Katie Brady, Toni Rizzo, Faith Ryan, Haylee Ferguson, Madison Webre, Mikaela Picou, Alli Perilloux, Danielle Baiamonte, Catie Toal and Gillian Gallardo. Joh'anna's Jazz in Motion Shakes a Tail Feather in Baton Rouge
April 26, 2006 at 11:43 am
Joh’anna’s Jazz in Motion’s competition group traveled to Baton Rouge to compete in the VIP dance competition. The students walked away with gold, high medals and top awards.

Birth Announcements
April 26, 2006 at 11:41 am
Emma Griffith, was born to Emily Griffith and Curtis A. Brown on April 17, 2006 weighing in at 7 pounds 5 ounces and 10 1/4 inches long. Emma has a proud sister, Torey Gay, 6. Parents, sister and baby reside in Norco.

 21-week old Samuel is pictured reaching out from his mother’s womb. Hand of hope
April 26, 2006 at 11:39 am
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

Just a few more weeks
April 26, 2006 at 11:38 am
Sometimes you just need to get away to see what is really going on. Case in point, last Saturday’s well-anticipated mayor’s election in New Orleans.

Wedding and Engagements
April 26, 2006 at 11:37 am
The marriage of Miss Quincee Marie Bourgeois and Mr. Randy Anthony Roccaforte will be solemnized on Friday, April 28, 2006 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Destrehan. Quincee is the daughter of Belinda Babineaux Wilson and Kevin Bourgeois of Destrehan. Randy is the son of Janice and Lonnie Roccaforte of Garyville. Quincee is a Certified Court Reporter and Registered Professional Reporter employed with Torres Reporting & Associates, Inc. with offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Randy is a Process Operator employed at Marathon Oil in Garyville. The couple will reside in Garyville.

Mobile Medical Unit gets grant to continue work
April 26, 2006 at 11:35 am
The Foundation of the Mid South has awarded St. Charles Community Health Center a $50,000 Bridge Grant from the Foundation’s Hurricane Recovery and Restoration Fund in order to continue SCCHC's mobile medical unit presence in south Louisiana.

New park draws thanks
April 26, 2006 at 11:33 am
Nearly 8 years ago my science students at Hurst Middle adopted the site where the spillway's East Guide Levee meets Lake Pontchartrain as part of the LaBranche Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Project. It was a popular dumping spot where we found many washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators. The students took pride in the spot, planted many trees and worked with community leader Milton Cambre to plan out a nature trail in the area. Not only will this site have the first public nature trails in this region, it will also include an outdoor classroom, raised wooden decked trails, a fishing pier, sheltered picnic tables, a playground for children, and eventually real restrooms!

Wrong-headed immigration policy
April 26, 2006 at 11:32 am
In more than 60 years of reading the Herald and Herald-Guide, I have never seen a more wrong-headed editorial than the one written by Allen Lottinger in the edition of April 20, 2006.

Last chance to do it right?
April 26, 2006 at 11:30 am
If a system were the only one of its kind in the United States, was very antiquated, and yielded poor results, one would think those in charge of the operation would be desperately trying to reform it. Not so with Louisiana's Charity Hospital system. The genesis of the Charity system was during Huey Long's tenure as governor. In subsequent years, it grew to become the main delivery system for indigent health care across Louisiana. At its inception 70 years ago, it was a progressive approach. But in today's world of federally controlled Medicaid, it's a dinosaur being kept alive by politicians for political purposes.

Everett Alleman, 58, Destrehan Destrehan man charged with insurance fraud
April 26, 2006 at 11:27 am
In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, crimes such as insurance fraud are receiving national priority and attention and the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit is maintaining a zero tolerance approach to its investigations.

Judi Betts, a artist and resident of Baton Rouge, presents a set of art books she authored to Merrill Zeringue, President of the St. Charles Art Guild. St. Charles Parish Art Guild 2006 Annual Member Art Show
April 26, 2006 at 11:26 am
The St. Charles Art Guild presented their 2006 Member Art Show at the St. Charles Parish Library in St. Rose. The show was presented in memory of Dee Rabalais, a charter member of the guild. The event was open to the public and there was a good turnout. Art students from Destrehan High School and Hahnville High School also participated in the show.

Hahnville’s Luke Savoie squeezes home for one of the 14 runs scored by his team Thursday. Photo by Ellis Alexander Tigers sweep the pair and the title
April 26, 2006 at 11:23 am
In both rivalry games against Destrehan, Hahnville's program of excellence won them the rightful title of District 5-5A Champions. In their game on Thursday, Hahnville beat Destrehan 14-10. On Saturday, Hahnville took their second victory against Destrehan with a win of 2-0.

FEMA advises west bank to raise new homes FEMA advises west bank to raise new homes
April 26, 2006 at 11:22 am
New flood height advisories released by Federal Emergency Management Agency -- if adopted by St. Charles Parish -- will drastically affect the building of new homes in certain areas on the west bank. Most areas in the lower portion of St. Charles Parish will no longer be inside Zone-X.

Sheriff Reports
April 26, 2006 at 11:21 am
~ Sheriff Greg Champagne reports that members of the Drug Enforcement Administration received information that the subjects below were planning a drug transaction involving the sale of 1000 tabs of Ecstacy, which would take place in St. Charles Parish. On April 14, St. Charles Parish Agents along with DEA Agents arrested Cavalier and Wrens after witnessing this drug transaction take place. At the time of the arrest, Wrens and Cavalier were found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, two bundles of cocaine, and over $8,000 in US currency. This incident was an ongoing investigation involving DEA, St. Charles Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Kenner Police Department. Other individuals were arrested in conjunction with this investigation.
• Kevin Cavalier, 19, of 100 Dixie Dr., Bayou Gauche, was arrested and charged with conspire to att. to poss. with intent to dist. 1000 DU’s of MDMA(ecstacy), poss. with intent to dist. cocaine and poss. of a firearm during the sale of a CDS at 13146 US Hwy. 90, Boutte, on April 14.
• Michael Wrens, 36, of 6757 Willie Lou Ave., Houma, was arrested and charged with conspire to att. to poss. with intent to dist. 1000 DU’s of MDMA (ecstacy), poss. with intent to dist. cocaine HCL and poss. of a firearm during the sale of a CDS at 13146 US Hwy. 90, Boutte, on April 14.

(Clockwise) Kevin Cavalier, 19, Bayou Gauche, and Michael Wrens, 36, Houma, Jeffery Lecourt, 26, LaPlace, and Toria Smith, 20, Metairie were arrest for attempting to purchase a 1000 units of Ecstasy. $50,000 in Ecstasy seized in drug busts
April 26, 2006 at 11:20 am
In two separate incidents, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office -- in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency and other area parish police departments -- arrested four individuals attempting to traffic Ecstasy through the parish.

April 26, 2006 at 11:19 am
Freeman Patterson, Sr., on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at his residence in New Sarpy, La. Son of the late Arthur and Ophelia p. Patterson. Devoted father of Freeman, Jr., Rickey and Jeff Patterson. Brother of Walter Patterson. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchilden and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Age 70 years. A native and resident of New Sarpy, La. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend funeral services at Beechgrove Baptist Church in Reserve, La. on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. Rev. Wesley Anderson, Sr., Pastor, officiating. Interment Providence Cemetery, LaPlace, La. Serviced by Robottom.

Russel Roberts, ama, shows his wilted tomato plants on his vegetable farm. A lack of soil moisture has been a major concern for him and other farmers in the parish. With the lack of rain, Roberts is forced to irrigate his crops on a daily basis. April showers?
April 26, 2006 at 11:16 am
Wednesday’s substantial rain may have staved off a critical drought in parish. However, the driest spring in decades could cause major losses for ranchers and farmers if more rain doesn’t come soon, according to County Agent Renee’ Schmit.

Get those bingo dabbers ready
April 26, 2006 at 11:14 am
The Hahnville Dugout Club will sponsor a Special Bingo this Sunday night, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the St. Charles Room Bingo Hall located at 13145 Hwy. 90 in Boutte. A full night of bingo is only $15 with a chance to win up to $14,000. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Dugout Club will distribute all the proceeds from this bingo to the Hahnville High School Band's Washington, D.C. trip fund.

Teens avoid jail after robbing suspected drug dealer in Norco
Teens avoid jail after robbing suspected drug dealer in Norco
Two teens will not spend any additional time in jail after admitting they lured a Metairie drug dealer to a Norco park and robbed him of synthetic marijuana in January.