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Candle-making teen enjoys sweet smell of success

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Taylor Bice, 17, owner of Lagniappe Candle Company, is a Zachary native and Slaughter resident. The teen entrepreneur makes, markets and ships her own fragrant, paraffin soy wax candles. Bice attends Louisiana Connections Academy and will graduate in June.

A turning point in 17-year-old Taylor Bice’s life was when her hobby of candle-making became an authentic business. The decision to go into the candle business, the Zachary native says, came when she realized she could make a better quality candle than expensively priced candles already on the market. “I was 15 and in Hobby Lobby… Continue reading →

Mayoral candidates want to steer growth

David Amrhein

Mayor David Amrhein hopes to win a second term in office to continue to improve the city’s infrastructure and spur economic growth for Zachary, but his opponent Randy Perkins says its time for a change in City Hall, which should include creating a more “community-inclusive” government. Neither Amrhein nor Perkins are affiliated with… Continue reading →

Member businesses awarded by area chamber

Photo provided by Rip Rittell --  Ryan Talbot, Tonya Stroud and Zachary Citizen of the Year Roma Prejean, from left, at the Zachary Chamber's  annual awards banquet held Oct. 16. Stroud nominated Prejean for the award presented by Talbot, Rotary Club president.

A bank, funeral home, health club and retail boutique won top honors Oct. 16 at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s membership awards banquet. Around 300 people attended the event, one of the chamber’s annual fundraisers, where awards were given for small, medium, large and new business of the year; businessperson and volunteer of the year; and hall… Continue reading →

St. John’s Rosary Altar Society serves up faith in cookbook

Photo provided by Dot Dickinson -- 'Cooking up a Legacy of Faith,' a cookbook by St. John's Rosary Altar Society, is a collection of nearly 500 recipes submitted by more than 200 parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary. Books are available at St. Pauls Study, 4826 Main St. To order by mail, call (225) 570-8966.

The women of St. John’s Rosary Altar Society have written a cookbook containing nearly 500 recipes submitted from about 200 parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary. The St. John family of faith began as a mission of Sacred Heart Parish in 1924 and was chartered officially in 1964 along with its mission church,… Continue reading →

Baker Rotarian among women honored at White House

Photo provided by Alyce Henson -- Gathering Oct. 7 at the White House for the Rotary International Women in Action ceremony are, from left,  Dr. James Proctor, Rotary District 6200 Governor Ezora J. Proctor, Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, Baker Rotarians Ginger Vann and John Brown. Vann was honored as one of 10 Women of Action for her exemplary dedication to improving the lives of others, a news release said.

Ginger Vann, past president of the Rotary Club of Baker and assistant governor for Rotary District 6200 Region III, was honored Oct. 7 by Rotary International as a Rotary Woman of Action for her exemplary dedication to improving the lives of others, club officials said. Vann was one of 10 Rotary Women of Action who were honored… Continue reading →

Zachary Police Department bookings for Oct. 10-16, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department Oct. 10-16. BENFORD, CLAUDE: 55, 9552 Deer Run Ave., Zachary, disturbing the peace by fistic encounter. BENFORD, JOSHUA: 29, 9552 Deer Run Ave., Zachary, disturbing the peace by fistic encounter. CRAWFORD, DAYTON: 20, 23010 Jacocks… Continue reading →

Halloween events around Zachary

Halloween will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in Zachary. The following calendar of events will keep your little and not-so-little ghosts and goblins busy during Halloween week. Events are for children, teens and families in and around Zachary. SPOOKY GHOST STORY CRAFT: 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Baker Branch Library, 3501… Continue reading →

Baker Police Department bookings for Oct. 10-16, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Baker Police Department Oct. 10-16. ARD, KELLY: 25, 9745 Morris Road, St. Francisville, bench warrants for failure to appear for drug paraphernalia and theft. BROWN, DEREK: 45, 12478 Maple St., Erwinville, bench warrant for failure to appear for driving… Continue reading →

ZHS volleyball gets better with season

Zachary coach Madeline Gugich knows her young volleyball team is improving, and she found out by just how much Monday night against top-ranked St. Joseph’s Academy. Gugich’s team lost to SJA in three straight games (9-25 17-25 22-25), but the improvement is definitely there. The game was SJA’s “Geaux Pink Game,” and the large crowd… Continue reading →

Halloween drive wants to take your blood

Photo provided by Lane RMC -- UBIE, the United Blood Services mascot, invites residents to donate blood from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Halloween at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St. Bags of candy, free T-shirts and raffle drawings will be featured.

Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services are joining forces to combine the fun of Halloween with saving lives in the community by hosting a blood drive to replenish the community’s blood supply. Blood donors have a life-saving impact on those with breast cancer and other cancers, a news release from Lane RMC said. United… Continue reading →

EBRSO Bookings for Oct. 10-16, 2014

The following Baker or Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office from Oct. 10-16. JOHNSON, CORTEZ: 21, 2424 Richmond St., Baker, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and simple criminal damage to property. WILLIAMS, RODERICK: 47, 1124 Barrington Drive, Apt. B, Baker, theft of goods,… Continue reading →

Zachary Christmas parade goes to the movies

“It’s A Wonderful Life in Zachary: A Celebration of Christmas Movie Classics” is the theme for the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade. The theme takes the magic of classics such as “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Christmas Story,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and others from the… Continue reading →

Parade of Games

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- Rollins Place Elementary School's first-graders went all out in the Zachary Homecoming parade on Oct. 10. Students created their version of the game, 'Guess Who', keeping in line with the homecoming theme, 'It's All in the Game.'

Festivities in Zachary during the week of Oct. 6-10 included students and staff embracing the 2014 homecoming theme “It’s All in the Game.” During the week, students participated in building floats, class competitions, spirit days, a pep rally and parade. Parade judges were Mayor David Amrhein, Brent Bradley, Dianne LeBlanc, Mark Marionneaux and Shawn Ventura.… Continue reading →

It’s Gleaux Time!

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Runners gather at the 2013 Zachary Gleaux Run. This year's event is set from  4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29  inside the Americana development off La. 64. Runners and walkers are invited to participate as an individual or sign up as a team of four or more. Visit www.imathlete/event/zacharygleauxrun before Nov. 1. Fees vary per age group.

Runners or walkers, it’s time to break out the glow sticks and all things neon for the Zachary Gleaux Run, a nighttime experience that’s less about how fast you run and more about enjoying the music-filled glowing course with family and friends, organizers said. The second annual Zachary Gleaux Run, a Zachary Chamber event, is from… Continue reading →

Zachary tops Baton Rouge High

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Symone Jackson sets it up for her Zachary High School teammates Oct. 15 against Baton Rouge Magnet High School. ZHS won three sets and played St. Joseph's Academy Oct. 20.

Zachary’s Lady Broncos (12-9) defeated Baton Rouge Magnet’s Lady Bulldogs in three sets Oct. 15 at Zachary High School. Zachary won 25-16, 25-20 and 26-24. The Lady Bulldogs played their best in the final set, nearly defeating the Lady Broncos. With the set tied at 24-24, the Lady Broncos rallied to earn the win.… Continue reading →

Lane Home Health celebrates 30 years in service

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Charlie Massey, left, was CEO of Lane Regional Medical Center when Lane Home Health first opened in 1984. Massey and the nursing staff at Lane Home Health, including director Lori Hopwood, RN, right, celebrate their 30-year anniversary of operating in the Zachary community. Since 1984, LHH has served over 15,000 patients in East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena parishes.

Thirty years ago, health care industry professionals took a leap of faith by opening a home health division of Lane Regional Medical Center. With more than 30 staffers, Lane Home Health has survived an explosion of home health agencies that have sprung in the north capital region, said Summer Russum, community relations coordinator for Lane Home Health.… Continue reading →

Around Zachary: Sit back, relax and enjoy

After our official first week in business and the premiere issue of the Zachary Advocate & Plainsman, we are pumped up. Things went smoothly and once folks saw the product, they understood our goal. Feedback from everyone has been positive and fantastically encouraging. One of the few complaints: readers want more. So, we’re working to… Continue reading →

‘SYATP’ unites students, adults in prayer

Photo provided by the Hardin Family - Zachary High students, teachers, coaches and a few parents gather in prayer at the annual See You at the Pole event Sept. 24. The teens prayed for Zachary schools and the community, organizers said.

The See You at the Pole event for Zachary High students belonging to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes united students, teachers and coaches as well as a few parents Sept. 24. Senior Katelyn Hardin, FCA president, organized the morning prayer event that praised and prayed over Zachary schools and the community before starting classes for the day.… Continue reading →

Lady Vikings gear up for game days

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- The Northeast Lady Vikings varsity and JV volleyball teams got in some practice time Oct. 1 after a mix-up in schedules with Slaughter Charter School's Lady Knights.

The Northeast High Lady Vikings freshman and junior varsity volleyball team made the best of a mix-up in schedules Oct. 1 and subsequent game cancellation. Instead of the NHS freshman and JV team hosting Slaughter Community Charter School’s Lady Knights, the Northeast players got in several hours of practice time. Head coach Cynthia Montgomery said the… Continue reading →

Art teacher’s Italian inspiration on exhibit

Photo provided by Darryl Alello -- 'Archi Romani,' by artist Darryl Alello, an art teacher at Copper Mill Elementary, is part of the 'Italia Rivisitato' exhibit through Nov. 8 at the Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge.

Zachary artist Darryl D. Alello unveiled a new series of art Oct. 3, celebrating 25 years with the Elizabethan Gallery in Baton Rouge, where a reception in his honor was held. Allelo’s exhibit, “Italia Rivisitato,” was awarded a fellowship grant in 2013 from Fund for Teachers, allowing him to travel throughout Italy and study the inspirations of… Continue reading →

Zachary native named to NSU Homecoming Court

Photo provided by NSU -- Members of the 2014 Homecoming Honor Court at Northwestern State University are, first from left, Rikia Ancar, Alexis Reliford, Briana Craige, Ivory Breeland, Tyra Morrison, queen Bria Williams, Courtney Wilson, Courtney Matthews, Taylor Layman, Breanna Collier and Lacey Seals; second from left, are Kevin Brunner, Anthony Canatta, Trevor McCray, Paxson Guest, king Kaymin Carter, Cody Whitaker, Darrell Favis, Matthew Whitaker, Brian Cook, Matthew Spence and Damian Glover.

Bria Williams, of Zachary, reigned as queen of the 2014 Northwestern State University Homecoming Honor Court. Williams and homecoming king Kaymin Carter, of Shreveport, were part of a 22-member honor court that participated in activities during Homecoming Week at Northwestern State and was presented Saturday at halftime of the homecoming game against Incarnate Word. Other… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests Oct. 3-Oct. 9, 2014

The following people were arrested and processed during the week of Oct. 3-9. They were booked into jail or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department. SHELITA BURRELL: 36, 9100 Highland Oaks, Zachary, two counts of domestic abuse battery and cruelty to a juvenile DONALD ELSEY: 67, 4817 Old Slaughter Road., Zachary,… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrests for Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, 2014

The following Zachary resident were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Oct. 3-Oct. 9. LISA LASYONE: 27, 5063 Hillcrest, Zachary, aggravated domestic battery. JOSHUA MEADOWS: 34, 7850 Lower Zachary Road., Zachary, simple burglary of inhabited dwelling and theft. JESSICA ROYCE: 31, 6409 La. 19, Zachary, possession of Schedule II drugs (crack cocaine) and… Continue reading →

Braves blast Knights, remain undefeated

Advocate staff photos by STACY GILL -- Wes Brady outruns the Knights to score for the Braves Oct. 7. NMS defeated Slaughter Charter School, 38-0.

A recent Tuesday afternoon game was no different than other football games played this season by the Northwestern Middle School Braves — the evening ended with NMS winning. The undefeated seventh- and eighth-grade football players dominated the visiting Knights from nearby Slaughter Community Charter School 38-0 during the Oct. 7 game. The middle school student-athletes battled… Continue reading →

Rollins Place student gets cover treatment

Photo provided by Margo Popillion -- Kiersten Popillion, 6, of Zachary, was recently chosen as one of the 2014-15 Cover Kids by Baton Rouge Parents magazine.

Kiersten Popillion, 6, of Zachary, was recently chosen as one of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine’s 2014-15 cover kids. Popillion is a first-grader at Rollins Place Elementary School and is the daughter of Margo and Joseph Popillion. Her older brother, DeShawn Popillion, 17, attends Zachary High School. In 2012, she was crowned princess in the Miss Zachary… Continue reading →

Speaker offers the 411 on 911

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Rotarian Dr. Amanda Lea with guest speaker John Graham, an assistant shift supervisor with East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services, and Rotary President Ryan Talbot, from left, at the Oct. 9 Zachary Rotary Club meeting. Graham was Dr. Lea’s guest and signed 'The Raven Boy' by Maggie Stiefvater. The service organization donates a book each week to a Zachary school as part of an annual literacy project.

Rotarian Dr. Amanda Lea welcomed her guest, John Graham, an assistant shift supervisor with East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services, to the Oct. 9 Zachary Rotary Club meeting. Graham, a Zachary High graduate, was the guest speaker at the club’s Thursday meeting. He spoke to the Zachary Rotary Club about the call takers at the… Continue reading →

Zachary Early Learning Center holds Tricycle Trailriders fundraiser

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Tricycle Trailriders Jaylon Brown, left, and Jeremiah Alexander ride to raise money for the Zachary Early Learning Center during a Sept. 26 fundraiser.

Zachary Early Learning Center’s pre-kindergarten students participated in the Sept. 26 Tricycle Trailriders fundraiser in front of the school,where parents and grandparents were invited to attend. Little cowboys and cowgirls rode their tricycles disguised as horses and were sponsored by the number of laps they could complete. Donating moms, dads and… Continue reading →

Just a little clowning around over fire prevention awareness

Photo provided by Karen Burdette -- Zachary's fire safety clowns, the Firestoppers, perform a safety demonstration for first-graders at Rollins Place Elementary School Oct. 10.

Zachary’s Firestoppers, the fire safety clowns from the Zachary Fire Department, are on a monthlong tour of area schools and churches, visiting children in prekindergarten through fifth grade during October’s Fire Prevention Month. The Firestoppers visited Rollins Place Elementary Oct. 10, promoting the message “smoke alarms save lives” to first-graders. The Firestoppers clowns are Capt. Ronald… Continue reading →

Teens learn about helping animals

Photo provided by Nancy Lockett -- Zachary teens hang out with the  shelter dogs Sept. 27 for Pet Palooza Day at the Zachary Branch Library.

Pet Palooza Day on Sept. 27 at the Zachary Branch Library was a huge success, teen services librarian Nancy Lockett said. A number of different activities were featured throughout the day, she said. Lockett said two dogs were adopted during Pet Palooza, a teens’ event at the Zachary Branch Library, which is part of the East… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports: Hardin paces Broncos at CHS Invitational track meet

Photo by Stacy Gill -- John Paul Hardin runs in a 2013 race.

Zachary cross-country runner John Paul Hardin finished in 16th place in the Catholic High School Invitational, leading the Broncos to 20th place in the overall team standings with 539 points Saturday at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge. The CHS meet is one of the largest in the state each year, with more than 1,400 runners… Continue reading →

Boxers battle at Baker’s Buffalo Fest

Photo provided by Patt Roberson -- William Glenn, 15, of Frog Capital Boxing Club of Rayne, left, displays his boxing trophy Sept. 13  at the Baker Buffalo Festival and  Kenner club coach, Axel Murillo, right, stands in for boxer Daniel Lassus, who also won at the boxing event.

The Back Street Boxing Club of Carencro was named the best club of the night at the Baker Buffalo Festival boxing match Sept. 13. It was the second consecutive year the club, coached by Shelton LeBlanc, won the honor. Two 15-year-olds were named best fighters of the evening: William Glenn, of Frog Capital Boxing Club of… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests for Oct. 3, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons Oct. 3-9 by the Baker Police Department. CHRISTIAN COBB: 21, Baton Rouge, failure to appear for theft. DONTA COLEMAN: 26, Baton Rouge, failure to appear for license plate light required. ARNOLD CUMMINGS: 30, Baton Rouge, failure to appear for… Continue reading →

A new way to get all the Zachary news you care about

The Zachary Plainsman-News enters a new era today as it joins The Advocate family of newspapers. The Zachary Advocate and Plainsman will continue to cover happenings in Zachary and Baker. With its own reporters and through reader-submitted announcements, news items and photos, The Zachary Advocate and Plainsman will keep the community informed about area schools, local… Continue reading →

Zachary auto parts building sold

The O’Reilly Auto Parts building at 4934 Main St. in Zachary has been sold to a California investor for nearly $1.4 million. Enri 2 LLC of Carmel, California, bought the property in a deal that was filed Monday with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s office. The seller was Kimble Development of Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Special Olympians team up

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Jack Dixon, Grace Gantz and Garret Rushing, from left, are juniors at Zachary High School who volunteered Oct. 1 to become partners of  special needs student-athletes on Unified Sports teams playing horseshoes. This year is the first time since the 1990s that the Capital Area Special Olympics will feature horseshoes.

Wet weather on a recent Wednesday morning didn’t dampen the spirits of special needs children paired with high school students from Zachary as they competed together in a new event for Capital Area Special Olympics — horseshoes. Horseshoes is the latest sport added to the unified sports program, an inclusive sports program that partners an equal number… Continue reading →

Zachary firefighters are thinking pink

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Zachary Firefighters are participating in their third annual Pink Helmet Fundraiser throughout October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Gathering around the helments, first row from left, are Gordon Lipscomb, Justin Walker, Glen Triche, Jordan Munn and Jeremy Mizell; and second row, Jonathan Knight, Jimbo Noland, Chris Young, Bryan Henderson, Cody Shaffer, Gordon Segraves and Justin Bradley.

Zachary firefighters Justin Bradley and Gordon Lipscomb admit that when they and several others first came up with the idea for the pink helmet fundraiser three years ago, the intent was more about honoring their loved ones and less about just wearing a pink T-shirt or donating money. Their goal: to do something different that would recognize… Continue reading →

Zachary Rotarian honors wife

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Rotarian Francis Nezianya, left, looks on as his wife, Lettiemarie, receives a Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin Sept. 25 from Rotary's recent past-president, Gwen Fuselier. The contribution of $1,000 was made to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Zachary Rotarian Francis Nezianya earned Paul Harris Fellow status for a recent contribution he made in the name of his wife, Lettiemarie Nezianya, a Zachary school teacher. Lettiemarie received a Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin Sept. 25 from Rotary’s recent past-President Gwen Fuselier. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges people who contribute or who have contributions… Continue reading →

Birth: Landon Lane Bellue

Landon Lane Bellue

Trey and Aimee Bellue, of Slaughter, announce the birth of their son, Landon Lane Bellue. He was born 6:53 p.m. Aug. 25 at Woman’s Hospital. Landon weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 201/2 inches. He was welcomed home by sisters Baleigh and Isabelle Bellue. Maternal grandparents are Marlene Joyce and the late… Continue reading →