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DAILY NEWS Source Print Edition • Daily News At • 16 Pages • Thursday, October 14, 2010

Attack on Chamber Doc Johnson Inducted into CHS Hall of Fame & Unjustified Just the Facts

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See page 5 for details.

School Board Comments on Audit, Struggles with Public Comment

By Dave Freneaux

The Central City News today dedicated three full pages of its newspaper to an article in an apparent attempt to sabotage a project has launched to produce the 2011 City of Central Chamber of Commerce Directory. brought the Chamber a progressive and innovative concept that serves as a marketing tool, fundraiser and membership drive for the Chamber, all rolled into one turnkey project which will be mailed directly to virtually all homes and businesses in Central.


By Dave Freneaux

Nathaniel “Doc” Johnson is congratulated by CHS Principal Bob Wales Friday night. Photo by Expressions Photography

Nathaniel “Doc” Johnson was honored Friday evening before and during the Central High football game at Wildcat Stadium as he was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame. Doc is a long-time Central athletic trainer and a biology teacher who has proven to be well-loved by the student body and alumni. Mayor Watts and EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden declared this past Friday to be “Doc Johnson Day” in his honor. Doc also lent his time Friday night to the Celebrity Football Game, which helped to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Thank you Doc, and congratulations!

Celebrity Football Game Raises Nearly $2,000 for Charity Deputy Shane Evans officiates as City team members Wayne Messina, Ralph Washington, and Mike Mannino escape the grip of David Walker at Friday’s “City vs School” Celebrity Football game for the American Cancer Society. Photo by Expressions P h o t o g r a p h y. Read full story on page 16.

The Monday night meeting of the Central Community School Board was tense, volatile, well attended and well publicized. TV Channels 9 and 2 as well as the Advocate all reported on the meeting. In addition, has posted 80 minutes of video of the meeting on the internet at The hot topics were the Legislative Auditor's Report, a discussion of over $1 million payments to two companies for technology items, and a discussion of actions by the School Board to disallow public comment. It is not possible to fully explain the content and attitudes presented at the meeting in a single

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2 CALENDAR THURSDAY. 10/14: • Lake After Hours Ribbon Cutting, 12 PM on Sullivan Road • Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library • Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library • Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s, on the radio at 1550 AM, and online at • CMS Softball vs Baker, 5 PM and 6:20 PM at Patriot Park FRIDAY 10/15: • Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist • CHS JV Volleyball Tournament at CHS • Rebel Varsity Football vs Wilkinson County, 7 PM in Woodville • CHS Varsity Football vs Zachary, 7 PM at Zachary SATURDAY 10/16: • Get Fit Central, 7 AM- 11 AM at Central High School • Charity Yard Sale, 7 AM- Noon at Central Middle School • CHS JV Volleyball Tournament at CHS • Free Sports Clinic, 8-10 AM at Central Physical Therapy • Brownie Troop Formation Mtg, 11 AM at Central Library • Pumpkin Patch Opens at Blackwater Methodist, runs thru October SUNDAY 10/17: • Madyson Watts Blood Drive, 9 AM- 3 PM at CHS • Madyson Watts Jambalaya Fundraiser, 11 AM- 2 PM at CHS MONDAY 10/18: • CHS Volleyball vs Istrouma, 5 PM at Central High • City Services Committee Open Meeting, 6 PM at Central Library TUESDAY 10/19: • Sewing/Quilting Group, 10 AM at Magnolia Methodist Church • CMS 8th Grade Football vs West Feliciana, 1 PM at Home • CMS 7th Grade Football vs West Feliciana, 3 PM at Home • CHS Freshman Football vs Walker at Walker • CHS Volleyball vs Baton Rouge High, 4 PM at BRHS • Relay for Life Bank Night, 5-7 PM at Neighbors Credit Union • CCA Forum Feat. Mike Faulk, 7 PM in DEMCO Meeting Room WEDNESDAY, 10/20: • CHS JV Football vs Walker at Home • CHS Volleyball vs Scotlandville, 4 PM at Scotlandville • Zoar Central Woods Outreach, 6 PM at Central Woods THURSDAY. 10/21: • BNI Charter Meeting, 8:30- 10 AM at Cooper Catering • Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library • Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library • Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s, on the radio at 1550 AM, and online at • CMS Softball vs West Feliciana, 5 PM and 6:20 PM at Patriot Park

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Chayse Christian Starns

Submitted by Jonathan Starns; Photo by Warren Conerly Photography

Jonathan and Cassie (Altazan) Starns of Central are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Chayse Christian Starns. Chayse was born at 2:39pm at Woman's Hospital on August 2, 2010. She weighed 7 lbs 1.6 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Russell and Jennifer Starns of Central, Hanson and Wanda Leonard of Baton Rouge and Ken and Marcy Altazan of Baton Rouge.



Madyson Watts Fundraiser This Sunday Former CHS Coach Misita Honored Friday Submitted by Kathy Goudeau

A blood drive and fundraiser are in the works this weekend for Madyson Watts, a four-year old girl who was seriously injured in a car accident recently. On October 17, 2010, there will be a blood bus from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital at the High School from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Credit will be given for each pint donated and monies will be sent to Jackson Children's Hospital to help with Madyson's medical bills. If there is someone that cannot make it on this day, they can go to the hospi-

tal at any time and give blood and get credit by making sure that they mention it is for Madyson Watts. Also, there will be a jambalaya dinner fundraiser for $6.00 a plate that can be picked up between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on October 17th. All proceeds will go to help with the medical bills for Madyson. Tickets can be purchased through Lisa Metcalfe or Kathy Goudeau. Lisa Metcalfe's phone number is 225-658-0667 and Kathy Goudeau can be reached at 225-202-6126. Thank you for anything you can do to help.

Tony Misita, who was the Central High football coach from 1963-1965, was honored by the Central High football program last week. Coach Misita led the team to the 1964 State Championship game. He was honored at Wildcat stadium Friday with a plaque thanking him for his “service and contribution to the football program.”

City Services Committee Vandalism in Central After the Central vs. Denham Meeting Monday Springs football game Friday night This Monday, October 18th, there will be a City Services Committee meeting at 6 p.m. at the Central Library. The committee was appointed recently to discuss and research Central’s future approach to city services contracts and employees. The meeting is open to the public.

October 8, there were several reports of vandalism and damage to property around Central. In particular, there was damage done to Geaux Clean Car Wash on Wax Rd. A cash reward is being offered by the owners for information leading to the individuals who did this.

Patriot Softball Team Members Named Honorary Mayors of the Day

Photo by Dave Freneaux

Pictured above are Heather and Heidi Zumo and Jordan Stephens. These three girls play softball for the Louisiana Patriots tournament team. They were recognized recently for winning multiple local and state softball tournaments, and they were given certificates of recognition naming them “Honorary Mayors of the Day” by Mayor Watts.

Carmen Moore, Larry McCaskill, Coach Tony Misita, and Coach David LeSage


Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Print Edition

Chamber (from page 1)

Now the Central City News is attempting to turn public sentiment against both the Chamber and, characterizing the publishing of the Chamber Directory as an attack on the Central City News. That, and not the Central City News, was the first to conceive and promote such a project is simply creative and progressive marketing. Being the first to do something is not “unfair competition”, it is innovation and free enterprise at its best. is proud to have conceived this project and successfully proposed it to the Chamber Board which voted unanimously to approve the project. It will increase Chamber membership, strengthen the effectiveness of the Chamber Directory, raise funds for the continued operation of the Chamber, and provide real benefits to Chamber members including discounted advertising which gives Chamber members a 100% return on their Chamber dues. The Chamber has produced a number of Directories, the last being in 2010. The “Little Red Phone Book” has been produced in Central for over 30 years. The Central City News can claim no “ownership” of either the Chamber Directory or the local phone book. Let’s be honest here and examine the claims of the Central City News. Here are “Just The Facts”: • Claim: The CCN claims that the Chamber Chairman proposed the Directory project. • Fact: Dave Freneaux of conceived and proposed the project. • Claim: The CCN claims the project is to publish a telephone directory. • Fact: The project is to produce

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a Chamber of Commerce Directory which will also include a local phone book in order to keep the Chamber’s name in the public’s eye all year long. Claim: The CCN claims this project is “Tax Exempt” competition. Fact: is giving up much of the potential profit of this project in order to support the Chamber. If makes a profit on this project that profit will be taxable. The real difference between this project and the CCN Phone Book is that the CCN does not donate ANY of its profits to the Central Chamber. Claim: The CCN makes a broad assertion that this project somehow violates the non-profit status of the Chamber. Fact: Chambers of Commerce all across the country publish Chamber Directories and sell advertising in these directories as a fundraiser and there are companies who engage in the business of producing Chamber Directories. Claim: The CCN claims that the Chamber could have its tax-exempt status revoked. Fact: An asteroid could crush the Chamber office in the middle of the night, which is to say that sought the advice of two attorneys and three CPA’s, one of whom is an expert in the area of non-profit organizations, and the unanimous informal opinion of these professionals was that this project in no way should jeopardize the tax exempt status of the Chamber. Claim: The CCN claims this project places the Chamber in an adversarial role, favoring one business over another.

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Fact: brought this innovative project to the Chamber, which the Central City News had failed to do for five years. The Chamber’s choice to accept this project from is no more adversarial than the decisions made by the Chamber to purchase insurance from one member over another, to rent a building through one member over another, or to hold its meetings in the facility of one member over another. The fact is, despite being a non-profit organization, the Chamber makes business decisions every day, and on this day made the best, most innovative and in fact the ONLY proposal to produce a 2011 Chamber Directory. Claim: The CCN claims that to follow through with this project with “is just plain wrong.” Fact: For the CCN to attempt to prevent from engaging in its primary business of creating publications and selling advertising, THAT “is just plain wrong.” Claim: The CCN claims that Russell Starns is trying to “put this newspaper out of business”. Fact: According to the CCN in its 9/16/10 edition, Mr. Starns has “spent over $60,000 advertising his own business” in the Central City News. WISHES we had received that kind of support from ANY advertiser. Claim: The CCN claims in its article that CH2M HILL “runs city government in Central.” Fact: Someone needs to read the Lawrason Act. Mayor Mac Watts runs city government in Central. Oh, and what in the world does that

have to do with a Chamber Directory anyway? The Central City News has published the telephone numbers of all Chamber Board members and asked readers to contact these Board Members. Out of respect for the Chamber Board, would like for readers to express their support for the Chamber Board’s decision by sending emails rather than calling. Email and we will forward your comments to the Chamber. Print Edition • Thursday, October 14, 2010

Central Kiwanis Get Fit Central This Saturday

The City of Central Kiwanis Club will be hosting its first annual GET FIT CENTRAL Fun Run / Expo on Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 7 am to 11 am. All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase much needed playground equipment for Bellingrath Hills and Tanglewood Elementary schools. GET FIT CENTRAL activities will include a 1-mile Fun Run, Run-athon races for elementary and middle school students, and competition relays for high school students and adults. Other activities, focused on our children’s health, safety and well-being, will include a Kids ID Program, First Aid Response, Fire Safety Training. And just for fun, there will be inflatables, a balloon artist, a face painter, and refreshments. The event will also feature some special guests: Members of the LSU Track & Field Team, along with their Coach Derek Yush; Boo Schexnayder, 2008 Olympic Track & Field Coach; John Woosley, former LSU Track Team Member, All SEC Track Team, and former Central resident. Our students have also received pledge forms to collect donations on behalf of their classrooms. You can participate in many ways: • Register for the Fun Run, with an entry fee of $30, including a t-shirt. • Register your organization’s team for the relay competition. • Sponsor the event, with donations of $100 and up, and receive recogni tion that ties you to this worthwhile project. • Make a donation to our students through their classroom’s participation. • Support your young students in their participation in our Run-a-thon. Join us October 16, 2010, for a fun morning of fitness activities, all for the benefit of Central’s elementary school playgrounds. For more information, contact: Karla Feigley at 342-5055, ext 2224; June Dupuy at 261-6280; Chris Choate at 261-9662; or any member of the City of Central Kiwanis Club. See you there!



WAIVER: In consideration of my signing this agreement, I hereby for myself, my heirs and administration assume any and all risks, which might be associated with the Get Fit Central event. I waive any and all rights and claims for injuries or damages which I may have against the organizers and sponsors of the event, their representatives, successors and assigns for any and all injuries or damages of any kind whatsoever suffered by me as a result of taking part in the event and related activities.

ENTRY FEE: Individual: $30 (includes t-shirt)

Groups/Teams: $25 each (includes t-shirt) *Groups/Teams may have 10+ people. *Children ages 12 & under who wish to participate are free,

NAME: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------SIGNATURE: ---------------------------------------------------------------------CIRCLE T-SHIRT SIZE: Adult or Child XXL XL L M S Make checks payable to City of Central Kiwanis. Cut out and return this registration form to Natalie Barber at Capital One Bank on Hooper Road. Please register ASAP. The Fun Run will take place at the Central High School track.


Church Fall Festivals

The Church in Central

Galilee Baptist Church

The Church in Central (behind Sullivan Hardware) is holding their Fall Festival on Saturday, October 30 from 6-8 p.m. Games for elementary age children, Chili and hot dogs, Prizes and candy will be featured. Everyone welcome, and it’s all free!

The Family Fall Festival will be held on Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information you can contact the church at 6545633 or send an email to secretary@ You can visit the website at

Greenwell Springs Baptist Church The Greenwell Springs Baptist Church Fall Festival is back! Join us on Saturday, October 30 from 6-8 pm at 19421 Greenwell Springs Road; Greenwell Springs, LA 70739. Call the church office for more information at 225-261-2246. The festival will include: More than 20 Carnival type games (including a preschool area), Face Painting, Petting Zoo from Zoo2U, Concession Stand (with BBQ sandwiches, hotdogs, chips and soft drinks) for a small fee, Hayride, Maze, Inflatable Jumpers from Central City Inflatables, An Antique Fire Truck (that makes ice cream), Horse Rides, And…Christian Illusions by Harris and Yvonne Stelly.

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Magnolia Methodist Holding BBQ & Garage Sale The Magnolia United Methodist Church, 16024 Greenwell Springs Road, will hold a chicken barbeque from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, October 29. Dinners will be half a chicken, fries, baked beans, rolls, and dessert. Plates cost $7.00 each. Glenn Bourke, whose crew won the 2008 Cooking for Our Kids chicken barbeque, will be cooking chicken. Glenn uses a renown sauce and seasoning created by his father, the late Mo Bourke. Deliveries of five or more dinners are available from 11 AM to noon in the Central area. Call Herman Rogillio at 335-3100 or contact the church office at 261-2789 to order dinners or delivery.

A garage sale will be held in conjunction with the barbeque from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Persons wishing to donate items for the garage sale are asked to contact the church at 261-2789, Don Shipley at 261-5035, or Pat Reeves at 261-5665. Donors will be given a statement of donation for tax purposes. The church requests no clothing be donated and that all electrical items be in working condition. Furniture and other items should likewise be in good condition. All proceeds from the barbeque and garage sale will be used for programming and missions at the Magnolia United Methodist Church.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Print Edition

Central Bible Church Co-Hosting Celebration On October 31, kids and adults will put on their best costumes and head out the door to attend costume parties, fall festivals or go door to door collecting candy for Halloween. But did you know that October 31 has an even greater cause of celebration than just candy and costumes? In a poll picked up by both local and national media, Americans were found to be religiously and biblically illiterate with varying degrees of ignorance depending on one’s religious beliefs, age, etc. One question in this poll indicated that the majority of Americans didn’t know that Martin Luther and his nailing of ninety-five theses to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, Germany was considered the starting point of the Protestant Reformation. This Augustinian Monk did this on October 31, 1517 and this act is considered the launching of a movement to bring the Church back to the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you consider yourself a Protestant, you have Martin Luther to thank for that, and so, it is just this occasion which the Protestant Church celebrates on October 31st each year. This year, the 31st happens to be a Sunday and we have arranged a series of lectures on the events, theologies, and theologians associated with the Protestant Reformation for the education and edification of the Body of Christ. We’d love for you to join us

for part or all of the REFORMATION CELEBRATION! DATE: OCTOBER 31, 2010 LOCATION: New Covenant Baptist Church- 215 Florida Ave Se in Denham

SCHEDULE: 2:00-2:30: Announcement and Worship through Song (Jacob Zachary, Director of Creative Arts- Central Bible Church) 2:30-3:15: Nicholas LeBlanc, Pastor, Central Bible Church; Central, LA “ad fonte: The Return to Scripture As the Driving Force of Reformation” 3:20-4:05: Keith Zachary, Senior Pastor, New Covenant Baptist Church; Denham Springs, LA - “Reformation Theology A to Z (Augustine to Zwingly): The Theological Progression of Reformation Theology” 4:05-4:45: BREAK OR OPTIONAL BREAKOUT CLASS (Jeffery Swarner, Central Bible Church - “Post-Reformation Martyrdom: Not only are these things important...Men died for them!”) 4:45-5:00: Worship through Song 5:00-5:45: Steve Johnson, Lead Pastor, Chapel on the Campus; Baton Rouge, LA “Forensic Justification: What Christ did for You, not what Christ is doing in You for Justification” 5:50-6:35: Larry Hubbard, Senior Pastor, Riverside Baptist Church; Denham Springs, LA - “A look at the Theology of Jonathan Edwards in Religious Affections: Combining a Heart and Head Knowledge” 6:35-7:20: Phillip Guay, Pastor, Providence Baptist Church; Baton Rouge, LA “The Supremacy of the Glory of God in the Ministry of John Calvin” 7:20-7:30: CLOSING REMARKS Print Edition • Thursday, October 14, 2010

School Board (from page 1)

newspaper article. You are heavily encouraged to watch the video for yourself if you truly desire to know everything that occurred. Having said that, the explanation in print is attempted as follows: Superintendent Faulk addressed the Legislative Auditor's report on the Central Community School System. The audit was apparently limited to an investigation of technology purchases. The report found that the School System may have violated Louisiana's Public Bid Law in spending almost a half a million dollars with MIS Technology Group without allowing any other companies to bid on the work. Mr. Faulk's report was actually a retelling of the response given to the Legislative Auditor and is published in the audit. The Audit Report can be seen on the web at http://app1.lla.state. . The School Board's stance appears to be that Public Bid Law was broken on over $424,000 in purchases and that the solution has been to hire a Purchasing Agent and to implement policies that will prevent such violations in the future. Mr. Keith Kepper, a private Central citizen, then asked for discussion and comment on just over $1 million

in purchases made from two companies, MIS Technology Group and GM Cable Contractors over approximately two years. Mr. Kepper pointed out that these two companies also shared a physical address in Central. $424,000 of these invoices were the subject of the Legislative Audit. Mr. Kepper indicated that the School System's approach of accepting that things were done wrong and simply doing it right in the future is insufficient. He asserted that the School Board has a duty to fully investigate why these purchases were directed only to these two companies and why none of the purchases had been put out for Public Bid. Mr. Kepper asked "How could this happen? Why did this happen?" Mr. Kepper then requested that the School Board authorize an independent investigation by a party not under the control of the School Board. The School Board made no response to Mr. Kepper's request and no action was taken in the balance of the meeting to indicate that there will be any further investigation of the matter. Mr. Rodney Bonvillain then spoke and expressed that the School Board President improperly shut down public comment in its last meeting and that the action was in violation of both State Law and the procedural rules of the School Board. School Board President Brown-

ing then brought forth an attorney, Mr. Hammonds, who had prepared arguments to refute Mr. Bonvillain's assertions. The essence of Mr. Bonvillain's comments were that the School Board was specifically incorrect in disallowing public comment and that the Board should be looking for ways to allow the public to be heard rather than seeking to justify disallowing public comment. Louisiana State Law RS42:15 states: "School board meetings; public comment - Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, each school board ... shall allow public comment at any meeting of the school board prior to taking any vote. The comment period shall be for each agenda item and shall precede each agenda item."

CHS Students Need Help to Get to NYC Business and Marketing students at CHS need help from the community and business owners. Both programs are raising money to help students attend a conference in New York this December. DECA’s NY experience conference gives students a unique opportunity to learn about career fields; explore marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism; tour the Wall Street financial district; network with stu-

SCHOOLS 7 dents and business professionals from all around the world; and participate in various workshops and educational programs. Students have been attending this event for several years and we’d like to keep this tradition. It truly is a WONDERFUL experience for students! Due to the late school start this year, help is desperately needed from anyone willing and able to. There are several ways community members can help: • Paradise Smoothie will donate proceeds raised from receipts presented from customers who state they are helping DECA. How it works: stop into Paradise Smoothie, place your order, and tell the cashier you are there to help CHS DECA. Thanks to Paradise Smoothie • Sponsor a student or make a donation to CHS Business/Marketing Programs • Host or suggest a fundraiser for CHS Business/Marketing Programs • Purchase any items designed and sold by CHS Business/Marketing Students o Currently being sold: maroon hoodies; senior t-shirts; spirit flip flops; World’s Finest Chocolate; more items to come • Donate items that CHS Business/Marketing Students can sell or auction off Anyone interested in helping or sponsoring CHS Business/Marketing Students, please contact Ms. Cindy Dykes (DECA) @, Mrs. Carmen Evans (Business) @, or call 261-3438.


Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Print Edition

Central Private Students Recognized for Honesty & Integrity Article & Photograph by Robert E. Lee

On Monday, October 4, 2010, Central Lodge #442 F&AM honored four students from Central Private School with their Honesty & Integrity Award. After a meal of jambalaya, Harold Ballard, Past Grand Master for the state of Louisiana, introduced the recipients and their parents. He spoke of just who the Masons are and the purpose of the awards. He then read each award winner’s attributes that qualified them for this honor. Harold Ballard and Tony Spedale, Master of Central Lodge, presented each young person with their award.


CMS Softball Team Going Strong

Sitting L to R: Amy Galiano, Daniel Halloway, Jill King, and Seth Stevens with their parents. Photo by Robert E. Lee

The Central Middle girls softball team won their games against West Feliciana on Monday. The 8th graders won 4-2, and the 7th graders won 7-2. This leaves the Lady Wildcats undefeated so far in the regular season! Their next game is today at home (Patriot Park on Joor Road) at 5:00 and 6:20 p.m. The girls have their final game of the season at home also on Thursday, October 21st against West Feliciana at the same two times. Print Edition • Thursday, October 14, 2010

Central Schools Rank 6th in State

Submitted by Delia Taylor

Central Community Schools have improved their overall District Performance Score to 107.6, up 1.8 points from last year’s top-tier score, giving the school district the No. 6 ranking in the state, according to the Louisiana Department of Education’s 2010 report. The report noted that four of the district’s five schools received School Performance Scores of more than 100 points, qualifying them as three-star schools, according to the state’s ranking system. The district’s latest cohort graduation rate is at 87.5 percent, which is the second highest in the state for the 2008-2009 school year, according to preliminary reports from the state. “We are very pleased with the district’s overall numbers and especially the preliminary report on our graduation rates. This success is a direct result of the hard work of our teachers and administrators, as well as our parents and community who support our efforts and encourage our children to do their best,” Superintendent Michael Faulk said. This is the second year that Central Community Schools have been included in the state-wide accountability report. The state’s scoring system requires that a district report at least two consecutive years of results on state accountability tests and other statistical measurements before it can be compared to other public school districts in the state. The Central Com-

District Has 2nd Highest Graduation Rate munity School District has successfully completed four school years as an independent district, and it is currently in its fifth year. The state’s cohort graduation rate measures the percentage of incoming freshman who graduate in the fouryear prescribed time; thus, four consecutive years of results are needed for that score. Central will receive its first graduation rate score this year. The first preliminary report shows the district has the second-highest graduation rate in the state with 87.5 percent. However, actual calculations will not be reported until early 2011. Meanwhile, Central Schools have ranked among the state’s top-tier schools since its inclusion in the state’s accountability program. This year’s report ranks the top districts as: Zachary Community Schools, 119.8; West Feliciana Parish, 110.5; Orleans Parish, 110.3; St. Tammany Parish, 109.7; Vernon Parish, 108.6; Central Community Schools, 107.6; Jefferson Davis Parish, 107.3; Livingston Parish, 107.0; Ascension Parish, 105.6; and St. Charles Parish, 105.5. Faulk said he anticipated an improved score this year after seeing preliminary results provided by the state in the fall. At that time, the state reported that Central’s students were scoring well above their state peers on the iLEAP, LEAP and GEE tests. In fact, the report showed that 86 percent of Central’s fourth graders scored proficient in both English/language arts and math, which ranked as the state’s

sixth highest score, and 79 percent of its eighth graders scoring proficient in both subjects, which ranked as the state’s eighth best score. That report also showed that Central High students taking the state’s Graduate Exit Exam (GEE) outpaced their peers statewide, too. Seventy-two percent scored proficient in English/ language arts, compared to 63 percent statewide; 83 percent earned a passing score in math, compared to 69 percent statewide; 76 percent passed science, while only 60 percent statewide did; and 85 percent scored proficient in social studies, while the state average was 65 percent. High school students must pass three of the four sections of the GEE to be eligible to graduate. Those results are used to calculate 2009-2010 School Performance Scores, resulting in four of five Central Schools scoring over 100 points – • Tanglewood Elementary – 117.3


• Bellingrath Hills Elementary – 115.7 • Central High – 112.0 • Central Intermediate – 102.5 • Central Middle – 98.5 Faulk noted that four of five of the district’s schools improved their scores from the previous year. The two elementary schools had the most improvement -- Bellingrath Hills Elementary improved 16.5 points and Tanglewood Elementary is up 15.2 points. Central Middle bettered last year’s score by 7.1 points and Central High is up 6.8 points. Central Intermediate had a slight dip in their scores, down 2.2 points from last year’s 104.7 score. “It’s important that our students continue to improve and they continue to compete well among their peers. Our administrators will take this latest report and break it down to see where we might continue to make improvements to advance our students,” he said.


Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Print Edition

Central Community Members Cakes Needed for Charity Cake Walk Participate in Walk for Lupus

One of the fundraising activities at this year’s Central Relay for Life will be a cake walk. Central’s Veterans Helping Veterans will be organizing the cake walk, and they are looking for homemade or store bought cake donations from the community. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. If your club, church group, friends, or family are looking for an easy service project, this certainly qualifies. Cakes will need to be dropped off at the Central High track Saturday, October 23rd around noon. If you are to donate a cake, please call 978-7025. A batch of cupcakes would also do just as well. Thank you for your help!

Brownie Troop 10362 Has First Meeting

Submitted by Jackie Causey

The LFA (Lupus Foundation of America) held a "2010 Walk for Lupus" on September 25, 2010 on the campus of SELU in Hammond. Lupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by acute and chronic inflammation of various tissues of the body. Local participants were: Maggie Pruett, Jordyn Pruett, Kacie Causey, Donna Causey, Gina Corban, Katie Connor, Linda Phillips, Jackie Causey, Alice Connor, Rhonda Moss, Jennie Comeaux, Jessie Patin & Casey Marshall. A special "thank you" to AAS Company.


Article and Photo submitted by Nancy Hicks

Brownie Troop 10362 met for the first time at St. Alphonsus School. They learned the Girl Scout Promise and how to make a Friendship Circle. They are holding a circle of paper hands made from outlines of their hands representing the friendships they will form as girl scouts. If you are interested in being a girl scout, we are forming a new Brownie troop of 2nd and 3rd graders. Please call Nancy Hicks at 261-1599 for more details. Pictured starting with the front row Brooke Hobson, Sara Boyce, Riley Kuzina, Rylee Haney, Kaitlyn Witke, Marissa Breen. Back row Kalyy Holden, Gracie Champagne, Autumn Hamilton, London Louque, Haley Shaw, Arrington Douglas, Alyssa Mason, Tristen Cain, Gabrielle Pearson, and Ashtyn Butler. Their leaders are Lauren Foster and Deanna Hamilton.

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Business Networking Meeting 10/21 There is a BNI (Business Networking) chapter starting up here in Central. The group will be open to business owners who are interested in furthering their networking opportunities and specific business skills. There will be a charter meeting on Thursday, October 21st at Cooper Catering from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Aaron Moak invites all business owners to attend and learn more about this great opportunity.

Relay for Life Pet Parade October 23 By Beth Fussell

This year’s Relay for Life will feature a Pet Parade. The Pet Parade will take place during the Relay for Life at the Central High School track on Saturday, October 23rd. It will begin at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to dress up their pets and/ or decorate floats for their pets to ride on. Something simple like a decorated wagon would do well as a float. There will be prizes for largest pet, smallest, ugliest, best trick, best dressed, and best float. To register, call or visit Crossroads Animal Hospital on Greenwell Springs Road: 261-6000. Registration is $15 per pet, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through Central’s Relay for Life.


Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Print Edition

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Brownie Troop Formation Meeting Saturday

Saturday, October 16 11:00-12:00 noon Central Library-Joor Rd Girl Scouts of Central are trying to form a Brownie troop of 2nd and 3rd graders. If you and your daughter are interested in being girl scouts, please come to the library. For more information, you can call Nancy Hicks at 261-1599.

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Yard Sale Saturday at CMS for American Cancer Society

This Saturday, October 16, there will be a yard sale at Central Middle School from 7 AM to noon. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the American Cancer Society through the Central Relay for Life. Consider stopping by to purchase something or to make a contribution to the Cancer Society.

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SPORTS 13 Print Edition • Thursday, October 14, 2010

Central Private Wins District Game against ACCS, 16-0 Photos by Selser Photography

The Central Private Rebels (now 3-4 overall) brought home a win against district opponent Adams County Christian School, also the Rebels. The (CP) Rebel defense gave up nothing against Adams County at the game in Natchez, and things are looking up for Central Private football as the team prepares for their last few games of the season with a strong district record. Pictured at left: #4 Zach LeBlanc presses forward through the Adams County defense. Below: Joey Harris, Morgan Miley, and Trevor Shepherd take down an ACCS player. Photos by Selser Photography. The Rebels hope to grab a repeat win this Friday against Wilkinson County Christian School at the game in Woodville, Mississippi at 7 p.m. Look for Central Private at home two weeks later in their last regular season game against Centreville Academy on October 29th.


Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Print Edition

Yellowjackets Hold off Wildcats for the Win, 13-9

By Beth Fussell; Stats by Nathan Corley; Photos by Expressions Photography

Though the Wildcats fought hard Friday night, they just could not seem to gain a foothold against Denham in the second CHS loss of the season. It was a frustrating game for the team, especially after a possibly game-winning touchdown for the Wildcats got called back on a controversial and rarely-called “assisting the runner” penalty. Central did make some good strong plays, however, like J.R. Richardson’s 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, or Matthew Thibodeaux’s continued trend of consistently strong kickoffs, with 60 yards each on Friday. Trevor Sansone was the lone receiver of the game, catching 2 passes for 26 total yards. He also had 50 yards rushing, followed closely by Cortlan Hutchinson who ran for 48. The defense worked hard that night, and Cooper Moore led the tackles with 6.5 out of 38 total, along with 5 assists. #46 Zach Hetrick was another major defensive player, with 4 tackles and 8 assists. Come to Zachary this Friday at 7:00 for a game that could have serious impact on the District Championship. The Wildcats face the undefeated Broncos, who paid a visit to Wildcat Stadium last Friday night to size up the competition. Whoever wins this game, if they win the rest, will take the district title. #1 Courtlan Hutchinson; Photo by Expressions Photography

#25 James Richardson & #32 Trevor Sansone; Photo by Expressions Photography

Above: WAFB morning news team interviews kicker Matthew Thibodeaux and his teammates; Below: Students arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. Friday morning for the pep rally, with some having stayed at the school overnight. Photos by Expressions Photography Print Edition • Thursday, October 14, 2010



Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Print Edition

Thank You to the Participants & Sponsors for the Celebrity Football Game Thank You to Our Charitable Sponsors:

Photo by Expressions Photography: Members of the School team included (left to right) David Walker, Robert Williams, Rhonda Taylor, Marty Guilbeau, Doc Johnson, Russell Starns, and Bob Wales. By Beth Fussell

Last week, after the Central/Denham football game in Wildcat Stadium, a group of local celebrities gathered to play a “city vs schools” flag football game for charity. These men and women were asked to participate in the game as a way to raise money for the American Cancer Society. All of the participants were very supportive of the effort, and they did a very kind thing by putting on a show for hundreds of students, parents and fans Friday night. The game was officiated by Police Chief Doug Browning and Deputy Shane Evans. Their presence was very much appreciated. Thank you also to the following people who were invited to play on each team: CITY TEAM: Councilman Wayne Messina (Team Captain), Councilman Tony LoBue, Councilman Aaron Moak, Councilman Ralph Washington and his wife Carolyn, Mayor’s Office Assistant David Barrow, Chamber President Ron Erickson, Fire Chief Bill Porche, Fire Captain Derek Glover, City Clerk Mark Miley, City Services Committee Member Mike Mannino, and City Services Employees Roy Hutchinson and Mindy Callender. SCHOOLS TEAM: Student Services Director Robert Williams (Team Captain), School Board President Sharon Browning, School Board Member Ruby Foil, School Board Member Marty Guilbeau, School Board Member Russell Starns, School Board Member David Walker, CHS Principal Bob Wales, CHS Assistant Principal David Prescott, CHS Athletic Director Sid Edwards, CHS teacher John O’Brien, CHS teacher and athletic trainer Doc Johnson, CMS Assistant Principal Patrick Bridgewater, CIS Principal Rhonda Taylor, and CIS Assistant Principal Jeremy O’Banion. Thanks to Announcer Les Bush, who served as announcer for the game and even put on a post-game show.

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