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baton THURSDAY, May 12, 2011 rouge, louisiana a people’s publication Resilience and Memories Run Strong in Louisiana Flood Zone Calling it Cajun engineering, Gerald Gaudat builds a makeshift levee around his home in Stephenville, Louisiana Resilience got Louisianans through what’s known as the Flood of 1973, and it will again, says everyone from the governor to local residents once again facing the threat of floods. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint, but we’re working together,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said this week. “And I know it feels like Louisiana’s been through a lot, but we’re going to get through this. We’re going to fight hard. We’re got tough, resilient people.” Jindal spoke as residents along the Atchafalaya River braced for possible flooding as the Army Corps of Engineers considered opening the 4,800-foot-long Morganza Spillway above Baton Rouge. Opening the spillway could help spare Baton Rouge and New Orleans from some damage, but it would flood populated and rural areas in the swampy Atchafalaya Basin. Floodwater pours toward “last place on Earth that needs” it Memories of the 1973 flood run strong in the basin, which is home not only to the river but to myriad tributaries as well. Neighbors along the river were farther and fewer in between back then, but “there was a lot of flooding areawide,” said Mark Rogers of Gibson. “Folks had flooded houses and rural property” all along the Atchafalaya. At the house of his wifeto-be in Gibson, in Terrebonne Parish, “there was 2 feet of water in their yard for two months,” Rogers said. “That’s just a typical example. Some people might have had more.” See flood zone, on page 2 Peterson New River Raising On The Bluff Vice Chairman Sen. Karen Cater Peterson Sen. Karen Cater Peterson, D-New Orleans, a leading critic of the administration, is the new vice chairman of the Senate committee that handles confirmation of top gubernatoSee peterson, on page 2 A veiw of the Mississippi River from Scotts Bluff at Southern University in Baton Rouge. The President’s house sits on the river, in a week the river may be in the president’s house. The historical Mississippi River is predicted to crest in Baton Rouge is about a week away. Photos by James Terry III, Photojournalist NFL Vets Encourage LA. Guard’s YCP Cadets State & local News Business News Vol. 36 • No. 02 Barbara Thomas to Run for Legislature Baton Rouge - May 11, 2011 Barbara Thomas, the founder of North Baton Rouge Women’s Help Center, will announce her candidacy for Louisiana State Representative for District 63 this Friday, May 13, 2011. The announcement will take place at an 11:30 a.m. press conference followed by a campaign kick-off reception at Collections & Payment Services, 1364 Swan Avenue in Baton Rouge. Thomas and her husband Charles R. Thomas, II founded North Baton Women’s Help Center in 1991. The organization has been recognized and benchmarked by other women’s centers across the country for its work in offering intervention counseling, medical, and support services to women and their families. The organization has been a leader in providing support services for expecting mothers, as well as, G.E.D. tutoring. In addition to Thomas’ work as a non-profit leader, she holds a number of leadership positions such as a national board member with L.E.A.R.N. and she is an elected member of the Louisiana State Republican Central Committee. “While my work in the non-profit sector has served my passion for empowering Barbara Thomas and strengthening families, I feel that now is the time to take my experience to the state capitol to help create policies to ensure that Louisiana puts Families First!!!” As a candidate for District 63, Thomas will focus on creating policies to strengthen Louisiana in the areas of education, public safety, economic development, and transportation. Barbara and Charles have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. For more information on the Citizens to Elect Barbara Thomas and the campaign for the District 63 representative seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives, please contact Sable International at 225.408.9323 or visit www. $2 Million in New Grants for Homeless Programs in Louisiana Announced NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $1,978,594 in new grants to eight homeless programs in Louisiana. The grants announced today are an investment in local projects that have never received HUD homeless funds in the past, providing critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families. Today’s grants are in addition to the $26 million HUD awarded this past January to renew funding to 153 existing Louisiana homeless housing and service programs. “Today, we build on this Administration’s goal to prevent and end homelessness in America,” said Donovan. “This funding will make a significant impact in the lives of thousands of people and provide resources to put them on the road of independence.” HUD’s Continuum of Care grants fund a wide range Health NEWS of transitional and permanent housing programs as well as supportive services such as job training, case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families are also funded through these grants. There are three categories of CoC grants: Supportive Housing Program, Shelter + Care and Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program. The new grants for Louisiana are all under HUD’s Supportive Housing Program (SHP), which offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Last year, 19 federal agencies in the Obama Administration announced a plan to end all homelessness through See grant, on page 2 other News Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard’s 769th Engineer Battalion are constructing sand-filled basket barriers as a precautionary measure to the rising Mississippi River...See Page 8 INDEX Saints Announce Kick-off times In a special visit to Camp Beauregard in Pineville, National Football League veterans from met with youth from the Louisiana National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe Program to talk about never giving up and believing in yourself, April 27...See Page 2 The Saints have announced the dates and kickoff times for their entire 2011 preseason.In Week 1 of the NFL preseason slate, the Saints will host the San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome on August 12 at 7 p.m. CT.....See Page 3 Cvb Employee Certification Fatima Gautier, Assistant to the Executive Vice-President at the Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau earned Certification as an Administrative Assistant in April 2011....See Page 5 Hutchinson Receives Award Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Nursing Program in Southern University’s School of Nursing has been awarded the 2011 Legacy of Caring Nurses Award...See Page 7 Local & State............................2 Commentary.............................4 Business....................................5 Religion....................................6 Health.......................................7 Other News..............................8 Classified Buying or selling a service, looking for a good job or a good used car? 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