Volume 134 Number 46 - Nov 15, 2007

News

Convoy of food delivers hope to working poor
A semi-truck filled with food items will arrive in Des Allemands at the park located near First Assembly Church, on Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families who are in need of financial help are invited to pick-up bags of free groceries as part of a community relief effort sponsored by the Convoy of Hope.

Cox Cable not going anywhere
Council renews franchise for one more year
The St. Charles Parish council introduced an ordinance at its Nov. 5 meeting to extend Cox Cable's contract agreement for one more year, which will allow the parish more time to consider other cable television providers. Cox's nonexclusive cable franchise agreement with the parish expires Dec. 31.

Dow helps rebuild City Park, Valero celebrates successful campaign
The Dow Chemical Company Foundation will present a check in the amount of $400,000 to New Orleans City Park to assist in the ongoing effort to rebuild the New Orleans institution.

Family seeks donations after man gets new liver
Richard Bissette, 51, of Luling suffered with liver problems for a couple of years, but when he caught the E. coli virus, his liver finally quit working, forcing him to have an expensive liver transplant.

Housing and zoning issues pit residents against parish council
Housing and zoning issues pit residents against parish council St. Charles Parish's planning and zoning administration faces heated challenges when it comes to issuing permits and often finds that residents are puzzled over the process.

Laque vetos video bingo
Laque  vetos video bingo Says ordinance unfair
St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque who said he needed more time to review both sides of the video bingo issue surrounding the use of the electronic gaming machines carefully, signed the veto Monday morning, making the ordinance to ban video gaming null and void in St. Charles Parish pending a council vote.

LensCrafters helps children improve sight
Over 100 children in St. Charles Parish received the "gift of sight" when LensCrafters stopped by Harry Hurst Middle School to offer free vision care and eyewear to children in the area.

Makeup clinic making permanent impression on St. Charles Parish
Bella Faccia owner Roxanna Trosclair applies pigment to the lips of Ivllon Zachary, a registered nurse who traveled from Baton Rouge to get the procedure done. Luling’s Bella Faccia to host live demonstration
When many people think of permanent makeup, they often imagine scores of rosy cheeked women with brightly colored eye shadow who will be forced to live with those color choices for the rest of their lives.

Parish to purchase hazardous property from eligible residents
Emergency Operations senior coordinator Jason Tastet says eligible homeowners in the parish will benefit from hazard mitigation funds, a program put in place to purchase property that is prone to flooding.

Rebuild your home with help from local resources office
Family Resources of New Orleans is recruiting families in St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes to participate in a program to help them build their own homes through the Rural Development Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. To apply, contact Virt Poindexter at 985-785-0570.

Social Concerns
ready to help families who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet
Outgoing president of the St. Charles Parish Social Concerns Organization, Colette Lottinger, says although the facility is there to help those in need, residents need to be more proactive in helping themselves.

UW of St. Charles holds donation distribution party
The United Way of St. Charles held their first "come and get it" Gifts In Kind™ donation distribution party.

Where’s our raise?
Civil service employees flood office with phone calls
St. Charles parish civil service employees didn't receive the 13 percent pay increase they were promised after the Parish Council's final budget meeting, and they want an explanation.


Sports

Destrehan, Hahnville second round bound
By Jonathan Menard
Hahnville seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Tigers strutted out to a 42-0 halftime lead over Huntington last week before dispatching the Raiders by a 56-8 score to advance to the second round of the 2007 Class 5A state playoffs.
Destrehan’s Jordan Jefferson commits to LSU
By Mike Detillier
Not only did the LSU Tigers gain sole possession of the No.1 rating in both the Coaches’ poll and BCS standings this past weekend, but they also secured the services of the top rated prep quarterback in the state of Louisiana.
Former Saints, Bulger and Haslett lead the Rams over New Orleans
By Mike Detillier
It seems almost like a bad novel to write, but the good feeling of the past four weeks for the New Orleans Saints were done in by two former members of the New Orleans Saints in quarterback Marc Bulger and former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett, now the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.
Undefeated Des Allemands Gators win championship, end season 12-0
By Staff Report
The Des Allemands Gators 7 and 8-year-old football team had an undefeated season with a perfect record of 12-0, ending the season by winning the St. Charles Parish Championship on Saturday, Nov. 10.
HHS Band is SUPERIOR
By Staff Report
The Hahnville High School marching band has worked very hard this year perfecting their show titled “Out of the World” which featured music by David Bowie, Gustav Holst, John Williams and Pink Floyd - and all their hard work has paid off, earning the group three superior ratings.
St. Charles Herald-Guide High School Playmakers
By Jonathan Menard
Destrehan's Chris Richard always seems to find the ball.

Editorial

Public debate on gambling suits me fine
Letters to the Editor
Barry: Thanks for your reply to my comments regarding video bingo. Just to make it very clear how I stand on this issue, I am not opposed at all with video bingo being anywhere in rhe parish.
Wanted venue for public, council input on gambling
Letters to the Editor
Good Morning Cletus: Like I said in the past, I'm not opposed to gaming, if that is what people want to do with their spare time and money. I introduced the ordinance that I created because I wanted to see a venue where the public and the council could have input into the process.
Bingo parlor owner calls letter ridiculous
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor: Normally, I never respond to people making untrue statements about me, my wife, or our business. But last weeks letter to the editor from Mr. C. Martin was so ridiculous I had to respond.

Our View

Chaisson should make good Senate president
It looks like St. Charles Parish will be well represented in the upcoming session of the state legislature. Dem. Sen. Joel Chaisson II apparently will serve as Senate president, having secured the backing of many Democratic and Republican senators and also the endorsement of Rep. Gov. Elect-Bobby Jindal.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
Arrests •Teonka L. Duncan, 23, of 1101 Kinler St. in Luling was arrested on Nov. 1 and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery and as a fugitive of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.



Lifestyles

Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
Editor’s Note: The following column was written in response to a story idea sent to me through a reader email. The reader was curious to know who were the most influential women in my life and what women in the news field I admire most. Victoria Comardelle, thank you for your interest - this column’s for you.
VIPs - Very Important Parishioners, Schools
By Heather R. Breaux
Welcome to the special school edition of the Herald-Guide’s VIPs - Very Important Parishioners feature which zeroes in on St. Charles Parish teachers, students, parents and even the schools themselves who deserve a little recognition for the great strides they are making in the parish’s school system.
Thanksgiving Recipe
By Staff Report
Try something new this Thanksgiving - whip up a new dish with a super delicious holiday recipe.
Camera Shootout 2007
By Staff Report
“New Orleans” by Brock Barlow got the most votes last week and is the Nov. 8 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2007 photo contest.
Seventh graders plant trees on nature trails
Special to the Herald-Guide
DESTREHAN - Norco environmentalist, Milton Cambre, works with LSU Dr. Pam Blanchard as they prep Harry Hurst seventh grade students to plant over 160 cypress trees along the nature trail in Wetland Watchers Park.
Satellite center kids whip up tasty dishes
Special to the Herald-Guide
LULING - The Satellite Center’s culinary arts team’s first Cafe Day was an experience of real restaurant service.
Firefighters stop, drop & roll at Sacred Heart
Special to the Herald-Guide
NORCO - To celebrate National Fire Safety and Awareness Month Sacred Heart School invited the Norco Fire Department to visit.
Hahnville High drama club views UNO film
Special to the Herald-Guide
BOUTTE - HHS students in Mr. Daniel Ruiz Talented Theatre class traveled to see the UNO Theatre production of Katrina’s Path, a unique performance developed using the community-based approach they are working on in class.
JBM kids wear COOL socks for good cause
Special to the Herald-Guide
PARADIS - Seventh and eighth grade students at J. B. Martin show off their socks in support of Red Ribbon Week.
Oh, how sweet it is to be an LES first grader
Special to the Herald-Guide
LULING - Dai'Vione Pierre, a first grade student at Luling Elementary School, and his grandmother baked sweet potato pie for all his classmates.

Obituaries

Duckworth
Rose Mary Riggio Duckworth, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace, LA at the age of 89.
Gassen
Sidney F. Gassen, Sr. born January 10, 1918 in Luling, LA, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the age of 89.