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CPS“The Student Lands Role in Major Film Campaign” Opens in Theaters This Weekend

By Mia Freneaux; Photos submitted by James Cunningham

New School Facility Opening: What You Need to Know With the Roundabout at Sullivan and Gurney still weeks from completion, the first day of school at the new Middle and Intermediate schools will present challenges. School System Superintendent Mike Faulk has issued the following information to help ease any potential congestion: There are three Sullivan Road entrances to the school complex. The two entrances closest to Joor Road are scheduled to be open on Monday. The Devall Road Entrance is already open and will be for all School Buses, Faculty, Staff and deliveries only. The Sullivan Road north entrance (closest to Joor) will be for Middle School student drop-off and pick-up, and the middle Sullivan Road entrance closer to the roundabout will be for Intermediate School student drop-off and pick-up. City of Central and Sheriff's department officers will be directing street traffic for the first few days and School System employees will be directing parking on the campus.

Central Newspapers A Brief History Will Ferrell and Randall Cunningham

"I'm still waiting to wake up," says Randall Cunningham about filming a major motion picture with an all A-list cast. His dream-come-true experience began last year when his agent Brenda Netzberger was contacted by the casting director of the movie "The Campaign", which opens in theaters tomorrow. She, in turn, contacted Randall, a junior at Central Private School, to audition for the role of Cam Brady, Jr., Will Ferrell's neglected son. Randall won the role and found himself heading to New Orleans to spend 3 months balancing acting and schoolwork. Randall, who has been acting since Kindergarten, has been involved in many theatrical productions in the past with Baton Rouge Little Theatre, Baker Little Theatre, and Playmakers. He is Central Private's mascot the "Rebel Man." In his spare time he writes scripts in various genres. "They are completely different," he says in reference to stage versus screen, "In theater, you have to be big. Film can See The Campaign, Page 9

CHS Football Team Survives Boot Camp

Photo by Michael Spangler

Last week, the Central High football team traveled to boot camp for four days of hard work in preparation for their upcoming season. The guys made it through camp in spite of a flu that affected about twenty players and coaches. Coach Sid Edwards said, “Camp was a resounding success. Where our camp is certainly brutal in nature, our main goal is to reach deeper into the hearts and souls of our young men and promote a love and respect for each other. These goals were met and then some.” Turn to page 12 for more football camp photos.

Clarifying Misconceptions as Central City News Closes Office in Central The questions and phone calls generated by the closing of the Central City News office here in Central have made it clear that a number of people did not know that the two papers, Central Speaks and Central City News, are completely separate businesses. Central Speaks, Central’s weekly newspaper, has offices located at 12023 Sullivan Road, just north of the Sullivan and

Hooper intersection, and the offices are open for business every weekday right here in Central. Central City News has moved and reportedly will publish from the Baton Rouge home of its editor and owner, but will no longer maintain an office in the City of Central. History of Central’s Newspapers After browsing this history, please let us know if you have any old copies of the Sentinel, Beacon, Observer, or Central News prior to See Newspapers, Page 2

Central Speaks For You

Central Speaks, responding to safety concerns from a citizen about a rotted power pole, worked with Entergy to resolve the issue. Inside of a week Entergy responded and had the pole replaced. Thank you Entergy for your quick response. If you have safety concerns or issues you feel "Central Speaks For You" could help solve, email us at or call 262-3730.


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West Nile Virus in Central Last Friday the West Nile Virus took the life of 70 year old Central resident Riley Joseph Gremillion. The family is certainly in the thoughts and prayers of many here in Central. Mr. Gremillion's son, Robert Gremillion, also urged everyone to "Please take this seriously...I do not want anyone else to go through what we have endured..." In light of the seriousness of the West Nile Virus, highlighted by this impact on the Central community, Central Speaks wants to help keep the community aware of the risks and symptoms of the disease. Keeping your property free of standing water where mosquitoes breed is the first step in prevention. In addition, East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement will come out and inspect and spray your property at no charge. This service is paid for by your property taxes. Their number is 356-3297. Finally, understanding the disease is critical in knowing when to seek medical treatment. The following information comes from the National Center for Biotechnology information. Researchers believe West Nile virus is spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a person. Mosquitoes carry the highest amounts of virus in the

early fall, which is why the rate of the disease increases in late August to early September. The risk of disease decreases as the weather becomes colder and mosquitoes die off. Although many people are bitten by mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, most do not know they've been exposed. Few people develop severe disease or even notice any symptoms at all. Risk factors for developing a more severe form of West Nile virus include conditions that weaken the immune system, older or very young age, and pregnancy. The mild disease, called West Nile fever, may cause some or all of the following symptoms: Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Fever, Headache, Lack of appetite, Muscle aches Nausea, Rash, Sore throat, Swollen lymph nodes and Vomiting. These symptoms usually last for 3 - 6 days. More severe forms of disease, which can be life threatening, may be called West Nile encephalitis or West Nile meningitis, depending on what part of the body is affected. The following symptoms can occur, and need prompt attention: Confusion or change in ability to think clearly, Loss of consciousness or coma, Muscle weakness, Stiff neck, Weakness of one arm or leg.

Newspapers - Continued from Page 1 May of 2005, or even just articles from those papers. Central Speaks would like to help preserve the history of Central by scanning and archiving these and will provide them to the Central Cultural Foundation in support of the Society for History. All items loaned for scanning will be promptly returned to you. Call us at 262-3730 if you have these pieces of Central history. 1971 – 1972 – The Central Sentinel published in Central. 1972 – The Central Beacon published in Central. 1986 – 1992 - The Central News published in Central. 1998 – The Leader began publishing a Central newspaper April 21, 2005 – Central City News published its first newspaper. April 23, 2005 - The City of Central was incorporated. January, 2006 - The Leader was purchased by Central City News. June, 2008 - began publishing an on-line community newspaper for the City of Central. By 2010 the popularity of the website had grown to the point that a printed newspaper was the logical next step. April 9, 2010 - Central Speaks published its first printed weekly newspaper and has continued to print every week except the Thursday after Christmas each year. June 30, 2010 - Central Speaks began direct mailing the newspaper to over 8,000 homes and businesses each week in addition to free distribution at many local businesses. January, 2011 - Central City News ceased weekly publication and began publishing twice each month for eight months of the year. August, 2011 - Central City News moved its office out of the City of Central. Central Speaks remains in Central at 12023 Sullivan Road, City of Central, LA 70818. Telephone - 262-3730.

Congressman Bill Cassidy Speaks at Central Chamber Meeting

July Building Permits Summary Press Release

Building permits slowed during the month of July 2012 in the city of Central with a total of 7 new residential permits being issued. The total valuation of these permits was $1,622,356. Within these permits, two were issued in Village Lakes with an average valuation of $218,852; two in Burlington Lakes valued at $172,315; one in Wisteria Lakes valued at $317,968; one in Village at Magnolia Square valued at $247,570; and one on Pinewood Drive valued at $274,484. A total of 90 new residential home permits have been issued so far this year. 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 in July, permits were applied for the following businesses: 1) Starkey Builders, 10510 Joor Rd, 8,025 square feet, remodel 2) Property One, 14455 Greenwell Springs Rd, Ste A, B, & C, remodelfire damage 3) Dollar General, 16888 Liberty Rd, 9,100 sq. ft new building 4) Persnickety, 14790 Wax Rd, new tenant location 5) Café Phonecia, 14300 Wax Rd, 3,949 sq. feet, new restaurant 6) Alexandra’s Dress Shop, 14790 Wax Rd, Ste 109, 1,400 sq. feet, new tenant location 7) Johnny’s Pizza, 14790 Wax Rd, Ste 112, 2,800 sq feet, new restaurant.

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Dr. Bill Cassidy, who serves as a Representative for Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District, was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s Central Chamber of Commerce meeting at Kristenwood. Cassidy serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee, is an Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference, and is a member of the GOP Health Care Task Force. Print Edition • Thursday, August 9, 2012

The C4 Report

From the City of Central Chamber of Commerce School + Business = Success

Quality of life, economic growth, and a sustainable business environment are all partially dependent upon an excellent educational system. This statement can be validated, if by nothing else, by what we watched unfold during the recent Louisiana State Legislative Session. Our Governor, many of our legislators, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry all backed state education reform. There can be no question that educational reform is not only a major concern but it is also a hot button issue, if for no other reason than the impact education has on our state’s economic outlook. With lawsuits being filed and the debate still ongoing, it is obvious that this issue is far from being resolved. However, with all this turmoil and the start of another school year upon us, the citizens and the businesses of Central can breathe a collective sigh of relief! Thanks to our public, private, and parochial schools we stand as a lighthouse in our state. Several years ago, visionaries in our community saw that “a bridge was out” in the area of public education and that we were heading towards that bridge at an alarming rate! The decision was made to do

whatever was necessary to form our own public school system. Thus, we have the City of Central and the Central Community School System. Today, thanks to these visionaries and the diligence of those who have overseen our system, we can boast high state rankings, a new school complex, quality educators and staff, a safe and quality educational environment for our children, and an even brighter future! To these visionaries we say thank you! With the continued growth and excellence of our public schools and the ongoing quality of our private and parochial schools, the business community and our citizens can confidently look towards the future. As education and commerce continue to flourish in our community, we will continue to increase in our appeal to other businesses, educators, and parents around our area, our state, and our nation. We truly appreciate, and definitely do not take for granted, all the effort that has been and will continue to be put forth to maintain our educational edge. So as another school year commences, special thanks goes out to all our area schools, public, private, and parochial and to the dedicated employees that make these systems function in excellence!

Dana McKearn Named Entergy Customer Service Manager BATON ROUGE, La. Dana Watkins McKearn has been named customer service manager for Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., said Sheila Pounders, Entergy Gulf States Louisiana regional customer service manager for the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. “The wealth of customer service expertise, including a wide range of storm restoration experience and a heartfelt commitment to community development initiatives that Dana brings to her new role with Entergy, will be of tremendous value to Livingston Parish and the city of Central,” Pounders said. McKearn began her career with Entergy in the customer service center and has since accumulated more than 28 years of experience within the company, all in the customer service and distribution areas. In her new role, McKearn will serve the cities of Denham Springs and Central as well as the towns and villages of Walker, Livingston, Springfield, French Settlement and Port Vincent. Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corporation’s electric system serving 2.8 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.


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Central High Student Council Freshens Up Courtyard Submitted by Breigh Allen

The Central High Student Council, their friends and family members, and members of the CHS football team, have been working hard to improve the courtyard on the CHS campus in time for the new school year. Work is still in progress, but even with just a few coats of paint, it is looking better already!

Student Council members hard at work in the CHS courtyard

Student Council Officers (L-R): Chahara Thomas, Sydni Wilkins, Shelby Breckwoldt, Breigh Allen, Bryce Glover and Elizabeth Thomas. Not pictured: Landon Smith

Healthy Recipe: Salmon and Pasta

By Rachel F. Johnson

My mother’s side of the family is full-blooded Italian, so you can probably guess what we eat at almost every family get-together: spaghetti! Because of this, I don’t really cook pasta on a regular basis, but the other day I was digging through the cabinet and found a pack of whole wheat rotini and decided to see what I could throw together for a quick lunch. This meal is takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and has that signature light & refreshing taste of summer!

Serves 4 • 4 oz. whole wheat rotini noodles • 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil, divided • ½ red onion, sliced • 4 garlic cloves, minced • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered • 3 large handfuls of fresh spinach • ¾ cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar • 4 salmon filets, 3-4 oz. each • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice • ½ tsp. Italian Seasoning • Black Pepper, as desired • 1 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese Cook rotini as directed on package in a medium-sized pot. While noodles are cooking, heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Put 1 tsp. olive oil in pan along with garlic and sliced red onion. Saute until slightly browned (about 3-5 minutes). Add cherry tomatoes, spinach and thawed edamame. Continue to sauté additional 3-5 minutes. By this time the pasta should be done. Drain the pasta in a colander

over the sink. Place drained noodles back into the medium-sized pot. Pour vegetable mixture over noodles along with remaining olive oil and 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar. Set aside. Reheat the same skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place salmon in middle of skillet and sprinkle even amounts of 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice and ½ tsp. Italian Seasoning. Cook 3 minutes per side, until no longer bright pink. Place equal portions of noodle mixture on each plate, sprinkle on ¼ cup finely shredded parmesan cheese and top with 1 salmon filet for an easy dinner! Some people believe that pasta is a severe diet breaker because of the high concentration of carbs, but that simply isn’t true! If abiding by portion sizes, 1 oz. of whole wheat pasta is only 100 calories and a good source of fiber, protein & iron. So, the next time you’re craving a bowl of carbs, choose a moderate amount of a whole-grain variety of pasta, mix it with a few vegetables and add a bit of lean protein for a filling & “comfort food” taste of health.

COMMUNITY 5 Print Edition • Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Central Community Remembers Mrs. Joyce Kelly

How do you characterize an angel? According to those who knew Joyce Kelly, who passed away last week, you need look no further. "She was an angel," School Board member Sharon Browning said, " She never had an enemy, she was always the same all the time." Retired Assistant Superintendent Ronnie Devall shared, "She was probably the sweetest person I've ever been in contact with. She will surely be missed. She was just a beautiful person." "She was the sweetest thing that ever was," said Margaret Gentry, whose husband Glenn was one of the several CHS principals Mrs. Kelly worked for, "Mr. Gentry thought the world of her. You couldn't ask for a finer person. She was a lady's lady." Mamie Younger shared poetically, “She had eyes created from a slice of God’s blue heaven.” Central Sheriff Substation Captain Bobby Dale Callender remembered, "She was dearly loved. When you opened the door to the office, the first thing you noticed was her smile. She was one of the greatest

listeners and advice-givers I ever saw." Mrs. Kelly was secretary to the principal of Central High School for 34 years. For her longstanding service to the children of the Central Community she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mrs. Browning stated, "She was the Historian of Central High School, CHS was her heart, she just loved it." "She was the most knowledgeable person I know about Central High history. We'd always call her when we needed information on someone from the school. Anytime anyone needed someone to work on a committee or find someone to work on a committee she always had the information," Mr. Devall said. She served on the Hall of Fame selection committee the whole time Mr. Devall served as Principal. Mrs. Browning remembered how they needed to find the bus key to take the football team to the playoffs. No one could find the key, so they ended up having to rouse Mrs. Kelly from sedation after surgery to tell

them where the key was! Former CHS Principal Graydon Walker said with a smile, "She was very efficient, very loyal. She was truly an asset to me as a principal. She had a unique filing system - on top of her desk! I'd ask her, 'Joyce, where's that bill from Coca-Cola', and she'd find it right there on top of her desk." "You could ask her for anything, and she'd reach into that pile on her desk and find it," Mrs. Browning, who went to CHS as a student while Mrs. Kelly was secretary, then returned to work with her as a teacher, remembered. Not just proficient at her job, Mrs. Kelly affected lives by being an example. "She never complained, she was very dedicated," Mr. Devall said. Mr. Walker shared, "She lived such a good life, she set the example for all of us to follow. So many of us don't leave a legacy like she did. It would be nice if all of us left a legacy like Joyce Kelly did. She didn't just talk about it, she lived it." "She was a pillar of Blackwater United Methodist Church," said Mrs. Browning, "She was Central's Mother Theresa, and

she was my dear friend." "I don't know anyone in our community who had more respect than Joyce Kelly," Mrs. Gentry affirmed. Capt. Callender remembered, "One day I had to go to Principal J.A. Smith's office for fighting on the school bus. Mrs. Kelly said, 'Bobby Dale, I'm praying for you, baby.' I have no doubt she talked to Mr. Smith and that's why he didn't give us a licking. He pulled out the paddle and hit his old grey metal desk, but I knew she had intervened on my behalf. She just bubbled Jesus. She witnessed with just a smile. I knew Who she was mirroring, what she was trying to share- strictly the love of Jesus. She made a total impact on my life. Folks are going to have to go to Heaven to see her again, because that's where she surely is." Thanks to everyone who contributed their memories to this article, and to Mrs. Kelly's daughter Tara Bryan, who shared the photos of Mrs. Kelly where most of Central remembers her being - behind her desk.


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CAPA Corner Words of Encouragement from the Central Area Pastor’s Association

Be Faithful in the Little

Sign Up Now for Women’s Mini Retreat Submitted by St Augustine Episcopal Church

St. Augustine Episcopal Church is holding a women’s mini retreat led by Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade on Saturday, September 29 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy the quiet of a morning away from the bustle of the week. Be pampered as we reflect on the “Seasons of a Woman’s Life.” This mini-retreat includes quiet time, discussion, creative expression, reflection, and, of course, eating. Enjoy a nature walk as part of this mini-retreat. Leave refreshed and renewed. To RSVP, visit or call 267-5600. Admission is free. Limit is 20 participants.

Blackwater UMC Community Blood Drive This Sunday

Blackwater United Methodist Church will be holding a blood drive on Sunday, August 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All donors will be entered to win an $800 vacation package or one of three $100 gas cards. The drawing for these prizes will be held in September. Please come out and save a life by donating to the Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank. All donors should eat before donating blood and have their photo ID with them.

So many Christians today are timid in their Christian walk because they may not know a lot about God and the Bible. Even though the lack of knowledge is a huge problem in the church today, I want to encourage those who are young in the Lord and may not know as much as they think they should: Be faithful in the little that you do know and the little that you have received from God. In Matthew 25, according to the Parable of the Talents, the lord gave one servant five talents, another two talents, and to another one talent. He gave each man the amount that suited them the best. God knows our individual ability and we are gifted accordingly. It does not matter the amount and we should never be jealous or desirous of another’s gift that God himself gave. What matters is - Are we faithful to what God has given us at that moment and time? We may not know God and the Bible perfectly, but that does not mean we bury the little we do know. We should always be

faithful with what God gives us or what knowledge we have at the moment. For this is what we will hear: “Well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” (Matthew 25:21) Be faithful and obedient in what you know now and you will be amazed in the knowledge God will r eveal to you l ater. Paul’s prayer for the faithful Ephesians: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,…” (Ephesians 1:15-23) Abiding in the Vine, Kenny Kepper Pastor, Berean Ministries CHURC Print Edition • Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Galilee Baptist Academy Open House Victory Academy PreK-5th Orientation, 9-11AM Victory Academy 6th-8th Orientation, 1-3PM Tight Knit Group, 4PM-6PM, Central Library Bellingrath Hills Elementary Open House, 5-6:30PM Capital City Republican Women Meeting, BREC Independence Center - Room 117, 6PM Sid Edwards Show, 5:30-6:30 PM Broadcast from Zoe’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App

FRIDAY 8/10:

The Campaign Opens in Theaters Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist Bellingrath Hills Elementary School Pre-K Open House MANDATORY meeting for all Pre-K Parents. 3:00 pm Live Music, Pit Crew BBQ, 6-9PM Kandiland with Kandi Jones, 5:30-6:30PM Broadcast from Romero’s @ Joor/Lovett & on 1550 AM or Central Now App


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


Bellingrath Hills Elementary - only girls attend today City Council meeting, Kristenwood, 6-7:30PM Diabetes Support Group, Lane RMC, 6-7PM Hospice Grief Support meeting, Ochsner Medical Center, 6:30-8:00PM The Central Chamber C-4 Power Hour with Ron Erickson/Matt Price, 5:30-6:30PM Broadcast from Cafe Delphi & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App


Bellingrath Hills Elementary - First day of school for all students The Central Speaks Radio Hour with Dave Freneaux, 5:30-6:30PM Broadcast from Menchie’s & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App


Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Tight Knit Group, 4PM-6PM, Central Library Caliente Mexican Craving, Live music with “Almost Real Life”, 6-9PM Sid Edwards Show, 5:30-6:30 PM Broadcast from Zoe’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App

FRIDAY 8/17:

Magnolia United Methodist Church Community Market 8AM-1PM Magnolia Square Farmer’s Market 8AM-12PM Free Couponing Class, Life’s Journey Church Zachary, 10AM-2PM Women Veterans of LA Mtg, Sherwood Forest Picadilly, 11:30 AM CHS Class of 1972 Reunion, Kristenwood, 6:30PM-12:00AM Live Music, Caliente Mexican Craving, 6-9PM

Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist Lawson Hebert Jambalaya Fundraiser, BR Fire Dept on Coursey, 11AM-1PM Live Music, Pit Crew BBQ, 6-9PM Kandiland with Kandi Jones, 5:30-6:30PM Broadcast from Romero’s @ Joor & Lovett & on 1550 AM or Central Now App

See you at church! Blood Drive, Blackwater UMC, 9AM-1:00PM

Magnolia United Methodist Church Community Market 8AM-1PM Lawson Hebert BBQ Chicken Fundraiser, Central Fire Dept, 11AM-1PM

SUNDAY 8/12:

MONDAY 8/13:


First day of school for all 1st-12th grade students in CCSS See you at church! First day of school for Victory Academy Free congestive heart failure education class, Lane RMC, 10AMMONDAY 8/13: 12PM, call 654-5263 to register First day of school for Pre-K and Kindergarten students in CCSS schools Bellingrath Hills Elementary - only boys attend today As for Me and My House with Steve Johnson, 5:30-6:30PM Art League of Central monthly meeting, Central library, 6-7:30PM Broadcast from Jambalaya House & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App CCSS School Board meeting, 6-7:30PM


This Saturday, August 11, Brandon Routh and Bruce Prestridge will be playing live music at Caliente at the corner of Wax and Sullivan Road from 6-9 PM. Stop by for dinner and some good entertainment.

Thursday, August 9, 2012 • Print Edition

St. Alphonsus Cub Scout Pack 125 invites all 1st - 5th grade boys of St. Alphonsus Parish and School to the 6th annual kick-off on Saturday, August 25th and Parent’s Night on Wednesday, August 29th. The kick-off will be held from 12:003:00 pm in the St. Alphonsus Family Center and Parent’s Night will be at 7:00 pm in the St. Francis Room.

Young Friends Go Hog Hunting

Submitted by David Braun

This hog was taken with one Louisiana Catahoula Cur and one American Boar Terrier on the Louisiana / Mississippi state line. The dogs were not injured. Pictured from left to right are Baton Rouge residents Nate and Nova Semmes who attend Our Lady of Mercy; Central resident and Central Private student Max Braun; and Skylar Everett, a Watson resident who attends Live Oak Elementary.

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The Campaign - Continued from Page 1 ALC Holds First Juried Exhibit

Above: Award winners, left to right: Derrel Robinson, Gwin Brister, Pat Saucier, Margaret Shipley, Charlene Schlatre, Andrea Phillips, Karen McCormick, and Mia Freneaux By Mia Freneaux Randall Cunningham at The Campaign premier; Zach GaliďŹ anakis can be seen on the right.

pick up everything. In film the acting is more personal, it's a visual art. Theater is a performing art. I love Theater, it will always be part of my past and formed who I am, but I am obsessed with the Film Industry." Central Private was very supportive of Randall, allowing him to stay up to date with his schooling through email and mail. Mom Leslie would pick up necessary materials from the school and meet Dad James half way to New Orleans to transfer assignments. "I took my midterm exams in the production office," Randall notes with amusement. The big challenge was adjusting

between life as a movie actor, where he got star treatment, and jumping back into student life, where he was just an ordinary teen. James shared, "It was a hard transition: boom! movie star, boom! student. But he stayed grounded." Randall is very appreciative of his parents' support. One of them had to stay with him the entire time he was in New Orleans, which entailed massive rescheduling of their lives. Leslie shared, "You can't plan ahead when you get involved in this business. When you get the call, you drop everything and make it work." Using vacation time and calling on co-workers to swap schedules allowed James to act as chaperone. Randall was thrilled to get to work with stars Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Dan Ackroyd and John Lithgow. "It's insane! That I got to work with all of them is even more of a treat," he says. Though it was hard to decide, he shares that his favorite actor to work with was Will. "I never dreamed I'd meet a legend like Dan Ackroyd. I mean, he's a Blues Brother! But I learned so much from watching Will's improv skills and how he treats others. He showed me no matter how big you get, you can still be a human being." He called his Hollywood premier experience "fantastic! Getting that star treatment was, well, a real treat! Walking on the red carpet with paparazzi calling your name to get you to look at them for photographs, people in the crowd blocked off across the street calling your name, it was fun but also somewhat scary. I mean, how do they even know you?" His future plans are to go to film school after graduation to study directing and screen writing. "I'd rather be behind the camera than in front. I have a love for filming and telling stories. I want to get my vision out there for everyone to see."

Last Sunday the Art League of Central held the reception for its August exhibit "Celebrating the Louisiana Bicentennial", now being shown at the Joor Road branch of the public library. This show is a first for the League, in that it is its very first juried exhibit. Awards were given out at the reception, with several first time ribbon winners being honored. In the "Under Glass" category, First Place was awarded to Derrel Robinson for his work entitled "NoLa Katrina". Second Place was given to Gwin Brister for his work "Sweet Memories". Third Place went to Beth Fussell for her photography diptych entitled "The Changing of the Leaves". Honorable Mention went to Mia Freneaux for "Early Morning Wax Road". In the "Not Under Glass" category, First Place was won by Andrea Phillips for her oil "The Rosedown Fountain". Second Place was awarded to Margaret Shipley for her work "Great Blue". Third Place went to Pat Saucier for "Atchafalaya Swamp Basin". Honorable Mention was given to Karen McCormick for "Artist's Cottage", and to Charlene Schlatre for "Blooming Rose". Holding a juried show was one of many of the ALC's goals, and more are in the works. A show entitled "Something Red" will be exhibited at the Greenwell Springs library in November. "Celebrating the Louisiana Bicentennial" will be shown until the end of August. If you are interested in joining the Art League, please email CentralArt@ or call 413-2162.

REGISTER FOR FALL RECREATION PROGRAMS TODAY! Classes begin in September at various locations throughout the parish. From fitness and outdoor adventure to dance and music, BREC has something for children and adults of all interests this fall. For more information or to register, drop by the BREC recreation center of your choice or visit


Thursday, August 9, 2012 • Print Edition

Boy Scouts to Church Groups: A History of Camp Istrouma From the annals of Dr. Jesse Fairchild comes this account of the history of Camp Istrouma.

"In 1910, the first scout troop was formed in Baton Rouge. In 1924, the Baton Rouge Rotary Club purchased Camp Istrouma at Indian Mound for the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. To the original 80 acres of land, 64 more acres were added through different grants from the Rotary Club. The camp layout was designed by the Engineering Service of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of American about 1935 and consisted mainly of four group camp sites, three of which have four patrol cabins, one leader's cabin and a group kitchen and dining hall building. One camp site has only three patrol cabins and a group leader's cabin. By 1957, the Boy Scouts had outgrown Camp Istrouma. Many Baton Rougeans got together and raised $235,000 to purchase 1440 acres of land at Camp Avondale in Clinton, Louisiana,. Camp Istrouma was purchased from the Boy Scouts of America in 1959 while Rev. D.W. Poole was Superintendent of the Baton Rouge District and Rev. Henry Rickey was Superintendent of the New Orleans District (of the Methodist Church - ed). The price was $95,000.... In 1965, Hurricane Betsy felled hundreds of trees and totally destroyed or heavily damaged eight buildings, necessitating big-time cleanup and the initiation of a rebuilding program in 1966. In 1966, two new 40 bed camping units were completed. Constructed in the shape of an "H", each unit included a kitchen and dining-meeting area and four 10 bed sleeping areas, each with its own shower and toilet facilities. The cost was about $60,000. The large kitchen was also completely renovated and equipped, and a deep well of 2,000 feet was dug. The Camp received $5,007 in insurance money, $5,321 in fallen timber sales and special gifts, and $16,500 in Hurricane Relief Funds given by Methodists throughout the country. In 1979, the dining hall ("Big

Map of Camp Istrouma when it was set up as a Boy Scout camp.

Top") was enlarged, remodeled, and refurnished at a cost of approximately $40,000. Funds for the improvement came largely from oil lease revenues which began in 1978 and extended over a 5 year period. In addition, youth groups sent more than $300 to be applied to windows in the renovated dining hall. In 1986, Rev. Mon Wilkes retired as Camp Manager after 26 years of service. In 1995, the dining hall was renamed "J. Monroe Wilkes Hall". In 2005, the Istrouma Lake Lodge Conference Center opened." Today Camp Istrouma is no longer the Boy Scout tent-camping location it was all those years ago. A lake graces the property with a beautiful fountain, with high water adventure facilities available. The Lodge is sited on the shores of the lake, built in an Acadian style. The newly renovated Chapel holds 200. Some things remain the same, though: the miles of hiking trails through mature pine woods, and the old "Swinging Bridge" over Sandy Creek, built by Boy Scouts long ago. It is nice to think that today all the cabins are air-conditioned, an unheard of luxury when Camp Istrouma was first built.

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SPORTS 11 Print Edition • Thursday, August 9, 2012

E3 Tryout Dates Changed

CHS Band Prepares for Football Season

Submitted by Cody Rogillio

Tryouts for 2012-2013 E3 11U baseball team will be held August 16th at the Central High School softball field at 6:00 PM. Tryouts are for fall and summer seasons. This is a tournament team registered with USSSA and coached by Central High School assistant coach, Cody Rogillio. For information, contact Coach Rogillio at 603-2376 or

Stix Baseball Tryouts August 19th Submitted by Heather Thode

We have partnered with Central High School Baseball Coach Mike Forbes! We are holding group tryouts on Sunday August 19th at 1:00 at Lovett Rd Park in Central. We will also have individual tryouts through August and September. We will be playing fall ball and many tournaments in spring/ summer and a trip to Cooperstown or Disney’s Rawlings International Tournament. Contact: James Thode 921-3962 Or Franky Hebert- Assistant Coach for Central High – 301-7993

LA Lady Katz Tryouts This Weekend Submitted by Marc Walls

The LA Lady Katz will hold tryouts August 11th at 1:00 and August 12th at 3:00. Tryouts will be held at Lovett Rd Park. Please contact Marc Walls 225-405-6077 or Patrick "Dut" Bizette 276-6750

New Dates for Dragons Baseball Tryouts Dragons Baseball will be holding it's annual player evaluation/tryout for the 2013 season on August 23 and 24, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tryouts will be held at the Live Oak Sports Complex in Watson. Plans include teams in 7U-14U. For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact via phone or text: For 7U-12U David Robinson 225571-1741. For 12U-14U contact Scott Schultz 225-522-0107 or email

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Wildcat Football Team Goes to Boot Camp Photos by Michael Spangler Print Edition • Thursday, August 9, 2012


First CHS Football Game Is August 31st


The farmers markets will be held this Saturday morning at Magnolia Square and at Magnolia Methodist Church. Stop by to see what local farmers and craftsmen have to offer!

Thursday, August 9, 2012 • Print Edition

Brent and Tracy Crow Welcome Son Riker It's A Boy! Brent "Mike" and Tracy (Landry) Crow are proud to announce the birth of their son, Riker Dayton Landry Crow. Riker was born on May 30th, 2012 at 1:37 pm at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. He weighed 6 pounds and 8.3 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. Proud big brother is Brenton Landry Crow. Grandparents are Sarah and Gordon "Pat" Landry and Julia and Larry Crow.

Jim and Jane Culpepper Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

On Saturday July 21, 2012, Jim and Jane Culpepper celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at Kristenwood Reception Hall in Central. The Culpeppers were married on this date in 1962 at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, La. They have one son, Lane. Mrs. Culpepper was the

former Margaret Jane Hinman. Guests were treated to a delightful video presentation of photos selected from the Culpeppers’ archives and compiled by friend and photographer Mickey Hebert, A-Bear Productions. Entertainment was provided by Rocky Saxon.

Wallace and Joyce Edwards Celebrate 65 Years of Marriage

Wallace and Joyce Edwards celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on August 8th. They were married at Blackwater United Methodist Church. Congratulations!

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Amite River Preservation Hospice of BR Offering Association Hard at Work Free Grief Support Sessions The Hospice of Baton Rouge is offering a free 6-week grief support group facilitated by social worker Christine Brasseaux. The sessions will be held at Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive. Please inquire at the front desk for room location. The six sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm. Dates are August 14th, 21st, 28th, and September 4th, 11th, and 18th. Please call Karen at 767-4673 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Maddie (L) and Grace (R) with one of their signs.

Litter on the beach only two days after it was cleaned. While we sit inside sipping iced tea and wondering when it will get cooler, the amazing young people of the Amite River Preservation Association have once again been hard at work making their world a little better. "They're still out there doing their part on the Amite River several times a week. They have purchased a bigger boat and improved their launch. They have already surpassed last year's litter removal total of over 800 cubic feet. They recently recruited a couple of young artists to design signs to post along the river to discourage littering. The signs were placed in areas that had been accumulating the most litter and appear to be making an impact. The litter is noticeably less since the signs were put out. The artists are Maddie and Grace Toler, students at St. Alphonsus Catholic School," shared Richard Venable, father of many of the members. Last year this group of motivated people was recognized all the way up to the state level for their contributions. This year, they continue to do the wonderful job they started despite receiving no formal recognition. How do you express appreciation for the amazing efforts of this group of selfless, determined individuals? All expenses for gasoline and supplies come out of their pockets. Consider making a donation. Contact them at They are officially recognized as a non-profit organization now. After all they do to keep our Amite River beautiful, it's the least we can do.

Elvin and Lena McGee Celebrate 50 Years Together

Submitted by Danette McGee

Elvin and Lena McGee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, July 28 with a renewal of their wedding vows at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Central. Officiating was Deacon Phil BeJeaux. Both the Matron of Honor, Vicki Welborn Lockhart of Piedmont, OK and Best Man, Kenney J. McGee of Houston, TX were in attendance. Other members of the wedding party present were Tony Calderone and James

Monteaux. A reception in their honor was given by their daughter, Danette McGee, at Elegant Memories in Central. Dinner and dancing were enjoyed by family and friends, as well as a birthday celebration for Elvin since the couple was married on his birthday. The McGees were married on July 28, 1962 at St. Joseph’s Church, now Cathedral, by Father Stanley Joseph Ott, who later served as the Bishop of Baton Rouge.


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