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Young stars come out for ‘Annie Kids’ camp

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Some of the youth participating in the 'Annie KIDS' summer theater camp July 19-25, from left, included Leila Alexander, Hannah Jane Thompson, Kaydra Bates, Averie Manuel, Maggie Thompson and Whitney LeBlanc. The young performers capped off a week of rehearsals starring as the orphans in a junior version of  'Annie' Saturday for parents and camp instructors.

While many students chose to spend some of their last days of summer vacation relaxing or at the pool, a group of children took to the cool darkness of Zachary’s Visual and Performing Arts Center to learn to act and sing. The young performers attending the “Annie Kids” theater camp spent July 19-25 learning lines and techniques… Continue reading →

Zachary residents trade guns for gasoline

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Charles Robinson, left, and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Lt. Roy Paxton, of their respective agencies' Firearms Training Units, processed handguns Saturday that were turned in during a Gas for Guns event in Zachary.

A woman taking part in Zachary’s first Gas for Guns program Saturday was a bit nervous as she drove to the Zachary Community Center with two handguns tucked away in a shoebox. Concern over the safety of her children led the woman to turn in the two guns for gas money. Area law enforcement agencies, community… Continue reading →

School Board approves technology position

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Jeff Hand thanks the Zachary School Board for the opportunity to become the district's new supervisor of technology. Hand's two-year contract was approved by board members at their July 21 meeting.

The Zachary School Board approved a two-year administrative contract for Jeff Hand, the district’s new supervisor of technology, at its July 21 meeting. Hand will oversee technology initiatives and the district’s technology plan, school data uploads, software purchases and student accounts and databases. As the technology supervisor over secondary programs in ninth- through 12th-grade, Hand will… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for July 30, 2015

Stacy Gill

The Zachary Chamber Ambassador Council — a select committee of volunteer professionals who support the development and growth of the Chamber of Commerce by enhancing public relations, communication endeavors, retaining membership, attracting new membership and serving as business liaisons to members of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce — is inviting others to join.… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for July 30, 2015

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary High track Coach Chris Carrier Sr.

Copper Mill Golf Club will be one of the host courses for the fifth annual World’s Largest Golf Outing on Aug. 3 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The WLGO was created in 2011 when Peter Hill, CEO of Billy Casper Golf, decided to host an event that would feature two things: playing golf and giving back.… Continue reading →

Team has plenty to cheer about

Photos provided by Shannon Milazzo -- The Zachary High School competition team cheerleaders and Northwestern Middle School cheerleaders for the 2015-16 school year attended the Universal Cheer Academy camp in Gulf Shores, Alabama, June 16-19.

Cheerleaders from Zachary High School’s competition team and the 2015-16 Northwestern Middle School cheerleading squad have several reasons to scream, shout and jump about — the cheerleaders performed exceedingly well at a recent cheer camp they attended. The Universal Cheer Association’s competition cheer camp was held June 16-19 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. During the camp, the… Continue reading →

StEP winners represent Zachary, Slaughter areas

Photo provided by Carla Sibille -- Raven Moore, of Zachary High School, won the 2015 Student Entrepreneur Programs pitch competition held July 18 at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University for her pageant industry business, Elite Style.

Three area teens recently participated in the 2014 Student Entrepreneur Program, developed through a partnership between the Leadership North Alumni Association, Inc. and Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University. The two entities joined forces to help develop the region’s next generation of business owners and community leaders via the summer program, which is open to… Continue reading →

Orientation, school times listed

Zachary schools system student-orientation sessions and open houses within the next week include: ROLLINS PLACE ELEMENTARY: 4 p.m., Monday, first-grade girls’ open house; and 6 p.m. Monday first-grade boys’ open house; and 4 p.m., Tuesday, second-grade girls’ open house; and 6 p.m., Tuesday, second-grade boys’ open house.… Continue reading →

Spotlight Classroom: Rollins Place Elementary School first grade

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Spotlight Classroom for July was Roselyn Major's 2014-15 first-grade classroom at Rollins Place Elementary School. Seated, from left, are Ezra Dupree, Devin Aron, Kaleb Raffety, Brooklynn Johnson, Ciara Bailey and Malik Ward; kneeling, Elaine Job, Rylee Louque, Milisha Vessell, Shalaila Collins, Jax Hunt, Lindsey Longmire and Terreonna Eby; and standing, Ty'Reon Bennett, Christian Gaudin, Jackson Peay, Cole White, Sanaian Cummings, Emmett Nettles, Han Troung and teacher Roselyn Major. Not pictured are Michael Daigre and Bishop English.

The Zachary Advocate and Plainsman’s recent Spotlight Classroom was Roselyn Major’s 2014-15 first-grade classroom at Rollins Place Elementary School. Students were asked the following question: What are your favorite hobbies? Describe them. DEVIN ARON: I like to play tag and hide-and-seek. They are fun. CIARA BAILEY: I like playing with my ball outside.… Continue reading →

Zachary residents to experience ‘gig life’

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Cox announced its G1GABLAST service to residents of the Americana development in Zachary July 22. Gathered front, from left, are Erin Monroe Wesley, Baton Rouge Area Chamber; Kate MacArthur, city of Zachary/Chamber of Commerce; Zachary Mayor David Amrhein; Jacqui Vines, Cox Communications; Charles Landry, Americana; and Debra Lockwood and Steve Hicks, Provident Village at Americana (senior living); and back row, Bob Jacobs, YMCA.

Cox Communications said July 23 that it’s launching its gigabit Internet service for residential customers in the Americana development in Zachary, which will be one of the first neighborhoods in the state to receive the new service. Marketed under the brand name G1GABLAST, Cox will offer speeds 100 times faster than the average speed in the U.S.,… Continue reading →

Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson awards scholarships

Photo provided by Patty Prats -- From left, Avery Neal, a Zachary High student; Kelvin Hill, of Georgia Pacific Port Hudson in Zachary; and ZHS graduate Zachary Cason at a recent reception held in the students' honor. Neal and Cason are Georgia-Pacific scholarship recipients and each received a copy of Charles Koch’s book, 'The Science of Success' at the ceremony.

Georgia-Pacific recently awarded three scholarships to area graduates. Avery Neal, a 2015 graduate of Zachary High School, was selected as a recipient of a Georgia-Pacific Foundation Employees’ Children Scholarship. He is the son of Andy and Karen Neal. Andy Neal is an operator at Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Operations in Zachary. A non-endowed scholarship provided… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from July 16-22, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department July 16-22. ADAMS, DUSTIN: 32, 4331 Richmond Drive, Ethel, felony theft and simple burglary. ARDOIN, TARA: 31, 21124 Jon Michelle Drive, Zachary, unlawful sales to minors. BANKS, JUAN: 44, 4065 Kleinpeter Lane, Ethel, bench warrant for failure… Continue reading →

Zachary teen gets ‘on the job’ training

Photo provided by Sharon Phillips -- Gathering, from left, are Zachary Mayor David Amrhein, Shania Sims, of Zachary, and Director of Public Works Chris Davezac. Sims, a Scotlandville Magnet student, job-shadowed Davezac as part of an eight-week internship.

Shania Sims, 17, a Scotlandville Magnet High student who lives in Zachary, completed an eight-week internship at the city of Zachary on July 23. Sims presented a video to Mayor David Amrhein and Public Works employees of her on-the-job training with Department of Public Works Director Chris Davezac. The paid internship was sponsored by Georgia-Pacific Port… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s arrests from July 16-22, 2015

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office July 16-22. ALCORN, JAMES: 59, 12038 Greenwell Springs-Port Hudson Road, Zachary, simple battery. COPELAND, BLAIR: 18, 6980 Pettit Road, Baker, two counts of aggravated rape. DUPUY, MICHAEL: 48, 22217 McHost Road, Zachary,… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from July 18-22, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department July 18-22. BARNEY JR., EMERSON: 20, 2809 Toulon Drive, Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for open container in vehicle. BREWER, MEGAN: 29, 903 Seville St., Baker, fugitive through East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. BRUMFIELD JR.,… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for July 23, 2015

Representatives from Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will be at Walgreens, 6485 Groom Road, Baker, on Friday conducting free cancer screenings. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., breast cancer screenings will be administered, but an appointment is required. To schedule a screening, call (225)… Continue reading →

Zachary teen continues hitting high notes

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Michelle Willis, a 13-year-old homeschooled student who lives in Zachary, performed at and won the first Z-Star singing competition in April.

Since moving to Zachary more than a year ago, Michelle Willis, 13, has made herself known to the community by performing at the annual Fall Art Crawl, Zachary Arts and Music Festival and winning the inaugural Z-Star singing competition. The young singer/songwriter released a 14-song album, “Broken Sky,” earlier this year and continues to travel to Nashville… Continue reading →

Zachary students’ ACT scores rise

The Louisiana Department of Education released the 2014-15 senior cohort American College Test results, and Zachary Community School District ranks among the top-performing school districts in the state. According to the report, 351 Zachary High School seniors tested in the last school year, and the school saw a three percent growth in ACT passage rate of 18… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports: Northeast’s Masterson optimistic about new school year

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Howard Arceneaux -- mug shot

Dave Masterson is used to wearing multiple hats for Northeast High School. Masterson is the school’s athletic director, and he’s also getting ready to begin his 16th season as the football coach. But what Northeast may lack in numbers like larger schools, the team makes up for with talent and perseverance. Judging by the results, 2014-15… Continue reading →

‘Good Ship’ Rotarian visits Zachary club

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Rotarian James Castello, Gonzales Rotarian Mark LaCour, Zachary Rotarian/President Mindy Miller Head, Gonzales Rotarian Tony Malbrough and Zachary Rotarian Francis Nezianya, from left, at the Zachary club's July 9 meeting. LaCour, guest speaker, and Malbrough were guests of Castello.

Past District Gov. Mark LaCour (2012-13) visited the Rotary Club of Zachary on July 9 as the guest of Zachary Rotarian James Castello. LaCour brought with him the Good Ship Rotary award, explaining that a little-known history fact was used as inspiration for the award in an effort to make his community a better place — one… Continue reading →

High school program focuses on career awareness

An emergency medical technician curriculum is being added to the Zachary High School curriculum thanks to a recent regional workshop. Area students and teachers gained real-world work experiences thanks to participation in the Regional Workplace Experience Exchange program. Made possible by a grant provided by the Louisiana Department of Education and administered by the Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from July 9-15, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department July 9-15. ARNOLD, SIDNEY: 46, 5820 Adams Road, Liberty, Mississippi, second-offense driving while intoxicated and no driver’s license issued. BERNARD, ROBERT: 27, 21621 Noble Reams Road, Zachary, bench warrant for failure to appear for driving under… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from July 13 - 21, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department July 13-21. BURDEN, ADRIAN: 30, 11405 Rouchon Lane, Clinton, bench warrant for failure to appear for driving under suspension/revocation. CAMPBELL, ADRIAN: 29, 1120 Shilo, Apt. D, Baker, bench warrants for failure to appear for offensive or harassing words and… Continue reading →

Zachary teacher to speak at back-to-school breakfast

Zachary teacher Michelle Powell is the speaker for this year’s Back-to-School Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Zachary’s First Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 8 in the church’s Family Life Center. The breakfast will focus on praying for and encouraging all teachers, school staff, students and parents as families prepare to start a new… Continue reading →

Lane Regional part of Healthy BR Initiative

The American Hospital Association announced July 15 that Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden’s Healthy BR Initiative is one of five programs nationwide that will receive the prestigious NOVA Award for improving community health, a news release said. The Mayor’s Healthy City initiative coordinates community-wide collaborative efforts to improve health parishwide. The Healthy BR coalition includes… Continue reading →

Riding Club marks 3rd anniversary with party

Last of A Dying Breed club members attending the third anniversary party at Zachary Men’s Club on July 10 include, front row from left, Nadine Johnson, Sheilla Flowers, Margie Dunn, Donnell Pickering and Shirl Rogers; and back row, Lamar Johnson, Tony McElwee, Itera Roberts, Brittany Loving, Ron Davis, Kiyonna Butler and Cemontra Anderson.

The Last of A Dying Breed Riding Club held its third anniversary party at Zachary Men’s Club on July 10. Members in attendance included Nadine Johnson, Sheilla Flowers, Margie Dunn, Donnell Pickering, Shirl Rogers, Lamar Johnson, Tony McElwee, Itera Roberts, Brittany Loving, Ron Davis, Kiyonna Butler and Cemontra Anderson. The club’s monthly dinner sale will be… Continue reading →

Zachary Charity League makes good on promises

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- The Zachary Charity League donated $6,000 to the Zachary Food Pantry on July 14. City Councilman Francis Nezianya, treasurer on the Food Pantry's board of directors, left, accepted the check from ZCL members Claire Simmons, Ava Howard, Laura Kate Amrhein, Christy Turner, Carrie Godbold, Jaime Engels and Renee Beadle, from left. Not pictured are Robyn Amrhein, Aimee Barr and Carole Wilkins.

The Zachary Charity League, a group of women who have dedicated themselves to organizing, hosting and raising money at charitable events that benefit others, made good on their promise July 14 at the Zachary City Council meeting. The women — Laura Kate Amrhein, Robyn Amrhein, Aimee Barr, Renee Beadle, Jaime Engels, Carrie Godbold, Ava Howard, Claire Simmons,… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s arrests from July 10-15, 2015

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office from July 10-15. BROWN, DWAYNE: 50, 4323 Stewart St., Zachary, theft of goods. CALLENDER, DUSTIN: 36, 9706 Deer Run Ave., Zachary, domestic aggravated assault and damage to property. COSEY, ADRIAN: 23, 17523 Truth Drive, Baker,… Continue reading →

Lane Regional honors employees of month

Janet Matthews

Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary honors an employee each month for going above and beyond in job duties and performance. Janet Matthews was selected as Lane RMC’s Employee of the Month for July, Regina Henry for June and Delores Sutton for May. “We are so proud to have Janet, Regina and Delores as members of… Continue reading →

Zachary officials hold the line on property taxes, for now, but may push for tax increases later to address the city’s needs

Teachers work to help students enjoy summer reading at Rollins Place

Photo provided by Jennifer Marangos -- Rollins Place Elementary teacher Lee Goebel reads to students at a summer reading event in June.

A group of teachers at Rollins Place Elementary School are working to make summer reading fun for their students. Zachary educators Laurie Condon, Kristy Gilpin, Lee Goebel, Stacey Hodges, Brandie McNabb and April Smith have been examining research over the summer, specifically that of Richard Allington, an American scholar, researcher and professor of education at the… Continue reading →

FAWS awarded grant for feline program

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Cats like Salem, a domestic short hair, are neutered, vaccinated and tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS thanks to the Feliciana Animal Welfare Society and its feline management program. All cats, kittens and feral felines go through the program before they're available for adoption or sent to foster homes.

The Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council, which distributes funds raised for low-cost spay/neuter operations, recently awarded $24,000 to 13 area animal humane organizations and veterinary clinics as part of its mission to help reduce pet overpopulation. The awards are the first in a two-part cycle of grants to be distributed this year. One of the organizations receiving… Continue reading →

Local teachers wrote the books on Common Core topics for gifted students

Photo provided by Tammy Wood -- Zachary Elementary School third- and fourth-grade teachers Jess McKowen Patti, left, and Molly Bryan Talbot, co-presented at the Professional Summer Institute at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia, June 29-30.

Two third- and fourth-grade English language arts and social studies teachers at Zachary Elementary — Jess McKowen Patti and Molly Bryan Talbot — were invited by William and Mary College to co-present at the Center for Gifted Education’s Professional Summer Institute June 29-30 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Before presenting at the summer session, the center asked the teachers… Continue reading →

Around Zachary: Food Addicts support group set to meet

Food Addicts Anonymous is a weekly support group that provides fellowship for men and women willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. This free, 12-step program is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday in the West Wing Conference Room at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., in Zachary.… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports: Hall producing results in strength, conditioning at Zachary High School

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Coach Pat Hall runs Zachary junior varsity football players through a workout Monday. The strength and conditioning coach works with athletes from  all sports at Zachary High School to get them ready for their upcoming seasons.

There’s a word that is used frequently around Zachary High School’s strength and conditioning program that sums up Pat Hall’s core philosophy: physicality. “It means to line up and totally dominate your opponent,” said Hall, who is in his second year as the school’s strength and conditioning specialist. Since Athletic Director Jesse Cassard recruited Hall to… Continue reading →

Lane welcomes new chief nursing officer

Staci Sullivan

Staci Sullivan has been named chief nursing officer for Lane Regional Medical Center. Sullivan, who has more than 14 years of professional health care experience, will oversee all aspects of nursing care, including patient satisfaction, quality assurance, staffing and physician relations, a news release said. Prior to this position, she was vice president of Infant… Continue reading →

Stage Stores collecting for clothing drive

In 2014, local retailer Stage Stores, which operates under the names Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage, partnered with residents in communities across the country to donate $1.4 million to worthwhile organizations. The company, with a location in Zachary, is asking residents to join them in collecting clothing for organizations in the community. The… Continue reading →

Zachary girls shine in Baton Rouge pageant

Photo provided by Brittany Dufrene -- Sisters Macey, left, and MaryGrace Amorello, of Zachary, competed and won Petite Miss Baton Rouge and Young Miss Baton Rouge, respectively, in the Miss Baton Rouge pageant June 20. The girls finished as first runner up and winner of their respective categories in the Miss Zachary/ZFest pageant in April.

Three young girls from Zachary — two of them sisters — succeeded in claiming crowns in their respective divisions in the Miss Baton Rouge Pageant on June 20. All three girls were contestants in the Miss Zachary/ZFest pageant in April, two of them winning in their divisions and one finishing as a runner-up. Because of their… Continue reading →

Zachary grad earns culinary scholarship

TaShira Green, a graduate of Zachary High, was among the 33 recipients of special culinary scholarships from the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board of Directors. Green, a second-year recipient, is attending the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University. The foundation’s Board of Directors, through its scholarship fund, will award $70,000 in scholarships… Continue reading →

Donate blood to win trip, prizes

Residents from Zachary and surrounding communities who donate blood with United Blood Services during July or August will be entered to win a vacation to the destination of the winner’s choice. “The summertime is especially difficult to ensure adequate blood supplies due to heat, traveling, schools being out of session and an increase in blood usage,”… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from July 2-8, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from July 2-8. ALFORD, KYLE: 28, 4675 Cobb St., Zachary, domestic abuse battery. COLKMIRE, STACY: 48, 17021 Hooper Road, Greenwell Springs, Baton Rouge, bench warrant for failure to appear for driving under suspension and vehicle license… Continue reading →

Zachary native graduates from Colgate University

Michael Williams, a political science and economics major from Zachary, is a member of Colgate University’s Class of 2015. Williams is one of 732 students who graduated from Colgate on May 17 during the university’s 194th commencement. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American studies and the chairman of… Continue reading →

EBR Sheriff’s arrests from July 1-9, 2015

The following Baker and Zachary residents were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office from July 1-9. BOETA, KRISTEN: 29, 9124 Monhegan Ave., Baker, theft of goods. BROWN, JERRI: 49, 876 E. Mount Pleasant Road, Zachary, aggravated assault and disturbing the peace. GARDNER, KENNETH: 30, 5308 Church St.,… Continue reading →

Gospel concert set at Bethany Church in Baker

Photo provided by Deana Surles -- The Gaither Vocal Band includes Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles, David Phelps, Bill Gaither and Wes Hampton, from left.

Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band are performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the north campus of Bethany Church, 13855 Plank Road, Baker. The concert will feature an evening of music and encouragement for the entire family, a news release said. Songs with themes of faith, unity and eternal hope will be performed by the… Continue reading →