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CENTRAL — In 1997, a band of four state legislators led by the late Rep. Donald Ray Kennard passed House Resolution 75, requesting the Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development to study the feasibility of extending Hooper Road across the Amite to Watson. Today, nearly 16 years later, the bridge has not yet been built but Central legislators are continuing to push the project. Now the
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Mayor ProTem Ralph Wa s h i n g t o n said Wednesday he is considering running for Mayor in next spring’s municipal elections. Wa s h i n g t o n has served as Ralph Washington Mayor Pro-Tem since Central was incorporated in July 2005. Washington is a proven votegetter. In Central’s first munici-
Legislators Work To Create ‘Loop’ Linking Central, Watson, Walker
Mayor Pro-Tem Washington Says He’s Considering Race for Mayor
KINDER LOOP — The Central-Livingston Loop would begin at Hooper and Sullivan, head east across the Amite, link to Hwy. 1019, then Hwy. 447, I-12, and Central Thruway.
Jr. Shelton Won’t Seek Mayor’s Post, Cites Obligations CENTRAL — Local realtor Jr. Shelton, who narrowly lost a bid for mayor of the City of Central in 2010, announced Wednesday that he will not seek the post in munici-
pal elections next spring. Shelton, who received 48 percent against incumbent Mayor Mac Watts, was considered a strong candidate for the post. Shelton’s an-
nouncement was a surprise to many who were hoping to support him. However, Shelton, who serves as Republican chairman for Central, said his real estate business is
going well and he could not afford to give it up and support his family on the Mayor’s $55,000-a-year salary. “As much as I would like to
Ivey, Wilson Seeking Endorsement Two Republican
Republican Party To Make Choice At Meeting Tonight
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Candidates Differ On Some Issues
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BATON ROUGE — Two Republican candidates are seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish tonight at 6 p.m. at the Metro Council Chamber. Central businessman Barry Ivey, a nuclear power contractor, and Metro Councilman Scott Wilson are on the ballot in the March 2 special election to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Clif Richardson. But, so far, neither candidate has won a major endorsement. Both the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry and the Tea Party of Louisiana decided not to make an endorsement in the race. Securing official support from the GOP
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CENTRAL — House candidates Scott Wilson and Barry Ivey have answered a series of questions propounded by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish. Their answers are found in a special Central City News report on Page 3. While the candidates agree on most issues, there are a number of differences: • Their goals for the next four years (Question 3a) • Their infrastructure goals for House District 65, including Central (Question 3b) • Abortion (Question 5), and • Their goals on what to phase out of state government (Question 8) The GOP said it hopes the candidates’ answers provide insight to voters as they make their decision. See A CLOSER LOOK on Page 3
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EDITOR’S VALENTINE — Doris Jenkins, who will turn 91 on March 4, with greatgranddaughter Gabrielle Savoye and great-grandson, Louis Joseph Savoye. Doris can remember the days before radio in the early 1920’s. She is a wonderful blessing.
My Valentine Remembers Life ‘Before Radio’ My Mother Celebrates 91st Birthday March 4, Has Vivid Memories of Life in Another World
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BATON ROUGE — I walked into mom’s room Sunday to give her medicine, and she was watching movie Florence Nightingale for
my her the the
50th time. She said, “You know, my great-grandmother was Florence Nightingale’s first cousin!” I replied, “No, my great-great grandmother was Florence Nightingale’s first cousin!” We laughed. It’s an inside joke, because her great-grandmother was Hannah Nightingale but there’s absolutely no evidence that I can find that she was related to “the” Florence Nightingale. Hannah married Grandpa Shaw. So the family knew her as Grandma Shaw. They lived on Oahu in the 1890’s when Hawaii was still a kingdom. But they moved back to Texas afterwards. Mama said, “I remember Valentine’s Day in 1928. Grandma Shaw was visiting with us. I was almost six. Grandma Shaw put a record on the Victrola and started dancing. She was quite overweight. But she picked up her skirt and danced and danced. We clapped and laughed until we cried. I remem-
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ber it as though it were yesterday!” Then she added, “That was before radio, you know!” “Mama!” I looked shocked. “You mean you were alive before radio?” I slapped my knee and started laughing. She looked kind of serious but had a mocking grin on her face. “I’ll be 91 on March 4th, you know!” “I know, mama.” I handed her her medicine and as usual made her pry it out of my hand. “Stop it!” she said, “Give me that!” She dug her fingernails into my hand. “Ow!” I said, and let her have it. She popped another DVD into her TV/VCR. This time it was Gone with the Wind. She has this habit of playing the same movie over and over again. “I just want to slap Scarlet!” she said. “So stupid. Rhett is so in love with her, but she keeps longing for that Ashley Wilkes. Can you imagine turning down Clark Gable for Ashley Wilkes?” “Well, mama, I don’t know.”
“Have you found me a man yet?” I look shocked but recover and say “Yes, I have! But I have to warn you, he’s 95!” I bend over and hobble across the room as though crippled and pretend not to have teeth. She howls with laughter. “No!” she says, “You know I’m not interested in a 90 year-old man. Find me an ex-Marine not a day over 65!” Woody Jenkins My mother, Doris Jenkins, was born in Houston on March 4, 1922. The family moved to Shreveport in 1928, right after Valentine’s Day. “That’s when I listened to radio for the first time,” she said. “It was KWKH!” Mama met my dad, Ory Jenkins, in 1944 when he was recovering from war injuries at the Naval Hospital in Galveston. It was love at first sight. They had me and moved to Baton Rouge where she worked at American Bank on Plank Road. Of all the blessings in life, having your mother at age 91 is one of the greatest, especially if she is a sweetheart, in relatively good shape for the shape she’s in, and can still “cut the mustard.” Plus my Valentine can remember life “before radio”!
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GOP Candidates for Representative March 2
A Closer Look at Barry Ivey, Scott Wilson
Barry Ivey addressed the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish
BARRY IVEY 1. Why are you offering yourself for service in the Legislature? I am an ordinary citizen who is very concerned about the direction of our government and the erosion of our freedom. I want to make a difference, defend our Constitution and do my part to limit the power of government. That’s why, when I heard that Rep. Richardson may be resigning, I began thinking about running for this position. This is a good time in my life to run for office. My wife, Julie, supports this decision. Our four children are now in school. Our business has become very successful in the past few years, and I now have the resources to run a viable campaign without becoming beholden to any special interests or to the political establishment, which I oppose. It’s very difficult for candidates to be anti-establishment when they are relying on the establishment to fund their campaigns. It is hard to be an independent voice when you have to rely on lobbyists and people who have massive government contracts for your campaign contributions. I won’t have that conflict of interest. I have funded most of my campaign myself. I will be an independent voice, and that’s why I’m running. 2. What special qualifications do you possess which would allow you to make a major contribution to the people of District
65 through your service in the State Legislature? District 65 is one of the most conservative areas of our state. I can best represent the people of our district because I am a “movement conservative” who will passionately address the broad spectrum of conservative issues: limiting government, reducing the budget, promoting a “culture of life,” defending traditional marriage, protecting our Second Amendment rights, supporting parental choice in education, and creating a business friendly climate that is the best in America. Many conservatives get elected to office, but don’t lead on these issues. Worse, many compromise and become useless See BARRY on Page 4
Scott Willson also spoke at the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge
SCOTT WILSON 1. Why are you offering yourself for service in the Legislature? I have a willingness to serve our community that is a result of my family upbringing. My father and my brother have served our parish, and I have represented the people of Metro Council District 4 for the past four years. It was my intention to serve a second four-year term to which I was elected without opposition last fall. But when the House District 65 seat became vacant, I decided to offer my experience for the voters’ consideration. 2. a. What special qualifications do you possess which would allow you to make a major contribution to the people of District 65 through your service in the
Goals for Next 4 Years in Central Question: With respect to House District 65, what legislation, appropriations, or public works projects would you hope to enact or have completed during the next four years? Please be specific. Scott Wilson: “Bring the entire Central Thruway to completion.” Barry Ivey: “Widening of Greenwell Springs Road by adding shoulders, completion of Central Thruway, and extension of Hooper Road across Amite River to Watson without imposition of tolls.”
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State Legislature? In short, I am most qualified for this position because of my experience. First, I have owned and operated a business for the past 15 years. I know what it means to make a payroll, pay taxes and fees and provide great customer service. Decisions that I make on behalf of the voters will be made through that lens. Second, I have experience in the public sector as a member of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council. I have been in the trenches on a daily basis – providing constituent services, casting votes, and making tough decisions in the best interest of our communities. Third, and most important to me, I am a dad. My children’s future is of greatest concern to me. That same concern applies to the children and grandchildren of each person I represent. I have a record of protecting their current and future interests – public safety, public budgets, and public projects – that sets me apart from the competition in this race. b. If you currently hold public office, what have you accomplished and what policies, legislation, public works, or other actions have been the hallmark of your service? I made the motion and voted (motion passed) to remove a key slush fund from Mayor Holden’s control and return those monies to the budget. I did this because I beSee SCOTT on Page 5
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to our movement. Many vote to slowly increase budgets. That’s how our parish, state and federal governments got into the mess we now face — “conservatives” voting to increase government spending. The city-parish budget has increased 40 percent in eight years while “conservative” council members have supported most of the increases. The state budget has increased from $10 billion to $25 billion in 15 years as “conservative” lawmakers have supported most of the increases. When I am a legislator, I will make sure there is a voice at the microphone letting the citizens of this state know what is going on. I will oppose the growth of government. I will protect the freedoms of the people of District 65 from slowly eroding. I have the temperament and courage to stand on the floor of the House and fight, even if the other 104 members disagree. b. If you currently hold public office, what have you accomplished and what policies, legislation, public works, or other actions have been the hallmark of your service? I do not currently hold public office. 3. a. Four years from now, what of statewide significance would you hope to have accomplished as a member of the State Legislature? I hope that I will be able to help rally conservatives who have been elected to the Louisiana Legislature to fight the establishment. I want to
begin a complete review of all state government operations and come up with a plan to reduce the size of state government. I believe that we will find massive duplication, inefficiency, and useless programs. By 2015, I hope that we will have mobilized conservative legislators into a more effective group and reduced the size of state government. b. With respect to House District 65, what legislation, appropriations, or public works projects would Barry Ivey you hope to enact or have completed during the next four years? Please be specific. The widening of Greenwell Springs Road by adding shoulders, the completion of the work on the Central Thruway/O’Neal Lane, and the extension of Hooper Road across the Amite River to Watson without the imposition of tolls. c. With respect to East Baton Rouge Parish, what legislation, appropriations, or public works projects would you hope to enact or have completed during the next four years. Please be specific. I would like to address the problem we have with violent crime. d. Do you support or oppose the proposed Baton Rouge Loop? Why or why not? I oppose the Baton Rouge loop because I do not want to see com-
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munities such as Central cut in half by a massive freeway. I want to look at alternative plans to build a bypass south of the metropolitan area or to improve existing roads to solve traffic problems. We do not have a problem getting around Baton Rouge. We have a problem getting through Baton Rouge. e. Do you support or oppose the sale of state-owned or locally-owned facilities such as the Port of New Orleans to foreign governments such as China or to foreign corporations? Oppose 4. In your opinion, what is the purpose of and what are the limits of civil government? As a traditional conservative with strong libertarian leanings, I believe that government should exist in order to protect our individual liberties. The government should provide a strong national defense so that we are protected from other nations that seek to take away our freedom. Inside our borders, we must have police forces to protect individuals from others who may infringe upon their liberties. We must have a court system to settle disputes between our citizens. When government ventures outside of its basic functions, it tends to accumulate power that infringes upon our God-given freedom. 5. Can you identify up to five laws, five agencies, and/or five taxes or fees that you would support repealing or reducing? I support a 5-year phase out or immediate elimination of the per-
sonal income tax, the corporate income tax, and the corporate franchise tax. 6. Jindal has proposed doing away with corporate and personal income taxes in order for LA to be economically competitive with states like Texas. a. Do you agree with this proposal and if so, what would you specifically suggest implementing to accomplish this? I am undecided. As of the date that I am completing this survey, Governor Jindal has not yet released his specific proposal. I need to see the specific language in the bill before I can commit. b. Do you agree with his proposal to raise sales taxes by an amount equal to the reduction in income taxes? Again, I have not seen such a proposal and I am told that it keeps changing based on input from legislators. This may be a once-in-alifetime opportunity to eliminate the personal income tax. Conservatives need to think strategically about this issue. It’s very important to the future of our state. Let’s see the bill and then we can make a decision. 7. a. What specific changes could be made in Louisiana’s budget to ensure the best prioritization of use of public funds? The most important change would be to reduce taxes. Since the Louisiana Constitution requires a balanced budget, that would force legislators to make cuts. We must prioritize the programs that are leSee MORE on Page 6
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lieve public monies should be allocated and spent in the open and not behind the cloak of secret contracts and personal service agreements. I have worked closely with our state and local leaders to bring Phase 1 of the Central Thruway to completion. We are very close to seeing this become a reality. When opened, the new road will provide a key new artery from Central to I-12 and help spur economic growth along the route. I have been an outspoken critic of the DBE contract process in City-Parish government. I believe that contracts should be awarded on merit and qualifications, not by limiting factors such as race or gender. The contracts process should be fair and free from bias. I worked closely with then Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Walker to allocate monies to kick-start the BRAVE anti-crime initiative in the parish. When Mayor Holden refused to act, we stepped forward to provide the seed money necessary to get the project moving. Early indications are that this pilot program is working well and showing important results. And I took a strong stand against the “One Baton Rouge” initiative as I am a supporter of traditional family values. 3. a. Four years from now, what of statewide significance would you hope to have accomplished as a member of the State Legislature? The greater Baton Rouge region, or Capital Area, is the economic engine for Louisiana. As such, we need, and deserve, first-class infrastructure to keep the wheels of progress moving for Louisiana.
That’s why I would like to see a comprehensive traffic management plan developed and implemented that addresses the long-term needs of the Capital Area. At a minimum, the Capital Regional Planning Commission; the Capital Region Legislative Delegation; the cities of Baker, Baton Rouge, Central, and Zachary; each of our Chambers of Commerce; and, the LA DOTD should all be a part of this planning and implementation process. b. With respect to House District 65, what legislation, appropriations, or public works projects would you hope to enact or have completed during the next four years? Please be specific. By working with LA DOTD and City-Parish government, I want to bring the entire Central Thruway to completion. c. With respect to East Baton Rouge Parish, what legislation, appropriations, or public works projects would you hope to enact or have completed during the next four years. Please be specific. I will support, and sponsor if necessary, crime prevention districts that help our neighborhoods provide better protection for their areas. I will also do whatever I can to encourage the Green Light Plan to be finished with all promised projects completed. d. Do you support or oppose the proposed Baton Rouge Loop? Why or why not? I have not, and will not, support a loop or by-pass that negatively impacts my constituents. There are other concepts that I could support for moving traffic through and around Baton Rouge such as adding a multi-purpose lane to I-12,
implementing alternate lane usage on Florida Blvd. and the proposed “Westbank Expressway” option. e. Do you support or oppose the sale of state-owned or locally-owned facilities such as the Port of New Orleans to foreign governments such as China or to foreign corporations? Oppose. 4. In your opinion, what is the purpose of and what are the limits of civil government? I believe government derives its limited powers from the consent of the governed. Scott Wilson I also believe that government should only provide services the citizens cannot reasonably provide on their own. 5. Can you identify up to five laws, five agencies, and/or five taxes or fees that you would support repealing or reducing? Boll Weevil Eradication Board (yes, we still have this). Catfish Promotion and Research Board (inactive group, needs to come off our books). The Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare). Louisiana TIMED Program (repeal 4 cent gas tax when bonds are repaid) 6. Jindal has proposed doing away with corporate and personal income taxes in order for LA to be economically competitive with states like Texas. a. Do you agree with this proposal and if so, what would you specifically suggest implement-
ing to accomplish this? As of today, Governor Jindal has not formally presented the details of his tax plan and we only have media reports to review at this time. So this makes it difficult to render judgment one way or the other. I look forward to the presentation of the details and will make a decision to support or oppose his plan at that time. b. Do you agree with his proposal to raise sales taxes by an amount equal to the reduction in income taxes? I definitely want to review the plan as the devil is in the details. For instance, we were led to believe the Stelly Tax Swap Plan was to be revenue neutral for state government. We found out the hard way that it was, instead, the largest tax hike in our state’s history. 7. a. What specific changes could be made in Louisiana’s budget to ensure the best prioritization of use of public funds? I would like to explore restructuring the Revenue Estimating Conference so that revenues to state government are better predicted and expenses are tied to previously recognized revenue streams. This would lead to more accurate budgeting for the fiscal year and more streamlined spending. b. Will you pledge to vote against any attempt to raise taxes or impose new taxes during the next four years? Yes. In fact, I have signed the Americans For Tax Reform “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” – the only candidate to do so in this race. c. Will you oppose the use of one-time money for state operatSee MORE on Page 7
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gitimate functions of government such as public safety, road construction, etc. b. Will you pledge to vote against any attempt to raise taxes or impose new taxes during the next four years? I oppose all tax increases. Also, I will not vote for any tax reform plan that is not revenue-neutral or better, meaning that a tax reform plan must not be an overall tax increase. c. Will you oppose the use of one-time money for state operating expenses? Yes d. Do you support or oppose raising legislative pay? Oppose 8. Will you support the Right to Life without any exceptions, other than to save the life of the mother? Yes. I am 100 percent pro-life. My wife and I are actively involved with a crisis pregnancy center, helping young women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies. I will be a leader on the issue of life. 9. a. Do you support or oppose Louisiana opting out of the federally-mandated health insurance plan? Support opting out b. Do you support or oppose banning taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood? Support the ban c. Do you support or oppose requiring private insurance plans to offer contraceptive coverage to all employees? Oppose requiring contraceptive
coverage 10. Do you support or oppose legislation that restricts gambling in Louisiana? What restrictions would you favor? Support restricting gambling. Gambling is a tax on people who are bad at math. :) The state should not be spending taxpayer money to encourage our citizens to spend their hard earned money on lottery tickets. 11. a, Do you support or oppose defining marriage as an exclusive rel a t i o n s h i p Barry Ivey between one man and one woman? Support traditional marriage b. Do you support or oppose homosexual partners jointly adopting children in Louisiana? Oppose c. Do you support or oppose creating a special protected class on the basis of “sexual orientation”? Oppose this and all other “special classes” 12. a. What are your thoughts about the growing prison population? It is a burden to the taxpayers and the system needs to be reevaluated. Our priority should be keeping violent criminals off of the streets. b. Do you support early release for some felons or building more prisons? Generally, building more pris-
ons. Protecting our citizens from violent crime is my priority. We must focus on stopping real crimes and not feeding bureaucracies. 13. Do you feel the “war on drugs” has been effective or ineffective? Why or why not? Ineffective. Obviously, drug use is widespread across America and throughout our community. The ultimate answer to drug abuse is not government action, but, on a non-governmental level, healing our society. Fathers need to be more responsible and work harder to keep their families together. Parents need to spend more time with their children. Our society needs to be healed. We need to love each other, as Christ taught us to do. People use drugs because they can’t deal with reality. The answer lies with each of us, not the government. And that’s true with so many things in our society. 14. Rate your philosophy about how the United States Constitution should be interpreted on a scale of 1-10 with “strict constructionist approach” being a 10 and a “living document approach” being a 1? 11 15. What should the legislature do to protect our citizens’ right to keep and bear arms? Everything possible, since this right protects all of our other rights. Some Louisiana legislators and some other states are exploring various types of legislation to nullify or challenge unconstitutional federal statutes or executive orders. This is a direction we should examine. 16. What is your opinion on
the recent education “reforms” adopted by the Louisiana Legislature (i.e., School choice, vouchers, tax credits and teacher tenure)? I favor them, though, as a conservative, I prefer tuition tax credits to vouchers. Tax credits would give the government less opportunity to interfere in private education. Once we see how the tax reform package turns out, we may want to attempt to convert vouchers to tax credits. 17. LA law states No person shall be required, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of any labor organization, or to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind to a labor organization. Do you support this law? Support. I support the current law 18. What would be the single most important way to help small businesses grow and expand in Louisiana? Reducing taxes and regulations 19. Do you support or oppose the teaching in public schools of the scientific pros and cons of controversial subjects such as climate change, human cloning and evolution? Support teaching all sides of these major issues 20. a. With respect to Louisiana’s Public Records Law and its Open Meetings Law, will you oppose any effort to weaken these laws? Yes b. Will you support applying the Public Records Law to the Governor’s Office? Yes
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ing expenses? As a general rule, yes, I would support this. However, there could be opportunities to shrink the size of state government and defund programs by taking away one-time monies. This is an important distinction that bears mentioning. d. Do you support or oppose raising legislative pay? I would oppose a legislative pay increase. 8. Will you support the Right to Life without any exceptions, other than to save the life of the mother? I support the Right to Life with exceptions for rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. 9. a. Do you support or oppose Louisiana opting out of the federally-mandated health insurance plan? I support our state’s effort to “opt-out” of Obamacare and its dramatic expansion of state Medicaid called for by federal mandate. b. Do you support or oppose banning taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood? Support. c. Do you support or oppose requiring private insurance plans to offer contraceptive coverage to all employees? Oppose. 10. Do you support or oppose legislation that restricts gambling in Louisiana? What restrictions would you favor? I feel that gambling is adequately restricted with our current laws. 11. a. Do you support or oppose defining marriage as an exclusive relationship between one man and one woman? Support.
b. Do you support or oppose homosexual partners jointly adopting children in Louisiana? Oppose. c. Do you support or oppose creating a special protected class on the basis of “sexual orientation”? Oppose. I am the only candidate with a record of opposing the “One Baton Rouge” initiative. 12. a. What are your thoughts about the growing prison population? Where new funding is not available, I support giving law enforcement, particularly our sheriffs across the state, leeway to creatively house prisoners. b. Do you support early release for some felons or building more prisons? Early release, in the name of making more room in our prisons, sends the wrong message to those who might commit future crimes. Again, I support our corrections and law enforcement officials to creatively incarcerate prisoners and, where funds are available, support the building of new prisons. 13. Do you feel the “war on drugs” has been effective or ineffective? Why or why not? We have not adapted the “war on drugs” to fit today’s reality. Street level drug trade is responsible for most of the violent crime and homicides in the Capital Area. We must attack the problem on the dealer-buyer level in order to be successful at reducing crime. 14. Rate your philosophy about how the United States Constitution should be interpreted on a scale of 1-10 with “strict constructionist approach” being
a 10 and a “living document approach” being a 1? 10. I believe that our Founders created a wonderful document that is as relevant today as it was when it was adopted in 1787. 15. What should the legislature do to protect our citizens’ right to keep and bear arms? There is a reason our right to keep and bear arms is the Second Amendment. I believe that our state legislature is a critical buffer between the federal government and the people of Scott Wilson Louisiana on the issue of gun rights. I will never vote to restrict those rights. 16. What is your opinion on the recent education “reforms” adopted by the Louisiana Legislature (i.e., School choice, vouchers, tax credits and teacher tenure)? I support school choice, repealing teacher tenure, vouchers where money follows the child and the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows teachers to educate children on creationism as an alternative viewpoint to evolution. 17. LA law states No person shall be required, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of any labor organization, or to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind to a labor organization. Do you support this law?
Yes, I support Louisiana’s rightto-work law and will fight to keep it from being watered down by activist unions and other third-party organizations. 18. What would be the single most important way to help small businesses grow and expand in Louisiana? Reducing or eliminating some fees and taxes would be a great way to stimulate small business growth as it would create less drag on a company’s bottom line. A good example would be exempting some portion of a business’s value from property taxation – similar to the homestead exemption. 19. Do you support or oppose the teaching in public schools of the scientific pros and cons of controversial subjects such as climate change, human cloning and evolution? I believe our children should be exposed to alternative viewpoints during their education. However, I oppose the activist agenda that calls for teaching “one truth” philosophies such as creationism and global warming as the only viewpoint. 20. a. With respect to the Public Records Law and its Open Meetings Law, will you oppose any effort to weaken these laws? I feel that these laws are adequate and will oppose efforts to weaken them. b. Will you support applying the Public Records Law to the Governor’s Office? As a general rule, yes, the public records laws should apply to the Executive Branch. However, I do support the few exemptions that help Louisiana to be competitive in economic development.
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Early Voting Begins Saturday in HD65
CENTRAL — Early voting for the March 2 special election, called to fill the seat in House District 65, will be conducted at the Registrar of Voters offices beginning Saturday, Feb. 16 and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 23. Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. each day. Early voting will be held at • Main Office: Governmental Building, 222 St Louis St., Room. 201 • Southeast Office: Court Plaza Building, 10500 Coursey Blvd., Room, 203 • Baker Office: Motor Vehicle Building, 2250 Main St,, Baker • Satellite Office: SOS Archives Building, 3851 Essen Ln. Early voters should bring a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana special identification card, or some other recognized photo identification and their voter registration card. Additional information may be obtained by calling 389-3940.
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Jr. Shelton had been expected to be a major contender for Mayor.
serve the people of Central in this way, it is simply not financially feasible for my family. We have a cost of living that cannot be met on that salary.” Shelton said that while the Mayor can have outside employment, he did not want to create a situation where the city’s business would suffer because he had to meet with a real estate client. Shelton did not rule out the possibility of seeking a seat on the Central City Council. In the Mayor’s race in March 2010, Watts received 4,183 votes, or 52 percent, while Shelton received 3,877 votes, or 48 percent.
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could be a boost to either side. The East Baton Rouge Republican Parish Executive Committee could make the endorsement at tonight’s meeting. The 17 members of the committee are elected by the Republican voters of the parish, with 12 elected from Metro Council districts and five elected at large parishwide. There is currently one
vacancy on the committee. Republican Party vice chairman Connie Bernard will preside over the endorsement meeting. Each of the two candidates will speak for five minutes and then answer questions from committee members. The GOP submitted an extensive questionnaire to the candidates, and both candidates answered the questionnaire (see Page 2).
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Under party rules, the endorsement vote will be by secret ballot. It takes a majority of the members of the committee who are present in person or by proxy in order to receive an endorsement. Under the rules, it is possible for both candidates to be endorsed. Wilson was elected to the Metro Council in 2008 and compiled a conservative voting record. He was reelected without opposition last fall. He has often opposed Mayor-President Kip Holden on the Council. Wilson is the president of a trucking company, while Ivey is the president of a contracting firm that serves the nuclear power industry. Ivey has been conducting a
well-funded campaign, emphasizing direct mail and house-to-house canvassing and calling. Likely voters have received at least eight mailings. On Wednesday, Ivey spokesman Rhett Davis said their polling shows Ivey leading Wilson by a narrow margin among likely voters. Wilson responded by saying he feels confident voters approve his record and will support him in the election. The Republican committee will also vote to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Harold Williams, who is accepting employment which prohibits him from holding a position with a political party.
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pal election in 2006, he ran first in a field of 13 candidates, winning 67 percent of the vote. In 2010, he was the second-highest candidate among nine seeking five seats on the Council. In that election, he won 61 percent of the votes cast. Washington said he is considering running for Mayor because, “I feel that I’ve made a difference on the City Council, and I feel I could make a difference for our citizens as Mayor.” When CH2MHill had the contract to run Central’s privatized city government, Washington was a frequent critic of the company. This brought him a lot of criticism from supporters of CH2MHill. Washington said, “I kept pushing for a better City Services contract, and I feel that my efforts on the Council were one of the reasons we were able to replace CH2MHill. Today, I think we have better services for our citizens as a result.” In his first five years on the City Council, Washington was often on the losing end of 4-1 votes. But, with the election of a new City Council in March 2010, Washington found himself joined on many issues by new Councilmen Tony LoBue and Wayne Messina. They often prevail by a vote of 3-2. Washington said, “I’ve tried to be a watchdog on the Council, looking out for the interests of the taxpayer, especially on spending and city services.”
others. They are narrow and lack shoulders. There’s no margin for driver error.” “At the same time, we have to eliminate the bottlenecks and improve the flow of traffic. One of the most important improvements is to build the new bridge over the Amite River at Hooper Road. This will help move traffic through our community, instead of having long lines of cars waiting to cross Magnolia Bridge.” Washington said one of the issues that is very serious but that gets little attention is the sewer system. “We have filth in open ditches and problems with dirty water in the water system in some areas of Central. Clearing up these problems is one of my biggest concerns.” MAYOR PRO-TEM RALPH WASHINGTON is considering running for Mayor of Washington said he would apCentral in the municipal elections next spring. Here he visits with Alex Velasquez at preciate hearing from Central resimeeting of Chamber of the Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish. dents before making a final decision on whether to run for Mayor. His number is 225-229-6895. We have to eliminate the bottlenecks and Central Mayor Mac Watts has not announced whether he will improve the flow of traffic. One of the most seek reelection next year. important improvements is to build a new Qualifying for Mayor, Police Chief, and all five seats on the City bridge over the Amite River at Hooper Road. Council will be held Feb. 12-14, Mayor Pro-Tem Ralph Washington on his goals 2014, with the primary on Saturday, April 5 and the runoff if nec The Mayor Pro-Tem said he is Washington said he believes the essary on May 3. also proud of having pushed hard biggest problem facing Central is for public access to Public Records infrastructure. in Central’s privatized city govern- “We have serious problems with ment. He was a leader in the fight our roads. They are unsafe, and we Join Facebook and “Like” to demand that CH2MHill provide have to make major improvements public records. When the compa- on Greenwell Springs Road, HoopCentral City News ny refused, he pushed to notify the er, Sullivan, Wax, Frenchtown, and company that their city contract would not be renewed. “I’ve tried to be fair and balanced in my approach to issues coming before the City Council, and I’ve had an open door to everyone. That’s the same approach that I would have as Mayor.”
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Milestones Births • Engagements • Weddings • Deaths Anniversaries • Reunions
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BATON ROUGE — Samantha Ragusa of Greenwell Springs and Chase Jarreau of Denham Springs will marry in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Ragusa, III of Greenwell Springs. She is
Samantha Ragusa and Chase Jarreau will exchange vows March 2 at White Oak Plantation.
the granddaughter of Patricia K. Roberts and the late Richard C. Roberts of Baton Rouge, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Ragusa, Jr. of Marrero, and Mr. and Mrs. Lynwood Dupuy of Baytown, Texas. Samantha is a graduate of Central High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. She is employed as a junior loan processor at Essential Mortgage Company in Baton Rouge. Her fiancé is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jarreau of Denham Springs. He is the grandson of the late Janis W. and Willie J. Kent of Baton Rouge and the late Mr. and Mrs. Tony Jarreau of Torbert. Chase is a graduate of Denham Springs High School and the owner of Electricare, LLC in Baton Rouge. After a honeymoon to Jamaica, the couple will reside in Denham Springs. Saturday, April 27 Central Class of ’83 Reunion 7:30 to 11 p.m. Central High Class of ’83 will have a reunion at De la Ronde Hall, 320 Third Street, Ste. 201, Baton Rouge. Cost is $75 at the door. Entertainment will be the Chris Leblanc Band. There will be a buffet and a cash bar. For information, contact Tami Helmke Misuraca at 937-4083 or email email@example.com.
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ry in a 7 p.m. ceremony on Friday, March 1, 2013, at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. Steve and Mrs. Paddy Lee of Baton Rouge. She is the granddaughter of Mercedes Barbay of Prairieville and the late Roland Barbay of Arabi and the late Charles and Sue Lee of Baton Rouge. Brooke is a graduate of Central High School and Medical Training College in Baton Rouge. She is employed by Kris Fernandez, DDS in Baton Rouge. Her fiancé is the son of Ricky and Rose Marshall of Central. He is the grandson of Marie Maranto and the late R.B. Maranto of Central, Jack and Vicki Miller of Scroggins, Texas, and the late Richard and Josie Marshal of Baton Rouge. Brooke Lee and Jeremy Marshall Jeremy is a graduate of Central BATON ROUGE — Brooke Elaine High School. He is employed by Lee of Baton Rouge and Jeremy the Reynolds Company of Baton Scott Marshall of Central will mar- Rouge.
Victoria Crawford, Chase Weatherly Wed at Jackson Presbyterian Church JACKSON — Victoria Noel Crawford and Chase Jordan Weatherly, both of Central, were married Aug. 31, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Jackson Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Caleb Crawford, brother of the bride, officiated. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Vickie Crawford of Central. The groom is the son of Barry and Pam Weatherly of Central. The bride was attended by her matron of honor, Amanda McGraw and her maid of honor, Brittany Castilaw. Bridesmaids were Faith Phillips, Paige Crawford, Lauren Mallett, Lexie Blackwell, and Rachel Alain. Junior bridesmaid was Kendal Crawford. The bridegroom was attended by his co-best men, Austin McGraw and Jonathan Metz. Groomsmen were Alan Phillips, Jonathan Stablier, Michael O’Quin, Joe Satblier, and Troy Metcalfe. Ushers were James Walker and Wesley Ruth. Music was provided by Caleb Persick.
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Following a reception at Milbanks Historic House in Jackson, the couple enjoyed a wedding trip to Jamaica, and now reside in Denham Springs.
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CENTRAL — Curtis and Edith Thompson of Central celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29 at Snow’s Seafood Restaurant. Hosts for the event were the honorees’ four children and spouses, Todd Thompson and Janice Bardsley, Darrell Thompson, Brad Thompson and Laurie Thompson, and Meleia Ott and Jimmy Ott. Also attending were the honorees grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, relatives and friends. The Thompson’s were married Dec. 29, 1962 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
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. Births , Lillian Kay Meador
Ryan and Dixie Meador of Pride are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Kay. She was welcomed home by big brother, Lucas James. Lillian was born 8:34 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2012, at Lane Memorial. She weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and was 19.75 inches long. Grandparents are Bobby and Wendy Meador of Pride and Danny and Rhonda Arledge of Ethel. Great-grandparents are Dollye Elam of Tennessee, Volean Hughes of Pride, MarySue Meador of Baton Rouge, and Brian Reuther of Barataria.
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50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY — Nolan and Vicki Savoy of Greenwell Springs celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 31, 2012. They were honored at a party on Dec. 30 that was hosted by their children and spouses, Waldon and Dawn Robert of Gonzales, Dewitt and Belina Croswell of Greenwell Springs, and Aaron Savoy of Baton Rouge. The Savoy’s grandchildren are Taylor Robert, Jordan Robert, Maddie Robert, Danielle Croswell, and Brad Croswell. Family members also in attendance were Vicki’s aunt and cousin, Helen Jolly and Julee Pearce of New Orleans. The day was especially meaningful thanks to the many close friends that attended. Nolan and Vicki are originally from Biloxi, Miss. They eloped to Gulfport on Dec. 31, 1962, then moved to Baton Rouge in 1966.
. Deaths , Joseph B. “J.B.” Blanchard
Joseph B. “J.B.” Blanchard, known by
his friends as “J. Bonny,” passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home. He was 65, a resident of Central, a native of Napoleonville, and a US Army veteran. Visitation was at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and on ThursBlanchard day, Jan. 31 until religious services in the chapel. Interment with military honors followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker. Survived by wife, Martha Blanchard Wooley; daughter, Jessie Blanchard Johnson and husband Mike of Denham Springs;
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son, Kristopher Joseph Blanchard of Denham Springs; two sisters, Nancy Lowery and Janet Boudreaux, both of Central; and four grandchildren, Allexis, Rachel, Ty, and Kathryn Lusk. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonny and Shirley Blanchard. Pallbearers were Kris Blanchard, Ty Lusk, Jason Petty, Devin Kelley, Steve Manske, and Mike Thibodeaux. Honorary pallbearers are Clem Kaiser and Louis Lanoue.
Kirk Anthony Wallace
Kirk Anthony Wallace passed away
Jason Kennard and Lacey Smith are proud to announce the birth of their son, Lason Gerald. He was welcomed home by brothers Jadon and Bryce and sister Peyton. Lason was born Oct. 22, 2012, at 6:55 p.m. at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Glenda Smith of Watson, Benny Smith Sr. of Central, and Jerry and Debra Kennard of Denham Springs. Greatgrandparents are Francis Schmit of Central, Lawrence “Buck” Kennard of Central, and Bobbie Rawlings of Atlanta.
Adler Davis Broussard
Aaron and Amy Broussard are proud to announce the birth of their son, Adler Davis. He was welcomed home by his big sister Ava Jolié. Adler was born Nov. 20, 2012, at 1:28 p.m. at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed seven pounds and six ounces. Proud grandparents are Gregory and Dabie Broussard of Central and Gregory and Carla Vidrine of Elton. Great-grandparents are Diana Credeur, Bobby Faiser, Yvonne and Alcee Vidrine, Bobbie Perkins, Davis and Glenda Jarrell, Roland and Winona Broussard, and Vera Moses.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at his residence. He was a resident of Central and a millwright for Turner Industries. We have lost a father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. We will miss Kirk’s beautiful smile and his humor, but are comforted in knowing that he is at peace. Kirk is survived by his son, Drew Wallace; his parents, John and Chiquita Wallace; his brother, Wayne Wallace and his wife Kindra; and a niece and nephew, Destani and Gavin Wallace. He is also survived by a host of extended family and friends. Kirk was preceded in death by his first wife, Melanie Brewer Wallace, mother of Drew. Visitation was held at Seale Funeral Home, 9995 Hooper Road, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m.
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YOUNG DEER HUNTERS — The children of Paul and Candi Shaffer of Pride each managed to bring home a trophy deer this hunting season. Cody (photo 1) killed a nine-point, Kensey (photo 2) killed a nine-point, and Conner (photo 3) killed an eight-point. Wyatt Campbell (photo 4), an eight year old Central Private student, killed his first deer while hunting in Mississippi with his father and his uncle. He is the son of Todd and Carol Campbell. Connor Nijoka (photo 5), killed his first deer in Watson on his grandfather Rodney Nijoka, Sr.’s hunting lease. Connor is pictured with his dad, Rodney Nijoka, Jr.
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GAYLE HATCH CHRISTMAS INVITATIONAL — The Central High School Olympic weightlifting team participated in the Gayle Hatch Christmas Invitational, an open meet with competition from all age groups. First place winners included Tyler Stinig 47 KG class, Cole Holden 56 KG class, Hunter Cazes 69 KG class, and Hunter Johns 77 KG class; 2nd place winners were Micha Venable 56 KG class, Spencer Ramsey 69 KG class, and Ashton Stokes 105+ class; 3rd place winners were Eddie Anderson 105 KG class and Brandon Lee 105+ KG class and other lifters making a great showing were Caleb Moore and Landry. The team won the over-all championship. Hunter Cazes qualified for Junior Nationals which will take place in California in February.
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CENTRAL — Events coming up in and around Central: Thursday, February 14 Tell-Tale Heart Health Presentation • 11 a.m. The Tell-Tale Heart, a heart health presentation, will be held at the Zachary Branch Library. Professionals from Lane Regional Medical Center will offer free blood pressure screenings, and provide CPR demonstrations and AED demonstrations. Dr. Charles Thompson, an interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Institute of the South, will present the latest information on ways to improve your heart health. For information or to pre-register, call the Zachary Library at 658-1840. Monday, February 18 Legislative Community Meeting • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sen. Sharon Weston Broome will hold a community meeting at the Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Road. She will highlight issues for the upcoming session. Other community meetings are: Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., Zachary Library, 1900 Church St.; 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. February 18 and 19 Open House at CPS • 6:30 p.m. Central Private School’s board of directors will host Family Night on Monday, Feb. 18 to give current families the opportunity to meet the new principal, Dr. Jefferie Thielbar. Tuesday, Feb. 19 the school will have an Open House for interested families and students who are looking for a college preparatory school founded on Christian values. For information, contact the office at 261-3341. Tuesday, February 19 Ronald Reagan Luncheon Reception 11:30 • Lunch 12n The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge sponsors the monthly Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon. The party will announce its endorsement for State Representative in House District 65 and analyze President Obama’s gun control legislation. Registered Republicans and the media are invited. Lunch $15. Tuesday, February 19 Meet Your Candidates • 7 p.m.
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Sports Medicine program. February 21 through 24 “A Raisin in the Sun” New Venture Theatre launches its 2013 season with “A Raisin in the Sun.” This play will be performed at the Baton Rouge Community College Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $20. For information, call 588-7576 or visit www. newventuretheatre.org. Saturday, February 23 Inaugural Central Community 5K • 7:30 a.m. Ochsner invites local runners/ walkers to lace up their sneakers for the inaugural Central Community 5K. Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run begins at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will support the Central High cross-country and track teams and the development of a system of ST. ALPHONSUS AUCTION AND A TASTE OF CENTRAL — The annual auction running trails in Central. For inforand food festival is coming up at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at St. Alphonsus. There will mation or to register on-line visit be silent and live auctions, delicious local restaurant food tasting, and live rhythm and www.centralcommunity5k.com. blues band! Door tickets and $10,000 raffle tickets on sale after masses on Feb. 16 and 17. Tuesday, February 26 Chamber of Commerce of EBR Central Community Alliance will Thursday, February 21 11:30 p.m. hold a Meet Your Candidates at the Powder Puff Game • 6:30 p.m. DEMCO Meeting Room, 16262 Wax The Central High School Sports The Chamber of Commerce of Road. Guest speakers will be Barry Medicine department is hosting the EBR meets on the 4th Tuesday of Ivey and Scott Wilson, candidates 6th Annual Powder Puff game at each month at Café Américain, 7521 for District 65 of the Louisiana State Wildcat Stadium. Admission is $5. Jefferson Hwy. Mike Reitz, president Representative. All money raised will go towards the 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. 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 demonstrations, night festivities, and cemetery tales. For tour information, call 635-6330 or visit www.audubonpilgrimage.info.
GREATER BATON ROUGE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP — Central High’s wrestling team had three wrestlers place in the top five in their respective weight categories at the championships held at Catholic High. Dalton Rainwater placed 4th at 128-pounds, Ryan Huffty at 134-pounds and Thomas Garcia at 220-pounds placed 5th. The team will be competing in the LHSAA state wrestling tournament at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Feb. 15 and 16. Shown are coach Justin Stafford, Ryan Huffty, Dalton Rainwater, and Thomas Garcia.
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Central Bowling Atop District 5A Central Wildcats
Bryan Waites, Captain Kevin Kennedy Sean Murphy Jacob Garretson Haley Young Johnathan Ryder Sarah LeDuff Nathan Corley, Coach Phil Godley, Coach
CENTRAL — Central High, with a record of 3-0, bowled like a team that is ready to make a serious run at the 5A District championship on Monday, Feb. 4. The Wildcats grinded out a 16-11 victory over Denham Springs, with a record of 3-1, to stand on top of the 5A District by themselves. Never before has the Central Bowling Team been alone in first at any point of the season. A record-setting game one got Central off to a great start. Central’s new school record of 1,150 blew out the Yellow Jackets to take a 6-2 lead and almost a 200 pin lead in total pins. In fact, Central could have easily swept all the points, but some late strikes helped Denham escape with two points. Game one was a complete team effort led by junior Sean Murphy with a 226, followed by sophomore Jacob Garretson’s 225, senior Bryan Waites’ 211, junior Kevin Kennedy’s 177, and sopho-
Central High School 2013 Wildcats bowling team
more Haley Young’s 176. Denham Springs showed in Game two that they weren’t just going to roll over. In game two, Denham responded by winning 6-2 and 1048-997 in total pins. Once again, Central had their chances to take control of the match but clutch strikes helped the Yellow Jackets even up the score 8-8. Central was again led by Waites with a 210 and Garretson’s 199. Central closed out Denham Springs in game three winning 5-3 and 965-958 in total pins. With
the total pins bonus (three points), com/CentralHighWildcatsVarsityCentral won the match 16-11 (and Bowling 3,112-2,962 total pins). That game Garretson led the Wildcats with District 5A Standings a 192. Overall, Garretson’s 225 (as of 2-4-13): game and 616 series were high for the Wildcats, followed by Wait- Wins Loses Pins es’ 211/595, Murphy’s 226/566, Central 3 0 18,631 Young’s 176/488, and freshman Denham Sps. 3 1 11,298 Sarah Leduff’s 148/419. Denham Scotlandville 2 1 19,060 Springs was led by Kyler Camp- Woodlawn 2 1 16,912 bell’s 214/592 and Keaton Atwell’s Catholic 2 2 11,106 191/559. Zachary 0 4 19,306 Follow and “Like” the Wildcats Baton Rouge 0 3 14,898 on Facebook at www.facebook.
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DOTD Explains Need for Hooper Bridge Continued from Page 1
DOTD has weighed in to explain the need for the project. At the same time, Rep. Valarie Hodges says the Hooper Road Bridge is key to creating a “loop” that would connect Central with Watson, Walker, and I-12 without the negatives associated with the Baton Rouge Loop proposed by Mayor-President Kip Holden. Hodges and Sens. Bodi White and Dale Erdey are pushing the Hooper Road Bridge project forward. The proposed “loop” would be created by connecting and widening existing highways without the necessity of expropriating homes or disrupting communities, Hodges said. Actually, two “loops” would be created by the projects. The Central-Livingston Parish loop would begin at Hooper and Sullivan roads. Hooper would be four-laned to Greenwell Springs Road and continue eastward across the Amite River. On the Livingston Parish side of the river, there are a couple of alternatives. One of them would connect to Hwy. 1019 in Watson and continue eastward. At Hwy. 447, the “loop” would go south to Walker and then connect to I-12. At I-12, it would head west back across the Amite River and then turn north at O’Neal Lane and continue on the Central Thruway. The road would merge into Sullivan Road, which would be widened to four lanes, and continue on to Hooper and the beginning point. The second “loop” would begin at I-110 at Harding Boulevard, continue eastward to Hooper at
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New Principal Announced By Central Private School
CENTRAL — Central Private School’s Board of Directors has announced the selection of Dr. Jefferie Thielbar to serve as the next principal of Central Private School. Dr. Thielbar has extensive experience as an educator, principal, and superintendent. In addition to holding a doctorate in education, Dr. Thielbar has served in the United States Marine Corps and in the National Guard. He is currently serving as Superintendent for the Skagway School District in Alaska. Dr. Jim Surratt will serve as Interim Principal for CPS until Dr. Thielbar arrives. Dr. Thielbar is married and has five grown children and 13 grandchildren who live in the South. He said he is looking forward to the warmer climate, to being closer to his family, and to the new opportunity that awaits him. The board will host Family Night on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. to give current families the opportunity to meet Dr. Thielbar. The school will have an Open House for interested families and
Sullivan and follow the route of the first loop. When it got to I-12 at O’Neal, it would continue west onto I-10 and then north onto I-110 and back to the starting point. In 2000, DOTD issued a report on the feasibility of building the bridge over the Amite at Hooper.
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students who are looking for a college preparatory school founded on Christian values at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The school will begin accepting applications for new students for the upcoming school year beginning Monday, Feb. 25. More information is available by calling the school office at 225261-3341.
Since then, the growing population of Livingston Parish, especially the Watson area, has heightened the need for the bridge. The DOTD website, www.dotd. la.gov, features the Hooper Road Bridge on its homepage. DOTD’s environmental assessment of the
project says this:
“The purpose of this project is to improve traffic operations in the northeast Baton Rouge Region, particularly for commuter traffic accessing the downtown and in-town areas of Baton Rouge from the project area.” “The need for this project is three-fold: • Rapid growth occurring in the City of Central, LA, and Livingston Parish, LA has led to heavy traffic volumes that correspond to such growth. Livingston Parish was the fastest growing parish in the state of Louisiana during the period of 20002010 with a growth rate upward of about 40 percent. While this phenomenal rate may not be repeated, projected population growth is estimated to be about 21 percent between 2009 and 2032. • Most traffic volumes consist of commuter traffic to and from Baton Rouge. The extension of Hooper Road, along with the already planned widening of that road in East Baton Rouge Parish, will create a new four-lane artery for commuters who live in the City of Central and Livingston Parish and work in East Baton Rouge Parish. • This new east-west connection is anticipated to relieve congestion not only on the Magnolia Bridge (which is the next closest crossing of the Amite River) but also on other east-west arteries, such as Florida Blvd (US 190) and I-12.” “If left unimproved, existing congestion and access problems can be expected to increase due to the continued growth. It is also important to enhance the overall transportation system to provide roadway network continuity, sufficient roadway access, mobility, and capacity improvements to meet future traffic demand. Roadway safety is also a priority.”
The DOTD assessment points out that the Hooper Road Bridge is still unfunded. But Rep. Hodges and Sens. White and Erdey will be working on that in the upcoming legislative session. If they are successful, the legislators who initiated the project back in 1997 would be proud. Besides Rep. Kennard, the others were Reps. Tony Perkins and Clo Fontenot and Sen. Mike Branch.
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