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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 →

Zachary chamber announces award semifinalists

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce has announced the semifinalists for its 2014 Business Awards. The winners in each category will be announced at the annual banquet Oct. 16 at St. John the Baptist Church, 3824 Lee St. Nominations include: Small Business of the Year: Chubby’s Pizza & Grill and Fitness Design… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests processed Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2014

The Zachary Police Department booked the following people into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons Sept. 26 to Oct. 3: HOSEA ANDERSON: 22, Maringouin, bench warrant for failure to appear for obstruction to driver’s view and proper equipment required. CRYSTAL COLLINS: 21, Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for turning… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s Office arrests processed Sept. 26 - Oct. 2

The following Zachary or Baker residents were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. WADE BORDELON: 52, Zachary, domestic abuse battery. DON’TONY GREY: 17, Zachary, battery of a police officer, simple battery, resisting an officer and disturbing the peace. TAUREAN ROBERTS: 25, Baker,… Continue reading →

Running for Office: Marty Hughes, School Board District C

Marty Hughes

Marty Hughes, 37, no party, said he is running for the Zachary Community School Board’s District 3 seat on a four-point platform “dedicated to leading children’s development into the future.” Hughes, a lifelong resident of Zachary, said he has witnessed the community’s tremendous growth and feels very optimistic about its future.… Continue reading →

Running for Office: Randy Perkins, Zachary mayor

Randy Perkins

Randy Perkins, 56, no party, said he is running for the Zachary mayor’s seat to give voters in the growing community a choice in the Nov. 4 election. “Over the past two decades, Zachary has experienced tremendous growth as many families have chosen to make Zachary their home,” Perkins said in a campaign announcement.… Continue reading →

Running for Office: Sharon Samuel, School Board, District C

Sharon Samuel

Sharon Samuel, a Republican, counts it a privilege to continue to serve on the Zachary Community School Board as a representative for education in District 3. “I am running for re-election because I am passionate about education for every child, every day,” Samuel said in a prepared announcement. “Our Zachary schools have… Continue reading →

Zachary CVS now open to community

Advocate staff photo by Stacy Gill -- Community leaders gather Oct. 3 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at CVS/Pharmacy in Zachary. Attending the ribbon  ceremony, from left, are Brandy Westmoreland; Danette Castello; Tonya Clark, district manager; Rosamaend Oglesbee, pharmacy supervisor; Courtney Zurbina, pharmacist; Nathan Smith, store manager; Brent Bacon, CVS employee; Kate MacArthur, Zachary Chamber; Theresa Payment; Mayor David Amrhein; and Heather Prejean, Zachary Chamber.

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce, business leaders and Zachary Mayor David Amrhein helped celebrate the grand opening of the CVS pharmacy at 20501 La. 964, Zachary. An Oct. 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony included product samples, gift bags and hourly raffle drawings and prize giveaways. The new CVS pharmacy features a two-lane drive-thru pharmacy window service; a wide… Continue reading →

Zachary beats Live Oak at Bronco Stadium

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISZachary  football coach David Brewerton talks with an official before kickoff against Live Oak earlier this season.

Lindsey Scott Jr. accounted for 335 yards of offense to help lead Zachary to a 39-21 victory over Live Oak in District 4-5A action Friday night at Bronco Stadium. The junior quarterback completed 16 of 28 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. He did much of his damage on the ground, running for 108 yards… Continue reading →

Lady Broncos upbeat over recent wins

Photo provided by Lisa Sorrel -- Zachary junior Dreona Clayton gets the dig as teammate Leanne Sorrel, a freshman, gets into position. Sorrel earned  5 kills, 17 assists, 2 aces, 3 digs and 2 blocks against the Lady Cubs.

Zachary High School’s Lady Broncos volleyball team recorded a history-making win Sept. 14 over U-High’s Lady Cubs. School officials said it was the first time in recent history that the Lady Broncos beat the Lady Cubs on the volleyball court. The Lady Broncos also beat Woodlawn Sept. 22 after three games: 25-14, 25-6 and 25-19.… Continue reading →

Copper Mill school closed because of water main break

ZACHARY -- Copper Mill Elementary School is closed Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, because of a water main break, according to the Zachary Community School Board. Parents have until 10 a.m. if they wish to collect their children. Otherwise, fifth-graders will be sent to Zachary Middle School, and sixth-graders will be sent to Zachary High School for the day.… Continue reading →

Zachary man dies in single-vehicle accident

A Zachary man died in a single-vehicle accident in St. Helena Parish on Saturday morning, State Police said. Cody J. Damico, 29, was in a 2010 Pontiac heading east on La. 37 near La. 449 when his car veered left, Master Trooper Greg Marchand said. The Pontiac crossed the center line, careened off the… Continue reading →

2-year-old drowns in pool at Zachary home

A 2-year-old child drowned in a backyard pool on Thursday morning after the child slipped outside without the mother noticing, Zachary Police said. When the mother found her child in the pool on North Turnberry Avenue, she ran to the front yard with the child in her arms screaming for help, said… Continue reading →