Volume 134 Number 37 - Sep 13, 2007

News

Candidate field set for election
- competition starts to fill posts parish-wide
Some names are familiar while others are brand new, as St. Charles Parish residents announced their intentions to run for public office in the Oct. 20, election. The last day to qualify to enter the election was Sept. 7.

Have a question for your next parish president?
Send it in.
The St. Charles Herald Guide and the St. Charles Parish Bar Association will present a debate between the three candidates running for parish president on Oct. 3 at the Hahnville High school auditorium. The exact time will be announced in next week's issue.

Landrieu raps FEMA for critical GAO report
By Gerard Shields 2TheAdvocate.com WASHINGTON -- The federal government’s “limited progress” in emergency preparedness and response since the hurricanes two years ago is “alarming and disappointing,” U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said Thursday.

Levee raising project gets early start
Levee raising project gets early start Once completed levees will have height of 13.5 feet
The final construction phase of the Lake Pontchartrain, LA, & Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project got off to a four-year head start thanks to the cooperative efforts of parish officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Pontchartrain Levee District.

LTC offers job-training program in construction
A tuition-free job-training program in the construction industry is now available at the Louisiana Technical College (LTC) River Parishes campus in Reserve.

Menard hired as new editor of Herald-Guide
NEW EDITOR. Jonathan Menard replaces Derek Clontz, who left the Herald-Guide in March. Jonathan Menard has joined the staff of the St. Charles Herald-Guide as editor.

Once favored among evangelicals, Thompson raises doubts
ERIC GORSKI AP Religion Writer Prominent evangelical leaders who spent the summer hoping Fred Thompson would emerge as their favored Republican presidential contender are having doubts as he begins his long-teased campaign.

Police hit the streets in search of killer
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne and others on the force went door-to-door last week looking for any information that will help them solve the murder of Hilda Mae Zeringue Warren.
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's detectives scoured the St. Rose Community looking for clues and passing out Crime Stoppers’ flyers last week to help the department solve the third murder in the parish this year.

Shelter supervisor reports upswing in wild animal calls
Angie Roberts, animal shelter supervisor cuddles these adorable puppies that are waiting to be adopted. Says parish growth is chasing animals out of their natural habitats and into neighborhoods
St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter has a new director and supervisor.

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign
Put a sign in your yard out of love, not money, says election office
It may seem that paying residents to place a sign in their yard is similar to taking out an ad on a billboard or advertising in a magazine or newspaper.

State program gives Entergy money for hiring local workers
Entergy moved one step closer to participation in the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program after the St. Charles Parish Council passed a resolution to swap one of the parish's zones to help the company reap some tax benefits.

Study says family hour TV filled with sex, violence, and profanity
A new Parents Television Council™ study of Family Hour programming conclusively shows that children watching television during the first hour of prime time are assaulted by violence, profanity or sexual content once every 3.5 minutes of non-commercial airtime.

Wetlands boosted by sewage
Greg Bush, Sammy Accardo, and Dale Jordan work hard to make sure EPA and DEQ guidelines are followed in the wetlands assimilation process.
Parish just one of many using treated wastewater to protect residents from stormsSt. Charles Parish is one of several parishes in Louisiana using treated wastewater to boost wetlands, providing residents with a first level of protection from dangerous storms.

Woman returns home to find FEMA trailer up in smoke
Kenyan Marshall hopes FEMA comes through, for her family of seven and replace her home. To make donations to the family call 985-510-2115. Kenyan Marshall sent her five kids off to school, on the morning of Sept. 6, and headed for grocery shopping at Wal-Mart in Boutte.


Sports

Destrehan ready for Terrebonne
By Jonathan Menard
Though the previous two contests between Destrehan and St. James have been close, the Wildcat defense assured that this year's margin of victory would be more in Destrehan's favor by forcing four turnovers in their 21-7 win.
Tigers’ defense leading the charge
By Jonathan Menard
Another game, another shutout victory for Hahnville, who stepped all over Istrouma on their way to a 41-0 victory, which kept the team undefeated so far this season.
The Bite is ON!
By Ann Taylor
Cataouche fishing isn’t backing down. On Sunday, part-time fishing guide Michael Becnel took friends Lauren Lemmon (top) and Adam Lorio fishing on Lake Cataouche to catch these slab-sized crappie. “I’ve never seen action like this -- ever!” said Becnel who lives in Luling and works for Dow Chemical. Becnel has fished the St. Charles Parish lake all his life but has never caught fish like this in the brackish-water lake.
Colts horsecollar Saints
By Mike Detillier
Have you ever anticipated a television show or movie and when you finally get to watch it, you came away very disappointed?
St. Charles Herald-guide’s High School Playmakers
By Jonathan Menard
Destrehan wide receiver Damaris Johnson had a busy night last Friday.
Catch Monica Seles at celebrity tennis exhibition
By Staff Report
The New Orleans Celebrity Tennis Exhibition is hosting the last weekend of the $50,000 Professional Tennis Tournament at the New Orleans arena and tennis hot shots Martina Navratilove, Monica Seles and Luke Jensen will be on site Friday, Sept. 14.

Editorial

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Thanks for printing the article in your Lifestyles section about the stingray and my sons. Their children were excited about seeing their Dads in the newspaper!!! It made for great "show and tell" at school (since 3 of the children live in Virginia).

Our View

Iraq is teaching us a lesson
Perhaps we learned a lesson in Iraq. We cannot invade another country and expect to make them a democratic friend of ours very easily.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff’s Reports
By Staff Report
Suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Lifestyles

Heather R .Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
For many years I’ve envied the tourists and vacationers that I watched on one of cable television’s most-viewed networks, the Travel Channel, as they marveled at the monuments of our ancestors like the mysteriously-built Egyptian pyramids or the historically-delicate coliseums of Italy.
Mirror, mirror on the wall - who’s the top king and queen of them all?
By Heather R. Breaux
Election signs for parish president, councilman and many other sought-after government positions have popped up as political barricades alongside most of the roadways in St. Charles Parish, but if you’re a student or teacher at Destrehan and Hahnville High Schools then you’ve noticed that there’s a whole other battle going on - the spirited sprint to the throne in the race to reign as homecoming king and queen.
Welcome to the world, BABY!
By Staff Report
Gage Michael Champagne, pictured above, was born on June 26, 2007 at 11:42 a.m. to proud parents Kenny and Mandy Champagne. Gage weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20.5 inches.
Calling all artists!
By Staff Report
Get out your markers, paintbrushes, cameras and computers. It's time for the 2007 3rd Annual River Parishes Tourist Commission's Christmas Card Contest.
Free eye exams for low-income residents
By Staff Report
The Luling Eye Foundation offers $10 eye exams and $10 eyeglasses for low-income individuals.
Boutte Christian Academy NOW offers no-cost schooling
By Staff Report
Qualifying parents can now register their 4 year olds for a chance at free placement in private pre-kindergarten programs at Boutte Christian Academy in Boutte.

Obituaries

Obituaries
Send your obituary announcements to heatherb@heraldguide.com