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Central Clean Up Day Volunteers Clean 15 Miles of Central Roads

Photo by Dave Freneaux Central Leadership for Tomorrow’s first Central Clean Up Day brought out over 100 volunteers to pick up trash from about 15 miles of Central roadways. Thank you to everyone who came last Saturday to help clean up our city, including groups like the CHS football and soccer teams and the Central Bloomers Club. Help keep our roads clean - remember to bag your trash at home and to dispose of your garbage in the proper place.

The Central community will share in the National Day of Prayer tonight at 6:30 PM in the Central Middle School parking lot. Everyone is invited to come be a part of this special event.

Don’t forget the St. Jude Bike-A-Thon next Saturday, May 12 at Bellingrath Elementary from 8:30 AM - Noon. For more details, call Chuck at 2610555 or 603-6100, or Dr. LoBue at 261-6000.

School Board Hires New Principal with Questionable Work History By Dave Freneaux

The School Board vote was unanimous in favor of hiring Al Chapman as Central Middle School's Principal. Upon learning the name of the new principal, some in attendance did a quick internet search on iPhones. Before the School Board meeting had ended the buzz began about internet news reports that Mr. Chapman had been terminated last December as the Superintendent of the Cannelton, Indiana School District. The news articles covering Chapman's dismissal indicate that he served the small Cannelton School System as Superintendent, High School Principal, and teacher, and was terminated for

poor financial management of the Cannelton School System. The recommendation to hire Mr. Chapman was made by Central Superintendent Mike Faulk after an hour-long "Executive Session" held in the middle of Monday night's School Board meeting. The Superintendent and the School Board left the assembled community members and held a private meeting, as required by law, to discuss the qualifications of Mr. Chapman before returning to the regular meeting and approving his hiring. The discussions held in an "Executive Session" of the School Board remain confidential, but School Board See Principal, Page 7

Zoar Baptist will have their annual Car Show next Saturday, May 12 from 9 AM until 1 PM. There will be free admission, food, and door prizes. Contact Zoar Baptist for more information or to register. Registration is open through the morning of the event, and lunch is provided with registration. *************ECRWSS**** The St. Alphonsus Festival of Two Rivers was last Saturday. Lots of community members attended the event, which raised funds for both St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the St. Alphonsus School. See more photos on page 19.

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In 2012 Parade of Homes Wisteria Lakes

Patterson Homes, LLC would like to invite all Central residents out to see our homes entered in this years Capital Area Builder’s Association Parade of Homes! As former winners of the 2010 Parade of Homes Realtor Tour Award for Best Curb Appeal, we are very excited about this year’s entries! Our homes offer curb appeal, along with beautiful and functional interiors with a contemporary twist on the traditional design. Our first home, located in the Wisteria Lakes subdivision off Sullivan Road, is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with 2184

square feet of living area. In contrast to its very traditional exterior, the interior of this home shows a contemporary twist on the traditional warm color palette. The interior boasts amenities that include interior stackstone, wood flooring, painted planked wood on the foyer ceiling, sleek appliances, shaker style cabinetry, and a butcher block island countertop with granite on all other countertop surfaces. You’ll find a unique copper sink in the guest bathroom, and a fabulous job built shower in the master bathroom. When you step out of the back set of french

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doors, you walk into a very spacious patio and courtyard area, perfect for entertaining! Our other entry into the Parade of Homes is located in the quickly developing subdivision of Burlington Lakes. Burlington Lakes is accessed through Amber Lakes off of Hooper Road near Greenwell Springs Road. This home is situated on the lake and offers a very clean interior design. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with 1588 square feet of living area featuring a cubby area just inside the garage entry door, a very large laundry room, computer nook, and a media closet. The home also features the popular shaker style cabinetry with a beautiful kitchen backsplash, a very unique master bath tub surround,

granite throughout, and wood flooring throughout kitchen and living room. Also enjoy his and her closets in the master bathroom. Step onto the back porch and enjoy a perfectly sized back yard with a beautiful view of the lake. This home is perfect for those young families looking to move into the Central School District! We would love to hear from you, so for more information on these homes, or any of our other properties, please give Casey a call at 270-1041. You can also find us at www.PattersonHomes.com, contact us via email at pattersonhomesllc@cox.net or look us up on Facebook for the most up to date information on our available homes, lots, and current homes under construction!

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Public Meeting: Morgan Place residents are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 pm at DEMCO training room (16262 Wax Rd) regarding the proposed Morgan Point subdivision at the end of Sagebrush Ave. The developer will be present to answer any questions.

Jambalaya Fundraiser for Cancer Patient May 5

Submitted by Kathy Doucet

Richard Doucet, Jr, 41 years old was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer in January 2012. This type of cancer usually affects people 65 or older. The doctor diagnosed him with cancer after going to the emergency room with back pain. The tumor had broken his vertebrae and he had emergency back surgery, where they put in a steel cage, posts and pins. After the bone marrow biopsy was performed they found malignant tumors in his bone marrow. He has completed radiation and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. After chemo is completed he will be having a stem cell transplant. He is no longer able to work. His family and friends are having a jambalaya benefit dinner at the Wal-Mart in Central on Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 AM-2:00 PM.

REWARD! for information leading to the recovery of stolen lawn care equipment taken between 3:30 and 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 from Bull's Lawn Care Service. Please call Steve Buller, 225-261-4189 or 225-939-3845.

Central Thruway Temporary Detour Road Underway

Crews are preparing the earthwork for the temporary detour road on Frenchtown Rd at the Central Thruway. Traffic will be diverted onto the paved detour road while crews construct the new intersection at this location. A traffic signal will be installed here when the Central Thruway is complete in summer of 2013.

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Central Lodge #442 Honors Members

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Huge Garage Sale @ 12919 Hooper Rd Thu 5/3 Fri 5/4 Sat 5/5 7 AM to 1 PM

2007 Lincoln MKZ, Only 10,000 Miles, Like New, Loaded w/Electronics, $19,000. 262-6333 Left to right: Gerald Sides, Randolph May, Harold Ballard, MWGM Frank Du Treil, James Esch, Al Cutrer, L.W. Alexander, David James, and Paul Lawrence Back row, L-R: Robert Lee, Guy Jenkins Submitted by Robert Lee

A special meeting of Central Lodge 442 was held Thursday April 26th to honor Past Masters of the Lodge and to present awards to members who achieved 25 and 50 years as Masons. The Grand Master of Masons of the State of Louisiana, Frank N. Du Treil, Jr., was the keynote speaker, and other members of the Grand Lodge were also present. Each Past Master spoke of the events that occurred during their year as Master of the Lodge, and their appreciation of the help, support and fellowship they received as members of Central Lodge. Brother Hilton Davis received a 50 year certificate, pin, and lapel name tag. Brother Roy Pierce was presented with a 25 year certificate. The Grand Master completed his remarks by reminding everyone of the support their wives give to Masons in all their activities across the state. CITY OF CENTRAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL Tuesday May 8, 2012, 6:00 PM Kristenwood Building 14025 Greenwell Springs Road Central, LA 70739 I. Preliminary Business 1) Call to Order 2) Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance 3) Roll Call 4) Approval of the minutes from the April 24, 2012 council meeting. II. Unfinished Business: None III. New Business 1) Mayor’s report and presentations. 2) Introduction of the following item(s) (with public hearing to be held at the May 22, 2012 council meeting). a) An Ordinance to authorize acceptance of payment devices for payment of local charges, to establish a convenience fee for said payments and to provide for related matters. (By Mayor Pro Tempore Washington) 3) Public Hearing and action regarding the following instrument(s): None IV. Zoning Cases 1) Introduction of the following item(s) (with Public Hearing to be held at the May 22, 2012, council meeting): None 2) Discussion and action regarding the following case(s): None V. Other Business 1) Public Comment * Restricted to items not on the agenda. A Public Comment Request to Speak Card must be turned in to the City Clerk prior to the start of the meeting in order to be considered. Public comment is limited to 10 speakers with three minutes each. 2) Announcements 3) Adjournment

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Dear Central Middle School Students, Parents and Staff, It is such a privilege to live in a community that is so caring and supportive! When praying for something, sometimes you get what you ask for, but other times you get so much more. Mrs. Navarro is a 7th grade Math teacher at Central Middle School. After learning that her unborn grandson has a serious medical condition, she asked her students if they would please keep him in their thoughts and prayers. A member of the CMS Student Council approached Mrs. Navarro and asked if the Student Council could do a fundraiser for her grandson; hesitant, she said yes. They sold red, cut-out hearts as a symbol of love and support for the Navarro family. During the 3 days of fundraising, the students and staff of Central Middle School raised almost $2,000 for Mrs. Navarro’s grandson! The Navarro family would like to thank the students, parents and staff of Central Middle School for their selfless generosity. We cannot express how grateful we are that God has blessed us with such a loving and supportive school and community. Your support will make our upcoming journey much easier. Thank you, again, from the bottom of all of our hearts! The Navarros

Lightning Strike Causes House Fire Submitted by the Central Fire Department

Bad weather started a fire in a large two story home in Central yesterday evening. The fire started by a lightning strike to the chimney. Crews made a quick stop and were able to save the home. The deputy chief lived in the same subdivision and was on the scene very quick. He was able to give incoming trucks information on where the fire was located. Baton Rouge Fire Department was the Rapid Intervention Crew. The fire was in a home on Frontier Ln. Though the house was occupied when the fire started, no one was injured. The fire was under control 24 minutes after the call was made.

The Greenwell Springs Youth Riders will have their Open Pro Rodeo this weekend at Shady Park off of Greenwell Springs Road. The fun begins Friday evening at 6 PM and will continue through Saturday. Check out the GSYR website at www.GSYR.webs.com.


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CENTRAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR THURSDAY 5/3:

CHS Football begins spring practice, 7 PM at Wildcat Stadium

Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes TUESDAY 5/8: Central Stat Care Ribbon Cutting, 12 Noon at CSC on Hooper Rd Sewing/Quilting Group, 10-11 AM at Magnolia Methodist Tight Knit Group, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 4-6 PM at Central Library The Central Chamber C-4 Power Hour with Ron Erickson/Matt Price, 5:30-6:30PM Children’s Knitting Group, 5 PM at Central Library Broadcast from Cafe Delphi & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App Sid Edwards Show, 5:30-6:30 PM at Zoe’s Pizza, 1550 AM & Central Now App City Council Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood National Day of Prayer, 6:30 PM in the CMS Parking Lot Details on page 5

FRIDAY 5/4:

Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist WEDNESDAY 5/9: Kandiland with Kandi Jones, 5:30-6:30PM Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, 11:30 AM at Kristenwood Broadcast from David’s Tiger Express & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App Morgan Place Public Meeting, 5:30 PM at DEMCO on Wax Rd Greenwell Springs Youth Riders Rodeo, 6 PM at Shady Park Details on page 4 The Central Speaks Radio Hour with Dave Freneaux, 5:30-6:30PM SATURDAY 5/5: Broadcast from Menchie’s & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App Parade of Homes - See pages 2 & 3 Greenwell Springs Youth Riders Rodeo Continues at Shady Park THURSDAY 5/10: Basic Computer Class, 9AM-12noon at Magnolia United Methodist Last Day for CHS Seniors Details on page 16 Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Jambalaya Fundraiser for Richard Doucet, 10:30AM-2PM at Walmart CHS Incoming Freshmen Football Tryouts, 3:30PM at CHS Details on page 4 Details on page 13 Wildcat Station Grand Opening, 10 AM-4 PM at 14395 G.S. Rd Children’s Knitting Group, 5 PM at Central Library Community CPR class, 1 PM at 11646 Sullivan Rd Fire Station. Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Zoe’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App Mother Daughter Tea , 2 PM at Life Church Central Dancing for Big Buddy at the PMAC at LSU FRIDAY 5/11: Dancing for Big Buddy is a creative fundraising event that will Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist support the programmatic efforts of the Big Buddy Program. Kandiland with Kandi Jones, 5:30-6:30PM General Admission tickets are $10. For more information or Broadcast from David’s Tiger Express & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App to purchase tickets call 225-388-9737, visit Big Buddy on Central Private School Graduation, 7 PM at Zoar Baptist Church Facebook or purchase tickets online through LSUSports.net.

SUNDAY 5/6:

Parade of Homes - See Pages 2 & 3 CPS Baccalaureate, 3 PM at Zoar Baptist Church Art League Show and Reception, 3-5PM at GS Library Details on page 20

MONDAY 5/7:

As for Me and My House with Steve Johnson, 5:30-6:30PM Broadcast from Jambalaya House & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App

SATURDAY 5/12:

Magnolia Square Farmers Market at Magnolia Square Details on page 7 St. Jude Bike-a-thon, 8:30 AM-12 at Bellengrath Hills Elementary Details on page 1 Zoar Car Show, 9 AM-1 PM at Zoar Baptist Church Details on page 1 Women Veterans of LA Meeting, 5:30PM at Picadilly on Sherwood


14CentralSpeaks.com CHURC Print Edition • Thursday, May 3, 2012 Thursday, March 8, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print BUSINESS Edition 7 THE MAGNOLIA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET is coming next Saturday, May 12. The event will be held at Magnolia Square on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. The community is invited to take part in this unique opportunity for Central. If you are looking to become a vendor, email centralfarmersmarket@ gmail.com or call Alyx at 405-4110. They are looking for vendors of produce, dairy, meat, preserves, hot sauce, nuts, arts and crafts. Photo courtesy of the Central Chamber of Commerce Come join the fun and see Rebel Electric had their ribbon cutting with the Central Chamber of Commerce at their new location, 6464 Joor what Central has to offer! Road, last Wednesday, April 25th. Congratulations to Rebel Electric on their new location and their ribbon cutting.

Rebel Electric Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Location

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From the City of Central Chamber of Commerce

Thankful for Small Business Owners The U.S. Dept. of Commerce describes a “Small Business” as having 500 employees or less. “According to the economic census, there are close to 6 million businesses in our country which fit into this category and represents 99% of all employer firms. These firms have generated over 65% of net new jobs over the past 17 years and pay over 44% of the total U.S. private payroll. Of the Small Business group, over 5.4 million fall into the category of 0-19 employees and employ about 21.4 million people.” (1) Small businesses are vitally important to the economic growth and stability of our nation and of the City of Central! The City of Central Chamber of Commerce

has over 300 members that all fall into the small business category and of those members, over 90% are in the 0-19 employees’ category. In 2011, The City of Central had over 700 businesses registered and they were all in the small business category. With increasing governmental regulations and a volatile economy, many of the local businesses have taken a hit over the last 3 years. However, as some of the dust begins to settle, you will find that many of these businesses continue to survive and provide jobs, services, and products to our community! This is a testament to our businesses’ tenacity and creativity and to the faithfulness of our local consumers. The Chamber continues to look for ways to promote these businesses and to encourage our citizens to shop, eat, and get their services with Chamber businesses. The next time you walk into one of our local establishments, stop at a construction site, etc. take a moment to pause, look around, and see all that is being done, what is being provided, and the number of people busy at work. If you get a chance, find the owner and thank them for being willing to take the risk, stand against all odds, and provide jobs and revenue for our community! Let’s all be thankful for our Small Business Owners! (1)Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau and Intl. Trade Admin.; Advocacyfunded research by Kathryn Kobe, 2007 (www.sba.gov/advo/ research/rs299.pdf) and CHI Research, 2003 (www.sba.gov/ advo/research/rs225.pdf);U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Principal, Continued from Page 1 members have confirmed that they were unaware of the turmoil surrounding Mr. Chapman's dismissal in Indiana last December. Superintendent Faulk issued the press release that follows, indicating that he also may have had less than full knowledge of the circumstances of Mr. Chapman's termination. Superintendent Faulk has confirmed that there has been no employment contract signed with Mr. Chapman, and that a decision on that matter will be made in the next 10 days. Press Release: After last night’s board meeting questions arose regarding my recommendation for the position of Principal at Central Middle School. After a review of the process used by the school system to check the work history of persons who applied for this position, I have determined that our process does not go far enough, especially for applicants who are from outside of our school system. Our goal is to provide the best possible leadership in our key administrative positions (Principals, Assistant Principals and Central Office Administrators). We will make changes immediately in our process to provide more research into the backgrounds of applicants in all positions in the Central Community School System. This will include more rigorous background research so that past job performance is thoroughly researched and we place people in the key administrative positions who can move our school system forward. I will revisit the recommendation and determine if another recommendation needs to be brought to the school board for consideration. This will be accomplished within the next 7 to 10 days. - Michael Faulk, Superintendent of Schools, Central Community School System

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

At Last! Central Gets Family Entertainment

By Mia Freneaux

If you have noticed a billboard on Greenwell Springs Road advertising “Wildcat Station,” your curiosity can now be satisfied! Wildcat Station opened this past Tuesday, May 1st, and is having their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting this Saturday, May 5. Owners and Central residents DeeDee and Jason Dupree are tremendously excited to be able to offer quality, family friendly entertainment to Central. The Grand Opening will have a DJ, free drinks and pizza (while supplies last), and will be giving away a Wildcat Station t-shirt every 30 minutes between 12:00 and 4:00. It all began when they visited the Rock House in Lafayette. To their surprise, they saw two other Central families there at the same time, and realized much of Central’s entertainment dollar was leaving our city. “We realized we were always leaving Central to do something,” DeeDee shared, “The only thing to do in town was go out to eat! Teenagers also complain that there is nothing to do here, underscoring the need for a place for them to have fun.” DeeDee and Jason launched into opening a “family friendly fun environment for all ages.” Featuring a 9 hole indoor mini golf course, arcade games, air hockey and billiards, there is fun for everyone at Wildcat Station. Plus, everything is blacklit and glows in the dark, adding an interesting twist. “We believe in Central,” DeeDee said, “We’re hoping the people of Central will really get behind Wildcat Station. Other types of businesses will come if they see we are successful.” An additional benefit: Wildcat Station is fully staffed with Central area teens ready to provide excellent customer service. Wildcat Station is focused on being

reasonably priced and providing everything to make an evening out complete. A concession stand offers snacks and drinks; again, reasonably priced. Token packages are also available. Whether you’re looking for a place for kids to go on the weekend, or want a “date night” out with your spouse, Wildcat Station offers something for everyone. DeeDee and Jason, committed Christians, are dedicated to maintaining a family-safe environment, no inappropriate behavior will be tolerated. Party packages for birthdays, end of the year parties, and other events are available. The benefits are many. Wildcat Station is completely indoors, making it a great choice for any time of the year (no bugs, no humidity!). It offers levels of packages, so there is something affordable for any budget. Plus, they try to make it as easy on the participants as possible. “I’ve held birthday parties where I’ve been so busy looking after the needs of my guests that I missed my child opening presents! We’re trying to make a party enjoyable for everyone by remembering all the details for you,” said DeeDee. Packages can include games, favors, glow in the dark bracelets, unlimited mini golf, pizzas, and paper products in the theme of your choice. All you have to bring is the cake and ice cream. They even have candles if you should forget! Come check out Wildcat Station. 14395 Greenwell Springs Rd (behind Snap Fitness in Oak Point Shopping Center). Call 663-6379, or visit them on Facebook, or email them at WildcatStationCentral@yahoo.com to schedule your party. Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 1:00-10:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00-10:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.

A view of the mini golf course, part of the entertainment offered at Wildcat Station.

Sweet Impressions Bakery Wins 2 Awards at Fundraiser

Stephanie and Karl Will of Sweet Impressions Bakery and Cafe won 1st place and Quotation Favorite (2 Top awards) in the Quota Club International of Baton Rouge Annual Fundraiser, Frocks & Frolics. Sweet Impressions participated in the Cake Challenge, with the theme Brunch at Tiffany's The 1st place award was judged by culinary experts and the quotation was judged by the Quota Club members. The competitors consisted of bakeries from Central, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Gonzales, and Natchez, Miss. The cakes were judged on relatablity to theme, cake technique, design elements and taste. Our cake was a Champagne cake with lemon curd-cream cheese filling coming to 36 inches tall and served 100 large slices. The champagne bottle was made of colored white chocolate and the diamonds and pearls were made of sugar. Cakes were covered in buttercream icing then fondant to give the cake a smooth texture. After the competition, the cakes were sliced and sold for $5 a slice to raise money for the Quota club.


CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Celebrating 44 Years

The official newspaper of Central Private School, Inc.

May 2012

Students: “Will We Float?” Members of Mrs. Elenita Boo’s physics class asked that very question, “Will we float?” as they set sail in their cardboard creations on the LSU Lakes. Students were given one week of class time to work with teammates in the high school gym to create boats made entirely of cardboard and packing tape. Students then painted and named their creations to match their chosen themes. On Wednesday, April 18, students loaded their boats on trailers and traveled to the LSU Lakes to test their engineering skills. Each team was required to board its boat and paddle out approximately 100 yards to see whether or not it took on water. Once all of the boats had been tested, students reset and raced to the opposite shore and back. Though the students do have a good time creating and racing the boats, the project serves a greater purpose — helping students to better understand the idea behind Archimedes’ principle as it deals with floating objects and buoyancy. “The physics boats were a lot of hard work, but totally worth it,” said senior Jada Pocorello. “I was in a group with Lance (Wicker) and Victoria (Brian). We had no water intake and our sides did not collapse. Thank God for Lance’s great idea to build pontoons to put on the bottom.”


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Thursday, May 3, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

M ay H appenings 1-4 2-4 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 On April 25, Mrs. Roge’s and Mrs. Deer’s third grade classes visited the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion as part of their celebration of the Louisiana Bicentennial. The students have also participated in other bicentennial activities including publishing a book, having a Louisiana t-shirt contest, and a Louisiana taste fair featuring Louisiana foods.

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Class Golf/Tennis Senior Exams English I Field Trip Overall Track Meet (Field Events) Overall Track Meet (Running Events) Baccalaureate Ceremony @ Zoar Baptist Church Golf Team at State AA Tournament CPPC Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Parents’ Club Meeting (Elementary Library) Athletic Club Meeting $1 Dress Day 6th Grade Field Trip Middle/High School Awards Ceremony AR Fun Day Graduation @ Zoar Baptist Church Kindergarten Graduation Spring Athletic Banquet Second Semester Exams (1st & 4th Hour) Second Semester Exams (2nd & 5th Hour) 1st-3rd Grade EOY Parties Second Semester Exams (3rd & 6th Hour) Elementary Awards Ceremony Second Semester Exams (7th Hour) Grades Due Teacher Check-Out Grades Mailed Memorial Day Holiday - Office Closed

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News from the CPPC Congratulations to Shelby Romero, Gracie Brian, Reagan Baggett, & Samantha Romero for taking 1st place in the 4X100 at the JV district meet, as well as the varsity district meet and the South State meet. These girls will be competing at the State Meet at Jackson Prep this Saturday.

Central Private School, Inc., admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Central Private Parents’ Club (CPPC) will be hosting a Teachers’ Appreciation Luncheon on May 8th in observance of National Teachers’ Appreciation Week (May 7th-11th). Our teachers, administration, coaches, and support workers are very special to us and we are honored to be able to show our gratitude for ALL they do to make our school such a wonderful school! We would also like to extend congratulations to the graduating class of 2012. Central Private Parents’ Club sponsors two scholarships each year and these will be presented to one boy and one girl at the graduating ceremony on May 11th. Good luck to all. We know that the foundation in education and school experience you received here at Central Private will not only serve you well in the future, but our wish is that it will also be a treasured memory. As the summer begins, we would like to mention our next upcoming

service/fundraiser event. The date for the Used Uniform Sale has been set for Saturday, July 14, 2012. Please keep this in mind as you clean out those closets. Donating your child’s/ children’s outgrown CPS uniforms allows parents to purchase “slightly used” uniforms for the upcoming school year at a bargain price and the money raised through this sale funds many projects throughout the school year. Donations may be dropped off at the high school office. At our next monthly meeting, May 10th, CPPC will hold election of officers for the 2012/2013 school year. The meeting will be held in the Elementary Library at 6:30 p.m. and we would like to invite all current parents and the new incoming parents for next year to join us. Your involvement is the key to our success as a club. Thank you, Pam Leavines CPPC President


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Guest Lecturers Visit MS/ Royalty Crowned at “Shanghai Moon” Prom HS Social Studies Classes

This year’s Asian-inspired Jr/Sr Prom was held on the evening of April 21, at Courtland’s Catering on Florida Blvd. Seniors Lauren Blanchard and Luke Fryoux were crowned as the 2012 Prom Queen and King. Other students named to this year’s court included seniors Victoria Brian, Jill King, Jada Pocorello, Piers Carroll, Hunter Fauntleroy, & Mitchell Van Asten. Junior court members are Shelby Bates, Nicole Dykes, Alexandria Easley, Kimberly Gagnet, Blake Benoit, Blake Chellette, Ward Leavines, & Steven Padgett.

State Senator Mack “Bodi” White visited with students in Mrs. Susan McWilliams’s 8th grade Louisiana History class on Friday, April 27, as part of the Louisiana Legislators’ Back to School program. Senator White spent the hour teaching students about the law making process and answering questions. Earlier in the week, Daniel Newman, a financial advisor with Edward Jones here in Central, met with students in Ms. Alicia Fergerson’s free enterprise class. Mr. Newman provided students

with information on beginning investing and financial planning. He also fielded questions from students regarding the security of their investments. On behalf of the social studies department, we would like to thank Senator White and Mr. Newman for volunteering their time to help better educate our students.

On Friday, April 13, students in Mrs. Erika Valdivia’s Spanish II class took to the airwaves to read scripture in Spanish on Radio Amor, 91.9 FM as part of the 10 a.m. show Uniting the Nations. The studio is located upstairs in Immanuel Baptist Church on Lovett Rd. Students toured the recording studio and listened to various genres of Christian music in Spanish. Staff interacted with the students in Spanish and helped students in English when needed. Students, in groups of 4, introduced themselves then read preselected passages from scripture such as Psalm 23 or the Lord’s Prayer. “It was a great hand’s on experience for the students,” said Mrs. Valdivia. “I was so pleased to see the students meeting and communicating with the staff in Spanish and for them to see how Radio Amor is tangibly serving the Hispanic community in Baton Rouge. The greatest moment came when the radio station received a phone call on the air. The caller said that they were so impressed to see young people striving to learn their language and to hear them reading scripture in Spanish really touched their heart. After I had translated the call to the students, I heard one of them say, ‘Wow, we are having an impact!’ For me those words really captured the ultimate purpose, not only of learning the Spanish language, but also of all learning in general...using what you have learned to touch and change the lives of those around you.”


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Around Campus. . .

Kristin Nijoka & Victoria Clements, members of the Teen Library Council (TLC), read to lower elementary students during story time on Tuesday, April 17. Club members paired up and visited kindergarten and pre-k classes to share some of their favorite stories with the students.

Junior Steven Padgett along with other members of the Biology II class work to prepare a plot outside of the high school computer lab for landscaping. Students spent time in researching which plants would grow best in this particular patch. They will plant their chosen shrubs in the coming weeks.

Students in 3rd and 4th grade celebrated the Louisiana Bicentennial in style. This year they have created a bicentennial story book, designed a t-shirt, taken a field trip to the state capital, and held a taste fair where they sampled Louisiana foods. Additionally, students have been challenged to complete a Louisiana Scavenger Hunt by visiting and documenting various locations and activities around the state.

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Central Baseball Ends Season on a Positive Note Senior Wildcats Honored at Final Game

Justin Smiley

Brodie Browning

Jacob Schopp Photos by Michael Spangler Story by Josh Walker

If you attended the Central-Live Oak game, you probably didn’t see the lineup that you were expecting. Whether it was the center fielder at second base or the left fielder at catcher, it certainly wasn’t conventional, but it worked. Live Oak struck first, scoring two runs in the first two innings, but the Wildcats answered in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own on a passed by and error with Jacob Schopp at the plate. Two more Wildcats scored in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Justin Smiley. They added three more in the fifth on hits by Jacob Schopp and Trae Blalock. Ryan Navarra was very sharp on the mound, giving up 3 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Ryan Nevarra

Micah Jones

Dylan Cormier John Fralick closed out the game to preserve the Wildcats 7-4 win. It was a roller coaster ride of a season for the baseball Wildcats, but they do have some positive momentum going into summer ball. It was a good way to go out for the Wildcat seniors who were part of the state tournament run in 2010. We wish them the best of luck in the rest of their high school careers and on into college and careers. Next year’s Wildcat squad promises to be a good one, returning six position players and two pitchers, including third baseman Brett Courville who batted .410 on the season and outfielder, pitcher Mason Gautreaux (.340 AVG, 2.06 ERA). Thanks for some great memories seniors, and good luck to next year’s Wildcat baseball team.

Corey Davis

John Fralick

Trae Blalock

Incoming Freshman Baseball Tryouts If you are interested in becoming a member of the Central High Baseball team for next year, now is the time! Central Baseball will be trying to fill its entire Freshman team roster before the end of the 2012 school year. The tryout will be held at Central on Thursday May 10 at 3:30. This will allow the kids who make the team to be a part of our summer & fall training program, which includes weight training and games. ALL KIDS PARTICIPATING MUST HAVE AN UPDATED PHYSICAL. Central will be conducting physicals for all athletes for the 2012-2013 season on May 3rd at Northpoint Health on Greenwell Springs road. If your son is planning on attending, please contact Mike Forbes @ 270-2674 for information and registration.


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New Coaches Announced for CHS Softball

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McClure to Play Baseball for LSU Submitted by Monica McClure

Catholic High graduate Jamie McClure has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the LSU Tigers in 2013. Jamie attended St. Alphonsus school from K-8th grade. He participated in the CAYSA football league from age 8-12. He also enjoyed playing many years of Biddy Basketball as a Central Wildcat. Jamie started his baseball career in the CAYL league as a Mr. Lucky's Tiger - And yes their colors were purple and gold. Jamie has spent the last two years at Panola College in Carthage, TX. He is the son of Brett and Monica McClure. Monica is a teacher at Central Middle School. Congratulations Jamie, we look forward to following your career as a Tiger.

Photo by Dave Freneaux

It has been announced that Sid Edwards will be the new Head Coach for Central High Softball. Assistant coaches will be David Dykes and Michelle Efferson. The coaches are pictured above with the current Lady Wildcats. Congratulations to these coaches, and good luck next year.

Three Lady Wildcats Will Continue Athletic Careers in College

Congratulations to These All-District Softball Players from CHS:

Katie Flowers - First Team Brittany Johnson - Second Team Chelsea David - Honorable Mention Maddie Devall - Honorable Mention All four players are Central High juniors.

Above: Rachel Barber, Kristen Williams, and Brisha Coffee with their parents Writeup submitted by CHS

Three female athletes from Central High School signed to continue their Academic and Athletic careers at the collegiate level. Rachel Barber and Brisha Coffee will play Volleyball at University of Mobile and Alcorn State, respectively. Kristen Williams will be a member of the Southeastern Lady Lions basketball team. Rachel Barber received 4 Varsity letters during her years at Central High School in Volleyball. She was a 3 time selection to the All District Team. Rachel has been named the Defensive MVP for the Lady Wildcats, as well as Defensive Player of the Year in the District. Rachel finished her career with being named the Female Athlete of the Year at Central High School. Academically, she is on the Honor Roll and is recognized as a Top Cat, which is based on Grade Point

Average. Rachel will major in Biology at the University of Mobile. Brisha Coffee was an important ingredient in the Lady Wildcat Volleyball program her 4 years at Central. She played a very important role in the playoff runs for Central High. She will major in Biology at Alcorn State University. Kristen Williams was an important part of the Lady Wildcat Basketball program her 4 years at Central. She was named All Parish team, All District teams as a Junior and Senior, and All Academic Team her Junior and Senior seasons. Kristen is involved in many clubs, including DECA, Key Club, African American Club (president), Student Council, and Leadership Committee. She is on the Honor Roll and is recognized as a Top Cat. Kristen will major in Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Central football will begin spring practice on Monday May 7 and scrimmage on Thursday May 17th at 7 pm at Wildcat Stadium

2 Wildcats Named to All-District Bowling Team Submitted by Coach Godley

For only the second time ever, Central High has not one, but two Wildcats named to the 5A AllDistrict Bowling 1st Team. Team Captain Bryan Waites (Junior) and Jacob Garretson (Freshman) had a tremendous season individually and helped the team to one of Central's best seasons ever. Congrats to both Bryan and Jacob! Individual Stats: Jacob Garretson Average - 189 Season High Game - 267 Season High Series - 647 Individual Record - 22-10 Bryan Waites Average - 183 Season High Game - 243 Season High Series - 602 Individual Record - 29-5


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Healthy Recipe: Quick Chocolate Brownies for 2

By Rachel Firmin

A misconception a lot of people have about eating healthy is that they cannot eat dessert. That is simply not true! I am a full believer in nourishing the body so that we can experience all of the benefits of healthy eating and enjoy life to the fullest, but without dessert, life is not being enjoyed to the fullest. Eating healthy is all about moderation, and a wise dessert choice assures that you’re nourishing your body while enjoying your food choices. Most nights, I enjoy some type of dessert after dinner. It may be something light, like a sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon, or something a bit more decadent, like these brownies. They taste better than the boxedmix from the store and they take less than 10 minutes from start to finish (including washing all the dishes!) - 1 5-6 inch banana, mashed - 2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa powder - 4 Tbsp. Whole Wheat Flour - 2 Tbsp. Nonfat plain yogurt - 1 Tbsp. Cane Syrup, optional - ½ tsp. Olive Oil - Stuffings of choice

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The Magnolia United Methodist Church on Greenwell Springs Road will hold a basic computer class on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m.-noon. The class will be taught by Royce Malloy of "The Inspectors." The cost for the class is $30.00 for non-church members. Anyone wishing to take the class is asked to contact the church office at 261-2789 between 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Participants do not have to bring a laptop but are encouraged to do so if they possess one.

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In a regular sized bowl, mash banana with a fork and add in all other ingredients, except for stuffings. I usually add the dry and then the wet, just so I can use the same Tbsp. measuring spoon without having to rinse it off. Mix slowly to combine all ingredients until the batter is even and there is no loose flour or chocolate. Take 2 ramekins or coffee mugs and distribute an even amount of batter into each, but reserve about 2 Tbsp. of batter. For the fun part, choose your mixins: a Tbsp. of chocolate chips, a ½ Tbsp. nut butter of choice, a few walnuts, or anything else that you may desire! Then, cover the mix-ins with remaining batter, which should be about 1 Tbsp. on each brownie. Microwave brownies one by one for 2-3 minutes until brownie poofs and chocolate nut butter may slightly bubble. Enjoy your gooey, warm brownie right out of the microwave!

Words of encouragement from the Central Area Pastors’ Association Does living out your faith say a lot about who Jesus actually is? Or could it possibly have more to do with the traditions you've grown comfortable with? Christians come in many varied styles, each having their own unique flavor. These differences, as you would surmise, separate us and compartmentalize us to the point that to the world outside Christianity we're anything but knit together by the same Spirit. Some say, “These Christians over here do this and that's why they’re called that. Now these over here, well they’re just 'out there'.” You know who I mean. I'm confused. How are we going to affect change upon our world operating like this? Please know that each of us are responsible for who we become. I'm a product of a southern conservative upbringing, but does that lock me into that way of thinking for life? Even if I never stray far from that construct, am I not to have compassion upon those who see things from a different perspective? Following Jesus brings daily difficult challenges, would it be life-altering if it did not? How we live our faith screams to the world not only who we are, but who He is as well. So, critical is the question, “Are we truly like our savior?” To answer that, I must challenge my 'follow-ship' daily. It's imperative to do so if I am to properly reflect who Jesus is. I pray you will challenge yours as well.

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Central Cleanup Day Volunteers Cover 15 Miles of Local Roads

A special thank you goes to volunteers from the CHS football team (pictured above), the CHS girl’s soccer team, and the Central Bloomers (pictured below), who showed up in force to help, along with many other members of our community.

Above: CLT members Philip Ziegler, Aaron Moak, Jason Ellis, and Bo Sheridan help to organize routes before the Central Clean Up. Photos by Dave Freneaux

Central Leadership for Tomorrow headed up an effort last Saturday morning to clean up several of Central’s main roadways, including Greenwell Springs Rd, Sullivan Rd, Hooper Rd, Joor Rd, Gurney Rd, Wax Rd and Denham Rd. Over 100 volunteers came from around the city to help. Please remember not to litter, especially out of your car window. Another easy step you can take is to make sure to tie up all of your trash in trash bags before putting it into your garbage can for pickup. When the garbage truck picks up your trash can, loose trash can and will fall out onto the side of the road if it is not bagged. Take a small step today to keep our city clean. The planning team for the Central Clean Up included Alexandra Peairs, Mike Gardner, Jayme Skelton, Jonathan Starns, Aaron Moak, Kimberly and Jason Ellis, John Dauzat and Belinda Sheridan. Thank you to everyone who came out to help!

Ca C’est Bon! Mark Klein Inducted into Swamp Pop Hall of Fame By Mia Freneaux; Photo by Val Daigle

Anyone who attended last year’s Relay for Life or St. Alphonsus’ Festival of Two Rivers has heard Mark Klein in action. With his band “The Last Sensations”, he has wowed audiences in Central for several years. After playing with the Wildcat Band at Central High School and winning “Most Talented” Senior Superlative last year, Mark has gone on to attend Louisiana College. The son of Robert and Julie Klein, Mark has been performing since he was 4 years old with such illustrious organizations as Louisiana Kids and American Kids, where he won “Entertainer of the Year”. A member of several bands, his big break came when he was 10 years old. The legendary Swamp Pop band “The

Fabulous Boogie Kings” (who have been around for over 50 years) was performing at a festival, and Mark walked up to tell them what a fan he was. Trumpet player Ned Theall asked him to sing with them, and the rest is history. Mark has contributed lead vocals and guitar to the band, and recently took up the trumpet with the passing of Theall last year. “It’s been amazing,” Mark shared, “I look in the eyes of the audience and watch them just come alive with memories.” Swamp Pop is a traditional Louisiana form of music found in the Acadiana area and also southeast Texas. It combines New Orleans style rhythm and blues, country and western, and French Louisiana musical influences. Ville Platte dubs itself the “Swamp Pop Capitol of the

World” and opened a museum in 2010 dedicated to this music form. Last Friday, it inducted the “Boogie Kings” into the “Swamp Pop Hall of Fame.” The “Boogie Kings” performed a benefit concert for the museum, and during intermission were officially inducted and awarded with plaques. “I’m never going to forget it, it was incredible,” Mark enthused. In addition to being a college student who made the Dean’s List last semester and member of an actively performing band, Mark has a full time job with KALB TV Channel 5 in Alexandria. There he edits, shoots, and writes the “Weekend Drive” show, which highlights family friendly trips to local interest spots. “I get to take

The current Band members that were at the induction (From Left to right as seen in the picture)were Robert Ardoin, Bill Leblanc, Allen Wayne, Jim Darnell, Earl Taylor, Bert Miller, Doug Ardoin, Ozzie Hart, W.L. Dugas, Sydney Janis, Mark Klein.

vacations with my mom, dad and sister to great destinations. I have a blast doing it, it’s so much fun!” Mark also has to keep up with guitar practice, along with bass, piano, drums, and trumpet. He also pens original compositions and has released some recordings. His plans for the summer? “Catch up on some sleep!” he said with a laugh. The “Boogie Kings” next perform at the Paragon Casino on July 3rd with “Louisiana LeRoux” of “New Orleans Ladies” fame. Catch one of Central’s finest as he performs in this great venue with Louisiana legends! For more information, check out www.markklein.us.


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Wildcat Backers Crawfish Boil & CHS Spring Football Game May 17

The Wildcat Backers Crawfish Boil and CHS Spring Football Game will be on Thursday, May 17, 2012. The boil will be behind the CMS stadium from 4:30 - 7:00PM, and the game begins at 7:00PM at Wildcat Stadium. The crawfish boil is eat on site or take out, $10 per plate. To purchase tickets, call Theresa 335-2465, Lisa 939-7454, Jerry 937-7632 or Henry 202-6127. Central High Athletes will also have tickets to sell. Come out and support 2012 CHS Athletics!

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SAS Eight Graders Serve Others

Submitted by Amanda Firmin

The 8th grade students of St. Alphonsus Catholic School, while on their Mobile Classroom trip, spent 2 1/2 hours one morning performing a service project in the St. Louis Food Bank. They formed assembly lines to box food items to help feed the needy in the St. Louis area. In the amount of time that the students worked, they processed 20,592 pounds of food which was boxed into 624 cases. This helped provide meals for 16,810 people.

Local Sewing Chapter Hosts National Convention in Central By Lisa Magee

The Greenwell Springs Baptist Church chapter of Threads of Love hosted the bi-annual conference of the international organization in Central last Wednesday through Saturday (April 25 - 28, 2012). A total of 87 women and men volunteers representing eight states attended the conference and received education, entertainment and encouragement to continue their special Christ-centered ministry of sewing and creating clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants. Those who attended were offered a variety of educational classes ranging from smocking, embroidery, serging, scrapbooking, jewelry making, heirloom sewing techniques as well as loss counseling and web building. One of the guest speakers at the conference was Rachel Hausmann, M. D., the pediatrician from Earl K. Long Charity Hospital in Baton Rouge who made the call to a local pastor in 1993 for a request with someone with sewing skills to make tiny gowns for patients who were born prematurely and were too sick or too tiny to survive. Sissy Davis and Anna Miller responded to their pastor’s request. Little did Dr. Hausmann know that her call and Sissy Davis’ response would grow in to an international organization with 136 chapters and thousands of volunteers who have provided over 1.3 million items for babies and their families throughout the world in the last 19 years. Other speakers included a Labor and Delivery nurse, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NIC-U) nurse, and a father who lost his infant son because of premature birth. Each one spoke of how the items supplied by Threads of Love have positively impacted their

The Sleepy Vest, Premie Cap and Blanket are made for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care. The Sleepy Vest keeps baby warm while providing easy access for doctors and nurses.

left to right: Courtlyn Hood, Kalyn LeBlanc Kaitlyn Fife, Shae Fruge

Balloons were released by Threads of Love volunteers in memory of babies they have sewn special garments for at the closing of the conference.

lives. Entertainment included a hilarious performance by the Menopausal Ladies; ventriloquist Christie McMorris; chalk art by GSBC minister, Wilton McMorris; and a concert by the southern gospel group Spoken4. The conference concluded Saturday morning with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, encouraging the group to continue their work and pass their sewing skills on to young people so that the art of sewing will continue. A final prayer and balloon release was held in the GSBC cemetery in memory of prematurely born babies and abandoned children who have passed away alone. Threads of Love is a nondenominational organization. Their mission is healing and binding hearts of parents in time of uncertainty about their baby’s health or when they lose an infant. Threads of Love welcomes volunteers. Additional information on Threads of Love can be found at www.threadsofloveorg or by calling their office weekdays at 225 667-7714. Lovie Dolls are made for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care. The doll rotates between staying with the baby and mom. It allows bonding between mom and baby while the baby is in the NICU through the transfer of each others’ scent.

In April of last year the 8th grade students at St. Alphonsus School, with the help of St. Alphonsus parishoner, began collecting pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis, TN. The 8th graders took these pull tabs with them on their recent Mobile Classroom trip. A stop was made at the Ronald McDonald House where the students dropped off four twenty-two gallon containers full of pull tabs, and were given a tour of the home. The average weekly amount brought in by pull tabs is $250. This money goes directly into the Home's yearly operating budget and enables them to continue providing a "home-awayfrom-home" for the children and families of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The students are already in the process of collecting pull tabs for next year's trip. If you would like to help us with this cause, please drop off your pull tab collections at the St. Alphonsus School office.

Michael Buckley in background, Jacob Wilson in front


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Another Successful Year for St. CHS Hunting & Fishing Club Alphonsus Festival of Two Rivers Holds First Fishing Tournament

Photos by Expressions Photography

Submitted by Kathy Goudeau

The Central High School Hunting and Fishing Club held their first annual Fishing Tournament on April 21, 2012 with weigh in being at Coach David LeSage’s house. After the fish were weighed in, they were fileted and fried for all to enjoy along with other food donated. It was a great turn out despite the horrible weather that was being predicted, with 34 teams entering the tournament. Prizes were awarded to the top 5 teams with the most weight of their top 5 bass, the top 2 big bass and the biggest trash fish. Coming in 1st place for the most weight of the top 5 bass were Tim Boudreaux and Darrell Henson with a total weight of 20.276 pounds, 2nd place Jarod Michelli and Joseph Luster with a total weight of 14.81 pounds, 3rd place Joseph Sommers and Brandon Jordan with a total weight of 12.76 pounds, 4th place Brennon Young and Joe Vance with a total weight of 11.62 and 5th place Justin Verbois and Jake Snyder with a total weight of 9.25. 1st place for Big Bass were Tim Boudreaux and Darrell Henson with a weight of 5.5 pounds and 2nd place Michael Yarbrough and Clayton Fletcher with a weight of 3.75 pounds. Biggest trash fish was Christian Nettles and his Uncle with a weight of 6.12 pounds. Other teams were Brandon Wainwright and Kelsey Kelly, Joseph LeSage and Joshua Schrietter, Matthew Averette and Devin Dewald, Hunter Caze and Spencer Ramsey, Hunter Ashford and Chris McGowan, Ben Huckaby and Nick Mote, Ben Nelson and Roy Schnebelen, Thomas Garcia and Connor Raiford, Colby Bagget and David Alexander, Madelyn Borskey and friend, Rachel Dinger and friend, Drake Coward and friend, Cole Devillier and friend, Alex Baker and Cameron Bloomfield, Trent Butler and David Gass, John Pizzolato and Uncle, Chad Picard and Chase Campbell, Jordan Johnston and cousin, Tristan Miller and stepdad, Kagan McDonald and friend, Jeremy Lively and dad, Gaige Witt and Josh Dougay, Landon Disedare and Austin Milton, Andrew Breau and Michael Rispone, Matthew Harris and friend, Toby Baudry and friend and Jared Pourciau and Will Gore. Thanks for the overwhelming response of donors from the community, which are too numerous to name, who are greatly appreciated for their sponsorship and success of this event. Because of their help, the teams had no entry fees for their participation in this event. All prizes were paid out with the donations that were received. Thanks also to the numerous parent and friends who showed up for the weigh in to cheer their teams on. This first annual fishing tournament was a huge success and we look forward to the next annual tournament to be hosted in Spring 2013!!


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Porche, Clayton Exchange Vows Ashley Porche of Central and Brian Clayton of Metairie were united in marriage in a 5 p.m. ceremony on March 3, 2012, at Acadian Village in Lafayette, Louisiana. The bride is the daughter of Mr. John Porche and Ms. Barbara Porche of Central. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. Harold Porche and late Mrs. Gwen Porche of Central and the late Mr. Sam Nola and late Mrs. Leslie Nola of Baton Rouge. She was attended by her maid of honor, Ash-Leigh Garcia. The groom is the son of the late Mr. Clinton Clayton and Mrs. Hannalore Hurst of Metairie. He was attended by his best man and brother, Michael Clayton A reception followed at Abacus in Lafayette, Louisiana. The couple will be honeymooning in Fort Lauderdale and Key West, Florida in June.

Art League of Central Holding Show & Reception at G.S. Library The Art League of Central is having an art show during the month of May at the Greenwell Springs Library. The show also includes selected works from Central High and Central Private students. The community is invited to the reception this Sunday, May 6 from 3-5 PM at the library. We hope to see you there!

Central High Class of 1972 Reunion Coming in August The class of 1972 is planning a 40 year reunion on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Kristenwood Reception Hall, 14025 Greenwell Springs Rd. from 6:30 til midnight. The cost will be $25.00 per person. Anyone interested in attending needs to contact us by July 11, 2012. There will be a cash bar. Any CHS graduates are invited to attend. Call Ronnie Cothern 261-0568, Carolyn LeBoeuf Patterson 2619236, or Sammie Eisworth 439-1840.

Ashley Sheridon and Brad Davis to Marry on June 1st

Ashley Nicole Sheridon of Slaughter, and Brad Daniel Davis of Central will marry in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony June 1 at Zoar Baptist Church in Central. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joe and Tanya Sheridon of Slaughter. She is the granddaughter of Rose Pate of Slaughter and the late Jerald Pate and Joye Sheridon of Pride. Ashley is a graduate of Bethany Christian School and Louisiana State University. She has a degree in Elementary Education and is employed by the Zachary Community School Board. Brad Daniel Davis is the son of Ronnie and Donna Davis, of Central. He is the grandson of Euna Bennet, of Central, and the late Terrel Bennet, and Harold and Bennie Davis, of Baker. Brad is a graduate of Central Private School and Louisiana State University at Eunice. He is a firefighter with the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

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 Brand new, state of the art facility

Lake After Hours is not intended for major emergencies.

 Advanced technology  Affiliated with Our Lady of the Lake and Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

For a full list of locations, visit

LakeAfterHours.com


05/03/12