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Three Years In, KPAQ Papermill is Thriving ..... 1 Pastor David Murray to Retire ........................... 1 Community........................................................... 5 Business .............................................................. 5 Milestones............................................................ 6 Classifieds............................................................ 7 Events .................................................................. 8

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Three Years In, KPAQ Papermill is Thriving By James Ronald Skains

It is virtually unheard of to have a paper mill shut down, go through a change of ownership, then through a bankruptcy and wind up with a new owner who successfully reopens and operates the paper mill. But that is exactly what happened at the KPAQ mill south of St. Francisville; a roller coaster ride that has stabilized into a win-win situation for all parties. “The paper industry has stabilized somewhat this year, over what was happening a few years back,’’ Bob Boschee, CEO of KPAQ, told the Post / Explorer. “Our major products are linerboard for boxes, and the multiwall heavy paper used for heavy products such as dog food and other heavy products that are that are packaged in paper bags.’’ “We are turning out about 230,000 tons of product annually and consuming over a million tons

of chips,’’ Boschee informed the Post / Explorer. “Our work force, as of the first of May, is 275.’’ KPAQ has a diverse, but crosstrained work force. Some of the current work force was at the St. Francisville paper mill when TEMBEC operated the plant, other workers were hired when West Feliciana Papers operated the plant, and a number of new hires have been made since KPAQ bought the plant in 2010. “We are currently operating only two of the four paper machines in the mill,’’ Boschee, who has been in the paper making industry since 1971, acknowledged. “We have no plans on the drawing board to start up either of the two other machines.’’ Paper making machine #1 was brought on line in April 2010. Machine #2 was brought on line in the summer of 2011. “About 70% of our wood chips come from a chip mill in Gloster,

Mississippi and the other 30% we buy from local harvesters,’’ Boschee added in explaining the source of the plants raw material. “We don’t have chipping facilities on site.’’ When asked about rumors of the short line railroad that once connected the paper mill to Baton Rouge by rail, and all points beyond, Boschee had this to say, “We are doing our due diligence now, and looking closely at the Canadian National owned short line railroad. It would be advantageous to us mostly in outbound shipment of our products. We do some rail shipment of paper now, but we have to truck it to a warehouse in Baton Rouge where our product is put in rail cars.’’ It was an up and down tense scenario for the mill employees, as well as the timber industry that had been supplying chips to the to the mill, for quite some time after TEMBEC shut down the mill. A

group of investors set up West Feliciana Partners (WFP), which was able to purchase the property and reopen the mill. After a short time, West Feliciana Partners went through a bankruptcy. The Senior Note Creditor, AMZAK Capital Management, bought the facility out of bankruptcy. That was when the big turnaround occurred at the St. Francisville plant, and it was renamed KPAQ. AMZAK Capital Management is a large venture capital firm located in south Florida. Prior to the investment in the St. Francisville property, AMZAK had invested primarily in telecommunications and high tech companies. KPAQ was their first foray into the papermaking and forest industries. KPAQ has its own national sales manager, Mike Butler, to See KPAQ on page 4

Pastor David Murray to Retire, Public Invited to Celebrate with Him By James Ronald Skains

“Barbara and I first came to Zachary 38 years ago pulling a UHaul trailer, and I guess that is the way we will leave in June when we move to Tennessee,’’ David Murray, currently Pastor of the Zachary Community Church told the Zachary Post. “Our son, who was only a few months old at the time is now a 38 year old Professor at North Carolina State University and our other son lives near Nashville where we are moving,’’ Murray added. During the 38 years after first arriving in Zachary as a Youth Minister under Dr. Barnes at the First Baptist Church, Murray and his family went half-way around the world before returning to Zachary. Murray and his family spent The entire Zachary/Feliciana community is welcome to come share an afternoon with five years working in the French Barbara and David Murray on Sunday, May 26 from 2-5 p.m. at Zachary Community West Indies Island of Guadeloupe Church located at 4455 Church Street in Zachary.

in the Caribbean as a “Church Planter” (starting new churches). Murray’s work in Guadeloupe was a mission of the Southern Baptist Mission Board. “There were a lot of Hindu people in the rural areas of Guadeloupe,’’ Murray related. “That was the area in which I worked to establish new churches.’’ In 1848, sugar cane plantation owners on Guadeloupe begin to import indentured servants from Asia to work their fields, most of whom were Hindu. These were the ancestors of the Hindus that Murray worked with. “From Guadeloupe, we moved to France to a language school located in Tours,’’ Murray explained. “The school was used to train BapSee DAVID MURRAY on page 2


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44 years ago.’’ “Then, I was led to enroll at continued from page 1 New Orleans Baptist Seminary,’’ Murray, who earned a Master of tist Missionaries in the French Divinity degree, elaborated. “That language and culture.’’ was how I first became connect“Living in France was truly a ed to Zachary, through one of my delight for all our family,’’ Mur- Professor who knew Dr. Barnes in ray pointed out, “especially me Zachary. While I was doing misbecause I was such a WWII his- sionary work as well as at the lantory buff.’’ guage school, I always felt like I “We were able to visit the was representing the church here beaches of Normandy and the na- in Zachary.’’ tional cemetery where so many “After about ten years in France brave Americans were buried,’’ at the language school, we were Murray noted. “Also, we visited called to come back to First Bapthe grave of General George S. tist of Zachary where we remained Patton, and many other monu- for 12 years,’’ Murray noted. “Afments that were tributes to the sol- ter our time with that church, we diers of WWII.’’ were asked to get involved with a Both David and his wife Bar- small group of non-denominationbara grew up in Franklinton, Loui- al Christians who, at first, where siana where Murray’s dad was the only interested in having Bible LSU Extension Service County studies.’’ Agent. Although David and Bar“After a period of time, the bara had known each other from number of people coming to the the second grade, they did not be- Bible study increased to the point gin dating until David transferred where we had a small church so from Mississippi College (a Chris- we began to meet in a borrowed tian faith college) to Southeastern church building,’’ Murray exLouisiana University (SLU) in plained. “The Zachary CommuHammond where Murray earned a nity Church had a building, but BA degree in Business. no pastor at the time, so we kind “I really did not start out in life of dated for about six months, and to become either a pastor or a mis- then decided to merge the two sionary,’’ Murray acknowledged. groups of Christians.’’ “However, while I was attending Murray has been very active Mississippi College, the Lord be- in the Zachary community during gan to work on me and I was led back to Louisiana to attend SLU where Barbara and I were married

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his two residencies in Zachary. In April, 2011, Murray was the keynote speaker at a Relay for Cancer Survivor gathering where he discussed in-depth, “On the Road to Healing.’’ Murray also teaches at Zachary High School. He has taught British Literature, Business English, Journalism, and college writing. “We do have a great school system in Zachary, and I will miss it’’ Murray acknowledged. “But all our faculty members and administration staff have worked very hard for many years to achieve that goal.’’ “Barbara and I finally realized that we had a lot of great friends in the area, but no kinfolks. Both our children and grandkids live anywhere from 10 to 17 hours of driving time from us,’’ Murray explained; “so, we finally decided to make the move to be closer to our children.’’ “I also hope to find a little time for fly fishing for bream in Tennessee,’’ Murray concluded. The entire Zachary community is welcome to come share an afternoon with Barbara and David Murray on Sunday, May 26 from 2-5 p.m. at Zachary Community Church located at 4455 Church Street in Zachary to wish them well on the next adventures in their lives.

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spearhead KPAQ in continuing to expand its niche market in the paper industry. Butler, a veteran of the paper making industry like Boschee, joined the KPAQ team in late 2011. Boschee became CEO on January 1, 2012. In discussing the source of energy to operate the mill, Boschee said, “We use a combination of natural gas and black liquor to produce steam to run turbines for some of our power. We do buy some of our electricity from Entergy.’’ Black Liquor is a by-product of the paper making industry that is rich in carbon. At one point, Black Liquor was considered a

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renewable energy source of power because it came from trees, and paper-making companies received a federal tax credit for using it to produce power and reduce emissions. However, a few years ago Congress terminated the Black Liquor tax credit. This was just another blow to the paper industry that was already fighting off imported paper on the US market. During the few last years, three Paper Mills in the region, one at Natchez, one at Pineville, and the other one at Bastrop were shut down and never re-opened. Perhaps, it is the resiliency, work ethics and “can do” attitude of the people in the Felicianas and Zachary areas that has helped keep the St. Francisville Paper Mill in operation when others have been permanently closed.

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Recently the LSU Ag Center East Feliciana Chapter joined with local 4-H clubs to promote agricultural sciences to the children involved in the Quad Area Head Start Program.

The children under the direction of Ursula Shaw and Annette Davis met at Trabona’s Supermarket where the owner of the store, Nick Trabona, donated supplies for the children to plant 8 planter boxes to beautify the community. All of the supplies where purchased or donated locally by Buzzing Bee Nursery, The Co-op, and from Trabona’s Supermarket.


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Hemphill, Jr., James E. “Jim” A resident of Zachary and a native of Bogalusa, he died Wednesday, May 1, 2013. He was 77 years old and was retired from the paper industry with 42 years of service. He was a US Navy veteran. Visiting will be at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc., 4230 High Street, Zachary on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 3pm until 7pm and continues on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 9am until service at 10am conducted by Rev. David Murray. Graveside service will be at 1:30pm at Ponemah Cemetery, Bogalusa. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Robertson Hemphill.v 3 daughters and 2 sons in law, Rhonda and Mark Gautreaux, Linda and Carl Tingle and Carla Bouley. 6 grandchildren, Trez Simmons and wife, Claire; Colby Simmons and wife, Katherine; Jenny Gilbert and husband, Joel; James Gautreaux and wife, Malary; Randyl Bouley and Morgan Bouley. 4 great grandchildren, London and Stella Simmons, Judah Gilbert and Cooper James Gautreaux. Brother in law, Rodney Robertson and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, James “Big Jim” and Lucy Hemphill and his recently deceased lifelong best friend, Robert “Bob” Alford. He enjoyed working alongside his beloved wife, Ruth as an independent sales rep. He will be missed. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.CharletFuneralHome.com.

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Events in the Felicianas Blood Drive At Lane Regional Medical Center May 17, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. United Blood Services will hold a blood drive at Lane Regional Medical Center on Friday, May 17, from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The blood drive is open to the public and registration is not required. However, donors are encouraged to sign up online atwww. bloodhero.com. Enter sponsor code: LaneRegional. United Blood Services is the sole provider of blood to Lane Regional Medical Center. WFP Library Book Signing and Pet Adoption May 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join the WFP library for a book signing with Nell Dickerson, author of Porch Dogs or adopt a pet with pets through the West Feliciana Animal Humane Society­ —both at the WFP Library located at 11865 Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville. The event is sponsored by Friends of the WFP Library and the WF Animal Humane Society. For more information, call 225-635-3364 or visit www.WFPLibrary.org. Afternoon in St. Francisville- St. Mary’s Pique-Nique Unique LSU Hilltop Arboretum is sponsoring “An Afteroon in St. Francisville “ Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. to include a tour through TNC’s Mary Ann Brown Preserve, 13515 Hwy.

Dem Dames of the Felicianas Hold Spring Tea The Dem Dames of the Felicianas held their annual Spring Tea Thing on April 27th at Market Hall on Royal Street in St. Francisville. Members were able to invite guests to hear the speaker, State Representative John Bel Edwards (DAmite.) Edwards gave a detailed overview of issues facing the current Legislative Session and answered questions from the audience regarding those bills which have special interest in the Felicianas.

965, a tour of Marla and David Floyd’s Garden, 12383 Tunica Trace and a tour and French Pique-Nique in the English Countryside at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 12790 Tunica Trace. Tours will be $20, students are $5 and can be purchased at the Floyd’s or St. Mary’s the day of the tour or online at www. lsu.edu/hilltop or at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum 225-767-6916. Lunch will be $12 and will be served from 12 to 3 at St. Mary’s. Reservations for lunch must be made by May 10 by calling Paula at Hilltop Arboretum 767-6916 or Cammie Norwood at 635-6656. All proceeds of lunch will go to St. Mary’s for restoration of brickwork. Hodge Podge volunteers will be selling plants at St. Mary’s.

Left: Representative Edwards addressing the assembly.guests to the Spring Tea event.

“The Red Stick - Baton Rouge Artists” art show at the Zigler Art Museum, 411 Clara St, Jennings, LA May 25 - June 22. Reception: Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 4 - 6 p.m. Local artist, Della Storms - one of 18 Baton Rouge area artists has been invited to participate in “The Red Stick - Baton Rouge Artists” art show at the Zigler Art Museum, 411 Clara St, Jennings, LA May 25 June 22. Reception: Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 4 - 6 pm at the Zigler Art Museum. Hours of Museum: Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 4 Free and open to the public

There’s something to do every day in the Felicianas. From choir performances and rodeos to Main Street markets and special library programming for children, this area is rich in cultural and social activities. If you have an event you would like the public to know about, send and email to info@felicianaexplorer.com. Space allowing, your event will be included for free in the Event Calendar section.

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