The Watchdog




Gov. Blanco makes the grade - unfortunately, it’s an flat “F”
October 25, 2006 at 1:06 pm
The other day when I got a note from fellow "Internet Kook" Emily Metzgar reporting that Gov. Kathleen Blanco had received an "F" from the Cato Institute for "Fiscal Policy," I wanted to say, "DUH."


Teen's ‘dream trip’ to get driver’s license gives mom the jitters Teen's ‘dream trip’ to get driver’s license gives mom the jitters
October 25, 2006 at 12:57 pm
On October 19, Anthony Taylor, 16, got his drivers license. Cool mom I'm not, and this has been harder than I thought. But he made the grades, and we had a deal.

Constitutional amendments: Ideas for voting
October 25, 2006 at 12:55 pm
This newspaper doesn’t usually tell readers how to vote. We prefer to lay out the facts of the issues and let them make their selections.

OUR VIEW
October 25, 2006 at 12:52 pm
This week’s settlement between the state and federal government on offshore mineral lease sales brings Louisiana closer to the possibility of getting more offshore oil revenue.

SENIOR SALUTE ... SENIOR SALUTE ...
October 25, 2006 at 12:46 pm
Congratulations to Destrehan High School seniors –Sharion Scott and Valicia Miller – who were named semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship program.

SEEING THE UNSEEN? Susan Christie says she lives with ghosts that she can see, sense - and feel.
EEK! Parish woman lives with ghosts
October 25, 2006 at 12:42 pm
I live with ghosts.

But even though the experience can be startling, I’ve never been afraid.


It’s all in the way you move It’s all in the way you move
October 25, 2006 at 12:38 pm
"Ballroom dancing is an art form," says Charlotte Giardina, of St. Rose. And anyone can do it, she insists - even you.

SQUEAKY-CLEAN salons like Rose’s Nails in Luling can help you care for nails, say experts. Pictured: Manager Kim Nguyen. Fingernail myths that keep you from looking your best
October 25, 2006 at 11:02 am
BOUTTE - You can grow and take advantage of strong, beautiful nails with tips from a dermatologist who says common misconceptions and “old wives’ tales” may be doing you more harm than good.

And when you abuse your nails with chemicals and synthetic hardening agents, says the expert, you can make your fingers “sick.”

Animal Control Officer, Shawn Palmisano - pictured with China, was recently recognized by the parish with a plaque of recognition  ordaining her a ‘true animal lover.’ Animal control officer is a dog’s best friend
October 24, 2006 at 4:16 pm
‘I do it for the animals and because it is my passion.’
In that short sentence, Norco resident and St. Charles Parish animal control officer Shawn Palmisano explains why she’s devoted to a job that a lot of people simply could not handle.

The Saints are football’s version of ‘Rocky’
October 23, 2006 at 5:48 pm
Who would have thought of it… six games into the 2006 NFL season the New Orleans Saints are a 5-1 win/loss football team.

Playoff hopes fading for HHS - can Tigers turn it around? Playoff hopes fading for HHS - can Tigers turn it around?
October 23, 2006 at 5:45 pm
What’s next for 5-2 Hahnville? A key District 5-5A match-up against the 3-4 John Ehret Patriots, that’s what. Games don’t get any bigger than this as the Tigers desperately need a district win. If they get caught looking ahead to their showdown with undefeated 7-0 Destrehan a week down the road - and lose to the Patriots - their playoff hopes dim. My prediction? I expect Hahnville to bounce back - and jump right back into the district race.

Wildcats take first of three final tests at West Jeff stadium Wildcats take first of three final tests at West Jeff stadium
October 23, 2006 at 5:41 pm
The Destrehan Wildcats remained undefeated at 7-0 as they trounced the Assumption Mustangs and their powerful offense last Friday. The 2-0 Wildcats, however, face perhaps their most difficult challenge yet tomorrow as they take on the West Jefferson Buccaneers on the Westbank.

Shocking real reason you wake up grumpy
October 23, 2006 at 5:38 pm
Thousands of grumpy and groggy parish people rely on caffeine-rich coffee or soda pop to give themselves a leg-up on their day.

St. Charles 4-H'ers gather for LARGEST camp turnout - ever
October 23, 2006 at 5:36 pm
A group of 41 members, counselors and adults from St. Charles Parish recently attended 4-H Summer Camp. The camp, the 4-H Grant Walker Educational Center, is located in Grant Parish about 25 miles north of Alexandria in Pollock. Other parishes attending with St. Charles were: St. John, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemine, East Baton Rouge and St. Landry. This was one of the largest summer camp groups for these parishes due to the addition of St. Landry. Administrators were fearful that the Metro area parishes would not bring as many kids due to the destruction of the area by Hurricane Katrina but the Metro Parishes each brought nearly their regular numbers!

Garrett Fortin and Meghan O’Quinn – National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists Garrett Fortin and Meghan O’Quinn – National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists
October 23, 2006 at 5:34 pm
Garrett Fortin is the son of Sharon and Michael Fortin of Destrehan. He is a member of the DHS National Honors Society, president of the Destrehan Honors Scholars, president of the Literary Club, treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta,and team captain of Quiz Bowl. Garrett boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Local company ‘shells out’ support Local company ‘shells out’ support
October 23, 2006 at 5:29 pm
Shell Pipeline Company LP sponsored a day for employees to give back to the community by offering them the opportunity to volunteer their time to help out St. Bernard residents trying to recover from the damages left by the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

How high blood sugar makes you fat even if you aren’t diabetic
October 23, 2006 at 5:25 pm
BOUTTE - Men and women who gain weight without overeating and are tired all the time may be suffering from insulin resistance - a condition that’s often easy to conquer with a few dietary and lifestyle changes that will help you look and feel good again.

Obituaries
October 23, 2006 at 5:22 pm
Landry

Monica D. Landry on Fri., Oct. 13. Age 45. Native and resident of Des Allemands. Daughter of Roland and Nellie T. Dufrene. Survived by husband Louis Landry; children, Jay and wife Emily Landry, Zachary Landry and Ashley Landry; brother Stuart Dufrene; sister Valerie Duhon; grandson Ethan Landry. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Fri., Oct. 13 at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Des Allemands. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. Serviced by Thibodaux Funeral Home.

Hahnville grad led monks to victory in coffin lawsuit
Hahnville grad led monks to victory in coffin lawsuit
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When the monks at St. Joseph Abbey began crafting cypress coffins in 2007, they did not know that the practice would cause a state association to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against their ability to engage in the craft.

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