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Red Stick Revelry 2016 Kicks off Baton Rouge Bicentennial

BATON ROUGE, LA - Red Stick Revelry 2016 for the New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Baton Rouge kicked-off the Baton Rouge Bicentennial, a yearlong celebration of Baton Rouge’s incorporation as a city. Baton Rouge’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration, now in its fourth year, featured a 9-foot LEDlighted Red Stick that rose at noon with activities for kids and drops at midnight to fireworks over the Mississippi River. This year’s events included special activities aimed at recognizing Baton Rouge’s historical significance. For a list of “200 Things to Do” in Baton Rouge during the Bicentennial Year, visit Red Stick Revelry has made downtown Baton Rouge a regional destination for New Year’s Eve. With the celebration falling on Saturday this year, downtown hotels saw more people staying overnight to enjoy the late-night activities. The North Boulevard Town Square, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, Visit Baton Rouge and Red Stick Revelry kicked off the celebration with “Red Stick Rising” at the North Boulevard Town Square. The entire family enjoyed hands-on arts for the kids with local artists, Readers Theatre, Bloco Jacaré Samba drummers, the dedication of a bicentennial plaque for downtown, face painting, a fun fitness routine for all ages, singing of Auld Lang Syne and a special birthday cake for Baton Rouge. James Linden Hogg, the 2015 Louisiana State Fiddle Champion, performed his historic songs from the soundtrack of early America and the red stick ascended 60 feet above Town Square in preparation for the evening countdown. Red Stick Revelry emcee Andre Moreau kicked off the evening activities at 7 p.m. on The Crest Stage in Galvez Plaza with live performances by popular local band “Bread Pudd’n” and Red Stick Revelry favorite “Phat Hat” taking the stage from 9 p.m. until midnight. WAFB-TV broadcasted live from the event beginning at 11:35 p.m. which included the event’s original song written by lead singer Wendell Woods and special pyrotechnics from The Crest Stage. In previous years, Red Stick Revelry has drawn an estimated See RED STICK, on page 2



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Gaines Award Ceremony Set For Jan. 19 At 2017 is already looking bright for the city of Baton Rouge Manship Theatre SHARON WESTON BROOME

Baton Rouge Has A New Mayor

Kentucky Writer Crystal Wilkinson Named 2016 Winner

Crystal Wilkinson

Newly sworn-in Baton Rouge Mayor, Sharon Weston Broome, addressed many concerns during her inauguration speech Monday night. By Lara Ashley Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is taking Baton Rouge under her wing and going the distance with this city. Broome is not a stranger to politics. She was the first black woman as a member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 15. Now, being the first black woman that is mayor for Baton Rouge, she is only adding more to her resume.

Broome’s inauguration was one for the books on Tuesday, January 3 at the River center. The biggest point that she made in her speech: that the reign of Kip Holden is over. She pointed out that she is looking for replacements for the CAO as well as the Chief of Police. Broome also talked about handling traffic, and how she wants to work on controlling the flow. She also mentioned about the task force for

the police department. Broome wants more of a watchful eye of the task force and to have the mayor office be more hands on with the force. “Baton Rouge is made up of different cloths, and I’m trying to sew us all together.” One of the first events that the Mayor-President has for the city of Baton Rouge is inviting young girls to see the upcoming movie, “Hidden Figures”, which is

about the black American women who were behind the launch of the first man on the moon. It is a STEM outreach program that is encouraging girls in the community to be more involved in the STEM program, as well as sitting down with the mayor to give them advice about the paths that they want to follow. There will be about 100 girls who are participating from grades 5th-9th.

Baton Rouge Charter Pushes to Keep 600 Students, Remain Open When Jonathan Hage traveled to Baton Rouge following the August flood, the Charter School USA director’s first concerns were his teachers’ and students’ well-being. Along with his wife and other executives, Hage brought hope and money—each teacher received $500. “It’s not money. It’s love,” Sherry Hage told the teachers. “We want you to know that you’re loved and cared for.” The gesture was especially generous for the teachers who had lost property and possessions. Their support came as a result of their employment at the Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid-City. “These are our teachers; these are our kids,” Jonathan Hage said. “This is honestly the best part about what we do.” But now, the mid-city charter and its teachers face a formidable challenge to save the school. After three years with performance scores less than 40, the Board of Elementary and


Secondary Education denied the charter renewal request and will close the school under its state charter in May 2017. Even amid strong support for the school,


BESE voted against allowing BRCA an additional year to show improvement. BESE members Jada Lewis and Kathey Edmonston formally objected to the clo-


sure. School officials have said performance scores will raise with more time, dedicated resources, and its new principal, Tale’ Lockett.


BATON ROUGE, LA – Ceremonies for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s 10th annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Kentucky writer Crystal Wilkinson will accept the honor for her novel, “Birds of Opulence.” Doors open at 6 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested at Previous Gaines award winner Mitchell Jackson will serve as master of ceremonies. The Gaines Award is a nationally acclaimed, $10,000 annual prize created by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors to recognize outstanding work from rising African-American fiction writers while honoring Ernest Gaines’ extraordinary contribution to the literary world. Wilkinson will read from her novel, which was selected by a national panel of judges. The story follows several generations of women in the Goode-Brown family in the fictional Southern black township of Opulence. The family is plagued by mental illness and illegitimacy, and the accompanying embarrassment. As younger generations watch their mothers and grandmothers die, they fear going mad and fight to survive. Wilkinson earned a journalism degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1985. She serves as writer in residence at Berea College in Kentucky. “Birds of Opulence” is her first novel, though many of her works have garnered critical acclaim. “Blackberries, Blackberries,” a collection of short stories, won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature. “Water Street,” another short-story collection, was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and the U.K.’s Orange Prize for Fiction. Also during the Jan. 19 ceremonies, winners of the elementary, middle and high school writers’ competition will be recognized. A native of Louisiana’s Pointe Coupee Parish, Gaines’ critically acclaimed novel “The Autobiography See AWARD, on page 2


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SULC faculty, staff and other supporters, as well as members of the Southern University System Board of Supervisors attended the Southern University Law Center’s 2016 Christmas Reception...Page 3


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Front Row: Shawna Jones - Monroe District; Thomeka Livingston - New Orleans District; Sa’Vanna Maloney - Natchitoches District; Anastasia Washington - Lafayette District; Chelsea Laurent - Baton Rouge District; Kevin Shirley - Monroe District; Jacqueline Madrid - Jefferson District; Second Row: Jennifer Hoskey - Shreveport District; Landon Reddick - Monroe District; Brian Goody - Natchitoches District; Patricia West - Baton Rouge District; Janel Simien - Lafayette District; Preston Nunnally - Lake Charles District; Alex Felder - Baton Rouge District; Veyond Ketchens - Donaldsonville District; Ronald Irvin - Lake Charles District; Eric Vidrine - Lake Charles District, and Allison Stein - Jefferson District Back Row: Keith Istre - Lake Charles District; Donovan Jenkins - Amite District; Thomas Heptinstall - Leesville District; Jeffrey Kelly - Natchitoches District; Corey Quebedeaux - Leesville District; Samantha LaCour - Shreveport District; Alex Langley - West Baton Rouge District; Paul Kohles - Jefferson BATON ROUGE, La. – Twenty-eight new State Probation and Parole Officers just out of the academy are on the streets across the state of Louisiana keeping us safe and helping offenders transition back into their communities. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) – Corrections Services officially welcomed the new Probation and Parole Officers to the Department after they took the oath of office this month during a swearing in ceremony at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy Auditorium in Baton Rouge. DPS&C Secretary James Le


Blanc and Probation and Parole Director Pete Fremin addressed the graduates as well as the Honorable Scott U. Schlegel, 24th Judicial District Judge, who also administered the oath of office. The new officers will work in districts across Louisiana. During the ceremony, the Department recognized the efforts of a few cadets who excelled in various areas. Baily Carte of the Shreveport District earned the Physical Fitness Award, Chelsea Laurent of Baton Rouge District achieved the Academic Award, and Jeffrey Kelly of the Natchitoches District received the Top Gun Award. DPS&C’s P.O.S.T. certified

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Award from page 1 of Miss Jane Pittman” was adapted into a made-for-TV movie that won nine Emmy awards. His novel “A Lesson Before Dying,” published in 1993, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Gaines is a 2013 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and a member of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is among more than 700 community foundations in the country. The Foundation works in two ways to improve the quality of life in Baton Rouge and across south Louisiana. The Foundation and its fund donors grant about $30

million each year to nonprofits. As well, the Foundation takes on projects to improve the capacity of nonprofits, solve fundamental problems and build gathering places for all people. Our current projects include improving autism services in the Baton Rouge metropolitan region and master planning for the Baton Rouge lakes. With Commercial Properties Realty Trust, the Foundation is building the Water Campus. Rising on 35 acres outside downtown Baton Rouge, the campus will provide labs and space for scientists and engineers working on the double peril of coastal erosion and rising seas across the Gulf Coast and the world. For more information, please visit

Members Of The New East Baton Rouge Metro Council Were Sworn In Monday Most of the twelve-member council returned for another term, though there were three new faces. Matt Watson, who once served as the legislative assistant for Ryan Heck, replaced his former boss. Barbara Freiberg, who worked as an educator for more than four decades, replaced John Delgado after his failed campaign for Mayor-President. She is also a former member of the parish school board. “I’m excited for our community, this is an exciting day with new leadership,” Freiberg said. “I’m excited about bringing education into the conversation with the metro council to see how we can work together with the school system to make things better.” The third new member, businessman Dwight Hudson, replaced his Joel Boe in the council. While he took the oath, he held one hand in the air while cradling his young daughter Sarah with the other. “My goal in running was that one day Sarah would want to raise her family here in East Baton Rouge Parish ... to have her be a part of it was really something special,” Hudson said. The council selected Scott Wilson to serve as Mayor ProTempore. He beat out two other nominees: Councilmembers Tara Wicker and Donna Collins-Lewis. “We have to work together; we have a new administration in mayor-elect Sharon Weston Broome. And you have new members on the council. You have to work together,” said Wilson, who is currently in his third term representing the Central area. Several big hurdles await the council as they enter this new term, including the impending ruling from the U.S. Department of Justice on the Alton Sterling investigation, as well as the ongoing flood recovery efforts. “You had people who lost everything, they lost everything. Here you are four months later some people haven’t even touched their homes probably,” Wilson said. Members of the new council were sworn in in order by district number that they will represent. Members include: • Trae Welch representing District 1 covering the northern part of the parish, including the city of Zachary and Northern parts of the Cities of Baker and

Central. • Chauna Banks of District 2, which includes most of Baker, Alsen, Scotlandville, Beechwood, Brownsfield, and north of Hooper Road to the Comite River. • Chandler Loupe of District 3 covering southeast Baton Rouge which includes portions of Perkins Rd., Bluebonnet Blvd., Burbank Dr., Siegen LN, Nicholson Dr., and Brightside Dr. • Scott Wilson of District 4 which includes the city of Central • Erika L. Green of District 5 covering Glenn Oaks, Mickens Rd., and portions of Joor Rd., N. Sherwood Forest Dr., and Greenwell Springs Rd. • Donna Collins-Lewis of District 6, which covers areas from Sherwood Forest Blvd. to Elain to N Ardenwood. • LaMont Cole of District 7 including areas of North Baton Rouge between Airline Hwy and Plank Rd. • Buddy Amoroso of District 8 which includes South Old Hammond Highway to the North, O’Neil Lane to the East, Old Jefferson/Tiger Bend to the South, including areas between Coursey Boulevard and Airline Highway and South Sherwood Forest Boulevard to the West. • Dwight Hudson of District 9 located in the southeast portion of East Baton Rouge Parish and is bordered on the east by the Amite River and Bayou Manchac and on the west by Pecue Lane, Jones Creek, and O’Neal Lane. • Tara Wicker of District 10 covering south Baton Rouge including areas from Gourrier Ave. to portions of Scenic Hwy and Airline Hwy. • Matt Watson of District 11 which includes portions of Government Street and the Jefferson Highway corridor to Siegen Lane. • Barbara Freiberg of District 12 which includes the Kenilworth, Magnolia Woods, Pollard, Highland Creek, Southdowns and Valley Park neighborhoods. Wilson was selected as President Pro-Tempore, having been elected by fellow Council Members. The swearing in comes just hours before the inauguration of newly elected Mayor-President Elect Sharon Weston Broome which will be held in the same theater.

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Emanuel and Gordon-Thompson Retirements Celebrated at SULC Christmas Reception

Largegroup.jpg-- Pictured from left: President and Chairman Emeritus Southern University System Board of Supervisors Leon Tarver; Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr., former SULC Chancellor; Carla Ball, administrative assistance in the Office of Communications and Development Support; Jeremiah Owens; Rachel L. Emanuel; Lawryn Owens; Judge Ramona L. Emanuel; Gwendolyn West, and Chancellor John K. Pierre BATON ROUGE, LA - SULC faculty, staff and other supporters, as well as members of the Southern University System Board of Supervisors attended the Southern University Law Center’s 2016 Christmas Reception. Chancellor John K. Pierre recognized retirees Berryl Gordon-Thompson, assistant vice chancellor for academic support programs and counseling and Rachel L. Emanuel, director of communications and development support. Gordon-Thompson could not attend the event. Emanuel begin her service to Southern University as director of publications and electronic media in 1992 and joined SULC in 1998. She has 33 years of service to the State of Louisiana including tenures at the Louisiana Department of Urban and Community Affairs and Louisiana State University Office of Public Relations.

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Celebrating 15 Years Of National Mentoring Month Big Buddy Program launches campaign to engage mentoring volunteers throughout January BATON ROUGE, LA – January is National Mentoring Month, and this year our local Big Buddy Program is celebrating 15 years of the mentoring movement and expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults. To that end, 2e will host an awards ceremony to recognize groups & organizations exhibiting mentoring in the Baton Rouge community. “Over the past fifteen years, mentoring has gained so much momentum, in large part due to National Mentoring Month. Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community –mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people,” said Big Buddy Executive Director Gaylynne Mack. In Baton Rouge, we believe that every child is in need of a Mentor. We are looking for people to get involved by stepping up to make a difference in a child’s life. We are specifically making a call for male Mentors to help us mentor the male youth in the community. Research shows that Men-

tors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like drug use. In turn, these young people are: · 55% more likely to be enrolled in college · 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities. · 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities. · More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

Yet, the same research shows that 9 million young people in our country will grow up without a Mentor. Today, in our community there are many kids who could benefit from having a Mentor. National Mentoring Month each January allows for unique engagement from community members interested in becoming a Mentor. This year, with the support of the mentoring community, we are encouraging the public to go beyond just digital engagement – and become involved in making a real life impact. Mentoring relationships are at their best when connecSee MENTORING, on page 5

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Is It Half Empty or Half Full? By Dr. James L. Snyder

Many things in life have me in a tangle of confusion. I try to put on a good face so that nobody knows how confused I am at the time. I think I get away with it, at least most of the time. The only person I cannot fool is the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. According to her evaluation, I am confused all the time. I would like to set her straight sometime but I am really confused as to when would be the right time.

There is one thing, despite my professional confusion; I have not been able to understand. And it just bugs me to no end. “Is that cup half full or half empty?” For some reason I just cannot get that out of my head and it has confused me like nothing else in my life. If, for example, a cup is halffull is it not also half-empty? And, if it is half-empty is it also half-full? I do not know if this is intentional confusion or it is not supposed to make any sense at all.

I think “the half empty/half full” scenario is just for plain ordinary fools. In my experience, I have never met a half fool. Either they are all fool or they are not a fool at all. Just when you think you met a half-fool, they spiral into a complete fool. There is a question whether any fool can be complete or not, but that is too confusing for me. If I wanted to get out of the confusion syndrome, all I have to

do is approach my wife and say, “I don’t understand this, could you explain it to me?” After that, I am too confused to really understand that I am confused about it at all. Thanks, of course, to my wife who is confused about nothing that I know. Perhaps that is the primary difference between a husband and wife. The husband is afflicted with the confusion syndrome and the See EMPTY OR FULL, on page 5


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Sears is Closing 150 Stores Sears announced a second wave of store closures on Wednesday, bringing the total number of closures scheduled for early 2017 to 150. The company will shut down 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears stores by April, according to an internal document obtained by Business Insider. That represents about 10% of Sears’ store base. Forty-six closures were announced internally on December 27. Employees learned of the remaining closures on Wednesday. Sears did not respond to a request for comment on the closures. Here’s a list of Kmart stores that are closing: • Jasper Mall, Jasper, Alabama • 2003 US-280, Phenix City, Alabama • 3600 Wilson Road, Bakersfield, California • 3001 Iowa Ave., Riverside, California • 25 West Polk St., Coalinga, California • 333 Sierra St., Kingsburg, California • 363 S. Broadway, Denver, Colorado • 2809 North Ave., Grand Junction, Colorado • 45 Shunpike Road, Cromwell, Connecticut • 1801 NW US Highway 19, Crystal River, Florida • 501 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida • 19400 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte, Florida • 2111 S. Federal Highway, Ft. Pierce, Florida • 1501 Normandy Village Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida • 2211 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Florida • 4955 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida • 111 Town and Country Drive, Palatka, Florida • McGregor Point Shopping Center, Fort Myers, Florida • 33 W. Montgomery Cross Road, Savannah, Georgia • 3200 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia • 365 Habersham Village Circle, Cornelia, Georgia • 1601 Highway 40 East, Kingsland, Georgia • 4561 Salt Lake Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii • 2600 Dodge St., Dubuque, Iowa • 5700 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa • 3810 University Ave., Waterloo, Iowa • 2851 Belt Line Parkway, Alton, Illinois • 3655 Nameoki Road, Granite City, Illinois • 750 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton, Indiana • 1460 West State Road 2, La Porte, Indiana • 4820 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kansas • 4200 W. Kellogg Dr., Wichita, Kansas • 191 Outer Loop, Louisville, Kentucky • 2815 West Parrish Ave., Owensboro, Kentucky • 1501 Paris Pike, Georgetown, Kentucky • 14662 N. US Highway 25 East, Corbin, Kentucky • 1710 W. Highway 192, London, Kentucky • 3010 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, Kentucky • 2945 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky • 115 South Airline Highway, Gonzales, Lousiana • 1400 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, Louisiana • 688 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine • 222 North Point Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland • 1130 Newport Ave., South Attleboro, Massachusetts • 9 Plaza Way, Fairhaven, Massachusetts • 29600 Ford Road, Garden City, Michigan • 3555 O’Neill Drive, Jackson, Michigan • 1396 South Main St., Adrian, Michigan • 5400 S. Cedar St., Lansing, Michigan • 1501 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon, Michigan • 40855 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth, Michigan • 17580 Frazho Road, Roseville, Michigan • 3541 Highland Road, Waterford, Michigan • 165 Wayne Road, Westland, Michigan • 6455 US 31 North, Acme Township, Michigan • 1305 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota • 1477 State Highway 248, Branson, Missouri • 2304 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, Missouri • 1003 S. Bishop Ave., Rolla, Missouri • 3101 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri See SEARS, on page 6

Mentoring from page 3 tions are made between a caring adult and a young person who knows that someone is there to help guide them through those real life decisions. Big Buddy Program’s mission is to provide access to positive role models and learning experiences to children who lack these resources through the Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring programs, character education and leadership sessions, quality out of school activities such as after school programs, holiday camps and summer enrichment pro¬grams, teen programs that develop literacy skills through self-expression and creative writing, and numerous other direct services. Other important dates for this public awareness campaign that activate on social media include: • January 11, 2017: Big Buddy Program New Mentor Orientation, 10:00am-12:00pm at 1415 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Go towww. to complete your application today and receive information about your confirmation. • January 12, 2017: “I Am a Mentor Day,” a day for volunteer Mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world and share their stories about being a Mentor on social media using #MentorIRL. • January 14, 2017: Big Buddy/Little Buddy Weekend Activity. Call Big Buddy Program, 225-388-9737, to find out how you can get involved in the Community Day Event with Big Buddy Program. • January 16, 2017: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a day to share in the inspirational words of MLK, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism. • January 17, 2017: International Mentoring Day, a day of

international conversations on social media where photos, video and messages to share powerful mentoring stories. • January 19, 2017: “Thank Your Mentor Day,” a day for all who have real life mentoring experiences to thank those who helped them on their path to adulthood and beyond when we encourage anyone who has had a Mentor to say thank you by sending a note, a card or sharing a story on social media using #MentorIRL. • January 21, 2017: Big Buddy Program New Mentor Orientation, 10:00am12:00pm at 1415 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Go to complete your application today and receive information about your confirmation. • January 26, 2017: Big Buddy Program presents the Mentoring in Real Life Awards Ceremony. We are honoring selected groups & organizations that have exhibited mentoring in a way that has impacted in our community. To learn more about the role mentoring plays in our community and to find volunteer opportunities visit, 225-388-9737. Big Buddy Mentoring Director Kristen Lizana at 225.388.9737; or by e-mail at this address For additional information, please contact Lana Sonnier Venable with ExxonMobil Baton Rouge in the Public & Government Affairs office at 225.977.7031.

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BATON ROUGE, LA— The average retail gas prices in Baton Rouge have increased 1.9 cents per gallon since last week, according to a survey from Out of 361 gas outlets surveyed, the average price per gallon is $2.11. That’s 23 cents less than the national average. Although gas prices are increasing, the average price per gallon has gradually decreased since 2011. Costco Wholesale on Monday morning remained the sole Lafayette outlet selling gasoline for less than $2 a gallon at the pump, according to GasBuddy. com, a consumer website. The retailer, located near the intersection of Kaliste Saloom and Ambassador Caffery Parkway, was selling gasoline for $1.98 for a gallon of unleaded late Monday morning. Two Evangeline Thruway outlets, RaceTrac and Super 1 Foods, were next cheapest at $2.03. Statewide, the average price of

gasoline in Louisiana was $2.13 a gallon Monday morning, 20 cents lower than the national average of $2.33. Prices reflected an upward trend that began in late November, when OPEC — the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — agreed to curb crude oil production for the first time in two years, sending gas prices spiraling upward. Among the states, Louisiana gas prices were fourth-lowest for price on Monday. Gasoline inventories were down slightly in the Gulf Coast region, but declines in supply generally promote price increases. Refinery output in the Gulf Coast region was highest in the country; the federal Energy Information Administration reported production utilization at 94.8 percent. GasBuddy reported last week that 9 percent of gas stations in the U.S. were selling gas for less than $2; last year, more than 70 percent were selling gas below $2 at this

Empty or Full from page 4 wife knows how to unconfused her husband. She has a remedy, according to her, that will cure him immediately. At my present junction in life, I do not know if I am really confused or not. It is rather a confusing aspect to think about right now. Am I confused or am I not confused. If I am confused, what are the symptoms? If I am not confused, how will I know? Perhaps the most comforting aspect of life, at least for someone my age, is knowing you are confused, accept it and get on with life. Nothing is more satisfying in life then knowing what you are and being able to accept yourself as you are and then enjoy the rest of your life. With so much to do in the world today, it is always comfort-

time of year. GasBuddy said prices may fall by midmonth, when retailers begin to sell off their cheaper, winter-grade supply of gasoline in preparation for arrival of more expensive summer-grade gasoline. The national average price was up 5.5 cents over last week, 17.7 cents over last month and 34.6 cents over last year. In Louisiana, prices were up 6 cents over last week, 15.4 cents over last month and 37.9 cents over last year, when the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Louisiana was $1.75 a gallon.

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ing to know that there is something you do not have to do. I like what the apostle Paul said. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17). In the midst of all your supposed confusion, sit back, take a deep breath and give thanks to God for his grace in accepting you as you are. Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala, FL 34483, where he lives with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Telephone 1-866-5522543, e-mail jamessnyder2@att. net.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Wilson-Wooddale Funeral Home ( announced, that Charles Pattman has joined the firm as General Manager and Kay Stewart has joined the firm as Administrative Manager. Charles Pattman comes to the firm with a wealth of experience. He has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for more than 30 years, having most recently served for the past eight years as Manager of Winnfield Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. He is a 1984 graduate of Gupton Jones Mortuary College in Atlanta. Kay Stewart has been serving families in the Baton Rouge area for more than 30 years. She has served in numerous leadership roles at Winnfield Funeral Home in Baton Rouge and has been a licensed funeral director since 1986. She graduated from Northwestern High School in Zachary, Louisiana and studied at Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University A & M College. Gerald E. Wilson, Chairman and owner of Wilson-Wooddale said, “ We are extremely excited about adding these two exceptional funeral service professionals to our team at Wilson-Wooddale. I have known both Kay and Charles for more than 20 years and have always been impressed with the care and attention, which they demonstrate to families. With their addition to our team, we now have full time funeral service professionals with more than 75 years of experience serving families in the Baton Rouge area.” Wilson-Wooddale Funeral Home is located at 1553 Wooddale Boulevard. The funeral home offers a full range of funeral and cremation services. Wilson-Wooddale is a sister company of Southern Memorial Gardens Cemetery located at 3012 Blount Road across from the Baton Rouge International Airport.

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Weekly Press • Thursday, January 5, 2016

Saints Face Off for First Time This Season TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints are rare division rivals to have still not played each other this season. As they face off twice in three weeks, there’s much on the line, especially for the streaking Buccaneers, who have won four straight to move into playoff contention. “This is a big game for both teams because of the way the scheduling falls, where New Orleans plays us twice and Atlanta once in the last three weeks,” Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday. “We have three division games in the last four weeks, so that makes this game — the way our division is so tight right now, these division games are huge. “Us and Atlanta sitting there at 7-5, New Orleans at 5-7, just do the math for New Orleans and we’re not too far ahead. So it’s going to be huge.” The Saints (5-7) lost 28-13 at home to Detroit on Sunday, which put them two games behind the Buccaneers, who are tied with Atlanta for the NFC South lead. Not only does New Orleans play Tampa Bay twice, but it also plays at Atlanta, so there’s a sense of controlling its fate, even if the odds are unlikely at this point. “We’ve just got to play this one,” Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday. “But I think we’re going to play Tampa twice here in three weeks, we’re going to play Atlanta and we’re going to play at Arizona. We are going to have to play well on the road because three of the four are on the road. “I think when the schedule comes out, sometimes you get, it’s unique to be playing a team in your division or not have played them when you hit December and that’s the case with our two teams.”


Kawhi Leonard Scores 25 As Spurs Throttle Raptors, 110-82

Lady Jags fall to Texas Southern in OT

BATON ROUGE, LA - Artavia Ford sent the game to overtime with a basket in the closing seconds and scored a game-high 27 points to lead Texas Southern to a comefrom-behind 77-71 SWAC win at Southern Wednesday night. Cortnei Purnell led four Lady Jags in double figures with 18 points, but Southern let a 10-point

37-27 halftime lead slip away on its home floor. Joyce Kennerson added 23 points for the Lady Tigers, including 11-of-13 on free throws, as TSU outscored Southern by 24-11 at the line, making 24-of-30 compared to just 11-of-13 for Southern. Briana Green added 15 points for the home team.

Sears from page 5 Kawhi Leonard had 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 and the Spurs beat Toronto 110-82 on Tuesday night, holding the Raptors to their lowest score of the season.

SAN ANTONIO - Kawhi Leonard had 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 and the San Antonio Spurs beat Toronto 11082 on Tuesday night, holding the Raptors to their lowest score of the season. San Antonio dominated a matchup of teams with the second-best record in each conference, leading by as many as 34 points. Leonard and Aldridge combined to shoot 19 for 28 from the field, but it was veteran point guard Tony Parker who set the tone for the Spurs. Parker finished with 15 points and eight assists in 23 minutes. After scoring the game’s opening basket on a floater, Parker drove the lane and tossed the ball out to Aldridge and Pau Gasol for mid-range jumpers and

to Danny Green for a 3-pointer. The Spurs raced to a 26-10 lead in the opening eight minutes, and the Raptors never recovered. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 26 points, but backcourt mate Kyle Lowry was held to six on 2-for-9 shooting. San Antonio fizzled when Parker exited for rest, going scoreless for 5:13 bridging the first and second quarters. Parker’s return helped set up three straight dynamic plays that put the Raptors on their heels and gave the Spurs their largest lead at 54-32 with 2:28 left in the first half. Green’s steal and halfcourt pass led to a one-handed, breakaway dunk for Leonard that revved up the sold-out crowd. Parker dribbled around his back on the run to lose Lowry at the top of the 3-point line, got

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DeRozan to leap in the paint and then whipped a pass to the left corner for a 3-pointer from Leonard. Parker then passed under the basket to Aldridge, who tossed it out to Leonard. He faked a shot, dribbled, reset and made a 3 for a 22-point lead. The Raptors shot 37 percent from the field while failing to reach 90 points for the first time this season. TIP-INS Raptors: Toronto is winless against the NBA’s top three teams, losing three games to Cleveland and two to Golden State before falling to San Antonio. . The Raptors scored a previous season-low 91 points in three games, with the most recent being Dec. 29 at Phoenix. . F Patrick Patterson missed his second straight game with a strained left knee. . Toronto last won in San Antonio on Dec. 28, 2007. Spurs: Leonard has scored in double figures in 67 straight games. Tim Duncan, who retired after last season, holds the franchise record with 75 in a row from 2005-06. . Aldridge has 12 3-pointers in 31 games this season, the second-highest total of his career. Aldridge had 37 in 2015, his final season in Portland. . San Antonio matched the third-best start after 35 games in franchise history at 28-7. The team’s best start was 29-6, set in 2011 and matched last season. UP NEXT Raptors: Host the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. Spurs: At the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

Southern Men Fall 82-74 To Texas Southern

BATON ROUGE, LA The rough start to the season for the Southern Jaguars continued Wednesday night at the FG Clark Center, losing to Texas Southern 82-74 before 622 fans. The Jaguars fall to 5-10 overall with the setback and 1-1 in SWAC play. The Tigers were paced by Zach Lofton, who scored a game-high 22 points and hit 14of-15 shots from the free throw line. Southern was led by Trelun Banks and Rashad Andrews, who each scored 19 points. The Jaguars led 33-30 at halftime, but Texas Southern got hot in the second half, hitting 57 percent of its shots after the break to pull away. Demontrae Jefferson also had a strong game for the Tigers, scoring 18 points, while also taunting Southern fans after some of his buckets. The Jaguars out rebounded the Tigers 40-30 and their bench outscored the Tigers 23-7, but it still didn’t lead to a victory. Next up for Southern head coach Roman Banks and his squad is a trip to the Grambling Tigers on Saturday

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