Volume 135 Number 7 - Feb 14, 2008

News

Bankruptcy on the rise in parish
High mortgage rates leave public facing difficult decisions
The astronomical price of insurance, combined with ever increasing mortgage rates, is having a huge effect on citizens of St. Charles Parish, leading to large upswing in the amount of bankruptcies in the area.

Dangerous chemicals could leak out of Dow
Damaged safety flare forces workers home, closure of road
Dow St. Charles Operations has been working to repair a damaged safety flare connected to one of its units and all non-essential personnel have been asked to stay home until further notice. Flyers were distributed to residents living near the plant about possible side effects they could experience, and LA 3142 was temporarily closed, but has since reopened.

Destrehan scene of yet another robbery
Bald body-builder flashes Norco walkers
Destrehan was the scene of another robbery last week, as two black males entered the Shell gas station and made off with money from the cash register.

Drug bus headed to Boutte to help residents find low cost medicines
The “Help is Here Express” bus tour travels around the country to help uninsured residents find cheap medicines. A prescription assistance program that has helped five million individuals who are uninsured or lack adequate healthcare coverage find medicines for free or nearly free is coming to Boutte.

Hanging off bridge all in a days work for deputy
Deputy Kenneth Delaune risked his life to save a suicidal woman. He was named the 2007 Deputy of the Year. When Deputy Kenneth Delaune risked his own life to keep a woman from jumping off of the Hale Boggs Bridge, it wasn't the skyscraper-like height that worried him, but the potential tumble into the Mississippi.

Rep. Smith helping Jindal with state ethics reform
Ethics reform is a promise that Governor Bobby Jindal made to everyone in the state during his election campaign.

SCP schools first in state to offer engineering design courses to their students
Amatrol, which is an industry leader in skill-based, technical learning, will provide equipment that will be used during the courses. Shown here are two pieces of such equipment that the students got to work on during a recent recruitment event for the cl Courses will give hands-on experience to students thanks to numerous industry and business sponsors
St. Charles Parish Public Schools continues to blaze a new trail in Louisiana by becoming the first school district in the state to offer engineering design courses.

St. Pierre didn’t want committee meetings on TV
St. Pierre didn’t want committee meetings on TV Says council members agreed, but changed their minds after taking office
St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre says he's responsible for the ordinance requesting that committee meetings no longer be televised on Cox Channel 6.

Woman shares her abuse experience with area teens
Woman shares her abuse experience with area teens Alicia Kozak, Ameri-Corps Vista representative for the United Way of St. Charles Parish, teaches teen girls and guys how to identify the signs that they're in an abusive relationship.


Sports

A DIAMOND in the rough
By Heather R. Breaux
St. Rose's Travis Burke has more than just a good reason to pat himself on the back. After all, this Archbishop Rummel High School senior snagged first place in the 189-pound category last weekend at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's State Wrestling Tournament.
HHS soccer players named
By Staff Report
The following Hahnville High School soccer players were named to All-District teams. They are:
Des Allemands Booster Club honors the 2007 St. Charles Parish football champs
By Staff Report
The Des Allemands Booster Club and team parents held a celebration to honor the 2007 7 and 8-year-old St. Charles Parish football champions.
SCP 8-yr-old All-Star basketball team takes second place in Kenner Invitational Tournament
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Parish 8-year-old All-Star basketball team won 2nd place in the Kenner Invitational tournament held this weekend.
Destrehan & Hahnville prepare for season’s end
By Jonathan Menard
After stomping rival Hahnville, the Destrehan Wildcats suffered a slight setback in a defensive struggle with Glen Oaks, falling 37-38. But Destrehan didn't stay down for long and was able to rebound with a 71-57 win over St. Amant and a 77-64 victory over East St. John.

Our View

TV could hamper committee meetings
St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre recently admitted that it was his choice to stop the broadcasting of council committee meetings. And though the proposed ordinance drew a lot of heat from residents when it was leaked out of the courthouse, that decision would have been a good one.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
By Staff Report
Arrests •Edgardo Lopez, 30, of 705 North Pierce Ave. in Metairie was arrested on Feb. 5 and charged with DWI, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and hit and run.



Lifestyles

Breaux - Duncan Wedding
By Staff Report
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Breaux of Luling are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Amanda Marie Breaux to Mr. Kyle James Thomas Duncan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Duncan Sr., also of Luling.
‘A Wedding Toast’
By Heather R. Breaux
In December, my younger sister took her first steps into adulthood when she tied the knot to her long-time fiance in front of all to see.
Heather R. Breaux BLOG
By Heather R. Breaux
It’s a tale as old as time. The saga of giggling, star-crossed lovers indulging in the gift giving and card sending rituals of Valentine’s Day - all in the name of a saint for which the holiday is branded.
'Racing for TIME'
By Heather R. Breaux
If when you hear the name Precious Singleton you picture a 16-year-old powerhouse track and field runner joining the Hahnville High School track team in numerous victories, then what you're about to read will take your impression of this young athlete to a whole new level.
The Cook's Corner
By Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
CROSSWORD
By Staff Report
Like crosswords? You’re going to love our new crossword puzzle - every week in the St. Charles Herald-Guide. Tell your friends and don’t miss a single great issue or puzzle. See answers below.
Camera Shootout 2008 Feb. 7 winner
By Staff Report
“Dandelion” by Brad Champagne got the most votes last week and is the Feb. 7 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
Camera Shootout 2008 January Monthly Winner
By Staff Report
“Royal Street Stroll” by Malinda Mollere is the January monthly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
Lakewood Elementary king and queen reign over Mardi Gras parade
By Ann Taylor
It was a lot like Mardi Gras when students from Lakewood Elementary in Luling dressed up for the school’s annual parade.
‘All Camilla Morning’ planned for Feb. 23
LSU AgCenter News
Camellia enthusiasts are invited to “Camellia Morning at Burden” on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
Savings are key to financial security
LSU AgCenter News
One of the most powerful ways to increase your financial security and grow wealth over time is to develop a savings habit. Form that habit by “paying yourself first” and saving regularly.
You’ve got to read this!
By Staff Report
17 new books are waiting for you at St. Charles Parish Libraries