In This Issue
Editorials ............................................................... Jackson Easter Parade ....................................... Safety Slogan and ‘Alaya Cook-Off Winners ...... Local Business to Assist Films with Housing ..... Rolling Numbers for the Board ........................... Three Churches Share in Sunrise Service ........... Candidate Statement ........................................... Classifieds ........................................................... Calendar of Events .............................................
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The Dem Dames of the Felicianas is sponsoring The Princess Project to provide prom dresses for underprivileged young ladies in East Feliciana Parish. Selections and fittings will be held at Drop’n’Go Cleaners on Plank Rd. in Clinton this Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. To donate new or gently used formals, especially in plus sizes, or for more information, call Shirley Anderson at 225-634-5818 or Royann Lane at 225-719-0445. Myesha Holliday models a slinky, black short formal just waiting to be selected by a prom princess at the DemDames of the Felicianas Princess Project.
It is estimated that the East Feliciana School System needs in excess of $8 million in repairs to their crumbling schools, the proposed tax increase would attempt to begin funding some those improvements. by
The East Feliciana Parish School Board is asking voters this Saturday, April 6 to approve the largest tax increase in parish history. The 38-mill property tax increase will raise taxes on homeowners over 80% for the next 10 years. The school board believes that the tax would raise $4.4 million per year to help the district implement new curriculum, give raises to teachers, and make needed improvements to facilities and technological capabilities. The tax increase will ameliorate the backlog of construction and maintenance needs and bridge a gap in teacher salary rates, which currently only beat St. Helena Parish in the greater Baton Rouge region. The parish’s starting teacher salary of $36,664 a year ranks 49th in the state, according to an informational sheet the school board prepared for the election. The tax increase would
give the teachers an immediate $3,000 per year pay increase, which, according to the board, would allow them to recruit better performing teachers to the system. School board members have been silent concerning the tax increase since calling for the election the week prior to Christmas. The Feliciana Explorer offered each of the 12 school board members an opportunity to provide a written statement as to why East Feliciana voters should support the plan–none responded. Parish officials not affiliated with the school system are concerned that the large tax increase will have a negative effect on parish and municipal budgets, causing some businesses that represent sizeable tax revenues to leave the parish. Police Jury President Dennis Aucoin has See TAXES page 6
Easter Hat Parade Hits Grace Health and Rehab
The Residents of Grace Health & Rehab recently enjoyed an Easter Hat Parade featuring the Pre-K class from Slaughter Elementary. Residents appreciated the musical entertainment provided by the children as well as some special treats provided for everyone.
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n April 8, the Louisiana Legislature will convene for another legislative session. This year, our Legislature has a choice: stand up for Louisiana taxpayers or watch our tax dollars flow into Mississippi. All of this is a result of a new tobacco tax proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Right now, Louisiana’s tax on cigarettes is lower than our neighboring state of Mississippi. This means that Louisiana residents enjoy lower prices here than just across the border. It also means that Mississippi residents regularly stop in and purchase their products here as well. With the $1.05 increase in cigarette taxes proposed by the Governor though, all of this would stop. My customers would be making the 2.5 mile trip to Mississippi rather than keeping their money here in Louisiana. I’m a small business owner committed to my community. I employ local residents who make an honest living working hard to provide our customers with the best service possible. This new tax threatens all of that though. The economy is already tough. I cannot afford to lose customers to
awesome deed. Cliff even deputized some assistant constables to help…. free of charge. We owe a big debt of gratitude for those that built floats. When the word was all over the parish that Jackson couldn’t have the parade, we had Debra Thomas and Theresa McCrory step up and start calling churches and others to participate. Thomas covered the Wilson area and McCrary the Ethel area. Kudos to both of these ladies. It was a delight to have the East Feliciana High School band take part. They didn’t have a bus to bring them, but their parents took the initiative to bring them in their cars. Lisa LeBlanc It was such a bright spot in the Feliciana Supermarket and St. parade for the children to see at least Francisville Market three dozen beautiful horses from the group called “Last of a Dying Breed.” Other bright spots for the ell, we did it! Jackson had children were “Whistler” the Clown their first Easter parade. I and the Bunny Rabbit. know you’ve all heard the scuttleWell, Centenary received the butt about why the Town of Jack- surprise of their life. They thought son couldn’t sponsor the parade; but they had plenty of eggs for an Easter thanks to the Living History Asso- Egg Hunt. They hid 300 eggs, thinkciation, we had a successful parade. ing they would just have a handful Usually when I start thanking of children. They said they will be people, I leave someone out; and prepared and have enough eggs next I’m already going to say I’m sorry. year. It is not intentional and I do personWe also want to say thank you to ally thank everyone that helped to EAST (as we still call it) for our spot make it a success. to stage the start of the parade. We I want to give and big thank you had excellent cooperation and we to Cliff Morris and Kenny Stewart. know that the residents enjoyed the When they heard that the Town of parade, also. Jackson deputies couldn’t take part, I also want to thank the Town they called and said they would of Jackson councilmen who voted have the parade covered at no cost. unanimously twice to sponsor the They wanted to volunteer. What an another store in another state. I don’t want to be faced with having to lay off employees because of declining revenue due to a burdensome tax imposed on me by my government. I’m calling on my legislators to do everything possible to stop this tax increase. It will have dangerous consequences for me and other small business owners like me around the state. We need legislators that are willing to take a stand against new taxes and say enough is enough. It’s time for our state government to live within its means rather than taxing the residents of our state even more.
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Jackson Easter Parade
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When it looked as if Jackson’s first annual Easter Parade might fall through, community members stepped up to the plate to ensure that the children of the area could celebrate the reason for the season and receive a visit from the Easter Bunny as well. Themed Christ Has Risen!, the parade featured aptly decorated floats by local churches, a parade of three dozen horses by Last of a Dying Breed riding club, the East Feliciana High School Marching Band, the antics of Whistler the Clown, and of course, the Easter Bunny— who had to share the limelight with good ol’ Rah Rah. The parade ended at Centenary Historic Site where children participated in an Easter Egg Hunt.
Clockwise from top: First Place float from Jackson United Methodist Church; Second Place float from Ethel Baptist Church; Whistler the Clown; The Easter Bunny and East Feliciana High School’s mascot, Rah Rah, give each other a high-five for a job well done; The East Feliciana High School Marching Band; Clinton’s Last of a Dying Breed Horse Club. C M
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Safety Slogan and ‘Alaya Cook-Off Held at Port Hudson Mill The Georgia-Pacific Port Hudson Mill held its annual Safety Slogan and Cook-Off on Tuesday, March 19 at their faculties in Zachary. This year’s event showcased the best ‘Alaya’ recipes, which are the great flavors of jambalaya such as traditional rice jambalaya, a pastalaya, a pizzalaya or a sushilaya. This year’s event also featured the Fans’ Choice Award. For a $5 donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, employees could be a Fans’
Choice Award judge and take part in judging for the best safety slogan and ‘Alaya. The turn-out was great and more than $750 was raised for St. Jude. The winning Safety Slogan was “Always Cooking Up Great Ideas To Keep Safety On Track” by the Woodyard/Heavy Equipment/Pump Shop Maintenance Department. The official winners of the best ‘Alaya was the Steam and Recovery team. The winners of the Fans’ Choice
award for the Safety Slogan was also Steam and Recovery with “I’d Be ‘A-LA-YA If I Said Safety Isn’t Important,” and the Fans’ Choice award for the best ‘Alaya was the dish prepared by Fine Paper Converting Maintenance. Georgia Pacific would like to extend a thank you to the official judges for the 2013 cook off: Chris Calbert, chief administrative officer for the City of Zachary; David McDavid, Zachary police chief; Daniel
Duggan, publisher Zachary Post/Feliciana Explorer and Stacy Gill, editor Zachary Plainsman. The Best Safety Slogan winners will have a large banner at the front gate and one for their area to display their accomplishment while the Best ‘Alaya winners received a trophy and of course bragging rights. Port Hudson would like to thank its judges and everyone who came out to celebrate safety and raise money for a great cause.
(Left): Judges’ Choice for Best Safety Theme was Maintenance Woodyard, Heavy Equipment, Pump Shop. Pictured are ( l to r) Bates Browning, Bob Tilly, Thomas Greer, Robert Lee, Jay Stutzman, Scott Hunt, Bob Pinson, Brian Moore, Steve Pike and Bill Warm kneeling. (Center): Fans’ Choice for Best Safety Theme was Steam and Recovery who also won Judges’ Choice for jambalaya. Pictured are (l to r) Eric Jefferson, Phillip Jacobs, Julius Brown, Lance Phillips, Lillian Gauthier and Eddie Williams. (Right): Fans’ Choice was Fine Paper Converting Maintenance. Pictured are (l to r) Mike Rogers, Ricky Hill. Paul Teal, Ronnie Paola, Robert Roshto and Jimmy Dykes.
Simplify Accommodations to Assist More Films with Housing Stephanie Clarke and Miles Higgins of Simplify Accommodations, LLC, the exclusive housing provider for Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre, announced today that they have reached agreements with seven films to provide housing for their cast and crews while filming in Louisiana. “We are excited about the opportunity to coordinate the hotels, corpo-
rate housing and executive accommodations for another great group of production companies that will, once again, be filming in Louisiana over the next several months. We sincerely hope that the tax incentives that have played a vital role in attracting these films to our great state remain in place for the foreseeable future and thus allow companies like ourselves to exist,” said Mr. Higgins. Simplify Accommo-
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Rolling Numbers for the Board Three Churches Share in Sunrise Service
A select group of some of Jackson Elementary’s best 3rd - 5th grade math students “rolled their numbers” for members of the East Feliciana Parish School Board at the board’s March meeting. Adapted from the KIPP Charter Schools, number rolling involves a series of skip counting chants used to develop number sense and fact flu-
ency so that students can use these skills to engage with more complex problem solving. All 3rd through 5th grade students at JES learned to roll their numbers earlier this year as a strategy implemented through the school’s TAP program. Students now use the skill to help themselves solve word problems, compare fractions and more as required by the
On Easter Sunday morning at sunrise, three local United Methodist churches held an Easter Sunrise worship service around the outdoor cross on the Spillman property on Highway 421, outside of Jackson. Congregations from Concord United Methodist and New Hope United Methodist Churches of West Feliciana Parish and Jackson United Methodist of East Feliciana celebrated in the service together. Rev. Jesse Means of Concord and New Hope United Methodist churches in West Feliciana delivered the Gathering, Pastoral Prayer and Sermon while Rev. Kibbie Hat-
field delivered the Greeting, Opening Prayer, Gospel Lesson and the Benediction. Charles Lanoue of Ethel United Methodist led the congregation in three Easter songs: “He Lives,” “Christ Arose” and “What a Friend.” Following the service, everyone gathered for an Easter breakfast at the Jackson church. The tradition has been for the ministers to take turns with the sermon and with the Easter breakfast; therefore, next year Rev. Kibbie of Jackson will deliver the sermon and the Concord church will host the breakfast.
new Common Core state standards. Representing JES at the school board meeting were De’Jarian and De’Naijah Jones, Bryce and Kamran Turner, Kullen Wilkinson, Sa’Myra Wright, Kaylee Carlile, Mikiara Criss, Lilian Havard, Fredjuley and
David Madronado, Adam and Nicholas Underwood and Angelle Winfrey. Board President Michael Ray Bradford commented that the board was “very impressed” by the JES scholars.
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been actively campaigning against the tax increase. East Feliciana Parish Assessor Jeff Gardner is also concerned about the impact on the parish’s finances. “East Feliciana Parish is the lowest milled parish in the state of Louisiana. With this distinction, several railroad companies have claimed our parish as the location for their movable properties. The Louisiana state law allows the railroads to declare the parish in which they would like to place their movable properties. Traditionally they choose the lowest milled parish in the state. If the proposed property tax millage requested by the East Feliciana School Board passes, the parish could possibly lose approximately $680,000 of actual tax dollars if the railroad companies decide to move their movable properties to the new lowest milled parish in the state,” Gardner said in an emailed statement. At one point during initial discussions, board members considered alternatives to the all-or-nothing structure of the current, proposed tax plan. Originally, board members Elizabeth Dawson, Melvin Hollins, Benjamin Cupit, Paul Kent and Board Vice President Mitchell Harrell supported presenting voters with four choices–breaking the tax into sections and allowing voters to choose which, if any, tax proposals to support. However, Olivia Harris, Board President Michael Bradford, Deborah Spurlock Haynes, Broder-
CANDIDATE STATEMENT The following statement is an unedited submissions sent in by a candidate running for office in the April 6 election. The Feliciana Explorer offers each candidate an opportunity to introduce him or herself to the voting public at no cost. The submission of a statement is entirely voluntary and each candidate may submit one time. As such, the printing of the statement does not represent an endorsement of the candidate by the Explorer.
Cliff Morris Cliff Morris, a life long resident of East Feliciana Parish, will be seeking your vote on April 6th for the position of Constable. Morris was appointed in November 2012, when former Constable Joel Odom resigned from the position. Morris is 51 years old and recently retired in 2010 from the State of Louisiana DOTD where he ick Brooks, Rhonda Matthews and Rufus Nesbitt voted against that plan. Cupit and Harrell also voted later against presenting the tax proposal as one item. Voters have expressed concern about the tax increase; many want to see the poorly performing school district improve, but would rather the tax burden be supported through a sales tax that everyone pays for rather than a burdensome property tax. East Feliciana’s median home value is $129,565, which would see the average tax burden on property
served as operator, foreman and supervisor for over 30 years. During that time, he participated in budget preparations and management plans and completed training in supervision and employee performance and disciplining procedures along with many other courses of training. “I have worked part time for 22 years with various law enforcement agencies which included serving as Chief of Police in the villages of Norwood and Wilson,” said Morris. “I have also worked as a Deputy Sheriff of East Feliciana Parish, Police Officer for the towns of Clinton and Jackson and I continue to work with several of those agencies today,” Morris added. Having grown up and worked in East Feliciana Parish, he understands the issues that concern our
citizens and law enforcement agencies. :He worked closely with all agencies to enforce state and local laws as he is aware of all the different agency needs. As constable he serves civil and criminal documents throughout East Feliciana. “When I am not serving official documents, I patrol throughout District 2, Wards 3 and 4 giving our parish citizens more protection,” said Morris. During his term as Constable, any money received is put back into the department, allowing him to utilize it within his office thus making it self-sufficient. Since in office, all equipment used was attained through grant money. On April 6,as #11 on the ballot, Incumbent Morris will be seeking your vote as Constable for District 2, Wards 3 and 4.
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Events in the Felicianas St. Francisville Symphony Concert April 5, 7 p.m. The St. Francisville Symphony Assocation will host the BRSO String Quartet, playing “The Music of Mozart” at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St. Proceeds from this event will help the St. Francisville Symphony Association’s projects, which include sending West Feliciana students to the BRSO Discovery Concerts and an annual student scholarship. Tickets are $20, K-12 students are admitted free of charge with adult. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance at the Bank of St. Francisville or by calling BRSO ticket office at 225-383-0500. St. Francisville Spring Gardens Stroll & Art Show April 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Feliciana Master Gardeners presents the St. Francisville Spring Stroll tour which offers a wonderful opportunity to visit seven beautiful private gardens in West Feliciana. Visitors may also attend an art show at Market Hall, 9896 Royal St. free of charge sponsored by West Feliciana’s Arts for All Organization. Tickets are $15. For more information call 225-635-3614 or visit www.stfrancisvillefestivals. com. Prenatal & Newborn Care Class April 6, 10 a.m. Join Lane Regional Medical Center staff for a free prenatal and infant care class in the staff development classroom. “The Pregnancy Workshop” is an overview of what to expect during pregnancy and delivery for the soon-to-be mom. “Baby Care
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Clinton Friends of the Audubon Library Spring Luncheon April 11, 11:30 a.m. Join the Clinton Friends of the Audubon Library group at the Feliciana Baptist Church Hall for a fun and festive luncheon; spring hats are encouraged to add that joie de vivre to the day. Tickets are available from Friends members, by sponsoring tables or by contacting Carol White at 225-683-5495. VFW Post 4224 Beauty Pageant April 13, 3 p.m. Pageant will take place at VFW Post 4224 located at 3215 Ben Williams Ln. in Baker. Open to females ages newborn to 20 years of age; categories are Precious Baby to Miss VFW Queen. Males ages newborn to five years of age can enter; categories are Duke and King. Entry fee is $30 per contestant, and funds raised go to Youth Development & Americanism Programs. The pageant is sponsored by the VFW Post 4224 Ladies’ Auxiliary. For more information, call Ms. Frances Roberts at 225-654-6737. Centenary Site Arts & Crafts Festival | April 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Centenary State Historic Site will host its first-ever Arts and Crafts Festival where demonstrators, artists and vendors of handmade items will be showing and selling their goods such as soaps, stained glass and more. Also enjoy local band “OLD SOLE” from Baton Rouge for live music, free hot air balloon rides, antique and classic cars and a chance to tour the historic Professor’s House and the West Wing Dormitory. Centenary State Historic
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