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December 12, 2013 • Daily News at CentralSpeaks.com

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Community Christmas Spirit

Light Show Raising Funds for Local Child

Leaders Open Home to Community

The Hohensee house on Sullivan Road across from the new schools is again home to an amazing Christmas light display for a good cause. Come see the beautiful light display synced to a Christmas radio station, and contribute to a good cause by leaving a donation at the booth in the front yard. The Hohensee family raises funds every Christmas for a local child. This year’s donations will go to Aliyah Harvey, a second grader at Tanglewood Elementary. Aliyah has cerebral palsy. She is nonverbal and is wheelchair bound. Aliyah is a very sweet young girl who always has a smile. Let’s make this Christmas extra-special for her!

Remember to donate a toy to the Central Toy Box! Unwrapped donations are due by December 18th. See page 5 for details.

Wayne and Diane Leader are opening their home at 12414 Hooper Road (behind AA Mini Storage) to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 13,14,15,21,22, and 23 from 5-10PM. The Leaders have enjoyed opening their home as their gift to the community each Christmas. Come enjoy their outdoor light display and indoor Christmas decorations.

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Mayoral Candidate Dave Freneaux Announces Contract With Central Photo by Michael Spangler The Central Christmas Parade rolled on Saturday with decent attendance despite the freezing temperatures. Santa was in attendance, along with many Central businesses and organizations.

Central Feeding Central A Huge Success

Central Feeding Central In memory of Dennis Lewis

this food drive has made our community aware of our food bank and continues to support it all year long. THANK YOU! The Lewis family would like to thank the following We could not have done it without you! Central businesses for allowing us to place collection The family of containers in their places of business to collect food Dennis M. Lewis and money for the Central Food Bank. We would also like to thank Central Speaks for the article and the Collection Locations: ads they ran to help get the word out and Sullivan’s CENTRAL CHILD CARE Hardware for donating two collection containers. DAVID’S TIGER EXPRESS We would also like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Merlin Smith CARLTONS of Central who donated 6 fully cooked meals and Mr. CAPITOL ONE BANK & Mrs. Gavin Verzwyvelt of Denham Springs for the WHITNEY BANK complete fixings for a meal. BANK OF ZACHARY A tremendous amount of food was donated and CENTRAL DRUG STORE monetary donations are still coming in. But most of OCHSNER all we would like to thank the residents of Central RED RIVER BANK who made this project a tremendous success. The Central Food Bank provides groceries to many needy CHASE BANK families in the Central community throughout the HUNTS TIRE & CAR CARE year, not just during the holidays. It is our hope that ROSS’ TIRE & CAR CARE

Press Release – Dec. 12, 2013

Dave Freneaux, conservative mayoral candidate in the 2014 Central elections, today announced his “Contract With Central,” which he said offers voters a “pledge of accountability” and not empty campaign promises. “Voters have said they are tired of vague campaign promises that never get fulfilled, and are only made to win elections,” Freneaux said. “The people of Central deserve commitments and clearly stated objectives that they can measure and hold the next mayor accountable for.” See Contract with Central, Page 2


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Planning & Zoning Meeting Agenda

There will be a Planning and Zoning meeting next Thursday, December 19th at 6PM at Kristenwood Meeting Facility, 14025 Greenwell Springs Road. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda as follows: 1. Approval of 2014 Planning and Zoning Schedule 2. Amendments, Consent Agenda a. SS-20-13 Subdivision of Tract B of the former John T. Westbrook Estate This property is located on the west side of Greenwell Springs Road between the J.L. Fairchild Road and Denham Road intersections in Section 47, T5S, R2E, GLD EBR, LA. The applicant is requesting to subdivide one tract into two for single family residential land use. (Applicant: Brent Kuber) 3. EOP-11-13 Exchange of Property between Tracts X-2-A-1-A-1 of the

Former C.R. and H.D Watkins Property and X-1-A This property is located on the east side of Greenwell Springs Road north of the Wax Road intersection in Section 66, T6S, R2E, GLD, EBR, LA. The applicant is requesting an exchange of property between two adjoining property owners. (Applicant: Ron McNeely) 4. SS-19-13 Subdivision of Tract 2 of the John Breck Henderson and Rosemary Wenger Henderson Trust Property This property is located on the west side of Washington Lane north of the Shady Park Drive intersection in Section 37 and 38, T6S, R2E, GLD, EBR, LA. The applicant is requesting to subdivide one tract into three for single family residential land use and dedicate a private servitude of access. (Applicant: Ryan Sheridan)

There will be a Board of Adjustments meeting next Thursday, December 19th at 5PM at Kristenwood on Greenwell Springs Road. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda can be found online at www.CentralSpeaks.com.

Meth Lab Arrest

Detectives received a tip about possible drug activity at 11858 Lovett Road. They went and made contact with the residents this afternoon and discovered three active bottles cooking suspected methamphetamine. The four individuals present will be booked with Operation of a Clandestine Lab: Troy Eschette, 6/1/85, of 14853 Joor Rd.; Dudley Bourgeois III, 12/25/69, of 11858 Lovett Road; Amanda Dozier, 12/15/83, of 11858 Lovett Road; Darren Wilson, 3/11/85, of 15922 Denham Road, Pride LA.

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Key points of his contract include: maintaining fiscal responsibility, providing better representation without bigger government, giving a voice to the people, greater transparency in government, protecting Central’s family-friendly and scenic lifestyle, and defending Central’s right to say “NO” to the Baton Rouge Loop. Freneaux’s full contract is provided on Page 3. “I truly believe I can make a positive difference in my community, and I want the people of Central to know who I am and what I believe so they can trust me and work with me as their next mayor,” he said. Freneaux said he borrowed the idea of a “contract” with the people from the 1994 Republican Party’s “Contract With America,” which promoted accountability and presented clearly stated ideas. The document was supported by a majority of Americans, resulting in Republicans taking a majority in both houses of Congress for the first time since 1953. “Central’s next Mayor will be faced with the core responsibilities of working cooperatively with our law enforcement agencies to ensure public safety and with the Central Community School System

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REAL ESTATE CENTRAL Thursday, December 12, 2013 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

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CENTRAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR THURSDAY 12/12:

Kinsley Basketball Tournament at Central CHS Girls Basketball in CHSPC Tournament Paint-In, Magnolia Methodist Church, 1:30-5PM Holiday Music Magic, Central Library, 3PM CPS Soccer vs Veritas, Home, 5PM The Sid Edwards Show, 910 AM & Live from DeAngelo’s, 5-6PM Central Legends Radio Show, 910 AM & Live from DeAngelo’s, 6-7PM Santa Road Show, Lovett Road Park, 6-9PM

FRIDAY 12/13:

Kinsley Basketball Tournament at Central CHS Girls Basketball in CHSPC Tournament Paint-in, Magnolia Methodist Church, 9:30AM-12PM CPS JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs Silliman, Home, 4PM Leader Open House, 12414 Hooper Road, 5-10PM CHS Soccer vs Broadmoor at Home (No JV), 7:45PM

SATURDAY 12/14:

Kinsley Basketball Tournament at Central CHS Girls Basketball in CHSPC Tournament Batten Disease Fundraiser for Olivia at Caliente Garage Sale & Bake Sale, Central Bible Church, 7AM-2PM Breakfast with Santa at Me’ Pa’s, 8AM-12PM Magnolia Methodist Market, 8AM-2PM Create a Christmas Card, Pride-Chaneyville Library, 10:30AM Christmas Owl Story/Craft, Central Library, 11AM Introduction to Chess, Greenwell Springs Library, 11AM Holiday Bookmark Story/Craft, Greenwell Springs Library, 11AM Jambalaya Fundraiser, Central Bible Church, 11AM-1PM Women Veterans of LA Meeting, Jones Creek Library, 11:30AM CPS Soccer vs Hartfield, Home, 1PM Hard Candy Christmas Adult Program, Pride-Chaneyville Library, 2PM Teen Movie, Nightmare Before Christmas, Central Library, 3PM Leader Open House, 12414 Hooper Road, 5-10PM Christmas in the Country Concert, Zoar Baptist Church, 7PM

SUNDAY 12/15:

St. Nick’s Nativity, Comite Baptist Church, 10:45AM & 6:30PM Christmas Doll Making, Central Library, 3PM

Leader Open House, 12414 Hooper Road, 5-10PM Christmas in the Country concert, Zoar Baptist Church, 7PM

MONDAY 12/16:

CPS JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs CenLa, Home, 4PM CHS Soccer vs Belaire at Home (No JV), 5:30PM CHS Girls Basketball vs Walker, Home, 6PM St. Nick’s Nativity, Comite Baptist Church, 6:30PM

TUESDAY 12/17:

Holiday Music Magic, Greenwell Springs Library, 10AM Winter Wonderland Abstract Art, Central Library, 4:30PM

WEDNESDAY 12/18:

Last day to donate toys to Central Toy Box at Ross Tire CHS Soccer vs Plaquemine at Home, 6PM

THURSDAY 12/19:

CHS Early Dismissal for Exams CHS Girls Basketball in Walker Tournament Paint-In, Magnolia Methodist Church, 1:30-5PM Holiday Music Magic, Pride-Chaneyville Library, 2:30PM Book Club, Craft, and Relay game, Central Library, 4:30PM The Sid Edwards Show, 910 AM & Live from DeAngelo’s, 5-6PM Board of Adjustments Meeting, Kristenwood, 5PM Planning & Zoning Meeting, Kristenwood, 6PM Central Legends Radio Show, 910 AM & Live from DeAngelo’s, 6-7PM

FRIDAY 12/20:

CHS Early Dismissal for Exams CHS Girls Basketball in Walker Tournament Paint-in, Magnolia Methodist Church, 9:30AM-12PM CPS JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs Brookhaven, Home, 4PM CHS Freshman Basketball vs Catholic, Home, 5PM CHS JV Basketball vs Catholic, Home, 6PM CHS Soccer vs Walker at Home, 6PM CHS Varsity Basketball vs Catholic. Home, 7:15PM Leader Open House, 12414 Hooper Road, 5-10PM


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Thursday, December 12, 2013 • CentralSpeaks.com ANNOUNCEMENTS Print Edition11

The PrimeTimers at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church are planning a trip to the World War II Museum and Mardi Gras World in New Orleans on Feburary 6th, 2014. The price is $63.00 per person and $48.00 per person for veterans. Price includes round-trip motor coach from Baton Rouge and admission to WWII Museum and Mardi Gras World. Lunch is not included. Sign up is at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church office. Payment due by January 2nd, 2014.

CAPA Corner: Pondering the Advent Season

We are now halfway through the Advent Season – Christmas is 13 days away! We have already been involved with many activities: tree lighting, parading, partying, shopping, wrapping, the list goes on and on. Sometimes we find that we get frustrated and tempers may even get short, especially when the push of time and “to do’s” bump up against each other. It is in those moments that we can begin to wonder if all this is worth it. That is a good question to ponder. Pondering is one of the activities of the Advent/Christmas season. The writer of the Gospel of Luke tells us that when the shepherds got to where Mary, Joseph, and the baby were, they “made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2: 17 - 19). I have always loved these verses. They are filled with wonder, awe, and intentional thinking. (To me that is what pondering is about.) And that is exactly what we do not have time for during this season if we are not careful. A couple of nights ago as I was pulling in my driveway I noticed the moon with a bright star nearby. I pondered, “is this something like what the shepherds saw?” May we all take the time to ponder the sights and sounds of the season and may that pondering lead us to the stable where the Christ Child was born. Marie Williams, Blackwater United Methodist Church


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Celebrating 46 Years

The official newspaper of Central Private School, Inc.

December 2013

A Season of Thankfulness Students in PreK3 through 6th grade celebrated Thanksgiving with special members of their families at the annual Elementary Thanksgiving Feast on Friday, November 22. This annual pot luck event has become a favorite way for elementary families to kick off their holiday season. Administration and faculty would like to thank all of the parents who worked tirelessly to cook and set up for this event. Your hard work definitely paid off! (Photos by Tori Lewis)


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From the Headmaster... Why Central Private School? I firmly believe that if we are not working to achieve more, we are working to achieve less. It is only through planned growth and prosperity that we will be able to achieve our goals and set even higher ones. To this end, the teachers and I are studying The Art and Science of Teaching. It is a compilation of effective teaching strategies that are research-based and shown to be effective in increasing student achievement. We will be learning and implementing the strategies from the research throughout the year. Second, we are starting a “Dual Credit” class at CPS in conjunction with Baton Rouge Community College. The college freshman level Psychology class is open to students who are 16 and older and have the recommendation of the counselor. As of this writing, it looks like the class will be held during 1st period plus about 15 minutes during home room, either two or three days a week. More information is yet to come on this class. Next fall we plan to offer several classes. As I stated earlier, I think we need to grow or we will slip into mediocrity. CPS is starting a push to have controlled growth. However, we want to keep our standards for students high while increasing enrollment. • In order to do this, we are offering the first three new students enrolled in each grade, grades 1 - 12, a break on some of their first year’s fees. The new students will have their family membership fee and registration fee waived. This will include students enrolled beginning now, until the 3 students per grade is

reached. Please see me for more information. • We have not forgotten our existing families in our efforts to grow. Existing families who refer one of the first three new students enrolled in each grade will receive a $250 credit for next year. To get this benefit, the newly enrolled family must list you as having referred them to CPS. This must be done at registration after the student is accepted to CPS. • Lastly, we would like to create a CPS Business Directory. This directory would be available on the internet and list CPS family businesses for all of us to contact when we need their services. I see this as a great way to find good people, like our CPS families, with whom to do business. Please contact Ms. Lisa in the office with your information if you would like to be included in the list. I am trying to put together five reasons for a student to come to Central Private School. My problem is there are many more than five reasons to choose Central Private. My list includes the following: 1. Small class sizes 2. High ACT Scores (23 average as opposed to 17-19) 3. 95% of CPS graduates attend college; 85% get TOPS 4. Family Atmosphere and Christian Values 5. College Preparatory Curriculum (not the Common Core, but better) What is your opinion on the best five reasons to go to Central Private? Email me and let me know! —Dr. Jefferie Thielbar jthielbar@centralprivate.org (225) 261-3341

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Soccer vs. Veritas (home) K3/K4/K5 Craft Day JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Silliman (home) Soccer vs. Hartfield (home) JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Cenla (home) Midterm Exams (junior high and high school) JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Brookhaven (home) Christmas/New Year Holidays - NO SCHOOL V Boys & Girls Basketball @ Hartfield

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JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Bowling Green (home) TBA Teacher Inservice 1st Semester Report Cards Mailed JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball @ Centreville 4 p.m. Classes Resume $1 Dress Day JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball @ Ben’s Ford 4 p.m. JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball @ Silliman 4 p.m. Soccer @ Veritas 4 p.m. Athletic Club Meeting (Elem. Library) 7 p.m. Soccer vs. Brookhaven (home) 5 p.m. Parents’ Club Meeting (Elem. Library) 6:30 p.m. Soccer vs. ACCS (home - 2 games) 4 p.m. Soccer @ Hartfield 1 p.m. JV/V Boys & V Girls Basketball @ Cenla 2 p.m. MLK Holiday - NO SCHOOL JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball @ Bowling Green 4 p.m. JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Centreville (home) 4 p.m. $1 Dress Day JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Ben’s Ford (home) 4 p.m. Soccer @ Copiah 5 p.m. Soccer vs. Hillcrest (home) 4 p.m.

Central Private School, Inc., admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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Students Making a Difference

Members of the Elementary 4-H Club collected over 600 cans of food to donate to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for those in need during the holiday season! Additional boxes were donated to a local family who recently lost their home to a fire. 4-H is sponsored by Mrs. Stacey Beck. (Photo by Tori Lewis)

Lovett Road Park

Dec. 12 from 6–9 p.m. Gather the entire family and join BREC for the holidays as Santa makes his stop at Lovett Road Park. Take memorable photos with Santa and enjoy free holiday games, crafts, marshmallow roasting and a host of other holiday themed activities. Participants will also enjoy a holiday themed movie and concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, visit brec.org or call 225-261-0126.

Upper Elementary students received a special “thank you” from US Marine Captain Patrick Owens on Fri., Dec. 6. Students “adopted” Captain Owens last Christmas and continued to send care packages to him and the members of his platoon who were stationed in Afghanistan through the rest of the school year. Captain Owens surprised students and thanked them for their support by presenting them with a flag flown in Afghanistan. (Photos by Shelby Romero)


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Thursday, December 12, 2013 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

Parents’ Club Updates

CPPC has had a wonderful school year so far with our fundraising efforts again reaching record highs. We started out strong with our Innisbrook Wrapping Paper Fundraiser, which made a profit. Christmas trees will have beautifully wrapped presents underneath them this year, and we do appreciate the support. Our World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser gave us a profit close to $3,200 this year and was completely sold out. We would like to thank Amber Martel for donating her time to these wonderful events. Our Annual $10,000 Dinner/ Raffle &Silent/Live Auction was a huge success!! This year was the most profitable auction that Central Private School has ever had, with a net profit of $36,662. This is a perfect example of what a dedicated club, along with the support of the school families and many friends in the community, is able to accomplish when we all work

as a team. We are able to complete Phase 1 of our technology upgrades PK3 – 12th grade with the money raised. Congratulations and a big thank you to all who worked so tirelessly to make this event a huge success. Our next CPPC meeting is Tuesday, December 11, 2013, in the Elementary Library at 6:30 p.m.. We will be making decisions on purchases for additional improvements to our school. Please mark your calendar so you can attend and show your support for these continued improvements. Thank you to all who have been willing and able to donate your time and talents. As a club, we have done a great job in supporting our school. I hope to see all of you there at our December meeting! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sincerely, Amy Varnado CPPC President

Juniors Receive Class Rings

Members of the Class of 2015 are now one important step closer to their senior year. In a special ceremony hold on the morning of Monday, November 18, members of the junior class received their class rings. Before receiving their rings, Mr. Brennan Easley, CEO of Trade Con-

struction and a 1991 CPS alum, spoke to the students and their families in honor of this special milestone. Students were then received their rings from Dr. Jefferie Thielbar. Students were then dismissed to enjoy lunch out with their parents and classmates. (Photos by Kaitlyn Samson)


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St. Alphonsus Cheerleader Central High Soccer Update Marches in Houston Parade Article and Photos by Theresa Thibodeaux

Submitted by Angie Wilson

Adeline Holyfield is an 8th grade cheerleader at St. Alphonsus Catholic School in Central, LA. She attended UCA cheer camp this summer under the advisement of her St. Alphonsus cheer coach, Ally Smith. Adeline was awarded All American Cheerleader at this camp. This honor allowed her to march in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade with 300+ other All American cheerleaders from around the country. Adeline also cheers for Jacket Rec, a local competitive cheer team and is shown in this picture with her Jacket Rec coaches who are also UCA staff cheerleaders, Wayne New and Lacey Melancon.

CHS Cheerleaders Train for Nationals

Submitted by Coach Laura Messer

First and foremost, the CHS cheerleaders would like to thank everyone who came out to support Central High through an incredible football season. Their Co Captain Bailey Martin stated, “Football isn’t just something we look forward to, it’s something we live for and love. This season was something everyone will never forget. I am so glad we were all a part of it, and I love my Central family. I wouldn’t want it any other way.” However, with the football season coming to a close, the CHS Cheerleaders are now turning their attention to the CHS basketball teams. Captain Alicen Lieux says, “I hope we can pack the gym as much as we pack our stadium on Friday nights. We are wishing our basketball team the best of luck for their season and can’t wait to see the community support these athletes as well.” What most of the community doesn’t know is that the Wildcat Cheerleaders are involved in a lot more than standing on the sideline cheering on the athletic teams. These ladies continue to raise school spirit by serving meals and snacks to the teams, making signs, decorating the halls before the games, and preparing pep rallies. All of this is done while

the cheerleaders are involved in multiple weekly practices, because they are right in the midst of their competition season. They would also like to thank each and every person who participated in any of their fundraisers this year from the pulled pork sandwich meals, 50/50s at home football games, Raising Cane’s Night, and our $1000 Raffle, as all of this money has helped these athletes compete this year. On November 17th, the cheerleaders set out to Live Oak High School and competed in the UCA Regionals competition, where they competed in two divisions. Being that Central has not had a competitive cheer squad in years, these ladies took it upon themselves to show what Central can be made of and did just that. These athletes took 2nd Place for their routine and came in 6th place out of 15 teams in the Game Day division. They will continue to prepare and focus to create school spirit while still training to become top notch for the competition at the National High School Cheerleading Championship being held in Disney World February 8th and 9th. Thank you for all of the community’s support and GEAUX WILDCATS!!!

On December 2, 2013, the Central High Boys JV Soccer Team lost to Live Oak High Boys JV Soccer Team at Live Oak. The final score was 0-3. On December 4, 2013, the Central High Boys JV Soccer Team lost to Denham High Boys JV Soccer Team at Denham High. The final score was 1-4. #15 Keimy Andrade, freshman, scored the only goal of the night.

Above Left: #25 Austin Estave, #2 Ashton Estave & #11 Ross Melton; Above Right: #11 Ross Melton, #6 Jonathan Thibodeaux & #13 Seth Thibodeaux; Below Left: #8 Greg Noel; Below Right: Goalie #1 David Gutierrez; Bottom: #22 Daniel Gutierrez scored off of this kick.

On December 2, 2013, the Central High Boys Varsity Soccer Team defeated Live Oak High Boys Varsity Team at Live Oak High. The final score was 2-1. Central's two goals of the night were made by #8 Greg Noel, senior, and #10 Wenhan Cai, senior. On December 4, 2013, the Central High Boys Varsity Soccer Team lost in overtime against the Denham High Boys Varsity Team at Denham. Central's #11 Ross Melton, sophmore, scored the first goal and was later matched by Denham, making it 1-1. #8 Greg Noel, senior, scored the second goal and was also matched by Denham, making it 2-2. #22 Daniel Gutierrez, freshman, scored the third goal of the night, making it 3-2. Denham came back within the last two minutes and tied up the game, making the score 3-3 and putting the game into overtime. Denham scored in overtime, making the final score 3-4. Central may have lost in overtime, but they dominated the score board the entire game.


12 COMMUNITY

A Miracle for Cohen Lewis

Submitted by Hannah Lewis

After months of small signs, many doctor visits and "just knowing" something's not right, at just six months old Cohen Lewis was admitted to Our Lady Of The Lake hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After many tests and a team of great doctors, Cohen was diagnosed with a brain disorder called Chiari Malformation type I. This is a condition that as the skull and brain grow, brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. This occurs when the skull is abnormally small or has a abnormal shape. The brain begins to grow downward putting pressure on the brain stem and blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluids. This condition is present at birth, but in most cases never shows signs until the teen years or later. Chiari Malformation type 1 is the least severe but because of Cohen’s age and the fact that he was beginning to show multiple signs, this made his case very rare, severe and very serious. After being in the hospital only 1 week Cohen had lost 90% of all muscle control along with a worsening of his breathing difficulties. Dr. Horsman, the pulmonary specialist, went out of his field of expertise and ordered an MRI which quickly lead to Cohen's diagnosis. We then needed a Neurosurgeon. Dr. Allen Joseph was the very best Neurosurgeon we could have asked for and our sweet Cohen very much needed this good physician to be an instrument in the hands of The Great

Physician! The surgery that was available was very risky and it came with no guarantees, but without it Cohen would not survive. Surgery was not really a choice although the doctor said "If you decide not to, just let me know." Our question among many to him was, "What's the best outcome you have ever seen in a child this age with this disorder?" His answer, "Nowhere a parent would ever want their child to be." Two words came to our mind: Medical Nightmare. God was no doubt on the scene giving Cohen’s grandmother a firm yet gentle word "I've got this." He sent angels on assignment into Cohen’s room to feed and strengthen him. The throne room was flooded with prayers by friends, family, and even strangers. Our pastor from Grace UPC in Central, Bro. Glenn Murphy and his wife along with Bro. Jerry Holland came and anointed and laid hands on Cohen and prayed for a miracle. Also a personal cloth of Bro. Holland’s was anointed and left with him and we prepared for a very serious brain surgery reminding our selves that God’s got this! Cohen’s surgery was estimated to take 5 hours; it only took 2 hours and 15 minutes. Doctor Joseph reported that the surgery went very well. Cohen was placed in ICU on a ventilator where they expected him to remain up to 7 days. He was extubated in only 1 1/2 days, he began to move his legs, his arms, even give us sweet little smiles. He was sucking a bottle that he held himself that very same day. After only 4 days he was taken out of ICU. The team of doctors were amazed at his progress. As the days followed, Cohen began to roll over, hold up his head, and sit up with very little assistance. Only 5 days out of ICU Cohen was about to be discharged to go home but not until he made one more impression, he said his very first words "Da-Da." Cohen is truly a Miracle! Cohen is now in physical therapy to regain muscle loss, He continues to amaze the team of therapists and doctors. They truly feel like a full recovery is in his near future. All honor,, praise, and glory be to God for turning this medical nightmare into a beautiful miracle.

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Check Central Speaks next week for photos from the Christmas Tour of Homes and more photos from the Central Christmas Parade.

Families braved the cold for the Christmas Parade Photos by Michael Spangler


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Chaneyville Fire District 7 Receives Fire Code Upgrade

Press Release - Chaneyville Fire Department is proud to announce Chaneyville Fire District 7 has lowered the fire rating from a fire rating of #5 to a fire rating of #4. This new classification may result in decreased fire insurance rates. Properties located within the boundaries of East Baton Rouge Parish Chaneyville Fire District 7 who are within seven road miles of a recognized fire station and within 1,000 feet of a standard fire hydrant, if required, will receive Class 4

rating. "I would like to thank all the citizens of Chaneyville, State Senator Mack “Bodi” White, State Representative Valarie Hodges, Mayor President Melvin “Kip” Holden, Councilman Trae Welch, Council Budget Officer, Joe Toups, and Chaneyville’s Board members (David Metcalfe, Bobby Watts, Harold Kirby, Dan Pulliam, Roger Sanford) for their support and confidence in me as well as the men and women

The City of Central Chamber of Commerce C4 Report

Once-N-Again says “I’m In”

“Once-N-Again has been a part of the Central Community for fourteen years. Central, from the beginning, has been very welcoming to us as a small business. We would like to thank our past, present, and

future customers for shopping and recommending us throughout the years. We strongly believe in shopping and staying in Central. We would like to thank the Chamber for allowing us to be a part of such a great organization. The Chamber has allowed us to put our business out in the community and get great feedback from the people of Central. Our customers always tell us we are a hidden treasure in Central. We specialize in unique gifts, baby items, monogramming, and bows. Thank you Central for all the support over the past fourteen years. We pray for many more years to come.” Stacy LeBlanc, Owner Once-N- Again 10040 Sullivan Road Central, LA. 70818 Office: 225.261.5775 Email: oncenagainGoduseme@ yahoo.com Facebook: oncenagain Member Joined: June 5th, 2013

that volunteer to keep Chaneyville safe. We take great pride in providing great service to our citizens and are so excited our hard work is paying off," says Chaneyville Chief Mark Strickland. Councilman Trae Welch, Council District 1, would like to thank the men and women that spend their time volunteering, working together training and helping each other to learn how to be a firefighter and what it means to be a firefighter.

35th Annual Charles T. Kinsley Tournament Bottom Teams are Home Wear White Jerseys

McKinley Wed 8:30pm Zachary

Tara Thurs 9pm A Fri 9pm

Fri 3pm Belaire Wed 5:30

EA Thurs 6pm B Sat 7:30pm Championship

Scotlandville

Sat 3pm Losers Bracket Final

Woodlawn Glen Oaks Wed 4pm Thurs 3pm

U-high Redemptorist Wed 7pm

Loser A

Fri 7:30pm Istrouma Thurs 7:30pm D

Central

Fri 6pm Loser D Loser C

Thurs 4:30pm C

Sat. 4:30pm Consolation Final

Sat. 6pm 3rd Place

Fri 4:30pm Loser B

The annual Charles T. Kinsley Basketball Tournament is being held this week at Central High School. The tournament bracket is above.


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Lead Is a Four-Letter Word By Britnee Bell, CMS Journalism Club

In October Central Middle had a luncheon for some of the leaders in the school. When you entered the room, you received a nice homemade meal and drink of your choice. The teachers and the guest speaker, Coach Sid, did their best to make you feel welcome as you came in. You could tell each and every adult in that room was proud of the students, even if they did not know them. I found it great that Mr. Fountain, some of the Central Middle staff, and Coach Sid took time out of their schedules to make a nice meal and award the worthy students with pins. It really shows that the staff cares about student leaders in the school. The guest speaker, Coach Sid, decided to give everyone an inspirational speech about how to be a better leader. One part that I really took to heart was when he walked to the window by the courtyard and showed us at least three kids sitting by themselves. It was then I noticed being a leader isn’t just about setting yourself straight, but also about helping others in the process. He told us that even a little gesture of kindness can go a long way. He said that by going up to one of those three kids and actually making an effort to be friends with them we could make a difference. You never know what people are going through, and by going up to them and talking to them you might help in a major way. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you see someone sitting alone, go up to them and talk with them. If they don’t want to talk to you, don’t give up, no matter what. You don’t know what their situation might be, but they might really appreciate just having someone to hang out with. So try and be a leader; everyone needs someone to look up to. If you do try to be a leader in Central, don’t do it for the food or the award, do it because it is just the right thing to do. Be a leader everywhere you go. Remember, leaders don’t wait to lead they just do the right thing.

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Come out to Caliente on December 14th, when 15% of the sales will benefit Olivia and her family as she battles Batten Disease. For more information about Batten Disease, visit www.bdsra.org.

Kennan Smith, 13 years old, killed her first deer on Saturday, November 23rd with Charles Shaffer. She shot her spike with a .7 mag, and he weighed 140 pounds.

Lost Dog

David McCormick was the winner of the PriceCo People’s Choice Award during last month’s Art League of Central “Contrast” art show at the Central Library. David’s pen and ink owl received the most votes from the public during the show. Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorites, and thank you to PriceCo for donating the prize and for supporting the Art League of Central!

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Bella went missing Thanksgiving day. She was wearing a red collar with no tag. She is a Lab/Australian Shepherd mix, all black except one patch of white on her chest, and weighs about 30lbs. Please call Jenny at (225) 715-7695 with any information.


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Classifieds

For Rent: 3 bed 2bath house, church Garage Sale: Huge garage sale, over parsonage at 6553 Thelmadale Drive. 15 families involved. Saturday, Dec. 14th, 7AM-2PM. No early birds please. Enclosed back yard. Large living room, Central Bible Church, 8889 Sullivan study, & fireplace. Recently upgraded & painted. $1,200/month. Call Magnolia Rd. Raising funds for youth mission Methodist at 261-2789 Mon.-Fri. trip to Kenya.Jambalaya and baked between 9 a.m. and noon for info. goods for sale at same location. Available Jan. 1, 2014. For Sale: Central Planet Beach for Sale Accepting reasonable offers. Franchise For Sale: ‘02 Pontiac Grand Prix. Ex. cond. V-6, new tires, sunroof, power fee required above final negotiated seats & windows. $5595 261-4709 price. Call 225-262-4786

Email classifieds@centralspeaks.com. Deadline for all classifieds is Tuesday at NOON. Real estate and professional Photo by Lindsey Pyburn classifieds cost $10 for 3 lines, plus $3 per extra line. Santa sighting at the Central Christmas Parade! Other classifieds are free.

Puzzles

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CARPET/TILE CLEANING

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16 ANNOUNCEMENTS

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In Memoriam: Mitchell Edward Bennett, “Sonny”

Sonny died at 5:30 AM, Monday, December 2, 2013, at his residence in Greenwell Springs. He was 73 years of age and a native of Ruleville, Mississippi. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol Schlitz Mitchell; son Nathan Mitchell, his wife Vanessa, and grandson Nathan; brother Joseph

“Murray” Mitchell and his wife Iris; brother Larry Mitchell and his wife Annette; sister Marian Robillard; and sister Janet Messina and her husband Wayne. Sonny was preceded in death by parents Marion and Margaret Mitchell, and brotherin-law, Clyde Robillard. Religious services were conducted by Father

Celebrating the Marriage of Jeremy Deville and Jiemaio Hu

Thomas Duhe. Pallbearers were Todd Messina, Michael Manzullo, Paul Mitchell, Brian Holley, Mark Watts and Blackie Bell. Sonny was a faithful Eucharistic Minister of St. Alphonsus Church. He was Past President of the Central Lions Club, and a proud “Man of Manresa”. Remember Sonny and smile.

In Loving Memory of Kareem Sabbagh January 11, 1989 - December 9, 2007

The Broken Chain

Jeremy is the son of James and Deborah Deville of Central. He is a lifelong resident of Central, and Jiemiao came to the U.S. in 2007 for her PhD in biomedical science. They met at LSU and married on July 13th at the Justice of the Peace in Houston, Texas. They will be celebrating their marriage with friends and family in March in Baton Rouge. Jeremy and Jiemiao hope to return home to Central soon to start the rest of their lives together and to contribute to the community.

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly. In death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Mom, Dad, Alex, Kelsey, and Grandmom


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