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Archivist retraces Zachary’s history from original train depot, revolution, resurrection from fire

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- Betty Tucker, archivist and historian for the city of Zachary, talks about the history of Zachary at the March 21 meeting of the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society at the Bluebonnet branch of the library.

The city of Zachary technically exists because a man named Darel Zachary donated part of his land to the Illinois Central Railroad in the 1880s for a train depot, one of many that sprang up about every 5 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans. It would become an important means of transportation for goods and people, said… Continue reading →

Siege of Port Hudson to be re-enacted over weekend

For the Siege of Port Hudson’s 152nd anniversary, Port Hudson State Historic Site will host its annual re-enactment of the battle Saturday and Sunday. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate uniforms will stage activities emblematic of the 1863 siege. Artillery, cavalry and infantry branches as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers… Continue reading →

Residents engage in roundtable discussion

Photo provided by Sharon Phillips -- City Councilmen Ben Cavin, second from right, and Brandon Noel, far right, speak with about 20 residents from the Zachary community who attended an open forum discussion March 16 at the library where concerns and opinions about the city's growth were shared.

What was intended to be a community forum similar to East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Trae Welch’s monthly meetings in Baker, Chaneyville or Zachary turned into a more intimate, roundtable discussion among about 20 residents from the Zachary community and City Councilmen Brandon Noel, of District 2, and Ben Cavin, of District 4. Residents from all districts… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for March 26, 2015

Stacy Gill

Join the staff and physicians of Lane Regional Medical Center for a meet and greet from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March, 26 in the hospital cafeteria to welcome Lane’s newest specialists. Attending the meet and greet will be Dr. Samer Bakhos, hospital medicine; Dr. Jason Beeharilal, Premier Wellness Associates; Dr. Cynthia Boyer,… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for March 26, 2015

Zachary Plainsman file photo -- Janie O'Conner

The Zachary High girls track and field team continued to dominate opponents by winning the Hornet Relays at Scotlandville High on March 20. Not only did the Lady Broncos win the meet with 159 points, but how they did it was equally impressive. The Lady Broncos were well ahead of second-place Parkview Baptist (98), East… Continue reading →

Zachary High marketing program receives grant

Photo provided by June Thompson -- Zachary High School students attended the state DECA conference in Baton Rouge in February. Participants, from left, included Kirkland Sheppard, Herchiel Devalcourt, Jaylynn Howard, Quinn Richards, Emily Borg, Cathy McLeod, Yusalynda Chew and teacher/coordinator June Thompson. Not shown is Chelsi Parker.

Zachary High School’s marketing and DECA program, led by coordinator and teacher June Thompson, was recently awarded a $2,900 grant from the Marketing Education Retail Alliance. DECA is a student-centered organization providing leadership and personal development designed for students enrolled in marketing education classes. MERA was created in 2000 and is administered by the Louisiana… Continue reading →

Lane expands services with gastroenterology practice

Dr. Kirk Mullins

Gastroenterology Associates have expanded its digestive health care services to patients living north of the capital region with the opening of a new Zachary office, 4735 West Park Drive, Suite A, on the campus of Lane Regional Medical Center. Doctors Kirk Mullins, Alan Maltbie and Douglas Walsh specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal and… Continue reading →

Lane adds licensed acupuncturist

Aerin Couvillion

Lane Regional Medical Center has welcomed Aerin Couvillion, a licensed acupuncturist who recently founded Fleur de Lis Acupuncture in Zachary, to its medical team. A native of Baton Rouge, Couvillion attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York where she received a master’s degree in oriental medicine; became a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National… Continue reading →

Zachary High’s mock trial team repeats as state regional champs

Photo provided by Chris Staggs -- Zachary High's Team Black is the Louisiana State Bar Association's Region 3 champion. The team competed Feb. 27-28 in Baton Rouge and advances to the state competition March 28. Team Black, from left, includes Reagan Staggs, Jordan Kozar, Zoe Heeter-Collins, teacher/coach Chris Staggs, Eddie Veal, Shelby Waddell, Aanan Henderson, teacher and coach Adrianne Dykes and Nash Joyner.

A team from Zachary High School’s mock trial program won the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Region 3 competition for the second consecutive year. Twenty-three high school teams competed in the regional mock trial competition Feb. 27-28 in Baton Rouge. The mock trials are presided over by local judges and judged by members of the local… Continue reading →

Students enjoy field trip to Farr Park

Photo provided by Mimi Bennett -- Rollins Place Elementary School first- and second-grader special needs students took a field trip March 13 to BRECs Farr Park Equestrian Center in Baton Rouge. The Rollins Place group, front row, from left, included Kali Duncan, Camden King, DaVeon Collins, Scott McCartney, Aaron Clark, Desiree Blount, D.J. Burrell, teacher Mimi Bennett and C.J. Carter; middle row, Joanna Abdalla, Glenda Dufour, Caidan Wiltz, Nailah Jenkins, Naja Jenkins, Jade Bailey, Frederick Melton, Eddie Stewart, teacher Alicia Allen and Heather Bankston; and back row, horses Mabel, Champ and Sugar with instructors.

Mimi Bennett’s and Alicia Allen’s first- and second-graders are studying living and nonliving things in their science classes at Rollins Place Elementary School in Zachary. In social studies, the special-needs youth are learning about different cultures in Louisiana. “Nonliving things include soil, water, air, light and stuffed animals,” Bennett said, “and living things are… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests for March 12-18, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from March 12-18: BACON JR., BRENT: 34, 6707 Morgan Road, 41, Greenwell Springs, theft. BREEDLOVE, KIMBERLY: 38, 10946 Glenn Watts Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense driving while intoxicated and careless operation. CARTER, DONEISHA: 19, 21930 Samuels Road,… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests for March 12-18, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from March 12-18: AUGUSTUS, KEDDRICK: 17, 4604 Chapeau Drive, Baker, affidavit warrants for attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of a weapon. BAGGETT, EARNEST: 28, 306 Sinbad St., Baker, bench warrants for… Continue reading →

March Classroom of the Month: Northwestern Elementary School kindergarten

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Janet Thorne's class of Kindergartners at Northwestern Elementary School in Zachary includes front row, from left, Lilly Gafford, Landon Gregory, Aubrey Beadle, Preston Horton, Katelyn Frost, Vincent Bodine and Hudson Coker; middle row, Emerson Stein, Paige Marionneaux, Blane Burrell, Emmelia Ham, Caroline Kitchen, Blake Landry and Maddie Robinson; and third row,  London Simmons, Destinee Stokes, Cavin Lobell, Sutton Williams, Cecelia Duggan, Savannah Masterson, Abhay Godavarthy and Asher Carter. Not shown: Brittney Campbell

The Zachary Advocate and Plainsman’s Classroom of the Month is Janet Thorne’s kindergartners at Northwestern Elementary School. Each month, Zachary community schools will select a classroom for this feature. THORNE’S STUDENTS WERE ASKED THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: What is your favorite school subject, and why? SAVANNAH MASTERSON: My favorite subject. Do you want to… Continue reading →

Animals, offenders mutually rehabilitated with program

Zachary Plainsman file photo -- Eighty dogs and 20 cats are currently housed at Pen Pals Animal Shelter and Adoption Center on the grounds of Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson. The animals are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and rehabilitated while waiting to be adopted. Adoptions fees are $40 per animal.

In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, more than 50,000 animals — considered a conservative estimate — in New Orleans were abandoned as their owners fled to safety, according to officials at Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson. Residents’ intentions were to return within days to retrieve their pets, but the animals were left trapped in homes,… Continue reading →

Zachary City Council selects board members

The Zachary City Council finalized appointments to the Zachary Historic Village advisory board at its March 10 meeting. Confirmed to the advisory board were Renee Beadle, Patrick Campbell, Jeanne Partin, Theresa Payment, Sharon Phillips, Ryan Southall and Bob Whitaker. At the Feb. 24 council meeting, the question was raised whether City Councilman Tommy Womack’s initial appointee,… Continue reading →

Chamber announces support for Zachary schools

The board of directors for the Zachary Chamber of Commerce voted March 10 to support the Zachary Community School District’s proposed 1-cent sales tax increase on the March 28 ballot. The chamber’s endorsement of the 1-cent tax proposition recognizes the importance of a strong school system to economic development in the city and comes after careful consideration… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for March 19, 2015

Stacy Gill

Zachary businesses, organizations or schools that have a Pack the Pantry food barrel are urged to contact the Zachary Food Pantry to confirm its location. The Food Pantry is attempting to locate each barrel in an effort to maintain accurate records and coordinate pickups. Hunger is a year-round issue, and the food barrels provide a vital… Continue reading →

Landmark welcomes loan officer to Zachary branch

Jessica Kling Ellis

Jessica Kling Ellis has joined the staff at Landmark Bank’s Zachary branch. Ellis has 11 years banking experience. She is a member of the Zachary Rotary Club and is enrolled in the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership North program. Ellis, a Zachary native, is a graduate of Zachary High School. She lives in Central… Continue reading →

Zachary French Club attends convention

Photo provided by Elizabeth Basile -- Zachary High School's French Club of ninth- through 12th-grade students attended the Association Louisianaise des Clubs Fran├žais des Ecoles Secondaires convention in Baton Rouge on Feb. 27-29. The ZHS French Club includes, in front, Ethan Sherrer; middle row from left, Nicole Mulkey, Jessica Staggs, Nicolas Gadbois, LeeAnn Law, Kelsey Schwenndiman, Amelia Parrenin, Lama Hantash and Dominique Ferguson; and back row, Michaela Guillot, Wilson Battley, Demetri Juino, Tyrece Wilson, Alvin Henyard and Grady Cunningham.

The French Club at Zachary High School attended a Feb. 27-29 convention hosted by Association Louisianaise des Clubs Fran├žais des Ecoles Secondaires. ALCFES is dedicated to French education and the continuation of the French language in Louisiana, Zachary French teacher Elizabeth Basile said. While at the convention, 21 ZHS students communicated in French with each other,… Continue reading →

First South Farm Credit to issue refund checks

First South Farm Credit member/borrowers will receive approximately $15.8 million in patronage refund checks in April, Roger F. Chappell, chief executive officer, announced March 4. Patronage, which is a form of dividend payment, is based on First South’s year-end earnings. “First South Farm Credit had another year of strong business performance. As a cooperative, we are… Continue reading →

Zachary banker re-elected as treasurer of ICBA group

Preston L. Kennedy

Preston L. Kennedy, president and chief executive officer of Bank of Zachary, was elected treasurer of the Independent Community Bankers of America. Kennedy was re-elected during the 2015 ICBA national convention in Orlando. “Located in small towns, suburban areas and big-city neighborhoods, our nation’s more than 6,500 community banks help fuel local economies throughout America by… Continue reading →

Northwestern, Copper Mill students excel at competition

Photo provided by Janelle Young -- Northwestern Middle chool eighth-graders who competed in the National History Day regional competition March 7, in front row, from left, include Emily Jullens, Carsyn Martel, Cassianne Musacchia, Paige Veal, J.J. Hantash and Daniel Lavinghouse; and back row,  history teacher Margret Atkinson with Jazmine Bishop, Hannah Robertson, Collier Cranford, Elyse Duplantier, Colt Crain, Joshua Lavender, Bria Hitchens, David Robins, Samuel McCauley, Shelby Nealy, Lynndon Rushing and James Weatherspoon. Not shown: Brailyn King and Olivia Smith.

Margret Atkinson teaches literature to sixth-graders at Copper Mill Elementary School and English to gifted seventh- and eighth-graders at Northwestern Middle School. Her students have been conducting research on historical topics to prepare for National History Day — a national competition underwritten by the History Channel that has several qualifying rounds. “We have been working on… Continue reading →

Lane recognizes longtime employees

Photo provided by Delores Sutton -- Honored for 35 years of service at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary on March 5 were Doug Lawton and Joanne Saale. The two were among 39 employees recognized at an awards luncheon.

Lane Regional Medical Center honored 39 employees for their years of service March 5 at the hospital’s semiannual service awards luncheon. Employees, who represent communities from around the region, were recognized for employment milestones ranging from five to 35 years. Collectively, the group represents 510 years combined service, Lane officials said. Recognized for years of… Continue reading →

Area independent insurance agency group recognized

Photo provided by Charles Williams -- The East Pointe group, consisting of area independent insurance agencies, was honored Feb. 19 as a Republic Regal group. From left, are Louis Durand, St. Martinville; James Castello, Zachary; Charlie Williams, Jennings; Deborah Tobias-Reid, marketing representative specialist, South Louisiana for the Republic Group; Bill Gassie, Port Allen; Will Andrews, Jennings; Trey Gassie, Port Allen; Bill Dart, Clinton; and Donald Cazayoux, New Roads.

The East Pointe Group, which consists of area independent insurance agencies, was recently named a Republic Regal agency for 2015 by Republic Group, placing it among the top 5 percent of all Republic independent agencies, according to a news release. “We credit our success to the partnership that we have with Republic Group, a company that reflects… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from March 6-11, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from March 6-11: CALAMIA, CASSIE: 37, 6203 Woodside Drive, Zachary, disturbing the peace. CALAMIA, NANCY: 55, 13830 Spreading Oaks Drive, Baton Rouge, disturbing the peace. COLEMAN, ANDERSON: 36, 5625 Guice Drive, Baton Rouge, bench warrant for… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from March 5-11, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department March 5-11: ALLEN JR., DANNY: 26, 2201 Fairchild St., Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure to appear for driving under suspension/revocation and improper equipment. ALMOND, TAYLOR: 17, 511 Day St., Baker, fugitive runaway from Alexandria. CAGE, ANTHONY: 43, 1024 Progress… Continue reading →

18 finalists compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

Photo provided by Jen Masterson -- Zachary High School junior Kyla Bates recited three poems to win the Louisiana Poetry Out Loud competition at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge held March 7.

Eighteen finalists attended the Louisiana Poetry Out Loud state competition at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge March 7. The 18 students performed two poems each, with eight finalists performing a third, said Danny Belanger, director of arts education at the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Office of Cultural Development’s Division of the Arts.… Continue reading →

Drive 4 UR School event helps ZHS


Superior Ford is partnering with Zachary High School to present the Drive 4 UR School fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25. Ford Motor Co. developed the Drive 4 UR School program in 2007 to help raise funds for local high schools. With the help of a local dealership, schools organize, promote and hold… Continue reading →

History goes on display at St. Francisville pilgrimage

Photo provided by Amanda McKinney -- Grace Episcopal Church was first established in 1827. The present church was completed in time for Easter Day, 1860. Severely damaged in the Civil War by gunboats, Grace church was not consecrated until 1891. The church is part of St. Francisville's  Audubon Pilgrimage March 20-22.

The 44th annual Audubon Pilgrimage set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday celebrates spring in St. Francisville. For more than four decades, the West Feliciana Historical Society has thrown open the doors of historic structures to commemorate artist and naturalist John James Audubon, who stayed in the area painting a number of his famous bird studies. Audubon… Continue reading →

School Board to adopt sales tax ordinance

If voters approve a 1-cent tax proposal on the ballot March 28, the Zachary Community School Board intends to levy and collect a portion of that amount, board members said during a March 3 meeting. The board has the authority to collect sales tax revenue on a quarter , half , three-quarter or 1-cent increments, School… Continue reading →

Building to be named after former principal

Photo provided by John Stagg -- The Zachary Athletic Foundation is launching a campaign fund drive to rename the Zachary High School Academic Athletic Building  the Jerry Boudreaux Athletic Building.

The Zachary Athletic Foundation has announced its first major fundraising effort for 2015. The fund drive is in support of renaming the Academic Athletic Building on Zachary High’s campus to the Jerry Boudreaux Athletic Building in honor of the late Jerry Boudreaux who died at age 81 in October, John Stagg, ZAF president, said. Principal… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for March 12, 2015

Stacy Gill

The Special Olympics track meet for middle and high schools was March 4 at Woodlawn High School, with more than 200 athletes competing from Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes and Central and Zachary school districts. The athletes were successful in all of their events, according to Debra Toney, Zachary adapted physical education… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for March 12, 2015

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

Northwestern State sophomore pitcher Evan Tidwell got his third start of the early baseball season on March 3 and had something special in his pitching arsenal against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. When the game was over, the former Zachary right-hander was still standing on the mound after holding the Warhawks to two hits in a 7-0 complete… Continue reading →

Baker Little League sets March 14 registration

The Baker Fraternal Order of Police has taken on the challenge of renewing the once thriving Baker Little League program. Off-duty Baker police officers, volunteers from Miracle Place Church and members of the community have been making building renovations and field repairs to the facility and playing field at 2640 N. Magnolia Drive in Baker, Police… Continue reading →

LeBlanc’s honors worker for Stihl certification

Photo provided by Brooke Knight -- Zachary resident James Juino has earned gold level certification and is a Stihl certified service technician in the Ace department at LeBlanc's Food Stores in Zachary.

LeBlanc’s Food Stores in Zachary recently honored James Juino as an Ace employee and Stihl Inc.-certified technician. Juino, of Zachary, achieved factory certification as a gold-level service technician from Stihl Inc., a manufacturer of chain saw and handheld outdoor power equipment, Brooke Knight, director of corporate communications for LeBlanc’s, said. Juino has completed numerous online… Continue reading →

Former mayor appointed to board of Landmark Bank

Charlene M. Smith

Landmark Bank, with locations in Clinton, Greensburg and Zachary, has announced the appointment of Charlene M. Smith to its board of directors. Smith, a lifelong resident of Zachary, has three children and seven grandchildren. She is a former mayor of Zachary and the owner and agent of Charlene Smith Allstate Insurance. Smith has served the… Continue reading →

Zachary High band students honored

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Thirty-three Zachary High students were honored March 3 by the School Board for their inclusion in the All Parish Honor Band. Students were presented with certificates from school board members for the All Parish Honors. In front row, from left, are Gracie Ellerbee, Ciara Gibbs, Abigail Gosselin, Melanie Dejoie, LeeAnn Law, Kelsey Schwendimann, Nicole Thibodaux, Caitlyn Thibodaux, Eric Scott, Dylan Wootan, Dawayne Reed and Jazz Band Director Donny Alexander; and back row, ZHS Band Director Jason Venable, School Board member Gwen Fuselier, Caleb Barton, Amanda Billeaudeau, School Board member Heidi Vessel, Brittany Cook, Norman Cook, Jack Hebert, Kyle Hostetler, Ryan Schaefer, Ellis Jackson, Schyler Mire, Jason Poche, Jase Williams, School Board member Marty Hughes and School Board member Ann Wakins. Not pictured are David Annison, Derek Babin, Brittany Brown, Ashley Coco, Chris Hart, Aanan Henderson, Sara Montero, Koty Munn, Terry Robertson, Christian Slaughter and Katheryn Young.

Thirty-three Zachary High School band students were honored March 3 by the Zachary Community School Board for being named to the All Parish Honor Band. Two students, Norman Cook and Ryan Schaefer, also were named to the All District Honor Band. Junior Gracie Ellerbee received All Parish Honor accolades and was named to the All State… Continue reading →

Newcomers Club changes membership rules

Photo provided by Beth Young -- The Zachary Newcomers Club held a Lunch Bunch activity Feb. 15 at a local restaurant. Attending the lunch, from left, were June Nye, Jean Cole, Suzanne Plitt, Allison Andrews, Carrie Jimison, Pat Black and Beth Young.

The Zachary Newcomers Club is changing and growing, member Beth Sanders Young said. A steering committee has been established, and new club activities and events include a nighttime dessert and coffee outing, family suppers, date night for couples or singles, field trips or town outings on weekends and a community service activity — Meet the Officials —… Continue reading →

Third-, fourth-graders compete in spelling bee

Photo provided by Suzanne Lemoine -- Zachary Elementary School's spelling bee champions are fourth-grader Arun Waran, left, and third-grader Emma Todd. Arun was the champion speller of his grade on Feb. 23 while Emma was champion speller of her grade Feb. 24. They both received champion bee plaques for their efforts.

Zachary Elementary School held its annual Spelling Bee for third- and fourth-graders Feb. 23-24. Each classroom held a spelling competition that had the top-spelling boys and girls advance to compete against other top spellers in their grade, said Suzanne Lemoine, librarian at Zachary Elementary. Third-grade teacher Holly Marchiafava organized the Spelling Bee. Third-graders competed Feb.… Continue reading →

Zachary natives make Samford’s dean’s list

Zachary natives Shelbi Bush and Morgan Ohlinger have been named to the fall 2014 dean’s list at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Bush, a senior, is a theater major, and Ohlinger, a sophomore, is a biology major. Samford University releases dean’s lists after the close of the fall and spring semesters each academic year. To… Continue reading →

Thunder takes YMCA league, tournament titles

Photo provided by Christy Burnett -- The Americana YMCA basketball league in Zachary includes Team Thunder, which claimed the league title Feb. 28 and won the league tournament March 1. Team Thunder players are from the Zachary community. Kneeling, from left, are Brett Siebert, Dylan Marionneaux, Jamari Bolden, Cullen Cassard and Tripp Behrnes; standing, from left, are Hudson Spangler, Daniel Parker, Jordan Williams and Ty Lipscomb; and third row is coach Brad Spangler, left, and coach Geoff Spangler.

The Americana YMCA’s basketball league wrapped its regular season Feb. 28 with Team Thunder named league champion after finishing the season with a 9-1 record. Team Thunder, which includes boys ages 9 and 10, also won the league’s season-ending tournament March 1 by beating the Bulls 14-13 in the championship game. By winning the league’s regular… Continue reading →

Havard hashes state budget

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- State Rep. Kenny Havard of District 62  shares with Rotarians on Feb. 26 his ideas on cutting the state budget for fiscal year 2015-16.

District 21 State Rep. Kenny Havard, R-St. Francisville, was the guest of Rotarian Brent Fuselier at the Feb. 26 Zachary Rotary Club meeting. Havard’s district includes primarily the majority of East and West Feliciana parishes and the northwest corner of East Baton Rouge Parish, which includes the Zachary area. In his first year in the state… Continue reading →