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Putting some PEP in their steps

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Early Learning teachers  Sheri Broussard, Tonya Fullerton, Carla Connor and Lauren Felder, from left, perform a dance number to the Jackson 5's 'ABC' during a community pep rally Nov. 20 celebrating Zachary's 10 years as the top school district in the state.

The Zachary Community School District’s story practically writes itself — 10 years at No. 1 following the decision 11 years ago to gain independence from East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Each year, the district credits maintaining standards of excellence, a student-centered philosophy and core values as the reasons for its success. Annually, after school and district… Continue reading →

Three Broncos sign to play college baseball

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Three Zachary High School Bronco baseball players signed to play college ball Nov. 17 with their parents and head coach Jesse Cassard in attendance. Sitting, from left, are signee Micah McHugh with his mother, Staci; signee Evan Pace and mom, D'nean; and Cory Musselman with mom, Kelli; and standing are fathers Jeff McHugh, Coach Cassard, Tommy Pace and Darren Musselman, from left.

Three Zachary seniors have accepted scholarships to play college baseball. Micah McHugh has signed to play with Ole Miss, Cory Musselman inked a deal with Northwestern State University and Evan Pace signed with Southeastern Louisiana University. The Bronco athletes signed together at a Nov. 17 ceremony attended by family, friends and teammates. “What… Continue reading →

Baker Police Department arrests Nov. 13-20, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Baker Police Department Nov. 13-20. BARNES, KEARIA: 32, 2784 Andover St., Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for safety belt use. BILLIOT, KIMBERLY: 46, 4879 Kennedy St., Zachary, bench warrant for failure to appear for speeding. BROWN, MYRA:… Continue reading →

Internal medicine specialist opens new clinic

Photo provided by Julie McLin -- Dr. Jason Beeharilal, internal medicine and medical aesthetics, has opened a practice in Zachary. Beeharilal, known as Dr. Bee to his patients, was formerly located at Dr. Michael DeJohn's office in Clinton.

Dr. Jason Beeharilal, specializing in internal medicine and medical aesthetics services, has opened Premier Wellness Associates in Zachary on the campus of Lane Regional Medical Center. Earning his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 2001 at the age of 23, Dr. Bee, as his patients call him, began his residency training at Georgetown University,… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrests Nov. 14-19, 2014

The following people were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison from Nov. 14-19. CULPEPPER, JESSE: 37, 8842 Waters Edge Ave., Zachary, criminal mischief. DILLON, JENNIA: 55, 867 Mount Pleasant Road, Zachary, driving while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia. GONZALES, TIMMIE: 22, 4301 Marshall St., Zachary, theft of goods. LEBLANC, MARLOE: 31, 846 Fairwinds Ave., Zachary,… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests Nov. 14-19, 2014

The following people were booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department Nov. 14-19. BROWN, DETRIC: 31, 2215 College Ave., Baker, illegal possession of stolen things, speeding, no insurance and no inspection sticker. BROWN, LAURIE: 37, 20600 McHost Road, Zachary, violation of Zachary city ordinance: minimum lowest floor… Continue reading →

Deadline approaches to sign up for Broadway Boys class

The Regional Arts Council of Zachary will present a master class and performance opportunity for local youth. A master class workshop with the Broadway Boys, New York’s hottest male voices on Broadway stages, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Zachary High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, 4100 Bronco Lane.… Continue reading →

Get ready to gleaux

Joggers, runners and walkers are getting ready to “gleaux” at the second annual Zachary Gleaux Run. Onsite registration begins at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 for the 1-mile fun run/walk, which begins at 5:45 p.m. The 5K begins at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best overall glow attire and 5K race winners.… Continue reading →

Christmas in the Village slated for Dec. 12

Families are invited to Christmas in the Village, an old-fashioned celebration, beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the historical district of downtown Zachary. Gourmet food trucks will gather in the city hall annex parking lot, offering smoked barbecue from Pullin Pork; hamburgers, po-boys and meat pies from Tramonte’s; and cupcakes and sweets from Cupcake Allie, according… Continue reading →

Kindergartners celebrate veterans

Photo provided by Susan Varnadore -- Kindergartner Breanna Okert gets into the Veterans Day celebration at Northwestern Elementary School Nov. 11.

Zachary kindergartners honored veterans with a brief program Nov. 11. Students whose parents and grandparents are in the military or veterans of the armed forces attended. The children sang patriotic songs and wore self-made patriotic hats. Students in Phyllis Manuel’s class played “America the Beautiful” on bells, then the kindergartners placed American flags in front… Continue reading →

Zachary gets off to good start

Photo provided by Cynthia Shaffer -- Michael Morris takes the rebound for Zachary Nov. 19 against the visiting Vikings from Northeast High. The Broncos won 66-47. Zachary hosts Woodlawn Dec. 1 prior to the annual Herty Memorial Tournament Dec. 3-6.

First-year Zachary coach Kenny Almond is off to a good start with his Broncos. ZHS hosted the Northeast Vikings Nov. 19, walking away with the win, 66-47. Zachary led in the first quarter 14-6, followed by a 13-point lead going into the break. The Vikings scored 18 points to Zachary’s 15 in the third, but… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports: Broncos, Vikings advance in playoffs

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott is brought down by Denham Springs' Zach Stuart, left, and Caleb Roddy in a Class 5A regional round playoff game Friday.

The third-seeded Zachary Broncos will face their second straight District 4-5A rival in the Class 5A playoffs when they host upstart No. 22 Scotlandville in a quarterfinal contest Friday at Bronco Stadium. Scotlandville is the surprise team of the 5A playoffs so far and is the lowest-seeded team remaining. The Hornets scored an 18-14 victory… Continue reading →

Doctor gives updates on new Radiation Oncology Center

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Rotarian Dewey Mizell, Dr. Andy  Lauve, Dr. Will Russell and Rotarian Randy Olson, from left, at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Rotary Club of Zachary.  Russell, of the Radiation Oncology Center in Zachary, a joint effort between the Baton Rouge General and Lane Regional Medical Centers, was the guest of Mizell.

Since the February opening of the Radiation Oncology Center in Zachary, 72 patients have received 1,500 treatments, Dr. William Russell said during a Nov. 6 Zachary Rotary Club meeting. “We’re operating full time and averaging about 20 patients a day,” Russell said. Board-certified in internal medicine and radiation oncology, Russell and Dr. Andrew Lauve are… Continue reading →

Copper Mill celebrates Veterans Day

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Army Major Sheldon Perkins was the guest speaker at the Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at Copper Mill Elementary School in Zachary. Retired since 2011 from the 769th Engineer Battalion, Maj. Sheldon now works for Louisiana State Police in the Criminal Investigations Division, Troop A.

Copper Mill Elementary students honored veterans Nov. 11 at their annual program with performances by the choir and orchestra led by teacher Amy Pan. Some of the children’s parents who are active in the military or veterans attended. Winners of the school’s essay contest, “How I Honor Veterans,” were awarded certificates. “It should come as… Continue reading →

Ceremony honors veterans

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Veterans Jesse Spears (Army), Erby Magee (Coast Guard), Bobby Snowden (Army), Don Metcalf (Army), Vincent Cambre (Navy) and Ray Bates (Navy), from left, salute the American flag Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at a ceremony held at the Bank of Zachary. The bank holds the event every year for area veterans and the community.

Members of the Zachary community attended a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 that included patriotic performances by the Zachary High School band and choir and flag detail by members of the Junior ROTC. Held each Veterans Day and hosted by the Bank of Zachary, the program honors area veterans, their sacrifices and their service. Retired from… Continue reading →

Learning life skills

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Raven Polar, Chris Ferguson and Arron Fronek, from left, unpack boxes and hang clothes at Stage as part of their community-based class at Zachary High School. The special needs students work several days during the week at area businesses in an effort to learn job skills.

Six students at Zachary High School are learning job and life skills thanks to their teacher, Jamie Byrd, and a few local businesses. The students are in Byrd’s special education classroom, and they work a few hours each week at Stage and The Crossing at First Baptist Church of Zachary. Sandy Barnett, who works in shipping… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrests Nov. 7-12, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office from Nov. 7-12. EAMES JR., KENNETH: 22, 4805 Baker Blvd., Baker, illegal use of a weapon and criminal mischief. HAGAN, KYLE: 27, 4587 Yvonne Drive, Baker, possession of Schedule IV substance. HENSON, JIMMY: 58, 12031 Pheasantwood Drive, Baker, intimidating… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from Nov. 7-13, 2014

The following people were booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Nov. 7-13. BATES, RAYMOND: 89, 6401 Main St., Lot 9, Zachary, hit and run. BOOKER, DONAVAN: 19, 5303 North Celeste Drive, Baker, felony theft. BROWN, ENNIS: 38, 12638 Island Road, St. Francisville, bench… Continue reading →

Broadway Boys return to Zachary for Christmas show

Photo provided by Margaret Harmon -- The Broadway Boys are back in Zachary Dec. 5 for a two-hour master class and Dec. 6 for a Christmas performance at Zachary's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now at, Bank of Zachary or by contacting Marjorie Moore at (225) 654-7024.

The Broadway Boys are returning to Zachary for a Christmas concert thanks to the Regional Arts Council of Zachary. The concert, which features a cast of the hottest male voices working on the New York stage, is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The Broadway Boys will perform a selection of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk… Continue reading →

Former Bronco excels as Bear

Photo provided by Cynthia Shaffer -- Baton Rouge Community College's Drexler Davis shoots for the Bears on Nov. 1 in a season-opening game against Bossier Parish Community College. Davis is a 2014 graduate of Zachary High School. He scored 16 points, helping the Bears win, 116-105.

Baton Rouge Community College’s Bears basketball team opened its season Nov. 1 with a win, defeating Bossier Parish Community College 116-105. Five Bears finished the game in double digits: Erik Thomas with 24 points; Seth Jackson, 19; Jermaine Johnson, 17; Drexler Davis, 16; and Damian Young with 11 points. Davis, a 2014 Zachary High graduate, attends… Continue reading →

School board votes for sales tax

Zachary school board members unanimously agreed Thursday to place a sales tax proposition on the March 28 ballot. The board is asking voters to consider a one-cent sales tax increase for the school district. East Baton Rouge Parish, Baker and Zachary schools receive two cents in sales tax while neighboring Central and West Feliciana… Continue reading →

Gumbo sale warms hearts at food drive

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL --James Corkern of Zachary stirs a 100-gallon pot of gumbo Friday during Zachary's Pack the Pantry fundraiser benefitting the Zachary Food Pantry.

Cold weather didn’t stop the Zachary community from packing the pantry on Friday. Paul Mier and his gumbo-cooking assistants from Central and Zachary were on site at the city hall parking lot as early as 2 a.m. “We were out here very early,” Mier said. “It was freezing.” Mier cooks his chicken and sausage gumbo… Continue reading →

Junior Bronco teams head to Superbowl

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Richard Anderson carries the ball for the Zachary Junior Broncos' D team Saturday against the Dutchtown Griffins. The Jr. Broncos defeated the Griffins 12-6 in Bronco Stadium and will head to the Superbowl Nov. 22 at Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The Zachary Junior Broncos dominated the day Nov. 15 during the second round of playoffs of the Louisiana Elite Youth Football League. “We made history by becoming the first organization with four teams in the Superbowl. This was epic!” A team coach Ralph Walker said. “The future looks bright for Zachary football.” All four of the… Continue reading →

Zachary honors legacy of Boudreaux

Photo provided by Christy Anderson -- Jerry Boudreaux was born July 23, 1933, and died Nov. 6, 2014. He was a 1952 graduate of Baker High School where he taught and coached from 1967-1970. He was principal at Zachary High from 1970 to 1995 and named East Baton Rouge Parish's High School Principal of the Year in 1988.

On Nov. 6, Jerry Joseph Boudreaux, 81, died, joining his wife of 58 years, Cherry Brady Boudreaux, 83, who died Oct. 16 as the result of a tragic accident. Jerry and Cherry Boudreaux leave behind five children, Pookie (Boudreaux) and husband Bill Screws; Brent Boudreaux and wife Cheryl; Beetle (Boudreaux) and husband Vic Fisher; Robyn (Boudreaux) and… Continue reading →

First chili cook-off a cool event

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- WYNK radio personality Sam McGuire, left, with 'The Heat is On' first place winner of the inaugural Code Red Chili Cook-off and winner of the People's Choice awards Nov. 15. The event included nine teams, a beer-tasting and celebrity judges.

Saturday’s chilly temperatures served the inaugural Code Red Chili Cook-off well inside the Americana development at The Pointe. Nine teams began setting up tents, pots, pans and ingredients following strict guidelines for a cooking competition that benefited the Lane RMC Foundation and its many projects, including cancer treatment services at the Radiation Oncology Center on Lane Regional’s… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports: Zachary, Northeast on playoff march

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

Zachary’s third-seeded football team will face a familiar opponent when it travels Friday to meet No. 19 Denham Springs in a second-round Class 5A playoff game. The Broncos are 10-1 this season with 10 straight victories, including last week’s 53-27 triumph over Airline. The Yellow Jackets are 7-4 this season and earned their first playoff victory in… Continue reading →

Mayor touts unified ‘power of one’

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Mayor David Amrhein with Beth Torina, LSU head softball coach and guest speaker at the mayor's annual Thanksgiving prayer breakfast, Nov. 7. The theme for the breakfast was 'Zachary Connected'.

At the Mayor’s Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast on Friday, unity and connecting to community were the overriding themes. The annual breakfast held in early November is coordinated by the Mayor’s Office to bring city and elected officials, religious, school and business leaders and the community together for a faith-based event. “This is the most unprepared I’ve ever… Continue reading →

Teacher gaining acclaim for surreal art

Photo provided by Megan Buccere -- 'Sweetest Bite' painted by Zachary's Megan Buccere, who is gaining national recognition as an emerging artist in the pop surrealism movement. Buccere, pronounced bus era, is exibiting in galleries and shows across the nation.

Artist, ceramicist and painter Megan Buccere is gaining recognition for her work but not in Zachary, where she lives and works as an art teacher, and not among the local art circles she frequents; instead, she is gaining acclaim as an emerging artist on the lowbrow art-pop surrealism scene. “I am just beginning to gain some recognition,”… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports: Broncos, Vikings earn high seeds for football playoffs

Photo provided by Lisa Sorrel -- Zachary defeats Terrebonne during a recent game.

The Zachary Broncos are seeded third in the 32-team LHSAA Class 5A playoff bracket and will host 30th-ranked Airline on Friday in the first round. Airline, located in Bossier City, completed the regular season 4-6 overall and 2-3 in District 1-5A. If the Broncos win, they will face the winner of 14th-seeded Woodlawn of Baton Rouge,… Continue reading →

Dale Carnegie trainer addresses Baker chamber

Photo provided by Patt Roberson -- LaTania Anderson, Baker Chamber director; Darnell Waites, chief administrative officer for the City of Baker; and senior performance development specialist Linda Achee Callender, of Dale Carnegie Training, from left, at a Chamber of Commerce 'Lunch and Learn' meeting in September. Callender was the guest speaker for the luncheon.

Linda Achee Callender, senior performance development specialist for Dale Carnegie Training, was the guest speaker at the Baker Chamber of Commerce “Lunch and Learn” meeting in September. How to connect with people and ways to strengthen relationships were on the agenda with exercises in memory held. “People like to talk about themselves,” Callender said. “Asking a… Continue reading →

ZHS grad awarded LSU flagship scholarship

Photo provided by Jeannine Tate -- Dr. Darrell Tate, retired Lane radiologist, Jackie Odom, scholarship recipient from Zachary, and Paul Owen, representing his father, Dr. Hubert Owen, recently deceased, from left, at the LSU Alumni Associations 26th annual scholars banquet held Oct. 23. Odom is the recipient of the Tate and Owen Flagship Scholarship.

The LSU Alumni Association’s board of directors held its 26th annual scholars banquet Oct. 23 in the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Jackie Odom, 17, daughter of Jim and Kelley Odom, of Zachary, was awarded the Owen-Tate flagship scholarship. Dr. Darrell Tate, a retired radiologist of Lane Regional Medical Center, and the late Dr. Hubert Owen,… Continue reading →

Lane Rehabilitation names program head

Frank Roubique

Frank Roubique, a registered nurse, has been named program director at Lane Rehabilitation Center, a 30-bed inpatient acute rehabilitation center specializing in physical, occupational and speech therapy. Roubique will be responsible for the overall operations at the center, which include communication efforts, patient satisfaction, physician relations and business development, according to a news release.… Continue reading →

Firefighters honored at annual banquet

Photo provided by Tess Ricketts -- Career, contract and volunteer firefighters with the Zachary Fire Department gathered Oct. 24 for an annual awards banquet held at The Pointe at Americana. Honors and recognitions were awarded for firefighters of the year, fire and medical life saves and years of service.

Career, contract and volunteer firefighters with the Zachary Fire Department gathered Oct. 24 for their annual awards banquet at The Pointe at Americana. Justin Bradley was honored as Firefighter of the Year, and the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award went to Jayson Fullerton. Fire Chief Danny Kimble said deputy chiefs nominate two firefighters from each… Continue reading →

Zachary Police Department bookings from Oct. 31-Nov.6, 2014

The following people were booked in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by Zachary Police Oct. 31 to Nov. 6. ENNIS, EDDRICK: 24, 5133 St. Louis St., Zachary, stopping, standing or parking vehicle in roadway and possession of marijuana. GIARDELLI, NICOLE: 36, 21020 La. 19, Lot No. 8, Zachary, aggravated battery involving domestic… Continue reading →

Baker Police Department arrests from Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Baker Police Department Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. ANDREWS, KEIONDRA: 21, 176 June Drive, Avondale, bench warrants for failure to appear for failure to register vehicle, two counts driving under suspension, expired motor vehicle inspection and child seat restraints.… Continue reading →

Volunteers help out at children’s home

Photo provided by Rhett Pritchard -- Volunteer Christy Mensah, holding Mercy Ellis, daughter of Heritage Ranch founder Vicki Ellis, and Sara Stanton, volunteer Nov. 1 at the ranch's monthly service day. The first Saturday of the month is volunteer work day at the Christian children's home.

Heritage Ranch Christian Children’s Home, located on a 52-acre site in Zachary, on Nov. 1 hosted its monthly day of service. Volunteers from First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, members of Southern University’s Alpha Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and residents from the community participated in a ranch workday. Work varies each month… Continue reading →

Cook-off features hot cars, cool brews

Registration is underway and teams are urged to sign up to compete in the Code Red Chili Cook-off. Cooking teams can pay a $25 entry fee to take part in the inaugural Code Red Chili Cook-off, a cooking competition set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at The Pointe of Americana in Zachary. Admission… Continue reading →

Northwestern students, teachers celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Photo provided by Susan Varnadore -- Participating in Red Ribbon Week activities are Northwestern Elementary School teachers, from left, Erin Curry, Kathy Martin, Kamille Watson, Charissa Dennis, Anna Roque and Casey Brewerton. The teachers and students promoted the Red Ribbon theme: Love Yourself. Be Drug Free Oct. 24-Oct. 31 by participating in races and hosting a 'Wear Red Day'.

Faculty, staff and kindergarten students celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24-31 at Northwestern Elementary by participating in daily activities. Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign about drug prevention education and advocacy, according to Through daily videos, children were taught by Darin the DARE Lion about washing… Continue reading →

Northeast stopped by Redemptorist

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Northeast's Dominic Yates rushes toward his Redemptorist opponents Nov. 7 in Pride. The Vikings dropped to 7-2 with the 19-14 loss to Redemptorist.

The Northeast High School Vikings were stopped short Nov. 7 of an attempt to tie East Feliciana for the District 6-2A title. The Vikings (7-2, 3-2) were outplayed by the Redemptorist Wolves, 19-14. The loss means Northeast will finish in a second-place tie with Episcopal. Redemptorist finished the regular season 2-8 and 1-4 in 6-2A.… Continue reading →

Campuses to host book fair

Zachary High School and Zachary Career and Technical Center are hosting a custom book fair from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 21-22 at Barnes & Noble Citiplace, 2590 Citiplace Court, Baton Rouge. The book fair benefits both campus libraries, said Desiree Alexander, library media specialist at ZCTC.… Continue reading →

Bronco baseball team walks for diabetes

Photo provided by Jesse Cassard -- The Zachary High School Bronco Baseball team Nov. 1 at the JDRF's Walk for a Cure at LSU. Bronco players, assistant coach Jacob Fisher and head baseball coach Jesse Cassard attended the event on behalf of fellow player Cody Trisler, who has Type 1 diabetes.

The Zachary High School baseball team, along with assistant coach Jacob Fisher and head baseball coach Jesse Cassard, participated Nov. 1 in the 2014 Baton Rouge Walk to Cure Diabetes at LSU to support one of their own. Cody Trisler, a junior at Zachary High and Bronco baseball player, was diagnosed five years ago with Type… Continue reading →

Lane Regional debuts silent MRI

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- After 14 months and $7 million in renovation work, Lane Regional Medical Center's imaging department now has General Electrics most advanced digital X-ray imaging and MRI technology, the Optima MR450W with a Geometry Embracing Method suite. The new MRI GEM suite allows for greater precision and higher resolution imaging while providing patient comfort with silent and quiet scan capability.

Visitors got a first look at Lane Regional Medical Center’s newly renovated imaging department during a Nov. 6 celebration that included tours of the unit. The 14-month, $7 million renovation includes General Electric’s most advanced digital X-ray imaging and magnetic resonance imaging technology, a news release from Lane said. The renovation project replaced existing X-ray, fluoroscopic… Continue reading →