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Feliciana Explorer • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 • Vol. 3, No. 51 • Published Weekly • Circulation 17,000 • felicianaexplorer.com • © 2013
State Rep. Pushing Felicianas Forward
of the budget tricks that were employed by the Administration in an “I ran for State Representative on attempt to balance the budget. “I want ‘one-time money’, to be the basis that on every day, I would used as ‘one-time money’, not as do the very best job possible for the recurring money with which to plug people in District 62,” State Repreholes in the budget,” Havard emphasentative Kenny Havard told the Fesized. “I was also very much against liciana EXPLORER. “Now, I try to the so called ‘sweeping the budgets’ take time each day to remember what of surplus monies of all state agencies I promised the people of Zachary and in order to quick fix an un-balanced the Felicianas.” “Also I ran on the principle of budget.” Havard clashed several times with creating new jobs, streamlining state the Jindal Administration, including government, rescinding current regthe privatization of many state serulations that are bad for business, vices. In fact, Havard introduced HB encouraging small businesses and 240, which required any privatization standing firm against any legislation state contract over $5,000,000 to rethat would stifle economic growth. ceive additional legislative scrutiny. I think about those principles every House Bill 240 passed the LA House day and try to make sure that my acby a 93-0 vote, but the item was killed tions as a legislator reflect those comin the Senate. mitments.” “Privatization does not save monHavard, in his first year in the LA Legislature was labeled as a “Fiscal See HAVARD on page 2 Hawk” due to his opposition to some By James Ronald Skains
State Representative Kenny Havard of District 62 in his Jackson office.
FAWS For The Holidays, Bring Home a New Friend for Christmas The holiday season is an important and busy time for Feliciana Animal Welfare Society volunteers. As hearts and minds are more open to generosity, it is the holiday season that offers the best chance of adoption for the fortyseven pets currently sheltered by families in the FAWS Foster Care Network. Cats, dogs, puppies and kittens-we have an assortment of each, in all sizes, large and small. Though some of our animals are recovering from injury or illness, it is our hope that by Christmas day, many of them will be snuggled up and safe in their new forever homes. 2013 has been a special year for FAWS, marking five years in operation. It was also a “year of one thousands” in that in February we had our one thousandth adoption. In April we spayed our one thou-
sandth feline. In 2013 alone our Feline Management team facilitated the spay/neuter of 248 felines, most of which were strays or belonged to low-income petowners in our parish. In addition, Project Doggy Gate, our low-income canine spay/neuter program, was given a one-time opportunity allowing us to come to the aid of dog owners in need, spaying 40 dogs at no charge. We have received no municipal funding and pride ourselves in being good stewards of the contributions and support of our East Feliciana citizens. We do have a holiday wish list. We wish there were no strays, no unwanted pets, no pet-overpopulation or animal suffering in our parish. We wish spay/neuter would be affordable for all pet owners. But since those things
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ey or improve services, especially in health care,” Havard stated emphatically. “A good case in point is what is happening with the food services that were privatized at LA East Mental Hospital in Jackson.” “They have run out of food on numerous times. They fed MRE’S to the 400 mental health patients in the Institute for a week. They even went to McDonald’s and bought hamburgers to feed these special needs patients (most of whom are on several different medications) on one or more occasions when they ran out of food. Also, on dozens of times, the private food service company has been late 20 minutes or more in serving the food to the patients. That is no way to run a food service operation for mentally handicapped people.”
The company with the Dining & Nutrition contract at La Mental East Hospital is Healthcare Service Group, Inc. of Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Healthcare Services Group, Inc. has doubled in size and in revenue since 2007. In 2012, revenues topped one billion dollars at $1,077,435,000, with a net income of $44,000,000, which resulted in a $.65 cent per share dividend for its stockholders. Current per share price is $28 with a working capital of $200,000,000. “There are over 3,000 state employees in District 62, including employees of the two prisons and the mental hospital,” Havard related. “As I was growing up, the fate of employees at those institutions was always a topic of conversation at our house, since my mom and dad, Marie and Don, both worked at the LA East Hospital. They put in 35 years before retiring.”
“I’m very much aware that these jobs are what feed many families in my district. These jobs at the state facilities in District 62 should not become political footballs or be privatized,’’ Havard, a native of Jackson who now lives in St. Francisville with his wife Shondell and two sons, Davis and Jack, acknowledged. “My representative district is very unique in that the district includes some of the most scenic and historical areas in Louisiana, borders the Mississippi River on the west and gets into the suburbs of Baton Rouge at Zachary. It could become an economic powerhouse as well as a political powerhouse since the Lower Zachary and Central area, when combined with my district, has more than four state representatives in one geographically close area.” “We need to start working together on economic development, especially in the field of tourism. I’m trying to set up a series of meetings to get that cooperation started,” Havard specified. “But basically, there are four distinct areas in my district. West Feliciana ends at Thompson Creek right outside Jackson. Jackson ends at Hwy 19 and then further to the east Clinton and Zachary is to our south. However, the areas should be working in conjunction with each other.” “The State owns more than 15,000 acres in the Felicianas. We recently were able to get monies for the use of the old Jackson airport. Good things can come out of that. We also received funding for not only the Tunica Hills project, as well as, monies to the start the engineering on the Julius Frehan School building in St. Francisville. Money also became available for the War Memorial in
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Jackson which will salute all the people from Jackson who have fought in all the American wars.” “District 62 is moving forward,” Harvard stated. “West Feliciana has a new charter home rule system and a new parish president. The Police Jury in East Feliciana under the leadership of Dennis Aucoin is really doing well after some tough years.” “The KPAQ paper mill is showing real signs of steady growth. The railroad will be back in operation in the near future. If the railroad can pick up other customers other than KPAQ, that will be a big step forward. The Georgia Pacific mill is churning along. I don’t think the average person realizes how many people the timber industry and the paper mills employ in our area.” On another note, In mid-November, Kenny Havard and his dad, Don, helped collect a pickup load of medical aids equipment that included 2 wheel chairs, several walkers, canes, bedside potty chairs, shower chairs and a fan and delivered to the Council on Aging in Clinton. The Council on Aging will in turn loan out this medical aids equipment to those in need.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
West Feliciana Firefighter Graduates Fire Academy
Firefighter Darion Whetstone joined Fire Protection District No. 1’s (WFFD) Emergency Services Apprenticeship Program (ESAP) during his sophomore year at West Feliciana High School. He progressed through the program and graduated West Feliciana High School in May 2013 when he also became one of the first three members to receive an ESAP scholarship from the West Feliciana Firefighter Association on behalf of Fire Protection District No. 1. FF Whetstone was a familiar face around the parish fire stations and routinely volunteered to help out with projects, community events and responding to emergency calls. He had aspirations of becoming a career firefighter for a local department. In August 2013 he enrolled into the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute Firefighter Recruit Academy. The Fire Academy was fourteen weeks in length and is physically, mentally and academically challenging. The Academy requires that recruits routinely stay around the clock and be subject to “emergency” calls in the middle of the night where
the recruits would be awakened and sent out to perform a drill or task similar to an actual emergency. The recruits would then return to their dorm for a few hours sleep before class the next morning. On December 6, 2013, FF Whetstone graduated from the academy
with five certifications and more than 600 hours of training. FF Whetstone will continue to be a volunteer for WFFD and serve the residents of West Feliciana Parish. Please join Fire Protection District No. 1 in congratulating FF Whetstone on this accomplishment.
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are not within our reach, our wish list is specific: we wish for you to join us, to volunteer with us in your own special way. We wish you would let us help you to open your home to at least one unwanted pet awaiting adoption through FAWS. We wish for your continued financial support because without your contributions throughout these past five years, we would not have succeeded in our efforts. Now we are looking ahead to 2014. We are not without worry; however we have a sturdy foundation built over our first five years in operation. Within our experiences weâ€™ve gained knowledge. We know we are capable of even greater accomplishments but we understand we must be patient; we are only humans. We know that our hearts are on the line and that at times we will hold creatures we cannot save, but we know we will come out of the sadness and go on to save others. Mostly we know that if we offer our help to pet owners in need, they will supply their pets with the ingredient of greatest importance, that being their love. Last of all, we know that more of you would like to help. Contact us, support us, become a part of us. We are user friendly and we need your help. FAWS is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Your tax deductible contributions may be sent to FAWS, P.O. Box 8633, Clinton, LA 70722. Call us at 225-252-5138; Email FelicianaAnimalWelfareSociety@yahoo. com. Facebook: Feliciana FAWS
Florence, recovering from a broken leg and tail, injuries sustained under the hood of a car. Florence is awaiting surgery to repair her tail. Sponsors are greatly needed.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Friends of the Library Christmas Gathering
The Audubon Regional Library Friends will meet in Clinton on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 for a Pot Luck Lunch, Trivia games and puzzles with prizes and Caroling. All are invited and welcome. The Lunch will be held at 11 a.m. at the Clinton United Methodist Church. Donations of $5.00 from members and $10.00 from non-members (which includes a 1 year membership) will be gratefully accepted. Contact Carol White at 683-5495 for more information.
District Attorney Christmas Brunch
In the Spirit of the Holiday Season, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla invites everyone to join him for an open house brunch at his office at 11312 Spring Street in Clinton on Friday, December 20, 2013 between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Audubon Library Waiving Fines
The elected and appointed officers for 2014 of Plains Lodge #135 F&AM were installed Friday Dec.6, 2013 by the Past Grand Master of Masons for the State of Louisiana in 2011 Beverly J. Guillot. Installing Chaplain- Right Worshipful, Jimmie Dean Dunkin, District Grand Lecture, and Installing Marshall- Nick Auck, Worshipful Master of Milford Lodge #117. Front Row L-R- Senior Warden - Johnnie Barr, Bev. Guillot, PGM, Worshipful Master - David Edward Carroll Jr, Jimmie Dean Dunkin, DGL, Junior Warden -Jason Broussard, Nick Auck, Second Row R-L-Secretary, Harvey Grimble, Treasurer-Mike Schwindemann, Senior Deacon-Gerald Shoeber, Junior Deacon- Leon Ellzey, Chaplain- J.V.Williams, Junior Steward- Lane Courtney Not pictured are the Senior Steward - Scott Turner, Master of Ceremonies- Bo Farris and Tiler- Chris Wayne.
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The Audubon Regional Library will wave fines from December 16 through the 30th this year if patrons pay in cans of food instead. $1 off for cans of vegetables, $2.00 off for cans of meat or fish. Food will go to established food banks operating in Clinton, Greensburg and Jackson to help people here at home. Food Banks are telling us that cans of tuna or Spam are most useful as they can be the basis of a meal. Cans must not be expired and please think useful, not exotic stuff. Remember, a lot of this will be eaten by children. Thanks to everyone who pulls those books from under the bed or from under the car seat and brings them back with a can or two to pay the fine.
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Births • Engagements • Weddings • Awards Obituaries • Anniversaries • Reunions
Philip Charles, Jr. and Lauren Aucoin are proud to announce the births of Philip Charles, III (Charlie) and Scarlett Kate. They were born on Nov. 1, 2013 at Womans Hospital. Charlie was 21 in. and 6 lbs., 4 oz. Scarlette Kate was 19-1/2 in. and also 6 lbs., 4 oz. The proud grandparents are Philip Charles, Sr. and Judy Aucoin of Zachary, LA; Kathy King and Mark King. The great grandparents are Sonny and Melba King, RD and Peggy Jo Wilson, and Kitty Wilson. The great great grandmother is Louise Strain, all from Jonesboro, LA.
Schram, Jerry Leroy Schram, Jerry Leroy, 74, a resident of Slaughter and native of Missoula, MT died on Saturday, December 7, 2013. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer from the US Navy with twenty plus years of service and retired as a Radwaste Specialist from Entergy. Visiting will be at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc., Zachary on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Visiting will continue on Friday at the funeral home from 9:00 am until service time at 10:00 am conducted by Rev. Jimmy Babin. Burial will follow at Eastern Star Cemetery in Wilson, LA. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joyce Little Schram, Daughters, Jeri Lee Accardo and husband Ronnie, Marci Schram, Jeana Welch and husband Ken, and Beth Perry, sons, Wade Schram and wife Ann, Mark Leto and wife Jackie and Jody Little, Sister, Gloria Schram and brother, Winford Schram and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Jean Schram and mother, Frieda Schram. Pallbearers will be Ken Welch, Danyon Brasseaux, Garrett Brasseaux, Bruce Watson, Zane Perry, Mark Leto, Dakota Perry and Ronnie Watson. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.charletfuneralhome.com
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