Volume 134 Number 29 - July 19, 2007

News

Agencies survey local area workers for technology skills
“Tech-based jobs are quality jobs”
Using a $100,000 grant from Louisiana Economic Develop-ment, Louisiana Technology Council has initiated a survey of Greater New Orleans area workers' technology skills.

Airline Highway study reopened
Proposal urges leaders to barricasde dangerous roadway
After a controversial study of Airline Highway barred barricades from being put in place, Sen. Joel Chaisson and Rep. Gary Smith have changed the minds of the house committee and the study of U.S. 61 will be reopened.

Bedsharing warning: risk of infant deaths increases
Dept. of Social Services: A young couple’s first baby is the latest of 16 suspected bedsharing deaths in Louisiana this year.

College Perils: sex, drugs and . . . credit cards? You be the judge
LSU Ag Center News Release
As you prep your college-bound kids for all the perils in life, don’t forget money management, advises LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker.

Coming soon to a video store near you: Norco native’s film ‘In Purgatory’
Norco native David Kirtland has completed his first feature length film, 'In Purgatory' After two years of production and filmaking, David Kirtland, a Norco resident has completed his first feature length movie for Gray Door Films, called In Purgatory, scheduled to premiere on DVD in August.

East and west bank levee protection update
By Clayton “Snookie" Faucheux St. Charles Parish Councilman (EDITOR’S NOTE: Since Hurricane Katrina, residents of St. Charles Parish have written about their concerns if such a storm were to hit the parish head-on. Councilman Clayton “Snookie” Faucheux herein updates them about our hurricane protection on the east and west banks so far.)

Huge weight gains reported by patients on prescription drugs
By Roger Dobson Special to the Herald-Guide Thousands of people who take prescription medicines for everyday conditions are gaining large amounts of weight as an unexpected side effect, scientists have warned.

IN THE NEWS
Registration begins for before and after school care program for children St. Charles Parish Public Schools Before and After School Care Program serves only school-aged children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost of this service is $2 per child per day for morning care and $5 per child per day for after school care (until 6 p.m.). Before school care begins at 6 a.m. at Luling Elementary, St. Rose Elementary, Songy Kindergarten and New Sarpy Elementary and at 6:30 a.m. at R. J. Vial Elementary and Norco Elementary. If both before and after school care is desired, the fee is $7 per child per day.

LaPlace man killed on Hwy 61 after leaving Spillway Bar
A pedestrian leaving the Spillway Bar in Norco at 5 a.m. the morning of July 15 walked into traffic on Airline Hwy and was struck and killed.

Lauren Lemmon named Rotarian of the Year for 2007
Lauren Lemmon named Rotarian of the Year for 2007 Lauren Lemmon has been named Rotarian of the Year for 2006-2007. Lauren has been active in the St. Charles Rotary Club for six years, and has served on the Board as chairman of the Club Service Committee. She chaired the first annual Gatorganza and the annual Rotary golf tournament. She has also worked at the annual Alligator Festival and assisted in other rotary club events that support the community throughout the year.

Parish neighborhoods open up for national night out against crime
St. Charles Parish residents are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 24 annual National Night Out Against Crime/Drug Prevention event.

Vandalism: Luling post office tagged initials K.O.S
Vandalism: Luling post office tagged initials K.O.S St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether initials spray painted in black at the Luling post office is the result of juvenile vandalism.


Sports

Turkeys: Hunting season dates proposed by LDWF
From staff and wire reports
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries proposed the season dates for the 2008 Turkey Hunting Season to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at the commission's July 9 meeting.
Praying for rain
By Heather R. Breaux
Although July's wet and muggy weather may be putting a damper on you and your family's outdoor activities, there are some people who are closely monitoring the local weather forecasts praying for those afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
End-of-season tournament results
By Staff Report
This week’s sport VIPs are the St. Charles Parish Recreation Department’s 15 to 18-year-old baseball teams. Here are their end-of-season tournament results:
Studies show that lack of fluids reduce athletic ability
LSU AgCenter News
Athletes need adequate fluids for optimal physical performance. Dehydration impairs performance by causing cramps, weakness and headache.
Girls’ soccer team place 3rd in olympics
By Staff Report
The Strykers soccer team attended the Elite Soccer Camp in Natchitoches at Northwestern University on July 12 through 15.
Mustangs buck their way to a championship
By Staff Report
The LA Mustangs baseball team won the 9-year-old state championship in Madisonville July 8 against the Louisiana Bandits.

Editorial

Moore’s film should promote health care debate
By Allen Lottinger
Michael Moore’s new movie - - “Sicko” - - should stir up a lot of debate on the present condition of the health care system in the United States. According to the controversial producer, it is in bad shape.
Stiffed again on medical re-design in Louisiana
By Dan Juneau
Close to the end of the recently completed legislative session, the Legislature—obviously with the support of the governor—stiffed the taxpayers of Louisiana for $300 million. Perhaps it was hard to notice this obscene gesture cast in our direction because of the stampede of spending going on at the same time. However, it deserves to be noticed by everyone who pays taxes in any form or fashion to the state treasury.
Author warns of the ‘Pottermania' dark side
Special to the Herald-Guide
An author and expert on the Harry Potter phenomenon says the "Pottermania" sweeping the world with the July 2007 release of J.K. Rowling's seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the fifth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, has a dark side of which parents and society should beware.
RELIGION IN THE NEWS
By Staff Report
Evangelicals, Muslims Meet Leaders from the Muslim and evangelical Christian communities met this week to talk about religious freedom and evangelical support for Israel. The Washington Times
Spirit Happenings
By Staff Report
Women: find out just what your purpose in life is at seminar Co-Pastor Cyntrell Janeau and Women of the Word Ministry of Changing A Generation FGBC will be hosting their annual Women's Day Celebration on Sunday, July 29 at 10 a.m. at 14271 Hwy 90 Boutte, LA {1/2 mile pass the 310 & Hahnville High School, going towards Houma}. Janeau invites all women to come out as FGBC continues to "Pursue Purpose and the Kingdom of God". Guest speaker for the event is Pastor Fran Love of the Greater Antioch FGBC in New Orleans. Host Pastor - Chris Janeau.

Our View

Louisiana continues its pro-life stance
Louisiana made great strides in protecting life in this past legislative session. In fact, it may be considered one of the most pro-life states in the nation.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
DWI Wayne Boudoin, 35, of 101 Ruth St. in Boutte was arrested on July 14 on I-310 southbound at mile post 7 and charged with DWI, driving under uspension and on a Jefferson Parish warrant.
Sheriff’s Reports
By Staff Report
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
The older I get, the more I realize that there are very few situations or things in life that I will encounter that are certain or guaranteed, but it seems that there is one absolute we can count on these days - RAIN!
Calling all parish young ladies
By Heather R. Breaux
Are you a parish teen between the ages of 13 and 16 years old? Can you muster up a flawless three-word description of yourself? Are you an active member of the community who can well represent St. Charles Parish and let neighboring parishes know why our’s is dubbed the Parish of Plenty?
Kindergarten is a milestone of preparation for both parents and children
LSU AgCenter News
A milestone for many families is the day their child begins kindergarten. Typically, in Louisiana, children must be age 5 prior to September 30 to enter kindergarten and families must enroll their children in a kindergarten program.
TOWN TALK with Colette Lottinger
By Colette Lottinger
Stopping by Cafe Reconcile to meet presidential candidate John Edwards on Monday was suggested to me by Cafe Reconcile’s director Craig Cuccia.
Luling-Boutte Lions Club crowns festival queen in organization’s pageant
By Staff Report
The Luling-Boutte Lions Club recently held their inaugural queens pageant at R.J. Vial Elementary in Paradis.
Library reading storytime - a perfect activity for preschoolers
By Shonna Riggs
St. Charles Parish Public Library sponsors year round reading classes for babies and preschoolers every Thursday at the West Regional Library on 105 Lakewood Drive in Luling.

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