Volume 135 Number 22 - May 29, 2008

News

Avoiding waiting lines at DMV as easy as ABC Title
ABC Title’s Angel Karliegh helps Derick Barre with his title needs. ABC Title first opened up in December of 2004 and is owned by Lee Fabre. The store can perform many of the same duties as the DMV. A trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a tag or title usually means taking a day off of work to spend time waiting in line with other frustrated people.

Biodiesel plant back on track
A ray of hope in a dismal financial market came in the form of $100 million bonds for a firm planning to get things up and running again in St. Charles Parish.

Bus transit system delayed
Residents will have to wait a little longer to see bus signs like this spring up across the parish. Still, once the bus transit system is in place, it will provide curbside service to residents. Plans for system that will provide curbside pick-up, trips to New Orleans were supposed to be finalized in January
The developers of a bus transit system that would provide much needed transportation both around the parish and even into New Orleans hope to present their proposal to the River Parishes Transit Authority on June 4.

First-quarter crime totals drop to lowest level in more than 12 years
So far, so good for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office. During the first quarter of 2008, crime fell by 2.38 percent when compared to the same period in 2007.That was a reduction from 474 total crimes to 463 and is the lowest first quarter total in more than 12 years.

High gas prices hit residents hard
High gas prices hit residents hard St. Charles Parish residents, like many across the nation, are watching gas prices skyrocket. Many are being cautious, counting every penny spent at the pumps while they wonder when they will get some relief.

Program ‘links’ academics with virtue to improve character
 Students chosen to represent their respective schools at the Character Links banquet are (Back Row L-R) Tracy Hilaire, Remington Burkhardt, Joe Kerry, Crystal Quintero, Megan Schexnaydre, Micah Cesar (Middle Row L-R) Caitlin Mikesell, Heather Atchley, Di Developing a child's character is an important part of their upbringing and usually determines how successful that child becomes later in life.

What about the kids?
What about the kids? Moving library could hurt those that need web access the most
Some families living near the East Regional Library can't afford Internet services, and many don't even own computers. Because of that, some of the parish's youngest residents have come to rely on the public library to get important classwork done.


Sports

Challenger
By Heather R. Breaux
When St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre took office in January, he had a vision of creating a recreational program that would allow disabled children to play baseball.
Physical activity important all year long
By Staff Report
LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames encourages people to stay healthy all year long by participating in their favorite physical activities or trying new ones.
DHS’ Charlie Jones named High School All-American
By Staff Report
Charlie Jones, a 2008 graduate of Destrehan High School has been named a High School All-American by the The National High School Tennis All-American Foundation. Jones is the first Louisiana player ever to receive this recognition.
NFL special teams coach speaks at SCB sports banquet
By Staff Report
St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan held an annual sports banquet honoring 94 of their athletes.
Ragin’ Cajuns place in three consecutive tournaments
By Staff Report
The Ragin Cajuns, a 12-year-old AA baseball team from St. Charles Parish, has placed in their last three tournaments.

Editorial

Laque article said misleading
Letters to the Editor
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was written in response to an article in the Herald-Guide May 14 regarding the pending litigation brought by three former employees of the Department of Community Services whose positions were eliminated following a study by an independent consultant and recommendations by three Parish officials to the then Parish President Albert Laque.)

Our View

Council not expected to agree on everything
It's been officially 100 days since the new council members and parish president took office in St. Charles Parish.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Kanisha Paul, 18, of 238 Magnolia Ridge Rd. in Boutte was arrested on May 20 and charged with three counts of theft of goods by under ringing.



Lifestyles

Beat the rush
LSU AgCenter News
The start of this year’s hurricane season is rapidly approaching, and LSU AgCenter experts say stocking up on supplies now makes sense – whether you think a storm comes your way or not.
Herald-Guide PEOPLE WATCH
By Staff Report
At the end-of-the-year luncheon the St. Charles Women’s Club awarded the following St. Charles Parish high school seniors scholarships:
Writer’s nook
By Heather R. Breaux
Romance novelist Farrah Roybiskie continues to follow her dream of writing by edging the ladder of success with the debut of her second novel Release Me.
The Cook’s Corner
By Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
Homeschooled 4-H club rack up awards at St. Charles Parish 4-H Project Day
By Staff Report
The Families for Homeschool Education 4-H Club experienced great success at the St. Charles Parish 4-H Project Day. The members received the following honors:
Camera Shootout 2008 May 22 Weekly Winner
By Staff Report
“Just a Swingn’” by Erica Williams got the most votes last week and is the May 22 winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest.
Festival of Charities baby and youth pageant winners
By Staff Report
The St. Charles Spring Pageant. The Festival of Charities held their Baby and Youth Pageant and extravaganza on Sunday, April 20. Winners are as follows:

Obituaries

ANDRY
Leah Goutierrez Andry died on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at her residence in Montz. Age 42, she was born in Erath, but has lived in Norco all her life.
CHAMPAGNE
Elma Ruiz Champagne, daughter of the late Emmanuel and Emma Ruiz, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the age of 96.
ERNEST
Frank H. “Pancho” Ernest, Jr. died on May 18 at 4:30 p.m. Native of McFadden Ranch Texas and resident of Luling.