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School Board sees smooth start

Zachary school officials said they were pleased with the opening of the new school year. Superintendent Scott Devillier said the start of the 2015-16 school year on Aug. 10 was the smoothest he’s experienced yet. “There was lots of preparation that went into the first day of school, from First Student bus transportation to the teachers… Continue reading →

9-year-old best friends, fierce competitors

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Megan Corcoran, 9, practices the butterfly stroke at the Americana YMCA pool in Zachary.

Nine-year-olds Abby Dunford and Megan Corcoran are practically inseparable. The fourth-graders attend Zachary Elementary School and are close friends. They’re swimming partners and teammates who train six days a week on the Tiger Aquatics swim team, led by coach Jeannine Malbrough, also the director of competitive aquatics. The girls, whose mothers… Continue reading →

Food Pantry grateful for Empty Bowls efforts

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Vince Giaccone, president of the Zachary Food Pantry's Board of Directors, reads a letter of appreciation Aug. 18 at the School Board meeting, thanking art teachers Chloe McCleary and Mandy Bradley for their efforts in organizing the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at Zachary High School. One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward stocking pantry shelves.

Vince Giaccone, president of the Zachary Food Pantry’s board of directors, told School Board members at their Aug. 18 meeting that the entire board and food bank volunteers are appreciative and grateful for the funds generated each year at the Empty Bowls fundraiser at Zachary High School. “Filling a bowl with soup for dinner seems like such… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Aug. 27, 2015

The Rotary Club of Zachary is seeking nominations for the 2015 Zachary Citizen of the Year. Nominees should be a citizen of Zachary whose life is consistent with the philosophy of Rotary: Service Above Self; someone who volunteers for and is active in community and civic organizations; someone who has contributed consistently… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Aug. 27, 2015

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- Zachary senior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.

The Zachary Broncos football team, a consensus top five program in the state that is expected to challenge for the Class 5A championship, hosts West Feliciana High School in a jamboree contest Friday in Bronco Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Zachary is coming off a 12-2 record last season after… Continue reading →

Zachary native to study in Italy

Jasmine Littles

Jasmine Littles, 20, has plans to pursue a career as an occupational therapist after graduating from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. For now, the 2013 honor graduate of Zachary High School remains active as a Spring Hill ambassador, student tour guide, resident adviser for freshmen students and volunteer at Westlawn Elementary in Mobile, where she teaches… Continue reading →

YMCA offers Kid Fit class

The YMCA of the Capital Area is working to help families understand the role that weight perception plays in childhood obesity and ways to reverse its course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits during September’s Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. To get youth excited about becoming healthy, a free Kid Fit class for children ages… Continue reading →

Save date for chamber awards, annual banquet

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual business awards and banquet for Oct. 15. Festivities — including an auction, raffle, cash bar, dinner, guest speaker, induction of the 2015-16 chamber president and board of directors and the awards program — will be held in the gym at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4727 McHugh… Continue reading →

Nominations open for 2015 Great Places in La.

AARP Louisiana, the Center for Planning Excellence and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office are seeking nominations for the 2015 Great Places in Louisiana awards program that offers a $5,000 grand prize to the winner. Information, nominations and previous winners can be found at Nominations can be submitted through the website until midnight… Continue reading →

Chamber awards scholarship to 2015 Zachary graduate

Photo provided by Heather Prejean -- Zachary High graduate Myah Smothers, left, wiith Zachary Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate MacArthur in May.

Myiah Smothers is the 2015 scholarship recipient of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce. Smothers, a May graduate of Zachary High School, is the daughter of Brad and Lisa Smothers. Excelling both in and out of the classroom, Smothers earned a 3.75 GPA and participated in many extracurricular activities while attending ZHS, including the Beta Club,… Continue reading →

Zachary chamber ambassador recognized

Photo provided by Heather Prejean -- The Zachary Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors recognizes Theresa Payment, center, as an Ambassador of the Quarter. Board member Ryan Talbot, left, and Board President Karl Kleinpeter honored Payment at the August meeting.

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce recognizes Theresa Payment as its Ambassador of the Quarter. Payment is a member of the chamber’s Ambassador Council, a select committee of volunteer professionals who support the development and growth of the chamber by enhancing public relations and communication endeavors, by attracting and retaining new membership and by serving as business liaisons… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from Aug. 14-19, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Aug. 14-19. BROWN, FREDERICK: 36, 3021 Jersey Dive, Zachary, no seat belt, open container and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. CARTER, JANISHA: 23, 1313 Cordoba Drive, Zachary, felony organized retail theft.… Continue reading →

Rotary’s district governor honors Zachary Club

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Zachary Rotary Club President Mindy Head, left, accepts a certificate recognizing the club's 75 years of service from Rotary District 6200 Governor Mike Hayes on Aug. 20. Hayes visited the Zachary service organization, which was established in 1941, from his home and Rotary club in Westlake.

Rotary’s District 6200 Gov. Mike Hayes and his wife, Natalie, visited the Rotary Club of Zachary on Aug. 20 from their home in Westlake. During Hayes’ visit, he presented Zachary Rotary President Mindy Head with a framed certificate recognizing the Zachary club for its 75th year of service. Established in 1941, the Zachary club is one… Continue reading →

Library to host voter registration drive

To commemorate Voter Registration Week, Aug. 31 through Sept. 4, the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Office will be conducting a voter registration drive. East Baton Rouge Parish residents who need to register to vote or update their registration may do so online at, in person at the nearest registrar of voters office or… Continue reading →

Shoppers receive $4,000 in groceries

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Shoppers line up Aug. 21 in front of LeBlanc's Food Stores to take advantage of $20 in free groceries offered by Pelican State Credit Union to celebrate its new location in Zachary.

To celebrate the opening of its new Zachary branch at 5850 Main St., Pelican State Credit Union gave away $4,000 in groceries Aug. 21 in less than two hours. A line began to form at LeBlanc’s Food Stores about 7:30 a.m. and then at 9 a.m., $20 vouchers were given to shoppers visiting the locally owned… Continue reading →

Southeastern names summer honors list students

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond has named 1,041 students to its honors list for the summer semester. The honors list is divided into three academic levels: president’s list, 3.50 or better GPA; dean’s list, 3.20-3.49 GPA; and honor roll, 3.00-3.19 GPA. Honors list students must be full-time undergraduates carrying at least six credit hours and… Continue reading →

Outings, fun keep seniors active in Baker, Zachary

Photo provided by Renee Johnson -- Seniors who attend the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging's Zachary Senior Center site went swimming Aug. 21 at the Council on Aging's Homewood site on Granada Drive in Baton Rouge. Zachary site coordinator Renee Johnson said the group goes swimming every Friday during the summer.

Renee Johnson, site coordinator at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging’s Zachary Senior Center, leads senior citizens from the Baker and Zachary areas during weekday activities such as Bible study, exercise, games, health screenings, listening to music and outings. Open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the center serves lunch from noon to… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests for Aug. 15-21, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Aug. 15-21. ADDISON, TERRLYN: 31, 9990 Avenue J, Apt. 9033, Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure to appear for driving under suspension/revocation and misuse of a temporary license plate. BARKER, TANYA: 35, 4235 Heritage Trail Drive,… Continue reading →

Stateline Raiders fall to champs

Photo provided by Dedric Guidry -- The Stateline Raiders, with players from Livonia, St. Francisville and Zachary, finished their season with an overall record of 25-5. Players sitting, from left, include Jadarion Davis and Deonte Brown; middle row, coach Dedric Williams, Johnell Cain, Davon Harris, Calvin Adams, Jaquan Battley and coach Antonio Whitaker; and back row, manager Dustin Guidry, Chad Tillery, coach Len Tillery and AJ Whitaker.

The Stateline Raiders 15-and-under basketball squad went 2-2 at the Amateur Athletic Union International Championships in Orlando, Florida, in July. The summer league team — with players from Livonia, St. Francisville and Zachary — opened the tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports with a 68-61 win over the Florida Gulf Coast Tigers before falling to eventual… Continue reading →

Road-widening, roundabout work continues in Zachary

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- A road-widening project is underway thanks to a joint venture between the East Baton Rouge Parish Greenlight Program, city of Zachary and Americana Economic Development District. The project includes transforming two-laned Mount Pleasant Road (La. 64) into a four-laned boulevard from Barnett Road to Old Scenic Highway (La. 964).

Through a joint venture between East Baton Rouge Parish’s Green Light Plan, the city of Zachary and Americana, a road-widening and intersection improvement project continues in Zachary. The initial phase of the project, which was completed in 2012, added a right-turn lane for northbound U.S. 61 motorists at Mount Pleasant Road (La. 64) with improvements to the… Continue reading →

Local businessman lends ‘Hand in Community’

Photo provided by Julie McLin -- Allstate agent Jack Burk, left, with Theresa Payment, director of the LaneRMC Foundation, has pledged $3,000 to the Radiation Oncology Center at Lane Regional Medical Center through an Allstate Foundation grant program.

When Allstate agent Jack Burk learned about Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation’s campaign to raise $1 million to bring leading-edge radiation cancer treatment services to the region, he knew right away he wanted to contribute. “Community involvement is an extension of what we as agents do every day — protecting people and preparing them for the… Continue reading →

Shopping to serve

Photo provided by Roma Prejean --  Fred and Marie Kennedy, of Zachary, recently challenged grandchildren Wren, Willow, Spirit and Kanyun Hoffpauir, from left, all Zachary students, to fill up their shopping carts with as many groceries as they could for $50 each and then donate the food to the Zachary Food Pantry.

Fred and Marie Kennedy, of Zachary, are in the spirit of giving. The couple took their three adult children and seven grandchildren — Wren, Willow, Spirit and Kanyun Hoffpauir, Annasy and Hunter Graham, and Lynnox Kennedy — to Winn-Dixie recently, giving them each $50 to spend on groceries and $5 for taxes. The children also… Continue reading →

Baker named to list of safest cities in Louisiana

Baker was named the ninth safest place to live out of 11 Louisiana communities, according to a recent study on Statistics were taken from 2013 FBI crime reports, and the towns and cities that had the lowest ratio of violent crimes to population made the list. Since larger cities tend to have more crime… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Aug. 20, 2015

Map provided -- The above map shows the new drop-off route Zachary High students. Parents or drivers must drop off students between Foundation Hall and the ZHS gym by entering 40th Street and exiting onto Rollins Road instead of dropping off in front of the school.

Because of traffic issues, Superintendent Scott Devillier said the morning drop-off procedure for Zachary High students has changed as of Aug. 17. Students are no longer allowed to be dropped off in front of the main ZHS building on Bronco Lane but are to be dropped off in the mornings between Foundation Hall… Continue reading →

Police chief asks for raise

Though previous dialogue via one-on-one conversations and emails between Police Chief David McDavid and the Zachary City Council have transpired on the topic of a salary increase, McDavid formally asked for a pay raise at the Aug. 11 meeting. McDavid, who maintains a $4.4 million budget and 63-person department, including reserve officers, said his salary of $74,755… Continue reading →

Zachary’s fire ratings remain high

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Larry Powenski, left, president of the Fire District 1 board, presents Zachary Fire Chief Danny Kimble with a $362,000 check on Aug. 11 as payment for fire services in Fire District 1, which includes the unincorporated areas surrounding Zachary.

Zachary Fire Chief Danny Kimble announced Aug. 11 that the Zachary Fire Department has retained its Class 2 fire rating on all properties located inside Zachary city limits from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, which is in charge of assessing the effectiveness of fire departments in the state. Properties located outside of the city limits but… Continue reading →

Zachary police get grant for drug enforcement

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Kandyce Cowart, right, president of the Louisiana state chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, presents a $5,000 grant to the Zachary Police Department and Chief David McDavid, left, and Detective Ty Stephens at the City Council meeting on Aug. 11. The funds will help provide resources to the ZPD in its efforts in combating the abuse of scheduled prescription drugs.

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators has awarded the Zachary Police Department a $5,000 Law Enforcement grant to help with resources in combating the abuse and diversion of scheduled prescription drugs. Kandyce Cowart, president of the Louisiana state chapter of NADDI, presented Chief David McDavid, chapter corresponding secretary, and Detective Ty Stephens, chapter vice president, with… Continue reading →

Deadline approaches for annual Pink Helmet fundraiser

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- The Zachary Fire Department's fourth annual Pink Helmet fundraiser, which has grown from 49 businesses participating in 2012, 51 in 2013 and 61 in 2014, is offering three types of helmets: traditional pink (shown), pink camouflage or the survivor helmet adorned with pink ribbons. The deadline to order is Sept. 3, so firefighters can begin wearing the helmets Oct. 1 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Zachary Fire Department is set to host its fourth annual Pink Helmet fundraiser benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness. Thanks to contributions from Zachary businesses, the ZFD has donated nearly $7,500 to the organization since the fundraiser first began with 40 businesses participating in 2012, up to 61 participating in… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from Aug. 6 - 13, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Aug. 6-13. BAGGETT, ROY: 30, 6245 Brownfield Drive, Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for theft and fugitive from East Baton Rouge Parish. BELT, ANGELA: 32, 23222 Pony Drive, Zachary, bench warrant for failure to… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from Aug. 6-14, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department Aug. 6-14: ARBUTHNOT, GERALD: 26, 1120 Sherron Ave., Apt. 2, Baker, bench warrants for failure to appear for three counts of motor vehicle inspection sticker and simple battery. BANKS, CORNEALIUS: 25, 6550 Marionette Drive, Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure to appear… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s arrests from Aug. 7-13, 2015

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office from Aug. 7-13. ALLEN, JASON: 33, 12470 Talmadge Crumholt Road, Baker, two counts of fugitive from Zachary Police Department, domestic abuse battery and simple battery. CHOPIN, DOMINIQUE: 22, 5350 Groom Road, Baker, third-offense… Continue reading →

Depth, experience create high expectations for Broncos

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- Quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. takes the snap as teammate Terry Sullivan moves in to block during a 2014 game.

The secret is out. Coach David Brewerton’s Zachary Broncos are one of the teams to beat in Louisiana as the 2015 football season kicks off. Zachary was 12-2 last year and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs, losing a hard-fought nail-biter 9-3 on the road at Acadiana, the eventual state champion. The results left… Continue reading →

Vikings reload roster, bring fresh mindset

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Northeast senior Leroy Roddy, seen here in his practice jersey, is number 43 on the Vikings' roster this season.

When a football team returns only six starters from its previous season, coaches often use the word “rebuilding” to describe their task ahead. That word is not in Northeast coach Dave Masterson’s vocabulary. The Vikings lose 10 of 11 starters on defense from last year’s squad, which advanced to the state… Continue reading →

LSU graduation ceremony includes area graduates

LSU alumna Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, delivered the keynote address to 672 students receiving degrees during LSU’s 287th commencement ceremony Aug. 7. LSU President F. King Alexander presided over the ceremony and conferred degrees. Wheelan highlighted five lessons for graduates to take with them as they… Continue reading →

C andidates can submit announcements

Candidates running for office in Zachary can submit brief campaign announcements for publication. All announcements must include age, political party and education of candidate. Photos should be a high resolution, color JPEG file. The announcements are subject to editing and will run as space is available. The deadline to submit is Sept. 11. Submit to… Continue reading →

Band, spirit groups seek community help

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- The Bronco Belles perform to music from the Band of Blue in Bronco Stadium.

A Friday night football game in Bronco Stadium would not be complete without the sights and sounds of the Zachary High band, Bronco Belles, color guard and twirler. On Sept. 25, the band and spirit groups have an opportunity to gain national exposure when the Broncos play Calvary Baptist in a televised football game on ESPNU.… Continue reading →

All Things Jump Start launches Web portal

The Louisiana Department of Education has launched its Web portal, All Things Jump Start, providing over 200 valuable resources for students following a Jump Start pathway and for teams of educators and industry officials to effectively implement Jump Start — the state’s program for school districts, colleges and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences… Continue reading →

Zachary Historical Association hot on William Bartram Trail

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Betty Tucker, historian and archivist for the city of Zachary, looks over the many antique books in the Old Town Hall building, which will be open for the upcoming William Bartram Trail celebration on Sept. 11.

The Zachary Historical Association has been busy planning several upcoming events, including the William Bartram Trail celebration on the grounds of Plains Presbyterian Church. The event is part of a larger celebration spearheaded by the Friends of LSU Hilltop Arboretum in cooperation with the Bartram Trail Conference, which will commemorate the 240th anniversary of Bartram’s visit to… Continue reading →

Educators inspired, united at district meeting

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Copper Mill fifth-grader Dayton Suire, left, and his brother, Drake, a student at Zachary Elementary, recited the Pledge of Allegiance on Aug. 7 as a team at the school district's back-to-school convocation.

“United in Excellence” was the theme at the Friday convocation for Zachary educators, administrators, coaches, district staff, school board members and invited guests. Nash Joyner, who delivered the welcome remarks in 2003 as a kindergartner, welcomed attendees as a Zachary High senior entering his final year in the Zachary School District. Ten-year-old Dayton Suire’s story was… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Aug. 13, 2015

School zones went into full effect Monday and will be strictly enforced throughout Baker and Zachary. School crossing guards are out early in the mornings, and motorists are urged to exercise caution around schools and bus stops. Zones are 20 mph in marked areas between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.,… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Aug. 13, 2015

Photo provided by Tafari Beard -- Tafari Beard Jr., left, of Baton Rouge, and Marco Romero, of Kansas, pose before their bout in the 85-pound division for 9- to 10-year-olds at the 15th annual Ringside World Championships in Independence, Missouri. Beard Jr. lost in a split decision to Romero.

Four boxers from the Red Stick Boxing Club competed in the 15th annual Ringside World Championships in Independence, Missouri, on Aug. 3-8 at the Independence Events Center. The tournament featured 2,000 boxers from around the world competing in 62 divisions in six rings. A total of 262 champions were crowned. The team is coached by Zachary… Continue reading →

Young artists exhibit at Governor’s Mansion

Photo provided by Mike Cottingim -- Fourth-graders at Zachary Elementary glue Mardi Gras beads onto their George Rodrigue 'Blue Dog' painting in May.

Students attending Zachary Elementary School during the 2014-15 school year had a hand in creating artwork that is now part of the Jindal family’s initiative to feature young artists. On Aug. 3, Supriya Jindal announced the artwork selected for display in the Louisiana’s Governor’s Mansion throughout August. The list includes Holly Marchiafava’s and Danye Pelichet’s third-grade classes,… Continue reading →

Visit Baton Rouge promotes city, parish, region

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Paul Arrigo, president and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge, checks his notes before speaking with a group of businessmen and women about tourism and its effects on the Baton Rouge area Aug. 5 at a networking luncheon hosted by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce.

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly networking luncheon Aug. 5, welcoming Paul Arrigo, president and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge, as the guest speaker. Arrigo said the mission of Visit Baton Rouge is to increase visitation to and awareness of the Baton Rouge area to enhance economic impact. “The topic of tourism sounds easy… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from July 30 - Aug. 5, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from July 30 to Aug. 6. AUGUSTUS, SHONDA: 42, 1005 Sinbad St., Baker, affidavit warrant for two counts of cruelty to the infirm and two counts of simple battery to the infirm. BANKS, KELVIN: 40, 1407 Johnston St., Baker, fugitive through… Continue reading →