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Central’s ONLY Weekly Newspaper Print Edition • Daily News At • 16 Pages • Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Light at the End of the Thruway

Public Input Needed Monday at 6 PM There will be a Central Community School Board committee meeting open to the public at the CHS Library Monday, Feb 7th, at 6PM. Citizens will be asked to offer comment to the Human Resources/Policies Committee on three issues: Public Comment, Agenda Items, and Structure of Committees. The committee will consider the input and formulate proposed action to be considered by the full School Board. The most discussed item on the agenda is Public Comment. There has been controversy over the past year at School Board meetings as to when the public is allowed to address the meeting. This committee meeting was set for the specifi c purpose of ensuring that the public has ample opportunity to give input on proposed new policies. When asked about the format of this committee meeting, Superintendent Faulk assured that suffi cient time will be given for citizens to give input, ask questions and receive answers. All interested persons are encouraged to attend this meeting. See Page 7 for the proposed Public Comment & Meeting Policies.

2 CHS Football Players Sign with Colleges See Page 11 for Photos

Central Thruway Progress Report: Portions May Open This Year With parts of the Central Thruway now visible from streets in and around Central, an update seems in order to help us all to better understand more about this emerging new route to and from Central. spent Monday afternoon on a tour of the Central Thruway, and would like to thank Metro Council Member Scott Wilson for making it happen. Thanks also to Central photographer Mike Spangler for riding along and taking photos. The following are excerpts from information provided to CentralSpeaks.

com by Mr. Bryan Harmon of the EBR Department of Public Works. Progress Update: Central Thruway Phase I Clearing and Embankment (complete) Comite & Beaver Bayou No. 1 Bridges - 99% Complete Completion: February 2011 Sullivan & ICCN Railrd. Bridges- 97% Complete Est. Completion: March 2011 Paving Florida Blvd to Sullivan Bridge - 65% Complete Est. Completion: March 2011 See Thruway, Page 4

Meet the Candidates

2 Running for Family Court Judge

Roundabout Recommended for New School Intersection

(Editor’s note: The traffi c circle on Lovett Road is not a traditional roundabout and is not representative of the solution proposed for Sullivan and Gurney. A more detailed article on Roundabouts will be published in CentralSpeaks. com in the next few weeks.) The EBR Parish Department of Public Works Traffi c Engineering Department states that they are in agreement with the traffi c consultant hired by the Central Community School System. In an email Tuesday to Ross Bogan, the School System’s Construction Coordinator, EBR DPW Chief Engineer Bryan Harmon concurred with the School System consultant’s fi ndings that either a Roundabout or an intersection with traffi c signals would be the best solution to the anticipated traffi c at the Gurney and Sullivan See Roundabout, Page 8

INDEX Charlene Charlet Day Hunter Greene On Saturday, April 2nd, voters will choose a new Family Court Judge. This position is being vacated by Toni Higginbotham, who is moving on to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Two candidates have announced that they are running for Family Court Judge: Charlene Charlet Day and Hunter Greene. has requested bios from each candidate, limited to 400 words, to help the people of Central get to know the candidates. Each candidate submitted their own bio, and has refrained from editing or changing these submissions. Turn to Page 5 to meet the candidates for Family Court Judge.

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THURSDAY. 2/3: • Hits the Streets • Scale Down Orientation at Lane RMC • Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library • Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library • Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza and on 1550 AM • CMS Boys Basketball vs West Feliciana, 5 PM at West Feliciana • City Services Committee Meeting, 6 PM at Central Fire Station • CAYL Registration, 5-7 PM at CMS Cafeteria FRIDAY 2/4: • Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist • CHS Boys Basketball vs Denham Springs, 5 PM at Denham Springs • CHS Girls Basketball vs Denham Springs, 5:30 PM at CHS SATURDAY 2/5: • CHS JV Baseball Scrimmage vs St. Amant at CHS • CHS Varsity Baseball Scrimmage vs St. Amant at CHS • CAYL Registration, 12-2 PM at CMS Cafeteria • Bethany Baptist Youth Fundraiser- BBQ Chicken Dinners & Auction, 4 PM • Krewe de Centrale Mardi Gras Ball, 7 PM at St. Alphonsus SUNDAY 2/6: • MONDAY 2/7: • Special School Board Meeting, 6 PM at CHS Library • Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Road Park TUESDAY 2/8: • Sewing/Quilting Group, 10 AM at Magnolia Methodist • Cooking in Central Public Meeting, 12 NOON at Cooper Catering • CAYL Registration, 5-7 PM at CMS Cafeteria • CHS Boys Basketball vs Zachary, 5 PM at Zachary • CHS Girls Basketball vs Zachary, 5:30 PM at CHS • City Council Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood WEDNESDAY, 2/9: • Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, 11:30 AM at Kristenwood THURSDAY. 2/10: • Hits the Streets • Scale Down Orientation at Lane RMC • Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library • Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library • Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza and on 1550 AM • CAYL Registration, 5-7 PM at CMS Cafeteria • CHS Girls Basketball vs Walker, 5:30 PM at Walker • CHS PowderPuff Football Game, 7 PM at Wildcat Stadium



EBRSO Looking City Services for Central Woods Committee Meeting Burglar Tonight

Submitted by EBRSO

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for a black male who allegedly committed 2 counts of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling. According to reports, on January 13, 2011, Deputies responded to a burglary call on Forest Grove in the Central Woods area where two apartments had been burglarized. A neighbor’s video surveillance camera captured the burglar, a black male walking toward the victims apartments. The suspect then loaded items from the victims’ apartment into a waiting solid white SUV and left the scene in the same vehicle. Three televisions and an iPod were taken during the burglary. Anyone with information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867.

The City Services Committee previously split up into sub-committees to research and work on different aspects of the city services project. Sub-committees include General Services (Chairperson Wayne Leader), DPW (Chairperson Fred Raiford), Planning & Zoning (Chairperson Rodney Bonvillain), Permits (Chairperson Pete Firmin), and Contracts (Chairperson Louis DeJohn). This Thursday, the entire committee will meet as a whole again, and chairs of each of the smaller committees will report and discuss what progress has been made. The committee as a whole will then decide what else needs to be done. This 21-member committee was formed several months ago to research different possibilities for the future of Central's city services. This has been a topic of keen interest around the city, so community members are welcome to come hear what ideas are being discussed. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at the Central Fire Station on Sullivan Road.

Remember the City Council Meeting Tuesday at Kristenwood! The agenda will be posted online at as soon as it is released. All members of the public are welcome at the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

BUSINESS 3 Print Edition • Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ochsner Celebrates Employee Claire Marie’s: A Personalized Boutique Experience in Central Campaign Contributions By Mia Freneaux

Submitted by Amy Delaney, Sr. PR Specialist for Ochsner

Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge employees recently celebrated the success of the Annual Employee Giving Campaign. Local employees contributed more than $40,000 to the campaign which supports Ochsner Baton Rouge cancer studies, the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund, nursing education, the Ochsner Baton Rouge Building and Equipment Fund and the Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge Family Birthing Center. Several departments had 100% participation, including Administration, Cardiovascular Laboratory, Endoscopy, ICU and Volunteer Services. De-

partments with 100% participation were recognized with a special employee luncheon on Monday, January 25th. Above: Employee Campaign Lunch 2: Ochsner celebrated the success of its recent employee giving campaign with a special luncheon for departments with 100% participation. Members of the hospital’s cardiovascular laboratory pictured left to right are Jeremy Smith, Ashley Oliver, Theresa Chauncy, Nicole Wallace, Chad Graham, Belinda Mounce, Fran Johnson and Jason Mounce. Not pictured are: Pam Damrill, Shelly Choppin, Carol Dupuy, Diane Gascon, Tracy Carlton and Roin Shoun.

Chamber of Commerce Sign Up Now for the Mobile Business Monthly Meeting Classroom This Wednesday

From the Chamber monthly newsletter

The Central Chamber of Commerce will have their regular monthly meeting this Wednesday, February 9th at noon at Kristenwood. Doors open at 11:30. Lunch will be provided at the meeting at a cost of $10 per person. The special guest at the meeting will be Leo Honeycutt, author of Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, an Authorized Biography.

The LSU Mobile Business Classroom is coming soon, and the free classes are filling up quickly. Contact David Barrow at City Hall to sign up for classes including Starting & Financing your Business, Working with your bank to get a loan, Marketing 101, Business Continuity, Customer Service, Growing Your Business Online, Professionalism in the Workplace, and Business Retention. Class size is limited. The classes will be held on February 15th and 16th here in Central.

Looking at Claire Marie’s Boutique with its attractive displays and welcoming ambience, one would never know that it all began with an idea and a cottage industry. Sandy Antoon, owner of Claire Marie’s, used her talents with a sewing machine to start a business providing small industrial sewing jobs back in 1988. Sandy, undaunted by what is a traditionally male dominated industry, drove ahead, expanding her home-based business to include tarpaulins and camper covers. “You know you’re working hard,” she says, “when you fall out of the pop-up you’re fitting a cover on!” Her first customer was Lindsey’s Space Walks, who hired her to manufacture their red and white tents. Over time, she was able to hire employees and build a large shop in her backyard. She expanded even more, designing many kinds of berms, tarps and containment systems for hazardous spills. Ferrara Fire Apparatus contacted her to create covers for their hose beds. In 2002, she and her husband Jon bought the former Central Hardware, and Covers Unlimited was born. Now a nationally accredited company supplying to customers all over the United States, Covers Unlimited is a tribute to what hard work and dedication can bring about. Not letting herself rest on her laurels, Sandy sought a totally new enterprise in 2005. She wanted to delve into the wild world of women’s fashion, essentially 180 degrees from her previous business experience. Sandy taught herself the ropes, going to Market with no training or assistance, and searched through its 20 stories of vendor filled halls to find just the right look she believed her clients would want. A petite framed woman who understands the challenges of apparel shopping, Sandy used her love of fashion and her belief that any woman can be as fashionable as they want to guide her when she selected merchandise. The result was Claire Marie’s. Named after one of her grand-

daughters, Claire Marie’s offers unique apparel and jewelry, carefully chosen by Sandy and her niece and assistant, Kandi Jones. When they shop for the next new thing, they keep in mind their regular customers’ needs. “It’s like having a personal shopper looking out for you,” Kandi says. The two of them can actually recite the sizes, color preferences, and styles of their regular customers. This is the difference between department store shopping and the boutique experience – Sandy and Kandi and their employees will interact with you to understand what works for you personally. For the best experience, it is a good idea to walk in and put yourself in their capable hands. They will not let you walk out in clothing that is not flattering. “It would reflect badly on us if we did!” Kandi laughs. They will do a “What Not To Wear” for you, just bring in key wardrobe items and they will match them with clothing, shoes and accessories. Or come in for a try-on and discover what is best for your body type in style and color. They can handle anything from a minimum match-up to a complete makeover. Then they will have any full priced item altered free of charge if needed. In order to give the gentlemen the same pleasant Claire Marie’s experience, the boutique is offering “Desperate Dudes Day”. Sandy and Kandi know the desperation that people can experience around any holiday. Research has shown that even the most romantic man hates Valentine’s Day and the pressure that goes with it. On February 11 and 12, Claire Marie’s will greet Desperate Dudes with a beer and pizza and a list of items previously chosen by their ladies. The Dude can choose an item and enjoy his beer, sitting in the “Man Chair” while the gift is beautifully wrapped. While he waits, he can register for a chance to win a dozen roses delivered by Central Florist. Claire Marie’s is guaranteeing that he will be his lady’s hero on that special day!


Thursday, February 3, 2011 • Print Edition

Flannery Road Bridge Now Entergy Gulf States Louisiana Customers Open to Traffic May Qualify for Tax Credit

From City of Central on Facebook

Though not in Central, it is on a route used by lots of people from Central, and many of us have often had to take detours around the construction lately. The Flannery Rd bridge near Florida Blvd is now open for traffic. The bridge has been closed for almost 9 months while a new bridge was built.

Thruway (Continued from Page 1) Central Thruway Phase II Clear & Grub/ Embankment and Beaver Bayou No. 2 & 3 Bridges - 60% Complete Est. Completion: August 2011 Greenwell Springs Intersection Improvements and Connection to Sullivan Rd - Anticipated Projected Start Date: August 2011 - Projected Completion: June 2012 Central Thruway Phase III Final Paving below Greenwell Springs Intersection- Projected Start Date: July 2011- Projected Completion: Mar 2012 The Entire Project is anticipated to be complete by mid 2012, portions of the project can be opened in 2011: Florida to Frenchtown and Frenchtown To Sullivan

Project Descriptive Summary: Central Thruway is a new roadway extending from the intersection of Florida Blvd northward to Sullivan Rd. Total project length is approximately 4.1 miles; however, the project includes seven bridges which includes one RailRoad overpass that totals approx 7,100 feet. The project was planned to function as a part of an improved multi-lane highway corridor that extends from Nicholson Dr in southwest Baton Rouge to Hooper Rd and ultimately I-110. (i.e. Nicholson to Bluebonnet, Bluebonnet to Coursey, Coursey to George O’Neal, George O’Neal to O’Neal, O’Neal to I-12, O’Neal@ I-12 to Florida, Central Thruway from Florida to Frenchtown Rd, Central Thwy @ Frenchtown to Greenwell Springs Rd, Central Thwy at Greenwell Springs to Sullivan, and Sullivan to Hooper).

You will find that many of the ½ Sales Tax Program Roadway Projects were selected to create this improved multi-lane corridor with: Bluebonnet, George O’Neal, O’Neal, Central Thruway, Sullivan, and Hooper all being included in that program. The project will provide intersections and or improved intersections at: Florida Blvd, S. Choctaw, Hamilton Dr, Frenchtown Rd, Greenwell Springs Rd, and Sullivan Rd. As noted above the project will provide a direct access to Florida Blvd (US Hwy 90) and I-12. The project provides flood evacuation routes across the Comite River and Beaver Bayou and will provide an over-pass over the ICCN RailRoad. This project was designed to follow all “federal” procedures including: design, environmental, right of way, and construction. By fully complying with the federal process it has allowed this project to be eligible for federal highway dollars which has allowed the City-Parish move projects up that were contained in the sales tax program that other wise would not have been addressed for years to come The overall total project cost is approximately $73.2 million dollars, of that approximately $11.4 million were “non-construction” related such as: engineering, surveys, environmental, geotechnical, appraisal services, relocation services, right of way, wetland permits, wetland mitigation, utility relocations… The remaining approximate $61.8 million is for construction.

Submitted by Mary Broussard

Baton Rouge, La. — Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. is urging customers to not miss a special tax credit this year that could put money in their pockets. The company is sponsoring Voluntary Income Tax Assistance centers across its Louisiana service area to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to potentially eligible residential customers. Customers who earn $48,362 a year or less may qualify for an EITC from the Internal Revenue Service that could put more than $5,600 in their wallets. “The EITC is widely viewed by experts as the single most effective poverty abatement program in the history of the federal government,” said Dr. Pamela Monroe, professor, Louisiana State University School of Social Work. “This tax credit annually lifts thousands of families from the depths of poverty and gives them much needed resources for financial security.” Entergy Gulf States Louisiana’s efforts complement the IRS campaign to educate taxpayers about the EITC and locations where they can receive free tax services. Along with sponsoring the assistance centers, the company is mailing bill inserts about EITC to approximately 978,000 customers, placing outbound calls to customers and including messages about the credit on My Account Online and on paper bills. “It’s part of Entergy Louisiana’s efforts to empower our customers to save money, whether by conserving power, managing energy dollars or maximizing tax credits,” said Entergy Customer Service Manager Mary Broussard. “The IRS estimates that only four

out of five eligible workers claim their EITC. We want to help make sure everyone who has earned the credit knows how to file, claim and get it.” In the 2009 tax filing season, 525,701 Louisiana residents received tax credits through EITC, according to the IRS. “The EITC can make a huge difference in a family’s life, and positively affect Louisiana’s economy,” she said. “The EITC not only benefits working families, it also reduces demand for public service and benefit programs, and it helps our communities grow stronger.” “This is a critical program for many citizens in our community, and Entergy is sharing an important message by raising awareness of an opportunity that could be overlooked,” Broussard said. Studies show that some families use payments for significant purchases, such as a home or to pay off debts. Families can also use the credit they receive each year to start saving for the future. To find the assistance site nearest you or information about EITC, customers can call 800-906-9887, visit or visit for assistance. Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corp’s electric system serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Twitter: @EntergyMediaLA Print Edition • Thursday, February 3, 2011

Meet Charlene Charlet Day

CENTRAL RESIDENT, CHARLENE CHARLET DAY, ANNOUNCES FOR FAMILY COURT JUDGE, DIVISION “C” EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH Central City resident and long time Family Law practitioner, Charlene Charlet Day, has announced her intentions to seek the Family Court judgeship in the April 2nd election. Day, a Republican, noted that many of her friends had asked her why she wanted to get involved in politics. “I’m not getting into politics; I’m continuing to help children and assist families,” Day stated. Before entering the practice of law, Charlene Charlet Day received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Education from LSU and taught school for 16 years. In 1988, she was named Teacher of the Year at Northwestern Middle School and was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in East Baton Rouge Parish. In 1994, Day earned her law degree from LSU, and after a oneyear judicial clerkship, she began her career as a Family Law practitioner with the firm of Myles, Cook & Day in Zachary. During her legal career she has served well over 700 clients in Family Law matters. Charlene Charlet Day has been married for 29 years to Archie T. “Scooter” Day, Jr. and they have lived in Central their entire mar-

ried life. She has two daughters, Michele Maddie and Brooke Felps. She also has one granddaughter, Kristian. Day is a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She has served as a CCD teacher at St. Alphonsus Ligouri Catholic Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She is a member of the Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and Feliciana Bar Associations, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, BRACA, Professional Women of Zachary, Republican Women of Central and Capital City Republican Women. “I have dedicated my legal career to handling the difficult and emotional situations involved in Family Court.” Day commented, “By virtue of my religious beliefs and my family values, I believe in the sanctity of marriage but the reality of our society today is that families are many times blended and split. A Family Court Judge is responsible for listening to the facts of each case, making a decision based on Louisiana law and tempering each decision with compassion for and fairness to the parties.” “As a teacher…a mother…a grandmother…and an experienced Family Law practitioner, I am ready to undertake this extraordinary responsibility,” Day concluded.

Meet Hunter Greene

Hello, my name is Hunter Greene and I am running for Family Court Judge because I have a passion for our community and the practice of family law. In addition, I truly believe my broad range of experience as a former CPA, a practicing family law attorney, state representative and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee makes me the most qualified and most experienced candidate for the job. And, I believe our families deserve fair, respectful treatment. All families deserve a court that works for them and understands their time constraints and struggles during what is a very challenging time for everyone involved. As State Representative, I’ve focused on protecting children and helping families. I passed the first legislation in Louisiana history protecting children from online solicitation by sexual predators and passed legislation allowing the seizure of income tax refunds to pay delinquent child support. I’ve also worked to pass several financial reforms to help Louisiana families keep more money in their pockets including eliminating the inheritance tax, gift tax and capital gains tax, as well as the franchise tax for small businesses. I led the effort to repeal the Stelly tax increases and was a primary author


of legislation that allows families to take a tax deduction for school tuition, books and uniforms. And to improve our quality of life, I have consistently supported funding for major highway projects around our parish and region. It is vital that we reduce traffic congestion because moms and dads spend too much time sitting in traffic, which means less family time at home. In the Legislature I am Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, a member of the Capital Region and the Republican Legislative Delegations. I am also a member of the Louisiana Law Institute Child Support Committee. But most important, I am a husband and father. My wife Emily and I have been married for 19 years and we have three beautiful children (ages 17, 15 and 13). I believe I have a unique breadth and depth of knowledge which makes me the most experienced and most qualified candidate in this race. Please visit or follow us on facebook to learn more, ask me questions or get involved. And, on April 2nd I’d be honored and humbled to have your vote for Family Court Judge. Thank you for your consideration.


Thursday, February 3, 2011 • Print Edition

Central School Board Approves Construction Directive

Submitted by Delia Taylor of Taylor Media

The Central Community School Board has authorized PBK Architects to issue a construction change directive for the new Central Intermediate and Middle schools that are currently under construction. The directive, which was authorized at a special board meeting Wednesday night, allows the contractor to proceed with the timely construction project while costs associated with changes in the construction designs are reviewed by the project’s engineers, architects and contractors.

The cost of the changes have not yet been determined, although the contractor has submitted a letter to the board requesting additional time and noting increased material costs that, combined, are estimated at more than $800,000. Much of the estimated cost increase, approximately $500,000, is attributable to an escalation of steel prices. It is uncertain if those estimates are actual costs and who will be responsible for paying them. Central School Board Chairman Jim Gardner noted that the project’s architect,

contractor and steel fabricator agreed that a redesign of the structural steel specifications for the two schools was needed to improve the constructability of the designs. PBK Architects recommended that the board approve the directive to allow the project to continue moving forward “without any additional delays,” noting that the construction directive was an option available to the board and in accordance with the contract. The board’s unanimous vote enables Arkel Anderson Joint Venture, the project contrac-

tor, to move forward on the fabrication of the structural steel needed for construction of the two new schools. "The school board's action was necessary to give our architects some additional time to thoroughly review information before making a recommendation to the Board about any change orders for the redesign," Gardner said. PBK is expected to conclude its review of documentation of the changes made to the structural steel designs and make any recommendations to the full board by early March.

Events Coming Soon to Our Local Library Branches

Free Tax Help from AARP

AARP volunteers will provide a free service to help low and middleincome taxpayers file their taxes with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Spaces are limited so arrive early! For more information, call (225) 231-3740. Central Branch (e-file only): 9:15 AM- 12 PM Tuesdays & Wednesdays through April 6th Greenwell Springs Branch (paper returns only): 9:15 AM- 12 PM Thursdays through 4/7

Tissue Paper Roses

Teens and tweens are invited to make tissue paper roses for someone special at the Central Branch on Tuesday, February 8, at 5:00 p.m. Supplies will be provided. For more information or to register, call (225) 262-2660. Registration is required for this activity.

Preschool & Toddler Storytime at the Library

Storytime gives children an excellent introduction to books and the library, increases their attention spans, and develops their social skills by involving them in stories, poetry, and songs. The Children’s Services staff hopes Storytime will be an enjoyable experience for each child, leading to a lifelong love of books and reading. You are always welcome to attend Storytime with your child. Organized groups must reserve a date and time other than those listed below. Toddler Time (walking through 2 years old) Central Branch: Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 at 10:30 a.m. Greenwell Springs Branch: Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime (3-5 years old) Central Branch: Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 at 11:00 a.m. Greenwell Springs Branch: Tuesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 at 10:00 a.m.

SCHOOLS 7 Print Edition • Thursday, February 3, 2011

Proposed School Board Public Participation Policy

The Central Community School Board desires the citizens of the district to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the operation of their public school system and so that the Board may have opportunity to hear the thoughts and comments of the public on issues facing the school system. Public Comment on Agenda Items: In accordance with La. R.S. 42: 5.1, a public comment shall be permitted by the Board before any vote is taken on an agenda item. When recognized by the President, the person shall be afforded the floor and given the opportunity to speak for a period not to exceed three (3) minutes. Each speaker shall be recognized to address the Board only once per agenda item. All comments from the public on an item shall be received by the Board after a motion and second have been made on the item and before any discussion of it by

Board members. Comments must be limited to discussion of the specific agenda item/motion under consideration. The President has the right to rule out of order any comments that do not relate to the agenda item/motion under consideration or that refer to personnel, student, or other matters that are confidential under law. In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins and that item should receive a motion and second, then the Board President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item. Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given an opportunity to address the Board for up to three (3) minutes on each agenda item added. The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak.

Proposed School Board Meeting Agendas Policy

The order of business at meetings of the board shall be according to the agenda which has been prepared and distributed by the superintendent. Items may be added to the agenda, items deleted, or the order of business changed only when such change is approved by specific board action. Expansions to the agenda will be made when duly moved, seconded, and affirmed by a unanimous vote of the members present and voting. Request for Item to be placed on Agenda: All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the School Board shall submit their written requests to the Superintendent or the School Board President at least five (5) working days prior to the meeting date and time, stating what matters they wish to take up with the Board. The Superintendent and the Board President

will determine whether these requests should be sent to a Standing Committee or placed on the agenda. If not submitted on time to be placed on the agenda, the item may be held over for the next scheduled meeting of the Board or assigned to the appropriate committee. Each delegation appearing before the board shall select one (1) person in advance as its spokesman and statements shall be presented in a concise manner. Delegations and individuals may be scheduled on the agenda to appear before the Board in accordance with the board's policy on public participation in board meetings. Once all items of the agenda have been exhausted, the meeting shall be automatically adjourned by the president without the necessity of motion, second or vote thereon.

There will be a Special School Board Meeting Monday at 6:00 PM to discuss the above proposed policies for future CCSS School Board Meetings.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 • Print Edition

Ashlyn’s First Deer Central High Bowling CHS Powder Puff Zoar Ball Teams Win Some, Lose Football Game Registration Some against Denham Postponed Deadline Extended

Submitted by Coach Corley

Monday, the Wildcat boys and girls bowling teams faced Denham Springs. The boys won 22-5, and the girls lost 22-5. There were no notable scores in the boys game, but in the girls' loss, Kay Rawls bowled a 222 game and Amy Coward bowled a 195. Their next match is this afternoon at All Star Lanes (previously Don Carter's) where the boys will face Zachary and the girls will face Tara.

The CHS Powder Puff Football Game has been POSTPONED until next Thursday, February 10th at 7 PM in Wildcat Stadium. Tickets can still be purchased from the school for $5. This is a fundraiser for the Central High Sports Medicine Program, so come show your support and have a good time!

Submitted by Cindy Jarvis

Zoar Ball 2011 ~ Registration has been extended to March 7th. Who can play: T-Ball - Your child must be in age group K3,K4 or K5. Coaches Pitch - Your child must be in 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade. Games will be played on Friday Night or Saturday Mornings. Cost is $45. Call 261-3434 for more information.

Submitted by Jennifer Roberts

Ashlyn Schmidt killed her first deer back on November 5th while hunting with her cousin, Lani Pilgreen, on family property in Union Parish. Ashlyn is a 9-yr old 3rd grade student at Central Private School.

Roundabout (Continued from Page 1) intersection in front of the new school complex. Harmon further explained that the engineering studies show that a Roundabout is the technically better and less expensive solution. The Central Community School Board passed a resolution in its last meeting requesting that EBR Parish allow the intersection to be handled through the use of turn lanes and a stop sign. When contacted for comment Superintendent Faulk explained that the School Board's request to avoid a Roundabout was in response to public feedback opposing Roundabouts, although some Board Members have stated that properly constructed Roundabouts do work effectively. Additionally, Faulk relayed the Board's concern that the possible requirement to acquire property to construct a Roundabout might result in a delay in the completion of the new school projects. The School System is inquiring as to whether there is an appeals process concerning this decision, but the Superintendent stands ready to recommend to the Board that plans go for-

ward to include a roundabout if that is the requirement. In Tuesday’s email Harmon states: “Ross, our traffic engineering division completed their additional modeling of your school site as noted in the attached email below. Based on these results they have re-confirmed the recommendations of your original traffic consultant regarding the need for either a signalized intersection or a Roundabout. After receiving these results, I had asked Traffic to go back and assure that if growth in this area exceeded the model projections would we have the ability to expand the capacity of the proposed Roundabout or would we be locked into a fixed capacity and configuration. I have since received the conformation that capacity modification could be made, therefore based on both the recommendation of your traffic consultant and the findings of our Traffic Engineering Division, the required improvement for this intersection shall be a Roundabout as recommended. Since we know that the

Central School Board is now opposed to the Roundabout design concept, an alternative to the Roundabout will be a fully signalized intersection. However as noted this alternative will have a higher long term O&M cost to the City-Parish and it is our understanding that this alternative is not consistent with the recommendation and desires of the City of Central (i.e. they desire the Roundabout).” David Barrow, City of Central Executive Assistant offers the following comment: “Based upon the official traffic study report and recommendations from Neel Schaffer, the statements from Mr. Lebas, the independent study performed and recommended by EBR Traffic Engineering, and the opinion from Chief Engineer Bryan Harmon, it is my recommendation that a roundabout be installed at this intersection to provide better traffic flow and reduce the likelihood of serious accidents occurring at this intersection.” The engineering analysis included in the email from EBR stated that if

the intersection were controlled only by a stop sign and turn lanes, the Gurney approach would be rated as an “F” in the initial year. With traffic lights that approach would rate a “C” for the first ten years and a “D+” after 20 years. With a Roundabout the approach would rate an “A” initially, a “B” for the next 10 years, and a “D” after 20 years. The email from EBR includes the following summary recommendation: “From the findings, it is our conclusion that an un-signalized stop controlled intersection is not an acceptable option based on the expected low service rate. The roundabout option performs at an overall higher service rate than that of the signalized intersection option. Additionally, the operational/ maintenance cost of the signalized intersection option is expected to be much higher than that of the roundabout option. Therefore, based on the service rates and operational/ maintenance cost, the roundabout option is recommended.”

SPORTS 9 Print Edition • Thursday, February 3, 2011

Louisiana Quadriplegic Kills on the Hunt Yet Again

Above: John “J.R.” Owens on Profit Island in EBR Parish with Keith Roshto (left) and good friend Austin Lamonte (right) of Central. On July 23, 2006, Owens sustained both a spinal cord and traumatic brain injury when he crashed a dirt bike on Brown Road in Central. On New Year’s Day, Owens killed his first buck since becoming quadriplegic. Owens uses special equipment which enables him to hunt, shooting the gun with his mouth. On January 7, 2009, Owens became the first known quadriplegic in the state to kill a deer on the first hunt. By: Bess Cherry ~ Accredited Freelance Journalist/Reporter

John “J.R.” Owens, 20, of Zachary, makes good yet again on his already established deer hunting reputation by killing a ten point buck New Year’s Day. Owens’ kill, slain on Profit Island in East Baton Rouge Parish, comes exactly one week shy of his second year commemoration on becoming the first known quadriplegic in the state to kill a deer on the first hunt. “I was paralyzed from the neck down in a dirt bike accident in July 2006. Since then, my life has changed in many, many ways; but,

I’ve been allotted the opportunity to hunt several times since I sustained my injury and have realized that I am still a pretty good shot,” says Owens, who with special equipment, killed the buck with one shot, shooting the gun with his mouth. Owens, a former football player for Northeast High School in East Baton Rouge Parish, graduated in 2009 on the A-B scholastic honor roll. “I met Trindon Holliday when I was going into my freshman year at Northeast High School,” says Owens, “Not long after that, he went on to play college ball at LSU.” Holliday, then a locally famed

LSU college football player, is now an NFL star “rookie”, playing for the Houston Texans, according to “Trindon and I still keep in touch; he actually stopped by to visit me last week while he was in town,” says Owens. Owens says that becoming disabled has not kept him from being active. He says he works out almost every day and reports that his health has continually improved during the past four and a half years. Owens also reports that he is even regaining movement throughout his extremities. “Last spring, I began raising my legs and wiggling my toes. And just a few months ago, I began opening my hands and feeding myself. It seems to be a slow-go but God willing, I will get back on my feet again,” says Owens. “I know I will,” he says, “and I thank Jesus Christ every day in advance.” “I would like to thank Andy Bishop for my special hunting gear; I’m putting it to good use,” says Owens, smiling. “I’d also like to thank Keith Roshto and his daughter Macy for allowing me the opportunity to hunt on Profit Island. And I want to thank a good buddy of mine, Austin Lamonte, for accompanying me on the outing. Profit Island is a great place to hunt. The deer population was excellent there this season, and I very much enjoyed the hunt,” says Owens. “This is not just the first buck that I’ve killed since my injury, but it’s also, by far, the biggest one I’ve ever killed in my life.”

A Proud Day for the James Family

Submitted by C.B. Lewis

Jacob James, a local 11-yearold, displayed some major fishing skills last week when he caught an 8-pound bass using a cane pole, a hot dog, and a worm. Jacob made his catch on Saturday, January 29th at the Waddell Wildlife park near Flannery Road. Jacob is pictured above with his dad, Troy James.


CHS Lady Wildcats Face Scotlandville

Photos by Expressions Photography

The Lady Wildcats fell to Scotlandville last week at home with a score of 33-68. The next game for the girls is this Friday, February 4th vs. Denham Springs. Come cheer them on at home at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 • Print Edition

Wildcat Soccer Boys Beat Live Oak on Senior Night

Pictured Above: Seniors are Taylor Jernigan, Kevin Vo, Garrett Miles, AJ Smith, Nathan Petit, Tyler Desselle, Hayden Mouton, and Austin Gueho. Photos by Expressions Photography; Stats submitted by Coach Melton

Last Wednesday, the Central High boys soccer team played their final game of the season. It was a great game to end on, as the Wildcats took home the win in a 3-2 victory. The senior players had a productive game on Senior Night: Senior Taylor Jernigan scored two of Central’s goals, and AJ Smith, another senior, scored one. Assists

came from Seth Brown and Austin Gueho. Goalie Drake Cowart had four saves to include a penalty kick. Also at Wednesday’s game, the boys presented a $700 check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of Coach Melton’s mother-in-law Willene Guilbeau. The team raised the money through their Kick for the Cure event in December.

Above: The Wildcats present a $700 check for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The guys raised the money through Kick for the Cure.

SPORTS 11 Print Edition • Thursday, February 3, 2011

CHS Football Players Receive Awards

Submitted by Lisa Metcalfe

Above are Central High athletes James “J.R.” Richardson, Cooper Moore, Coach Doug Dotson, and Logan Metcalfe. J.R. was a finalist for the Warrick Dunn Award and Logan and Cooper were given the award for Sportline Players of the Week for the Central/Zachary game. The event was held at the Atrium on Jan 26, 2011. Congratulations to these players who played a big part in what will be a truly memorable year for Central Wildcat football.

Rebels Going to Playoffs after Latest Win

Submitted by Coach Palubinskas

The runnin' Rebels are on a 20 game consecutive win streak after defeating Silliman and WCCA to go undefeated in district play with a perfect 8-0 record. The game against Trinity Episcopal from Natchez was a much-anticipated matchup after the double overtime win against them at the Brookhaven tournament. There was a real buzz about the improvement of the Trinity team. Trinity is more athletic and they have more depth than the CPS Rebel-utionaries, and they did win the single "A" state football championship. More of a concern to Coach Palubinskas was the fact that Lance Wicker is just recovering from a mono scare, and Dave Jackson was fighting the flu. So there were barriers of concern going into the game. Nevertheless, the game turned out to be a doozy. Coach "P" made early adjustments to counter all their success in the last game. There was a lot of individual isolation to allow for more room to operate in the paint. The Rebs applied a sticky defense, but the Saints played tough to

a close tie in the first quarter. A defensive adjustment led the Rebs to a 10 point lead going into the 3rd quarter, but the Saints roared back to tie the game in the next 4 times down the floor. In the end, it was not enough to take the game away from the Rebels. In spite of the seniors Fletcher and Jackson carrying 4 fouls, the Rebs continued to roll with quick baskets, building a 10 point lead in the 3rd. They continued defensive and offensive pressure to take a 19 point lead and win the game 81-62. The scoring was evenly balanced with Jake Flaggert scoring 20, Simpson Anderson scoring 19, Taylor Fletcher sneaking in 16, and the two ailing Rebs both adding a healthy 13 each. This was a game loaded with athleticism, speed, hops and some aerial display above the rim. The fans thought it was a great game which tested the Rebs, who really stepped up to take care of business going into the playoffs in the next 2 weeks. The Rebs are now 25-2 and ranked #1 in MAIS play.

Two Wildcats Sign on to Play College Football

Photos by Expressions Photography

On Wednesday, February 2nd, two Wildcat football players signed letters of intent to play in college. James “J.R.” Richardson (Defensive Back/Kick Return) is signing on to play for the Mustangs at Southern Methodist University in Texas. He is pictured above at left with his mom Ava B. Richardson and father James Richardson Jr. At right is Defensive End Taylor Jenkins, who agreed to play for Southeastern Louisiana University. He is shown with his family, left to right: Kenny, Daniel, Katharyn, and Jackie Jenkins. Good luck to these players as they move to the next level in their sport!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 • Print Edition

Central Community Theatre Groups Win Awards at Junior Theater Festival

Photos courtesy of Junior Theater Festival

Above: The CCT Elite Jr. group performed excerpts from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Central Community Theatre sent two groups to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta last month. Both groups performed excerpts from Disney Jr. plays. Their performances were met with very positive reviews from the judges, who described the Jr. group as having “a sparkle in their eye” and a “tremendous sense of timing.” About the senior group, the judges said they gave “wonderful partnering work, with excellent listening, responding, and reacting.” Addie Dean and Alex Burns received a Freddie G Outstanding Student Direction and Choreography award for choreographing the presentation, a move that impressed the judges. Chaislyn King, Grant Clinkingbeard,and Zachary Lejeune were named to the Broadway JR. All-Stars, and Katie Bryant, Loren Brunson, Chaislyn King, Zach Lejeune and Ashton Denham were 5 of 68 students out of 2,200 who made a final callback for the MTI choreography DVDs. Congratulations to CCT for all of these achievements!

Above: The CCT Senior group performed excerpts from Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Megan Sullivan (pictured above with choreographer/director/producer Kenny Shepard and Broadway choreographer Maddie Kelly) won the Outstanding Achievement Dance Award at the festival.

FUN 13 Print Edition • Thursday, February 3, 2011

Art League of Central Hosts Closing Reception for Greenwell Springs Library Show

Art League of Central members hung original works of art in the Greenwell Springs Library for their Awesome Art show during the month of January. They held their closing reception last Sunday, January 30th. Members pictured above are Karen McCormick (President), David McCormick, Judy Hanks, Margaret Shipley, Patsy DeLee, Pat Saucier, RJ Saucier, Gwin Brister, Garnett Brister, Derrel Robinson, Beverly Hadnot, and Chris Resweber.

Mark Klein Honored in Voices Bayou Bebes of Baton Rouge Bi-Annual Doll Show & Sale This Month of Democracy Competition

Mark Klein was honored this past weekend at the Statewide VFW convention in Alexandria. He was one of 10 students who received awards for essay submissions in the Voices of Democracy Competition, which gives scholarships to students for their outstanding essay entries. Participants must write then record broadcast versions of their patriotic essays. Mark won 6th place out of around 500 high school students who submitted essays from around the state. He was highlighted on KALB TV NEWS Channel for his achievement. Congratulations, Mark!

Submitted by Helen Guidry

The Bayou Bebes of Baton Rouge, some members of which live here in Central, are hosting their bi-annual Doll Show & Sale next week on Saturday, February 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This show is a special one, since it only happens every other February. Everyone is invited to come to BREC at 6201 Florida Blvd. for the show next Saturday. For more information, contact Cynthia or George Orgeron at 985-386-4291 or email


Thursday, February 3, 2011 • Print Edition

Robbie and Dena Kleinpeter Announce Keith and Kayla Silvio Welcome Birth of Daughter Mikayla Marie Daughter Ellie Madison Submitted by Kayla Silvio

Keith and Kayla (Estess) Silvio are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellie Madison. Ellie was born November 22, 2010 at 2:44 p.m. at Woman’s Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds and 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Den and Patricia Estess, and Denny and Judy Silvio all of Central. Great grandparents are Rita and the late Carl “Bo Bo” Estess, Jerry and Linda Courtney all of Baker, and Anthony and Wanda Silvio of Baton Rouge. Great-great Grandmother is Alice Stokes.

Submitted by Dena Kleinpeter

Robbie and Dena Kleinpeter of Central are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Mikayla Marie Kleinpeter. Mikayla was born October 20, 2010 at 1:21 a.m. at Woman’s Hospital . She weighed 6 lbs. 10.9 oz. and was 21 ¼ inches long. Proud grandparents are Ronnie and Donna Davis of Central, Tracy Kleinpeter of Watson, and Bobby and Crystal Kleinpeter of Ethel. Proud great-grandparents are Euna Bennet of Central, Harold and Bennie Davis of Baker, Robert and Lynette Kleinpeter of Ethel, and Hazle Hatfi eld of Missouri. Great great grandparents are Oma Davis of Baker and Nolan and Margaret LeBlanc of Port Allen.

Girl Scout Cookies Are On Sale Now Submitted by the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts have once again begun their annual cookie sale. As everyone knows, this is one of the major fundraisers for the Girl Scouts. However, the Girl Scouts organization has also turned the cookie sale into a teaching tool for the Girl Scouts. Girl Scout leaders help the scouts learn the basics of business and marketing through these sales, where each Girl

Scout has her own cookie “business” for a short time. This year, they are helping the girls with different marketing tools like email and mobile phone applications. All Girl Scout Cookies have 0 grams trans fat, and many of their varieties are free of hydrogenated oils. Visit for current cookie information, and visit your local girl scouts to purchase them.

Ellie Madison Silvio

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 • Print Edition


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272-7404 10440 Greenwell Springs Road Expires 2/28/2011

Free Twinkle Earrings with $75 Brighton Purchase 262-5121 14409-E Wax Rd Expires 2/9/11

$5/day off Boarding or Day Care for a New Client

at Central Smoothie King 262-6061 on Wax Road 18564 Magnolia Bridge Rd Get a 12 oz Kidz Kup for $.99 Expires 2/15/11 with Purchase of 32 oz Smoothie

$1 Off 1 lb. Mixed Candy Bags 225-436-1416 18654 Magnolia Bridge Road Expires 2/9/2011

Wholesale Pools and Supplies 40% Off Select Woodwick Candles & Gift Sets 13581 Hooper Rd 261-9665 Expires 2/9/11

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Central Barber Shop

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Each year, St. Alphonsus hosts the Festival of Two Rivers Auction and A Taste of Central. The event serves as a major fundraiser for both St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the St. Alphonsus School. The night of fundraising includes a live and silent auction, food, music, a cash bar, and a $10,000 raffl e. This event has consistently drawn the support of the Central community, and it is an evening of fun as well as a great fundraiser. This year’s Festival of Two Rivers is being held on Saturday, February 19th at St. Alphonsus on Greenwell Springs Road. Tickets cost $10 per adult in advance or $15 per adult at the door. $10,000 raffl e tickets cost $100 each. Each raffl e ticket you purchase also admits two adults to the festival. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the Silent Auction, and A Taste of Central begins at 6:00. Call the church offi ce at 261-4650 for details or to purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!

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Central Bible Church Camp Zoar at New Location Registering Now Now Remember that Central Bible

Submitted by Cindy Jarvis

Camp Zoar 2011, March 4th8th. Registration is going on NOW! Reserve your spot buy fi lling out a registration card and a $50 deposit. This year we are going to Timber Creek Camp in Pulaski, MS. Cost $200. We are doing a fundraiser to defer the cost of Camp. World's Finest Chocolate can be picked up in the church offi ce. We leave March 4th @ 4:15pm and return March 8th @ 3:00pm. Call 2613434 for more information.

Join Grace UPC for their Miracle for You Weekend (February 11-13) with Evangelist Jerry Holland. Call 615-8000 for info.

Church has now moved to its new location at 8889B Sullivan Road, behind Sullivan Hardware. Service times are on Sundays as follows: 10:00 AM- Fellowship 10:30 AM- Worship 6:00 PM- Fellowship 6:30 PM- Bible Study Learn more online at


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