let’s Keep America Great.” This was the second act of the Excerpts from Annie program performed in the Mimosa Park Elementary school to a packed auditorium.
Herald-Guide celebrates Hollywood’s future performers
Special to the Herald-Guide
Kaylin Parker, 11, a J.B. Martin Middle School student, from Destrehan, and Madeline Daste, 12, a St. Borromeo Catholic School student from Luling, performed in the play, ‘Lil Abner’, Sunday, June 23, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center.
VIPs
Special to the Herald-Guide
Avoid warm weather fashion blunders at work
Special to the Herald-Guide
Many workers seem to think that once the weather warms it's time to shed layers and don the ugliest, most inappropriate clothing from their closets.
Birth Announcement
From staff and wire reports
62 years and counting:
By Shonna Riggs
It’s been 62 years since Norco resident Stanley A. Madere fought in World War II.
Herald-Guide People Watch
Special to the Herald-Guide

Obituaries