Volume 136 Number 10 - Mar 05, 2009

News

$1.7 billion Entergy project hits another snag
Entergy’s Little Gypsy facility in Montz. Environmental lawsuit, report that says customer’s bills would be higher,
Entergy’s plan to build a new electricity generator fueled by petroleum coke at its Little Gypsy facility in Montz hit another snag in February after a joint report by the Alliance for Affordable Energy and the Sierra Club said that plans to convert the plant would leave customers with higher bills.

After 6 year absence, priest returns to Norco
Father Terry Becnel, who served as pastor at Sacred Heart from 2002 to 2003, came back to Norco as soon as he found out that his former church had an opening. Parishioners at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Norco are welcoming back a familiar face - Father Terry Becnel.

All-dirt infields at bridge parks take fields in ‘new direction’
The West and East Bank Bridge Parks now have all-dirt infields, which the parish says will allow a wider number of players, meaning both boys’ and girls’ teams of varying ages, to play on the fields. During the offseason of baseball and softball, the parish’s many parks underwent various infrastructure upgrades that included the addition of a T-ball field to Dow Field and a new parking lot in Killona.

Council OKs land donation, clears way for crime-fighting complex
Sheriff says new complex would allow officers to be in any corner of the parish within minutes
The St. Charles Parish Council has agreed to donate 7.74 acres of land to the sheriff’s office, a move that Sheriff Greg Champagne said will allow him to consolidate his enforcement operations and bring more efficiency to the department’s crime-fighting ability.

Destrehan gift, wine store ‘lets the good times roll’
Sandra Kinler, the owner of Bon Ton Roula, stands behind a collection of merchandise that she sells at her Destrehan gift and wine store. Kinler says that her love of people is what motivated her to open up the shop. Sandra Kinler first opened her gift and wine boutique, Bon Ton Roula, in Destrehan nearly a year ago and credits her love of people for keeping her doors open day after day.

Dow site leader since 2004 stepping down in March
Hahnville, LA - The Dow Chemical Company announced Wednesday that Steve Milligan will become the new Site Leader for its St. Charles Operations site in Hahnville. He will replace Nawzer Parakh, who has served in that position since 2004.

Lights, Camera, Action
Luling’s Angelica Walton (far left) poses with the film crew of “Acting Your Age,” who came mostly from New York, but with others hailing from Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. They include: Matthew J. Pecca, Michael Williams, Kate Driscoll, Dere N.Y. film student features St. Charles in movie
Once again, St. Charles Parish has found itself in front of the camera. But this time the “Parish of Plenty” serves as the backdrop for a short student film called “Acting Your Age.”

Parish winning war against code enforcement violators
This abandoned home was one of the 354 active code violations that was closed by the Planning and Zoning Department. The owner of the home tore the building down. The St. Charles Parish Planning and Zoning Department isn't fooling around when it comes to cleaning up communities in the area.

Snazzy media guide highlights ‘09 Wildcats
The Destrehan baseball media guide was written and edited by Al Suffrin, who was once the assistant sports information director at LSU. The guide is loaded with tidbits about the team, including player and coach profiles and an outlook for the 2009 season When Destrehan baseball fans get their hands on this year's media guide, they may get the feeling that they are looking at a program designed for a college squad.

St. Charles joins group of StormReady communities
NOAA National Weather Service officials have recognized St. Charles Parish as a StormReady community.


Sports

Destrehan baseball reloads with 13 returning lettermen
By Heather R. Breaux
Destrehan High School head baseball coach Marty Luquet will lead his team into the 2009 season with a large group of experienced pitchers and an outstanding defensive team.
Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
Special to the Herald-Guide
Last week, Pete Cassange called and we arranged a fishing trip on Wednesday afternoon. We met at Pier 90, on a warm 75-degree, cloudy day.
Hahnville offense keeps team alive in the playoffs
By Heather R. Breaux
The Hahnville High School boys basketball team is one step closer to the 5A championship game after they nicked Westgate 71-70 in the regional round of the playoffs.
The St. Charles Pride on fire in New Iberia’s ‘Tabasco Shootout’
By Staff Report
The St Charles Pride soccer team won the "Tabasco Shootout" in New Iberia on Sunday March 1. The Pride dominated the Championship game 11-1.
St. Charles All-Stars take first place in Slidell tourney
By Staff Report
The St. Charles All-Stars 8 and U girls tookfirst place in Slidell Invitational.

Editorial

Socialism is not the way to go
Letters to the Editor
To the editor: What will it take? With all of the unbelievable U.S. and worldwide economic woes, I am wondering just how long it will take before the Obama Administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress catch on to the fact that Socialism will not work and will only totally ruin our economic system and our country.

Our View

Herald-Guide still going strong
Several big-city newspapers are seeking bankruptcy. But fear not. St. Charles Herald-Guide is not one of those guys nor are any others in our area that we know of.

Sheriffs Reports

Sheriff's Reports
From staff and wire reports
Arrests •Donald Guidry Sr., 35, of 604 Greenville in Raceland was arrested on Feb. 25 and charged with molestation of a juvenile and aggravated incest.



Lifestyles

River Region Ballet’s spring concert salutes ‘Ballet Russes’
By Staff Report
Exhibitions and performances are planned throughout the United States through next May to mark the hundredth year since Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes stunned Paris and changed the course of Western culture by revealing the richness of Russian dance, music, and visual art.
Workin’ it out!
By Heather R. Breaux
Finding the inspiration to peel yourself from the sofa and get your heart pumping with a good workout is a nagging task for many.
Herald-Guide PEOPLE WATCH
By Staff Report
The Evangeline USA pageant, a preliminary pageant to the Louisiana USA pageant, was held recently in Ville Platte at the Northside Civic Center.
The Cook's Corner
By Staff Report
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.
SCP Council on Aging announces March events
By Heather R. Breaux
The St. Charles Council on Aging has released its March calendar, which includes events open to St. Charles Parish seniors 60 years and older.
Welcome, Baby!
By Staff Report
Jonathan and Kelli Knight of Zachary would like to announce the birth of their son, Jonathan Elijah Knight. Elijah was born at Woman’s Hospital on January 5, 2009 at 2:56 .m. weighing 6lbs. 11 ozs, and measuring 20 ½ inches long.
SRE sends Mardi Gras cheer abroad
By Staff Report
ST. ROSE - Students at St. Rose Elementary helped Louisiana soldiers have a taste of Mardi Gras.
Local officers visit Judy Rongey’s kids
By Staff Report
ST. ROSE - Officer David Jones from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department visited Judy Rongey’s pre-k class at St. Rose Elementary to discuss his job as a community helper.
Characters come to life at Norco K-3
By Staff Report
NORCO - Children in the Norco Elementary K-3 Early Childhood class celebrated literacy week.
St. Rose classes measure 7 students
By Staff Report
ST. ROSE - Mark Trahan, Alex Riley, Connor Picolo, Chase Cooke, Devin Christopher, Ian Carbo, and Shaelyn Sclafini, second graders from Jenny Power’s class at St. Rose Elementary, team up together to measure the classroom.
Hurst kids ‘wing it’ in science classes
By Staff Report
DESTREHAN - Hurst seventh grade students (l to r) Katie Johnson and Annie Duplantis dissect a chicken wing as part of a unit on body systems in science class.
‘Candy government’ at Destrehan High
By Staff Report
DESTREHAN - Freshmen students in Cori Southard’s civics class at Destrehan High School have just finished studying the legislative branch.
Fire class breathes easy with SCBA
By Staff Report
BOUTTE - HHS Students in Dennis Robbins’ Fire Safety Class participated in Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) training.
Hank Allen helps AES study weather
By Staff Report
DES ALLEMANDS - Second grade students at Allemands Elementary School recently studied a lesson on the weather.
Camera Shootout 2009
By Staff Report
“Alligator” by Charles Flowers got the most votes last week and is the Feb. 26 weekly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest. Congratulations to Charles.
Camera Shootout 2009
By Staff Report
“Shower Me with Kisses” by Donna Morgan is the February monthly winner in the St. Charles Herald-Guide’s Camera Shootout 2008 photo contest. Congratulations to Donna.

Obituaries

Hotard
Francois George Hotard, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 at 8 a.m. at Kenner Regional Hospital. Age 78. He was a Retired Electrician with GATX.
Hymel
Catherine Ann Hymel entered into eternal rest with her heavenly father on Feb. 17, 2009 at the age 73. Catherine was a resident of Luling and a native of Breaux Bridge.
Leblanc
George P. LeBlanc passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in Des Allemands. Beloved husband of the late Vera LeBlanc by first marriage and the late Ida LeBlanc by second marriage.
Martin
Edna A. Martin, 86, a native and resident of Des Allemands, died at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 27 and from 8 a.m. at the Des Allemands Mennonite Church, with burial in the church cemetery.