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Council OKs restaurant site plan

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Mayor David Amrhein and City Councilmen meet Dec. 9 for the last meeting of 2014. Amrhein and members recognized eight-year Councilman John Coghlan of District 3 and 13-year Councilman Dan Wallis of District 4. Coghlan lost the Nov. 4 election to Laura O'Brien and Wallis is retiring. Ben Cavin won Wallis's seat over Sharon McKnight. Wallis is seated and standing, from left, are Francis Nezianya, Amrhein, Tommy Womack, Coghlan and Brandon Noel.

The Zachary City Council at its Dec. 9 meeting agreed with planning and zoning’s recommendation to approve the site plan review for Zaxby’s restaurant. If all goes according to schedule, the restaurant should begin construction in March and take about four months to complete, according to Charlie Colvin, associate broker at Beaux Box. The 3,850-square-foot eatery… Continue reading →

Christmas movie madness

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary United Methodist Church won best display of parade theme for a Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory float Saturday in the Zachary Chamber's annual Christmas parade.

Saturday’s mild weather no doubt played a part in the success of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade. About 75 parade entries proceeded along Church and Main streets Saturday. The creativity, decorations and effort by the contestants vying for top prizes didn’t disappoint. The parade, themed “It’s A Wonderful Life in Zachary: A Celebration… Continue reading →

Recovery funds help finish Youth Park renovations

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Pat Forbes, executive director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, addresses attendees of the ribbon cutting for Zachary Youth Park Dec. 9. In background are Zachary's Chief Administrative Officer Chris Calbert, Mayor David Amrhein and Youth Park Director Shane Hebert, from left.

Zachary Mayor David Amrhein and city officials held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 9 for the recent renovations made to Zachary Youth Park. The new improvements to the park were made possible thanks to about $1.4 million in Community Development Block Grants for recovery from damage sustained by hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. With… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Dec. 18, 2014

Stacy Gill

This past weekend was a huge success for organizers of annual Christmas events in and around Zachary. The city saw probably the largest turnout of people ever at the Christmas in the Village celebration. Last year’s event was minimally attended thanks to freezing, icy rain that kept even the most festive of folk indoors. Friday’s weather, however,… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Dec. 18, 2014

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Howard Arceneaux -- mug shot

High school soccer season is well underway, and the Zachary boys and girls are in the thick of district play. The boys team is at No. 14 in the power rankings. The Broncos started the season with six straight wins before a tie with McKinley and a 1-0 loss to St. Amant. “We are starting… Continue reading →

Students perform Broadway number

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary area youths, from left, Tony Collins, Jamarcus Smith, Jake Thomas, Alana Scott, Alexis Albert, Katie Pedlar, Aliyah Wilcox and Ali Brunson, rehearse Dec. 5 with Mike Backes and Tim Young of  The Broadway Boys at a master class workshop held at the Zachary Performing Arts Center.

The extraordinary opportunity to learn from some of the hottest male voices on the New York stage almost didn’t happen for about 11 Zachary youths who paid to be part of a master class workshop taught by members of The Broadway Boys. A flight delay from New York caused a two-hour late start to the class Dec.… Continue reading →

Leadership North Alumni group announces directors, officers

Photo provided by Carla Sibille -- The Board of Directors for the Leadership North Alumni Association, Inc. includes, from left, Ben Cavin, Charmaine Efferson, Mike Norris and Carla Sibille, president. Board members not shown are Tracy Bethley, vice president; and Ryan Talbot, director of public relations.

Leadership North Alumni Association Inc. has announced its creation as a nonprofit group with community leaders who are dedicated to the promotion of sustainable economic growth and the improvement of quality of life throughout the north capital region through unification of communities, volunteerism and leadership development, Director Carla Sibille said in a news release. Originating as a… Continue reading →

Worley joins Lane, regional eye center

Photo provided by Julie McLin -- Dr. Michael Worley

Dr. Michael Worley has joined the Lane Regional Medical Center and the Williamson Allemond Regional Eye Center in Zachary as an ophthalmic surgeon. Worley is an ophthalmic surgeon specially trained in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, mid-face, lower face and forehead, and treats disorders affecting the eyelids, orbit and tear drainage systems, according to… Continue reading →

Zachary orchestra performs with BR Symphony Trio

Photo provided by Amy Pan -- Zachary orchestra students perform Dec. 4 at a winter musical. Performing, first row from left, are, Geramie Whitfield, William Iannitelli and Cecilia Spencer; second row, Jada Gresham; and back row, Ashton Hull, Anna Staid and Kelsey Nixon.

In 2012, a group of third-graders who had never picked up an instrument before formed the Zachary school district’s first orchestra. The children are now playing the bass, cello, viola and violin. “Now in their third year of the program, the orchestra has gained a reputation for excellence,” said Amy Pan, professional violist and orchestra director.… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrests Dec. 5-10, 2014

The following Zachary and Baker residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison from Dec. 5-10. BRECHEEN, DYLAN: 21, 9243 Arleen Drive, Zachary false imprisonment and simple battery. LITTLE, JANESHA: 23, 1019 Chemin Drive, Baker, theft. SANSONE, KIMBERLLEE: 37, 11597 Blackwater Road, Baker, domestic abuse battery. STRAWBRIDGE, JOHN: 25, 12255 Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road, Zachary,… Continue reading →

School bling for Class of 2016

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- Zachary High juniors, fromleft, Katlyn Daigle, Hunter David, Autumn Davis, Haven Davis, Aaron Day, Melanie Dejoie and Ben Delatte admire the class rings presented to them at a ceremony held Dec. 9 in the school gym. Family and friends attended.

Zachary High School juniors received class rings during a Dec. 9 ceremony in the high school gym. The event was attended by family and friends of the 327 juniors that make up the ZHS Class of 2016. Junior class officers are Nash Joyner, president; Elise Goff, first vice president; Reagan Staggs, second vice president; Symone Jackson,… Continue reading →

Zachary cheerleaders excel

Photo provided by Shannon Milazzo -- The Zachary High Cheer competition team finished second in the Large Varsity division at the Regional Cheer Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, Dec. 6. The cheerleaders front, from left, are Maggie Terral, Mallory Charlet, Ali White, Bailey Cranford, Cami White, Cheyenne Harvin and Lindsey Naquin; middle row, Karli Hall, Caitlin Halphen, Madison Neal, Ryleigh Carr, Callie Howell, Tessa White, Kiswayla Scott and Catherine Halphen; and third row, Emily Hunt, McKenzie Sullivan, Taylee Corkern, Ana Williams, Morgan Peairs, Lauren Kinchen and Skylar Shaw.

Cheerleader competition squads in Zachary have been very busy lately competing and working on skills for upcoming events. Following Universal Cheerleaders Association competitions in Baton Rouge and Dixie Championship cheering in Jackson, Mississippi, area cheerleaders are looking to finals and nationals in Orlando and more competition in 2015, according to Shannon Milazzo, competition cheer coach over the… Continue reading →

Baker Police Department arrests for Dec. 5-11, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Dec. 5-11. ADDISON, TERRYLN: 31, 4888 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure to appear for driving under suspension/revocation and misuse of temporary license plate. AUGUSTUS, KENTRELL: 20, 4604 Chapeau Drive, Baker, bench warrant for failure to appear for… Continue reading →

Soldier’s homecoming set up by wife, principal

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Von Kanel, 36, holds daughter Keira, while shaking hands with a student at Rollins Place Elementary Dec. 8 during a welcome home surprise following his deployment to Afghanistan in March.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Von Kanel, 36, was given a hero’s welcome Dec. 8 following a surprise visit he made to his four children at a Zachary school. The homecoming surprise was orchestrated by Rollins Place Principal Jennifer Marangos and Von Kanel’s wife, Cathryn, who works in administration as a school clerk. The two women… Continue reading →

Zachary Police Department arrests Dec. 5-11, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Dec. 5-11. ANDREPOINT, WILLIAM: 32, 1839 Saul Ave., Zachary, disturbing the peace by public intoxication. BLACKMON, ANTHONY: 27, 4979 St. Louis St., Lot 20, Zachary, bench warrant for failure to appear for hit and run, disturbing… Continue reading →

Hundreds enjoy Christmas in the Historical Village

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Micaela Rosales watches Ella James Bordelon take command of her 'microphone' during a Friday performance by children who attend the Tiny Steps program at BREC's Church Steet Park in Zachary. The group played instruments and sang Christmas songs at the annual Christmas in the Village celebration in the town's gazebo.

Hundreds attended Friday’s Christmas in the Village celebration in downtown Zachary. The idyllic holiday setting in Zachary Historical Village featured Christmas music and performances by local singers, children’s choirs and dance troupes in the festively decorated gazebo. A Christmas tree lighting ceremony by Mayor David Amrhein kicked off the night’s events, which included photos with Santa… Continue reading →

Working to end pet overpopulation

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Gail Dellafiora plays with Ricky and Champ, two nine-week-old mixed breed puppies, at her home in Zachary. Dellafiora is one of the original co-founders of the Feliciana Animal Welfare Society (FAWS). Dellafiora's home is a temporary haven for animals waiting to be adopted but the need for foster families in communities such as Baker and Zachary are dire.

Gail Dellafiora loves animals — large, small, sickly and healthy. No matter their condition, animals tug at her heart strings. The problem, according to Dellafiora, is that there are too many of them. “Nobody is having the conversation about spaying and neutering, and frankly, I believe pet overpopulation is at the root of animal abuse… Continue reading →

Student-authors celebrated during assembly at Rollins Place Elementary

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- First- and second-graders at Rollins Place Elementary celebrated Friday the publishing of their book, 'The Important Thing About Louisiana,' which was named the 12 millionth title by Studentreasures. The book was written and illustrated by students in Aimee Stablier's homeroom and Brandie McNabb's writing class.

In the course of a school day, students may strive to achieve good grades, look forward to what’s on the lunch menu and anticipate the fun and games recess brings. For Rollins Place Elementary School students, a school day includes publishing and illustrating books. The first- and second-graders were lauded at an… Continue reading →

Vessel wins full term on Zachary School Board

Heidi Vessel

Heidi M. Vessel won a full term on the Zachary Community School Board in Saturday’s runoff election after serving almost three months as an appointed member. Vessel, a lawyer and the mother of two children attending Zachary schools, edged Elicia “Lisa” Lathon for the board’s District 6 seat, 418 to 396, according… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Dec. 11, 2014

Stacy Gill

It’s a busy time, and everyone I know is running to and fro, planning, shopping, making lists and checking them twice. In the hustle and bustle of holiday merriment, let us not forget the real reason for the season. Meanwhile, this week around Zachary ... The Lane Regional Medical Center… Continue reading →

Eagle Scouts honored

Photo provided by Vickie Flanders -- Matthew Michael Flanders, son of Chris and Vickie Flanders, of Zachary, was honored Nov. 30 for earning the rank of Eagle Scout at the BSA Troop 472 Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.

Matthew Flanders and Connor Usie were honored Nov. 30 for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Flanders is the son of Chris and Vickie Flanders, and Usie is the son of Ron and Debbie Usie. About 40 guests attended the Boy Scouts of America Troop 472 Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held at St. John… Continue reading →

Lane earns recognition as Top Performer

Lane Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, a news release said. Lane Regional is one of 22 hospitals in Louisiana and one of 1,224 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the honor. The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report — America’s Hospitals: Improving… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. BAKER, WILLIAM: 35, 15646 Bryan Chad Ave., Zachary, bench warrant for failure to appear for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, proper equipment required, no proof of insurance and contributing… Continue reading →

Baker Police Department arrests Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. BAKER, WILLIAM: 35, 15646 Bryan Chad Ave., Zachary, bench warrant for failure to appear for no license plate. BONDS, ANQUINETTE: 37, 9108 La. 19, Slaughter, bench warrants for failure to appear for windshield/window view through… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrests Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2014

The following Zachary and Baker residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. BARRAGAN, CODY: 27, 19850 Buckhorn Drive, Zachary, entering or remaining after forbidden and disturbing the peace. COLEMAN, JASON: 32, 5236 E. Mae St., Zachary, simple battery and false imprisonment. Givens,… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts to allow cookie sales through online platform

The traditional Girl Scout Cookie Program is going digital. For the first time since sales began nearly 100 years ago, Girl Scouts will allow its young cookie-selling entrepreneurs to sell their wares online. Members of the Girl Scouts Louisiana East Council will be among the group of Girl Scouts embracing the new Digital Cookie platform,… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Dec. 11, 2014

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Howard Arceneaux -- mug shot

Coach David Brewerton concluded his first football season as Zachary’s head coach with a 12-2 record and posted the school’s first trip to the state semifinals since joining Class 5A in 2009. The Broncos stumbled on a familiar hurdle, falling against Acadiana for the fourth time in the state playoffs since 2010. Averaging 43 points per game… Continue reading →

City Council rejects store rezoning request

Photo provided by Scott Masterson -- This house at 6210 East Central Ave. in Zachary was added to the condemnation list by the City Council Nov. 25. City building inspector Scott Masterson cited a sagging foundation, rotting floor joists and termite damage among the many reasons why the house should be condemned.

Residents urged the Zachary City Council on Nov. 25 to consider the potential traffic hazards a new Dollar General store would bring to Old Scenic Highway (La. 964) if the rezone of a parcel of land was granted. The agenda item called for a public hearing of the Charles Harelson tract that Dollar General representative Ed… Continue reading →

13 questions with coach, teacher Dave Masterson

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Northeast High School's head football coach David Masterson lives in Zachary with his wife, Jen, and their three children. Jen teaches theatre and play production at Zachary High School.

Name: Dave Masterson, 49… Continue reading →

On your mark, get set, Gleaux Run

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Runners of all ages, shapes and sizes take off at the start of the 5K during the second annual Zachary Gleaux Run on Nov. 29 in the Americana development. Prizes were awarded to the winner of the 5K and participants wearing the best glow attire. Proceeds benefit the Zachary Chamber of Commerce with a portion going to maintaining biking and walking trails in the community.

About 150 people ran, walked or jogged their way through the Zachary Gleaux Run course in the Americana development Saturday for the second year. Adults, teens and children — including a few in strollers and wagons — competed in the 1-mile fun run/walk and 5K sponsored by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce. The annual event… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Dec. 4, 2014

Stacy Gill

Happy holidays, and here’s to holy board! Hope your Thanksgiving celebration was spent with loving family and friends. The weather sure was nice — breezy, but nice. My holiday was spent in West Feliciana cooking and visiting with wonderful family and friends outdoors by an outside fireplace playing a game… Continue reading →

Zachary hosts FBI-LEEDA training

Photo provided by Ray Day -- Zachary Police Chief David McDavid answers questions at the FBI-LEEDA supervisor leadership training seminar Oct. 20-24 in Zachary. McDavid is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

The FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Association conducts leadership training seminars, or institutes, in three phases: supervisor, command and executive. The Supervisor Leadership Institute is a five-day seminar designed for first-line supervisors and middle managers in law enforcement. “The goal of the program is to enhance leadership ability and competency,” Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said.… Continue reading →

Rotary club ‘passes the pig’ for food pantry

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Food Pantry Director Reggie Dykes, left, was the guest of Zachary Rotarian Ben Cavin Nov. 13 to promote the November food drive Pack the Pantry involving the community, businesses, churches, schools and service organizations. Cavin and club members presented Dykes with a check for $1,200 for the Zachary Food Pantry.

The Rotary Club of Zachary meets every Thursday, and one of the ways the service organization gives back is by “passing the pig.” “Not actually a piggy bank, but a large LSU tumbler, we pass the pig around during lunch and members donate as much money as they wish,” Club President Ryan Talbot said. All of… Continue reading →

Charity League announces support for organizations

Photo provided by Jane Lilly Pendergist -- The Zachary Charity League includes 10 members founded by Ava Howard, Carrie Godbold, Laura-Kate Amrhein, Jaime Engels and Renee Beadle, from left. The league has announced support in 2015 for the Zachary Food Pantry, Zachary Volunteer Fire Department and Zachary Police Reserves.

The Zachary Charity League is a new organization of 10 women formed by founders — Laura-Kate Amrhein, Renee Beadle, Jaime Engels, Carrie Godbold and Ava Howard — who have been working together for about six years on various fundraising events. “We formed this charity league because we wanted to officially help people but mainly we wanted to… Continue reading →

Class teaches students love of cooking

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Senior Lauren Kight, 18, stirs a pot of gumbo Nov. 20 in the ProStart class she takes at Northeast High School. Kight and classmates cooked a Thanksgiving meal Thursday that included ham, fried turkey and gumbo.

Students at Northeast High are learning to cook thanks to the ProStart course offered for the first time this year. “I love to cook now,” said student Laurie Kight, 18. “I knew how to cook a little before this class, but now I love it. I like the sense of accomplishment.” Operated and supported by the… Continue reading →

Students win at ‘Wild Things’

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Rollins Place second-grader Alisha Belt, 8, received Honorable Mention for her drawing 'My Home on the Bayou' in the Wild Things Youth Art contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Belt's drawing was displayed Oct. 18 at the Wild Things festival in Lacombe.

Four students at Rollins Place Elementary were selected as winners in a regional art contest. Their work was on display Oct. 18 at the Wild Things Youth Art exhibition in conjunction with Wild Things, a family festival hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit membership organization… Continue reading →

Marionneaux named education chairman on bankers council

Photo provided by Kim Denson -- Mark Marionneaux, 35, Bank of Zachary vice president, has been named Education Chairman of the Louisiana Bankers Education Council. Marionneaux has also been selected as one of Baton Rouge Business Report's Forty Under 40 for 2014.

Mark Marionneaux, 35, Bank of Zachary vice president, has been elected education chairman of the Louisiana Bankers Education Council. Jake Guidry, of St. Martin Bank in Lafayette, has been elected president and succeeds Ryan Thomas, of Citizens National Bank, Bossier City. Thomas will serve as immediate past president on the LBEC executive council for… Continue reading →

Baker Police Department arrests Nov. 21-25, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Nov. 21-25. ALTAZAN, JR., EMERSON: 54, 1932 Court St., Port Allen, possession of Schedule IV (alprazolam/xanax) and possession of Schedule II (acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride). BEACHEM, PRINCESS: 33, 5928 St. Catherine Ave, Baton Rouge, bench… Continue reading →

Bronco rifle team aims high

Photo provided by Leslie Martin -- Zachary High Army JROTC Rifle team members Molly Mahan (team commander), Raven Lindsey, Madeline Elbert, Madris Fabre and Orrin Bordelon, from left, fire from the kneeling position at the McKinley High School Rifle match Nov. 15.

Zachary High Army JROTC rifle team members have competed against eight Baton Rouge area ROTC programs twice this year, dominating on both occasions. At both competitions, the Bronco rifle team placed first in all three positions — prone, standing and kneeling — as well as finished first overall, according to senior Army JROTC instructor Maj. Leslie… Continue reading →

EBRSO arrests for Nov. 21-25, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison between Nov. 21-25. IDUSUYI, JOSHUA: 23, 3306 Baker Blvd., Baker, operating a vehicle while intoxicated. HAWKINS, WILLIAM: 47, 14822 Woodrow Kerr Lane, Zachary, criminal damage to property. LONDON, DEION: 17, 11282 Blackwater Drive, Baker, obscenity and two counts simple battery. RIVERS, DARRELL: 23,… Continue reading →

Teens ‘walk through fantasy’ at open mic night

Photo provided by Nancy Lockett -- Claire Bullock performs In Dreams and Evenstar from the Lord of the Rings movies at the Zachary Library's Open Mic night Nov. 18. The event was themed 'A Walk Through Fantasy' and sponsored by the Zachary Teen Council.

Area teens “walked through fantasy” at a recent open microphone night at the Zachary library, according to Nancy Lockett, teen services librarian for the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library. Teens were invited Nov. 18 to share music, poetry, dance, skits and other types of entertainment from their favorite epic and fantasy-fiction novels, Lockett said. Family… Continue reading →

Zachary student, 3 others receive BASF scholarships

Photo provided - Rebecca Werner

BASF awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four LSU engineering majors as part of the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund. “We appreciate LSU and the School of Engineering for their continued leadership in preparing the next generation of engineers and scientists,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar. “We congratulate… Continue reading →

Zachary Police Department arrests Nov. 21-25, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Nov. 21-25. ARD, AMBER: 23, 9745 Morris Road, St. Francisville, theft of goods. BROWN-TIPTON, MYESHA: 2732 Appleton Ave., Baton Rouge, theft of goods. COLLINS, EMANUEL: 32, 1064 Avenue A, Port Allen, bench warrant… Continue reading →

Plainslanders Club to meet Dec. 12

The Exxon Plainslander’s annuitant club is looking for a few good club members. “We are looking for new members to join us on a quarterly basis, share a meal and listen to varied speakers,” said Joe Dilmon, club president. “The vast majority of our membership live in and around the Felicianas and Zachary.” The Plainslanders… Continue reading →

Broncos, Vikings continue playoff runs

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Howard Arceneaux -- mug shot

The third-seeded Zachary Broncos are one hurdle away from the Class 5A championship game in the Superdome. Standing in the way of first-year coach David Brewerton’s squad is 15th-seeded Acadiana, the defending state champs, in Friday’s Class 5A semifinal contest in Lafayette. The Broncos opened the playoffs with a 53-27 win over 30th-seeded Airline then beat 19th-seed… Continue reading →