Volume 134 Number 40 - Oct 04, 2007

News

40 parish residents make way to Jena rally to offer support
40 parish residents make way to Jena rally to offer support A bus filled with 40 African-American residents from St. Charles Parish headed to Jena on Sept. 20, to join crowds of thousands of protesters from all across the country, and chant in raised voices, "Free the Jena 6."

Allemands Elementary able to improve scores because of parent, teacher support
Shh!  Quiet in the hallways.....Allemand’s students are excited about the day’s learning and planned fun activities ahead. Allemands Elementary, nestled in a quiet corner of St. Charles Parish in Des Allemands, received an exemplary rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for the 2006 to 2007 school year.

Councilman has signs burned, stolen from yard
As election races build-up momentum and anticipation in St. Charles Parish, one public official, Councilman 'Ram' Ramchandran is feeling the heat, literally - someone set his state representative campaign signs, posted in the front yard of his home in Destrahan, on fire.

Gumbo fans get ready
Cook-off has record number of teams
A record-breaking 76 teams will fight for the right to bring home the paddle in the United Way's sixth annual "Battle for the Paddle" cook-off, which will be held Oct. 4 at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.

HHS graduate returns for art show opening
Hahnville High School graduate Riece Walton’s work will be featured at the Perrin Benham Gallery beginning with an artist’s reception at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5. and running through the month. Walton, who now lives in Pensacola, Fla., paints vivid New Orleans sc St. Charles Parish native Riece Walton will make his return to the area on Oct. 5, when his art exhibit "Do You Know What It Means?" is featured at the Perrin Benham Gallery on Magazine St.

Local doctors note increase in child obesity
Society, eating habits to blame for serious health conditions in children
Overweight children are at risk for serious health conditions like type two diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol - all once considered exclusively adult diseases.

Purse-snatcher charged with armed burglary
Charles M. Baloney A Luling man recently arrested and held with a $430,000 bond has a lengthy criminal history, according to police reports.

River Parishes Community College awarded $17 Million for development
Sorrento, LA. River Parishes Community College received $17 Million as a result of the unanimous vote of Senate Bill 337 (Act 391) that was signed by Governor Blanco in July 2007.

State regulators discuss national insurance issues
Say changes needed in order to protect nation from future catastrophes
Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon, along with state regulators from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Arkansas, and the Virgin Islands participated in a forum last week to discuss the insurance issues affecting hurricane-prone states.


Sports

Destrehan offense key to district win
By Jonathan Menard
After a 30-14 victory over John Ehret last week, Destrehan will take an undefeated record into district play Friday night when they host rival Hahnville in the "Battle of the Banks."
HHS defense better than it’s advertised
By Jonathan Menard
Hahnville was clicking in all phases of the game during last week's 55-14 rout of John McDonogh, scoring 35 points in the first quarter alone to help the team remain undefeated on the season.
Hahnville High & Destrehan High game to be broadcasted LIVE on the web this Friday night
From staff and wire reports
The Satellite Center Advanced TV Broadcasting and WebQuil Class along with the Destrehan Video Crew will be producing a multi-camera live web cast of the Destrehan vs. Hahnville football game Friday, Oct. 5.
St. Charles Herald-Guide's High School Players of the Week
By Staff Report
Nelson’s versatility leads Destrehan to 5-0 mark Last week, it seemed like Destrehan's Jerico Nelson was playing every position on the football field. Not only did the senior rush for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his team's 30-14 win over John Ehret, but he also threw for a 72-yard touchdown that helped ice the victory.
Parish runners win big in Andouille Festival race
From staff and wire reports
Over 250 runners and walkers participated in the 29th annual Andouille Run, which was held Sunday, Sept. 23 in conjunction with the St. John Parish Andouille Festival.
FAN OF THE WEEK
By Staff Report
Along with the excitement of prep football season, the Herald-Guide cameras are hitting both the Wildcat and Tiger sidelines hoping to capture the Fan of the Week.

Editorial

Tulane-LSU rivalry still has life
By Allen Lottinger
Having been a Tulane Greenie all my life, I went to the Tulane-LSU game Saturday with a bit of trepidation.
Charter schools are making a difference
By Dan Juneau
Recently released scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” show that charter schools in Louisiana are outperforming charter schools nationally and are holding their own with traditional public schools in both Louisiana and the nation, as a whole. After a bumpy start, the charter school initiative in Louisiana appears to be paying dividends. Perhaps nowhere is that underscored more than in the newly formed charter school alliance in New Orleans.
Group wants BET to clean up its offensive programming
From staff and wire reports
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A church leader has begun a series of weekend protests, demanding that media outlets and corporations stop portraying blacks in demeaning and offensive ways, with a demonstration at the home of Black Entertainment Television's chief executive.
Economy sick when government is the top employer
By C.B. Forgotston
According to the story from the Associated Press, while overall job growth in LA has slowed, government job growth (particularly state government) continues to lead all other job producing segments of the economy.

Our View

Governor candidates look like good guys
All of the four leading candidates for governor had good messages for the people of Louisiana in their first debate last week. If the winner carries out his promises, the future of our state is hopeful.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
Suspects are innocent until proven guilty.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
What do you call a standard 4-gallon black trash can filled to the brim with - well ... uh ... overflowing with balled-up and sneezed-on tissues, already microwaved Campbell’s Soup-At-Hand containers and three empty boxes of Puffs Ultra facial tissue?
Weekend of Lights
By Heather R. Breaux
The St. Charles Parish Rotary Club rolled out the red carpet last weekend at the Westbank Bridge Park in Luling for the “King of the Swamp” at the 28th Annual Alligator Festival - and patron of the event said that this year was better than ever.
What memories are made of ...
By Staff Report
In 1950, Paradis Elementary’s fourth grade class gathered outside the building to take the photo you see pictured to the right.
Autumn has arrived at wreath-making party
By Heather R. Breaux
CRAFTY GALS. All you need is a glue gun, craft supplies and a few good friends to bring autumn to life in your home - just ask Jenny Zoglio, Richelle Jones and Julie Hebert of Luling who spent an afternoon designing and making their own ornamental wreaths.
Keep your dog or cat safe with these Halloween tips
From staff and wire reports
A pack of ghosts and goblins at your door can scare your pets, but ghouls are not the only thing to beware of on Halloween.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
By Heather R. Breaux
Weddings, enagements and anniversaries.
Grandparents visit at New Sarpy Elementary
By Staff Report
DESTREHAN - PaPere Kimball discusses what’s inside a coconut after teaching the class a song about a coconut.
Studying insects
By Staff Report
ST. ROSE - Amy Lind's fourth grade class at St. Rose Elementary along with students Kalen Brown, Krystal Abate and Emily Nyblom observe crickets to study their body parts and movements to identify them as a particular type of insect.
Mimosa children raise $2500 to fight cancer
By Staff Report
Submitted by Mona Poche
Camera Shootout 2007
By Staff Report
“Cat Nap” by Piper Soudelier got the most votes last week and is the Sept. 27 weekly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2007 photo contest.
Camera Shootout 2007
By Staff Report
“Stairway to Heaven” by Julie Abadie got the most votes last week and is the September monthly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2007 photo contest.

Obituaries

Obituaries
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