Volume 134 Number 38 - Sep 20, 2007

News

Dow-sponsored tourney raises over $34,000
Dow-sponsored tourney raises over $34,000 By Tommy Faucheux Dow St. Charles Operations recently raised over $34,000 for United Way of St. Charles at its sixth annual United Way Golf Tournament. The event was held at Willowdale Country Club on Sept. 10.

Memoirs of an alligator
Colette Lottinger poses for a picture wearing her alligator outfit. It was, I think 1981 when I first became “the alligator” at West St. Charles Rotary Club’s Alligator Festival.

More subdivision delays in Hahnville
As long as  Willie Whitehead has the outstanding debt and lien against Brookshire, lots can't be purchased. The parish debt is a result of inspection fees and  the project’s contractor is owed  money. Former Saints player owes contractor and parish money
Brookshire Subdivision, located in Hahnville and spearheaded by former New Orleans Saints football player Willie Whitehead , has not come to fruition after three years of planning. Now, Whitehead owes St. Charles Parish and the projects' contractor money.

Organization awards scholarships to SU students, parish natives
Erin Smith and Jaranea Gordon students at Southern University in Baton Rouge, are the 2007 recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr., Commemorative Scholarship.  The students received the award at a banquet held Sept. 15, at the John L.Dorsey Multipurpose The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Organization of St. Charles Parish hosted its 18th Annual Scholarship Banquet on Sept. 15, at the John L. Dorsey, Multipurpose Center.

Police searching for repeat burglar
Nicholas P. Banta is the prime suspect in a number of business burglaries that occured in the parish. Missing Metairie man prime suspect in business break-ins
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for Metairie resident Nicholas P. Banta, who is suspected of committing a series of business burglaries between May 31 and July 22.

Residents: Fix our rental properties
A gaping hole in the ceiling of the Bailey household is an open eyesore and the exposure to pipes and wiring. The parish can condemn any dwelling that Two families say their rental homes could be dangerous
Two families who rent from a landlord in Luling want extensive damages to their homes repaired.

Teachers design plans to improve test scores
Strategy targets low-scoring students
Parish schools are counting on new learning methods to improve student’s test scores in 2007.

Teens register to vote, participate in mock election at schools
Nattie Swan, a student at DHS proudly shows off her voter’s registration card. St. Charles Parish’s 17-and-over teens got the opportunity to register to vote at the Voter's Outreach Drive held Sept. 11, at Destrehan High School and Sept. 17 at Hahnville High School. The teens participated in a mock election.

VIPs
VIPs Very Important Parishioners
River Parishes Hospital welcomes Charlotte Dupré as the Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Dupré joins us from Eunice, La where she most recently served as CEO of Acadian Medical Center, a newly constructed 50 bed facility owned by Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc.

WHERE'S ALBERT?
St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque fielded a call at his desk last week. Laque has served three terms as parish president and has spent a majority of his life in politics. Still busy in quest to improve St. Charles Parish
St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque has spent a majority of his life in politics. But after three terms as parish president, and years more on the parish police jury, he has decided to leave the field that has given him so much pleasure over the years. Herald-Guide Editor Jonathan Menard recently spent some time with Laque, and discussed the life-long politicians first experience with politics, the way the parish has changed throughout that time, and his plans for the future.

White House offers to lower cost share for levee projects
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Louisiana would have to pay about a billion dollars less than first feared under a White House funding scheme for proposed levee and pump work in southeast Louisiana, the state's congressional delegation said Wednesday.

“Meet the Candidates” fails to draw much interest from public voters
“Meet the Candidates” was filled more with candidates and their supporters than undecided voters. The tables were lined with literature, the candidates were pacing the room, and their supporters were making their way around the LaMaison Magnolia Reception Hall.


Sports

Destrehan, Hahnville both take game on road
By Jonathan Menard
Destrehan needs more consistency The Destrehan offense exploded for 28 points in the first half of last week's 35-14 homecoming victory over Terrebonne, but the Wildcats will need to show more consistency if they hope to stay undefeated with a win at Higgins Friday night.
Many questions, few answers about artificial turf
From staff and wire reports
Some critics of modern technology that is being used to replace natural grass with synthetic turf on athletic fields around Connecticut are calling for a moratorium until more scientific study is done.
Bucs pirate Saints 31-14
By Mike Detillier
After the New Orleans Saints opening night loss to the defending world champion Indianapolis Colts, the word you heard most often was “disappointing.”
St. Charles Herald-Guide's High School Playmakers
By Jonathan Menard
Porter makes smooth transition to starting linebacker at DHS Starting at linebacker for Destrehan wasn't even on Rufus Porter's radar two years ago.
Fan of the Week
By Staff Report
Along with the beginning of prep football season, the Herald-Guide cameras are hitting both the Wildcat and Tiger sidelines hoping to capture the Fan of the Week.
Helping HANDS
By Staff Report
The R. K. Smith volleyball team was visited by the Hahnville High School volleyball team and received instruction on techniques, drills and exercises to help make them a better team.

Editorial

Welcome to fall and the biggest election in the next four years
By Allen Lottinger
Tomorrow is the first day of fall and we have already felt some relief from the summer heat. But there is much more on the agenda for this coming season.
Mortgaging our children’s future
By Dan Juneau
I have previously written in this column about the destructive spending practices of the federal government. I recently came across the text of a speech that David Walker, the Comptroller General of the United States, gave to an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) audience on September 8. Please give serious attention to the following excerpts from his speech.
Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Heather - Thank you for remembering my nephew Dennis in your blog this week. I think about him daily, and miss him so.
Spirit Weekly
From staff and wire reports
BEIJING (AP) _ A leader of China's underground Protestant church has been released from a three-year prison term for distributing Bibles and other religious literature without a business license, an overseas monitoring group said Sunday.

Our View

Democracy is better than benevolent dictatorship
Some say that a benevolent dictatorship is the best form of government. That is because a dictator who wants to serve the people well can do what he wants without restraints.

Sheriffs Reports

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



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
On Sept. 15, 1982 the nation’s first national newspaper, USA Today, emerged from an incubated idea found mainly in reader surveys and prototype think tanks into a coast-to-coast publication and this week marks the 25th anniversary of the biggest-selling newspaper in the United States.
Herald-Guide PEOPLE WATCH
By Heather R. Breaux
LIVE BAND. Local rock band, Da Ersters, took the stage on Saturday, Sept 15 at 90 West Restaurant in Boutte.
Fall Festivities 2007
By Heather R. Breaux
From weekend festivals highlighting delicious Cajun delicacies like alligator burgers and jambalaya to arts and crafts displays and Christmas parades, there's bound to be something for everyone to enjoy this fall in the River Parishes.
Camera Shootout 2007 Sept. 13 Winner
By Staff Report
“Stairway to Heaven” by Julie Abadie got the most votes last week and is the Sept. 13 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2007 photo contest.
Best of the Net
By Staff Report
All this time you’ve just been putting Bounce in the dryer, but there are many uses for this dryer sheet.