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13 Questions with Firefighter Rudy Shoats

Rudy Shoats.

NAME: Rudolf “Rudy” Shoats AGE: 45 BIRTHPLACE: West Germany HOMETOWN: Zachary OCCUPATION: Full-time, contract firefighter with the Zachary Fire Department, part-time firefighter with the West Feliciana Fire District and volunteer with the St. Francisville Fire Department. FAMILY: “My mom was 100 percent German. She met… Continue reading →

Founding member of Lane retiring after 61 years

Photo provided by Tara Mercer -- For the past nine years, Dr. Howard Martin has served as Medical Director for the Lane Wound & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy centers in Zachary. He has retired after 61 years of practicing medicine in the region. A retirement party was held in his honor Oct. 28.

After 61 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Howard L. Martin, of Zachary, has retired at age 88. Martin, Dr. James Brown, Dr. Benjamin Burl “B.B.” Lane and Dr. Harry Morris were the four founding physicians of Lane Memorial Hospital. “You know, after being busy in medicine all this time, it leaves a void when you… Continue reading →

School district remains tops in state

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Superintendent Scott Devillier answers questions from the community Oct. 22 at Rollins Place Elementary during one of four meetings held to inform residents on the district's finances. The meeting was on the eve of the release of district performance scores for 2014.

Following the state’s release of its performance scores for school districts, Zachary Superintendent Scott Devillier told parents and residents at an Oct. 22 community meeting that the district should be proud. “We have cause to celebrate again,” Deviller said at Rollins Place Elementary during the second of four meetings hosted by the school district to inform parents… Continue reading →

Rotarians gather for skeet shooting, shrimp

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Clint Gayle, Zachary Rotary's newest member, serves himself a plate of boiled shrimp Oct. 23 at the home of Jack and Jenny Burk for the club's annual perfect attendance shrimp boil.

Zachary Rotarians gathered Oct. 23 for their annual shrimp boil. Members of the service organization met at Rotarian Jack Burk’s house, where he and his wife Jenny hosted about 60 people for skeet shooting and boiled Louisiana shrimp. The event marked the end of a six-week perfect attendance contest. The contest calls for Rotarians to… Continue reading →

Seniors ‘pink out’ on runway

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- The Zachary Senior Center celebrates Pink Out Day Oct. 24 in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Donnin in their pinkest pink, seniors from the Zachary area participated in a fashion show and ate a lunch that included pink-colored foods.

Area seniors citizens took part in an impromptu fashion show Oct. 24 at the Zachary Senior Center in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Zachary Senior Center Director Renee Woods said seniors were treated to a lunch with pink foods followed by a turn on the runway in their “pinkest pink clothes.” The center, an affiliate… Continue reading →

Zachary makes waves for swim competition

Photo provided by Sharron Ventura -- Zachary swimmer Garrett Rushing dives during his leg of the boys 200-yard medley relay at a meet  Oct. 12 at Crawfish Acquatics in Baton Rouge. Rushing's teammates Michael Sanford, Alex Yoes and Abby Robertson, standing, from left, offer moral support. The Zachary boys won the 200-medley relay and the 200 freestyle  relay.

The Zachary High School Swim Team picked up first-place medals during a recent meet, with the girls team finished in second place. The boys teams finished first out of six teams, and the girls finished second out of the five teams competing. “Overall, we had a great season,” head swim coach Lisa McGehee said. At… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Oct. 30, 2014

Stacy Gill

Halloween and the crisp, autumn air that inevitably comes with it is my favorite time of the year. Anticipation and a sense of excitement seem to come with the cooler weather but also bring thankfulness, togetherness and a time of giving. Events are plentiful and so is the generosity of others. Zachary will be one busy… Continue reading →

Baker Police Department bookings for Oct. 17-23, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Baker Police Department Oct. 17-Oct. 23. BELL, MARCUS: 28, 3203 Singletary Drive, Baker, booked for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. CARTER, CALVIN: 47, 440 S. Cosby St., Centreville, Mississippi, fugitive through East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.… Continue reading →

Food drive helps ‘Pack the Pantry’

Organizers of the Zachary community food bank’s 2014 Pack The Pantry food drive are preparing for a November push. Representatives from Zachary’s food pantry, city, schools, men’s club, service organizations and sports groups as well as area businesses are coming together to help feed the needy. “All donations will remain in our local food pantry and… Continue reading →

Zachary Police bookings Oct. 17-23, 2014

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department Oct. 17-23. ALLEN, NICHOLAS: 34, 10880 La. 961, Clinton, booked for extortion. BOUDOIN, BRYANT: 53, 3615 Groom Road, Baker, booked for theft. COLKMIRE, STACY: 47, 17021 Hooper Road, Greenwell Springs, booked on bench warrant for… Continue reading →

Vikings shut out at Episcopal

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Northeast's Dominic Yates (5) attempts to move past Episcopal's Evan Lawson (24) on Friday during their game at Episcopal High School.

Northeast High struggled offensively Friday in a 31-0 loss at the hands of Episcopal High School, its first defeat of the season. The Vikings managed just 120 yards of offense and fell to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in District 6-2A heading into Friday night’s key regional district clash against East Feliciana. Northeast quarterback Marqueon Minor rushed… Continue reading →

Zachary rolls over Walker

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- Junior quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. pulls in a catch with teammate Terry Sullivan by his side during the Broncos' victory over Walker Oct. 24. Zachary defeated the Wildcats 70-20, making the Broncos the highest scoring prep team in the state on Friday. The Broncos take on the Yellow Jackets Oct. 31 in Denham Springs.

Ninth-ranked Zachary outscored the Walker Wildcats by 50 points Oct. 24. Prior to Zachary’s 70-20 win over Walker, senior football players, cheerleaders, dancers, band members and student athletes from fall/winter sports were recognized on the field. At halftime, ZHS inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame. The Broncos (7-1, 4-0) will play the… Continue reading →

Zachary inducts five into Bronco Hall of Fame

Photo provided by Rip Rittell -- The newest ZHS Athletic Hall of Fame members, from left, Brandon Efferson, Randy Partin, Jamar McKnight, Keith Persick and Zach Von Rosenberg are recognized during halftime of Zacharys win over Walker.

After Zachary jumped out to a 63-14 halftime lead over Walker, the crowd in Bronco Stadium enjoyed watching as five athletes were inducted into the ZHS Athletic Hall of Fame: Brandon Efferson, Jamar Mcknight, Randy Partin, Kevin Persick and Zack Von Rosenberg. Efferson, a 2007 graduate, led the Broncos to their first baseball state championship with a… Continue reading →

5 spots up for grabs on School Board

At least two new faces will be elected to the Zachary School Board on Nov. 4, but the nine-member board will also see at least four returning members next year. Gaynell Young, Hubie Owen, Beth Kimmell and David Dayton of districts 1, 5, 7 and 9, respectively, were returned to office unopposed when the qualifying period ended in… Continue reading →

Council approves funding

The City Council approved partial payments Tuesday totaling more than $1.56 million for construction on several infrastructure improvements, including a new road to ease traffic congestion and open up new areas for commercial development. The largest payment, $834,102, went to Industrial Enterprises Inc. for recent work done on the new road connecting La.… Continue reading →

Candle-making teen enjoys sweet smell of success

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

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

Mayoral candidates want to steer growth

David Amrhein

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

Member businesses awarded by area chamber

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

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

Around Zachary: Showing off your area sports

Stacy Gill

What a week in local sports! Kudos to the Broncos on a nail-biting 22-21 win over Central on Friday. Congrats to Northeast coach David Masterson and his Vikings for beating Capitol — they remain undefeated, the first time in a decade. Awesome job to the ZHS swim team, Lady Broncos… Continue reading →

Council candidates worry about new business hurting local staples

Benjamin Cavin, a banker, is running for to represent district four on Zachary's City Council. Cavin sits on the board of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, and said his experience is in budget, finance, planning and zoning.

The five-member Zachary City Council will get an injection of new blood this fall as two political novices compete for the one open seat on the fall ballot. Incumbent John Coghlan also picked up a challenger as he runs for this third term representing the council’s District 3, with business owner Laura O’Brien striving to replace him.… Continue reading →

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

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

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

Baker Rotarian among women honored at White House

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

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

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

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

Halloween events around Zachary

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

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

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

ZHS volleyball gets better with season

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

Halloween drive wants to take your blood

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

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

EBRSO Bookings for Oct. 10-16, 2014

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

Zachary Christmas parade goes to the movies

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

Parade of Games

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

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

It’s Gleaux Time!

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

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

Zachary tops Baton Rouge High

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

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

Lane Home Health celebrates 30 years in service

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

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

‘Food Pantry Lady’ named Zachary Citizen of the Year

Roma Prejean

Roma Prejean, 66, a native of Church Point and 36-year resident of Zachary, has been named Zachary’s Citizen of the Year for 2014. The award, given by the Zachary Rotary Club at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, will be presented to Prejean on Thursday, Oct. 16. Many know Prejean as the Zachary Food Pantry Lady,… 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 →