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Back to School Edition Central City News • Aug. 11, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011 • Vol. 14, No. 14 • 16 Pages • Circulation 11,000 • • ‘Like’ Central City News on Facebook

y 10¼%Tax Bye-Bye Metro Council Surprises Holden by Killing Tax 9-3

Scott Wilson Worked to Kill Holden’s 3rd Attempt at Tax

Health & Fitness Guide

Alison Porche

Traditional Naturopathic Doctor

CENTRAL — Football season is just five weeks away! Won’t it be great to put on our game clothes and gather for another great season at Wildcat Stadium or Central Private? Maybe you’ll be going to Tiger Stadium and experience the thrill of LSU football! Or maybe you’ll be hosting game-day parties and activities for the family! But what if you’ve gained too much weight and don’t feel you look your best? What if you don’t have the energy to go to the stadium or entertain friends? Are poor choices about food and the lack of exercise begin-

Woody Jenkins

Editor, Central City News

Photo by Woody Jenkins

Tips on How to Look and Feel Better Before Football Starts

BATON ROUGE — The Kip Holden administration was taken by surprise at Wednesday afternoon’s Metro Council meeting in Baton Rouge. Mayor-President Holden introduced his tax plan for the fall election ballot, which would have raised sales taxes in Central by 3/4 FAULK TO HEAD STATEWIDE GROUP — Central schools Supt. Mike Faulk has cents, up to 10.25 percent on each transition — a highly controversial been elected President of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents. proposal in Central. The introduction of an ordinance is a routine event and is not debatable. It normally lays over until the next regular Metro Council meeting. But, in a surprise move,

Mike Faulk Elected to Lead Louisiana Superintendents

CENTRAL — Central schools Supt. Mike Faulk has been elected president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintentdents for the coming year, which will add to

See LET’S on Page 5

his responsibilities but also to the prestige of the Central Community School System. Faulk previously served as president of the associaSee FAULK on Page 11

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Council Would Have 5 District, 2 At-Large Members

Messina Favors 7-Member City Council Some Members Should Possess Citywide Vision, Chairman Says Woody Jenkins

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CENTRAL — While he did vote for or against the recommendations of the Mayor’s Committee on Reapportionment, which he chairs, Councilman Wayne Messina said Wednesday he likes the committee report that says the next City Council should have seven members with five elected from districts and two at-large. “I didn’t vote beSee MESSINA on Page 12

OPENING CITY SERVICES OFFICE ­— Guests at the new Central Municipal Services Office opening included (left to right) Anita Lazaroe, Judge Charlene Charlet Day, and Diane Leader. The new office is operated by IBTS, the new City Services contractor, at 6703 Sullivan.

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Email stories and photos to Published 2nd and 4th Thursdays, January through July Weekly from 2nd Thursday of August through 4th Thursday of December. The Leader was founded April 30, 1998, and the Central City News was founded April 21, 2005. They merged May 4, 2006. The Central City News also publishes the Central Community Directory & Yellow Pages and numerous special editions throughout the year.

Central City News Resumes Weekly Aug. 11 Back-to-School Edition Set for Aug. 11, While Football Preview Will Be Published on Sept. 1 Woody Jenkins

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CENTRAL — The Central City News will resume weekly publication every Thursday beginning Aug. 11. Weekly publication will continue through Dec. 22, 2011. There will be no Central City News

on Dec. 29, 2011. Then in January 2012, we will resume twice monthly publication on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. On Aug. 9, 2012, we will resume weekly publication once again. This schedule allows us to publish weekly when there is more happening (i.e., opening of school and football season) from August through December and twice monthly when there’s not as much going on. This year has been a very busy year for us, because we launched a new national publication, Lib-

AAA Body & Paint, LLC Serving the Baton Rouge and Central Areas for Over 60 Years

Dear Central Residents: Thank you for the opportunity to briefly tell you about our business. My father, Joe Lewis, began his body and paint repair business in Baton Rouge until he was called to duty in 1942. Dad returned in 1947, and our family has continued in this business. Upon my return from service in 1972, dad put me in the shop for 13 years to learn the business from the ground up. My brother Jimmy and I now run the daily operations of AAA. AAA Body & Paint has three estimators, each having over 25 years of experience, seven body technicians, four painters, two detail techs, two pick-up and delivery drivers and an office support staff of five. Our shop is in a convenient and well-known location. We also have three Car-O-Liner unitized frame machines and two spray booths with our third on order. In addition to quality and timely work, we offer a pick-up and delivery service and towing to further accommodate you our customer. For the past 35 years, we have stood behind our work by offering each customer a written lifetime guarantee on repairs. Our shop is currently doing the body and paint work for four new auto and truck dealers in the Baton Rouge area. We are also I-Car Certified, member of the Certified First Network, a Motor Trend Preferred Shop, and carry the original Good Housekeeping Seal. Our company also offers discounts to all our national and local fleet customers, based on their specific needs. For over 60 years, we have maintained an excellent relationship with all our customers, insurance companies, and their adjusters. In the nottoo-distant future, I look forward to speaking with you. At that time I can answer any questions you may have. Sincerely, Robert L. Lewis, President

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Mayor Mac Watts, Shyam Choudhary, and David Ratcliff at opening of City Services

erty Today, a national conservative newspaper. With our nation in such a crisis, we wanted to try to have an impact on the direction of things, in order to help return to our roots of traditional values, individual rights, limited government, balanced budgets, and a strong defense. So far, Liberty Today has gotten a warm reception. Our circulation is up to 19,500 a month in print and the on-line version of the print edition. What is really amazing is Liberty Today on Facebook. We launched on Facebook only six weeks ago, and the response has been overwhelming. In the past 30 days alone, we have had 1,015,913 articles read on Facebook and received 14,978 comments. To read Liberty Today free of charge, go to www.liberty-today. com. There you will find our website with lots of articles and information and also the print edition. I urge you to “Like” Liberty Today on Facebook. I think you’ll find it an excellent source of national news — a mix of coverage

that you won’t find anywhere else. I must say I resisted Facebook a long time. That’s because I completely misunderstood it. I thought of Facebook as the crazy personal attacks and back and forth on some of the sites in Central. But Facebook for you doesn’t have to be like that at all. Woody Jenkins There are different levels of privacy. You can post a photo or not. People can see you or not. You can “Like” a site or not. It’s all up to you. Back in 1964 when I was a newsman at radio station WLCS, we had a teletype machine from the Associated Press. It clicked out the latest news. That’s the way Central City News is on Facebook and that’s how Liberty Today is on Facebook — a source of local news and national news. I’m writing a lot of news stories and columns on Facebook that you won’t find in the print edition of Central City News or in Liberty Today. Check them out. I think you’ll enjoy them and find it all a lot different from what you may think.

Central city clerk and justice of the peace Mark and Kim Miley

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IBTS Hosts City Officials, Citizens at New Office

Open House at City Services Center

Carlton Legrange of Carlton Seafood

Shyam Choudhary, COO-CFO of IBTS, also known as “Boudreaux”

Sherri and Dwayne Digirolamo

CENTRAL — IBTS, the new City Services contractor for the City of Central, held a cookout last Thursday to acquaint local officials and members of the community with the staff and offices of the new Central Municipal Services office at 6703 Sullivan Rd. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The phone number is 262-5000. David Ratcliff is Program Manager for Central. His cell number is 773-2173. The cookout was paid for by IBTS, and no public funds were used for the event, Ratcliff said. IBTS is a non-profit organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Meet the Staff of Central City Services

Ken Eglinsdoerfer Planning & Zoning Mgr.

Mansour Harb Field Supervisor

Dean Born Plan Review Support

Scott Price Permits & Inspections

Randy Price Field Services

Matt Zyjewski Planner/Code Enforcement

Stephanie Webster Permit Tech

Debbie Mouton Public Works Adm. Assistant

Cristen Hanna Receptionest

Ashley Porche Financial & Contract

Mindy Callender Communications Adm. Asst.

Jeanne Savoy Financial & Contract Mgt.

Woodrow Muhammad Planner/Environmental

Helen Lemoine Asst. City Clerk

Lisa Lee Administrative Assistant

Trent Kitchens Field Services

Dan Leone Engineering Mgr.

Allen McDonald G.I.S. Analyst

School Supplies Available for Central Students in Need of Help

CENTRAL — Book sacks filled whose family have been impacted nated these supplies. Other items ing, electric fans, and food. with school supplies are ready for by economic hardships. Central available to those in need are uni- The families in need of assistance distribution for any Central student residents and churches have do- forms and other basic need cloth- must complete a request form and financial information form to be submitted to the Central Community Assistance Foundation. These forms are available at the Central Library, the Central Community School Main Office, and Central Intermediate School. The Central Community Assistance Foundation is taking uniform donations at this time. Uniform drop-offs are at the Walgreens on the corner of Sullivan and Greenwell Springs Road and the Central Where: BREC’s Lovett Road Park Community School Main Office.


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Program offers one-on-one instruction and can cater to individual skill levels. Participants learn hand-eye coordination and music appreciation. For more information, call Ebony at 225-261-0126 or visit

Pay for Classifieds In Central News On-Line If Desired

CENTRAL — Now you can pay for classified ads (or display ads) entirely on-line, if desired. Go to To pay for a classified ad, go to the box on the left and click “Pay Now.” To pay for a display ad, the proper box is at the far bottom on the left hand side of the home page. Send ad copy for classified or display ads to

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Health & Fitness GUIDE

Let’s Get in Shape for Football! Continued from Page 1

ning to adversely affect your life? Well, there are some things you can do right now to make yourself look better and feel better before the kickoff of the first game of the season. Of course, the more serious your weight gain has been and the more toxic your body has become, the longer it will take to get healthy. But, if you start now, you can see improvements right away. Statistics released by the U.S. government last week show that 66 percent of the people in Louisiana are obese or overweight. So, if that’s you, you’re not alone in your struggles. First of all, it is important to realize that most of us are dehydrated, toxic, and suffer from food addictions. Depression also often plays a major role in poor diet and lack of exercise. We have to tackle all these problems headon. Remember, if you’re overweight, you’re probably malnourished. Eating the wrong things generally depletes the body of nutrients. “Gut dysbiosis” is the imbalance of the colonies of microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, viruses, parasites, etc.) within your body. This leads to poor assimilation of nutrients. Gut dysbiosis can be caused by stress, eating too much sugar, over use of

ALISON PORCHE, TRADITIONAL NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR — Long-time Central resident Alison Porche became interested in natural healing and natural approaches to health care after one of her children became ill. Today she provides health consultations, eye, face, tongue, and nail analysis, nutritional supplementation, and detox foot spa. Her phone is 225337-7197

antibiotics or other medication, and from not consuming enough fruits and vegetables. Okay, here are some suggestions that will work, I promise: 1. Start your day off with a glass of water. This will begin the process of hydration and help with

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proper waste elimination. Throughout the day, keep a bottle of water or glass of water at hand all the time. During your waking hours, drink at least three to four glasses of water a day. Whenever you feel hungry, reach for your glass of water. Drink the

entire glass or a small bottle of water. Then, if you’re still hungry, go ahead and eat. You won’t be nearly as hungry and you won’t eat nearly as much. Do you drink soft drinks and diet colas? Tell the truth: Are you addicted to them? No problem. Have as many as you want, but promise me this: Before you reach for a soft drink or a diet cola, grab your water and drink an entire glass. Then, if you still want your soft drink or diet cola, go ahead and drink it! Chances are, the water will satisfy your thirst. You will feel calmer and have less stress. For every soft drink or diet cola you miss, your body will begin to heal itself. Do you need a diet cola to help you lose weight? Come on now, do you really believe that? We don’t need colas at all. What we need is water. If you drink them, soft drinks and diet colas are adding pounds to your weight. In fact, diet colas are worse than sugar drinks. The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging followed 474 participants for 10 years. It showed that people who drank two or more diet colas a day had their waist lines increase six times more than people who didn’t drink diet colas. The truth is, diet colas do absolutely nothing to help us lose See DRINK on Page 8

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Guide to Health & Fitness in Central

CENTRAL DRUG STORE — Pharmacists Claud Derbes, George Munn, Peggy Perez, and Mike Anding are on hand to take care of your needs.

Health & Fitness Guide

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Ashley Johnson Licensed Acupuncturist Lane Regional Medical Ctr. Bon Point Acupuncture and Herbs 4710 McHugh Rd., Zachary 658-6624

After Hour Clinics

Underwood, Brent Dr.   11851 Coursey Blvd. 293-1700


Bossier, Gerard J. Dr.   14127 Greenwell Springs Rd.   Central 261-0043 Browning, Scott R., DDS   9053 Sullivan Rd.   Central 261-9000 Central Dental Care Hebert, James H. DDS

Central STAT Care New Business! 11055 Shoe Creek Dr.   Central 261-4493 Lake After Hours New Location! 8751 Sullivan Rd.   Central 262-8377

Henderson, Jacob F. DDS   11424 Sullivan Rd.   Central 261-6645 Central Oaks Dental Care Prudhome, David K. DDS 16606 Greenwell Springs Rd.   Central 262-4150 Raborn, Timothy R. DDS   10954 Joor Rd. 261-3360 Smith, John McHugh Dr.   15110 Wax Rd.   Central 261-1580 Vaughn, Walter J. DDS   13323 Hooper Rd.   Central 261-8050 Weilbacher, Stephen J. DDS   2321 Drusilla Lane   Baton Rouge 928-3384

Ear, Nose & Throat

ENT Medical Center   Boone, Ryan Dr.   Hall, Christian Dr.   6110 Main St., Ste. D, Zachary   658-6220


Acadian Ambulance Service 1-500-259-1111 East Baton Rouge EMS 911

Fitness Centers/Yoga


Central Chiropractic Clinic   Butler, Damon Dr.   8755 Sullivan Rd., Ste. A   Central 706-0454 Roth, Dr. Rich   32350 Hwy. 16, Bldg. C Denham Springs 664-1456 Melissa Arnold working out at Anytime Fitness at 11231 Lovett Rd.

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EYEMAX FAMILY OPTICAL staff includes Barbara Shipp, Donna Decker, Dr. Robert Geier, and Evaline Robertson. It is located at 11424 Sullivan Road.

Aerobics by Roxanne   Central 261-5539 Anytime Fitness   11231 Lovett Rd.   Central 456-5156 Central Karate 8879 Sullivan Rd. Central 261-6326 Curves of Central 13579 Hooper Rd. Central 262-8040

Delta Barbell 12533 Sullivan Rd. Central 268-7688 Langston’s Taekwondo 13421 Hooper Rd. Central 261-5825 Massage and Yoga, LLC Gill, Heidi LMT 261-1956 Perfect Balance Gymnastics 14645 Greenwell Springs Rd. Central 262-4966 Snap Fitness 14395 Greenwell Springs Rd. Central 261-5008 Snap Fitness of Central 18513 Magnolia Bridge Dr. Central 261-6119 Spectrum Fitness Clubs 11424 Sullivan Rd. Central 261-8405 1326 Church St. Zachary 654-3800 145 Aspen Square Denham Springs 70726 667-6789 X-Treme All-Stars 14645 Greenwell Springs Rd. Central 262-4966 Yoglates II 3753 Perkins Rd., Ste. A   Baton Rouge 381-0699

Health Food

Central Smoothie King Nutritional Lifestyle Centers   14455 Wax Rd., Ste. AA   Central 262-4422   Owner: Patty Tate   Manager: Don Tate Paradise Smoothie   18564 Magnolia Bridge Rd.   Central 261-8881

Hearing/Hearing Aids ACL Hearing & Balance   11424 Sullivan Rd.   Bldg. A, Ste. B-2   Central 927-7011

Home Health Care Agencies

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Chase Health Care, Inc.   Administrator: Jennifer Starns   4910 Monticello Blvd., Ste. B   Baton Rouge 274-1444 Global Health Mgt. Systems   6659 Sullivan Rd. 261-0160 Health Care Options, Inc.   Administrator: Maxie McCrary   6639 Sullivan Rd. 771-1881 Hospice of Baton Rouge   Administrator: Kathryn Grigsby   9063 Siegen Lane, Ste. A   Baton Rouge 751-8668 Lane Home Health, An Affiliate of

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An Outstanding Team of Professionals

Central Chiropractic Clinic is located at 8755 Sullivan Road, Suite A. Dr. Damon Butler is on duty.

Lane Regional Medical Center   Administrator: Judy Carter   6300 Main St. 658-4150


Baton Rouge General Medical Center   3600 Florida Blvd.   8585 Picardy Ave.   Baton Rouge 765-6565 Earl K. Long Medical Center   5825 Airline Hwy.   Baton Rouge 358-1000 Lane Regional Medical Center   6300 Main St.   Zachary 70791   658-4000 Ochsner Medical Center   17000 Medical Center Dr.   Baton Rouge 70816   752-2470 Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center   5000 Hennessy Blvd.   Baton Rouge 70808   765-6565 Woman’s Hospital   9050 Airline Hwy.   Baton Rouge 927-1300

Massage Therapist

All About U Massage, LLC Sanders, Stephanie LMT Central 448-2783 Massage and Yoga, LLC   Gill, Heidi LMT   Central 261-1956

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Oakwood Village Assisted Living &

Alzheimer’s Community   4400 McHugh Rd.   Zachary 658-8888 Senior Residences of Central   11837 Hooper Rd.   Central 261-3070 Williamsburg Senior Living Community   5445 Government St.   Baton Rouge 929-8917 Zachary Manor   6161 Main St.   Zachary 654-6893


Eyemax Family Optical   11424 Sullivan Rd.   Central 262-8141 Rogers Regional Eye Center Rogers, Kevin A. OD Williamson, Baron J. MD   18522 Magnolia Bridge Rd. Suite 101, Central 261-6282

Physical Rehabilitation Centers

Baton Rouge General Medical Center   3600 Florida Blvd., Picardy Ave   Baton Rouge 387-7000 HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital   8595 United Plaza Blvd.   Baton Rouge 927-0567 Lane Rehabilitation Center   4601 McHugh Rd.   Zachary 658-6800 Ochsner Medical Center of Baton Rouge   17000 Medical Center Dr.   Baton Rouge 752-2470 Our Lady of the Lake

Dr. Kevin Rogers, O.D., and wife Kourtney

Regional Medical Center   5000 Hennessy Blvd.   Baton Rouge 765-6565

Physical Therapy

Central Physical Therapy   13111 Hooper Rd.   Baton Rouge 261-7094 Health Quest Physical Therapy   12180 Greenwell Springs Rd.    Baton Rouge 275-9293   30500 La. Hwy. 16    Watson 791-7770 Moreau Physical Therapy   17301 Jefferson Hwy.    Baton Rouge 751-8512   11424 Sullivan Rd.    Central 261-7021   2335 Church St. See GUIDE on Page 8



Harbour Orthodontics Dr. John Harbour Greenwell Springs Rd. at Sullivan Central 923-2060 Sherman, Stephen L. DDS, MS Balhoff, David A. DDS 14465 Wax Rd. Central 769-1276


Central Drug Store   13565 Hooper Rd. 261-6200 Walgreen’s   6515 Sullivan Rd.   Central 261-5497 CVS   14455 Greenwell Springs Rd.   Central 261-6541

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Guide to Health & Fitness in Central Continued from Page 7

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Physicians and Surgeons

Cardiovascular/Cardiology Baton Rouge Cardiology Center Moosa, Yunus A. MD   11055 Shoecreek Dr.   Central 658-2680 Cefalu, Joseph M. MD Interventional cardiologist 18901 Greenwell Springs Rd.   Central 769-0933 Cardiovascular Institute of the South Thompson, Charles MD   6110 Main St., Ste. B   Zachary 654-1559 Hathorn, Bryan. MD Louisiana Cardiology Associates   11424 Sullivan Rd., Bldg. A   Central 767-3900 Helm, Boyd MD   5231 Brittany Dr.   Baton Rouge 769-0933 Ochsner Health System   11424 Sullivan Rd. Bldg. A, Suite B-1   Central 261-9760 Vascular Lab   Emory, Chris   18901 Greenwell Springs Rd.   819-8299 Dermatology Louisiana Dermatology   Johnson, Franklin MD   18901 Greenwell Springs Rd.   927-5663 Family Practice

CENTRAL STAT CARE — Dr. Michael Romaguera and Dr. Bryan Barrett have opened a new urgent care clinic at 11055 Shoe Creek Dr., phone 261-4493.

North Point Family Health   Dean, Herschel B. MD   Dean, Kyle MD   Reily, Tracey PA-C   Jackson, Allison PA-C   Browning, Rhonda MSN,   APRN, FNP   18901 Greenwell Springs Rd.   924-9985 Gastroenterology Ochsner Health System   11424 Sullivan Rd. Bldg. A, Suite B-1   Central 261-9760 Internal Medicine Dial, Dan MD   10880 Joor Rd.   Central 262-7710

Internal Medicine & Pediatric Group   Dr. Stephen W. Speeg Dr. Kent M. Rhodes Dr. T’Lane M. Folse Dr. Bradford J. Smith Dr. Brad C. Giarrusso 11424 Sullivan Rd.   Bldg A., Ste. C   Central 261-3472 Ochsner Health Center   Dr. Keith Holmes Dr. Sal Velazquaz Dr. Kenneth Gaddis   11424 Sullivan, Bldg. A, Ste. B-1   Central 261-9760

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Drink Diet Colas: Gain Weight Continued from Page 5


Neurology Ochsner Health System 11424 Sullivan Rd. Bldg. A, Suite B-1 261-9760 Obstetrics and Gynecology Bayou Regional Women’s Clinic Keith Elbourne, MD Joshua Best, MD Central 658-1303 Ophthalmology Eyemax Family Optical   11424 Sullivan Rd. 262-8141 Orthopedic Baton Rouge Orthopedic   Rabalais, Robert D. MD   Whatley, Adam MD   18901 Greenwell Springs Rd.   Central 658-1808 Pediatrics Internal Medicine & Pediatric Group   11424 Sullivan Rd.   Bldg A., Ste. C 261-3472 Podiatrists Le, Qui Dr. D.P.M. Footcare Surgery Center   11424 Sullivan Rd. Bldg. B   Central 757-8808 Radiology/Imaging Central Imaging Center   11424 Sullivan Rd. 261-7401

weight, but they are highly addictive and they bathe our systems with harmful chemicals such as aspartame, the artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages. Dark colored diet colas destroy calcium in our bodies. So they are especially bad. If you follow this advice on drinking water, your skin tone should improve and look better, you should sleep better, you should feel less stress, and your elimination should be regular. You will begin to lose weight and feel better. 2. Chew your food well. See, this is easy! LOL! Chew 15 to 20 times per bite. This will greatly aid in digestion, and it will make you eat slower. That’s important, because your body will begin to tell you it’s full sooner, and that will help you feel satisfied sooner. Limit yourself to what is on your plate, and when you feel full, stop eating. Leave things on your plate. That’s fine. 3. Breathe deeply. Exhale completely several times. Get the stale air out of your lungs. Then breathe deeply. This helps reduce stress. We tend to breathe short, shallow breaths and that builds stress. 4. Eat hormone-free meat. Okay, so this is getting a little harder now. But here’s why this is so important: The hormones that are injected into cattle and poultry are used to make them gain weight very quickly. That’s why chickens in the store are much larger than chickens raised at home. Some of the hormones stay in the meat and get into your body. That makes you add weight too. Not good. So try to

buy hormone-free meat! 5. Consume more fruits and vegetables. There’s really no reason ever to be hungry. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for you and can improve your health, especially organically-grown food. When you’re hungry for a latenight snack, grab an apple, an orange, or dark grapes. Stay away from anything “manufactured” by man. Processed foods are generally devoid of nutrients and filled with preservatives. Preservatives are necessary for these products to have a long shelf life in the store, but they are bad for you! Junk food and most fast food are just that — junk. They harm your body, make you feel bad, and shorten your life. Sugar is okay occasionally but not on any regular or frequent basis. It is a major cause of a great many health problems. 6. Exercise at least 30 minutes three or four times a week. If you are completely out of shape, start with simple things and work up to where you should be. If you’re moving, you’re still alive. Get up, get moving, and gradually increase your activity. 7. Have a positive attitude. Forget about losing weight. Take the pressure off yourself. Instead, focus on becoming healthy. Follow this advice, and I promised you will be able to walk into Wildcat Stadium looking better and feeling better this season. Old friends will say, “You sure look good! What have you been doing to yourself?” Just tell them, “Oh, just living right!” Then LOL! Good luck!

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Scott Wilson Caught Holden Administration Napping on Tax Continued from Page 1

Metro Councilman Scott Wilson (R-Central) proposed deleting the item from the files of the Council. The mayor-president was stunned when the Council approved Wilson’s motion 9-3. Only Metro Council members Joel Boé, Tara Wicker, and Denise Marcelle voted to keep the tax alive. This action should effectively kill the tax for this year. It was a major victory for Wilson, who has opposed each of Holden’s three plans to enact massive sales and property tax increases. Wilson worked quietly behind the scenes to line up support for his motion. Holden was clearly unprepared for what happened. “These are tough times. People have their backs against the wall,” Wilson said. “It’s not a good time to ask people to pay more taxes. The administration wanted to ram it through, but that’s not the way to do things.” The current sales tax rate in East Baton Rouge Parish is 9 percent, but in Central and Baker, the rate is 9.5 percent, because the people there voted for additional taxes for their school systems. Mayor-President Holden offered a combination of sales and property taxes on two previous occasions. Both were heavily defeated by the voters. Holden had hoped to put this third proposal on the ballot this fall. It would have provided a combination of 3/4 cents in additional sales taxes and 3 mills in additional property taxes, in order to raise $748 million in taxes for various public works projects. The additional 3/4 cent sales tax would have put the sales tax at 10.25 percent in Central and Baker — an amount many citizens in the two communities thought was unacceptable. Wilson said, “Our schools in Central are a driving force, and these high sales taxes would be devastating to our local economy.” He said he thought people might avoid shopping in Central, and that the Central Community School System and the City of Central would suffer as a result. Normally, when a proposed ordinance is introduced, it is referred to a committee but the Council has the right to take it up and act on it immediately. When Wilson moved to delete the matter from the files of the Council, Holden watched helplessly. The Council held an immediate vote without debate. Voting to kill the tax plan were Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Walker, Ulysses Addison, Allison Cascio, Ronnie Edwards, Chandler Loupe, Trae Welch, and Scott Wilson. As mentioned earlier, Boé, Marcelle, and Wicker voted to keep it alive. Holden faces severe time limitations in any attempt to resurrect the tax plan. He would have to call a special meeting of the Council and get seven votes to move forward in order to get the proposal on the ballot in accordance with the requirements of state law for this fall’s ballot.

Lane Welcomes ENT Physicians CENTRAL — Lane Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that ENT Medical Center has opened a satellite clinic on Lane’s campus in Zachary. For over 20 years, the ENT Medical Center has provided quality otolaryngology care to both children and adults, specializing in treatment of allergy and sinus, hearing and balance, head and neck cancer, facial plastic surgery, and the thyroid gland. Dr. Ryan Boone attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and is a graduate of the LSU School of Medicine - Shreveport. Dr. Boone completed his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Dr. Christian Hall attended the University of Georgia in Athens and is a graduate of LSU School of Medicine – New Orleans. He completed his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

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Both Dr. Hall and Dr. Boone are Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and are members of the Capital Area Medical Society and the Louisiana State Medical Society. They are also Fellows of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Drs. Boone and Hall said, “(we) are excited to expand our practice to the northern part of the parish and join the growing health care community at Lane Regional. We

see that Lane provides the best personal care for their patients, so it is a great fit for us.” A native of Baton Rouge, Dr. Hall and his wife Quanah reside in Baton Rouge with their 3 year old daughter Isabella and Sam the family dog. His personal interests include the outdoors, exercising, reading, and spending time with his family. Also a Baton Rouge native, Dr. Boone and his wife, Maradith, stay busy with their three daughters, Caroline (7), Ella (6), and Hattie (3). In his free time, he enjoys golf, fishing, and hunting deer and turkey. Dr. Hall and Dr. Boone are now accepting new patients at their clinic, ENT Medical Center, located at 6110 Main Street, Suite D, in Zachary. To schedule an appointment, please call (225) 658-6220. Join Central City News on

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Central: Championship Youth Baseball

CAYL POST SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS — The 7U Zachary Legendz team won the CAYL post season tournament. Pictured are (1st row, left to right) Jonathan Elbourne, Bryce Morris, Riley Norwood, and Weston Wales, (2nd row) Parker Robertson, Matthew Weiner, Cullen Cassard, A.J. Bailey, Kyle Bennett, and Cole Cranford, and (3rd row) coaches Neil Weiner, Todd Cranford, and Kyle Morris

USSSA 13 AND UNDER WORLD SERIES WARM UP TOURNAMENT CHAMPS — The Knights Baseball of Central won the USSSA 13 and Under World Series Warm Up Tournament in Dallas, Texas. The team is made up of 7th and 8th graders from St. Alphonsus Catholic School and Central Middle School. The Knights finished the tournament with a perfect record of 5-0, defeating teams from Oklahoma and Texas. Pictured are (1st row, left to right) batgirl Sophie André, Kole Lemoine, Devyn Samson, Will Higginbotham, Cameron Polk, and Matthew Saia and (2nd row) coach Darryl Saia, DJ Rousseau, Gavyn André, Caleb Moore, Jett Ashford, Brennan Borne, Justin McNeely, and coach Allen Samson, III.

14U AMERICAN DIVISION WORLD SERIES — The Bayou Scrappers traveled to Round Rock, Texas and placed 3rd in the 14U American Division World Series. Shown (1st row, left to right) Logan Sampson, Hayden McCleary, Cole Stephens, Jesse Summers, Sam O’Brien, and Kris Templet and (2nd row) Brennan Albarez, coach Joey Sampson, Brandon Trahan, Matthew Harris, coach Mike Kelly, Zach Kelly, Dalton Jones, Thomas Doucet, and coach Darren Jones.

CAYL LEAGUE CHAMPS — The Lady Wolves won first place in the girls 12 and under opening league tournament and the league championship with a record of 16-0. The Lady Wolves are (1st row, left to right) Anne Landry, Summer Campbell, Destani Wallace, Raegan Willis, Taylor Scharwath, and Madison Nunnery, (2nd row) Taylor Gill, Abbey Allen, Annalise Aymond, Camryn Austin, Brooklyn Wascom, D’Jaiya Robins, and Hannah Deziel, and (3rd row) Danny Allen, Don Scharwath, Devin Scharwath, and Willard Willis.

13 MAJOR STATE CHAMPIONS — The Central based Jackhammers won the 13 Major State Championship. Shown are (1st row, left to right) Caleb Lasseigne, Brennan Wall, Landon Faulkner, Chris Chambliss, Nick Satchell, and Jared Forrest and (2nd row) Brady Morris, Alex Ashby, Zach Hanson, Will Bellamy, Adam Porche, and Christian Leonard. Coaches are Damian Cross, Chuck Ashby, Stephen Gajan, and Mike Hanson.

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tion, when he was superintendent of schools in Morehouse Parish. Supt. Faulk is now one of the oldest superintendents in the state, in terms of years of service. With 18 years as a superintendent, he ranks No. 4. Most superintendents are relatively new to their jobs. As president of the association, he will represent superintendents in matters dealing with the governor and BESE. He will chair the Superintendent’s advisory committee and serve on the Board of the Louisiana School for Math and Sciences in Natchitoches. He will also appoint superintendents to serve on various bodies, such as the LHSAA, Teachers Retirement Board, the Governor’s Office on Accountability, and the High School Redesign Commission. He will testify before the various committees of the legislature on education matters. Faulk said the key issue facing superintendents today is finances. “There’s been no growth in the Minimum Foundation Program in three years,” he said, “and that’s taken its toll on school systems. It’s put more responsibility on schools systems without giving them any more resources. Most school systems are losing pupils and thus state money.” The second most important issue is school accountability, Faulk

said. The number of academically unacceptable schools has been growing, and also the number of charter schools. The state has taken over a number of schools, but that effort has not shown great success, he said. The third issue is school and district report cards. Instead of one to four stars, schools and districts will get a letter grade of A to F. “That will probably result in fights in some districts, as parents try to get out of under-performing schools and into better ones,” he said. He said a flaw in the new system is that it does not take into account academic improvement. The fourth issue is value-added assessment, he said. It will look at growth by individual teachers. “In this situation, you may show tremendous growth for a slow group and little growth for high group.” This will be a two-year pilot study. HHH News from the Central Community School System. Insurance Premiums. Teachers will pay slightly more in their share of health insurance premiums this year. Strategic Plan. The school board will start work on a Strategic Plan for the school system beginning in September.

More Options for Seniors. Seniors will have four new scheduling options this year: Industrial, Technical, General, and Academic. These are in addition to four existing options for COE and DECA, Baton Rouge Community College, technical school, and internships. Superintendent’s Evaluation. The school board has evaluated the Superintendent in a closed door session. Supt. Faulk was rated between Satisfactory and Excellent. Projected Enrollment. The projected enrollment for this fall in the Central Community School System is 4,060 students K-12 with an additional 120 in pre-K (4-yearolds) for a total of 4,160. One Vacancy. With the downturn in the economy, the school system filled only one vacancy, a position at the high school for a graduation specialist, who is devoted to making sure every possible student graduates. Opening Session. Teachers and staff will attend School Opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. Muriel Summers will speak on “Building global leaders, one student at a time”. As principal of North Carolina’s A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School, Muriel Sum-

mers and her staff created the first leadership elementary school in the nation using Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits program as a foundation. A.B. Combs is a diverse elementary school, boasting children from 64 countries. Muriel’s school has been featured on several national television programs including PBS, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. New School Complex Construction. The Central School Complex is now scheduled for completion in the spring of 2012. The new Central Middle School and the new Central Intermediate School should be open in August 2012 for the start of the school year. Future of Central Middle Campus. The future of the existing Central Middle School is still undetermined. The fear is, it may be necessary to continue to use some of the facilities for awhile, because of enrollment growth at the high school. “We are monitoring enrollment closely,” Supt. Faulk said. “Right now, the enrollment at the high school is 1,300, which is high, while the middle school is at 940.” Football Season. Supt. Faulk, a former high school football coach, said, “Good, dedicated football coaching staff. We are going to surprise some people this year.”

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NORTH BATON ROUGE REUNION — Enjoying the recent NBR reunion were Jimmy and Helen Taylor, Helen and Jim Carruth, Gary Rispone, Tony Diez, and S. J. Montalbano.

Messina Plans More Hearings on City Council Makeup Continued from Page 1 cause I didn’t want to influence the decision of the committee. But, after speaking with mayors and city council members from around the state, I agree with the committee that it is important to have some at-large members of the Council.” Messina said that, even though his committee had several meetings, held public hearings, and discussed the issue fully, he intends to call three more public meetings to discuss it even more. But he said he plans to introduce an ordinance on the subject by the end of September. Since the results of the 2010 census, Central is the 12th largest municipality in Louisiana. Among the 15 largest cities in the state — those with more than 20,000 population — only four have a fivemember city council. The others have seven or more. Central is one of the cities with a five-member council. Of the 15 largest cities, three are part of consolidated City-Parish governments — East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Terrebonne. They all have nine to 12 single-member districts. Of the 12 remaining cities, six have atlarge members of the council.

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Messina said there are several advantages of a seven-member city council with five from districts and two at large. “I like a seven-member body, because you can have a functioning committee system. That’s difficult with a five-member body. In a five-member council, you could have committees

composed of three members. But the problem with that is, the state ethics law forbids a majority of a committee from meeting. So if two members of the Council have a conversation, that’s a violation of state law! That doesn’t make sense, but that’s the way state law works,” he said. “On the other hand, if we have a seven-member council, committees can have four or five members, and two members having a conversation isn’t a problem,” he said. “With seven members, we get more community involvement. I’ve spoken to mayors and councilmen who say that often very talented people live in the same district. Only one can serve. At-large seats give them the opportunity to serve. Too often the two most qualified people are in a race against one another, and the loser ends up dropping out of city affairs.” “Electing at-large representatives also provides two members of the

Council who have a citywide view of things and who are not just looking at their particular district.” “For the individual citizen, it’s also better, because you have three councilmen to represent you — the one from your district and the two at-large,” he said. After the Mayor’s Committee on Reapportionment met and made its recommendation, Mayor Mac Watts said he objected to having five members from districts and two at-large. “As a courtesy to the mayor, we will have some more hearings,” Messina said, “We’ll hear public testimony, as we did before, and then make a decision. However, if the recommendation remains the same, that’s what I’ll introduce.” If Watts were to veto a reapportionment plan and the council did not override his action, the apportionment would remain as it is now — five atlarge seats.


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We’re Just ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Central Community Theatre Production Next Weekend

CENTRAL — The Central Community Theatre is kicking off its 2011-2012 year with a production of Singin’ in the Rain from Aug. 4 through 7 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Tickets can be purchased at www. Singin’ in the Rain is the stage adaptation of the MGM musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Starring in the Central Community Theatre production are Dillon Chustz as Don Lockwood, Sarah Talbot as Kathy Seldon, Grant Clinkingbeard as Cosmo Brown, and Addie Dean as Lina Lamont. This show is appropriate for all ages and will entertain the audience with large tap dance numbers, hysterical dialogue, and beautiful singing. The program is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.. Registration for CCT’s 20112012 musical theatre classes is now open. CCT offers musical theatre classes for all ages and levels including three levels of Elite Teams. The newly-formed Mini Elite Team is a select group of 4 to 6 year olds who will perform two shows during the school year. The Jr. Elite Team will perform Madeline’s Christmas in December and the Sr. Elite Team will perform

Beauty and the Beast, Jr. in March, 2012. CCT will be taking the Elite Jr. and Elite Sr. Teams to the Jr. Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga. for the third year. This festival gives students the opportunity to learn from master directors and choreographers as well as audition to go to New York City to perform on the choreography DVD for new MTI musicals. Last year the following students were selected to go to NYC: Parker Wilson (second year), Ashton Denham, Chaislyn King, and Zachary Lejeune. CCT students held four of 28 spots on the coveted DVD performer team. CCT will be offering dance classes for all ages. CCT’s dance instructor will be Samantha Vicknair. Samantha has been teaching dance for the past seven years and is a former dance instructor at the Center of Performing Arts. She has danced competitively for six years, and has worked as a staff member of American All-Star Dance Camps in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Samantha’s musical theatre background includes roles as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Annie in Annie, and Tuptim in The King & I. New students interested in participating in either Madeline’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN — The Central Community Theatre will kick off its 2011-2012 Christmas or Beauty and the Beast, year with a production of “Singin’ in the Rain” Aug. 4 through 7. Pictured are Dillon Jr. should call 938-7433 to set up Chustz as Don Lockwood, Grant Clinkingbeard as Cosmo Brown, Sarah Talbot as Kathy an audition for the Elite Jr. or Elite Seldon, and Addie Dean as Lina Lamont. Sr. team.

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Milestones Births • Engagements • Weddings • Deaths Anniversaries • Reunions

WAGUESPACK, GALLAGHER Justin Waguespack and Candace Gallagher will wed in a ceremony on Aug. 6 at St. Louis Cathedral.

Brittany Kinsley and Bryan Elliser will marry in a ceremony at St. Agnes Church in Baton Rouge.

Justin Waguespack, Candace Gallagher To Marry Aug. 6 at St. Louis Cathedral

Justin Waguespack and Candace Gallagher

NEW ORLEANS — Justin Andrew Waguespack of San Diego, Calif. and Candace Patricia Gallagher of Los Angeles, Calif. will be joined together in matrimony in a 3 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The bride-elect is the daughter

of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thomas Gallagher of Upland, Calif. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Georgiana Gallagher of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Mrs. Rachel Woods of Apple Valley, Calif., and Mr. George Standford of Hesperia, Calif. Candace is a graduate of Vivian Webb High School in Claremont, Calif. and Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, Calif. She is employed as a RN/BSN in the cardiac ICU at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in California. Her fiancé is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney James Waguespack Bryan Elliser and Brittany Kinsley of Greenwell Springs. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lezin John Waguespack of Baton Rouge and the late Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Joseph Landry of Baton Rouge. Justin is a graduate of Central High School and Louisiana State University. He is employed as an BATON ROUGE — Brittany Kinsengineer with SKANSKA in Cali- ley of Central and Bryan Elliser fornia. of Mandeville will marry in a 7 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Agnes Catholic Church

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Local Couple Celebrate 50th Anniversary

BATON ROUGE — Les and Barbara Tassin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. The Tassin’s have two sons, Mike and wife, Angie Tassin and Darren Tassin and three grandchildren, Chase and Kaylee Tassin and Darian Legier. The couple was married July 2, 1961, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. She is the former Barbara Bonacorso.

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in Baton Rouge. The bride-elect is the daughter of Charlie and Royeann Kinsley. She is the granddaughter of Mamie Gottschalck of Baton Rouge and the late John Gottschalck and Sue Don Kinsley of Baker and the late Charles Kinsley. Brittany is a graduate of Central High School and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. She is employed by KPMG, LLP as a senior tax associate. Her fiancé is the son of Chris and Cindy Elliser. He is the grandson of the late Earl and Marilyn Elliser and the late Craig and Mary Armond. Bryan is graduate of Fountainebleau High School in Mandeville and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He is employed by Cintas as a production supervisor. An engagement party was held on Saturday, July 16, 2011, in honor of the couple at the home of John and Jan Valluzzo. The party was hosted by Chris and Debbie Dumestre, Joel Gottschalck, Steve and Sheila Hayden, Steve and Karen Langlois, Brian and Theresa Pendergast, and John and Jan Valluzzo.

. Obituaries , Raymond J. Morgan

Raymond J. Morgan (R.J.) went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2011, at his residence in Central. The loving husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather was a resident of Central for 56 years and a native of Kosciusko, Mississippi. He was employed by Harry Cash until opening his own business, Ace Plumbing and Repair Parts, in 1972. After retiring at age 80, he Morgan devoted all his time to his family. He was an avid fisherman and spent countless hours watching his grandchildren and great-grand-

children play sports. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean Moore Morgan; four daughters, Brenda Landry and husband Jerry, Vickie Tunnard and husband Johnny, Sandra Price, and Stacie Birch and husband Brian; two sisters, Gloria Cryer and Joy Aaron; brother, Jason “Mugsy” Morgan; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Landry Durr and husband Jeffrey, Todd Landry, Brandon Landry, Rodney A. Whittington Jr., Allyson Tunnard Harris and husband Bryan, Brandi Tunnard, Sandi Tunnard, Kevin “Bubba” Dunn, Kaitlyn Birch, and Madilyn Birch; 11 great-grandchildren, Morgan Durr, Madison Durr, Alexa Landry, Skylar Landry, Carter Landry, Blacyn Harris, Braylie Harris, Dylan Joseph, Brancyn Tunnard Benoit, and Brycen Tunnard; and many friends from Chapelwood Church of God, including Bobby Durr and Henry Ouzts. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Madalyn Ann Morgan; parents Jason H. and Kathrine Morgan; sister, Bobbie Rae Morgan; and brother, Larry Morgan. The family would like to thank Dr. Freddy Abi Samra, Gilda Domingue, Jesse Walton, Dr. David Sledge, and St. Joseph Hospice for the excellent care given to Mr. Morgan. Also, special thanks to Resthaven Funeral Home for their wonderful care and services during this difficult time. His memory will be carried in the hearts of those who loved him.

High School Reunions

CENTRAL — Local high school reunions coming up include: Saturday, Sept. 17 Pride High Class Reunion 7 to 10:30 p.m. The Pride High School Reunion Committee is looking for school faculty, graduates, and attendees for this year’s reunion. The reunion will be at Forest Grove Reception Center, 8743 Stephenson Dr. in Denham Springs. Visit us at

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Lucas James Meador

Ryan and Dixie (Arledge) Meador are proud to announce the birth of their son, Lucas James. He was welcomed home by his two favorite pups, Rylee and Bam-Bam. Luke was born April 18, 2011, at 4:19 p.m. at Lane Regional Medical Hospital. He weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Danny and Rhonda Arledge of Ethel and Bobby and Wendy Meador of Pride. Great-grandparents are Dolly Elam of Bradyville, Tenn., Brian Reuther of Barataria, Mary Sue Disch Meador, and Volean and Joe Hughes of Pride.

Anniston Louise McNabb

Ryan and Brandie (Nijoka) McNabb are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter, Anniston Louise. She was welcomed home by big sister, Ainslie. Anniston was born Jan. 7, 2011, at Woman’s Hospital. She weighed five pounds, 13 ounces, and was 183/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Garry and Debbie Nijoka of Central and George and Janice McNabb of Gillsburg, Miss.

Kolbe Michael Campbell

Alec and Lindsey (Braswell) Campbell of Central are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kolbe Michael. He was welcomed home by big sister, Clara Maire. Kolbe was born May 12, 2011, at 1:32 p.m. at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed eight pounds, 8.8 ounces, and was 20.75 inches long. Proud grandparents are Randy and Debbie Braswell of Central, Cindy Campbell of Alexandria, and Thomas Campbell of San Antonio, Texas. Great-grandparents are James and Dorothy Mire of Baton Rouge, George Braswell of Pride, and Larry and Marguerite Robin of Alexandria.

BAKER — Ms. Courtney Angelique Johnson and Mr. Derek Fitzgerald Teasett, Sr. were married on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in a 5 p.m. ceremony at Occasions Unlimited in Baker. The Honorable Moses Evans officiated. The bride is the daughter of Michelle Johnson of Central and Andre Johnson of Baton Rouge. She attended Central High School and is a stay-at-home mom. The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her parents. She was attended by her maid of honor and sister, Brittany Johnson and bridesmaids, sister, Crystal Johnson; god-sister, Ashley Harrison; sister, Ashley Johnson; and the groom’s sister, TyQuincya Teasett. The miniature bride was Alayna Huggins. The groom is the son of Demetra Teasett of Zachary and Derek Jackson of Smyrna, Ga. He is a graduate of Zachary High School and is employed by the State of Louisiana. The groom was attended by his best man and brother, Carvell

CENTRAL — Central High School is looking for nominations for 2011-2012 Hall of Fame. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. The nominee should be someone who has made a significant impact in any way for Central High School. If the nominee is a past athlete, the individual must be a graduate of Central longer than 10 years. The inductee or inductees will

be honored at the Central vs. Zachary football game on Friday, Oct. 7 at Wildcat Stadium. Send all nominees information, as well as a letter stating why this individual deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, to Coach Sid Edwards, Athletic Director of the Central Community School System by mail to Central High School, 10200 East Brookside Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70818 or email to

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Thank you all for being here. For those of you who don’t already know, Mr. Wales — or Baldy — is my father, so I could start weeping at any moment! Architect Harold Taylor once said that “The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” The best... What is our best? I ask you, what is your best? Is it 100 percent? 90 percent? 110 percent? 2 percent? I admit, sometimes my best was just enough to get by. We’ve all done it. We’re satisfied with giving our best, even if we could

CENTRAL — Nearly 4,000 people packed Bethany World Prayer Center Monday night for Central High School graduation ceremonies. A total of 262 seniors received diplomas. Valedictorian Tyler Wales and salutatorian Jonathan Hooper addressed the assembly, as did Supt. Mike Faulk. To see a Giant Photo Album of the event, go to Related articles on Pages 1-4, 20 Join Central City News on

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CENTRAL — The Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS) has won the City of Central’s City Services contract, the Mayor’s Committee on City Services decided at a meeting last Tuesday night. Mayor Mac Watts confirmed their decision and presented it to the Central City Council last Thursday. Now IBTS and the City of Central are working on details of the contract and the transition, which is supposed to occur July 1. CH2MHILL, the $6 billion international corporation based in ENJOYING Festival of Two Rivers at St. Alphonsus were Dianne, Anne, and Keith Talbot.

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Denver, Colorado, which has provided City Services since 2008, was expected to receive the contract. Central is the only city in Louisiana that has completely privatized all city services. The committee adopted a system for rating the four bidders in eight different categories — Type of Organization, Years of David Ratcliff will be E x p e r i e n c e , program manager for I n f o r m a t i o n IBTS in Central Technology, Emergency Response, Price, Relevant Experience, Staff, and Transition. IBTS, a non-profit organization founded by the National Governors Association, had the highest point totals among the four bidders


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WASHINGTON — As potential candidates continue to bow out of the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, five candidates have begun to emerge as contenders. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, and Gov. Mitch Daniels have Gov. Pawlenty all taken their names out of consideration. That leaves the top candidates in the most recent national poll as: • Mitt Romney 18% • Newt Gingrich 13% • Ron Paul 8% • Michele Bachmann 7% • Tom Pawlenty 5% Gov. Sarah Palin, who is not expected to run, received 12 percent. The poll was conducted May 5 to 8, 2011, by Public Policy Polling among 610 Republican primary voters. The poll was conducted using automated telephone interviews, and claims a margin of error of 4 See ROMNEY on Page 9

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Holly and Damon Boze are proud to announce the birth of their son, Blaydon Shane. He was welcomed home by big sister, Braylee Ann. Blaydon was born March 17, 2011, at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed nine pounds, 7.7 ounces, and was 20.75 inches long. Proud grandparents are Sheryl and Lee Lemoine, Jr. of Central and Juanita and Chet Boze of Central.

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Nathan and Michelle Rawls are proud to announce the birth of Hanna Grace. She was welcomed home by big brother, Chuck. Hanna was born June 1, 2011, at Woman’s Hospital. She weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces, and 22.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Steve and Ellen Rawls, Dee Smith, Debra Martin, and Cyndi Corkern.

Teasett and groomsmen, cousin, Carnelius Teasett; cousin, Chavelle Holliday; and friends, Terell Tate and Montrell Thornton. The miniature groom was son, Derek Teasett, Jr. and the ring bearer was son, Daylen Teasett. A reception immediately followed the ceremony.

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Johnathan and Shanna (Starns) Bryant of Central are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie Elizabeth. She was welcomed home by big brother, Hinesley and big sister, Maggie. Gracie was born Jan. 29, 2011, and weighed six pounds and one ounce. Proud grandparents are Tony and Dianne Bowling of Central, Wayne and Emily Starns of Walker, and Randy and Renee Bryant of Palmetto.

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CENTRAL — Events coming up in and around Central: Friday, July 29 Blood Drive 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. United Blood Services will hold a blood drive at Lane Regional Medical Center. The blood drive is open to the public and registration is not required. Donors are encouraged to sign up online at www.bloodhero. com, sponsor code: LaneRegional. Friday, July 29 Central High School Freshman Orientation Students reporting for Freshman Orientation must be prepared for their ID pictures, dressed in a school uniform shirt. Boys must be clean shaven, girls cannot have any unnatural hair colors. Students need $20 for their student fee. This is for their ID badge and lanyard, a locker, and a planner. Students with last names beginning with letter A-J – 8 to 11 a.m. and last names beginning with letter K-Z – 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30 Carwash 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come support the Central Middle Cheerleaders by getting your car washed. The carwash will be held at Crayon Campus, 9718 Sullivan Road. Carwash is free, donations are gladly accepted. Sunday, July 31 Blackwater UMC Blood Drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Blood Drive will be held at

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Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road. Fill up the bank and we’ll fill up your tank! Everyone donating will be entered into a drawing to win gas cards. Donors should eat first, bring picture ID, and be 17 years old. For information, contact Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank at 765-8843.

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Wednesday, August 3 Parent Open House 6:30 to 8 p.m. Zoar Student Ministry will host an Open House for parents who have a child or children in grades 7 through 12. The purpose is to give parents the opportunity to gather information on what Zoar Student Ministry is all about. There will be information on upcoming events. Wednesday, August 3 Prenatal Class 6 p.m. Lane Regional Medical Center will offer a free prenatal class in the Staff Development classroom. “The Pregnancy Workshop” is an overview of what to expect for the soon-to-be mom. Partners are welcome to attend. Child care is not provided. Registration is required. Call 6545263 to register. August 5 through 7 Lion’s Club Raffle Lion’s Club will be set up in front of Lancaster House, 13539 Hooper Road, selling raffle tickets for a new boat and a four wheeler. All proceeds go to the Children’s Camp and Eye Foundation. August 6 and 13 Livingston Parish Children’s Choir Vocal Evaluations The Livingston Parish Children’s Choir are providing free 15-minute vocal evaluations to help you make wise choices for your kindergarten through 9th grade child’s music education. Times are: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Zoar Baptist Church in Central; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at New Covenant Church in Denham Springs; and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Revival Temple in Walker. Meet LPCC director Barbara Walker and current choir members to answer questions about the choir and enrolling your child in the choir. Tuition is $115 per semester and the fall semester begins Aug. 15 and 16. For information or to schedule a specific audition time, call or text Barbara Walker

at 247-8555, email info@LPCCsing. org or visit Tuesday, August 9 Diabetes Support Group 6 to 7:30 p.m. You’re invited to Lane Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group. We welcome all who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes including family, friends, and any others in a supporting role. Registration is not required. For information, contact Sherri Brady, RN at 658-4583. Monday, August 15 Congestive Heart Failure Education Program 10 a.m. Lane Regional Medical Center will hold a free education and support program for congestive heart failure patients and their caregivers. The meeting will be in the Lane RMC Staff Development classroom. The topic will be “Back to the Basics” and the food focus is “Meat & Potatoes.” Registration is required and seating is limited. Free lunch will be provided. Call 654-5263 to register. Saturday, August 20 Central Area Horse Show 4 p.m. The Central Area Horse Show, sponsored by the Deep South Stock Horse Show Association, will be held at the Shady Park Arena on Greenwell Springs Road. Judged and timed events in four age groups. Beginners welcome. For info, Saturday, September 17 Fishing Tournament Safe daylight to 3 p.m. The Rotary Club of Central is hosting a Fishing Tournament to benefit the Central Community Assistant Foundation. The CCAF helps students and their families due to economic hardship of losing their homes to fire or other reasons. The fishing tournament will be held at False River Public Landing in New Roads and will host entertainment as well as jambalaya dinners for the fishermen and others. Anyone wishing to donate auction items, door prizes, or money please contact Kenny Wall at 405-0428, Jennifer Hinton at 9373553, Doug Blacklock at 938-3574 or Deana Blacklock at 261-4858.

DAMIAN WITTY, a six-year-old student at Bellingrath Elementary, caught a 6-1/2 pound bass in a private pond in Central. He is the son of Lauren Witty and grandson of Donna and John Witty, all of Central.

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