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Good News for a Great City • Daily News at CentralSpeaks.com •August 18, 2011

Council District Meetings Next Two Wednesdays On the next two Wednesday evenings, there will be public committee meetings concerning City Council districts. The first of three open meetings was held this past Wednesday, August 17th. The next two meetings are scheduled for Wednesdays, August 24th and 31st, at 6:30 PM. The meetings are being held at City Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to come to these meetings.

CHS Newspaper Launched

Every third Thursday of the month, Central High School will have its own newspaper in the 4 center pages of Central Speaks. CHS and Central Speaks have formed a partnership wherein CHS students will submit their articles and photographs for their own paper, and Central Speaks will train students to use InDesign to format the paper for publication. The CHS paper will then be distributed with Central Speaks at no cost to CHS. Through this, Central Speaks hopes to provide a journalistic experience for students of CHS. Keep up with activities and achievements of CHS through this innovative program!

CP Photo by Selser Photography

CHS Photo by Expressions Photography

Central Private and Central High football teams are diving into the season in the coming weeks. Central Private has a home game Friday vs Cenla at 7 PM, and Central High will face Thibodeaux in a scrimmage Friday at 6.

Valarie Hodges to Run for State Representative Deadline Friday for CHS Hall of Fame Nominations

Valarie Hodges has formally announced her candidacy for State Representative in District 64, which is comprised of Watson and Pride and parts of Central, Walker, Baker, Zachary, Denham Springs and Brownsfield. Valarie Hodges is a proven conservative leader who can be trusted to work for and with the people of District 64. A devoted mother and grandmother, Valarie is married to Leland Hodges, a local pastor and homebuilder. Leland and Valarie attended Central High School and live in Watson where they were married 39 years ago. A successful businesswoman, Valarie is the

administrator for a non-profit organization and has helped her husband run two local businesses. Valarie serves on the 8-member Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Louisiana and has worked tirelessly to elect conservative leaders to public office. She supports efforts to bring out-of-control government spending to sustainable levels. Valarie has spent the last ten years volunteering and working in political campaigns and in the community with organizations such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and WOW (a shelter aiding battered women and children) and leading community efforts such as the "Eastover Makeover." Valarie helped to restart LPRW, the Livingston Parish Republican Women, five years ago so that Livingston Parish Republicans would have a forum in which to meet and share ideas. She is also the past President of LPRW. "I have traveled to third world countries and have seen the poverty that accompanies socialistic societies such as Cuba and Mexico. This experience gives me a passionate desire to fight socialism in America by working hard to elect conservatives at every level of government and to im-

plement pro-business and pro-job creation policies. I now want to take a more active role because I believe that one person can make a difference. I have committed my life to helping others have a better quality of life and believe that I can make a positive contribution as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives,” Hodges said. “Under the leadership of Governor Jindal, Louisiana has seen dramatic improvement. But we need even more reform,” Hodges said. “We must cut taxes on our families and businesses and continue to transform Louisiana into the best place in America to raise a family, start a business and create quality jobs. We must improve education and give parents additional choices. And we must improve traffic conditions by working together to find new solutions,” she said. Valarie is committed to working with other leaders to find innovative ways to improve highways and infrastructure in and around District 64—without raising taxes and without destroying the safety and current climate of our communities. The election in District 64 is scheduled for October 22, 2011. Representative Bodi White, who is running for State Senate, is not seeking re-election to this seat.

There will be a benefit for Michael Lovelady, who lost his house in a fire, this Saturday, August 20th at noon at Our Place Restaurant. Jambalaya tickets and T.V. Raffle tickets can each be purchased at Our Place for $5.

If you would like to nominate someone for the CHS Hall of Fame, please email your nomination to eedwards@centralcss.org by 3:00 PM this Friday, August 19th. You can also drop it off at Central High School for Coach Sid Edwards. The inductee(s) will be honored at the CHS/Zachary football game on Ovtober 7th. The candidate can be anyone who has made a significant impact on Central High School. He or she does not necessarily have to be a CHS graduate. Please include with your nomination an explanation of why the person deserves to be in the Central High Hall of Fame.

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THIS WEEK IN CENTRAL

A Happy Ending

THURSDAY. 8/18: Central Speaks Hits the Streets and Mailboxes Scale Down Orientation, 11:30 AM & 7 PM at Lane RMC CHS Varsity Volleyball vs Zachary/W Feliciana, 4 PM at Zachary Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library CP Softball Game vs WCCA, 4 & 5:45 PM at Central Private Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza & on 1550 AM FRIDAY 8/19: Deadline for CHS Hall of Fame Nominations Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist CP Pep Rally, 2:20 PM at Central Private CHS Football Scrimmage vs Thibodeaux, 6 PM at Home CP Football vs Cenla, 7 PM at Central Private SATURDAY 8/20: Spikes Baseball Tryouts, 9 AM- NOON at CHS Michael Lovelady Jambalaya Benefit, 12 PM at Our Place Restaurant SUNDAY 8/21: Blood Drive, 7:30 AM- 1 PM at Zoar Baptist Church MONDAY 8/22: CCSS School Board Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Road Park TUESDAY 8/23: City Council Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood CP Middle/High School parents’ Night, 6:30 PM at Central Private Sewing/Quilting Group, 10 AM at Magnolia Methodist WEDNESDAY, 8/24: THURSDAY. 8/25: Central Speaks Hits the Streets and Mailboxes Scale Down Orientation, 11:30 AM & 7 PM at Lane RMC Christmas in Central Organizational Meeting, 12 PM at Cooper Catering CHS in McKinley Volleyball Jamboree at LA School for the Deaf Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza & on 1550 AM Board of Adjustments Meeting, 5 PM at Kristenwood Planning & Zoning Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood Meet the Wildcats, 6 PM in the Central High Gym

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to the story in this paper, Molly was returned to her parents. After a long 6 days of worry for both Levy and Patricia Harrison, Molly was returned to them. On Sunday, July 31, 2011 Levy had taken Molly outside to take care of the usual business of a puppy. Shortly after they went outside a storm came up and a bolt of lightning struck a tree near the house and Molly took off running from fright from her home on Oak Cluster Dr. For days many searched for Molly. A story was run in the paper about

her disappearance, pictures and flyers were taken door-to-door in all of the neighboring subdivisions. No one had seen her. On Friday, August 5 at approximately 10:15 their daughter received a phone call from Troy Kirklan, a heavy equipment operator working on the Central Thruway, stating that he had found Molly. He had seen her on Wednesday in the woods along the edge of the thruway construction. He stated that she seem lost and frightened. He placed some food out for her. She was still there on Thursday so he left food for her again. On Friday when he returned to work, she came out to him and he fed her and took her on his dozer for the day. That night his wife saw an article about Molly and told him that her name was Molly. He called her from the back of the house and she came running. On Saturday, August 6, 2011 Molly was reunited with her parents. A very special thank you goes out to Mr. Kirklan. It's good to know that there are still good caring people in this world and Mr. Troy Kirklan of Baton Rouge is definitely one of them. In the picture are Levy and Patricia Harrison, Troy Kirklan and a very happy Molly attaching her mom with lots of kisses.

More Building Permits in July

From the City of Central webpage

Building permits picked up rapidly during the month of July 2011 within the city of Central thanks to the lower permit fees approved by the city council that went into effect July 1. A total of 17 new residential permits were issued. The total valuation of these permits was $3,923,981. Within these permits, one was issued in Wisteria Lakes with a building valuation of $213,072; eight were issued in Village Lakes with an average building valuation of $216,276; one in Woodstock with a valuation of $246,628; two in Morgan Springs with an average valuation of $142,599; one in Oak Cluster with a valuation of $316,408; one in Hampton Village valued at $241,981; and three on private parcels of land with an average valuation of $296,826. So far this year, a total of 89 new residential building permits have been issued.

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Lovett Road Construction Elected Officials Make Stylish Appearance at Republican Women’s Elegant Evening of Fashion Well Underway

From the City of Central

These photos are of the Lovett Road bridge work on August 15th. Workers are installing 10 foot x 10 foot concrete box culverts. Approximately thirty of these are being lifted by crane and set into place. Construction began on July 22nd, and the work area of Lovett Road will be closed for about eight weeks total.

Photos by Ron Carr @ aimeezingfaces.com

Sen. Dale Erdey, Rep. Bodi White (with granddaughter) & Rep. Clif Richardson model at the fashion show.


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Magnolia Bridge Replacement Update

Submitted by Rep. Richardson’s Office

Current: The contractor is driving piles, forming and pouring caps, casting and setting girders and forming decks. They have driven 132 of the 168 piles, poured 19 of the 28 caps and set 112 of the 216 girders. Currently, they are setting forms for the first desk pour. Completed: The contractor has completed the embankment for the bridge approaches.

Above: Looking East from the East Baton Rouge side of the Amite River

For questions or comments, contact DOTD’s Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683) or e-mail dotdcs@la.gov. The center is open 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also visit the project’s Web page by going to www.dotd.gov and clicking on "Projects" from the Programs & Projects section of the main menu on the left-hand side of the page and selecting the LA 64 Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project link. You can also follow the La. 64 Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project on Facebook. Again, we thank you for your feedback and patience during this construction. Additionally, at your convenience, please let us know how we are doing by filling out our Customer Service Survey. State Project Number: 262-31-0016Start date: October 2010Finish date: Fall 2012Cost: $19.9 MillionContractor: L & A Contracting Co. of Hattiesburg, MS

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August 25th Planning & Zoning Agenda

In addition to these agenda items, the Planning & Zoning meeting will include a Master Plan update. From the City of Central

The next P&Z meeting will be next Thursday, August 25th at 6 PM at Kristenwood. An abbreviated agenda, including cases to be heard, follows: CENTRAL PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING CASES (NEW BUSINESS): 7. SS-7-11 Subdivision of Tract Y-1 Bueto Place of the Margery R. Peterson Property This property is located south of the Hooper Road and Blackwater Road intersections near the end of Trails End Avenue in Sections 14 and 80, T6S, R1E, GLD, EBR, LA. The applicant is proposing to create two tracts for single family residential land use. (Applicant: Kurt L. Deshotel) 8. PUD-2-11 PUD Final Development Plan Twin Lake Estates This property is located on the north side of Denham Road between the White Oak Run Drive and Hidden Creek Drive intersections in Sections 21 and 42, T-5-S, R-2-E, GLD, EBR, LA. The applicant is proposing a single family residential development. (Applicant: Jim Clark) PUBLIC HEARING CASES (OLD BUSINESS): None The item(s) on this Agenda will be heard by the Central City Council on September 13, 2011, unless the item(s) is deferred by the Commission. CITY OF CENTRAL ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING CASES (NEW BUSINESS): 6. Amending Unified Development Code An Ordinance To Amend and Re-Enact Appendix J (Street Cross Sections) of Title 7, the Unified Development Code and to Provide for Related Matters PUBLIC HEARING CASES (OLD BUSINESS): 7. RZ-10-08 Rev Site Plan Revision (Deferred from July 28th Meeting) This property is located on the south side of Wax Road between Willowbrook Dr. and W. Brookside Dr. on Lot Y of the Brian Tract, being in Sections 8 & 9, T-6-S, R-2-E, GLD, EBR, LA. The applicant is proposing to increase the square footage of the shopping center from 21,360 sq. ft. to 25,908 sq. ft. (Applicant: Kimble Development of Central)


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Shane and Shane Concert Coming to GSBC

Shane and Shane, will be in Concert at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church on Monday August 29th at 6:00pm. Bethany Dillion and Freely will open.Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance purchase at www.itickets.com/events/25817.html . There will be an Ipad giveaway during the concert.

CAPA Corner

Words of Encouragement from the Central Area Pastors Association Knowing God is the point, right? It's the reason God came down as man; the reason we have 'Holy script'; it's the very reason God the Holy Spirit dwells within believers. So, what about it, how well do you know God? If knowing God and entering into a relationship with Him is the pointand it is-then understanding a little about his nature would surely helpagreed? Consider this; God stands poised at this very moment, ready to overwhelm you with his love. Jesus, while talking to the crowds following him tells a great story to illustrate this very point. The story is about a father who has two sons. Both sons' have a strained relationship with their dad,

to say the least. One is rebellious, the other bitter. But through out this beautifully unfolding story emerges the powerful unassuming love of the father. He lets the rebellious son leave but longs for the day he can grab hold of him again. Then having his baby back he withstands the venom spewed at him from the older son redirecting that anger toward a new reality-at least for the son-and that is;'everything I have is yours!' Here it is: knowing God is made possible only because he's the type who just won't quit loving. Dale Phillips Comite Baptist Church

Donate Blood This Sunday at Zoar Submitted by Zoar Baptist Church

There will be a blood drive on Sunday, August 21st from 7:30 AM until 1:00 PM at Zoar Baptist Church. The drive is being sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake. Everyone donating through the end of this month will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $250 gas cards. Donors should be at least 17 years old. If you plan to donate, bring reading glasses, if needed, and a picture ID. Be sure to eat before donating. For more information, please contact Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank at 765-8843, or call Zoar Baptist Church at 251-3434.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

Chaneyville VFD: Hard Work Pays Off

The Board of Commissioners and the Fire Chief of Chaneyville Fire District #7 are proud to announce that starting September 5, 2011, the Public Protection Classification for Chaneyville Fire District #7 will be changed from Class 7 to Class 5. All properties located inside the boundaries of this area and within the required distance from a recognized fire station will receive Class 5 rating. CVFD has worked diligently for the past 3 years to bring our fire rating down so the citizens can pay less on their homeowners insurance every year. We asked our citizens to support their fire department and they were there for us. We could not be more proud of this accomplishment. We would like to thank Mayor Melvin "Kip" Holden, our Councilman Trae Welch, State Senator Rob Marioneaux, State Representative Mack "Bodi" White, Mayor Mac Watts. and the City of Central. We would also like to thank the Fire Departments who assisted anytime there was a need. These Fire Departments include, but are not limited to, Baton Rouge, Central, Zachary, Pride, Bluff Creek, Olive Branch, Slaughter, St. George and Baker. Any department that we asked for help always responded. The biggest thanks goes to every volunteer who gave their own time, day or night, to do whatever it took to help someone in need. We will continue to strive to be even better in the future. Thank you, Mark Strickland, Fire Chief The CVFD #7 Board of Commissioners: David Metcalfe (President), Bobby Watts ( Vice President), Frank Millican (Secretary), Roger Sanford (Commissioner), and Dan Pulliam (Commissioner) CVFD District follows Little Sandy Creek from the Parish line south to Peairs Rd., north to North Joor Rd., then south along N. Joor, crossing 64, following Joor Road to Solitude Lane, west to and including Littlefield, then south almost to McCullough Rd. over to the Comite River, then North along the Comite to where it branches with Redwood Creek, then along Redwood Creek back to the Parish line. EDITORS NOTE: It was members of the CVFD #7 who worked to get fire hydrants placed along Blackwater Rd. in the past 3 years. Many thanks for your diligence and care and CONGRATULATIONS!

ALC Members Take in St. Alphonsus Holding Blue the Rodrigue Retrospective Mass on September 11th

Submitted by St. Alphonsus

Blue Mass - Sunday, September 11, 2011, 10:00 a.m. mass. The Blue Mass began in Baltimore in 1934 to honor the men and women who protect our cities, counties and nation and to focus on the importance of the jobs of public safety officers and emergency personnel to the well-being of our communities. We are extending a special invitation to all public safety officers and emergency personnel to this celebration in their honor. This invitation is also extended to any and all who wish to join in our celebration honoring public safety officers and emergency workers including firemen, first responders and law enforcement personnel in Central and the surrounding community currently serving the citi-

zens of our country and remembering the fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. Jeff LeDuff, former Chief of Police for the City of Baton Rouge, will be our guest speaker sharing his personal reflections on honoring and remembering these elite groups of individuals who made sacrifices in the line of duty for their friends, family, and fellow countrymen. Public Safety Agency personnel will be recognized during the mass, and a special tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty will take place with a Memorial Wreath Presentation and Presentation of Hats representing the different branches of public servants. There will be a reception immediately following mass.

Volunteers Sought for Charitable Effort

Health Care Options’ “Touch A Life Foundation” is currently looking for Volunteers to transport clients to medical appointments, Volunteer sitters/companions for the homebound clients and Volunteers for the Community Outreach programs. If you are interested and would like to touch someone’s life, please call Trudy Bihm at 225-261-6314 or via email at trudybihm@hcohome.com.

Above: Pat Delk, Anne Broome, and Margaret Shipley at the Shaw Center Submitted by the Art League of Central

Members of the Art League of Central recently went to the Shaw Center for the Arts to view the Rodrigue retrospective. Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings. The Art League is also getting ready to host the closing reception for their show, In the Footsteps of the Masters. The reception for the free exibit will take place on Sunday, August 28th from 3-5 PM at the Central Library. Everyone is invited.


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Central Fire Department - The Start of Something Big By Mia Freneaux

Back in 1978, a young man named Chris Ferrara joined the recently formed Central Volunteer Fire Department. He had just moved to Central with his young wife, his high school sweetheart from Redemptorist, and was working at Exxon through Local Union 198 as a pipe fitter/ welder/fabricator. “I got to know a few folks at Exxon who were members of the CVFD, and they encouraged me to join,” Chris reminisced recently, “One of them was Charles Mondrick, recently named Baton Rouge’s Interim Police Chief, who joined in 1977 and is still there today. He is their longest serving volunteer!” Chris recalled the efforts it took to keep the fire department afloat in those days. “We had no tax base,” he stated, “Everything was done with fund raisers. Door-to-door collections, Barbeque dinners, Chicken dinners, bingo at St. Alphonsus, it was all strictly donations. We’d hit one subdivision at a time.” By 1981, it became evident CVFD needed another truck. There was no money available, so with typical Central do-it-yourself spirit, Chris and fellow volunteer Richie Hayes faced the challenge. Huey Kinchen lent his barn on Hooper Road, and Chris and Richie spent hours of their free time welding bits and pieces together. “We had the chassis from a GMC tanker truck whose tank was bad. Then we bought as salvage a wrecked fire truck from Alexandria. It was really just a piece of a fire truck. We cut it apart and welded it to the chassis to make a new truck. It took several months to build. We had to mount the pump and the piping. We fabricated the steel for the 1500 gallon water tank. We’d be twelve to one o’clock in the morning rebuilding and repairing,

then go off to our regular jobs a few hours later. Huey was so gracious, he let us use the barn whenever we had time to. That old truck lasted many years.” Chris also remembered what hard work it was, as well. “We’d run up and down the roads at all hours of the night, then go to our regular jobs to pay our house notes. When there was a fire, dispatch would call the chief, and the Women’s Auxiliary would start a phone chain. Eventually, we had 5 pagers! We had one ambulance to service all of Central, plus Pride and all the rural areas. The Fire Department would often have to help them transport victims. For all the hard work, though, we sure had good times. I have great memories of cutting up after fires when we had to wash and clean the trucks – water fights, hose fights. It was such a close knit organization. It was a great experience for me from a volunteer standpoint. We all spent so much time away from our families to help others in their time of need. But people really appreciated us being there.” Just a bit of perspective: out of all the major fire departments in this country, 70% are still staffed by volunteers. Next Week: Ferrara Fire Apparatus - From Dream to Reality

St. Alphonsus Group Travels to Ireland

Submitted by St. Alphonsus

Pictured is a group of St. Alphonsus parishioners and Central residents who recently toured Ireland, meeting Father Mike in his homeland. During their stay in Ireland, these folks visited sites which included Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Papal Cross and the Garden of Remembrance. Known for its beauty, Ireland was filled with sparkling seascapes, mountainside farmhouses, and a breath-taking panoramic view of the Lakes of Killarney. One traveler remarked, "Those who say there is no God have never been to Ireland."


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Republican Women of Central Host Fun Night at Elegant Evening of Fashion

Photos by Ron Carr @ aimeezingfaces.com

The Republican Women of Central held their Elegant Evening of Fashion on August 12th. They had many local celebrities modeling clothes that were generously supplied by boutiques and other stores. James Osbourne, pictured above with Mike Anderson and Doug Welborn, supplied men’s clothes through McLary Limited, along with tuxes from Central Cleaners. Hair & makeup for the ladies was provided by aimeezingcelebritycosmetics.com.

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CHS Football Players model the many different uniform combinations for the year. They face Thibodeaux in a scrimmage Friday at 6 PM. All Football Photos on this page by Expressions Photography

A Deep-Rooted Tradition

Introducing the first edition (in a LOOONG time!) of CHS’s official newspaper! CHS will have its own newspaper every third Thursday of the month, in the form of the center pull-out section of Central Speaks newspaper. The goal is for the paper to be written, photographed, and designed by Central High students, then mailed to 8000 homes and distributed to 140 businesses all over town. So – all of you who have the secret desire to exercise those writing abilities, photography inclinations, cartooning talents, and mad computer skills, COME ON! There’s a place for you here! Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Burt have kindly volunteered to be contacts. You can send in submissions of writing, photography, or anything else, to CHS@CentralSpeaks.com. Articles, creative writing, poetry, photographs (please NO iphone pics!) and comic strips all gladly accepted. CHS began the tradition of a school paper way back in 1937. Known as “Central Hi-Lites”, it covered news around campus, Faculty Gossip, Sports (including in 1939 mention of the formation of the Baseball Team!), and a Society Section. It was typed on a manual typewriter and run off on a mimeograph machine! In the early 50’s the paper was called the “Wildcat.” In the 60’s “Wildcat” was the name given the yearbook, and the paper was called “Cat Tracks.” When the high school was moved to its present location in 1974, the middle school kept the name “Cat Tracks” for its yearbook, though that name eventually died out in the 1990’s. Most recently, CHS’s paper was called “The Advocat”. SO now the question is raised: WHAT DO WE CALL CHS’ NEWSPAPER? Submit ideas for the name and ideas for a masthead design to CHS@CentralSpeaks.com. Winner will receive a gift certificate to Menchies!!!

Coach Gardner: The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration! Coach Mike Gardner got a nasty surprise just before school started. While polishing the locker room floor on a Saturday morning just before football camp, sparks from the electric buffer ignited the flammable polishing liquid. Coach Mike was severely burned on his legs and arms before he could escape through another coach‘s office. Thankfully, Coach received only 2nd degree burns which did not require skin grafts, though very painful, and is expected to make a full recovery. Though doctors advised against it, Coach Mike was to be found at football camp and on the practice field less than a week after his accident, proving you just can’t keep a good man down. Get well soon Coach!


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Welcome Back from Principal Wales

We are finished with another summer. School, for the most part, is ready to go. For the second summer in a row, Central High School has had some major renovations done to it. The Band room, Choir room, Drafting lab and the Theater have all been redone. The Theater, at this time, is not complete. All the other areas are substantially complete and ready for the students to occupy them. Each area really looks amazing! When the Theater is finished, it will be one of the greatest facilities of its type anywhere in the South. Our teachers were involved in several professional development activities over the summer. They are already introducing some of the strategies they learned in their classes these first days of school. These strategies are designed to help ALL students succeed. We are really working this year at getting our students to think more critically than they ever have. Most, if not all of your teachers have attended “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” training this summer and are ready to “teach” these principles to you. This is something that can have a major impact on each individual student and our entire school

community. Several teachers have already talked to me about how well received this has been in their classes. All of our students have responded to the question, “Where do you see yourself ten years from now?” and “What steps are you going to take this year to help you achieve this?” These two questions deal with students setting goals and having a “vision” for their life. Parents often ask, “What can I do to help?” One of the most important things you can do is stay involved in your child’s life. Ask them what they did in school. Ask them about their friends. Ask them what they had for lunch. Ask them what their long term goals are and what they are doing daily to meet those goals. Talk to your child. We, the faculty and staff of Central High School, appreciate the trust you place in us by sending us your children. We are working diligently to make sure that they get a quality education. We understand that in today’s society, more is expected of education and we pledge to you that we take that seriously. Everyone in the Central High School family is working hard to make this experience for your child the best it can be.

Greenwell Springs Baptist to host “Back to School” Concert! Shane & Shane in Concert with Bethany Dillon and Freely. August 29, doors open at 5:30, concert begins at 6:00. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition GET INVOLVED! Thespian Club sponsored by Mrs. Burt Key Club sponsored by Mrs. Phenald Art Club sponsored by Mrs. Soniat DECA sponsored by Mrs. Dykes COE sponsored by Mrs. Evans Yearbook sponsored by Mrs. Allen

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER CALENDAR August 18 Varsity Volleyball vs Zachary/West Feliciana 4:00 (Zachary) August 23 Ring Orders (lunch shifts) - Balfour August 25 McKinley Volleyball Jamboree tba (La School for Deaf) August 27 Zachary JV Volleyball Jamboree tba (Zachary) August 29 Volleyball vs St. Joseph’s 4:00 (home) August 30 Volleyball vs St. Amant 4:00 (away) August 30 Freshman Football vs Istrouma 6:00 (away) September 1 CHS Open House 6:30 pm September 2 Varsity Football vs Istrouma 7:00 (home) September 2/3 South LA Invitational Volleyball Tournament (Woodlawn) September 3 Cross Country St. Michael Meet at Highland Road September 5 Labor Day - Holiday September 6 Volleyball vs Zachary 4:00 (home) September 7 Freshman Football vs St Thomas More 6:00 (home) JV Football vs St Thomas More 6:00 (home) September 7/8/10 Dutchtown Volleyball Tournament tba (away) September 9 Varsity Football vs St. Thomas Moore 7:00 (away) September 10 Boys & Girls Swim Meet at Crawfish Aquatics September 12 Volleyball vs Parkview 4:00 (home) September 13 Ring Orders (lunch shifts) -Balfour September 13 Freshman Football vs Woodlawn 6:00 (home) September 14 JV Football vs Woodlawn 6:00 (away) September 14 Volleyball vs Episcopal 4:00 (home) September 15 Volleyball vs Dunham 4:00 (home) September 15 College and Career Night (Zachary) September 16 End of first 6 Weeks September 17 Cross Country Episcopal Meet at Highland Road Park September 20 Volleyball vs St. Thomas Aquinas 4:00 (Hammond) September 20 Freshman Football vs Catholic 6:00 (away) September 21 Early Dismissal September 21 JV Football vs Catholic 6:00 (home) September 22 Volleyball vs University 4:00 (away) September 23/24 Woodlawn Volleyball Tournament tba (Woodlawn) September 23 Varsity Football vs Catholic 7:00 (away) September 24 Boys & Girls Swim Meet at Crawfish Aquatics September 24 Cross Country LSU Meet at Highland Road Park September 27 Freshman Football vs St Amant 6:00 (home) September 27 Volleyball vs Istrouma tba (tba) September 28 JV Football vs St Amant 6:00 (away) September 29 Volleyball vs Denham Springs 4:00 (away) September 30 Varsity Football vs St Amant 7:00 (home)


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You Won’t Recognize It!

Major renovations have been made to the CHS Theater. Everything has been ripped out, only a shell remains of an auditorium that had really begun to show its age. New flooring, new theater-style seating (goodbye old “desk-style” seats!), new paint, new stage, new curtain, new lighting, new sound board; it’s going to be amazing! 40 gallons of grey paint have been applied to the walls, and an incredible 100 gallons of black to the ceiling! It should all be ready in time for the Drama Department’s Fall Children’s Theater Production. Mrs. Burt is thrilled that her Spring Musical will be “Peter Pan.” “We have all sorts of great activities planned in association with this,” she enthused. “Look for some really exciting events coming in the Spring- some involving flying!” More to come in the next edition…. Mr. Bordelon is excited. He has a brand new band room and a brand new program for the “Spirit of Central” marching band. The band room has been extensively renovated for the first time since the building was built in 1974! It features state of the art sound baffles on the walls. “The baffles bring the room up to code EQ-wise,” Mr. B explained, “The soundproofing deflects the sound waves to hit the ear in a natural manner.” Even the new instrument cabinets (on order and coming soon), called “Accousti-Cabinets”, will have the same sound baffling built in to the cabinet doors. Another new addition, of which Mr. B is particularly proud, is the great new flooring, laid in a pattern based on “shape notes”, a type of music notation introduced 200 years ago to make teaching music easier. Completely redone practice rooms and a music library round out the

renovations. New also are the addition of 5 IPAD2’s in the music lab, donated by the WSO, and a 20 foot trailer being built to carry the instruments. Coming soon is a building to house the band and the football trailers. The “Spirit of Central” Marching Band will be performing a program based on the music of pop/ jazz legend Billy Joel. Called “Piano Man”, the selection list includes “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, “Piano Man”, “Only the Good Die Young”, “Aire Dublinesque”, and “Just the Way You Are.” Look for the usual creative touches the band brings to all of their performances at the upcoming football games. New this year is the incorporation of Electric Guitar and Bass to the stand tunes. The Band will be travelling on October 29 to Nachitoches for the Northwestern Band Festival Competition. Come out and cheer them on!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting every Friday morning before school. Everyone is welcome!

Choir Looks Toward a Great Year

From Dated and Decayed to Amazing, the CHS Choir Room has been completely renovated. New paint, new carpet, new sound proofing, new practice rooms. Mrs. Turner is looking forward to the delivery of her brand new risers, as well. “We also have brand new keyboards for the Piano Classes,” she stated with enthusiasm, “Students do not need a piano at home to be able to learn to play. We are also offering a Piano 2 Class this year, which will be available for Grades 10 and up.” This year the CHS Choir Program will offer Beginning Choir, which requires no previous music experience. This is a great way to build vocal skills and is open to grades 9-12. The Concert Choir does lots of performing. You do not have to know how to read music to be a part. If you are interested in joining the Concert Choir, see Mrs. Turner. Guys especially are encouraged to join! The Concert Choir will be having a Fall Retreat in October to kick off the Christmas music for their Winter Concert. There will also be a Fall Concert on October 6, which will feature American music including selections from “O Brother Where Art Thou?” In the Spring, a joint road trip with the Band is being planned. Trips in the past have included places like Disney World. It’s a great time to be involved in Music!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

A New School Year Begins

Musicians, Silks & Kittens Step It Up at Band Camp

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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, August 18, 2011

Central Bloomers Meeting Features World Renowned Photographer C.C. Lockwood Photo by Dave Freneaux

Pictured above are Jerri Nicholson, hostess, and Central Bloomers Officers Pam Wilson, Mary Legendre, Debra Dixon, and Brenda Thevenet with Mr. Lockwood.

Join us at the Christmas in Central Organizational Meeting Thursday, 8/25 at Cooper Catering at noon.

Everyone Invited to Next Saturday’s Scout Day in Central Submitted by Brockwell Bone

The Tunica District of the Boy Scouts of America will hold Scout Day in Central next month. Scout Day in Central will consist of demonstrations, displays, and activities coordinated by Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs from all over the district which includes Central, Livingston, and Baton Rouge. Activities scheduled include a tomahawk throw, Indian dancing, monkey bridge, and a 30 foot teepee. Scout Day in Central will be held August 27, 2011 from 2 pm – 5 pm at Cornerstone Fellowship Church on Blackwater Road. This event is geared to anyone interested in what Scouting is by immersing participants in Scouting activities. Anyone considering joining the Scout program is encouraged to attend. Rhonda Smith, Tunica District Executive, shares, “Scouting is alive and well. Through a focus group in Central, we discovered that some do not fully understand what Scouting is about. Scout Day in Central was born!” For more information about Scout Day in Central, visit www. bonemarketing.com/scoutday.

The Central Bloomers Gardening Club was thrilled to welcome world renowned photographer C.C. Lockwood last Tuesday night to their August meeting. After a tour of Hostess Jerri Nicholson’s beautiful garden, Mr. Lockwood shared many fascinating stories behind his photography as he narrated a slide show of his most famous works, including native plants and wildlife, sunsets and storms, and some of the many interesting people he has met in his favorite place on earth - the Achafalaya. The award winning photographer is the author of 13 books and has been published in National Geographic and Smithsonian Magazine,among many other noteworthy journals. After the slide show, he then autographed books and photographs for members.

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CVS Pharmacy Announces Grand Opening

This Saturday, August 20, will be the last day CVS Pharmacy will operate out of its present location at 14455 Greenwell Springs Rd. (Oak Point Shopping Center). Their new location at 14360 Wax Road (at Central Square) will be opening on August 21 at 8:00. The new store will keep the hours of 8:00-10:00 p.m. every day. CVS will hold its Grand Opening on August 27, with a ribbon cutting at 10:00, the CocaCola Truck selling hotdogs and drinks, the CHS Kittens performing, and lots of door prizes and giveaways. Come on down and help them celebrate the opening of their brand new facility!

Tiger Central will be holding their annual Tailgate Kickoff Party next Saturday, August 27th. Register at Tiger Central on Greenwell Springs Road by Friday, August 26th for a chance to win a $300 gift certificate (you must be present at the drawing on August 27th to win). There will be free food and drinks.

Business Spotlight: Housewarmers of Central/Zachary

Greeting Central & Zachary’s New Residents Is Our Mission

Business Spotlight by Housewarmers

Businesswomen Jamie Clark, Jennie Bourgeois and Debbie Sartwell are excited to announce the opening of Housewarmers of Central/Zachary. This innovative business is a home greeting service which welcomes new residents to the area and introduces them to the community’s best businesses and professionals. Each new resident is personally visited and presented with a Housewarmers Gift Bag, filled with goodies and surprises from Central and Zachary-area businesses, as well as a unique Housewarmers gift certificate book filled with tremendous values. Housewarmers is a fast-growing company based in Rockwall, TX. The company’s goal is to expand to qualified operators in select communities, which meet its criteria for growth and business viability. Kerry Johnson, President of Housewarmers, said, “We operate in over 20 cities in Texas and Louisiana. This mother/daughter trio brings an innate understanding of the community, along with the business experience and commitment to be very successful. The new residents of Central and Zachary, as well as the innovative merchants of both cities, will be pleased with the value that Housewarmers of Central/Zachary will offer them.” The owner trio has resided in the Central/Zachary areas for over 20 years, and has a thorough understanding of many issues facing newcomers as they settle into the community. “We are starting this business because Central and Zachary are growing at a rate of well over 50 households per month and we want to help these new homeowners feel welcomed and encourage them to promote our local businesses and economy. We want to ensure that they decide to shop local merchants first. We are excited to contribute in making our communities

a great place to live.” They also stated that they collaboratively decided to open Housewarmers of Central/Zachary because of their desire to maintain the closeness and sense of community, which characterizes small town life. In the past, family members lived in close proximity and would lean on each other for support, mentoring and encouragement, but as communities grow, people become more isolated. “We want to ensure that new residents do not get lost in the numbers. People still care about each other in Central and Zachary; this business will help people get to know one other. Central and Zachary are great communities to call home and people moving in need a friendly welcome and a fast start in learning about the wonderful businesses and good people here.” Housewarmers of Central/Zachary will be operated locally and may be reached at (225) 975-1882. The photo below shows a sample of the Housewarmers Gift Bag that will be used to greet new residents of Central and Zachary. Clark, Bourgeois and Sartwell recently completed a training session in the Dallas area, and they will operate Housewarmers of Central/ Zachary.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

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Bicycle, TREK 2120, 52cm, carbon ZX series, new tires, tuned up. $500 - call 225-262-6336 for photo HUGE Garage Sale, 8/20 SATURDAY ONLY. 6:30am to 3pm 20930 Greenwell Springs Road Furniture, misc. kitchen items, Childrens toys & clothes, wedding dress (NEVER worn), framed pictures, & more! 1999 Chevy Suburban, 211,000 miles. $4300 Excellent condition. 939-2482 or 921-3260 1950s Antique 301 Singer Sewing Machine in working condition. All attachments,portable, in case. CALL 225-747-0171 Entry Drums, Black 5 pc, Top Quality, Cymbals, Evans Heads, Throne, Perf. Cond. 5 Yrs. $400. 445-2715

Western Riding Lessons Appaloosas and Quarter Horses For Sale - 225-933-4018

Frigidaire Washer. Super Capacity 4-5yrs old. Works great! $275 Dryer. Needs work. $60 #938-1669

Will sit with elderly. $8/Hr, minimum 5 hrs. References. 937-3467

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AIR CONDITIONING

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Bayou Steam

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PEST CONTROL

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Central’s oldest & most reliable A/C co. Serving Central over 30 yrs. Quality Res. & Commercial svc. All makes & models. Licensed, Bonded, & Insured. 261-5000

New & Used Sales, Repairs, Installation, Virus Removal 12221 Greenwell Springs Road www.TimPC.com 248-6611

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Openings for Homes in Central Honest, Dependable, References Available Weekly, Biweekly, or Monthly 245-4268

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

Central Speaks through the Freneaux Family

By DeeDee Dupree

Approaching Dave Freneaux, editor of Central Speaks newspaper, about doing an article on his family and local paper, I was met with some resistance. He was reluctant to, in his words, self promote. Having only been a freelance writer for centralspeaks. com for a short time, I haven’t had the opportunity to really get to know Dave, Mia and Beth. I was drawn to this particular paper because of all the wonderful things I’d heard. According to friends, family and acquaintances, it was definitely the news outlet in Central where you were sure to get your top stories, political updates and newsworthy information on friends’ engagements, accolades and birth announcements, etc. After much coaxing and reassurance that I would only state the truth, as I saw it, he gave me the interview. Only minutes into the interview it was apparent he holds the Central community, as well as its residents, in very high regard. Running, printing and distributing this paper is certainly a labor of love and that of very little profit. Distributing 12000 copies weekly is a large undertaking, but well worth it according to Dave. “We have a core group of advertisers that make it possible to accomplish our goals week after week. These are some of the same advertisers that helped give another Central newspaper its start by advertising there. Fortunately, they saw the value of our newspaper and are regular advertisers. Their advertising in support of charitable events is a great service to our community and also makes it possible for us to mail out the newspaper, free, to over 8,000 residences and businesses in Central. Another 4,000 copies are circulated free via retail distribution.” Centralspeaks.com began as an online media website in 2008. It wasn’t until after the elections in 2010 that CentralSpeaks.com went to print. The first issue resembled that of a corporate newsletter. With time, growth and experience, the newspaper became what it is today. In addi-

tion, up to date news and events concerning the Central community are posted daily on their website at www.CentralSpeaks. com. Simply click on the "Subscribe" link on the right side of any web page and have the daily news emailed to you. Join me as their Facebook friend and discuss Central news and events with other Central residents. The office is located directly off of Sullivan near the corner of Hooper. It shares its home with Dave’s other full time job, managing a transportation company. Dave and Mia met while attending the University of Virginia, where Mia graduated with a degree in Fine Art. Dave transferred back home to Central and graduated from LSU with an accounting degree. They were married in 1982 and have two daughters, Beth, 25 and Michelle, 22. Mia, a talented writer and valuable asset, contributes each week by submitting articles, selling advertising, editing, doing the billing and helping deliver papers every Thursday. Never has a father beamed more proudly than Dave speaking of his family and their contributions to this local paper. Beth, a graduate of Central High School, utilizes her many talents at the paper, single handedly doing all of the design and page layouts of the newspaper. Her responsibilities and contributions are impressive and certainly noteworthy. Michelle also writes articles and steps in regularly to help deliver papers. When deciding what to name the paper, it was easy according to Dave. The goal and vision for the newspaper is to have Central residents contributing information and news so everyone can be involved and informed. Centralspeaks.com presents unbiased reporting of events and gives community groups, schools and churches a way to promote their calendar events. Thus, the Central community speaks and this newspaper puts it in print. Hearing how the process takes place is actually quite remarkable. Deadline for articles and advertising is 5 pm on Tuesday. Final

layout and editing is completed by 7 pm Wednesday, and by noon Thursday, less than 18 hours later, nearly every home and business in Central has the newspaper in their mailbox. Distribution of the paper starts by meeting the printing company truck at 5 am at a local post office and ends when Mia makes the last of 140 stops delivering stacks of papers to local businesses. Needless to say, Thursday is a busy day for the small staff of this newspaper. Q&A: Dave, what is your hope for the community, politically or otherwise? A. I wish we could all stay focused on the issues and not on the positions people take. So many have fallen into an ALL or NOTHING stance. I feel there doesn’t need to be a line drawn in the sand. If a person’s view is different, that doesn’t make it a personal attack on someone with an opposing view. There is probably much to be learned by both sides. I would like to see more of a consensus on issues rather than so much division. On most of the really important issues the people of Central seem united. We all want the best education we can offer our children, we want well-planned growth and entertainment in the area, and we want to feel safe in our community. And on other issues, I encourage both citizens and elected officials to at least be mindful of the possibility of finding consensus, compromises that can meet everyone’s needs and expectations. Q. I am always amazed at this community’s willingness to get involved and volunteer. What are your thoughts on that? A. Central definitely has a culture of volunteerism. Central is among the 15 largest cities in Louisiana, but still considered a small town by any national standard. Yet, there always seems to be something going on. That is something we try to do with our paper. Simply letting the community know what is happening in and around the area. If you want to volunteer but not sure where you would be needed, start by getting involved in any

number of charitable and service organizations, including Cooking in Central, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, etc. They are always looking for new volunteers. I just want people to know how important these groups are to the community. Cooking in Central alone has provided seed money of over $300,000 dollars for our new school system and has donated over $1 million to Central’s schools. These are worthwhile organizations and events. Q. What was your main reason for creating the newspaper, Centralspeaks.com? A. I saw a need for the people and organizations in the Central community to be able to share their news and events with the whole city and to be able to celebrate their successes. I also believe when providing a news media to a community, especially when there are very few sources for news, there is a “Public Trust” to tell the truth without intentional bias. At CentralSpeaks.com we are committed to bringing quality, honest, unbiased news to our readers. We’ve made a commitment to journalistic integrity. I will not stray from that. I intend to only print True and Supportable information each week to the people of this community. As I spend more time with this family and the staff of Central Speaks, I’ve become even more impressed with their commitment and efforts to put out a quality paper each week. I’m honored to contribute to this growing media outlet. This newspaper is indeed a work in progress and that is a good thing. They are willing to change and adapt as the City grows larger. They not only welcome ideas from the community but encourage you to contribute your ideas, information and celebrations. Dave states, “E-mail your articles, events and pictures and they will be published.” I personally enjoy reading this newspaper and am proud to be a part of a team that is so dedicated to the community in which I live. Thank you, Central Speaks, for being the voice of this great community.


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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lady Rebels Go Undefeated Sid Edwards Show Evolving to Include More in Fastpitch Tournament Community Information & CP Sports News Press Release

Submitted by Central Private School

The Central Private Lady Rebels Fastpitch Softball Varsity Team claimed victory and went undefeated in the Tensas Academy Tournament in Winnsboro, LA, on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Pictured Above: Front (l-r)- Victoria Brian, Reagan Baggett, Lauren Bihm, Samantha Romero, Madison Nunnery Back- Head Coach Michelle Davis, Madison Knapp, Ass’t. Coach David Baggett, Brandy Melancon, Alex Stuckey, Kelli Wilson, Emily Danehower, Shelby Romero, Lauren West, Bailey Clary, Ass’t. Coach Terry Roberts Seated- Batgirl Ashlyn Roberts; Not shown- Bayleigh Anders

CHS Football Coaches Prepping Players for New Season

Two new features are now part of The Sid Edwards Show. Airing each Thursday night, 5PM-6PM, and broadcasting live from Fox’s Pizza Den in Central on WPFC Radio, 1550AM, The Sid Edwards Show will feature a weekly look at the City of Central via “The Leader Report.” In addition, the program will have a weekly guest and/or feature on Central Private School athletics. Producer Jon Fine (of Jon Fine Sports Productions) was excited about these additions to The Sid Edwards Show. “Coach Sid and (Co-Host) Steve Johnson continue to have their program evolve to incorporate more positive things that are happening in the City of Central. Certainly the fulcrum of the program is and always will be Central High School athletics. Yet, whether it is City of Central academic achievements, Central political guests or cultural events in the city, The Sid Edwards Show really captures the essence of the City of Central. Their ‘Leader Report’ and weekly feature on Central Private athletics continues the

fine tradition of The Sid Edwards Show in painting a broad, positive brush on the City of Central.” Fine also thanked the Central Speaks newspaper. “Much of the information used in ‘The Leader Report’ will be based on the table of contents from Central Speaks. Coach Sid and Steve will certainly give attribution to this quality newspaper, even if they don’t know what the word ‘attribution’ means.” “The Leader Report” is sponsored by and named after Wayne and Diane Leader. The Leaders own AA Mini-Storage and Central Super Suds Car Wash and have been known for their long-time community involvement in the City of Central. Fine also produces Central High School football broadcasts on WPFC, 1550AM and SportsGumbo.net. In addition, Jon Fine Sports Productions produces Denham Springs HS football broadcasts, The Dru Nettles Show, Episcopal HS football broadcasts and Plaquemine Sports Weekly. All can be heard on different radio stations and on SportsGumbo.net.

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Photos by Michael Spangler of Expressions Photography

TOP Varsity Wildcat Football Team RIGHT CHS Band, Silks & Kittens BELOW LEFT Kittens BELOW RIGHT Varsity Cheerleaders BOTTOM LEFT JV Cheerleaders BOTTOM RIGHT Silks

Thursday, August 18, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

Meet The Wildcats will be held Thursday, August 25th at 6 PM in the Central High Gym. Everyone is invited!


CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, August 18, 2011

Upcoming Baseball Tryouts

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JackHammer Baseball: Boys Youth Travel Baseball Tryouts 2012 August 20, 2011, 9am @ Central Private Baseball Field. Ages 10, 12 & 13. There is no tryout fee. For further information please contact Jason Kinchen at 225-931-3054 or Jason@jackhammerbaseball.net. Anyone interested in 11 yr old tryout for JackHammer Baseball, please contact Sal Palermo at 225-936-6279. www.jackhammerbaseball.net Spikes Baseball Ages 10,11 & 14 Looking for Players. Tryouts for USSSA Travel Teams will be August 13 & 20, 9-12 at Central High School. Contact Mike Forbes: 270-2674 or Wyn Spencer: 202-0419. STIX Baseball looking for 11 AA/AAA players. Tryouts August 21st. Please contact James Thode @ 225-921-4161 or 225-921-3962. Bayou Beast Baseball 12U AA Tournament Team Tryouts for their fall/spring team will be held at Livingston Park Ballpark on August 27th beginning at 11 AM. For questions and more information please email bayoubeastbaseball@gmail.com or call 205-4292.

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LA High School Officials Association Holding Informational Meeting Sunday Submitted by Paul Dufour

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana High School Officials Association will hold its first meeting on Sunday August 21, 2011 at 5pm at the Jefferson Highway Park located at 8133 Jefferson Highway. The park is located between Cypress Lake Road and Wrenwood Blvd. We will be covering several topics of discussion in regards to our transition and future goals with the LHSOA. We invite all Veteran and Rookie Officials who are interested in umpiring High School Softball during the 2011 season to attend. Please contact Assignment Secretary, Paul Dufour at 225-505-1287 or email LHSOA_softball@att.net for directions and information.

Central Private Opens Football Season with Jamboree at Home

Photos by Selser Photography

Central Private School hosted their football jamboree last Friday. The Rebels defeated Silliman (pictured in green jerseys) 7-6, and they took a loss against Oak Forest (gold jerseys) 7-12. You can catch the Rebels at home this Friday night vs Cenla at 7 PM.


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Gregg & Tammy Vanveckhoven Welcome Daughter Abigail Rose

Gregg and Tammy (Tate) Vanveckhoven are proud to annouce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Rose. Abigail was born May 5, 2011, at 4:42 p.m. at Woman's Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds and 2.9 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. Proud

grandparents are Jesse and Phyllis Tate of Central, Larry and Marlene Cook of Denham Springs, Richard and Brenda Vanveckhoven of Clinton, TN, and great-grandmother Grace Hays of Baton Rouge.

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One year ago I began a journey with Christ that changed me on the inside as much as the outside. I received an email from Sarah Miller, owner of Body Bayou Personal Training, LLC, about participating in her fitness boot camp at Magnolia United Methodist Church in Central. At that time I was recovering from knee surgery, had back ailments that limited my movement, and had no desire to exercise or change my eating habits. On top of everything, my Type-II Diabetes was out of control. All the while, I knew I had a real problem. Over eating and not exercising were contributing to my health problems. It was time to make a change. I decided to sign up for Body Bayou Fitness Boot Camp. After being in boot camp for only a few weeks, I had a strong desire of my need to exercise; to eat healthy; and, more importantly, to know and love God more, with all that I am. My goal was not to look great or to lose a certain number of pounds, but to crave Christ more than I did anything else. Anything else! That list included much more than just food. It’s just that a weakness for food manifests itself in fat, which is seen by everyone. At Body Bayou Fitness Boot Camp, Sarah Miller provided me with the encouragement to get moving and the expertise to help build muscle. Sarah made modifications to the exercises so that I could complete a full workout despite my back and knee problems. At boot camp I made friends of all ages and fitness goals that, with Sarah, kept me attending regularly even before I found it to be fun. This accountability and sense of community helped me maintain consistency in my workouts. Working out slowly became something I wanted to do, not just had to do. Now I even look forward to it! What a difference it has made for my 53 year-old body. I am thankful to Christ and all those He has sent my way to help me along this journey. I have lost 63 pounds, am completely off insulin and my diabetes is considered under control. I feel great! I highly recommend Body Bayou Fitness Boot Camp. You can even try one class for free! Below is Body Bayou’s weekly class schedule: Monday & Wednesday - 4:45 PM & 7:15 PM Tuesday & Thursday - 5:30 AM Friday - 4:45 PM Saturday - 8:00 AM Sarah gives individual attention to help you achieve your fitness goals, just as I did. To sign up, email sarah@bodybayou. com and visit www.bodybayou.com to learn more. Donna Brown

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

Happy 99th Birthday!

Found Dog

Submitted by John Purpera, Jr.

John Purpera Sr. is celebrating his 99th. birthday August 22, 2011. He and his wife, Marguerite now 94, will be celebrating their 77th, anniversary on Oct. 16, 2011. John is still very active mowing his own lawn, trims his hedges and helps his grand children work on their cars.

A dog was found in Carmel Acres on Saturday, August 13th. It is a small dog that is very well trained. If the dog belongs to you, please send an email to tblalock@ pcsbr.com.

ATTENTION INVESTORS! Does your Financial Advisor have a PLAN for your PORTFOLIO in an uncertain market?

Ian James AAMS, CRPC Financial Advisor, President, CFG

8564 Jefferson Hwy, Suite B Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-261-9606 www.cfgofbr.com Securities are offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Member FINRA/SIPC. CFG is a separate entity from RJFS

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