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BRCC - Central Campus This Fall

By Dave Freneaux Photos by Michael Spangler See pages 2 and 4 for more on BRCC.

Baton Rouge Community College is on pace to open a satellite campus on Hooper Road in Central this fall. Locating in the brand new, never occupied 50,000plus square foot building at 10700 Hooper Road, BRCC has big plans for course offerings to serve Central and surrounding areas. The anchor programs for the facility, pending final FAA approval, will be in Avionics and A&P Maintenance. These vocational education programs train students to work on the instrumentation and power plants of airplanes as well as the airframes themselves. The facility will also be home to dual enrollment courses serving Central High School and other area schools as well as college level general education classes selected to meet the needs of the community and local industry. BRCC officials on hand Wednesday are optimistic that all of these programs will begin this August. BRCC Chancellor Andrea Miller, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Monique Cross, and Executive Director of Strategy Clo Fontenot toured the site Wednesday with Senator Bodi White and Mayor Mac Watts. Chancellor Miller explained that BRCC will position itself to meet the needs expressed by the community. Academic course offerings can be tailored to meet the educational needs of potential students in this northern See BRCC, Page 4

Central Community Theatre Presents Annie, Jr. This Weekend Submitted by Central Community Theatre

Central Community Theatre will present Annie, Jr. at the Central High School Theatre starting this Friday. Annie, Jr. will be presented by two casts consisting of students ages 5-18 and a beautiful Golden Retriever as Sandy; and each cast will perform two shows. Dates and times for the performances are as follows: Annie, Jr. cast starring Ava Grace Denham as Annie: Friday, June 21st at 7:00pm and Saturday, June 22nd at 2:00pm. Annie, Jr. cast starring Sarah Grace Lieux as Annie: Saturday, June 22 at 7:00pm and Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. The show is full of great music and dancing and lots of laughter. It is a great opportunity for a fun family outing.

CHS Todd McClure Football Camp Returns

Photos by Michael Spangler

Left: Central grad and former NFL player Todd McClure and CHS athletics coordinator and football coach Sid Edwards address the kids at the annual football camp.


Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Print Edition

Help Bring These Dogs Home BRCC – Big News for Central Lost dog near Lovett road park: Brown chihuahua with a little white on him. Male dog - name is Taco. Please contact if found: 2477426 or 603-9548. Ask for Grover or Mike.

Lost on 6/2/13: Female Pitbull off Denham Road near Hidden Creek. We named her Missy. We were fostering her until we could find her a good home. She has all her shots as of last week. She is friendly. She has scars and missing teeth where she was abused before we found her. She left her collar with her tag on her outside run. Crate trained and adapts to her surroundings. If you see her or have 'adopted' her, please let us know. We just wanted her back or know that she is at a good home. Call 225-620-7966

LOST: Sherrington Place Subdivision off Denham Road in Central. 9 year old Red Sable female Pomeranian. Her hair is super thin in the back and she lost all of her hair on her butt due to a skin reaction. The dog’s name is Chloe and she is VERY loved and missed. Please call or text if you see her 225-975-8882 or 225-315-1320.

CORRECTION - According to Livingston Parish Sherriff’s Office Dustin Martin is not wanted on any charges in Livingston Parish. After publication of last week’s Crime Stoppers bulletin an email was sent from Crime Stoppers stating that they had been advised by the Detective that the Livingston warrant was being recalled. The warrant was apparently issued in error and there is another Dustin Martin wanted for the crime, not the one pictured.

Crime Stoppers: Have You Seen These Fugitives?

I believe the full impact of Baton Rouge Community College coming to Central will not be fully understood for some time. In discussions with Senator White, Mayor Watts, and the officials from BRCC, I got just a glimpse of the potential benefits for our community, and I am excited for Central. Imagine the benefit to our High School students who will now be able to get college credit for dual enrollment courses offered right here in Central. Currently those students who do participate travel to BRCC for the classes. Imagine also, as the course offerings expand, the ability to attend night or weekend school to earn a degree while working a full time job. The “anchor” programs of Avionics and Aircraft Maintenance offer a unique opportunity to young

men and women in Central who are looking for career opportunities that were previously not available. In addition, students from well outside of Central will be fueling up, eating lunch, and shopping in Central. As the course offerings and technical programs taught from this facility mature and expand, it is not unlikely that other private industry may come to this area of Central. I am not a proponent of over-development of Central, but Hooper Road is and always will be a major thoroughfare, and thus a reasonable place for such economic development. Our Master Plan Land Use Map provides for this type of growth in this area. It is great to see an unused and existing asset, this fine but empty facility, be put to good use to benefit the people of Central. It is very important that all growth in Central be well planned so as to preserve the rural feel and lifestyle we enjoy. It is also important that we bring in businesses that will provide the tax base to support our schools and city infrastructure. I believe the arrival of BRCC in Central this fall is a great step in this direction. Expect good things to come from this. This is Good News for a Great City. Call Toll Free at 1-877-723-7867 Crime Stoppers will pay cash reward for information leading to the arrest of these WANTED FUGITIVES:


MICHAEL DAMIAN WEATHERS DOB 12/25/1986 BLACK/MALE 5’09” HGT / 150 WGT BLACK HAIR /BROWN EYES WANTED FOR: CYBERSTALKING ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON AGG. ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM If you have any information on these fugitives contact: Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP(7867), text CS225 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or email us anonymously from our facebook page or website www. **Remember you do not have to give your name to collect this or any Crime Stoppers Reward but you must call Crime Stoppers ** These fugitives are active as of June 19, 2013

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City of Central Chamber of Commerce C4 Report

Sullivan’s Hardware Says, “I’m In!”

The best part about being in the City of Central Chamber of Commerce is the chance to meet other businesses owners and bounce ideas off of one another. They may have tried things you are considering or you can share other ideas with them that have worked for you! Lance Butler, Owner – Sullivans Hardware 8889 Sullivan Road, Ste. A Central, La. 70818 225-261-3021 Chamber Member Since: January 2006

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Extra Innings Sports Bar and Grill, 14350 Wax Road in Central Square, is teaming up with Cravin' Barbecue to offer "Barbecue Nights" on Thursdays from 6-9 pm. Former Pit Crew Barbecue Restaurant owner Harold Laird will be cooking up his famous Pecan Smoked Rib Eyes, Smoked Ribs, Smoked Chicken, Rib Tips and Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, with all the sides. The best news? It's available curb side! Take home or dine in, a fully cooked delicious meal is ready to eat with no wait! Call in your order at 333-8597.

Bank of Zachary Announces Promotions

Bank of Zachary Press Release

Andrea White & Kim McDonald

The Bank of Zachary has promoted two of its banking officers, President Preston L. Kennedy announced today. Assistant Vice President Kimberly McDonald, formerly the Branch Manager of the Central City office, is now in charge of Electronic Banking. Andrea White, who previously served as the Assistant Branch Manager, is now Manager of the Central City office.

Mrs. McDonald began her association with the Bank of Zachary while still in high school. After working in the insurance industry and for a local credit union, she rejoined the Bank of Zachary in 2008 as the Central City manager. She was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2011. Mrs. White came to the Bank of Zachary as assistant branch manager of the Central City office in April 2011. She had previous experience with a regional bank. Founded in 1904, the Bank of Zachary is the oldest State chartered bank in East Baton Rouge Parish. It is locally owned and operated with all decisions made locally. Hometown banking is Bank of Zachary’s mission and its specialty.



RWC Host Great Guest Speakers at June Meeting

Speakers at Monday night's meeting of the Republican Women of Central were Ron Erickson of the City of Central Republican Coalition, Dr. Laura Cassidy of the LA Key Academy and the wife of Representative and now Senate Candidate Bill Cassidy, and LFRW President June Williams. They are pictured here with the RWC officers in attendance.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Print Edition

Chuck Langlois Presented with Key to the City

Photo by Michael Spangler

Chuck Langlois was presented with the Key to the City at last week’s City Council meeting. He is pictured at right with Mayor Watts. Chuck was given the key in honor of his putting on the Central St. Jude Bike-AThon for the last 30 consecutive years. Congratulations to Chuck, and a big thank you!

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Council Member Washington Switches Parties, Junior Shelton Changes Mind on Mayor’s Race

On June 17th Central Council Member Ralph Washington, a long time Democrat, filed paperwork with the Registrar of Voters and joined the Republican Party. He announced the party swap last week along with his statement that he would be seeking a fourth term on the Central City Council, having been appointed to a partial term initially. In other political news, the Mayoral campaign of Junior Shelton was reported last week in a local paper to be on again. Shelton, who lost the 2010 Mayor’s race to

current Mayor Mac Watts, has spent most of the last three years as a stated candidate since immediately after the last election. Then, in a February 14, 2013 newspaper article, Shelton stated that he was no longer a candidate. In that article, Shelton explained that he could not afford to give up his real estate business and support his family on Central’s $55,000 a year Mayoral salary. The article gave no other explanation for this latest change of mind and his decision to run once again.

Pachyderms of GBR Meeting Next Thursday

Submitted by Pachyderms of GBR

Former Congressman, Jeff Landry, will address the Pachyderms of GBR meeting on Thursday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 3084 College Drive, Baton Rouge, 70808. (6:30 to 7:00 – Socializing; 7:00 – Meeting) In 2010, Landry was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and Landry recently founded and is

President of Restore our Republic PAC. Cost for the buffet is $13.00, drink, tax, gratuity and ice cream are included. Pachyderm meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. RSVP: 225-644-5728 or e-mail: For more information, visit the Pachyderms on Facebook at PachydermsofGBR

Senator White and Mayor Watts are pictured above inside the facility with Chancellor Andrea Miller and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Monique Cross.

area of the Parish. With the support of the BRCC main campus in nearby Baton Rouge, the range of possible offerings is diverse. Possibilities include night and weekend schedules to help working people obtain a degree, regular offerings of Business, History, Psychology and Computer classes, and even Continuing Education opportunities. The BRCC officials credit

Central’s Senator Bodi White as the driving force behind bringing BRCC to Central. The carrot that drew the programs was definitely the one-of-a-kind facility, a fully climate controlled warehouse with overhead cranes and enough office space to use as classrooms, all on a major roadway just minutes from the airport and the interstate. BRCC’s Fontenot said “There is not another facility like this in the State.”

CITY 5 Print Edition • Thursday, June 20, 2013

Relay for Life: Did You Know?

Central’s Relay for Life will be held on November 16th. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s big annual fundraiser and community event. The American Cancer Society’s research program was founded in 1946 and has funded about $4 billion in cancer research since that time. The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit, nongovernmental source of cancer research funds in the United States. For more information about Central Relay for Life or to get involved, email

May Building Permits During the month of May 2013 in the city of Central, a total of 17 new residential permits were issued. The total valuation of these permits was $3,968,366. Within these permits, six were issued in Woodstock with an average valuation of $220,310; three in Burlington Lakes with an average valuation of $168,490; three in Village Lakes with an average valuation of $211,597; one in Wisteria Lakes valued at $215,712; one on Denham Rd valued at $202,576; one on Hwy 64 valued at $268,522; one in Willowood Acres valued at $181,260; and one in Village at Magnolia Square valued at $638,168. Building valuation is the price based upon the square footage of the home used for permitting purposes. The actual selling price of the home is usually higher than the valuation and depends upon amenities installed by the builder. On the commercial side, permits were applied for the following commercial structures: 1) Leader Properties, 12919-B Hooper Rd; 6,020 sq. ft; additional mini-storage building. 2) Giles Properties, 13623 Hooper Rd; 9,879 sq. ft; remodel existing building

Moratorium on New Commercial Building Permits in Central

From the City of Central

At the city council meeting on June 11, 2013, the city council approved an ordinance placing a moratorium on new commercial building permits for up to 90 days while a committee reviews new design standards for commercial buildings on main corridors in Central. The ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Tony Lobue, passed with a vote of 4-0. Councilman Aaron Moak was absent. The ordinance had the support of numerous citizens who spoke at the council meeting. Mayor Mac Watts has been in favor of placing new design and architectural standards on new commercial buildings in Central. He has received comments from citizens that some newly constructed commercial business buildings appear plain with metal facades and other undesirable building materials which have been used on some of the buildings. The city currently has no restrictions on building materials. Mayor Watts consulted with other cities which have design guidelines and came up with a list of appeasing building materials for new commercial businesses. Councilman Ralph Washington agreed to sponsor an ordinance back in April based on the mayor’s recommendations, and the proposed ordinance was brought before the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission for consideration, since it would be an additional to the city’s Unified Development Code. At the P&Z meeting in April, some P&Z members felt they didn’t have enough information, and voted to defer the item. A couple of local


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building contractors also expressed concerns that the proposed ordinance would create additional costs for builders. They again deferred the item at their May meeting as well. Concerned that some builders may want to construct buildings with undesirable materials in the meantime, and also hoping to speed up the committee’s review time, Councilman Lobue proposed an ordinance which would prohibit the issuance of building permits for non-residential structures within 200 feet of the rights-of-way of certain roads for a period of up to 90 days while a committee reviews the original ordinance. The roads included are Magnolia Bridge Rd, Wax Rd, Joor Rd, Hooper Rd, Greenwell Springs Rd, Sullivan Rd, and the Central Thruway. During the public hearing on Lobue’s ordinance, several citizens spoke in favor of the moratorium and no one spoke against it. Those speaking in favor said it’s time for Central to demand quality development, and an ordinance seemed to be the best way to do it. One citizen, who felt that Central is losing its rural atmosphere, said the moratorium is a good idea and may help Central grow in a positive manner. Lobue’s ordinance passed with support of other council members and the mayor. It goes into effect later this week after being signed by the mayor. Council members also said during the 90 day moratorium, if a commercial builder submits plans for a commercial building with upscale materials, the council may consider a waiver of the ordinance.












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Central Speaks hits the streets & mailboxes CHS Volleyball Camp 5th-8th grade, 8AM-12PM Tight Knit group, Central Library, 4PM Chamber After Hours, Magnolia Square, 6-8PM

FRIDAY 6/21:

Paint-in, Magnolia Methodist Church, 9:30AM-12PM CCT presents Annie, Jr., CHS Theatre, 7PM


Central Square Farmers Market, 8AM-12PM Magnolia Methodist Market, 8AM-2PM Intro to Computers, Pride-Chaneyville Library, 11AM CCT presents Annie, Jr., CHS Theatre, 2PM & 7PM

SUNDAY 6/23:

See you at church! CCT presents Annie, Jr., CHS Theatre, 2PM

MONDAY 6/24:

CCSS School Board Meeting, 6-7:30PM


City Council Meeting, Kristenwood, 6-7:30PM


Central Speaks hits the streets & mailboxes Ask the Doctor Lunch and Learn, Lane RMC, 12-1PM Board of Adjustments Meeting, Kristenwood, 5-6PM Planning and Zoning Meeting, Kristenwood, 6-7PM Pachyderms of GBR Meeting, Great Wall restaurant, 6:30PM

FRIDAY 6/28:

Paint-in, Magnolia Methodist Church, 9:30AM-12PM


Central Square Farmers Market, 8AM-12PM Magnolia Methodist Market, 8AM-2PM Color in Motion 5K, New School Property, 9AM Deep South Stock Horse Show, Shady Park Arena, 4PM


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Left to right: Ben Melancon, DDGM, Lyman Parker, WM, Central Lodge #442, Ronald Bailey, Sr. Warden, Trinity Union Lodge #372 and Walter Freeman, WM, 13th Masonic District Lodge. Submitted by Robert Lee

On Sunday, June 2, 2013, Central Lodge #442 F&AM was host lodge for the 13th District’s Relief #5 and 13th Masonic District Lodge. Members from the other lodges enjoyed a fine meal prepared by Central Lodge’s Sr. Warden Luther Perkins, afterward assembling upstairs for the meetings. District Lodge’s MW Walter Freeman introduced DDGM Ben Melancon, who gave a talk about what the Grand Master would like to take place during his year as Grand Master. Then MW Freeman along with DDGM Melancon, presented Trinity Union Lodge #372, the Traveling Gavel Award plaque and Central Lodge #442, the DDGM Award plaque. Wonderful fellowship was enjoyed by all.

Central Bible Church Celebrates 5 Years

Submitted by Central Bible Church; Full press release on

Central Bible Church celebrates five years of God’s faithfulness this month! We know that all glory goes to our God and we praise Him for his faithfulness over these past years. Our consensus at the close of that first month of discussion meetings in June of 2008 was, “Let’s try it and if God is in it we’ll know it by our existence years down the road.” Well, it’s been years... five to be exact...and yes, God was, is, and will be “in it” as we pursue His glory in whatever way He leads us. At His urging this church was began and with His help we will continue for generations to come. For more information about Central Bible Church visit us on the web at www.

CAPA Corner:

Religions all have this in common: They are humans’ search for God

Apostle Paul captures and condenses this in a grand letter we know as Romans in the Bible. At the core of the letter, Paul quotes the Old Testament revelation that what God is doing is so out of reach of humanity that He brings it to us! “But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) "or 'Who will descend into the deep?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” (Rom 10:6-7 NIV) This searching up and down for God was once unknown. Adam and Eve never asked who shall go up or to where shall we go down because God came every evening to fellowship with them. But with the first sin, the first choosing of things and ways other than the things and ways of God, separation came between God and people. We became alienated from God; no longer on speaking terms, lost from Him entirely. The evenings became empty, long, and dark with

more than the absence of the sun. And people began to look for something or someone. Throughout the history of humanity, prophets of every sort have called out, “Follow me, and I will show you the way to God.” Gurus have attempted to console us, proclaiming any number of ways can be followed. Religions have been birthed with the common quest to somehow ascend to God. But the Bible says something altogether different. It says that God came to us! Jesus Christ came to us; the God-Man! This is the ultimate game changer. The gap between people and God is bridged, making it possible for us to have a relationship with God – not form a religion. No longer will the blind lead the blind. No longer will the foolish teach the fools. No longer will the lost blaze the path. God has stepped in. And today, instead of trusting with religion – trust in Jesus Christ with a relationship. Jeff Stanfill, Covenant Community Church Print Edition • Thursday, June 20, 2013

Charlene Schlatre Wins PriceCo People’s Choice Award at Central Art Show

Fun at the 2013 Wildcat Scramble

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Photo by Mia Freneaux

Charlene Schlatre won the PriceCo People’s Choice Award at the May Art League of Central exhibit at the Joor Road Library. Charlene won the popular vote for her work “Blooming Rose.” Thank you to all who voted, and thank you to PriceCo for donating the gift card! Membership in the Art League of Central is open to the public. If you are an artist or simply love and appreciate art, come check out a meeting! Monthly meetings are currently being held on the second Monday of each month. For more information about the Art League of Central, please email



Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Print Edition

CHS Football - Building Character

Photo by Michael Spangler

Building strength and endurance by lifting weights and participating in conditioning is a part of every CHS football player's summer routine. This past Monday I watched as the CHS coaching staff built more than muscle in Central's athletes. They were building Character with the help of two men of character. Central's Offensive Coordinator David Simoneaux drew on his high school and college football relationships to bring in two exceptional men for the day. Sgt. Tanner Jenkins of the EBR Sheriffs Office was a four year starter at Arkansas State and a Remington Trophy Award finalist. The second

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was a former Millsaps College teammate who went on to become a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier. Coach Simoneaux described these men as having the values, work ethic, and leadership skills to earn their place as role models for young athletes. The morning was filled with hard work, team-building exercises, and motivational talks under the leadership of these guest coaches working along side the other men of character on the field - our own CHS Football coaches. CHS has one of the premier summer programs preparing athletes for the upcoming season, and that season starts in 11 short weeks on September 6th.

CHS Varsity Cheer Excels at Camp

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Submitted by Alicen Lieux

Central High’s Varsity Cheer squad recently attended UCA cheer camp at Southeastern Louisiana University June 3-6. They were named overall Camp Champs and won first place for their Home Pom routine, camp cheer, and being Game Day Ready. They also received third place in the Xtreme Routine Dance. In addition, several seniors received applications to try out for UCA staff. Congratulations to Jordan Guay, Alicen Lieux, Blaire Bauer, Mary Ellen Hodges, and mascot Christopher Harris, who made AllAmerican while at camp. Bottom photo: Christopher Harris as Willie the Wildcat was among two other mascots entertaining the crowd. Print Edition • Thursday, June 20, 2013 Photo by Michael Spangler Left: Central High football players participate in team building exercises under the direction of Sgt. Tanner Jenkins of the EBR Sheriff’s Office and another former football player who is a member of the Special Forces.


New Youth Football Team Launches in Central

Central Bulldogs Take 3rd at State Submitted by Bobcats Football

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The Central Bulldgos 7U Coaches Pitch Team won 3rd in the USSSA State Tournament in Lafayette last weekend. Pictured in the 1st Row: Coaches Clint Artieta, Eric Rabalais, Ben Cole. Pictured in the 2nd Row: Trip Dobson, Ty Shaffer, Brody Artieta, Clayton Kimball, and Jack Thompson. 3rd Row: Reece Taylor, Ben Furlow, Cade Walock, Cameron Patterson, Garrett Rabalais, and Kade Furr.

On the afternoon of June 12th, nearly 50 children participated in a football camp in the City of Central that featured former Southern University great Donnell Baker. Baker shared with the children life lessons in perseverance and dedication. Not only did Baker serve as the first of several motivational speakers for the 3-day camp, but he is also one of the volunteer coaches for the recently formed Central Youth Football Organization, sponsors of the Central Bobcats. The Central Bobcats hosted a 3-day youth football camp from 6pm to 8pm each night at Jackson Park on Sullivan Road in Central. The park will also serve as the home base for the youth football team for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The Bobcats have actually returned to life after a nearly 20 year hiatus. With a constantly increasing population as a

result of the highly regarded school district in Central, more parents are looking for activities for their children to participate in. "What better way to channel the growth of youth football in the Central Community, than to bring back the old Central Bobcats organization? It's hard to find someone in Central between the ages of 35-45 that doesn't remember the original Central Bobcats founded by Coach Gene Robillard. “I can still see him in my mind driving through Central with his black and orange truck picking up kids before practice and dropping them off after practice," said Donald Mayeaux, a longtime Central resident and founder of the new Central Bobcats organization. Additional speakers for the camp included LSU's former All-SEC Academic Defensive End Charles Thomas, III and Central High Assistant Football Coach Ken Hilton.


Blood Brothers

Submitted by Lane Collier

What does it take to be a hero? How about saving a life?! Doesn’t saving a life call for a celebration? You bet! Twenty extra years of real, lived life was the occasion celebrated the weekend of May 31 through June 2 at the home of Lane Collier. Back in 1993 Gates’ and Lane’s son, Van Wesley “Rip” Collier, then 34, was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors recommended a bone marrow transplant in an attempt to save Rip’s life. His name was placed on the Bone Marrow Register and new hope began with the search for a donor. Within a year a prospective donor was found, and tests revealed that Rip and the donor were a match! A trip to the University of Minneapolis Medical Center for transplant surgery resulted in extended life for Rip! Naturally, the Colliers immediately wanted to thank Rip’s donor, but necessary regulations allowed no contact with Keith Oxley until after a year had passed. Once they were able to get in touch with Keith, however, a lasting

friendship began. Keith, Maria, and their teenage children, Jacob and Erin, are now considered “part of the family”. After all, day in and day out, Keith’s bone marrow runs through Rip! During the weekend it was delightful to watch the interaction between Keith’s children and Rip’s kids, Casey and Colby; they instantly formed a bond! Friday, the Oxleys motored to Baton Rouge from Loretta, Tennessee and remained house guests until Sunday. Twenty eight family members and close friends enjoyed a typical laid-back Cajun weekend, complete with a Friday night barbecue and a Saturday crawfish boil. As lagniappe to the party fun, a 27 foot water slide was set up in Lane’s spacious backyard for kids of all ages – 8 to seniors! In addition to news about the party weekend, what does Lane want readers to know? In her own words, “First of all, how important it is to be a bone marrow donor. It’s not really that hard and the reward is great; and second, how two people and their families came together as life-long friends through such tragedy. If not for Keith and God, we wouldn’t be having this occasion, and that’s not the end – they plan to come back in September!” A one-time stranger saved Rip’s life, but Keith is no longer a stranger. Want to become a bone marrow donor? Go to aspx then click “Join the Registry”.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Print Edition

Healthy Recipe: Farmer’s Market Vegetable Lasagna By Rachel F. Johnson

I have loved being a part of the Central Square Farmer’s Market so far this year! If you haven’t stopped by yet, I urge you to do so soon. There are several unique vendors, as well as some great produce stands. Last week, I filled my car with lots of fresh produce and went home to create this delicious vegetable lasagna. Hope you like it as much as we did! Serves 4 4 oz. whole wheat lasagna noodles ½ cup onions, roughly diced 1 cup zucchini, halved and sliced 1 cup yellow squash, halved and sliced 1 ½ cup cottage cheese ½ cup shredded parmesan 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning 1 14 oz. can tomato sauce 4 Boca Burgers Preheat oven to 350. Bring water to boil in a medium pot. Break noodles into the correct size needed for your pan (I broke them directly in half using a 5 x 7 baking dish). Once the water is boiling, drop in the noodles and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes, until al dente. While noodles cook, spray a large pan with nonstick cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. Add onions, zucchini and yellow squash and sauté until brown and slightly translucent. Drain noodles in colander and set aside. In a small bowl, mix cottage cheese, Italian seasoning and shredded parmesan. Assemble the lasagna in layers, with tomato sauce first, noodles on top, a small amount of cheese mixture spread on top and vegetables last. Repeat this order until out of ingredients. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until warm and bubbly. To make it a complete meal, I pan-grilled a few Boca burgers in the same large pan I used to sauté the vegetables. I plated the Boca burger first and topped it with the Veggie Lasagna for an easy weeknight meal!

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Central-Owned by Les & Charlene Hunt 10440 Greenwell Springs Road Between Monterrey & Sherwood 272-7404


Bayou Steam

Carpet, Upholstery, Tile & Grout Cleaning Locally Owned and Operated 225-955-6955

DIRT WORK CB & W Enterprise Top Soil, Cert. Clay, & Sand Gravel, Limestone, Ponds Dug, Land Clearing 225-603-1440 DIRT WORK

Join Dr. Gregory Crenshaw of Vascular Specialty Center for an informal question and answer session during the "Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn on Thursday, June 27, from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Advance reservations are required by calling 654-LANE (5263). The session is FREE and includes a light lunch.

Galilee Baptist announces Vacation Bible School - Colossal Coaster World. It will run from July 8th – 12th, 6pm – 8:30pm. Children ages 4 years – 6th grade are welcome. We are learning about facing fear and trusting God! You can register your children on our website, www. You can also find a link to register on our facebook page. Call the church if you have any questions: 654-5633 ext. 2.


PAINTING/HOME REPAIR Home interior painting and minor home repairs. Central owned and operated. References available. Contact Dale LeBlanc for free estimate at 225-247-9766.

Chiasson Co., LLC.

Remodeling, additions, home repairs, Outdoor kitchens, window & door install Free Est. Call Matt 225.806.9127


Central Lawn Pro, LLC

Lawn Maintenance, New installation or renovation, Landscape, Hardscape

Licensed and Insured 413-5028


Limestone, Gravel, Mason & Fill Sand, Riversilt, Crushed Concrete, Clay, T/S - Tractor Work VISA 261-3953 M/C

Gator Cuts Lawn Maintenance Mowing, Edging, Weed Eating Bed Cleanup & Maintenance Free Estimates 225-405-7837

Simple Electric


General Sand & Gravel


Licensed, Insured & Bonded Any Size Job - 30 Yrs Experience Central Owned Business 921-2633

FLOORING Ceramic - Wood - Laminate - Carpet - Vinyl We Specialize in Job Built Showers Serving Central for Over 30 Years All Work Guaranteed 225-235-8102



Central City Pest Control

Central Owned & Operated Dan Buxton, owner. Pest & Termite

Residential, Commercial & Industrial 261-4112



New Construction, Remodels, Repairs Natural Gas Generator Hook-Up Best Prices and Top Quality Job 13366 Hooper Rd 262-1234


Louisiana Roofing Inc.

Lawnmower Repair, Replacement Blades, Safety Glasses and Gloves 15151 Greenwell Springs Road 225-262-6245 PAINTING

Dependable, Affordable, Fast Service Hail & Wind Storm Specialist 37 Years Exp. - Licensed & Insured Call 757-8120

Central Painting and Drywall

Southern Showers LLC

Residential & Commercial - Central Owned Popcorn Ceiling Removal 35 Years Experience - Dependable Service 225-936-7191

SHOWER INSTALLATION Custom Tile & Stone Showers Free Estimates On Facebook at Southern Showers Raymond Starns - 202-8409


Thursday, June 20, 2013 • Print Edition

Cara Calhoun to Marry Rich Prestridge on June 29th

Carolyn and Larry Calhoun of Mansfield, LA are pleased to announce the coming marriage of their daughter, Cara, to Rich Prestridge of Central. Cara is a graduate of Stanley in Mansfield and employed at CHA. Rich, a graduate of Central and LSU, is employed at Vivid Graphics. He is the son of Ada and Owen Prestridge of Central. The ceremony will take place on June 29th at Grace Baptist Church on Richland Avenue. The couple will make their home in Baton Rouge.

Austin Milton Watts Weds Meagan Ashleigh Roy Meagan Ashleigh Roy, and Austin Milton Watts, both of Greenwell Springs, were married in a 5:30 p.m. ceremony April 13, 2013 at Journey Church. Pastor Jay Coleman officiated. The bride is the daughter of Michael Hebert and Clarissa Hebert, of Greenwell Springs. She is the granddaughter of Robert L. Case, of Denham Springs and Phyllis King, of Walker. The bridegroom is the son of Greg and Angie Watts, of Greenwell Springs. He is the grandson of Jimmy and Mary Kay Watts, of Greenwell Springs, and Sue Ann and Gene Conerly of Greenwell Springs. The bride was attended by her maid of honor, sister, Macy Roy, Bridesmaids were Sydney Watts, Emily Moreno, Carlee Wilson, Kelsey Adams, Hollyn Capace, Shelby Criss, and Junior bridesmaid, Samantha Hebert. Flower girl was Avery Jobe. The bridegroom was attended by his best man, Brandon LeSage. Groomsmen were Taylor Watts, Jake Watts, Blake O’neal, Trevor Smith, Austin Bourke, David Pugh and usher, Jeff Robinson. Ring bearer was Grayson Watts. A reception took place at Elegant Memories. Following a wedding trip to Disneyworld, the couple will reside at their home in Greenwell Springs.


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Happy 60th Anniversary to Paul & Kathleen Bozeman

It was a lovely spring day in Baton Rouge, LA on June 7, 1953, when young US Marine Sgt. Paul Donald Bozeman married his beautiful bride, Kathleen Lively. They had been friends since childhood. Sixty years later they celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of

tomorrow. They were blessed in receiving the gifts of five talented children and ten wonderful grandchildren. They currently reside in Pride, LA. John 3:16 is their favorite scripture. Kathleen is the daughter of the late Lois and Pearl Lively. She was salutatorian of her high school graduation class and still enjoys reading and keeping up with current events. Watching football games on TV is one of her favorite pastimes, but spending time with her children and grandchildren bring her the most enjoyment. Donald, a retired Baton Rouge City policeman, is the son of the late Harry and Annie Lee Bozeman. Gardening and woodworking, especially making unique walking canes, are his some of his favorite things to do when he is not joking with or helping family and friends.


Central Speaks 06/20/13