Letter to the Editor

Careless drivers, not bad roads the cause
March 29, 2006 at 1:13 pm
To the Editor:

Nowhere in Susanne Hinkle's article "Death Trap" did she state the reasons for the deaths of drivers and passengers in the canal that runs alongside Airline Drive through St. Charles Parish. Those reasons are excessive speed, carelessness and inattentiveness and poor education and driving skills.

‘MFP Reform’ would impact state budget
March 29, 2006 at 1:11 pm
A few things happened this month in the name of "MFP Reform" that, if approved by the Legislature, would have a major impact on the state budget. The Minimum Foundation Program, better known as the MFP, is the state funding formula by which the state sends money to Louisiana's 68 school districts to fund public education. Each year, the formula is devised by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and submitted to the Legislature, which can only accept or reject it. If the Legislature rejects the proposed MFP, the prior year's formula remains, with a 2.75 percent built-in inflation factor increase.

St. Charles’ Pokey is in the limelight
March 29, 2006 at 1:10 pm
The name of Pokey Chatman has meant basketball prowess in St. Charles Parish for years.

We watched the gal from Ama grow up, dribbling down the court in recreation basketball and on Hahnville Junior High and Hahnville High School teams.

Russel Schexnayder keeps the ball in play to win the match. Destrehan Tennis has high hopes
March 29, 2006 at 1:07 pm
The boys and girl tennis teams at Destrehan High School are expecting some great things this year. Because of Hurricane Katrina, the girls and boys teams have only one team in their district. They are scheduled to play Hahnville on Friday.

Luling man gets 10 years for child porn Luling man gets 10 years for child porn
March 29, 2006 at 1:06 pm
Grover Cornwell, 61, Luling, pled guilty to 90 counts of possession of child pornography and 1 count of child molestation of a juvenile.

Direct deposit for child support Direct deposit for child support
March 29, 2006 at 1:05 pm
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Social Services (DSS) is now offering child support clients two new options in receiving payments.

Abortion bills could produce another heated debate Abortion bills could produce another heated debate
March 29, 2006 at 1:03 pm
BATON ROUGE -- It has been 16 years since the Legislature took up the issue of abortion in a real way, and many people still remember what a circus it was.

March 29, 2006 at 12:01 pm
Shirley Ann Negrotto Haydel, a native of New Orleans, LA, and a resident of Destrehan, LA, on Monday, March 20, 2006 in the afternoon in the presence of her family. She was 78 years old. Preceded in death by her devoted husband, Lester Joseph Haydel, Sr.; their daughter, Sandra Haydel Segrave-Tefarikis; her parents, Anna Shirley Passanante and Drebing A. Negrotto, Jr. and William J. Negrotto. Survived by her children: Leslie Haydel, wife of Francis J. Braud; son-in-law, Peter J. Tefarikis; Valerie Haydel, wife of Carlos J. Halder; Lester J. Haydel, Jr. and his wife, Paula Prudhomme; Dawn Haydel, wife of Christopher E. Higdon; Richard J. Haydel and his wife, Melanie Rodrigue, Anne Haydel, wife of David J. Landeche; Stacey Haydel, wife of Russ S. Keller; Michael C. Haydel and his wife Mary Schlorff; and her siblings: Eulalie Negrotto Montalto and John A. Negrotto. Also survived by 24 loving grandchilden and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation was at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Destrehan, LA. Entombment in St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum. HC Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.

What's Happening
March 29, 2006 at 11:58 am
Best artists in town showcased
The St. Charles Art Guild will hold its Annual Art Show at the St. Charles Parish Library in St. Rose on April 7 and 8. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday from 2- 4pm. The guild will award Best of Show, 1st,2nd,3rd and honorable mention. Art students from DHS and HHS will also participate. The show will be in honor of Dee Rabalais, a charter member of the guild.

Sheriff Reports
March 29, 2006 at 11:54 am
Leroy Hensley, 60, of 430 Barber Rd., Paradis, LA, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery at the above address on March 21. Sheriff Champage reports that the above subject was arrested following an altercation with his wife. During the altercation the subject allegedly threw a vaccuum at the victim. The victim refused medical treatment.

Eric Alexander, 17, of 409 Longview Drive, Destrehan, LA, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule 1-second offense at 276 Dunlieth Drive, Destrehan, LA, on March 23. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was a passenger in a vehicle whiched deputies had stopped for a traffic violation. Deputies detected the smell of the marijuana from the vehicle. Deputies found a bag of marijuana in the center console of the vehicle.

Rayfeild Joseph Davis, 29, of 201 Quarter Road, Edgard, LA, was arrested and charged with theft of goods at 5800 Hwy. 44, Convent, LA, on March 26. Sheriff Champagne reports that the subject was arrested on a warrant for the above charge. Subject walked out of store without paying for a case of beer.

Elaina Lynn Smith, 27, of 525 Marino Drive, Norco, LA, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery in the 300 Block of Evangeline Road, Montz, LA, on March 26. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested on a warrant for the above charge. Subject was involved in an altercation with a victim. Subject allegedly turned the wheels of her vehicle and took off, making contact with the victim.

Glenn Jenkins, 40, of 490 Boutte Estate Drive, Boutte, LA, was arrested and charged with attempted burglary and simple burglary at 172 Boutte Estate Drive, Boutte, LA, on March 26. Sheriff Champagne reports that the above subject was arrested on a warrant for the above charges. The subject allegedly broke into the victim’s home and vandalized the interior of her kitchen and living room.

Real Estate Transactions Real Estate Transactions
March 29, 2006 at 11:51 am

•153 Clayton Drive, Norco for $85,000 from Elizabeth Isbell, Judy Vivone, Brian Guidry, Stephen Guidry, Robin Clouatre to Joseph Guidry, Jr. on Feb. 3rd.

•Lot F-1 River Road, Norco for $20,000 from the Holmes Family to DG Norco, LLC on Feb. 20th.

The old Destrehan High School. Gone but not forgotten
March 29, 2006 at 11:25 am
Destrehan High School has a rich and fascinating history. Official School Board minutes of July 12, 1923 say that 3 1/2 acres of land donated by Mexican Petroleum Corporation [first major industry in St. Charles Parish] went to build the first high school on the east bank.

Members of the 29th Judicial St. Charles Parish Drug Court from left to right-Judge Emile St. Pierre,Jonnie Dunn, Probation & Parole,Eva Tripkovich,Probation&Parole,Fenwick Swann,III,IDB Attorney,Judge Robert Chaisson,Julie Ruel,Victor E. Bradley,Jr.,IDB A way out
March 29, 2006 at 11:18 am
Keeping St. Charles Parish a safe community is what the drug court is all about. The highly successful program offers an alternative to jail time.

Rev. D.B. Mollaire (center)  with the Deacons of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  Deacons pictured are Irvin Pierre-Chairman, Norman Singleton, Jr, Warren Lebeauf, Sr, Donald Friloux, Jason Markey, Edward Murray, Charles Williams, and Percy Wilson. By the grace of God, we will rebuild
March 29, 2006 at 11:10 am
Katrina, along with destructive winds and catastrophic flooding, brought with her small tornadoes that hit here and there with no rhyme or reason. One such tornado touched down and destroyed the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ama.

Along with Superintendent Lafon and School Board President Robichaux, Harry Hurst Science teacher Barry Gulliot accepts a $10,000 check from the AASA and Sodexo USA. Wetland Watchers wins national award
March 22, 2006 at 3:28 pm
From a crowded field of worthy entrants, the LaBranche Wetland Watchers, an outdoor educational program for Harry Hurst Middle School, won the 2006 National Silver Star, a $10,000 prize.

The metal sides of this C-plant clarifing tank are showing signs of corrosion. If the tank is not repaired, Brou is concerned that the tank could rupture, shutting down the east-bank’s largest water plant. Brou: Now is the time for panic
March 22, 2006 at 3:20 pm
The east bank water crisis ratcheted up another notch at the parish council meeting on Monday evening. At the meeting, Department of Waterworks Director Robert Brou told members in an impassioned address that C Plant's failure “could happen tonight."

Hurst 7th graders Paige Duplantis and Renee Walsh wait in line to get some well-deserved hot dogs and chili after a hard morning's work. Clearing New Paths for the Future
March 22, 2006 at 3:14 pm
When St. Charles Parish teachers Barry Guillot, Craig Howat and Daniel Martin along with local environmentalist Milton Cambre surveyed the damage from Hurricane Katrina to their proposed site for the region's first public nature trail, they were encouraged by the lack of erosion from the tidal surge.

Could cure given to Maria Esperanza be for the Bird Flu?
March 22, 2006 at 3:08 pm
In an unprecedented speech last week, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States.


Student gives back to school
Student gives back to school
Former Luling Elementary and current R.K. Smith student Kevell Byrd donated $100 to...
R. J. Vial has character
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Hahnville suffers tough loss in triple overtime
Hahnville suffers tough loss in triple overtime
The Hahnville Tigers left everything they had out on the field, but it was not enough to overcome the Rummel Raiders in a triple overtime loss.