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Council approves rezoning, considers millage increase

It was a much different outcome at the April 14 Zachary City Council meeting for property management company Maestri-Murrell, of Baton Rouge. At the March 24 meeting, the council voted 3-2 against the company’s site plan review prohibiting a rezone of the property adjacent to Zachary Parkside Apartments. “You refused to accept the site plan review… Continue reading →

Daisies donate to Zachary Food Pantry

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Girl Scout Daisies from Troop 10145 of Zachary donated cookies and food to the Zachary Food Pantry April 15. The girls will receive a Food Bank patch for their efforts. Gathered, front row from left, are Allyson Atkins and Nylah Craig; second row, Autumn Alvarado and Sarah Jones; and third row,  Mackenzie Scelfo, Savannah MacArthur, Chloe Larkin, Samantha Sanders and Lillie Page.

After hours at the Zachary Food Pantry on April 15, the scene was slightly chaotic. But in a good way. Daisies from Girl Scout Troop 10145 of Zachary and their parents were busy piling boxes of Do-Si-Dos and Thin Mints and bags of canned and dry goods into a shopping cart to be weighed by Food Pantry… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for April 23, 2015

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office has partnered with the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Appleseed, Louisiana Legal Services and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center to offer a series of free workshops on mortgages and personal finance titled “LMAP: Getting Your House in Order.” The statewide tour, which kicked off April 22 and includes stops… Continue reading →

Lemonade Day’s sweet roots

Lemonade Day, a fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business — a lemonade stand — began in Houston in 2007 and has grown from 2,700 to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada. Lemonade Day Louisiana, a nonprofit launched in 2010 by entrepreneur John Georges,… Continue reading →

LSMSA group earns top rating in district music performance assessment

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently participated in the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association District II large ensemble performance assessment at Pineville High School. Taking part, first row from left, are, Alese Jones, Marissa Scott, Maram Azmi, Emma Jochim, Hanna Li, Marika Buchholz, Shona McCullough, Bethany Jenkins, Carrie Thomas and Dr. Al Benner; and second row, Jamin Kidd, Joshua Poche, Ian Sager, Marcos Cecchini, Bryce Cason, Brock Kappel and Mitchell Metzger.

Members of the mixed ensemble at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts recently participated in the Louisiana Music Educators’ Association District II large ensemble performance assessment at Pineville High School. The group earned the top rating of superior in both performance and sight reading. They will participate in the LMEA state large ensemble performance… Continue reading →

S.A.L.T. expo a hit with senior citizens

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Representatives from the Seniors and Lawmen Together Council that presented a Senior Expo on wellness and crime prevention for area senior citizens April 7 in Zachary included, from left, Capt. Jason Demoulin, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office; Zachary Police Chief David McDavid, S.A.L.T. member and sponsor; S.A.L.T. President Joshua Hollins, State Attorney General's office; Dr. L.C. Thomas, AARP and S.A.L.T. Triad coordinator; and Riley Harbour, Baton Rouge Police Department.

About 120 senior citizens from the Baker, Baton Rouge, Central, Chaneyville and Zachary communities and Council on Aging centers on April 7 attended the sixth annual East Baton Rouge Seniors and Lawmen Together Senior Expo. A S.A.L.T. Council is a group of seniors, senior organizations and local law enforcement agencies working together to determine the needs of… Continue reading →

Charlet appointed to Lane Board of Commissioners

C. Jordan Charlet

Zachary businessman C. Jordan Charlet was recently appointed by the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council to a four-year term on the Board of Commissioners at Lane Regional Medical Center. A native of Clinton, Charlet is co-owner of Charlet Funeral Home in Zachary and has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed funeral… Continue reading →

City, employees rewarded for safe work practices

Photo provided by Sharon Phillips -- Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation representative Kelly Quirk, from left, and John Hendry Insurance Agency Manager Paul Owen present Zachary Mayor David Amrhein and Safety Officer Bob Whitaker with a $103,637 dividend check April 14 for implementing safe work policies and procedures.

The city of Zachary has been rewarded for implementing policies and procedures that protect the safety and welfare of all its employees. Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation, a worker’s compensation carrier, presented a $103,637 dividend check to Zachary Mayor David Amrhein April 14. Paul Owen, agency manager with John Hendry Insurance Agency, commended the Zachary employees on… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s arrests from April 10-14, 2015

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office from April 10-14. AUGUSTUS, KEDDRICK: 17, 4604 Chappeau Drive, Baker, battery on a correctional officer. HODGES, ADRIAN: 38, 18143 Martha Drive, Zachary, domestic abuse battery. JOSEPH, HORACE: 50, 1001 E. Flanacher Road, Zachary, illegal possession… Continue reading →

Zachary leaders join Kiwanis for read-along

Photos provided by Sharon Phillips -- Zachary Mayor David Amrhein, left, reads aloud from the book 'Kindergarten ABC' as Police Chief David McDavid acts out the letter 'H' for hula hoop for pre-k students at Zachary Early Learning Center April 14.

Members of the Zachary Kiwanis Club visited Zachary Early Learning Center on April 14 as part of the club’s annual literacy effort, Let’s Read. The service organization invited several guests to help read “Kindergarten ABC” by Jacqueline Rogers to 238 prekindergartners in 15 classrooms at the school as well as donated enough books so that every child… Continue reading →

Sleuthing, stars, swimming await youth at YMCA camps

Photo provided by Kristin Hogan -- A counselor engages area youth in an Americana YMCA camp in Zachary.

The Americana YMCA in Zachary is offering a variety of summer camps for children and teens ages 4 to 17, a news release said. “YMCA summer camp programs offer opportunities for youth to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime,” said Kristin Hogan, marketing director for YMCA of… Continue reading →

World Finance Corp. celebrates Baker opening

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- The Baker Chamber of Commerce and community leaders welcomed World Finance Corporation to the Baker business community on Friday. Gathered April 17, front row from left, are Latania Anderson, Baker Chamber director; Kiwania Griffin, assistant manager; Mayor Harold Rideau, Baker; Lacie Pitre, manager; Kayci Longon, district supervisor; and Capt. Darryl Rainwater, Baker Police; and back row,  Darnell Waites, Baker administrative officer; and Chief Mike Knaps, Baker Police.

The Baker Chamber of Commerce and community leaders officially welcomed World Finance Corp. to the Baker business community April 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Located at 340 Main St. in the Greenwood Shopping Center, World Finance offers short-term installment loans and tax services. District Supervisor Kayci Longon, of Lafayette, said the new Baker location is one… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from April 9-15, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department April 9-15. BIVENS, AURTRELL: 20, 217 St. Thomas St., Lafayette, theft. CARTER, DEMARIS: 29, 268 Bon Crest Ave., Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for failure to register vehicle. COLLINS, JR., JOSEPH: 28, 16352 Old Hammond Highway, Baton… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from April 9-15, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from April 9-15. ALEXANDER, LANDRY: 53, 4449 Stewart St., Zachary, fugitive charges from Baton Rouge Police Department. ARMWOOD, TERRENCE: 40, 4206 S. Morvant Place, Baker, bench warrant for failure to appear for simple battery, speeding, suspension… Continue reading →

FASTLane names medical director

Dr. Allison Parkman

Dr. Allison Parkman has been named medical director of FASTLane Urgent Care by Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, a news release said. She was previously the supervising physician at FASTLane. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Parkman graduated from the University of Chicago, earned her medical degree from Medical College of Ohio, completed her family medicine residency… Continue reading →

Run for the schools: A little wet, a lot of fun

Photo provided by Karen Burdette -- Slaughter firefighter Rivers Bates, from left,  and Zachary firefighters Stephen Jones, David Hughes, Jordan Charlet and firefighter Jeremy Wilks participated in the Zachary Elementary School  Parent Teacher Organization's Race to the Finish fundraising event April 18 at Zachary High School. The five firefighters ran the 5K while wearing their fire hazard suits and most of their gear.

Despite rain on Saturday, organizers for the two races that are part of Zachary Elementary Parent Teacher Organization’s Race to Finish fundraising event went ahead with their backup plan: to hold the race anyway. “I had always said rain or shine, and that’s exactly what happened, but we had both,” said ZEPTO’s Lianne Crawford, event organizer.… Continue reading →

Empty Bowls fundraiser a sell-out

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Sophomore Aasha Henderson, left, and junior Taylor Bonds admire the handcrafted pottery bowls made by art students at Zachary High School for the Empty Bowls fundraiser April 16.

Despite rains, the Empty Bowls fundraiser benefiting the Zachary Food Pantry on April 16 was a success, said Chloe McCleary, an art teacher at Zachary High School. McCleary, along with fellow art teachers Mandy Bradley and Megan Buccere, organize the annual fundraiser, which is a national grassroots effort to end hunger at the local level. Art… Continue reading →

Louisiana Day emphasizes Cajun culture

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Jeran Cochran, left, and Stetson Bell, students at Zachary Elementary School, learn how to play with a 'Jacob's ladder' following a demonstration by Mark Mills on April 2 at Louisiana Day. Mark and his wife, Deana, were among a group of residents who visit the school annually to teach Louisiana folk songs, games and traditions.

Students at Zachary Elementary School played pickup sticks and other low-tech, old-fashioned games, danced to Cajun tunes and learned about the history and culture of the Acadian people April 2 during a Louisiana Day program. Leading the games and lessons were a group of about 25 volunteers including parents, grandparents, Zachary residents and a few Cajun culturalists… Continue reading →

13 Questions with Jesse Cassard

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- A native of Baton Rouge and graduate of Assumption Parish High School, Bossier Community College and McNeese University, Jesse Cassard is the athletic director for Zachary Community Schools and baseball coach at Zachary High.

Jesse Cassard agreed to sit down with The Zachary Advocate and Plainsman for our “13 Questions” series. NAME, AGE, OCCUPATION: Jesse Cassard, 36, athletic director for Zachary Community Schools (since 2013-14) and baseball coach for the Zachary High Broncos since 2006-07. BORN: Baton Rouge RAISED: Assumption Parish EDUCATION: Assumption Parish… Continue reading →

Zachary top of class in report

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber published its annual education report card April 6, analyzing kindergarten through 12th-grade performance in the Capital Region schools during the 2013-14 school year. Zachary schools remained at the top — both in the region and in the state — for the 10th consecutive year, the report states. The report looks… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for April 16, 2015

Joao-Paulo Casarotti

Port Hudson State Historic Site near Zachary presents the Devil’s Elbow Tour at 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Port Hudson Park museum, then carpool to the Georgia Pacific pavilion, where the tour will proceed on foot to the “Devil’s Elbow” on Port Hickey Road, about one-quarter mile south of the Port Hickey Plantation home.… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for April 16, 2015

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Lady Bronco players Carlie Schenk, left, and Macie Pampell motivate at the top of an inning against Walker's Lady Wildcats April 9 in Zachary. ZHS won the district game, 4-1.

Despite having a young team with no senior starters, coach Leslie Yellott’s Zachary softball squad is holding its own heading down the stretch toward the Class 5A playoffs. Going into a District 4-5A showdown with rival Live Oak on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos were 18-11 on the season and 5-4 in district. ZHS… Continue reading →

Girl Scout Daisies visit Jackson Veterans Home

Photo provided by Kate MacArthur -- Members of Daisy Troop 10145, of Zachary, delivered Girl Scout cookies to the Louisiana Veterans Home in Jackson on March 28. Gathering, from left, are Mackenzie Scelfo, Autumn Alvarado, Samantha Sanders, U.S. Army veteran Morris East, Chloe Larkin, Sarah Jones and Savannah MacArthur.

Members of the Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 10145 in Zachary delivered cookies March 28 to the Louisiana Veterans Home in Jackson. The girls also visited retired Sgt. 1st Class Morris East, father of Troop Leader Mary Sanders, while at the home. East is a U.S. Army veteran who served 20 years and received the Meritorious… Continue reading →

Ellerbee to perform with Louisiana Youth Orchestra

Photo provided by Adonica Duggan -- Zachary High School junior Mary Grace 'Gracie' Ellerbee, 17, will be the featured soloist performing with the Louisiana Youth Orchestra on April 25 at the Baton Rouge High School auditorium.

Mary Grace “Gracie” Ellerbee, 17, of Zachary, is the latest featured soloist to perform with the Louisiana Youth Orchestra. Ellerbee was the winner of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association’s Senior Piano Concerto competition held in December at the LSU School of Music. To compete, each contestant had to learn the last movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s… Continue reading →

YMCA plans Healthy Kids Day

The Americana YMCA aims to inspire more youth to keep their minds and bodies active by hosting Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day on April 25 will feature games, healthy cooking demonstrations, health screenings and other activities to motivate and teach families how to… Continue reading →

Zachary resident wins truck-driving competition

Photo provided by Dana Weidman -- Leroy Williams, of Zachary, is the winner of the straight truck division at the 2015 Louisiana State Truck Driving Championships held March 27-29 in Baton Rouge. Williams won the same division in 2014.

Zachary truck driver Leroy Williams placed first in his division at the 2015 Louisiana State Truck Driving Championships March 27-29 in Baton Rouge. Williams, a driver with Con-way Freight, was the best this year in the straight truck class. He won in his division at the 2014 championships as well. Williams has been behind the wheel… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s arrests for Feb. 1 - April 9, 2015

The following Zachary and Baker residents were booked into Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office from Feb. 1 to April 9: DUFORE, FRANCIS: 40, 22838 Plank Road, Zachary, obscenity and resisting an officer. FONTENOT, MARIO: 25, 2530 Grant St., Baker, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Griffin,… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests for April 1-8, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police department April 1-8. BATISTE, AARON: 22, 2063 N. 70th Ave., Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for two counts of driver must be licensed. BISHOP, LINDA: 22, 3405 Redbud St., Zachary, theft by shoplifting. CAPLING, WILLIAM: 20,… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests April 1-8, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department April 1-8. BATISTE, III, MORRIS: 32, 6514 Kleinpeter Road, Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for speeding. BENTON, PRECIOUS: 25, 999 Rosenwald Road, Apt. 8029, Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure to appear for open container in vehicle and attempted… Continue reading →

Man made of medals

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Dan Johnson, 40, of Baton Rouge, is a gold and silver medalist in bowling. Johnson, who has worked at the Winn Dixie in Zachary for the past 16 years, has won nearly 50 medals in the Capital Area Special Olympics in bowling and bocce.

Dan Johnson’s usual high-wattage smile has been a bit brighter these days thanks to a recent win at the Capital Area Special Olympics state indoor games in March. He won a team gold medal and individual silver medal in bowling at the Capital Area Special Olympics. At last count, Johnson, a Baton Rouge native who works… Continue reading →

McGehee transfers to Clinton’s Landmark Bank

Carrie McGehee

Landmark Bank recently welcomed lender Carrie McGehee to its Clinton office. McGehee transferred from Landmark’s Zachary office in February where she was a lender. A native of Michigan, McGehee moved to Louisiana in 1981 and began amassing 34 years of experience in the banking and commercial lending industries at financial institutions such as Bank of the… Continue reading →

Graves visits Zachary Chamber lunch

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- United States Rep. Garret Graves, 43, of the 6th Congressional District, was in Zachary March 31 as the guest speaker of the Chamber of Commerce's monthly Lunch and Learn, a business networking event held at Americana's YMCA.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, from Louisiana’s 6th congressional district, was the guest speaker at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Lunch and Learn networking event March 31 at the Americana YMCA. “America is a neat country. People look to America as being the most successful in terms of work ethic,” Graves said. “But I’m concerned about the… Continue reading →

Empty Bowls fill shelves, feed hungry

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary senior Jasmine Chavez focuses on molding her pottery bowl April 2 in preparation for the Empty Bowls event slated for April 16 in the Zachary High cafeteria.

Zachary High School students have been busy sculpting, painting, glazing and kilning pottery bowls to get ready for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser that benefits the Zachary Food Pantry and the hungry in the community. This is the fifth year for the event that has raised an average of about $3,000 annually since it began at ZHS.… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for April 9, 2015

Stacy Gill

Registration is still open for the Miss Zachary beauty pageant and the Z-Star singing competition, both scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at the Performing Arts Center on Zachary High’s campus. The pageant will include female contestants in the following divisions: Little Miss Baby Zachary, infants and girls up to age 10; Pre-Teen Miss Zachary, girls and teens… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for April 9, 2015

Tamia Veal

Zachary High School’s Tamia Veal was selected as the District 4-5A Defensive Most Valuable Player by the district’s coaches March 29 when the all-district basketball teams for boys and girls were announced. Named to the Girls All-District 4-5A second team for the Lady Broncos were Rayah Hanes and Bryana Langford. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Shyron White was the only… Continue reading →

Local writer signs books, inspired by intrigue, mystery

Photo provided by Vijay Shertukde -- Erin Anding, left, a fan of author Vijay Shertukde, of Zachary, attended a book signing for his novel, 'Blur', March 28 at Barnes & Noble in Baton Rouge.

A new book signing event for three local authors, including Vijay Shertukde, of Zachary, was held March 28 at Barnes and Noble in Baton Rouge. The event featured Shertukde, author of the spy techno-thriller “Blur”; Cookie Tuminello, a motivational speaker, leadership developer and author; and Sara Blackwell, author of “Destiny of One.” Shertukde, a native of… Continue reading →

Rotary helps feed hungry families with food drive

Photo provided by Sharon Phillips -- The Zachary Rotary Club donated nearly 120 pounds of canned goods to the Zachary Food Pantry in March. Gathered, from left, are Vince Giaccone, Food Pantry board president; Francis Nezianya and Troy Landry, Rotarians; Reggie Dykes, Food Pantry director; and Ryan Talbot, Rotary president.

The Zachary Rotary Club has partnered with the Zachary Food Pantry to help feed hungry families in the community. Rotarians collected nearly 120 pounds of canned goods during March, and the service organization is one of several Rotary clubs throughout the southeast participating in “Rotary Has Heart,” a new program initiated by Rotary International Vice President Anne… Continue reading →

Zachary students compete in chemistry challenge

Photo provided by Aimee Perrodin -- Sixth-grader Janae DArensbourg, left, and fifth-grader Ian Pope represented Copper Mill Elementary School on March 21 at the 'You Be the Chemist' regional competition at LSU.

“You Be the Chemist” is an academic contest that encourages fifth- through eighth-grade students to explore important chemistry, science, technology, engineering and math concepts and their real world applications, said Copper Mill Elementary School gifted science teacher Aimee Perrodin. “The challenge is a unique opportunity for a variety of community partners — schools, higher education, community groups… Continue reading →

Students benefit from ExxonMobil donation

Photo provided by Lana Venable -- ExxonMobil donated equipment to the Baker Workforce Development Center March 30 for students' hands-on training in classes. Representatives, from left, include Randy Dore, training coordinator, ExxonMobil Plastics; Wayne Allen, turnaround manager, ExxonMobil Polyolefins; Girard Melancon, executive director of workforce education, Baton Rouge Community College; Angela Zeringue, plant manager, ExxonMobil Polyolefins; and Baker Mayor Harold Rideau.

The Baker Workforce Development Center received a donation from ExxonMobil on March 30 that will enhance training for students hoping to earn high-demand craft careers. The ExxonMobil Polyolefins Plant in Baton Rouge donated office equipment, functioning pumps and motor bases to provide hands-on training for the center’s millwright students. The items will improve students learning experiences,… Continue reading →

Zachary High driving event raises more than $6,000

Advocate photo by KRISTI LYNCH -- Representatives from Superior Ford in Zachary facilitated the Drive 4 UR School fundraising event March 25 at Zachary High School, helping raise $6,000 for extracurricular activities and sports programs. Gathered, from left, are Brian Guidry, Lacey Triche, Jennifer Martel, Eddie LeBlanc, Ralph Quinn and James Spann of Superior Ford.

Superior Ford partnered with Zachary High School and the community March 25 for the annual Drive 4UR School fundraising event. Superior Ford donated $20 to the school for every person that test-drove a Ford vehicle. More than 300 people participated, helping to raise more than $6,000, which will support extracurricular activities and programs at ZHS.… Continue reading →

Lane names new pharmacy director

Jennie Stelly

Jennie Stelly has been named pharmacy director at Lane Regional Medical Center, replacing former Director Johnny Johnson, who retired in March. A native of Baton Rouge, Stelly is responsible for the operation and management of the hospital’s pharmacy department, including ensuring quality pharmaceutical services are provided according to accreditation and professional standards, a news release said.… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests March 26-31, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from March 26-31. ALEXUSDNECIA, JAMES: 20, 1715 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, theft over $200 and fugitive through East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. BANES, JEREMY: 38, 4702 Lavey Lane, Baker, felony theft, four counts of resisting an officer, resisting… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from March 27-April 1, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Zachary Police Department from March 26-31. ADAMS, DUSTIN: 32, 4331 Richmond Drive, Ethel, two counts of theft and illegal possession of stolen things. BATEASTE, ERIC: 32, 870 Meadow Glen Ave., Zachary, driving under suspension second offense; no seat belt; two counts no seat… Continue reading →