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Schedler speaks on voting process, new tech

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Secretary of State Tom Schedler speaks to Zachary Rotarians Jan. 28 about technology meant to streamline the voting process and increase voter turnout among younger demographics.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler visited Zachary Jan. 28 as the guest speaker of the Rotary Club. A native of New Orleans and resident of Mandeville, Schedler was first appointed to the position in 2010 after serving as first assistant for three years. He was then elected to serve a four-year term as secretary of state in… Continue reading →

Devillier named distinguished Catholic graduate

Photo provided by Stacey Devillier -- Zachary Schools Superintendent Scott Devillier, left, a graduate of Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, received an award Monday naming him a 2016 Catholic school distinguished graduate by the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Presenting the award are Catholic High of Pointe Coupee Principal Colleen Caillet, center, and Monsignor Robert Berggreen, of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Zachary schools Superintendent Scott Devillier has been named a 2016 Catholic school distinguished graduate by the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Every year, each Catholic school in the diocese selects one alumni as its distinguished graduate. The 27 selected for 2016 were honored at a ceremony in Baton Rouge on Monday. A 1984 alumnus of Catholic High… Continue reading →

Mardi Gras-themed blood drive sees success

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Jeffri Lawson, an employee of Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, relaxes as Kathy Riley, of United Blood Services, prepares to draw blood during a drive held at Lane on Friday. Lawson said he donates blood regularly.

By noon Friday, as many as 59 people had donated blood in Zachary during the Mardi Gras-themed drive hosted by Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services. All donors received a free Mardi Gras T-shirt — while supplies lasted — and were entered to win a $150 Visa gift card. All blood types were given,… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Feb. 4, 2016

Plainsman file photo by STACY GILL -- In less than a week, Zachary High quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. received the Warrick Dunn Award and has committed to play for the LSU Tigers.

Bronco Lindsey Scott Jr. is going to be a Tiger. The Zachary quarterback made the decision after a recruiting visit with his mother to the LSU campus over the weekend. “After talking to my family, with plenty of prayer, I’ve decided to commit to Louisiana State University,” Scott posted on… Continue reading →

Programmers unite during Hour of Code

Photo provided by Kara Duplantier -- Zachary Mayor David Amrhein watches as Rollins Place Elementary student Luke Schulze programs during a computer science event called Hour of Code, held Jan. 19-22. Schulzes teacher, Kristy Gilpin, is in the background.

All 800 students at Rollins Place Elementary in Zachary have learned coding, or some of the basics of it, through a global movement called Hour of Code. Launched in 2013, the nonprofit code.org works to expand access to computer science and by increasing participation from women and underrepresented students of color. The idea is that… Continue reading →

Zoo hosts City Appreciation Days

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, is hosting its annual City Appreciation Days in February, beginning with Baker on Saturday. Also included in the series are City Appreciation Days for Baton Rouge, Feb. 13; Zachary, Feb. 20; and Central, Feb. 27. “Our city appreciation day series began a couple of years ago, and we’re happy… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from Jan. 22-28, 2016

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Jan. 22 through Jan. 28: BALDERAS, BAEZA: 33, 12753 Plank Road, Apt. 23, Baker, aggravated second-degree battery. BOWMAN, MICHAEL: 48, 6256 Dawson Drive, Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure to appear for failure to yield, no… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests for Jan. 21-26, 2016

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Jan. 21 through Jan. 26. ARD, AMBER: 24, 6522 La. 68, Jackson, theft and criminal trespassing. BUTLER, ANTONIO: 38, 6413 E. Myrtle Ave., Baker, failure to appear for a bench warrant. ELLIS, KEVIN:… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s arrests from Jan. 20-28, 2016

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office from Jan. 20 through Jan. 28: BLAIR, BRIAN: 51, 20646 Watson Drive, Zachary, cruelty to animals and illegal use of a weapon. JOHNSON, JARED: 29, 10540 Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road, Zachary, possession of… Continue reading →

Zachary resident named WBR Teacher of the Year

Photo provided by Dot Dickinson -- Gretchen Hurst

Zachary resident Gretchen Hurst was recently honored as Middle School Teacher of the Year by the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board. She has been a member of the Brusly Middle School faculty since August 2004, teaching French to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Her introductory French course includes basic French vocabulary and grammar and teaches students… Continue reading →

La. Tech’s students honored

Louisiana Tech University has announced its fall quarter president’s and dean’s honors lists. To be eligible for the dean’s honor list, a student must have a 3.5 GPA with no grade lower than a C for nine semester hours completed. Students earning a 3.8 academic GPA for nine semester hours with no grade lower than a… Continue reading →

Zachary, Baker students graduate from Youth Challenge Program

Robert Jenkins, of Zachary, and Shamira Moten, of Baker, were among the 201 students to graduate from the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program at Camp Minden on Jan. 23 during a ceremony at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. Hannah Knowles, of Luling, was valedictorian, and Bickham Crooks, of Gonzales, was salutatorian. Taylor Eschete, of Houma, was Cadet… Continue reading →

Miss La. offers advice to LSMSA students

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Gathered for a photo at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts are, front from left, Lisa Benner, Shona McCullough, Kelsey Meshell, Erykah Wells, Miss Louisiana April Nelson, Ally Nguyen, Annie Noel and Lauren Sakryd; and back, Beth Fontenot, Maya Bochas, Lucy Rhymes, Jessica Hinote, Jeff Thomakos, Christina Arey, Jared Hulsey, Charlie Roppolo, Josh Savage, Josef Hofman and Aryiana Moore.

Miss Louisiana April Nelson spoke with musical theater cabaret students at Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches on Jan. 15. Nelson offered advice for those wishing to pursue a musical career and shared her experiences as Miss Louisiana and her plans for the future, a news release said. The class is led… Continue reading →

YMCA launches ‘For a better us’ campaign

Plainsman file photo -- The Americana YMCA

YMCA of the USA and the Americana YMCA in Zachary have launched a nationwide multimedia campaign titled “For a better us.” The campaign is designed to educate consumers on the Y’s work in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The campaign includes two commercials, “Places” and “Idle Hands,” each depicting a different… Continue reading →

DEMCO names new VP of marketing, member services

Photo provided by David Latona -- Brent Bradley

Dixie Electric Membership Corporation has named Brent Bradley as vice president of Marketing and Member Services. Bradley will be responsible for overseeing economic development, marketing and communications, customer service operations and subsidiary business ventures, according to a news release. Bradley, a resident of Zachary, is in his 10th year with the organization and has served… Continue reading →

Bronco Belles are kickin’ it

Photo provided by Melanie Anderson -- The Zachary High School Bronco Belles dance squad won the Varsity High Kick division at a dance competition at Southeastern University in Hammond, Jan. 10. The Belles, front row from left, are co-captain Jordyn Celestin, secretary Katlyn Daigle, captain Jasmine Kinchen, Jacelyn Rasti and Morgan Mazzarella; middle row, is sponsor Kaitlyn Courville, Kendal Kelley, Madison Harris, Maya Lawrence, Destiny Henderson, Racquel Jiles, Pashen Barrow, Cortisha Fisher, Mekiah Wells and Hannah Borg; and back row, Laureal Richard, Charlyse Scott, coach and sponsor Melanie Anderson, Mahogany Thomas, Courtney Baker, Kaleigh Hutchinson, Kaitlyn Alsander and Kamryn Stewart.

The Zachary High Bronco Belles dance team competed in the Universal Dance Association’s Louisiana Dance Championships at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Jan. 10. The team won first place in the Varsity High Kick division for the fifth year in a row and placed second in the Medium Varsity Hip-Hop category. The Belles… Continue reading →

Port of Greater Baton Rouge panel elects officers

Corey Sarullo

The board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge has elected officers for 2016. Officers elected include Corey Sarullo, Iberville Parish, president; Bobby Watts, East Baton Rouge Parish, vice president; and Evans “Jimmy” Sanchez, Ascension Parish, secretary. Sarullo is the branch manager and business development officer of the Guaranty Bank & Trust Company in… Continue reading →

Four Louisiana Blazers Elite players sign with LSU Eunice

Photo provided by Wanda Simmons -- Louisiana Blazers Elite players, from left, Lakyn Wales, Ally Howard, Alexa Lonibos and Kelsey Cifreo recently signed to play softball with LSU Eunice.

Four softball players with the Louisiana Blazers Elite recently signed with LSU Eunice in the presence of their high school head coaches and Andy Lee, of LSUE. Kelsey Cifreo, of Walker High School, lettered four years in softball; was 2014 and 2015 Academic All-American; 2015 2nd Team All-District and All-Parish; and 2015 Baton Rouge Player of… Continue reading →

Police: Some crime down, others trend up

Although most types of crime in Zachary saw only slight increases in 2015, a few trends have emerged during the past five years, according to a report Police Chief David McDavid submitted Tuesday to the Zachary City Council. Officers responded to 11 rapes in 2015, while just three were reported in 2014 and only one… Continue reading →

Fire rating to change for some homeowners

A plan unveiled in November by Fire Chief Danny Kimble to place a firetruck at the city-owned property behind the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Substation on Brian Road at La. 964 to reduce some area homeowners’ insurance premiums should be recognized by insurance companies beginning Feb. 8. Homeowners living in part of Lake Joilet Vue… Continue reading →

Milazzo earns woman of the cheer credentials

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Shannon Milazzo works with several of her competition cheerleading squads on Jan. 22 in Zachary. Milazzo coaches five teams, including the Zachary High and Northwestern Middle school cheerleaders.

Shannon Milazzo’s world is a cheery one, you could say, but that’s because the former Zachary High cheerleader and Southeastern Louisiana University softball player coaches five cheerleading teams and has done so for the past 14 years. Zachary High has a cheerleading squad that performs at football and basketball games and pep rallies, a competition team consisting… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Jan. 28, 2016

Stacy Gill

January is National Blood Donor Month, and in an effort to encourage donors to give blood, Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday in the hospital’s Staff Development Classroom, 6300 Main St. Blood is usually in short supply during winter… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Jan. 28, 2016

Lindsey Scott Jr., who quarterbacked the Zachary Broncos to the Class 5A state championship in December, has reopened his college recruiting and received scholarship offers from about 30 university football programs from across the country. Scott had previously committed to play for Syracuse, but decided to reopen his recruiting when coach Scott Shafer… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from Jan. 9-21, 2016

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Jan. 9 -21: ANDERSON, ALVIN: 24, 1626 N. 16th St., Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for theft. ARBUTHNOT, GERALD: 26, 1120 Sherron Ave., Apt. 2, Baker, bench warrants for failure to appear for simple… Continue reading →

Knee-deep in denim for a good cause

Photo provided by Danielle Santangelo -- Danielle Santangelos first-grade boys work together to organize blue jeans donated Jan. 12 during the students denim drive at Rollins Place Elementary. From left are David Prado, Joseph Carroll, Darius Jackson, Ben Silman, Miller Mayes, Cody Graves, Omar Ali and Jordan Nations.

First-graders in Danielle Santangelo’s classroom at Rollins Place Elementary in Zachary are collecting denim jeans as part of a campaign inspired by the dosomething.org program, one of the largest global organizations for youth and social change. According to the website, 4.8 million members in 130 countries tackle volunteer campaigns dealing with issues such as… Continue reading →

Leadership North deadline Friday

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce founded Leadership North in 2011, and since then, the program has had more than 100 graduates. Participation is open to anyone living or working in Baton Rouge, Baker, Central and Zachary, and East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes, who has the full support of the organization or business they… Continue reading →

Doctors first to use new technology to treat venous disease

Photo provided by Bevi Olivier -- Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Zachary performed the VenaSeal technology on Jan. 19. From left are CIS staff Lila Cox, Samantha Hasselbeck, Medtronic representative Jennifer Forino, Dr. Deepak Thekkoott, patient Joyce Palmer, Rachel Fontenot and CIS vein clinic coordinator Mary Beth Clement.

Drs. Satish Gadi and Deepak Thekkoott, interventional cardiologists at Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Baton Rouge and Zachary, respectively, were the first to use the new VenaSeal technology in the East Baton Rouge Parish area to treat venous disease on Jan. 19. It also was the second case in Louisiana, and to date, the cardiologists have… Continue reading →

Running for office: Baker City Councilman

Photo provided by James Heine -- Pete Heine

Pete Heine, 87, is seeking re-election to Baker City Council, District 2. Heine, a Democrat, has served 12 years as a Baker councilman, more than 24 years as mayor and seven years as the first West Feliciana Parish manager. He serves on the executive board of the Louisiana Municipal Association and on LMA subcommittees that represent… Continue reading →

Core Kinetics celebrates opening

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Core Kinetics Physical Therapy celebrated its official opening in Zachary with a ribbon cutting and open house ceremony on Jan. 21. Physical therapist Adam Elam, founder and owner of Core Kinetics, center, along with staff Casey Keene, fourth from left, and Lisa Andrews, fifth from left, welcomed family, friends and city and business leaders to the event, including Mayor David Amrhein, Zachary Chamber Executive Director Kate MacArthur and Chamber Director Heather Prejean, among others.

The newly built Core Kinetics Physical Therapy celebrated its opening at 1673 E. Mount Pleasant Road, Suite F, in Zachary on Jan. 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. Physical therapist Adam Elam, founder of Core Kinetics, is a native of Jackson and a 2007 graduate of Silliman Institute. He received a bachelor of… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Navy captain assumes command of Squadron 12

Photo provided by Rick Burke -- Submarine Squadron 12 held a change of command ceremony on Jan. 15, transferring command from Capt. Butch Dollaga, left, to Baton Rouge native Capt. Ollie Lewis, right, at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Overseeing the change-of-command ceremony is Vice Admiral Joseph Tofalo.

Submarine Squadron 12 held a change-of-command ceremony on Jan. 15, with the Squadron’s commodore, Capt. Butch Dollaga, transferring command to the deputy commander, Baton Rouge native Capt. Ollie Lewis, at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut. Lewis, a 1987 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, also graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts… Continue reading →

Broncos showered in accolades

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Bronco football players wait their turn to be presented with a certificate of honor Jan. 19 at the Zachary Community School Board meeting held at the ZHS Visual and Performing Arts Center. More than 100 players, the team's coaches and school officials each received a certificate.

The Zachary High football team’s 5A state championship win over John Ehret High School in December has brought with it plenty of accolades for the players and the team. The most recent honor was bestowed at the Jan. 19 Zachary School Board meeting held at the ZHS Performing Arts Center to accommodate the 100-plus members of… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s arrests for Jan. 15-19, 2016

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office from Jan. 15-19: CARTER, DONEISHA: 20, 21930 Samuels Road, Zachary, second-degree cruelty to juveniles and fugitive from the Zachary Police Department. DIXON, TRENIECE: 28, 2434 Evanston St., Baker, bench warrant for issuing worthless… Continue reading →

Honors awarded at Northwestern Middle

Photo provided by Janelle Young -- Northwestern Middle School seventh-graders who earned Gold Plus honors on Jan. 20, from left, are Destinee Lee, Austin Nicholas, Christian Dunaway, Tate Bell, Kylie Phillips, Julianna Dempster, Dominique Wittig,  Orsciana Beard and James Colwell.

Northwestern Middle School in Zachary held its first-semester Honors Awards program Jan. 20. Seventh- and eighth-graders received academic awards, including Gold, Silver and Bronze Plus cards for making excellent grades and having good behavior. Gold Plus cards are awarded to students with all As, perfect attendance and no behavior referrals. The card rewards students with an… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests for Jan. 15-20, 2016

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Jan. 15-20: BAILEY, DANIELL: 31, 78733 Samuels Road, Zachary, failure to appear for a bench warrant. BRUMFIELD, WILLIE: 20, 4361 New Weis Road, Zachary, theft, burglary of an inhabited dwelling and criminal damage… Continue reading →

Motorcycle courses promote safe riding practices

In an effort to increase motorcycle safety and awareness across the state, the Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Safety, Awareness and Operator Training Program offers Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Instructor training courses and promotes motorcycle awareness projects. These research-based courses address the critical physical and mental skills needed in the safe and skillful operation of a motorcycle,… Continue reading →

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a potentially devastating eye disease and often has no symptoms until irreversible damage and loss of vision has occurred, said optometrist Jason P. Allemond, of Williamson Allemond Regional Eye Center in Zachary. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and a result of damage to the optic nerve, which… Continue reading →

Arbor Day group’s new members get a gift

Louisiana residents joining the Arbor Day Foundation in February will receive 10 redbud trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds will help beautify Louisiana for many years to come,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They will also add to the proud heritage… Continue reading →

Dudley DeBosier law firm offering scholarships

Area students can apply for scholarships offered by Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers. The company’s College Scholarship Program is open to graduating high school seniors in Louisiana who are attending an institution of higher education within one year of graduation. Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers created this scholarship program to enhance the educational opportunities available to students in… Continue reading →

Mayor’s message: ‘Zachary is blessed’

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- Zachary Mayor David Amrhein

The fifth anniversary of Zachary’s current administration was celebrated Jan. 10, as well as the close of another productive year by city employees, Mayor David Amrhein said in his annual message to the city. As in previous years, employees’ sustained efforts on all fronts remain central to successes enjoyed by all Zachary residents. “Their work ethic… Continue reading →

District joins coalition against charter group

The Zachary school district is joining several others in opposing a nonprofit group trying to become a local authorizer of charter schools. The School Board passed a resolution Tuesday opposing New Schools for Baton Rouge’s campaign to become a BESE-approved authorizer of charter schools. Currently in Louisiana, charter schools can only be opened in C,… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Jan. 21, 2016

Stacy Gill

Zachary High School’s drama students will present the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Performing Arts Center on campus. A 10-student cast and six-person crew have been rehearsing for weeks to bring the community this classic play by Lorraine Hansberry, which was nominated for… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Jan. 21, 2016

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- Zachary senior wrester Kennan Tate, right, takes down a Brusly opponent during a meet between the two high schools on Jan. 13.

Zachary High wrestling coach Mark Moreau is looking for a few good men. The Broncos have admittedly struggled this season, not because they lack quality athletes, but because they just don’t have enough of them. “We don’t have as many kids as we’ve had in the past,” said Moreau, who… Continue reading →

EBR arrests from Dec. 29, 2015-Jan. 14, 2016

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison from Dec. 29 through Jan. 14. BROOKS, JERON: 19, 816 Kennon Drive, Baker, illegal use of a weapon, burglary of a vehicle totaling over $200 and theft of a firearm. HARRIS, LLOYD: 44, 311 E. Buffwood Drive, Baker, simple criminal damage to property and… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests for Jan. 2-8, 2016

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Jan. 2 through Jan. 8. ARDOIN, BRITTANY: 27, 4244 Raven Way Drive, Zachary, unauthorized entry of a place of business, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles and theft. BINDOM, KELVIN: 22, 3864 Ozark St.,… Continue reading →