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BATON ROUGE — On Tuesday, the 6th month anniversary of his swearing in as Coroner, Dr. Beau Clark addressed the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge on the parish’s soaring murder rate. He spoke earnestly about the 84 murders that had been committed in East Baton Rouge Parish through 12 noon that day. But after he left the meeting, Dr. Clark learned that, during his speech, the 85th murder had occurred. East Baton Rouge Parish has never experienced 100 murders in a single year, but Clark said that, with the 4th quarter still ahead, the parish could far exceed that total.

Central Schools To Move Offices To Old Starkey

CENTRAL— The Central Community School Board Monday agreed to move the school system’s central office from 13431 Hooper Road to the former Starkey Academy at 10510 Joor Road effective Jan. 3, 2013. Supt. Mike Faulk said the board’s staff of 30 full-time

WILLIE THE WILDCAT — Central High School mascot Willie the Wildcat helps future Wildcats celebrate after Central’s 31-23 victory over Catholic High Friday night.

Wildcats Beat Catholic 31-23, St. Amant Is Next

CENTRAL — The Central High Wildcats (4-0, ranked No. 12) face Wildcats defeated Catholic 31-23 their toughest opponent yet — the in a hotly-contested match at Wild- St. Amant Gators (4-0) at The Pit. cat Stadium last Friday. Now the See ST. AMANT on Page 10

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BATON ROUGE— Two Central legislators were among 40 Louisiana state representatives and senators who were honored last Thursday night by Louisiana Family Forum for their pro-family voting records during the 2012 session. State Sen. Bodi White (R-Central) and State Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Central) both scored 100 percent on issues ranging from abortion to the governor’s school reform program. They were honored by Gene Mills, Family Forum president. More than 600 pro-family advocates from across the state attended the event at the Healing Place Church Arena on Highland Road. Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby received the Gladiator of the Year Award. For a photo spread on the event, read the Capital City News for Oct. 4, 2012.

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LOUISIANA FAMILY FORUM — State Rep. Valarie Hodges and Sen. Bodi White, both of Central, were among 40 legislators honored last Thursday for their pro-family voting records.

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ST. AMANT — It’s been four years since the Central Wildcats traveled to Ascension Parish to play St. Amant. This Friday night’s trek should be “interesting”! St. Amant High plays its football at “The Pit” near St. Amant Middle School 44317 La. 429, St. Amant, LA 70774. This is not where you want to be going on a Friday night, but we are. So here are the facts: • St. Amant is 4-0 for the season. They have out-scored their opponents 199-19 so far. See ST. AMANT on Page 10

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CENTRAL — We’ve lived in our current home for 28 years. It is located on a heavily-travelled road, and we have about 200 feet of frontage. Over the past 28 years, the traffic count on that road hasn’t changed much, but one thing has. When we first bought the property, once a month I’d take a small white kitchen garbage bag and walk across the front of the property to pick up trash. It would take about 10 minutes, and I would fill the bag with litter, mostly cigarette butts, napkins, and sandwich wrappers. It angered me to think that people would have so little regard for our parish and for property owners like us that they would mindlessly throw trash out their car window, as though the world were their garbage pit and they were “just passing through.” How I yearn for those days!

Nowadays, I walk the front of the property once a week and take with me a large black garbage bag. It sometimes takes me an hour to pick up what’s out there. What’s out there is pretty amazing — used sanitary napkins, dirty diapers, condoms, whisky bottles, beer bottles, tires, shoes, half-eaten boxes of fried chicken, school work, contents of wallets, and anything and everything else you can possibly imagine. Oh, except cash. I’ve never found any cash out there! When I’m finished, I drag the bag down to where I leave the garbage. It’s often too heavy for me to pick up. Spending an hour once a week picking up garbage that people have thrown in your front yard gives you time to think. Last Sunday, I was thinking about something Rudy Giuliani said about how he drastically cut the crime rate in New York City. He said the mistake many cities make is focusing all their attention on the “major” crimes like murder, rape, and armed robbery. He said that as long as he focused on that, he failed to make progress in his fight against crime. He let the little things go — such as littering, painting graffiti on walls, jumping over the turnstiles in the subway, and “minor” acts of vandalism. He said he didn’t real-

ize it at the time but he and his administration were sending a subtle message that “anything goes.” The broken window that goes unrepaired and the litter that isn’t picked up send the message that no one is in charge and no one Woody Jenkins is paying attention. Then one day, Giuliani said he suddenly realized that paying attention to the little things in the city was in fact the key to bringing law and order to the Big Apple. The NYPD started arresting people who jumped over turnstiles in the subway and found that, lo and behold, some of them were wanted for murder! They starting arresting people for vandalism and littering and found that a lot of them were wanted for crimes such as theft and burglary. Ironically, the same mentality that allows someone to throw whisky bottles out a car window often overlaps with the mentality that allows an individual to commit

serious crimes. In other words, it’s pretty much the same people doing crime, whether major or minor. People in our society have been conditioned to talk about the “crime problem,” “the murder rate,” “the rate of incarceration,” and other such statistical labels which explain little and solve nothing. The reality is we have a lot of criminals here, and they should be held responsible for their actions. It’s not about drugs, broken homes, poverty, or other social ills. The entire history of America is about poor, downtrodden, illiterate people who achieved great things — and who didn’t become criminals! People engage in criminal behavior by choice, and when they do, they deserve to be treated as criminals. In many cases, that means sending them away where they will no longer be able to hurt the non-criminal population. Isn’t it time we stop blaming everybody and everything except criminals for the crimes they commit? And isn’t it time we pay attention to the “little” things that are symptous of things that are much worse?

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Coroner Discusses the Cycle of Violence

When a Murder Occurs on Friday Night, A Revenge Killing Is Often Close Behind Continued from Page 1

Dr. Clark said many of the murders in East Baton Rouge Parish can be attributed to the drug trade. Some times drug dealers gun down their competition, he said. Retaliation is also a major part of the problem, he said. “When we have a murder on a Friday night, we often see a retaliation killing by Sunday morning.” The second person killed may or may not be the shooter in the first case, he said. “Often it is a member of the shooter’s circle, perhaps a cousin,” he said. Guns are usually the weapon of choice in murders here, he said. Aggressive law enforcement is one of the answers to the problem, he said. “We need more police officers on the streets. We have to shut down the drug business in our community,” and make drug dealing too risky to pursue in the parish. “We have to end the tolerance of violence that exists,” he said, “and

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At the current rate, EBR will have 113 murders by year’s end. The coronor said he was interested in pathology long before he became a physician. He was an emergency room doctor, a City Policeman, and a SWAT team member before becoming Coroner. As coroner, Clark is responsible for every autopsy of a suspected homicide and for determining the cause of death, not only in the case of murder but in the case of every death in the parish which does not appear to be of natural causes. “With 450,000 people in the parish, we have about 4,500 deaths a year, and we look at about 3,000 of those,” he said. In addition to investigating deaths in the parish, the coroner is responsible for investigating sexual assaults and for civil commitments and mental health, which actually consume the largest part of his work. Dr. Clark said deaths can be classified as natural or unnatural. Unnatural deaths include homicides, suicides, accidents, and undetermined. Homicides involve one person taking the life of another. Some homicides are determined to be justified or accidental. Dr. Clark said that before 2006, the number of murders in East Baton Rouge Parish rarely exceeded 60, but they rose to 90 by 2011.

See CORONER on Page 4

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With one-fourth of the year remaining, it appears almost certain that number will be far exceeded. The coroner said it is difficult to know how much of the increase can be attributed to the influx of people after Katrina but he said it is common for his office to locate the next of

kin of the deceased in New Orleans. The coroner said that he has increased the number of investigators in the office from three to seven with no increase in his budget. He said he did this by moving personnel from administrative to investigative positions.

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Letter to the Editor: Our Tax Dollars Fund Illegals Editor, Central City News: A month or so back, I was driving through Zachary and noticed a crew of workers working on what I believe was the sewer system. The entire construction crew was Mexican, most probably illegals. A couple of weeks ago, I made a trip to Old River. A large construction crew was working on the Morganza Spillway Structure. Every person on the work crew was Mexican, most likely illegals. Then last week, I was leaving Jackson Park subdivision in Central and there was a crew of workers working at Sullivan and Gurney roads. All the workers were Mexican, most likely illegals. What in the HE Double L is going on? Americans are out of work and the federal and local govern-

ments are hiring illegals to do the work in this country. Why is this happening in Central? Who in the Central school system, which authorized the work at Sullivan and Gurney, allowed this to take place? I am one citizen who is fed up with people at any level of government who do not understand what the word “illegal” means. I don’t care to hear that it was a sub-contractor who hired these illegals to work on our streets. All contracts with our government should demand that only U.S. citizens be employed to do the work. It’s time to stop employing these illegals and start employing U.S citizens! —Andy Ash City of Central


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CONCERNED ABOUT MURDER — Attending the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge meeting on murder were (left to right) Republican Mayor-President candidate Mike Walker, Kenny Webber, Bill Simon of Simple Simon Tires, City Constable candidate Alester Jones, a Republican, and Olympian Billy Hardin, who is now a Central resident. Continued from Page 3

end the idea that disputes are to be resolved with a gun.” “All of the violence ends with me. Murder knows no race, sex, or political party,” he said. “We must bond together and stop the killing.” Murder victims in East Baton Rouge range from those who are completely innocent to those who are themselves murderers. Likewise, the reaction of the deceased’s family ranges from complete and utter devastation to disinterest. Dr. Clark recalled with emotion the case of a man gunned down in the middle of the day as he was walking along the Interstate. His mother came to the crime scene and in her grief fought to cross the police lines and get to her son. “It was a chance to put my hand on her shoulder and attempt to comfort her in the most

difficult time imaginable,” he said. Although Dr. Clark did not speak of other cases, sources who previously worked in the office said that sometimes the family of the deceased wants nothing to do with

the body. “Often the deceased is a criminal whose family has been his greatest victim,” one said. One family member reportedly said, “We don’t want the body. Can you cremate him?” Some family

Moak Leads Effort for Flood Study

CENTRAL— The Central City Council Tuesday approved spending $35,000 for a study that Councilman Aaron Moak hopes will ultimately result in lower flood insurance rates. The study would encompass the Beaver Bayou watershed between Beaver Bayou and the Amite River using current FEMA mapping standards. At a Council meeting two weeks ago, Councilman Wayne Messina had asked for more information on the proposed study, but he said Tuesday that most of his questions had been answered. If successful, the study could take two or more Councilman Aaron Moak years to yield lower rates.

members simply ask, “Did he have any money on him?” One next of kin reportedly said, “Can you take a drop of blood. He might be my baby daddy. I might get a check.” Dr. Clark said more than ever young people need good public schools to attend and good role models to follow. As coroner, he also investigates suicides in East Baton Rouge Parish. There were 43 suicides in the parish last year, he said. “We have had 34 suicides so far this year with three months to go,” he said. Civil commitments consume a large part of the coroner’s time and resources. His office processes about 450 commitments a month, or 6,000 a year. “We have a broken mental health system,” he said, See CORONER on Page 16

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and part-time employees is so cramped for space in the current 5,000-square-foot office that work is often done in the waiting room. Faulk said the new facility will provide about 15,000 square feet for $75,000 a year, which is $21,000 more than the system currently pays. The new facility will provide space for the school board’s central staff, including special education and federal programs. The current office has been leased from Newell Whitney, and the new office will be leased from David Starkey, Faulk said. He expects to stay in the new space for two years, he said. HHH School Performance Scores. Central schools Supt. Mike Faulk said Tuesday the Louisiana Depart-

CENTRAL SCHOOL BOARD — Will Easley, Ruby Foil, Jim Lloyd, Sharon Browning, Dr. Jim Gardner, president, Roxanne Atkinson, and Dr. David Walker.

ment of Education will announce Central’s school performance scores in October. The system is currently ranked No. 5 in the state. Faulk said it is difficult to predict how the system will fare in comparison with other school systems around the state. However, he said it is clear that Tanglewood Elementary will once again be highly rated and that Central Intermediate and Central Middle School will show improvement. Preliminary numbers show some of the other top school systems declining somewhat. So there is a chance that Central will move up in the ratings this year, Faulk said. HHH Strategic Planning Meetings. The Central School Board held an

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informal meeting Wednesday to review a draft of the school system’s performance objectives. Supt. Mike Faulk said the objectives would include fewer students

performing unsatisfactorily on statewide tests, higher scores on end-of-course testing, higher ACT scores, and stronger advanced placement results. Central students now average 21.3 on the ACT test. The system is not ready to set targets for National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists, he said. HHH Communications Policy. The Central school system is considering adopting a new communications policy, Supt. Mike Faulk said. The policy will include better ways to reach parents and the community, eblasts, and use of the websites of the school system and of individual schools, he said.

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CENTRAL — On paper, the Central High School Wildcats don’t have much chance for victory against the St. Amant High Gators at The Pit Friday night in St. Amant. Both teams are 4-0, but St. Amant is bigger, stronger, and at many positions faster. St. Amant runs the option and uses misdirection. So they’re also trickier. How can Central win? Coach Sid Edwards said, “First, we can’t afford penalties. We have to execute and score. When we get the ball, we have to march down the field and score. Otherwise, they will get possession, eat up the clock, and keep our offense off the field.”

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“Above all, we have to play assignment football. That means fulfilling your assignment despite the misdirection. St. Amant is completely different from Catholic. With Catholic, they run it down your throat. You know where the ball is, and you go for it. In the case of a team like St. Amant that capitalizes on misdirection, if your job is to tackle the fullback, you tackle the fullback, even if you’re sure the quarterback has it. The reason is, you’re probably wrong, the fullback does have it. So tackle him like you’re supposed to!” The Wildcats will wear white jerseys and black pants. — Woody Jenkins, editor

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fense played their best game of the year. I was very happy with them. Offensively, we clicked, although we missed some important scoring opportunities, including a touchdown that was called back.” Central took an early 17-0 lead before Catholic answered with a 95-yard kickoff return that gave them new life. Edwards cited a number of Cen-

tral players for their outstanding performances, including • Dalton Holdman, DE who had an outstanding game. • Defensive front, which played well. • Defensive secondary Sean Parker and Kevin Henry, who had good games. • The offense, which had a complete team effort.

• Devon Gales, WR who contributed some outstanding blocks. • Offensive line, although smaller than Catholic, which outfought the Bears. • Gary Triplett, WR just back from a sprained ankle, who was at 70 percent of his normal effectiveness, but that was still enough to make a major contribution.

dium. • They have 21 of 22 starters • Their offensive line is, well, returning from the 2011 team that gigantic. Physically, Central is beat Central 35-14 at Wildcat Sta- completely outsized.

• St. Amant is strong up-front, and their backs are ‘speedy.’ • They use a lot of misdirection. They prefer to run and pound you into submission, at which time they pass over your head to open receivers. • St. Amant packs its stadium at every game, whether the team is winning or not. But with the team they have this year, enthusiasm is especially high. • The stands are very close to the field, which can intimidate opposing teams. • There will be no space available for Central folks on the St. Amant side of the field, not that you who want to go there. • The visitors’ side is small, and St. Amant fills part of the visitors’ side with the St. Amant band and St. Amant student section. Part of the rest of the visitors’ section will be reserved for the Central band. Are you getting the picture? Furthermore, every time St. Amant scores, they fire off a big cannon that deafens everyone and

scares the pedaddle out of visitors who are not expecting it. It is considered one of the most hostile environments in Louisiana high school football, if not the most hostile. Oh, did I mention the mosquitoes? They’re really big. Wear lots of bug spray with extra DEET. If you’re still planning to come, Coach Sid said, “Arrive early so you’ll have a seat and out-yell the Gators!”

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St. Amant is ranked No. 13 in the state and could prove to be quite a challenge. Central’s victory over Catholic was the 5th straight. Catholic still leads the series 41-6-1. Before the Sid Edwards’ era began, Catholic led 40-1-1. Coach Sid said, “Last Friday was a tremendous victory. The de-

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• Brett Courville, who was 14 for 18 and gained tough yards on the ground when it was needed. He conducts the orchestra. • Lamonte Janeau, RB, who had another tremendous game. He ran with an attitude and keeps getting stronger. • A stable of capable running backs who were waiting to step in when their number was called.

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CENTRAL — Businesses that need to reach the 27,000 residents of the City of Central have found over the years that the Central Community Directory & Yellow Pages ® is the most trusted way of reaching the growing Central market. But now advertising in the Central Yellow Pages® is more affordable than ever — at least for businesses that plan ahead, rather than wait until the last minute. Standard advertising rates for the publication haven’t changed, but businesses can earn discounts of up to 50 percent simply by prepaying their advertising space order in the next couple of weeks. The final ad copy doesn’t have to be turned in until much later. Under the terms announced today, a 50 percent discount on regular ad rates in the Central Yellow Pages® can be earned by pre-paying the ad no later than Oct. 19. A 40 percent discount can be earned by pre-paying by Oct. 26, a 30 percent discount by Nov. 2, a


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2013 Central Community Directory & Yellow Pages ® will be distributed beginning Jan. 31, 2013. Businesses that advertise in the Central Yellow Pages ® can earn discounts of up to 50 percent by prepaying their advertising in the next three weeks. At left, the large ad is 1/2 page, while the two smaller ads are each 1/6th page.

ad sizes are found on Page 16 of this newspaper. For more information, call account executives Shara Pollard at 225-933-2368 or Jolice Provost at 225-405-8894 or call the Central City News office at 225-261-5055. To make corrections, deletions, or additions to a listing in the directory, send it to centralcitynews@ List the “subject” line of the email as “Community Directory Update.”

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Milestones Births • Engagements • Weddings • Deaths Anniversaries • Reunions


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. Births , William Blake Prejean

Laura Beth and Blake Prejean of Central are proud to announce the birth of their son, William Blake. Will was born on June 9, 2012, at 10 p.m. at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20.75 inches long. Proud grandparents are Betsy and Russell Duplechain of Kingwood, Texas, Vanessa Prejean of Central and Brad Prejean of Maringouin. Great-grandparents are C. Louis Chol of Lake Charles, Lurline Duplechain of DeRidder, Dorothy Miller of Port Allen, and Margaret Prejean of Port Allen.

Brody Lee Lewis

Cody and Whitney (McGraw) Lewis are proud to announce the birth of their son, Brody Lee. Brody was born at 3:04 p.m. on June 10, 2012. He weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long. Proud grandparents are Virgil and Laurie McGraw of Denham Springs and Jerry Lewis and Melanie Ballard of Slidell. Great-grandparents are Dorothy Shaffer and Carroll Shaffer, Retha Carter and the late R.A. Carter, and Virgil McGraw, Sr.

Farrah Elizabeth Dufrene

Tweety McCorkle Dufrene and Dennis John Dufrene of Central proudly announce the birth of their second child, Farrah Elizabeth. She was welcomed home by big brother, Myles Campbell. Farrah was born Aug. 16, 2012. She weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Loy McCorkle and the late Harvey McCorkle and Terry Dufrene and the late Danny Dufrene.


Jaimee Bradley and Justin O’Banion will exchange vows Oct. 12 at Zoar Baptist Church in Central.

Jaimee Bradley, Justin O’Banion To Marry Oct. 12 at Zoar Baptist

CENTRAL — Donald and Jennifer Hinton Bradley of Zachary announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jaimee Danielle, to Justin Ryan O’Banion, son of Carrie Stuckey of Central and Jim and Dian O’Banion of Denham Springs. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Ethel Hinton and the late Clyde Hinton of Ferriday, the late James H. “Reed” Bradley, and Jean Bradley of Vidalia. Jaimee is a graduate of Zachary High School and Louisiana Tech University and is employed by Turner Industries in Baton Rouge as a senior business systems analyst. Justin O’Banion and Jaimee Bradley Her fiancé is the grandson of Huey Stuckey and the late Alta Stuckey of Baton Rouge, and DorStuckey of Central, the late Joann othy O’Banion and the late Alfred O’Banion of Terrell, Texas. Justin is a graduate of Northeast Istrouma Class of ’77 High School and is employed by Turner Industries in Baton Rouge proudly presents as a corporate area safety managRock-n-Reunion er. for all 70’s grads. The wedding will be at 7 p.m. Reflections Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at Zoar Bap9230 Cortana Place tist Church in Central. A recepTickets are $75 tion will follow at the Fraternal Contact Debbie Armoney Order of Police Hall on Greenwell 261-6790 Springs Road.

Luke Paul Villemarette

Robbie and Brandi Villemarette proudly announce the birth of their second baby boy, Luke Paul. He was welcomed home by big brother, Bruce. Luke was born at Woman’s Hospital on Sept. 8, 2012, at 12:03 p.m. He weighed seven pounds and was 20.5 inches long. Proud grandparents were Bobby and Marisa Villemarette of Central, David and Tammy Bush of St. Amant, and Victoria Bush of Baton Rouge. Kahne Hamilton, owner Stephanie Rabalais, Yon Hodges, Jessica Weaver, Debra Jones, Sherri Belello, and Jamie Massey

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What’s Happening Around Central

gers Roar” t-shirt while supplies last, and demonstration of bluetooth technology. Register for door prizes. For information, call 243-6129 or 1-877358-6130. Sunday, October 7 Nutcracker Auditions The Tri-Parish Ballet will hold auditions for The Nutcracker at Odyssey Academy of Dance, 31342 Hwy. 16 in Denham Springs, for children seven years through advanced dancers. More than 100 children will be selected to perform with the Houston Ballet II. Audition times are: 1 p.m. boys, 1:30 p.m. girls 7-9, 2:30 p.m. girls 10-13, 3:30 p.m. girls 14 and up, and 4:15 p.m. advanced dancers. For information, call Odyssey Academy of Dance at 665-3414 or email October 8 through 31 Blackwater Pumpkin Patch The Pumpkin Patch is coming! Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Rd., is once again hosting its incredible Pumpkin Patch with literally thousands of pumpkins for sale! All sales profits go to benefit missions supported by the church. Featured will be games, hay rides, car show, crafts fair, space walk, and many other activities. Bring the whole family. No admission! For information, call 261-4646 or visit Saturday, October 20 Pumpkin Patch Car Show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exhibitor spaces are available for CENTRAL PRIVATE SCHOOL — Rebels’ quarterback Kyle Blackburn running the third annual Pumpkin Patch Car against Parklane. CPS will host Trinity Episcopal at Rebel Field Friday at 7 p.m. Show at Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Rd. Room. Free screenings, health infor- cial 2nd Anniversary event at their Open reservation ($20) will begin at mation, door prizes, and refreshments. office, 6110 Main St., Ste. D. There 8 a.m. the day of the show. For inwill be a free hearing screening, free formation, contact Ben Browning at Friday, October 5 clean and check of your hearing de- 261-2546, John Dixon at 261-7557, Selective Hearing Anniversary vice, free pack of batteries for any or Blackwater United Methodist at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Selective Hearing is hosting a spe- hearing aid user, free “Hear the Ti- 261-4646.

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CENTRAL — Events coming up in and around Central: Thursday, September 27 Pachyderms of GBR • 6:30 p.m. Public Service Commissioner, Eric Skrmetta, will be the featured speaker at the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge meeting at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 3084 College Dr. Cost for the buffet is $13. For reservations, call 644-5728 or email info@ Friday, September 28 Meet & Greet Block Party 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Mike Walker for Mayor-President campaign will host a Meet and Greet Block Party featuring David St. Romain at Uncle Earl’s, 3753 Perkins Road. Mike will be on hand with several Republican candidates for Metro Council. $10 cover charge. Must be 21. For information or to RSVP, visit Saturday, September 29 City of Central Bed Race 9 a.m. to 12 noon The City of Central Rotary Club is hosting “Bedlam in Central.” Team will compete for the titles of Favorite Sleepwear, Best Decorated Bed, and the Fastest Bed. The event will feature fun activities for the entire family with activities for children, a silent auction, and jambalaya prepared by Jerry Lee. The event will be held at the Starkey School site on Joor Road. 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the Central Community Assistance Foundation. For information, contact Jennifer Hinton at 925-8900, ext. 722 or





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Radical Islam Discussed at Christian Life

ACT! FOR AMERICA RALLIES 1,200 — More than 1,200 Baton Rouge area residents, including many from Central, gathered at Christian Life in Baton Rouge to hear Fox News contributor Brigitte Gabriel discuss the dangers of radical Islam. Gabriel said she and her family were persecuted by Islamic militants in her native Lebanon before fleeing to the United States. She said the media has been blocking references to Islamic terrorists and Islamic extremists have hijacked many American textbooks and curriculum used in public schools across the country. She is forming a chapter of her organization, Act! for America in the Baton Rouge area. For information, call 225-791-2199 or go to

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Coroner: Stand Up to Crime Continued from Page 4

CENTRAL MAYOR PRO-TEM RALPH WASHINGTON was on hand to greet Coroner Dr. Beau Clark at Tuesday’s meeting of the new Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish. Dr. Clark spoke on the need for citizens to stand up against the wave of crime in the parish. Washington, the owner of Red Stick Cleaners, is Treasurer of the Chamber EBR.

“and the system cannot handle 6,000 commitments a year.” Dr. Clark said some other activities by his office are having an unexpected impact: • Regional autopsies. The Coroner’s office is performing autopsies on behalf of surrounding parishes. • Clearing Warrants. His office has helped clear 798 warrants by merging databases and clearing warrants against the deceased. • Organ Donation. The coroner’s office has arranged 700 organ donations from deceased persons. • Prescription Donation. The coroner’s office has arranged the donation of more than 10,000 prescriptions to non-profit organizations. Dr. Clark, who was accompanied to the Chamber EBR meeting by his father, Roger Clark, urged the small business owners to keep standing up against crime and violence.

CHAISLYN KING, 11, of Central, has been selected to play the role of Arieal in Playmakers production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” at the Reily Theatre on the LSU Campus. Performances are Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $12. For tickets, call 578-6996 or visit www. to purchase tickets online. Chaislyn shares the lead role with another actor. Her performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m.


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