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Feliciana Explorer • Tuesday, June 17, 2014 • Vol. 4, No. 24 • Published Weekly • Circulation 17,000 • • © 2014

East Feliciana COA Asks for Tax on November Ballot By Patricia Stallman

At the recent East Feliciana Parish Police Jury meeting, Brenda Gardner, director of the East Feliciana Parish Council on Aging in Clinton, made a case for parish help. Sixty-two seniors remain on the Council’s waiting list for homedelivered meals, which means that the wait list is one and a half times the length of the list of 40 seniors who now receive meals. The East Feliciana Council on Aging will begin Fiscal Year 2014 on July 1 with a 20% cut in state and federal funds. “This means we will need to hold fundraisers or cut services to our seniors,” Gardner says. These services include: homedelivered meals, congregate meals, nutrition education, wellness, utility assistance, outreach, recreation, and transportation to medical facilities in Clinton, Jackson, Zachary,

Wearing hats with streamers listing the Council on Aging services were, from left, COA Board Members Louise Reynolds and Charlene Netterville, both of Norwood. District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla, third from left, and East Feliciana COA Director Brenda Gardner complete the group. Photograph by Patricia Stallman.

Baker, and the Baton Rouge area. A 1 mill tax on the November

ballot, Gardner says, would generate around $100,000 a year, de-

pending on the amount of property tax the parish collects. This tax would be dedicated to the senior services that the East Feliciana Council on Aging provides. The average taxpayer in the parish might pay around $7 a year, she says, or a little over 50 cents a month. Over half of the other parishes in Louisiana already have millages dedicated to their Councils on Aging. If the tax passes, the Council on Aging will be able to take most of the 62 elderly off of the waiting list and hire a new employee to deliver the meals. “This change for our seniors,” Gardner says, “will come from local people who understand the local need. Remember, these people are our mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, friends, and neighbors.”

Tri-Parish Farmers Co-Op Going Strong After 53 Years

By James Ronald Skains

In the fall of 1960, a group of dairy farmers in the tri-parish area of East & West Feliciana and St. Helena Parish came together to buy bulk feed by the train carload for their cows. This was the beginning of what has now grown into a two-location business with a combined employment of 28 people. Initial operating money was raised by asking the dairy farmers to buy one share of common stock in the Co-Op for $50. “I think the best way to describe the Tri-Parish Co-Op is to look at it as one big family operation,” Donny Cupit, General Manager of the Co-Op, told the Zachary Post “It seems that once a person goes to work here at the Co-Op that they are very happy in their job. W. C. Hopkins recently retired with 45 years of employment at our CoOp.” “I’ve been with the Co-Op since 1973, some 41 years. Amos James,

large number of faithful customers,” Cupit pointed out. “That has been the key to our success I believe. Our long-term employees have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the Co-Op’s products and operation in order to be able serve our loyal patrons over the past four decades. “ In 1960, there were approximately 150 dairies within a 50mile radius of Slaughter. Of the dairymen in the vicinity, about half became regular customers of the Co-Op. The first officers of the Tri-Parish Co-Op were Frank Thompson, president, Gilbert C. Mills, vice-president, and G.C. Waton was secretary. Gilbert Mills is still an active Ronny Cupit, General Manager of the Tri-Parish Co-Op, has been employed for member of the Co-Op Board of 41 continuous years with the Co-Op. Directors and normally visits the our spreader truck driver and de- have several people who have been store each Friday. The first managliveryman is in his 47th year work- employed at the Co-Op more than er of the Co-Op was A.E. Wicker who held the management posiing at the Co-Op. James Tolar and 25 years.” Delois McKey retired after more “Not only have we had a lot of tion for only 90 days before Louis than 40 years with the Co-Op. We long-term employees but also a See CO-OP on page 8


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Village of Wilson Looks to Improve Utility Infrastructure By Patricia Stallman

June 10 special meeting: Board increases business license fee After an open meeting preceding the regular June 10 meeting, the Village of Wilson Board of Aldermen voted two to one to increase the fee for a business license from $25 to $50 a year. Present were Mayor Marilyn Broadway, Mayor Pro-Tem Harriett Sensley, Alderman Georgia Honore, Alderman Yvonne Allen, and Town Clerk Linda Williams. Also present were Town Accountant John McKowen, Wilson Community Youth Organization Founder and Director Debra Thomas, Wilson Assistant Police Chief Tyrone Kilbourne, Wilson Water Maintenance Supervisor Jeffery Johnson, Maintenance Operator Edward Harris, Wilson Food Bank Director Dorothy Jones, Wilson residents Gladys Ravencraft and Donald Honore, and guest Andrea Matthews. Town accountant delivers report, advises on budget increase Town Accountant John McKowen delivered his report, submitting bank account balances for the Board’s perusal, with all accounts reconciled as of May 31. Because of computer problems at the Wilson Town Hall in early May, he had had to delay providing the April figures until the June meeting. McKowen reported year-to-date revenue of $316,000 and year-to-date expenses of $299,000, commenting that the town was approximately $17,000 “ahead of the game.” McKowen advised the Board that the mayor and he had discussed a revised budget proposal of $340,000-a-year total revenue and $340,000-a-year total expenses. He explained that while the Board

needed to adopt any revised budget that night, it could make changes to that budget at any time. Alderman Allen made the motion to adopt the revised budget, and Alderman Hariett Sensely seconded the motion. The Board passed the revised budget. State Representative Kenny Havard plans to attend July Board meeting With regard to the State mandate that Wilson provide a second water well, the mayor noted that the village had applied last October for a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant of $700,000 and that the United States Department of Agriculture has provided $18,000 for the administrative fee. The village will learn the results of the application later this summer, Broadway said. Noting that Wilson had not succeeded with its LCDBG applications the last three or four years and that “last year we were almost at the bottom— 17th out of 20,” the mayor said she has consulted State Representative Havard to advise the village should it once again fail to receive assistance. Havard has said that in that event, Wilson would need to come up with $100,000 to tie in to a new private water system, which is a member of the rural water association. Havard has informed the mayor that he will assist in any way possible. At the July 8 town meeting, Havard will also address Capital Outlay funding for road overlay work in the village. Board considers salary increases for village employees The Board agreed to examine the several funds from which the mayor,

Wilson Assistant Police Chief Tyrone Kilbourne delivers the police report June 10. Kilbourne said that the department is now enforcing the midnight curfew. “If you’re walking up and down the road after midnight,” Kilbourne said, “you’re up to something.”

the Board, and village employees are paid before determining raises and amounts. Alderman Allen took out from her purse her monthly check of $133.29; the same amount aldermen

have received, she said, for the past twenty years. Alderman Honore noted that village employees should be “the first See WILSON on page 5

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M. Womack became Manager and Treasurer of the Co-Op. “Louis Womack was who got me started working at the Co-Op 41 years ago,’’ Cupit recalled. “I had worked for Louis on his farm near Liberty, Mississippi during my high school days. After high school, I was hired by the Co-op as a fertilizer spreader driver. Six months later, they had moved me onto the sales counter.” The Tri-Parish Co-Op started out in a small building on the south end of the town of Slaughter. Now the Co-Op occupies nearly 29,000 square feet of space under roof, on the north side of Slaughter on Hwy 19. Ten Thousand square feet of the facility is for sales and displays, 16,000 square feet is in the warehouse and the offices take up about 3,000 square feet. In 1978, Tri-Parish Co-Op opened a second location in Woodville, Mississippi. Guy T. Kent was the first branch store manager in Woodville serving until August 1982 when Donny Cupit succeeded him. Cupit served as store manager for 24 years in Woodville before succeeding Conrad L. Turner in the Slaughter location in 2006. Turner had been the Tri-Parish Co-Op manager for 24 years. “Our Tri-Parish business model has changed dramatically since the 1960s,” Cupit related. “In the early years of the Co-Op, we supplied the Dairy Industry primarily, and the row-crop farmers secondly. The local dairy went away in the 1990s government buy-out. Prior

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to that, row-crop farming in the area had diminished a lot, before it also finally went away totally in the 1990s.” “Now our Co-Op has a variety of different products. We still handle an appreciable amount of feed, but most of it comes to the store in bags. We also handle fertilizer and seed, and still have three spreader trucks for pasture fertilization. We handle bagged feed and bales of hay. In addition, the Co-Op handles a line of clothing geared toward working outdoor people. Also, we have a lot of flower plants as well as tomato plants. We’ve got a variety of products just like you would see in the big box stores. In addition, we offer a complete tire care center.” “One year in the early 1970s we unloaded and spread 37 railcars of rye grass seed,” Cupit recalled. “I call those the good ole days of the Co-Op, when we were busy from daylight until after dark during rye grass planting season in the fall. During our “heydays,” we had 10 spreader trucks and a total of 36 people working for the Co-Op in the Slaughter location.” The rye grass was for the dairy industry to provide food for their herds through the winter months. However, the need for rye grass diminished in the Co-Op’s area of operation in the late 1980’s and 1990s as the U.S. Federal Government undertook a program to reduce the number of dairy farmers. In 1986, the government offered so-called “whole herd buyouts” to dairy farmers across the country. Roughly 10 percent of the dairy herds were removed from


the market. Most of the Feliciana and Southwest Mississippi dairy farmers took the first round of offered buyouts. Many other dairy farmers in the area took the second round of buyouts in the early 1990s. Today, there are only three dairy farms in the area serviced by Tri-Parish. “It is truly a testament to our employees, our Co-Op members, and our loyal customers, that we have been able to not only survive three dramatic changes in our markets, but prosper,” Cupit added. “First came the diminishing of row crop farming in the area, next we lost our dairy farmers and then came the big box stores into the region selling a lot the products that we had switched to after losing our dairy farmers.” Writer’s note: It does seem that Tri-Parish Co-Op is one big extended family business. The survival of the Co-Op through the tough marketing conditions also illustrates the business ability of the Management and Board of Directors to analyze future market trends and take advantage of those trends.




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Lady Lightning Brings Home the Trophies

Congratulations to the LA Lady Lightning 10U softball team for winning the Memorial Weekend Blowout Tournament! The tournament was held in Zachary on May 24 & 25th. LA Lady Lightning went undefeated scoring 75 runs and only allowing 13. The girls have been busy! The girls also won 2nd at the Worth NOLA Big Easy Blowout Tournament in New Orleans the weekend of May 17th. They placed 4th in Gulfport, MS at the Crossfire Spring Fling Tournament out of 13 teams the weekend of May 10 & May 11th. The team is based out of Zachary and is comprised of 9 & 10yr. old girls from the Central, Zachary, St. Francisville & Watson areas. Pictured right: Memorial Weekend Blowout Tournament Photo: L-R (Sitting): Autumn Vessier, Destiney Gary, Bailey Guercio and Bailee Avant L-R (Kneeling): Elaina Kreamer, Brianne Bankston, Madelyn Edwards, Charleigh Parolli, Kaitlyn McClure and Morgan Fresina L-R (Standing): Coach Kellie Guercio, Coach Jason Guercio, Head Coach Brandon Bankston and Coach JC Fresina. Pictured left: Worth NOLA Big Easy Blowout Tournament Photo:L-R (Front Row): Bailey Guercio, Kaitlyn McClure, Bailee Avants and Mallory Kendrick L-R (Middle Row): Coach Kellie Guercio, Elaina Kreamer, Madelyn Edwards, Charleigh Parolli, Destiney Gary, Morgan Fresina, Autumn Vessier and Brianne Bankston L-R (Back Row): Coach Jason Guercio, Head Coach Brandon Bankston and Coach JC Fresina.

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David Treppendahl, President Elect of the Rotary Club of St. Francisville welcomes Caroline Alberstadt to the group. The Rotary Club Chapter will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary on June 24 with a reception at The Bluffs.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Pictured left: Third grade teacher Cherinitae Harris with student Ambrechelle Brown. The summer education program, which began June 9, takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Photograph by Patricia Stallman.


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priority” and that in her opinion the village maintenance operator should receive first consideration, as “he’s out in the heat and the cold.” As the Board decided to check into the available funds before determining raises, Maintenance Operator Eddie Harris said, “You said in 2009 you’d look at raises, and now it’s 2014! Wilson Community Youth Organization Director thanks summer teachers Debra Thomas, Founder and Director of the WCYO, thanked the high school students who are giving up their summer to prepare young students for the coming school year and to “make sure our kids are doing something constructive this summer.” The summer education program, which began Monday, June 9, and will conclude July 31, has enrolled 27 students in classes that meet Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help students prepare for Pre-K, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, and fourth

grade. Thomas noted that for safety’s sake, the park that abuts the WCYO needs a fence to protect children attending classes and park activities. Wilson needs to call attention to its small businesses Thomas also suggested that Wilson consider hosting a business fair to educate East Feliciana residents and others with regard to village businesses. Thomas noted that Donald Honore ( has both a U-Haul business and an engraving business that engraves trophies, plaques, ribbons, and stamps and has plans to print tee shirts. Alderman Georgia Honore (Georgia.honore@ has a special-order bridal and lingerie business for fuller figured women; in addition, she offers alterations and “sewing from scratch.” Wilson also boasts a local catering service and a hairdresser. Thomas suggested that the village develop and make available a list of its specialty businesses, with contact information and descriptions of the services.

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Hubert Clayton Owen Jr., MD

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me. -The 23rd Psalm. Hubert Clayton Owen Jr. M.D., 85, a resident of Zachary, LA, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Lane Regional Medical Center. Visitation was at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. in Zachary, LA on Friday, June 6, 2014. On Saturday, June 7, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary there was a visitation from 9 a.m. until funeral Mass at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. M. Jeffery Bayhi. A private family burial took place on Monday at the Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Colmer Owen; one daughter, Karan Elizabeth Owen of Allen, TX; two sons, Hubert “Hubie” Clayton Owen, III of Zachary; Paul Rhea Owen and his wife Deborah, of Zachary and their two daughters, Elizabeth Rhea Owen and Catherine Ann Owen. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Colmer Owen; his parents Hubert Clayton Owen, Sr. and Elizabeth Rhorer Owen; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Carlton McConnell; and in-laws Marvin and Pauline Colmer. Pallbearers will be Marvin “Buddy” Colmer, Randall

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Colmer, Dr. Darrell Tate, Dr. Howard Martin, Dr. Salvador Lusco, Kim Tate, Mark Tate, and Ralph Tate. Honorary pallbearers will be Laney Mack, Gene Bruner, Leonard Aguillard, John McKee, Russell Bankston, Don Gustafson, Jesse Spears and Bill Noreus. He was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. In his youth, he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He graduated from Block High School in Jonesville, LA in 1946, where he was the valedictorian. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 1946-1950, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He attended Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans from 19501954, where he served as President of the Medical School Student Body. He had an internship at Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport from 1954-1955 as well as a Residency in Surgery from 1955-1956. He proudly served in the United States Army as a Captain in Nuremburg, Germany from 19561958. In 1958, he began his medical practice in Jennings with his longtime best friend, Dr. Darrell Tate. In 1969, he completed a residence in Radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He then served as a radiologist at Lane Memorial Hospital from 1969 until his retirement in 1991. He served as Chief of Medical Staff in 1973 and 1976 and on numerous medical committees. During this time, he also served at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville, MS; West Feliciana Hospital in St. Francisville, and Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. He was inducted as

a fellow of the American College of Radiology in September 1988. He was appointed to serve on the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners for the State of Louisiana, Department of Health and Hospitals in 1989. He was a member of the Louisiana State Nuclear Medicine Society and served as Vice President. He was a member of the Louisiana State Radiology Society and served as Vice President. He was a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was also Certified by the American Board of Radiology. He was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Lane Regional Medical Center by the Metropolitan Council of the City of Baton Rouge, where he served from 1993-2002. He served as Board Chairman from 1996-2002. He was

a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company in Zachary. A lifelong Republican, he served as a representative to the 1964 Electoral College. He served on the first Home Rule Charter Commission for the City of Zachary from 19751976. He enjoyed his retirement years, playing golf at Fennwood Hills Country Club and taking golfing trips with his buddies. He was an avid fan of the LSU Tigers. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Stephen Speeg, Dr. Michael Castine, and Dr. Boyd Helm and the ICU nursing staff of Lane Regional Medical Center. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Capital Campaign, the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the Zachary Food Pantry.



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Summer Fun at the Library

Dave Leboeuf will bring his magic and stories to Audubon Regional Libraries on Wednesday, June 18. He will begin at 10 a.m. at the St. Helena Branch in Greensburg, then 1 p.m. in Clinton at the Clinton Presbyterion Church on Bank Street and for a last show at Jackson Branch at 3 p.m.. LeBoeuf became fascinated with magic as a child and has been a professional magician for over 20 years. During his performance he will make stories come to life using multi-disciplines involving storytelling, magic and puppets. His performances always promote winning attitudes, self-esteem as well as literacy. LeBoeuf has presented workshops/performances throughout Louisiana, Texas, California and Maryland. Then the Audubon Regional Libraries will hold origami workshops with Kuniko on Monday, June 23 for kids grades 3 up to high school. The workshops start at the Library in Greensburg at 10 a.m.; then at 1 p.m. at the Clinton United Methodist Church and ending at the Jackson Branch at 3 p.m. All workshops are free and open to the public. Origami is the Japanese art of folding into special shapes: fans, birds, owls, boxes, flowers. Ms Kuniko will show us how it is done. Please join us at any of our locations. CALL 654-0122 TO ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS



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The time has come again for the Red, White & Blueberry Festival. This is the 9th Annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival sponsored by the Town of Clinton, Mayor Lori Ann Bell, Aldermen and Staff. The festival will initiate on Friday, July 4 from 12:00 - 10:00 p.m.and Saturday, July 5th, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Main Street Market. The opening ceremonies will begin Friday, July 4 at 12:00 in front of the Town Hall. There will be speakers to include candidates seeking various political offices. Also, there will be various activities to include wild game cook off, gospel singers, choirs, soloists, liturgical dancers, inflatables, face painting, vendors, fresh blueberries, games, bands. The fireworks presentation will take place on Friday night behind Lawyers Row. Everyone is cordially invited to come out and celebrate with the Town of Clinton as we embark on this momentous family oriented festival. Vendors are welcome both days. For further information please call Clinton Town Hall at 225-683-5531. You are cordially invited to come and celebrate with Phillips Masonic Lodge #238 and Order of Eastern Star Progressive Chapter #186 at their Holy St. John’s Night program. This event will be held at the Flower Mount Baptist Church, Highway 955, Ethel, La. at 7:00 P.M on June 20. The speaker of the evening will be Reverend David Thomas, Jr.

Lane Auxiliary Awards Scholarship to Area Student

Brittany Stagg is the recipient of the 2014 Lane Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship. Stagg, a 2014 graduate of West Feliciana High School, is the daughter of Perry Stagg and Kelley Hawkins. An outstanding student, Stagg had a 4.34 grade point average and was ranked 1st in her class. She was awarded several academic honors while at West Feliciana High School, including the Principal’s List Award, Most Outstanding Student Award, and AP Scholar Award. Brittany also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, WFHS Citizenship Award, and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award. In addition to excelling academically, Brittany had a very busy extracurricular schedule. She was a member of the National Beta Club, Interact Club, Mu Alpha Theta, International Thespian Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Brittany was also a four-year member and Team Captain of the WFHS Varsity Cross Country Team, and a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team. She also volunteered her time for Stuff the Bus, a food drive for the local food pantry, and served as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador and Junior Counselor. Brittany is a member of First Baptist Church of Zachary where she participates in Special Blessings, a special needs ministry. She is also a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Francisville Youth Group and Young Life,

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