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Zachary High video class grows into production company

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- WZHS, Zachary High School's production team of broadcast journalism students, includes front row, from left, Lauren Lane, Jori Gardner, Emma Dry, Reagan Staggs, Skylar Shaw and Keyona Meeks; and back row, Dustin Blanchard, Tyre Hodges, Austin Etue, Brynn Daniel and teacher Debby Lowery.

What started out as a small class teaching video production has grown into a full-blown high school production company at Zachary High School. Appropriately called WZHS, 11th- and 12th-grade students taking the broadcast journalism elective learn about video editing and production, audio, how to be an on-air personality, news anchoring, commercials, scheduling, archiving, lighting techniques,… Continue reading →

‘Packing the Pantry’ is year-round need

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Food Pantry Director Reggie Dykes explains how donated food is organized according to types during a tour of the city-owned building Sept. 30.

Soon, Zachary businesses will receive a letter from the Zachary Food Pantry urging them to participate as sponsors in the upcoming Pack the Pantry food drive, a monthlong fundraiser beginning Nov. 1. The event unites Zachary city officials and leaders, businesses, schools and students, service organizations, athletic teams and plenty of volunteers in feeding the hungry and… Continue reading →

Zachary United Methodist Church celebrates 125 years of service

Image provided by Margaret Harmon -- Zachary Methodist Episcopal Church South, 1891.

Zachary United Methodist Church celebrates 125 years of service Sunday, and everyone is invited. The service will combine the traditional with the contemporary, uniting members past and present for a special service at 10:30 a.m. Dinner on the church grounds will follow. Between 1861-1889, Methodists of the Zachary and Plains area worshipped at Pipkins Chapel, which… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Oct. 8, 2015

Stacy Gill

Early voting for the Oct. 24 primary election begins Saturday and lasts through Oct. 17, except Sunday. Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be done in person at the three Registrar of Voters Offices: City Hall, 222 St. Louis St., No. 201, downtown Baton Rouge; 2250 Main… Continue reading →

Broncos meet Hornets in District 4-5A showdown

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Northeast runningback Tyriq Kelly turns the corner for a nice gain against Christian Life on Friday.

The Zachary football team travels to meet rival Scotlandville in a game that could have huge implications for the Broncos’ defense of their District 4-5A title. The teams last met in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Class 5A playoffs, with the Broncos rolling to a 41-26 victory. They also defeated the Hornets 41-7 in the regular season.… Continue reading →

Free hands-only CPR training at Southern scheduled

The American Heart Association’s CPR mobile tour soon will make a stop at the Southern University Agricultural Center, teaching hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Southern Ag Center has teamed with the AHA and the Amerigroup Foundation to host the 2015 Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour in the capital area Tuesday in the rear parking lot of the SU… Continue reading →

Birthday wish

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- A special birthday wish was sent to Zachary student Landon Blackwell, who turns 8 on Thursday, Oct. 8, by his classmates and teachers at Rollins Place Elementary School. Blackwell is undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rollins Place Elementary School in Zachary recorded a special birthday wish for their classmate, Landon Blackwell, who is undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Landon, who turns 8 on Thursday, is the son of Carl and Charlee (Tate) Blackwell and older brother to Lucas. The athletic second-grader… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s arrests from Sept. 10-27, 2015

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office from Sept. 10-27: BONDS, ANQUINETTE: 37, 3559 Robert St., Zachary, unauthorized use of access card as theft. BROWN, ANGELA: 24, 621 Day Drive, Baker, theft. CAMPBELL, WENDY: 44, 15214 Joor Road, Zachary,… Continue reading →

Police chief thanks the community for kindness

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Blue ribbons, like this one on Lee Street and others like it throughout Zachary and other communities nationwide, are in honor of police officers.

As police chief of Zachary, I am writing to publicly say “thank you” to all of the community members who have reached out to myself and the dedicated officers of the Zachary Police Department during National Thank a Police Officer Day (Sept. 19). Our officers and those across our country risk their lives to protect and serve… Continue reading →

Church holding prayer breakfast for women

Women of faith are invited to the annual Morning of Reflection prayer breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in the Parish Hall, 4727 McHugh Drive, Zachary. The free event begins with an 8:30 a.m. breakfast. Guest speaker Mike Fulmer, who is marking his third appearance at the breakfast,… Continue reading →

Nurse manager named at Lane Rehabilitation

Sherri Bolden

Sherri Bolden, a registered nurse, has been named nurse manager at Lane Rehabilitation Center in Zachary. An affiliate of Lane Regional Medical Center, Lane Rehabilitation Center is a 30-bed in-patient acute rehabilitation center specializing in physical, occupational and speech therapy. A native of St. Francisville, Bolden will be responsible for coordinating all aspects… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from Sept. 25 - Sept. 30, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department Sept. 25-30: BADY, TONY: 48, 6473 N. Grand St., Baton Rouge, first-offense driving while intoxicated; resisting an officer; obstruction of highway; failure to stop at stop sign; possession of alcohol in vehicle; failure to… Continue reading →

Hazardous materials to be collected Saturday

East Baton Rouge Parish residents can drop off household hazardous materials for safe disposal at the Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge. Mayor’s Recycling Director Susan Hamilton said the event is for the collection of residential hazardous materials only and not for materials… Continue reading →

Employee milestones recognized at Lane

Photo provided by Delores Sutton -- Lane Regional Medical Center CEO Randy Olson, left, congratulates employee Brenda Russell for achieving 30 years at Lane at the semi-annual service awards luncheon on Sept. 18.

Lane Regional Medical Center recently honored 46 employees for achieving significant years of service at its semi-annual awards luncheon Sept. 18. The employees were recognized for five to 35 years, and collectively, they represent 645 years of service to the regional hospital. “It’s an honor to recognize the dedication and long-standing service of our staff members,”… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from Sept. 25-30, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department Sept. 25-30. ABRAM, PHILLIP: 17, 4813 Hidden Gardens Drive, Baton Rouge, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. BAISE, SHANA: 31, 411 Charles Ave., Baker, domestic abuse battery. BAKER, TERRIYO: 24, 2510… Continue reading →

Safety tips offered for children

Photo provided by Kristi Lynch -- Cute witches, friendly witches and scary witches appeared in the night Oct. 31 in the Zachary community. Two cute,  little, related witches out trick-or-treating are sisters Autumn and Aubrie Brown, from left.

Zachary will observe Halloween from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The Zachary Police Department offers the following recommendations to help make it a safe and enjoyable Halloween for all little monsters: A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children in their neighborhoods while trick-or-treating. If your older… Continue reading →

Cardiovascular clinic to host free vein screening

Cardiovascular Institute of the South is hosting a free vein screening from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the CIS Zachary clinic, 6550 Main St., Suite 1000. About 15 percent of people in America have venous disease, caused by diseased or abnormal veins, and at CIS, trained physicians diagnose and treat venous disease with minimally… Continue reading →

Braves get bold during pep rally

Photo provided by Kristi Lynch -- Northwestern Middle School students go wild at a pep rally Sept. 28 in Zachary prior to a game that same evening against Southside at Denham Springs High School.

On Sept. 28, Northwestern Middle School students, teachers and school administrators showed their school and team spirit during a pep rally in the school’s gym in Zachary prior to the Braves’ football game, played later that night in Denham Springs against Southside. The NMS cheerleaders and Dazzlers dance squad performed, firing up the student body. Some… Continue reading →

Students encouraged to enter Letters About Literature competition

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress has announced the 23rd annual Letters About Literature contest, a national reading and writing competition for students. To enter, fourth- through 12th-grade students must write a personal letter to a living or dead author of any genre explaining how that author’s book, poem or play changed… Continue reading →

Forensic scientist: Job not like crime dramas

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary resident Jeff Goudeau, a forensic scientist with the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, points to one of six bullet holes in a shooting case he worked proving that the shooter fired at the vehicle in self-defense. Goudeau was the guest speaker at Rotary Club meeting Oct. 1.

Zachary resident Jeff Goudeau, a forensic scientist who works for the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, explained his job Oct. 1 during a Zachary Rotary Club meeting. As a certified senior crime scene analyst, he’s conducted hundreds of investigations involving forensic firearm examination, operability and malfunctions, as well as crime scene analysis and reconstructions involving shootings, he… Continue reading →

House candidates weigh priorities before election

kenny havard

This fall’s race for the House District 62 seat is a rematch of sorts, pitting incumbent state Rep. Kenny Havard against former Norwood Mayor Ronnie Jett, who ran four years ago but missed the runoff by fewer than 200 votes. Havard, who just completed his first term, eventually defeated Ken Dawson in that race. With four years… Continue reading →

Hood Container purchases mill

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Hood Container Corp. has acquired KPAQ Industries LLC, which operates a containerboard and kraft paper mill in St. Francisville. The mill previously was operated by Renew Paper and before that Timbec.

Hood Container Corporation announced Sept. 30 it has acquired the KPAQ Industries paper mill in southwestern West Feliciana Parish for an undisclosed amount. Headquartered in Atlanta, Hood Container operates two mills, including the West Feliciana facility, and six box plants in the Southeastern part of the United States. The other mill is located in New… Continue reading →

Council keeps trick-or-treating on Halloween

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Mayor David Amrhein, left, presents a plaque to Peggy Lantrip, center, and Dr. Scott Buzhardt each at the Sept. 22 City Council meeting, honoring the two for their many years of service on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Trick-or-treating will be observed from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on its intended night, Oct. 31. The Zachary City Council set the trick-or-treating time at its Sept. 22 meeting. “We receive more calls about Halloween and trick-or-treating than any other issue throughout the year,” Mayor David Amrhein said. In other business: ORDINANCES:Continue reading →

Red hot chili champs crowned

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- The Red Hot Realtors won first place and the People's Choice Saturday at the second annual Code Red Chili Cookoff held at Americana's The Pointe.

At the second annual Code Red Chili Cook-off on Saturday in Zachary, 23 teams competed for the title of Chili Champion. Eighteen celebrity judges, including Mayor David Amrhein, of Zachary; Mayor Robbie Jackson, of Slaughter; East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Trae Welch, Zachary Council members Ben Cavin, Brandon Noel and Laura O’Brien; Smiley Anders, Baker Chamber Director… Continue reading →

Polka dot dancing, singing

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Rollins Place Elementary School physical education teacher Tracy Simoneaux, right, teaches the first- and second-graders how to the do the 'Polka Dot Pants Dance' Friday, Sept. 25, for a contest. The students had to sing and perform steps to the dance, which was videoed.

Rollins Place Elementary first- and second-graders wore polka dots to school Friday — and plenty of them — to film a video they submitted for the Polka Dot Pants Dance Contest. The video was the culmination of a recent lesson on the book, “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, which is about every great… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Oct. 1, 2015

Stacy Gill

The Zachary Lions Club is hosting a benefit garage sale Friday and Saturday at 4342 High St. in Zachary. The community is invited to attend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to donate to the sale, such as children’s clothes and toys, books and other garage sale items, can call (225)… Continue reading →

Catching up with Cullen Wade

Cullen Davezac

Cullen Wade Davezac, 27, a Zachary native, is pursuing his music dream with his new band, Cullen Wade and the Waters. After splitting from the Broken Rubber Band and Nickels and Dimes, two Baton Rouge area bands he founded several years ago, he sold everything he owned, bought an RV and moved to Nashville.… Continue reading →

Campaign for East Baton Rouge Parish library tax renewal begins

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library launched a campaign to renew an 11.1-mill dedicated tax at an event at Theatre Baton Rouge on Sept. 24. A 10-year plan following the renewal of the tax was outlined for attendees, who heard a presentation by Library Director Spencer Watts and speakers campaigning for the tax. The plan,… Continue reading →

Nurse at Lane lauded for excellence

Photo provided by Delores Sutton -- Marty Roy, registered nurse, was named Lane Regional Medical Centers 2015 STAR Award honoree at the annual STAR Award ceremony Aug. 20.

Marty Roy recently won the annual STAR Award for Achieving Excellence given by Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Roy is one of eight employees who were nominated by patients, physicians, colleagues and family members for the annual award. Nominated were Natasha Barnes, Don Boyte, Alicia Brumfield, Alice Butler, Tamara Dayton, Gail Owens, Jackie Robinson and Roy.… Continue reading →

Heritage Ranch gala raises funds for youth

Photo provided by Amy Horn -- The committee for the annual Heritage Ranch Gala, the main fundraiser for the Christian childrens home in Zachary, includes Meredith Eicher, seated from left, Ranch Director Vicki Ellis and Judy Wallace; and standing, Ranch Development Director Amy Horn, Kimely Pitre, Helene Wall, Kathy LaGarde, Alexis McPherson and Christi Adams.

Support for Heritage Ranch, a Christian children’s home in Zachary, came in the form of the seventh annual gala held at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge on Sept. 11. As a signature fundraising event for Heritage Ranch, the gala featured more than 300 guests who participated in a silent and live auction. The Wishing… Continue reading →

Contribution benefits Buffalo Festival

Photo provided by Shelly Dupre -- Berry Balfour, left, AT&T external affairs manager, presented a $2,500 contribution to Mayor Harold Rideau on Sept. 23 in support of the annual  Baker Buffalo Festival held  Sept. 24-26.

On Sept. 23, just prior to the start of the Baker Buffalo Festival held Sept. 24-25, AT&T made a $2,500 contribution. Since 1981, the festival has raised money for Baker schools while aiming to increase tourism and community involvement. Schools, students, families, organizations and businesses come out for a buffalo wing cook-off, the Running of the Buffaloes,… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from Sept. 17-23, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Sept. 17-24: ANCAR, SAMUEL: 26, 986 Monet St., Apt. 14, Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure to appear for theft and disturbing the peace. BORNE, GREGORY: 54, 3914 E. Nic Drive, Addis, affidavit warrant for felony possession… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from Sept. 17-24, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Sept. 17-24: BESSIX, JULIUS: 36, 2940 Midway Ave., Baton Rouge, first offense driving while intoxicated, improper lane usage and open container of alcohol. BLACK, BRITTANY: 33, 4405 Daveco St., Baker, possession of drug… Continue reading →

Zachary Elementary recipient of grant providing e-books

Students at Zachary Elementary returned to school this year with access to a new digital library called Fun eReader. The school was awarded a grant from Arbordale Publishing in South Carolina that includes access to the company’s e-book platform for two years. Through the platform, students are able to read on computers, tablets or phones… Continue reading →

Clayton, Newton named student athletes of month

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Zachary High's Student Athletes of the Month for August are football player RJ Newton and volleyball player Dreona Clayton, both seniors. The two were recognized Sept. 25. From left are Principal Joe LeBlanc, football coach David Brewerton, Newton, Clayton, volleyball coach Madeline Blanchard-Gugich and Athletic Director Jesse Cassard.

A new recognition program overseen by Zachary High School Athletic Director Jesse Cassard honors student athletes who excel on the playing field or court and in the classroom. Cassard said the program is a good way to recognize students who also are athletes and who might not be in the spotlight otherwise. “They take… Continue reading →

Chamber of Commerce names award finalists

From a list of nominees, finalists for the 2015 Zachary Chamber of Commerce Membership Awards have been voted upon. Culled from applications submitted by the businesses themselves or from others throughout the community, the finalists were selected by fellow Chamber members. One winner from each category will be awarded at the annual Chamber banquet slated for… Continue reading →

Northeast shuts out Dunham in District 6-2A opener

The Northeast defense earned its second shutout of the season on Friday and its offense scored just enough to earn the Vikings an 8-0 District 6-2A victory over Dunham at home in Pride. “The defense has progressed better than I thought they would at this point,” said Northeast coach Dave Masterson, whose squad… Continue reading →

Trike-a-thon raises awareness, funds for St. Jude’s

Photo provided by Beth Kimmell -- Three-year-olds Madeline Dugas, Drew Foster, Davis Murphy, Wyatt Parnell, Sydney White and Jaiden Williamson, from Carly Heberts class at St. Patricks Episcopal Day School in Zachary, participated in a trike-a-thon fundraiser Sept. 24 to help raise money for St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Also participating were 4-year-olds from Janice Wootans classroom: Kylie Carey, Ryan Franks, Reese Gaylor, Landen LeBlanc, Abby Melvin, Gabrielle Morgan, Austin Parnell, Josie Sibille, Carter Smith and Kowen Thornton.

Students at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Zachary participated in a St. Jude Trike-a-Thon on Sept. 24 by riding their tricycles in support of sick children and the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The fundraiser at St. Patrick’s teaches the children how to safely operate riding toys, said Beth Kimmell, of… Continue reading →

Pupil Progression Plan approved

Zachary School Board members have approved the district’s Pupil Progression Plan, a comprehensive document that includes sections on placement, promotion requirements, acceleration, remediation, and alternative schools, programs and settings. The plan, approved Sept. 15, includes sections on attendance, retention and grading policies, as well as how honor students are graded and valedictorian and salutatorian selections are made.… Continue reading →

Ground breaks on St. John church

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Families who attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary took part in the groundbreaking of the new church Sunday following 11 a.m. Mass.

Ground broke Sunday to make way for a new and improved St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary. Bishop Robert W. Muench, Diocese of Baton Rouge, and the Rev. Jeff Bayhi, of St. John, joined members of the New Building, External Fundraising and Parishioner Pledge Drive committees in wearing hard harts and shoveling the first scoops… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Sept. 24, 2015

Stacy Gill

The 23rd annual Baker Buffalo Festival continues from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Baker City Park, 3325 Groom Road. Music by bands U4RIA, Run Jane Run, the Mellow Band, Dunn Deal All-Stars and more will be featured. Activities… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Sept. 24, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary head coach David Brewerton greets his players as they come off the field following a scoring drive in the second quarter against East Ascension, Friday, September 18, 2015, at East Ascension High School in Gonzales.

The Zachary Broncos will be ready for prime time and a national television audience when they travel to meet two-time defending Division III select state champion Calvary Baptist in Shreveport on Friday. The game will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 7 p.m. The fourth-ranked Broncos rolled to 3-0 for the season with… Continue reading →

Test drive event reaches goal

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Delores Sutton of Lane Regional Medical Center, Patrick Campbell of Superior Ford and Zachary City Councilman Brandon Noel, from left, at the Drive 4 UR Community event benefiting the LaneRMC Foundation. Test drives made possible by Superior Ford-model vehicles helped the foundation raise $6,000 in support of cancer services at the Radiation Oncology Center in Zachary.

The second annual Drive 4 UR Community fundraiser, a partnership between Superior Ford and Lane Regional Medical Center, reached its goal Sept. 17 thanks to about 300 Lane staff, city officials, organizations and residents. Superior Ford donated $20 for every person who took a test drive in the front parking lot of Lane in a vehicle by… Continue reading →

Teachers recognized as textbook authors

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Zachary School Board member Gwen Fuselier, left, presents Zachary Elementary teachers Molly Talbot, center, and Jess McKowen Patti with certificates of recognition Sept. 15 for recently authoring several Common Core-aligned books about English language arts and math lessons. School board member David Dayton is seated in the background.

Third-grade teacher Jess McKowen Patti and fourth-grade teacher Molly Talbot were honored with certificates of recognition Sept. 15 by the Zachary School Board for recently authoring four Common Core-aligned books. The pair were invited over the summer by the College of William and Mary to give a 12-hour presentation to educators of gifted students from across the… Continue reading →