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President Obama Delivers His Farewell Address: Gov. John Bel Edwards’ ‘It Has Been The Honor Of My Life To Serve You’ Administration Sends Final Plan for $438 Million Appropriation Plans for Additional $1.2 Billion Would Send Most Funds to Homeowners, Renters, Business Owners BATON ROUGE, LA – Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Office of Community Development submitted its final plan for an initial $438 million flood-relief appropriation on Jan. 6 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – more than a month ahead of the federal deadline. Edwards said the state could be cleared to begin spending the money as soon as March. Meanwhile, the Office of Community Development is working on an action plan for an additional $1.2 billion flood-relief appropriation that Congress approved in December. The Restore Louisiana Task Force had been scheduled to vote on an overall budget structure for that plan at its Jan. 6 meeting. However, the meeting was cancelled due to severe weather. The cancellation will not result in any delays in the recovery process. The task force will review the proposed final plan for the $1.2 billion at its

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois, January 10, 2017.

CHICAGO, IL - President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the American people. Obama delivered his final presidential address to the nation Tuesday evening, speaking from his adopted hometown of Chicago’s lakefront convention center McCormick Place, where he spoke in front of a crowd of thousands. First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia Obama, 18, accompanied the president on his sentimental trip to Chicago, along with his younger sister, Auma Obama, and close family friend “Mama Kaye” Wilson, who is godmother to both Malia and her sister, Sasha, 15. Michelle – Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, from the Southside, for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House See OBAMA, on page 3

Gov. John Bel Edwards

next meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 20 at the Livingston Parish Governmental Building at 20355 Government Blvd. in Livingston. The Governor’s Office of Community Development would direct most of the $1.2 billion toward homeowners, renters and small business owners: • $935.4 million for homeSee PLAN, on page 2

Mayor Broome Proclaims January As National Mentoring Month

President Barack Obama is joined by his First Lady Michelle Obama and his daughter Malia after giving his presidential farewell address in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

Flood Proof: FREE Legal Help For Homeowners With Title Problems BATON ROUGE, LA – Did your house get flooded and you are in need of legal help? Were you denied federal assistance or other rebuilding funds because you can’t or couldn’t prove you own your home? You may qualify for free legal services to prove you own your home if: 1.Your property was damaged in the 2016 flood; 2. Your flood damaged property is or was your primary residence and you plan to rebuild;

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3. Your property is located in East Baton Rouge, Livingston or Ascension Parish; 4. You are eligible based on your income. You can reach us one of four ways: Call: 1-844-244-7871, apply online at apply.lanonprofitjustice.org, download Android app: http://tinyurl.com/LouisianaLegalHelp or walk in Mondays and Wednesdays between the hours of 1-4pm at this location: SLLS, 715 Saint Ferdinand Street, Baton Rouge, LA.

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RELIGION

BATON ROUGE, LA – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has issued a proclamation declaring January as National Mentoring Month in the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge. “National Mentoring Month is a perfect time to highlight the quality mentoring programs in our city that connects thousands of youth to mentors,” said Mayor Broome. “These mentors provide invaluable guidance and support to help prepare our youth to become productive citizens of our community.” The Mayor’s Office My Brother ’s Keeper – Baton Rouge (MBK-BR) Initiative is celebrating 15 years of supporting and promoting mentoring opportunities in the Baton Rouge area. In celebration of National Mentoring Month, MBK-BR is encouraging residents to become active mentors and support the various events that are being sponsored throughout the month. These events include: – 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

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Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

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. 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 #MBKBR. – J anuary 26, 2017: Big Buddy Program presents the Mentoring in Real Life Awards Ceremony. They are honoring selected groups and organizations who have exhibited mentoring in a way that has impacted our community. See MENTORING, on page 2

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CASA’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Whatever time you’re reading this, Dabo Swinney is still smiling, still hugging, still talking, still reveling in Clemson’s incredible, 35-31 dethroning of Alabama in a College Football Playoff championship rematch – an all-time classic that was decided at the literal last second...See Page 6

Capital Area CASA honored its volunteers for their advocacy work on behalf of abused and neglected children at the 2016 CASA Holiday Open House...Page 2

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New Year’s Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day...See Page 4

SBA TO CLOSE RECOVERY CENTER

District Director Michael Ricks of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana District Office announced today that SBA will close its Business Recovery Center in Baker at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13...See Page 5

State News...............................2 Religion....................................4 Business....................................5 Classifieds.................................5 Sports.......................................6

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Capital Area CASA Association honored its volunteers for their advocacy work on behalf of abused and neglected children at the Holiday Open House on Dec. 6 at the CASA office. Shown are, from left, CASA Office Manager Amanda Desormeaux, board member Carlton Jones, and volunteer Valeka Matthews. BATON ROUGE, LA - Capital Area CASA honored its volunteers for their advocacy work on behalf of abused and neglected children at the 2016 CASA Holiday Open House held Dec. 6 at the CASA office. CASA’s board and staff hosted the event. CASA volunteers, board members, attorneys, East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court personnel and CASA staff attended the event. Guests enjoyed a photo booth, took home handcrafted ornaments from CASA’s Christ-

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mas tree and mingled with fellow volunteers. CASA volunteers selected holiday gifts for their CASA children thanks to the generous support of the community. CASA thanks the following individuals, businesses and organizations who donated toys and gifts: • Books-A-Million • G uaranty Life Insurance Employees • Kappa Alpha Theta • Eric Kjeldsen

• Latter and Blum Property Management • Louisiana Healthcare Connections • LSU Kinesiology Club • Rotary Club of Baker • S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y Alumni Home Chapter • Amanda Stout • Zachary Industrial • Terri Zimmer-Myer Capital Area CASA would also like to thank event volunteers from National Charity League.

Plan from page 1 owners • $80 million for renters • $50 million for business owners. The action plan would also set aside $105 million in matching funds for public assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This would help local governments meet their cost-share match needed for public infrastructure improvements 25 percent for the March flood and 10 percent for the August flood. Edwards says the Office of Community Development is also working on more recommendations for the specific eligibility requirements for families and business owners. He said the goal

is to expand the number of flood survivors, especially homeowners, who receive assistance. “We’ll write the plan for spending the $1.2 billion so we can expand the homeowner assistance program and offer at least some measure of help to everyone who had major or severe damage and did not have flood insurance,” Edwards said. “This is a critical step as we strive to help as many flood-impacted homeowners, businesses and communities with unmet needs as we possibly can.” Details on all flood-related programs are available on the task force website,restore.la.gov.

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Mentoring from page 1 Research has shown that when matched through quality mentoring programs, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in schools, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use and other negative activities. In a recent national report called The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. They

were also: • 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 That same report showed that one in three youth will reach age 19 without a mentor. National Mentoring Month is also being celebrated in cities across the country. Click here to view the proclamation.

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History of Martin Luther King Day

Ronald Reagan and Coretta Scott King at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day signing ceremony. The idea of Martin Luther King Day 2017 as a holiday was promoted soon after his assassination in 1968. After King’s death, United States Democrat Representative, John Conyers and, United State Republican Senator, Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the United States House of Representatives in 1979 and fell five votes short of the number needed. There were two main arguments mentioned by opponents, the first being that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive and, secondly, that a holiday to

honor the birth (of a private citizen who had never held public office) would be contrary to the longstanding tradition. The effort received more publicity when, after a decade, shortly after the failure of a bill that was introduced by Representative John Conyers. In September of 1979, Stevie Wonder released a song called “Happy Birthday”. That was meant to make a case for the holiday, calling out anyone who didn’t support the idea. Additionally, Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan came into office and originally opposed the holiday.

Additionally, Senators, of North Carolina Republicans, Jesse Helms and John Porter East opposed the holiday and questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honor and criticized King’s opposition to the Vietnam War. On November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, to create a federal holiday honoring King. The bill passed the House of Representatives and was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. Initially, some states resisted observing the holiday only in the year 2000 was it officially observed in all 50 states for the first time

Obama from page 1

My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by

slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can. Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud. Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad,” the president said. There’s a second threat to our democracy – one as old as our nation itself. After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. Such a vision, however well intended, was never realistic. For race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago – you can see it not just in statistics, but in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum. If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history…if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11…if I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens – you might have said our sights were set a little too high. But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.

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RELIGION

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

By Rev. James L. Snyder New Year’s Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day. Both the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly simultaneously signed a deep sigh. My wife sat in her chair thinking and I, reclining in my chair musing.

Believe me, we both had a lot to think about and muse over. The difference between thinking and musing is quite profound. Thinking requires a lot of hard work while musing is closely related to amusing, although I am not quite sure about the connection. All I know is it takes less energy to muse than it does to think and I’m all for saving energy. I had just gotten into a rather delightful muse when my wife made a very startling announcement.

“Well,” she said most thoughtfully, “I guess this is the start of a brand-new year. I was too deep into my muse to do more than grunt affirmatively. Everybody says this is a new year that has never been lived before. And I would like to challenge that kind of thinking. I have an eerie feeling that I have been here before. I am not sure if my muse got mixed up with my thinking but at

the end of the exercise, I came to several startling conclusions. The biggest conclusion is there is nothing new about the New Year. If I remember correctly, and I must check last year’s calendar, but wasn’t it January last year at this time? In fact, I think for the past couple thousand years there has always been a January. Nothing See DÉJÀ VU, on page 5

CHURCH DIRECTORY

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. - Hebrews 10:25 GREATER ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH 3711 Hwy 1 South • Port Allen, LA 70767 Church: 225.302.5062 Home: 225.654.8947 • Cell: 225.572.7036

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Church Schedule Sunday School...................................................................... 7:00A,M. Sunday Worship.................................................................... 8:00A.M. Bible Study.............................................................. Tuesday 7:00.PM. Prayer Service......................................................... Tuesday12:00A.M. Youth Training............................................................Tuesday 6:00P.M. Holy Communion................................................. 2nd Sunday 8:00P.M.

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Rev. Leo Cyrus Sr., Pastor Order Of Services Sunday Worship...................................................... 11:30 A.M. Holy Communion................................3rd Sunday 11:30 A.M. Sunday School..........................................................9:30 A.M. Bible Study................................................Thursday 7:00 P.M.

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BUSINESS

Déjà Vu from page 4 new about January. In my lifetime, I have seen 65 Januarys. At the time, everybody said it was new. What I want to know is, when does the newness wear off? When is somebody going to stand up and honestly say, “Welcome to another old year.” Then, just as my muse was catching a second wind, I thought of some other inconsistencies about this so-called New Year hoax. If I remember correctly, last January there were seven days in a week; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. What I find rather strange is this new January has the same old days of the week. This is rather curious to me. Somebody is trying to sell me some old horse medicine for tea. Now, if the year 2017 is supposed to be a new year why does it carry over the same old luggage of the old year? I think I smell a conspiracy here. Not only does this so-called new January have the same days

of the week, and you are not going to believe this one, it also carries the same numbers of the days. And, these numbers are still in the same order as it did in January 2016. I think I go along with Solomon, the wisest man in the world, who said, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). This so-called “New Year,” is simply the “Old Year” repackaged for the unsuspecting. For some people it will take six months into the “New Year” before they realize this awesome truth. The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail jamessnyder2@att.net. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.

SBA to Close its Business Recovery Center in Baker SACRAMENTO, CA – District Director Michael Ricks of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana District Office announced today that SBA will close its Business Recovery Center in Baker at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. “SBA opened the Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to Louisiana businesses that were affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred Aug 11-31, 2016. Until the center closes, SBA representatives will continue to meet with business owners to answer their questions, help each business owner apply to SBA for an economic injury disaster loan

and close their approved disaster loans,” Ricks said. “Representatives from SBA and Louisiana Small Business Development Center consultants are available to continue to provide information on SBA disaster loans and counseling on a wide variety of matters designed to

help small business owners reestablish their operations, overcome the effects of the disaster and plan for their future. Services include assessing business economic injury, evaluating the business’s strength, cash flow projections and most importantly, a review of all options to ensure

each business makes decisions that are appropriate for its situation,” Ricks continued. According to Ricks, SBA has approved disaster loans for more than $1.2 billion to help Louisiana businesses and residents recover from this disaster, $146.6 million for businesses and $1.06 billion for residents. Businesses owners can meet with SBA representatives on the days and times indicated until the center closes. No appointment is necessary. • East Baton Rouge Parish Business Recovery Center • Baker Workforce DevelopSee SBA, on page 6


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SPORTS

A Heroic QB, A Miraculous Final Drive, A Dancing Coach: Inside Clemson’s (Non-) Upset Of Alabama TAMPA, Fla. – He’s still celebrating, I guarantee it. Whatever time you’re reading this, Dabo Swinney is still smiling, still hugging, still talking, still reveling in Clemson’s incredible, 35-31 dethroning of Alabama in a College Football Playoff championship rematch – an all-time classic that was decided at the literal last second. He almost assuredly has not slept. He may or may not still be wearing the orange sweatshirt and khakis that were soaked in the postgame Gatorade bath, with grass stains on the right knee of the pants from being tackled to the Raymond James Stadium turf by members of his coaching staff. “How ’bout it?” Swinney chirped at a reporter walking by while the coach was waiting to appear on ESPN’s “Sports Center,” well after 1 a.m. “How ’bout it? Little ol’ Clemson!” No, he has not stopped.

There is no interrupting Dabo’s Clemson party. Heck, it may rage until next August. A man who endured a difficult upbringing in a broken Alabama home danced with the national championship trophy like he was rocking a baby. He placed his hands on the shoulders of his ultra-clutch quarterback, Deshaun Watson, on the postgame podium and looked him in the eyes. “We did it!” Swinney said to Watson. “We did it!” Then the 47-year-old coach hugged the guy whose last collegiate pass won the national title with one-second left. He would hug Watson again and again in the early morning hours, along with dozens of other players and coaches and friends and family. Anyone in the massive throng of Clemson fans that descended here – outnumbering Alabama fans, which is virtually unheard

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of for a big game – might have gotten an embrace from Dabo. Swinney is the antithesis of the legendary coach he beat Monday night, Nick Saban. Where Saban expressed little more than grim satisfaction after his five national titles won, Swinney is an unchecked geyser of emotion. Nobody was capping his joy after this victory. “The paw is flying on top of

that mountain tonight,” Swinney said, florid rhetoric pouring forth. “We saw the top of it last year, didn’t quite get there. Tonight we took that next step.” Clemson took that step in wildly dramatic fashion, winning a game that will go down as one of the greats in college football history. It drew instant comparisons to the Texas-USC Rose Bowl classic that capped the 2005 season, Vince Young driving the Longhorns for the victory in the final minute. Watson played the role of Young, willing the Tigers 68 yards against the greatest defense in America. “Greatest man in the country,” Clemson receiver Mike Williams said of Watson. ���We knew we had the greatest man in the country on our team.” “Nerves of steel,” was offensive coordinator Tony Elliott’s description of Watson. “I knew Deshaun was built for the job,” said defensive lineman Carlos Watkins. But this was a damn tough job. Watson had been battered all night by the ferocious Alabama defense. He took a shot to the head from linebacker Reuben Foster on the third play of the game, and at one point was sent in a helicopter spin on a scramble by Foster and Minkah Fitzpatrick – a play that ended in a brutal landing.

SBA from page 5 ment Center 3262 Baker Boulevard Baker, LA 70714 • Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. • S aturdays, 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. • C enter closes at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. In addition, SBA representatives are still available at three Business Recovery Centers and an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to explain SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents close their approved disaster loans. Even though the deadline to apply for a loan for property damage has passed, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, still have until May 15, 2017, to apply for an economic injury disaster loan to help meet working capital needs caused by

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the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. Business owners may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba. gov/ela. Additional information, details on the location of centers and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba. gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed paper applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

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