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Capitol Radio Wars 80-Year-Old WJBO vs. Upstart Talk 107.3
Can Local Talk, Personalities of 107.3 Challenge WJBO Loyalty? Woody Jenkins
Brian Haldane and Matt Kennedy of Talk 107.3
Just a Toddler, 107.3 Roars At Powerful Competition BATON ROUGE — For a world-beater like Matt Kennedy, taking on his former bosses is all in a day’s work. Now Kennedy, along with co-conspirator Brian Haldane, are working hard
to steal listeners for Talk 107.3 from the heritage news talk station, WJBO. Kennedy’s fresh conservative talk captures listeners like with ease. GuarSee TALK 107.3 on Page 6
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BATON ROUGE — More than any other medium, radio represents the heartbeat of Baton Rouge. It’s where we go for the latest weather, breaking news, sports, and music. Radio has changed, but our attachment to the automobile has kept radio ever present. Radio is the best medium — the safest medium — for the highway. It uses just enough brain capacity to keep you entertained and informed but not so much that it is likely to cause an accident. Every other medium seems to have its ups and downs but, for now at least, radio is holding steady. In Baton Rouge, the history of radio begins with WJBO. For nearly 80 years, it has been our reliable friend and companion. This is Part I of the Capital Radio Wars!
Storied History of WJBO Began in a NO Basement Rush Limbaugh, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. M-F, on WJBO
BATON ROUGE — There have been many significant moments in the history of NewsRadio 1150 WJBO, but few have been as important as that day in 1988 when manager George Jenne signed up a
little known conservative talk show host named Rush Limbaugh. At first, it must have seemed a disastrous decision. WJBO had a slew of pantywaist talk show hosts See WJBO on Page 4
Mayor, Police Chief, Union All Take a Lickin’
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Showdown Has Lots of Losers, No Winners
POLICE CHIEF Dewayne White (left) faces off against Mayor-President Kip Holden (right photo, center), Holden’s aide William Daniel and attorney Murphy Foster.
BATON ROUGE — On Monday, Mayor-President Kip Holden upheld the firing of Police Chief Dewayne White after a public hear-
ing that was unlike any in recent memory. Now White’s attorney Jill Craft says the veteran police officer will appeal Holden’s deci-
sion before the Municipal Police a packed audience in the Governmental Complex, no one seemed to Civil Service Board. In the aftermath of the termina- come out ahead — especially the tion hearing, which was held before See MAYOR on Page 10
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FORMER SHERIFF Greg Phares analyzed President Obama’s gun control proposals at Tuesday’s Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon at Café Américain.
Former Sheriff Rips Obama Gun Control Executive Orders More Dangerous Than Legislation
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BATON ROUGE — Republicans attending Tuesday’s Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon got a primer on President Obama’s proposed gun control legislation. Former East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Greg Phares provided a point-by-point analysis of what Obama wants Congress to pass. It wasn’t pretty. However, there is something even more startling, according to the former Sheriff. It is Obama’s proposed executive orders. After all, anything Obama wants to pass through Congress will have to make it through the Republicancontrolled House of Representa-
tives. Far-reaching gun control legislation is unlikely to pass through that body. But executive orders are an entirely different matter. They don’t have to pass Congress at all. They amount to Presidential decrees, and they are very dangerous. Woody Jenkins Obama has already announced that he is willing to virtually “rule by decree” if Congress fails to accommodate his proposals. Sheriff Phares revealed something about Obama’s executive orders that is quite shocking — his plan to use Obamacare as part of his gun control efforts. As part of extensive new Obamacare requirements, physicians would ask patients if they have a gun in their home. This would permit Obama’s government to obtain extensive information about which American citi-
Defend Louisiana Getting Pledges Against Gun Control Legislation BATON ROUGE — A new organization is seeking pledges from Louisiana’s lawmakers that they will support the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. According to spokesman Ryan Cross, all Republican members of Congress from Louisiana have signed the pledge. Only Sen. Mary Landrieu and Cong. Cedric Richmond have not yet signed it, Cross said. In addition, more than 40 members of the Louisiana House and Senate have signed the pledge. Defend Louisiana was founded by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City). The organization has released at video at http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=bdwacbpfi4s&feature =player_embedded
zens have guns. The next aspect of his plan is tying in background checks with physicians’ questions. The rush to prohibit “dangerous people” from possessing firearms could include a very wide net. Some on the left have made it clear that veterans are dangerous people and should be prohibited from having access to firearms. “Mental” cases should be prohibited from getting dangerous weapons, but who does that include? If someone is on anti-depressants, is he a mental case? Should people have their Right to Keep and Bear Arms taken away because of the medication they are on? Sheriff Phares argues that many of Obama’s gun control proposals have little chance of passing, such as a ban on AR-15’s. Others, such as the limit of 10 bullets to a magazine would have little practical effect. As the sheriff says, a person can be trained to change magazines in about 1.5 seconds. HIPAA protects our right to privacy in health care matters, sometimes to the extreme. Yet, Obama’s proposals would made an exception to HIPAA requirements so that physicians could order you to tell if you have a gun in your home as a prerequisite to getting a medical exam or a prescription. Obama’s extraordinary proposals to violate our right to privacy come at the same time that Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department is suing Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler.
Holder makes a false and ridiculous claim that Schedler’s office has been discriminating against minority citizens by failing to adequate promote voter registration. It is interesting to note that the suit against our Secretary of State asks for all confidential information in our voter files, such as our Social Security numbers. Obama’s call for national background checks for everyone buying a gun, including private sales from you to your father-in-law, combined with Obamacare regulations inquiring about our gun ownership, and the attempted seizure of confidential information in our voter files raise a whole range of questions. Where is this administration going with all of this? Are our rights under attack and threatened? Of course they are. This administration wants to take away our firearms. They are proposing to ban the ownership of many weapons and restrict which of our citizens can own firearms for self defense. In Louisiana, one of the keys to protecting our liberties is Sen. Mary Landrieu. She is up for reelection and would love to run as a “progun” moderate Democrat. Well, let’s see if she pressures Obama to pull back on his executive orders on gun control. Let’s see if she goes to the Senate floor and fights for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Or, let’s see if she sits on her hands but then at election time claims she is pro-Second Amendment.
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Following Examples of Zachary, Central
Parents Push SE School District Southeast EBR Would Comprise New Independent School District
BATON ROUGE — Sen. Bodi White (R-Central) said Wednesday he is negotiating in good faith with East Baton Rouge Parish school officials to see if there is an alternative to creating the new Southeast Baton Rouge School District. “Obviously, creating the new district would be the best thing to do,” he said. “But we are giving a good faith effort at reaching a compromise.” “The window of opportunity to reach a compromise is short,” he said. “We can have a bill in the hopper in 30 minutes, if we need to.” Meanwhile, leaders of Local Schools for Local Children, the group promoting the new school system, said their enthusiasm is high and that they believe a legislative victory could be at hand. Josh Hoffpauir, one of the leaders of the Local Schools organization, said his members are highly motivated, larger in number, and more determined than last year. “In the legislature, we are holding our support from last year and reaching out to additional mem-
Norman Browning, president of Local Schools for Local Children
bers. We have an excellent chance for success,” he said. Hoffpauir said, “This is really about the future of Baton Rouge and enabling us to come back together and grow our community. We need to get people back to the
Supt. Mike Faulk Disputes Charge of ‘Re-Segregation’ ‘Superintendent of the Year’ Says It’s About Education BATON ROUGE — On Tuesday, Belinda Davis of One Community, One School District, said the proposed Southeast Baton Rouge school district would result in the “re-segregation” of public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish. However, Central Community Schools Supt. Mike Faulk quickly disputed that claim. Faulk, who is in California to receive Louisiana’s “Superintendent of the Year Award” at the annual convention of the American Association of School Administrators, said the new Southeast Baton Rouge school district would probably afford greater opportunities for a quality education than now exist. Faulk is president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents but was not speaking in
that capacity. Faulk said, “Our numbers in Central show that the Central Community School System has attracted minorities at a higher rate than before the creation of the system.” Faulk provided these numbers: 2007-2008 School Year First Year of Central CSS 3,000 students 82% White, 18% Minority 2012-2013 School Year Sixth Year of Central CSS 4,215 students 77% White, 22% Minority “In Central, we have brought white students back to the public schools, but we have brought minority students to Central at an even higher rate,” he said. “Minority parents want quality education in a safe environment with good discipline and high achievement levels. That’s what we provide.”
public schools. Private schools should not be the only option.” Norman Browning, president of Local Schools for Local Children, said his group is motivated by a desire to have true community schools with full participation by par-
ents, teachers, and administrators. “Look at Zachary and Central,” he said. “People got involved. They hired good principals and good teachers. They adopted good curricula. Within two years, each of them was among the top school districts in the state!” The Southeast Baton Rouge school system would be bounded by I-12 on the north, I-10 on the west, the Amite River on the east, and Bayou Manchac on the south. There are 10 public schools in that geographic area — Woodlawn High, Woodlawn Middle, Southeast Middle, and seven elementary schools — Cedarcrest, Jefferson Terrace, Parkview, Shenandoah, Wedgewood, Westminster, and Woodlawn. Browning said it is difficult to estimate the number of students who would initially enroll in schools in the new district, but one estimate puts it at 7,200. The district would have its own elected school board and would be self-governing. In response to the charge made Tuesday by Belinda Davis of One Community, One School District, Hoffpauir said “I’m surprised they are pulling out the race card so early this year. This is not about race but about offering quality education to people in our community.” Creation of a new school system requires the passage of an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution.
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such as Dr. Dean Edell and Bruce Williams, which the station’s liberal listeners seemed to like. When Rush signed on WJBO, all hell broke loose! For two weeks, the station was barraged with angry callers, probably orchestrated. The essence of the calls was “I hate Rush Limbaugh, and now I hate WJBO!” Rabbi Barry Weinstein was protesting outside the station. It was, quite simply, a nightmare. Baton Rouge had never had a rip-roaring conservative on the air day after day, and Baton Rouge apparently wasn’t happy. Then, after two weeks, everything seemed to change. New people were tuning into WJBO, and the
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tired old station suddenly had new life. Everybody was talking about Rush Limbaugh. They loved him or they hated him, but mainly they listened to him. Looking back, one can see that the decision to sign Limbaugh and stick with Limbaugh through the protests has to be the single most important decision that has insured the station’s survival. Every commercial radio station survives on advertising, but to sell advertising, it has to have listeners. For 25 years, Rush Limbaugh has been pounding away on WJBO, and people have been listening. But WJBO is far more than one talk show personality — even if he is the most successful in history. Mike Hudson, marketing man-
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ager for WJBO, said, “We’re just continuing the heritage of this station and its connection to this community. We provide breaking news, traffic, and weather, as we have been doing since 1934!” “This is the place where people can express their thoughts on topics affecting our city. Just this week, the Mayor’s situation has been the talk of the town. We were an outlet for people to come in and speak about this and everything affecting Baton Rouge.” In December 2014, Hudson says WJBO will celebrate its 80th anniversary in Baton Rouge, and something special will be planned. Actually, the history of WJBO goes back even farther than 1934. It was born in 1922 during the infancy of radio. It broadcast from the basement of Valdemar Jensen’s home on South Patrick Street in New Orleans. The station, which was heard even then on 1150 AM, was sponsored by the Times Picayune newspaper. It adopted the call letters WJBO in 1926 and became the first commercial radio station in the South. WJBO also became one of the first stations in the country to broadcast news, thanks to its relationship with the Times Picayune. In 1932, the Manship family purchased the station and moved it to Baton Rouge. Its first broadcast here was in December 1934. By 1941, its power was increased to 5,000 watts, a formidable increase compared to Jensen’s basement experiment. During World War II, WJBO built a new transmitter in West Baton Rouge Parish. The federal government, worried about possible bombing attacks, required the sta-
tion to build its transmitter underground. Today, that bomb-shelter transmitter site is still being used by the station. From the air, it cannot readily be seen. Ironically, fast forward to 2013, WJBO may be one of the few radio stations in the country that doesn’t have to worry about a drone attack,
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Commitment to Local News Coverage
Mike Hudson laughed. Thanks to the engineering of Richard Petty, WJBO has recently “powered up” by increasing its power to 15,000 watts and improving its coverage area. “It’s a 10-fold improvement,” said regional operations manager Bob Murphy. Today, in addition to Rush, the station relies on nationally syndicated talk show hosts such as Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and now Michael Berry. Michael Hudson is enthusiastic about Michael Berry, a bomb-throwing conservative from Houston who, like Limbaugh, evokes love or hatred but never neutrality. “He’s the next Rush,” Hudson said. “He’s amazing, really entertaining. One thing people don’t
know is that his wife is from India, and they’ve adopted two children from Ethiopia. He comes here and broadcasts from the station, sometimes barefoot and hung over. This guy has law degrees from Houston and Oxford. He speaks with love and poetry. Truly awesome!” With the threat from the Internet and every imaginable form of competition, WJBO will need its share of awesome attractions. Right now, it is relying on stalwart newsman Kevin Meeks, whose 40 years’ experience gives him an edge. He rides away from the station on his Harley after his show. Don Grady, an equally experienced newsman, truly a household name in Baton Rouge, is there to provide credibility and a calm voice for the news.
Newcomer Karen Henderson has come over from public broadcasting. She brings youth and true brilliance, Hudson said. She offers a delightful balance to Meeks in the morning. The news operation is anchored by Bruce Collins, a veteran newsman with extensive major market experience. Hudson and Murphy worked for over a year to get Collins to Baton Rouge, and they say it was well worth the effort to bring Collins’ expertise into the fold. WJBO is one of Clear Channel’s stations in Baton Rouge, but it stands apart in many ways. Perhaps the commitment to news and the community makes the station stand for more than money, more than an investment. It’s the kind of property that owners and employees can
be proud of. In the changing world of communications, Clear Channel has a deep commitment to digital. It owns iHeartRadio, which allows one to listen to stations all over the country. “Even our competitors use our technology to reach the world through iHeart,” Hudson said. In addition, the Clear Channel stations in Baton Rouge, including WJBO, have their own HD versions, such as the Downtown Radio. What does the future hold for WJBO? Hudson said, “We’re not losing sight of the people who listen to us everyday. We plan to continue our commitment to Baton Rouge, to breaking news, sports, and weather, and to being the vehicle for people to let their voices be heard.”
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anty Broadcasting market manager Gordy Rush says Kennedy is one of the reasons 107.3 is having an impact on the Baton Rouge market after less than two years in the news talk format. Guaranty, a Baton Rouge-owned broadcaster with more than 60 years’ experience, owns other stations such as big dog Eagle 98.1, but Gordy Rush is excited about 107.3. “Over 90 percent of all radio listeners are on the FM dial, and we’re having an impact there.” Talk 107.3 is emphasizing local news and local personalities more than big-name national syndicated talk shows. However, it is committed to Dave Ramsey in the afternoon and Dennis Miller at night. In addition to Matt Kennedy and Brian Haldane, the station is betting on Clarence Buggs and Bill Profita. Gordy Rush said, “Most Top 100 markets have two news talk radio stations, and we felt there was room to grow.” So in 2011, Guaranty changed the format on 107.3 to news talk. So far, Rush is pleased. “We’ve doubled our expenses but quadrupled our revenue,” he said. “Most of our listeners are conservative, but they know there’s more to life than what’s happening in Washington. They want to know what’s happening here in Baton Rouge,” he said. “Our listeners are a little younger. I think WJBO listeners average about 60, while ours average about 50,” he said. The station recently signed Clar-
ence Buggs, a long-time name in Baton Rouge radio, to do the Clarence Buggs Show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — in direct competition with Rush Limbaugh. “There’s an audience looking for an alternative to Rush, and Clarence is a good choice. In a sense, that’s what we offer — alternatives that reach out into the community,” Gordy Rush said. In addition to local news and talk, Dave Ramsey is a major draw to the station. After years on WJBO, Ramsey is now on 107.3 head-to-head against Sean Hannity weekday afternoons. His combination of personal and financial ad-
vice have a different appeal. Moon Griffon mixes tough conservatism with a generous dose of Cajun humor. His statewide network has a big following. But he competes in a tough time period, 9 to 11 a.m., when it’s hard to capture listeners. Dennis Miller keeps his nationwide audience laughing and thinking during his 6 to 9 p.m. time period. Gordy Rush is excited about Guaranty’s thrust into the digital world. One of the unique parts of that equation is Louisiana Daily — www.louisianadaily.com, a news site whose content is emailed to
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Arbitron ratings of radio listenership are imprecise but in the digital world, measurement is exact. With Louisiana Daily, we put the world at the listeners’ fingertips.” “We’ve been on the air less than two years, and we are committed to the long run — to providing local news coverage and local talk.” Rush is proud to have captured some of WJBO’s best former newsmen and talk show hosts. He is especially high on Matt Kennedy. “Matt is one of the most recognized people in the market. He has been in morning drive for 22 years in this market. Bill Profita has seven years in the market, and Clarence Buggs is an household name.” Ultimately, Talk 107.3 will have to challenge WJBO in the ratings game, Rush said. In the ratings, white males are under counted, Rush said, and that’s true of both WJBO and Talk
107.3. He laughs about phantom ratings. “Too many people write in their Arbitron books, ‘Matt Kennedy, WJBO’ when Matt has been at 107.3 since we switched formats.” Arbitron is an antiquated system for keeping tabs of listeners, Rush said. “They pay people $3 a week to keep a diary. Only 4/10ths of one percent of the population participates, and it’s just not accurate.” “Going head’s up against a heritage station like WJBO is a process. But the fact is, we’re making progress,” he said. He cites a 38 percent decline in WJBO ratings from the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2012. “At the end of the day, advertisers care about results, and that’s what we’re providing,” he said. Fortunately, Talk 107.3 has staying power. Guaranty Broadcasting is a big player in the market and has plenty of time to build for the future.
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I‘m an old school newsman and now-retired television news director, but I’ve remained an above-average analyst and more than casual observer of the contemporary news business. Up until about 20 years ago, the standards and practices of journalism were far different than today. My generation of journalists
relied on shoe-leather and skepticism to dig up stories, as opposed to modern reporters who, far too often, are quite happy to substitute their own opinions and cheap, quick, internet cut-and-paste to shape their stories. They fit in quite nicely in the evolution of a news media which is more attuned to pandering to a particular political philosophy than to informing with facts (which includes Fox News),
and who believe research means quoting today’s pop culture icons and relying on Hollywood rewrites of history, rather than studying and understanding histories and trends, be they local, national or global. “Fair and Balanced” has become a marketing ploy adopted by all, but not a journalistic creed. I attribute that evolution over the past 20-odd years or so to two factors. The first is the dumbing
down of educational standards across the board for decades in the USA, which finally produced the all-too-stereotypical common graduate who can’t read his own diploma and can’t tell you in which century the Civil War was fought. The second was the explosion of cable television followed closely in time by the internet, which together created the job opportunities See EX-NEWS on Page 9
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St. Alphonsus Auction This Saturday
BATON ROUGE — Events coming up in and around the capital city: Saturday, February 23 ACT Practice Test 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A free ACT practice test will be given at the Main Library. The test is open to all teens in grades 9-12. All students must bring their own pencils, calculator, and a snack. The test results will be given at a Scores Back session on Thursday, March 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Online registration is required for the test with Princeton Review at www.princetonreview.com. For information, call 231-3770. Saturday, February 23 St. Alphonsus Auction & A Taste of Central • 5 p.m. Lights! Camera! Auction! The 5th Annual St. Alphonsus Auction and A Taste of Central will be held at the St. Alphonsus Family Center. There will be a silent and live auctions, delicious local restaurant food tasting, and live rhythm and blues band! Door tickets and $10,000 raffle tickets on sale after Masses on Feb. 16 and 17. February 23 and February 24 Movie Matinees with Edgar Allen Poe • 2:30 p.m. For your viewing pleasure, we will offer an excellent cinematic classic based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. For information, call 7632250. Monday, February 25 Students of the Year • 6 p.m. The Central Community School
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COMMITTEE MEMBERS working on the 50th reunion of the Istrouma High School Class of 1963 listened as Erin Trent of the East Baton Rouge Central Branch Library explains the Overdrive electronic collection available for research. Shown are (left to right) Sam Bogeus, Barry Waller, Erin Trent, Sherry Reed Burleigh, and Mike Hooper. For information on the Istrouma reunion on April 20, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
System will honor the Students of the Year. The board meeting will be held at the Central Middle School Cafeteria, 12636 Sullivan Road. The Students of the Year are Landon Smith, Central High; Breanna Clark, Central Middle; Anthony Dupont, Central Intermediate; Micah Moreland, Tanglewood Elementary, and Ayana Anthony, Bellingrath Hills Elementary. Tuesday, February 26 Chamber of Commerce of EBR 11:30 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce of EBR meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Café Américain, 7521 Jefferson Hwy. Mike Reitz, president of Blue Cross, will speak on how Obamacare will affect small business owners. Attendance at the meeting counts for CEE credit (Continuing Entrepreneurship Education). Reception starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at 12 noon. Lunch is $15. No charge for this introductory CEE credit. Wednesday, February 27 Salary Negotiations 101 • 11:30 a.m. Are your colleagues with similar jobs making more money? You haven’t received a raise in a long time? Come and attend this class at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., led by Career Coach Anne Nowak of the Library’s Career Center. You will learn the rules governing salary negotiations and techniques to conquer them and ask for more money and other benefits. Registration is required. For information or to register, call 381-8434. Thursday, February 28 Powder Puff Game • 6:30 p.m. The Central High School Sports Medicine department is hosting the 6th Annual Powder Puff game at Wildcat Stadium. Admission is $5. All money raised will go towards the
Sports Medicine program. Thursday, February 28 Pachyderms of GBR • 6:30 p.m. Author, columnist, and public speaker, Humberto Fontova, will be featured speaker at the Pachyderms of GBR meeting at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 3084 College Dr. Cost for the buffet is $13. Pachyderm meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Reservations are requested. RSVP 644-5728 or email email@example.com. For information, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/PachydermsofGBR. February 28 through March 2 LSU Book Bazaar The annual Friends of the LSU Libraries’ 2013 Book Bazaar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at the 4-H MiniFarm and Nelson Memorial Buildings at LSU. Hours of operation for the event will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Friday, March 1 Eagle Expo Workshop • 9 a.m. Join CC Lockwood on a boat trip
to an eagle’s nest to photograph Bald Eagles, other wildlife and wetland landscapes. This is a one-day workshop, which starts with a pre-field lecture, a break for lunch, followed by the field trip. The lecture will be held at the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild, 9 to 11 a.m. For the field trip, the group will meet on Bayou Black and leave by boat at 2 p.m. For information visit, www.cclockwood. com/lagniappe/workshops/eagle-expo-workshop.htm. Tuesday, March 5 Legislative Community Meeting • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sen. Sharon Weston Broome will hold a community meeting at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St. She will highlight issues for the upcoming session. Other community meetings are: Monday, March 11, 6:30 p.m., North Baton Rouge, LSU Medical Clinic Community Room, 5445 Airline Hwy. and Tuesday, March 19, 6 p.m., Greenwell Springs Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs. Monday, March 11 CPS Registration Central Private School will begin accepting applications for new students for the upcoming school year. For information, call 261-3341. Tuesday, March 12 Victory Harvest Church MOPS 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Victory Harvest Church MOPS will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at Victory Harvest Church, 3953 N. Flannery Road. Limited childcare is available. Moms should email Barbara Womack at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 275-5255 to check availability. Mothers who are pregnant with their first child or have a preschooler K-5 or younger are invited to join the group. Thursday, March 14 Historical Lecture • 6 p.m. Charlsa Moore, an avid historian of Henry Watkins Allen, will lecture on Gov. Allen and his leadership role as Louisiana’s 17th Governor and as a Confederate Brigadier General in the Civil War. The Foundation for HisSee WHAT’S on Page 9
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An African Violet Show and Plant Sale will be held Saturday, March 23, 2 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. The show is sponsored by the Sundowners African Violet Society. Admission is free. A lecture and workshop on how to grow violets will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. For information, contact George Ramirez at 985-384-0309.
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CPS Third Annual Rebel Run Results
Male Medalists in the Rebel Run
CENTRAL — The 3rd Annual Rebel Run 5K was held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Central Private School. Runners followed a course that took them down Centerra Court to Gurney Road through part of Willowood Acres and then back to the school. Medals were awarded based on age and gender divisions to the following winners:
Female Medalists in the Rebel Run
Female Medal Winners • Ages 5-9 – Emily Threeton • Ages 10-15 – Whitney Williston • Ages 16-20 – Heather Bennett • Ages 21-25 – Katherine Schilling • Ages 26-30 – April Renard • Ages 31-35 – Melonie Ellzey
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torical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture will be in the East Room of the Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd. A reception, hosted by Calandro’s Fine Wine and Cellars, begins at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free to FHL members and $10 for guests. FHL can be reached at 3872464 or at www.fhl.org to register. Thursday, March 14 Spring Concert • 7:30 p.m. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will hold its Spring Concert at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. This production will feature internationally-acclaimed guest artists and award-winning local dancers. Tickets range from $30 to $35 with a special rate of $20 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets available through Ticketmaster, the River Center Box Office or by calling BRBT at 7668379. March 15, 16, and 17 42nd Annual Audubon Pilgrimage Tours of historic homes and gardens, art show and sale, authentic 1820’s costumes, living history dem-
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onstrations, night festivities, and cemetery tales. For tour information, call 635-6330 or visit www.audubonpilgrimage.info. Sunday, March 17 Youth Ballet Auditions Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for its Youth Ballet summer tour at Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. Auditions are open to intermediate-level dancers ages 10-14 and there is a $5 fee. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and auditions are at 1 p.m. Dancers must be 10 years old by Sept. 30 or entering the 5th grade in fall 2013. For information, contact Nicole Naquin or Leigh Phillips at 766-8379 or email@example.com or leigh@ batonrougeballet.org. March 21 through 24 Zachary Arts & Music Festival The Zachary Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual ZFest will be held at BREC’s Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Hwy. There will be arts and crafts, food vendors, petting zoo and pony rides, paddleboards on the lake, rock wall, bungee bounce, gyroscope, carnival rides, and many more activities. ZFest will be open 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 12 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Entertainment will be the Todd O’Neal Band, the Chee Weez, national counSee WHAT’S on Page 12
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• Ages 36-40 – Sherry Threeton • Ages 41-45 – Debbie Bennett • Ages 46-50 – Stacy Belgard • Ages 51 & up – Jan Easley Male Medal Winners • Ages 5-9 – Reese Dean • Ages 10-15 – Kory Nijoka • Ages 16-20 – Austin Adams • Ages 31-35 – James Harthoom • Ages 41-45 – Kyle Dean • Ages 46-50 – Al Naquin • Ages 51 & up – David Kneeling Overall Metal Winners • Female – Amie Gilbert • Male – Troy Alello The Annual Rebel Run 5K is co-sponsored by the Central Private School Parents’ Club and the CPS National Honor Society. Ms. Jill Coon, National Honor Society and high school science teacher,
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for a badly educated population. In short, the deficient educational system turned out poorly trained graduates to populate all walks of life, and that includes journalism, while internet and cable news expansions offered the opportunity to anyone with two working grey cells and an opinion to actually make a living at calling himself a journalist. The difference boils down to original thinking and the lack thereof.
BREC WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU! Designate the Community Park in Central Central Library, 11260 Joor Road Thursday, February 21, 2013 6 p.m. BREC invites you to attend a presentation which will explain what makes a community park and how we could make it work at one of the following sites: Jackson Park, Lovett Road Park or the Central Sports Park. Talk with BREC’s Planning and Engineering staff, look over architectural drawings and then fill out a survey to help us make the best community park possible for Central. For more information, call 225-272-9200 or visit BREC.org.
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Mayor Upholds Firing; Chief to Appeal
DENNIS McCAIN arranges microphone for Mayor Holden (left photo). At right, Council members Ronnie Edwards, Denise Marcelle, and Donna Lewis voiced support for Chief.
POLICE CHIEF Dewayne White (left) testifies at termination hearing with attorney Jill Craft. At right, William Daniel, Mayor-President Kip Holden, and attorney Murphy Foster.
IMPROMPTU TESTIMONY —After Holden reaffirmed his termination of Police Chief Dewayne White, a number of citizens spoke at an impromptu hearing, mostly supporting White.
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Mayor-President, the Police Chief, and Police Union president Chris Stewart, who sided with Holden. After Holden’s hearing adjourned, four Metro Council members held an impromptu news
conference supporting White. A number of citizens spoke on White’s behalf. Likewise, callers to local talk radio stations generally supported White. The drama had many ironies — with a black Mayor-President fir-
ing a white police chief who has widespread support in the black community and among black political leaders. On taking office nearly two years ago, White said some police officers were racists. In the recent election, many rank
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Special Election to Replace Rep. Clif Richardson
Ivey, Wilson Seek House Seat March 2 Republicans Party Of EBR Endorses Barry Ivey, While ABC Gives Support To Scott Wilson
BATON ROUGE — A special election to fill a vacancy in the Louisiana House of Representatives left by the resignation of Rep. Clif Richardson is only two weeks away, and the two candidates are making their last-minute bid for election. Republicans Barry Ivey and Scott Wilson are speaking at candidate forums, sending out mailings, walking door to door, and calling frequent voters. The election, which will be held on Saturday, March 2, pits two conservatives against one another. They agree on most issues. On Wednesday night, the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish announced its endorsement of Barry Ivey. The parish executive committee, composed of 17 members, considered their recommendations last Thursday and again at a meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The candidates answered a long series of questions. Their answers were published in the Central City News last week and are available on-line. Ivey’s answers are at http:// www.capitalrepublican.com/wpcontent/uploads/2013/02/EBR-Parish-Republican-Parish-Executive-
CANDIDATES Scott Wilson and Barry Ivey listen to Harry Rauls of Central Community Alliance at forum Tuesday at DEMCO.
Committee.pdf. Wilson’s answers are at http://www.capitalrepublican. com/?page_id=274 House District 65, which Richardson represented since 2008, includes the southern half of the City of Central and the eastern edge of East Baton Rouge Parish as far south as Jones Creek Road. Last week, Scott Wilson, who represents much of the same area on the Metro Council, was endorsed by the Associated Builders and Contractors. On Monday night, the two candidates addressed the Republican Women of Central. On Tuesday, both spoke to the Central Com-
munity Alliance. Wilson is the president of a truck-
ing company. Ivey is president of a nuclear power contractor.
Republicans Party of EBR Endorsement Statement BATON ROUGE — The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish issued the following statement Wednesday. “The members of the East Baton Rouge Republican Parish Executive Committee met with the candidates seeking election from House District 65, and we carefully reviewed their qualifications and their statements on issues. Both of the candidates are excellent, and we greatly appreciate the fine service of
Scott Wilson on the Metro Council. It was a very difficult choice. However, the committee voted to endorse Barry Ivey. We believe Mr. Ivey, who is young and energetic, will bring new vision and a solid conservative philosophy to the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is conservative on both economic and social issues, and we expect him to bring aggressive and capable leadership to the Louisiana Legislature.”
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Lane Regional Named Hospital of the Year ZACHARY — Lane Regional Medical Center was named “2013 Acute Care Hospital of the Year” (61-160 beds) at the 12th Annual Nightingale Awards held on Feb. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. This is the first time the hospital has received this award. The annual Nightingale Awards are sponsored by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation and the Louisiana State Nurses Association to recognize excellence in nursing and quality service in the nursing and healthcare industry. The Nightingale Award for Acute Care Hospital of the Year is based on five criteria: • Innovation through nursing leadership and management • Organizational support of nursing practice • Evidence of registered nurse decision making and participation in management decisions • Recognition of registered nurse achievements • Support of nursing participation in professional organizations.
LANE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL OF THE YEAR — Shown (left to right) Sarah Cassage, Karla Miller, Cristy Walker, Brittany Casey, Amy Lea, Miriam Everett, Jennifer Johnson, Jessica Ladraa, Amy Rome, Billy Conerly, Haley Hayward, Shelia Barrett, Dixie Meador, Allyson Bennett, Lori Carruth, Mark Anderson.
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