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baton THURSDAY, January 26, 2011 rouge, louisiana Vol. 36 • No. 36 a people’s publication Arbor Day Tree Give Away Legendary Blues Singer Etta James Dead at 73 Monteic Sizer Monteic Sizer Candidate for Mayor of the City of Baker New Vision. New Leadership. A New Baker I believe in Baker. I believe in the people of Baker. I believe in the potential that Baker has. Unfortunately, for years now, Baker has suffered from administrations that have kept it from reaching its true potential. Now is the time for Baker to become one of the best cities in Louisiana to buy a home, raise a family, get a good education, and start a business. The ways of the past haven’t worked. Conflict between the Mayor’s Office and Baker City Council, coupled with underperforming schools and limited economic development has caused many Baker residents to move to Central, Zackary or other points north. The average incomes of Baker families lag behind the state average. Nearly forty percent of Baker residents live on less than $25,000 per year. Our homes are worth less than our neighbors. The average family is being hurt by Baker’s soaring utility costs and lack of governmental transparency. There was a time, not that long ago, when Baker Pride meant something. The Buffalo that represents us is a symbol of strength and determination. I want to restore that pride to our people and city. I want to take Baker into the 21st century by keeping our best and brightest in our community and help to facilitate Baker’s growth and prosperity. If I am elected mayor, I will bring transparency and trust back to city hall. This is your government, and it should work for you and with you. I will bring a real plan to you, one with real goals that can restore the luster lost through the years. I will Scotlandville Elementary School student are shown in the gymnasium after receiving their trees they have to plant. Photo bu James Terry III. Etta James BATON ROUGE, LA -Arbor Day celebration was held on January 20th. More than 530 Fourth graders in the Baton Rouge area rolled up their sleeves and planted a tree. The students become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalize a remarkable idea-observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth graders at the following schools (Angels Academy Brownsfield, Crestworth, Glen Oaks, Progress, Ryan, Scotlandville, Sharon Hills and Southern University Lab) were included in the tree-planting project. Students at Scotlandville elementary School received trees to take home and plant. District Governor, Lion Evelyn Kirk, along with friends of 8-N, who sponsored the trees stated that the planting of trees is a response to the Lions International President Dr. Wing-Kun Tarn’s challenge to plant a million trees throughout the world. At this time several million trees LOS ANGELES — Etta James’ performance of the enduring classic “At Last” was the embodiment of refined soul: Angelic-sounding strings harkened the arrival of her passionate yet measured vocals as she sang tenderly about a love finally realized after a long and patient wait. In real life, little about James was as genteel as that song. The platinum blonde’s first hit was a saucy R&B number about sex, and she was known as a hell-raiser who had tempestuous relationships with her family, her men and the music industry. Then she spent years battling a drug addiction that she admitted sapped away at her great talents. The 73-year-old died on Friday at Riverside Community Hospital from complications of leukemia, with her husband and sons at her side, her manager, Lupe De Leon said. Photo of Gene Lane, a volunteer and Evelyn Kirk is the District Governor, LCI/ District 8-N Lions. Photo by James Terry III. have been planted. This project will show the community just one aspect of our organization, whose motto is We Serve. You could say that Lions are Loving Individuals Offering Needed Service. “This project is made possible because people like Lion Kirk and friends covered the cost of each of the individually pack- aged evergreen trees at no cost to the students, teachers, school or taxpayers,” Debra Ersch, Cofounder of the Fourth Grade Foresters Project stated. “It’s a wonderful way to show support for the community, education and the environment.” Fourth Grade Foresters See arbor, on page 2 “It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world,” he said. “She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.” James’ spirit could not be contained — perhaps that’s what made her so magnetic in music; it is surely what made her so dynamic as one of R&B, blues and rock ‘n’ roll’s underrated legends. “The bad girls ... had the look that I liked,” she wrote in her 1995 autobiography, “Rage to Survive.” ‘’I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a Cotton Club chorus girl, and I wanted to be obvious as the most flamboyant hooker on the street. I just wanted to be.” “It’s a tremendous loss for her fans around the world,” he said. “She’ll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category.” Despite the reputation she cultivated, she would See Etta James, on page 2 Teachers Union Speaks Out Against Joyce Burges Announces Candidacy for City Council Jindal’s Education Reform Plan BATON ROUGE - Confusing and troublesome. Those two words are how one man describes Governor Jindal’s plans for education reform. Last week, the Governor laid out a list of ways to fix schools in the state. Steve Monaghan, President of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers calls it a controversial plan.

 Last year, school systems around the state were forced to cut millions from their budgets. 
Barbara Freiberg, President of the East Baton Rouge School Board says they are looking to cut another $30 million this year.

“ We were able to do it without cutting teacher positions. This year we may be looking at something different,” Freiberg said. 

Now, school systems could be facing more change in the way of reform, being pushed hard by Governor Bobby Jindal. Change that not all are so sure about.

“ What are we really looking at? Are we looking at a political speech or a legislative agenda?” said Steve Monaghan. 

Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers says Jindal’s plan presents confusion and controversy. 

Monaghan says while Jindal started off positive, saying teachers should be recognized and appreciated. He later said teachers’ needs to pay based on the job they do - not how long they’ve been around. A point of major dispute for the teachers’ union.
“We need to have a debate over value of experience,” Monaghan said. 

Another area of concern, the issue of public versus private. Jindal’s plan would give parents the choice of taking their child out of a failing public school and getting a voucher to enroll at a private school. Monaghan says Jindal is sending a message that private is better.
“There has to be the asSee reform, on page 2 See sizer, on page 3 Go Red For Women Luncheon local & state news Business NEWS Joyce was a student at Capitol High School and Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been employed with various companies such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, The Around Town TV Show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; until she came home to raise and homeschool her children for nearly 23 years. Joyce and her husband, Eric, are the parents of Eric, Jr., Lawrence, Candace, Candra, and Victoria. Joyce is very active in her local church and the community. Joyce believes in a “Better Baker.” She describes her principles for a “Better Baker” in the following Health news Joyce Burges explanation for business, education, and community involvement. Attract: to protect the interest of families in the city See burges, on page 3 Religion The highly-acclaimed Christian movie, ‘Suing the Devil’ has been attacked by atheist groups on the Internet. One of the groups emailed the producers warning of a ‘mob attack’ on IMDB. ....See Page 6 INDEX Child Support Round Up The American Heart Association hosts its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on February 9 at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge beginning at 9:30 a.m. Chairpersons for the event are Vicki Brooks, long-time American Heart Association supporter, and Missy Rockenbaugh of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaning. Also, this year’s honorary chair is our First Lady of Louisiana, Supriya Jindal. ...See Page 3 The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced totals from a December child support round up that resulted in 126 arrests of noncustodial parents owing more than $1.1 million....See Page 2 second Boutin’s Restaurant Opens Boutin’s Restaurant, has expanded its customer reach to North Baton Rouge and the communities of Zachary, Central and Baker by opening a second location near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport...See Page 5 No Walgreen Scripts Network You may have heard about the ongoing negotiations between Express Scripts and Walgreens retail pharmacies. Unfortunately, their current contract expired on Dec. 31, 2011. ...See Page 7 Local & State............................2 Commentary.............................4 Business....................................5 Religion....................................6 Health.......................................7 Sports.......................................8 Classified Buying or selling a service, looking for for a good job or a good used car? Check out the classifeds . THEWEEKLYPRESS.COM Celebrating 36 Years Of Service To The Baton Rouge Community 225.775.2002

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