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Good News for a Great City • Daily News at • July 7, 2011

Central’s Bodi White to Run for Senate

Press Release

Louisiana State Rep. Mack “Bodi” White, R-Central, La., has announced he will seek election for State Senate District 6 in the Oct. 22 primary election. State Senate District 6 includes most of the City of Central and represents parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes. White cites his experience as an effective legislator who has led efforts to lower taxes, create jobs, invest in infrastructure, strengthen laws against criminals and improve education during his tenure in the Louisiana House of Representatives as his qualifications for the new post. “I will continue to work hard to get the job done for the people I represent,” White said. “I look forward to putting my experience in state government to work in the State Senate, and continuing to accomplish positive, forward-moving changes for my district and for the state as a whole.” White has been a champion of fiscal conservative policies by never voting for a tax increase during his eight years in the Louisiana House of Representatives. In fact, over the last six years, the State Legislature has reduced more than $1 billion in state and personal taxes, including a reduction in the Stelly Tax. White holds important committee assignments in the State House, including Appropriations, Judiciary, Criminal See Senate, Page 4

Photo by Expressions Photography: Bodi White, surrounded by family and friends, poses at the State Capitol after officially announcing that he will be running for Senate.

Your Input Needed in Development School Board Considers Survey & Town Hall Meetings As part of this program, each muCompensation As you may have heard, we have nicipality must implement four devel-

From the City of Central

been chosen for LED’s 2011 Louisiana’s Development Ready Communities program by the state. We are one of eight cites chosen! This program is one of LED’s strategies to strengthen the Economic competitiveness of municipalities.

opment-ready elements before completing its own strategic plan. These elements are community assessment, strategic planning, leadership development and marketing of a community. One of the goals of this program See Development, Page 4

Come Meet Your New Municipal Services Staff

A resolution will be introduced at the Central Community School Board meeting this coming Monday which, if passed, will result in School Board members receiving pay. As presented, the resolution sets pay at $800 per month for each Board Member and $900 per month for the Board President. The pay would go into effect next Friday, July 15th, if the resolution is approved as written. The Board may also consider amendments to this resolution at the meeting. Citizens wishing to express an opinion on this matter are encouraged to attend the meeting or to contact their School Board representative See Compensation, Page 7




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*************ECRWSS**** Photo by Expressions Photography; Press Release from Central Municipal Services

Central Municipal Services is holding an open house this Monday, July 11th from 9 AM- 2 PM. They are located at 6703 Sullivan Road near Greenwell Springs. Stop by for refreshments, a tour, and to meet the staff!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Whatever Happened to Consensus? THIS WEEK IN CENTRAL An Editorial by Dave Freneaux

THURSDAY. 7/7: Central Speaks Hits the Streets and Post Office Scale Down Orientation, 11:30 AM & 7 PM at Lane RMC Tri-Parish Ballet Cinderella Performance, 2:30 PM at G.S. Rd Library Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library CCSS Facilities/Equipment Committee Meeting, 5 PM at City Hall FRIDAY 7/8: Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist SATURDAY 7/9: SUNDAY 7/10: See You in Church! Lady Titans Sporting Clays Fundraiser Central Youth Football/Cheer Registration, 12-5 PM at CHS Front Entrance MONDAY 7/11: Central Municipal Services Open House, 9 AM-2 PM at 6703 Sullivan Rd. Eric Herman Music Performance, 10 AM at Central Library CCSS School Board Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood Art League of Central Meeting, 6 PM at Central Library Internet Safety Seminar, 6 PM at Greenwell Springs Rd Library TUESDAY 7/12: Sewing/Quilting Group, 10 AM at Magnolia Methodist City Council Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood WEDNESDAY, 7/13: Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon, 11:30 AM at Kristenwood Eric Herman Music Performance, 12:30 PM at G.S. Rd Library Accelerated Readers Reunion, 2-3 PM at Central Library Branch THURSDAY. 7/14: Central Speaks Hits the Streets and Post Office Scale Down Orientation, 11:30 AM & 7 PM at Lane RMC Tri-Parish Ballet Cinderella Performance, 2:30 PM at Central Library Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library

Looking back over the months and years since Central became a city, I see either complete agreement or distinct division. On most of the really important issues the people of Central seem united. We want the best education for our children. We want good jobs for all of our citizens. We want to feel safe on our streets and in our homes. We are not real excited about taxes, but then again who is? On other issues that impact our community, but are less global in nature, there seems to be a recurring practice of “taking sides”. While that practice likely starts from the grass roots and works its way up, it certainly manifests itself most obviously in our most visible public forums of City Council and School Board meetings. Let me stipulate that most issues that come before these groups seem to be passed by unanimous vote. But, in many cases over the past few years it seemed you almost knew before discussion of the item began that the vote would be 3-2 or 5-2, one way or another. I’m not saying that is wrong, only that it has become predictable.

Public comment during these meetings seems divided along similar lines. After attending a few meetings it is again fairly predictable that certain individuals and groups will take one side or another of the issue, usually supporting the stance of the same Council or Board Members. I refer to them as groups, because those likely to side together on an issue also seem to sit together at these meetings. Again, I’m not saying that this is wrong, only predictable. So my question is this: Whatever happened to consensus? I know that consensus is not always possible, or even desirable, but recently it seems like consensus is often not even a consideration. It is likely in a 3-2 vote that 40% of the people will be 100% dissatisfied. In compromising to find consensus it is entirely possible that 100% of the people will be 80% satisfied. I will choose 100 somewhat satisfied people over 40 completely irate people every time. I do not advocate compromise to find consensus in every situation, but I do encourage both citizens and elected officials to at least be mindful of the possibility of finding consensus.

Central School System Employee Arrested The EBRSO has released the following statement: "An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, Warrant Division, received a Fugitive Warrant (from the Inspector General's Office) for the arrest of David Mclaughlin, for Filing False Public Records. On July 6th, 2011, at 0830 hours, a deputy met with Mclaughlin at his place of Employment (Central School Board) and placed him under arrest. He was transported to Parish Prison, where he was booked accordingly." Mr. McLaughlin is the Technology Coordinator for the Central Community School System. Reached for comment, Superintendent Faulk stated that "in accordance with the CCSS Policies and Procedures the employee was placed on administrative leave with pay pending resolution of this matter." Contact Information 12023 Sullivan Road City of Central, LA 70818 P.O. Box 78137 City of Central, LA 70837

Email: Phone: (225) 262-3730 Fax: (888) 220-8396

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IBTS Holds Ribbon Cutting at New City Services Location

PICTURED ABOVE: IBTS staff, community members, city officials, and Central Chamber of Commerce representatives were present at a ribbon cutting held for our new city contractor IBTS on Thursday, June 30th. The City Services office is now located in the La Centrale Plaza (6703 Sullivan Road) across the street from the Oak Point shopping center. City Services hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM. Photo by Dave Freneaux

Development (from page 1)

is that our city develop an understanding of and address community issues and needs. This program also contains planning assistance by a professional mentor and customized training. This results in our city becoming certified as development ready. To begin this program, residents and business owners are being asked to complete a detailed survey online. You can access the survey by visiting our city webpage,, and clicking the link on the homepage or by picking up hard copies at City Hall, the Chamber office or the local library on Joor Rd. Deadline for completing survey is July 19. Both the business and community surveys are being conducted by Zoomerang, a third-party contractor as a tool recognized as an industry standard. Data is collected electronically and results are also generated digitally by Zoomerang and sent to the City. This information will be used to help insure that

Central’s future growth honors the ideals and desires of its citizens. We will also have two Town Hall meetings that will offer citizens the opportunity to share their vision of the future for Central and to participate in this process on Tuesday, July 19 at Central Middle School cafeteria. Times will be 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We urge you to attend either one of these sessions. For more information on this program, please visit

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Justice, and Homeland Security, which he presides over as chairman. White also serves on the state’s Juvenile Justice Commission and the Louisiana Emergency Response Network. White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University, and did his post-graduate studies at Loyola University. He served as an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s detective for six years, and worked as a supervisor at ExxonMobil for 17 years. He currently works as a commercial and property real estate agent with Rogillio Real Estate Company in Baton Rouge and owns a small private security company.

Mike Strain to Speak at Next Week’s Chamber Luncheon serving on the Agriculture Commit-

From the Chamber Newsletter

DISCLAIMER: The author grants permission to third parties to forward and/or publish the entire text of this press release, including this statement. Forwarding or publication of any edited or abbreviated version of this document is not authorized by the author.

On Wednesday, July 13 we will have the honor of having Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain as our guest speaker. Mike Strain was elected to serve as Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry in 2007, and was sworn into office in January 2008. Born and reared in Covington, Commissioner Strain earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from LSU in 1983. He was elected to two terms as State Representative in House District 74, beginning in 1999,

tee and chairing the Legislative Rural Caucus. We are looking forward to hearing from Dr. Strain. The doors will open at 11:30 AM for networking and lunch will be served at 12 noon. Please be reminded that starting this month, the cost is $12 at the door (whether you eat or not). Network tables are available for members to put out their promotional items. Promotional items brought by the monthly sponsors will be allowed on the dinner tables. Look forward to seeing you next week! Print Edition • Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lane Launches Behavioral Health Services Submitted by Julie Madere McLin

Lane Regional Medical Center announced today the opening of its newest program, Lane Behavioral Health Services, located at 6180 Main Street, Suite A, in Zachary. Lane Behavioral Health Services is an intensive outpatient program designed to help individuals through times of stress, fear, depression, anxiety, and behavioral or emotional crises. More than just “a helping hand,” this active treatment program teaches powerful and practical ways to respond to any type of traumatic life event, especially major crises due to the loss of a job, health or relationship.

It is a medically-directed, active treatment program that teaches practical ways to take charge and develop the longterm skills needed for personal success. Physician referrals are not required. Anyone may contact Lane Behavioral Health Services directly, especially individuals needing help, as well as their family members, friends, clergy, assisted living/group home facilities, retirement communities, physicians, and behavioral health professionals. Call (225) 658-6640, anytime between 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday, to schedule a confidential assessment. Treatment is covered by most commercial insurance plans and Medicare.

Ochsner Health System Will Offer First eICU Program in Louisiana

Ochsner Health System has signed an agreement with Philips VISICU to implement its state-of-the-art eICU Program to enhance critical care– a program that has been proven to reduce complications, shorten hospital length of stay and save lives. As the only healthcare provider in Louisiana with the eICU Program, Ochsner will serve as a statewide resource to community and rural hospitals which can benefit from expanded critical care staffing and technology. Studies have shown improved outcomes and decreased lengths of stay for patients in ICUs managed by intensivists (physicians trained as specialists in critical care). However, as there is a severe shortage of these specialized doctors in the U.S., many hospitals are unable to have critical care physicians on-site 24 hours a day. The eICU Program solves this problem. The eICU Program will connect Ochsner’s bedside care teams with off-site critical care physicians and nurses using advanced software and continuous remote monitoring technology from Philips VISICU. The software detects and advises clinicians of important trends and AIR CONDITIONING

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system, capacity will exist to serve other hospitals in the region. Ochsner, which recently was recognized as being in the top 20 percent of health systems in the nation by Thomson Reuters, plans to expand its eICU Program to hospitals in surrounding communities. “Ochsner has always had a critical mass of the most highly sophisticated and technologically complex resources,” said Dr. Joseph Bisordi, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health System. “The eICU Program will enable greater sharing of our resources throughout the region, allowing even critically ill patients a better opportunity to stay close to home and family.” “We are proud to be partnering with a highly regarded Academic Medical Center like Ochsner to bring the eICU Program, not only to patients in New Orleans, but to patients throughout the state of Louisiana,” said Frank Sample, Philips VISICU CEO. “The same courage, vision, and passion for patient care exhibited in the aftermath of Katrina are being demonstrated, yet again, by Ochsner as they look to extend their critical care expertise across the region.

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Love music? I teach guitar and beginner voice here in Central. Kenny Acosta, 40+ yrs exp, voting member of the Recording Academy. Call 261-0572. For sale by owner: Two adjoining lots in Cimmeron Subdivision- $25,000 for both. Call (225) 933-9884 Becky Shelton Prudential Gardner REALTOR 3888 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd, Suite T, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 Cell: 225-328-6866 Office: 225-296-0500 Fax: 866-850-4359 Licensed in Louisiana The St. Alphonsus youth will host a garage sale in the Family Center Friday 7/8 & Saturday 7/9 from 7 am-2 pm. Donations are being accepted & can be dropped off at the youth office during office hours or at the Family Center until 7 pm on Thurs, 7/7. (No clothing please)


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Yard Sale This Fri & Sat: 8 AM 6326 Landmor (Bellingrath Hills) Garage Sale Sat 7/9 7am-2pm 17050 Greenwell Springs-Pt-Hudson Rd kids furniture,toys,clothes,misc. Yard Sale: Fri-Sat 6-12 17137 Ashton Ave. Tools, Baby items, riding mower, housewares, exercise equip. For Sale: Portable 7-Feet Suitcase Wheelchair Ramp, Never Used. 747-0171 Dining room table can be shortened, w/four chairs $60; China cabinet lighted, mirrored back $85, 231-4719 TREK BIKE 2120, 52cm, carbon ZX, Shimano RSX, new tires, recent tune-up, $600 or best offer, 262-6336 Pickup Truck, 2008 F150XLT, One Owner, Mint Condition. Call 261-4890 or 663-2358.


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CAPA Corner

Words of Encouragement from the Central Area Pastors Association YOU ARE SOMEBODY You Are Somebody! Affirmation is so important to us. To affirm is, “To declare positive”. It is amazing how much time can be spent criticizing and putting ourselves and others down. When, truth be told, every one of us wants to know that we are wanted, needed, and loved! Look at the following verses. 1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” NKJV John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. NKJV The old chorus we used to sing said, “I am my beloved’s and He is mine His banner over me is love.” God loved us so much that He gave His son, Jesus Christ, so that we could be His people. A price was paid for you! You were considered worth it! God declares that you are His children. Every day a banner is over your life declaring God’s love and how important you are to Him. You can be affirmed by His love, sacrifice, and care for you! How can this work for you? If you have believed and confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord and has that he has risen from the dead, and have repented of your sins, you have been forgiven! You may not do everything perfectly but you are forgiven! You have received God’s love and can declare boldly who you are! His banner of love is over your life! Realize you have been affirmed by God’s love. Boldly declare that you are a child of God! Believe and declare how valuable you are to God! You are not a “nobody” YOU ARE “SOMEBODY!” Ron Erickson Future Hope Ministries


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Thursday, July 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Donations Sought for Care Packages

Submitted by Betsy Otken Barnes

The ‘CARE PACKAGES FOR SOLDIERS” program needs many small, individually packaged items to make a big impact on our deployed troops stationed all over the world. Five hundred pounds is the goal set by the Republican Women of Central (RWC) who are partnering with the Blue Star Moms of Louisiana to send care packages from Central. RWC Chairwoman of this Community Service project is Louise Rauls. This is a high goal, but one we can reach. Collection of items and money for shipping is being accepted at four locations in Central from now until August 12. This donation drive will conclude at the upcoming “An Elegant Evening of Fashion” at Kristenwood in Central. Locations are: Central Academy, 9730 Joor Road; Ross Tire, 14330 Greenwell Springs Road; Bone Marketing/ABC Print Copy Scan, 12628 Hooper Rd, Suite B; Lockhart Insurance, 18571 Greenwell Springs Road Items needed for care packages must be SMALL SIZES in individual containers. Hotel amenities make great donations, too! PERSONAL ITEMS: Insect Repellent (Non-aerosol); Medicated foot powder; Antibiotic or anti-itch ointment; Muscle pain ointment; Mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush; Deodorant (non aerosol); Shaving

cream & razors; Skin lotions & sunscreen (in tubes); Eye Drops; Baby wipes; Q-tips; Hand sanitizer; shampoo; Body wash/soap; Lip Balm FOOD & SNACK ITEMS: Rice Krispy Treats; Energy Bars; Sunflower seeds/nuts; Popcorn, microwavable; Hot Chocolate; Powdered drink mixes for individual water bottles; Canned fruits (easy open containers); Peanut butter (individual serving); Fruit Roll-Ups; Granola Bars; Trail Mix; Cracker Jacks; Coffee/Tea; Powdered Gatorade; Canned chicken/tuna; Chewing gum/Candy; Beef Jerky (No Pork) STATIONARY, BOOKS & MAGAZINES: Crossword Puzzles and similar games; Pencils & Pens; Small Notebooks; Cards, letters and notes of encouragement to our soldiers would also be appreciated! Please make sure everything is INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED, SMALL and easily packable in boxes for oversees shipping. If you have questions or need more information, email A complete list of items being collected and donation locations can also be found on RWC’s website at and on the Facebook page for Republican Women of Central. Please share these sites with friends and family who may also want to contribute to this effort.

COMMUNITY 7 Print Edition • Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stafford Strong Baseball Ochsner Teams Up with Tournament Coming Up for CHS Athletics Good News for a Great City CP Student Adam Stafford

ABOVE: Adam (on right) with CP teammates prior to the accident Submitted by Haylie Dufour

Adam Stafford, a student at Central Private was severely injured in an automobile accident here in Central last year. This baseball tournament fundraiser is to help pay for hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments, which are not covered by insurance, and outpatient therapy. Both have proven to be extremely beneficial for Adam and his recovery. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support throughout this journey. Adam's story can be followed at and Details of the tournament: July 30th & 31st will be the Stafford Strong Baseball tournament at Walker Parks and Recreation. Teams can register at July 30th will also include bands and arts/crafts booths. If anyone is interested in a booth rental they are $50. Contact hayliedufour@ or call 315-1475 for more information.

Compensation (from page 1) prior to the meeting. The compensation considered is similar to the $800 per month currently being received by Central's City Council. The School Board has asked that the following notice be published: PUBLIC NOTICE The Central Community School Board will consider compensation of school board members at its regularly scheduled board meeting on July 11, 2011. The meeting will be held at Kristenwood Catering and Reception located at 14025 Greenwell Springs Road, Central, La.

Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy, or HCM, is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It is a disease of the heart muscle that goes undetected in a normal physical exam. Central's Allison Porche has been instrumental in bringing together Ochsner Hospital and the CHS Athletic Department to arrange testing to detect this condition in Central's athletes. Beginning July 22nd and 23rd and continuing as needed into the following weekend, Ochner will be offering voluntary Echocardigrams to CHS athletes. An Echocardiogram is a test of the heart that normally costs $700,

but will be made available for a $20 registration fee at Central High. This effort is being coordinated by Central's coaching staff and is headed up by trainer Coach Bryan Hutson. The coaches will work with the teams that will first see athletic competition this fall, such as Cross Country, Football and Volleyball. After this first wave of testing, athletes in sports beginning later in the school year will be offered to participate. Thanks goes out to Ochsner, Allison Porche, Coach Hutson, and the entire CHS Athletic Department and School Administration for helping make this possible.

Still looking for stories about the old Central Gym! Email your stories to or drop off at 12023 Sullivan Rd.

CMS Library Enters $100K Follett Challenge

First Baptist Church Watermelon Festival July 17th Submitted by First Baptist Church

On Sunday, July 17th, First Baptist Church of Central will be holding a Watermelon Festival at Jackson Park from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is invited. There will be free watermelon, blowups, games and prizes. The event is free- attendees are simply asked to bring canned goods for the Central Food Bank. Call the church at 261-3722 if you have any questions.

Submitted by Tiffany Whitehead

Please take a few minutes to vote for the entry by the Central Middle School library to the $100K Follett Challenge. The CMS students and I worked very hard on this entry and we are so proud of the video and our library! To vote, you do have to fill out a short form to be able to sign in for voting. Once you have a login, you can vote daily. Please share this link with family, friends, and community members so the world can see how great our Central Schools are! To view the video and vote, visit this website: contests/showentry/783087


Thursday, July 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Happy 50th Anniversary to Kristen Tate & Derek McKey to Wed on August 26 Oren & Mary Pickering Submitted by Kathy Tate

Kristen Rose Tate of Central and Derek Scot McKey of Zachary will be joined together in Matrimony at a 7:00 p. m. ceremony at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Greenwell Springs. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jim and Kathy Tate of Central. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Pauline Tate of Baker, and the late Howard and Rose Broussard of Pride. Kristen is a 2006 graduate of Redemptorist High School and South-

eastern Louisiana University with a degree in General Studies. She is employed in Baton Rouge as a leasing consultant. Her fiance’ is the son of Todd and Karen McKey of Zachary. He is the grandson of Larry and Joyce Bellard of Zachary, and Jack and Faye McKey of Gloster, Mississippi. Derek is a 2006 graduate of Zachary High School and attended Baton Rouge Community College. He is employed by Hydro Consultants, Inc. as a hydrographic surveyor.

On July 10, 2011 Oren and Mary Pickering will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Recently they celebrated with their family in West Monroe. They have three children, Scott and wife Nancy Pickering, Donna and husband Steve Weeks, and Ty Pickering. Shown in the picture are their grandchildren Scott, Ethan, and Emily Weeks and Josef Pickering. Not pictured is Matthew Pickering. The Pickerings have lived in Central, Louisiana since 1976. Congratulations on your 50 years of marriage!

Dennie & Tiffany Crawford Welcome Daughter Bree Ann Send your announcements for publishing free of charge to

Dennie & Tiffany Crawford are very proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Bree Ann Crawford. She was born on April 26, 2011 at 1:19 p.m. and weighed 9 lbs. 0 ozs. and was 20 ¼” long. Bree was welcomed home by her big brother Dayton Crawford. Excited grandparents are Dennie & Vivian Crawford of Central, LA and Tommy & Theresa Oliver of Zachary, LA and Randall Smith of Wiggins, MS. Great grandparents are Lloyd Allen & Opal Avery of Central, LA.

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Jeff & Romy Messer Welcome Browning, Lopez Exchange Vows at Wildflower Inn Son James Ryan Messer Submitted by Judy Messer

Jeff and Romy Messer proudly announce the birth of their second son, James Ryan Messer, born March 29, 2011 at Woman’s Hospital, weighing 7 lbs 3.7 oz. He was welcomed home by his brother Jarred Randall. Proud grandparents are Randy and Judy Messer of Central, and great grandmothers Mary Jo Messer and Nina Gore of Central.

St. Jude Bike-A-Thon Top Pledge Earners Receive New Bikes

Chuck Langlois (center), organizer of the St. Jude Bike-a-thon, poses with Valerie Eller (left) and Kenlie Jackson (right), as they receive new bikes for being the top pledge-earners in this year's event. Photo by Dave Freneaux

Brea Lee Browning and Casey Richard Lopez of Baton Rouge, were married in a 12:00 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Wildflower Inn in Clinton, Louisiana. Justice of the Peace Brooke Peay, officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Ray Browning and Ms. Denise Reynolds Browning of Linden, Michigan. She is the granddaughter of Donna Browning and the late Gordon Browning also of Linden, Michigan and Darrell and Donnalee Reynolds of Fife Lake, Michigan. The bridegroom is the son of Mary Richard Lopez and the late Pete Joseph Lopez, Jr. of Central. He is the grandson of Howard and Irene Broussard Richard of Loreauville, Louisiana and Mrs. Rosa Bayard Lopez and the late Pete J. Lopez, Sr. of New Iberia, Louisiana. Brea was escorted by her brother, Eli Browning of Linden, Michigan. She was attended by her maid of honor, Kristina Rahn, also from Michigan. Casey was attended by his best man and brother, Craig Lopez of Baton Rouge. Ushers were Andrew and Gus Abad of Central and Nicholas Pommier of New Iberia. The reception took place at Josephine’s Restaurant in Clinton following the ceremony. The couple will reside in Baton Rouge and are planning a honeymoon trip to Key West, Florida later this year.

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Offer expires July 31, 2011. Dine-in only, after 4:00 p.m. Must be original coupon-not valid when downloaded from web site. Bring this coupon to Don’s Seafood & Steak House, Baton Rouge to receive this special offer! When you purchase one entrée at regular price, receive up to $10 off a second entrée of equal or lesser value! This offer good Monday through Sunday. This offer is not valid with other offers and specials. This coupon may not be used with Liberty cards or other similar discount offers. Limit 5 coupons per table. Cannot be used with parties larger CS than 10 people. Specials not valid for private parties.

357-0601 Hours: 11am - 9pm Sun-Th; 11am - 10pm Fri-Sat


Thursday, July 7, 2011 • Print Edition

2011 Wildcat Football Schedule

Catch of the Day


Varsity: Friday 9/2 @ Home - 7 PM JV: Open Freshmen: Tuesday 8/30 @ STM (Lafayette)- 6 PM


Varsity: Friday 9/9 @ STM (Lafayette) - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 9/7 Cat Bowl @ Cat House - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 9/6 Cat Bowl @ Cat House - 6 PM

WEEK 3 vs WOODLAWN PANTHERS Varsity: Friday 9/16 @ Home - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 9/14 @ Woodlawn - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 9/13 @ 6 PM


Varsity: Friday 9/23 @ Catholic - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 9/21 @ Home - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 9/20 @ Catholic - 6 PM

Submitted by Crystal Trahan


This 10lb. catfish was caught by Kamryn Trahan (10) and Jaiden Trahan (8) in a pond behind their house in Greenwell Springs. Kamryn is a 5th grade student at Central Intermediate and Jaiden is a 2nd grade student at Tanglewood Elementary.


Registration Coming Soon for Central Youth Football & Cheerleading

Varsity: Friday 9/30 @ Home - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 9/28 @ St. Amant - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 9/27 @ Home - 6 PM Varsity: Friday 10/7 @ Home - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 10/5 @ Zachary - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 10/4 @ Home - 6 PM


Varsity: Friday 10/14 @ Home - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 10/12 @ Walker - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 10/11 @ Home - 6 PM

WEEK 8 vs DENHAM SPRINGS YELLOW JACKETS Varsity: Friday 10/21 @ Denham Springs - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 10/19 @ Home - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 10/18 @ Denham Springs - 6 PM

WEEK 9 vs SCOTLANDVILLE HORNETS Varsity: Friday 10/28 @ Scotlandville - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 10/26 @ Home - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 10/25 @ Scotlandville - 6 PM


Varsity: Friday 11/4 @ Live Oak - 7 PM JV: Wednesday 11/2 @ Home - 6 PM Freshmen: Tuesday 11/1 @ Live Oak - 6 PM

More Coaching Changes for Central Submitted by Coach Fresina

Cade Worsham has left Central High to become the Defensive Back Coach at Zachary High School and Matthew Edwards has left Central Middle School to become the Head Football Coach at False River Academy in New Roads. Matthew served as a Football Assistant at the High School and was in charge of the Basketball Program at CMS.

Submitted by Jimbo Tate

Registration Dates: July 10 and 17, 12:00-5:00pm @ Central High Front Entrance. Ages 5-12 A TEAM (11 – 12 Year Olds, cannot be 13 on or before August 1) B TEAM (9 – 10 Year Olds, cannot be 11 on or before August 1) C TEAM (7 – 8 Year Olds, cannot be 9 on or before August 1) D TEAM (5 – 6 Year Olds, cannot be 7 on or before August 1) Players must have 2 copies of Birth Certificate and 2 current Photos. Registration/Insurance Fee for Football is $140.00 Cheerleading Registration fee is $50.00. (No Birth Certificate or Photos are required for Cheerleaders) For more information go to Print Edition • Thursday, July 7, 2011



Identifying & Preventing Swimmer’s Ear (Otitis Externa)

By Joseph Halphen PA-C Lake After Hours Central

Otitis Externa, most commonly known as swimmer’s ear, is an inflammatory process of the external ear canal. The most common cause of otitis externa is excessive moisture, which removes cerumen (ear wax) and decreases the acidity of the external ear canal, creating a growing environment for bacteria. Putting fingers, cotton swabs or other objects in your ear can cause trauma to the canal and can also lead to otitis externa. The two most characteristic presenting symptoms of otitis externa are ear pain (otalgia) and a discharge in or coming from the external auditory canal (otorrhea). In infants it is common for them to tug or pull on the affected ear and they are usually very irritable due to the discomfort. The most common type of otitis externa is bacterial, although fungal overgrowth is a principal cause in approximately 10 percent of cases. Like all skin, the external ear canal has a normal bacterial flora and remains free of infection unless its defenses are disrupted. When disruption occurs, a new pathogenic flora develops that is dominated by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Treatment recommendations vary somewhat, but it is most commonly recommended that

drops be given for three days beyond the cessation of symptoms, typically 5 to 7 days. However, in patients with a more complicated infection, 10 to 14 days of treatment may be necessary and may even require the use of an oral antibiotic (rarely). There is usually no need for reevaluation unless the infection is not resolving. Because of the high rate of recurrence in patients who participate in water activities on a regular base, prevention is imperative. Dry your ears thoroughly after exposure to moisture from swimming or bathing. Dry only your outer ear, wiping it slowly and gently with a soft towel or cloth. Tilt your head to the side to help water drain from your ear canal. You can dry your ears with a blow-dryer if you put it on the lowest setting and hold it at least a foot away from the ear. Avoid putting any object into the ear canal. In addition, swimmers may benefit from barrier protection. The benefit of earplugs is controversial. While properly fitted plugs will keep the canal dry, they may also cause wax (cerumen) impaction and act as a local irritant. They have even been shown to predispose people to otitis externa. A tight fitting bathing cap may offer better protection. Patients with acute swimmers ear should preferably abstain from swimming for at least 7 to 10 days.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Summer Bee Safety

If you plan to spend time outdoors, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, and remain alert for bees. Africanized honey bees, in particular, are of concern to people due to their selection of nesting sites and defensive behavior. Staying away from swarms or nests is important, especially for children and the elderly. The Africanized honey bees cannot be distinguished from European honey bees by sight. This term ‘African honey bee’ refers to a single race from southern Africa know as Apis mellifera scutellata. In 1956, researchers in Brazil were experimenting with African honey bees in order to improve beekeeping in tropical areas, and accidently released some African honey bees. These bees were extremely well suited to the area and began to hybridize with European honey bees. This facilitated their spread at a rate of 200 to 300 miles per year, eventually resulting in them entering the US in 1990 through Texas. As of 2006, they are now established in Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida and their spread continues. If they attack you, cover your face and eyes by pulling a shirt over your head. They are defending their nest; you need to get away as fast as possible. Run away in a straight line, do not stand and swat at the bees. Look for cover in a car or house. Running through tall grass will help disrupt your image from the bees. Do not jump in a pool, they will just swarm and wait for you. If you are stung, remove the stinger quickly by scraping it out. It is important to have a bee sting kit on hand. Lo-

cal reactions to bee stings include swelling, pain, itching and redness at the site of the bee sting. Ice packs will reduce swelling at the site, and Calamine lotion will help with local skin reactions. Any stings in the throat, face or head need to have immediate medical treatment, because swelling could be lift threatening. Benedryl [diphenhydramine] can slow an allergic reaction, but will not stop it. The following are some signs of an allergic reactions, and you should call 911 immediately. Some signs of an allergic reaction are difficulty swallowing, hives, fainting, light-headedness, dizziness, abdominal pain or cramping, high-pitched breathing sounds, difficulty breathing, mental confusion, rapid pulse, slurred speech, wheezing, fluid in the lungs, low blood pressure, skin that is blue from lack of oxygen or pale from shock, swelling in the throat, swelling of the eyes, face or neck, weakness, or severe perspiration. The best way to prevent bee stings is prevention. Stay away from power equipment, wear protective clothing when gardening or walking outside, and always visualize areas when doing any yard work. Good yearly maintenance includes checking the walls and eaves of structures on a regular basis, and close off walls, chimney, electrical and plumbing related gaps that are more than 1/8” large with a smallmesh hardware cloth (8-mesh or higher) or caulking. Julie Tullos, RN, BSN, CCM, LNC [225] 368-7461 medmalconsult@gmail

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