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Central LEAPs to No. 2 Central Students Shine in Statewide Testing

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Zachary No. 1, EBR at No. 48 In Assessment Of Students

HONOR GRADUATES of the Central High School Class of 2013 enjoy a light moment during graduation ceremonies last week.

Central to Launch ‘Virtual School’ This Fall Home Schoolers Can Enroll in Central High, Earn Diploma, Advanced Placement, TOPS

CENTRAL — On Monday, the Central Community School Board approved the creation of a Virtual School for residents of the school district. Any student in grades six

through 12 will be able to enroll in the school and study via the Internet. The pioneer plan will allow the school system to reach out to home schooling families and children with disabilities who cannot come to school. Students will be able to earn a regular diploma from Central High

School and participate in sports and extracurricular activities. They will also be able to take Advanced Placement courses. Supt. Faulk said he will release details of the program by June 30. Families interested in participating should contact him at the school board office at 225-261-1919.

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Education announced the results of the LEAP and iLEAP tests for the spring semester, and students of the Central Community School System have vaulted to the No. 2 position in the state, just behind No. 1-ranking Zachary. The tests compare the knowledge of 3rd graders through 8th graders in Louisiana’s 70 public school districts. Zachary scored 89, and Central scored 86. See Page 5 for districtby-district results. The East Baton Rouge Parish school system again fared poorly, ranking No. 48 in the state. Its score was 62, an increase of two points. However, the parish’s score did not include the scores of failing schools in the parish. If those scores were included, the score of EBR would be much lower. It was a triumph for Central schools, which began in 2007. See EBR on Page 5

Historic Meeting to Focus on Central Middle Site

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Joint Meeting of School Board, City Council

6 p.m., Monday Central High Auditorium

FUTURE OF OLD CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL — Members of the Central Community School Board (shown above) will hold a joint meeting with Central Mayor Mac Watts and members of the City Council at 6 p.m. Monday at the Central High auditorium to discuss the future use of the old middle school. Shown are Dr. Jim Gardner, Roxanne Atkinson, Dr. David Walker, Ruby Foil, Jim Lloyd, Sharon Browning, an Will Easley.

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Email stories and photos to or Published every other Thursday from January to August and every Thursday from September to December by Community Press, LLC The Leader was founded April 30, 1998, and the Central City News was founde April 21, 2005. They merged May 4, 2006. Capital City News is a continuation of the South Baton Rouge Journal, which went on hiatus in 2008 during its 20th year of publication. The Capital City News resumed publication of the Journal with Vol. 21, No. 1 on Aug. 16, 2012. Community Press also publishes the Central Community Directory and other publicatons.

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In EBR’s Alternate Universe, Failure Is ‘Progress’ Trapped by Its Own Narrow Worldview, “ EBR Clings to One ” 1 school system in Louisiana, and it’s right here in East Baton Rouge Parish? Do you know that white and black students attend schools in Zachary. Actually, there aren’t any private schools in Zachary. Is Zachary lily white? No, only 52 percent of the students in Zachary are white. Did you know the black students in the Zachary school system outscored the white students in many parishes in the state, including Jefferson? Do you notice that in Baton Rouge you don’t hear much about the Central school system? Do you know it’s the No. 2 school system in the State of Louisiana? Did you know Central has no tax base, no industry. It has a

Wal-Mart and a student population that is 58 percent free and reduced lunch. But Central runs a surplus in its school system and has $10 million in the bank, while EBR fights off deficits. Oh, did you hear East Baton Rouge Parish schools are now ranked No. 48 in the state? Do you also know EBR is Woody Jenkins the wealthiest parish in Louisiana, with the largest oil refinery in America, other major industries, and much more? But Zachary and Central don’t exist, do they? Because if they do exist, there’s really no explaining the East Baton Rouge Parish system, is there? The main thing is, let’s be sure Southeast doesn’t “break away” and vie with Zachary and Central for No. 1. Then Southeast wouldn’t exist anymore either, would it?

BATON ROUGE — This year’s recipient of the Robert J. Aertker, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is Thomas Eddlemon of Central High School. The awards committee said, “Thomas is a fine man of integrity who displays the heart to teach and work with others.” Former principal Jerry Boudreaux presented the scholarship to Thomas. Eddlemon will attend Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. to pursue a degree in mathematics and secondary education. He will continue his athletic career on the football field for Coach Buck Buchanan, former coach of 12 years at Louisiana College. The scholarship is dedicated to the memory of former EBR Supt. Bob Aertker.

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BATON ROUGE — As people in Southeast Baton Rouge await the action of the Louisiana House on legislation to create the new Southeast Baton Rouge Community School District, they must be thinking to themselves: For God’s sake, let us out of this asylum! The asylum is the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, which made a startling announcement after receiving the word from the Department of Education that 38 percent of its students had failed the LEAP and iLEAP tests. The announcement was, “We’re making great progress!” In the alternate universe headquartered on South Foster Drive,

failure is deemed to be real progress. Afterall, the EBR test score went up by two points from 60 to 62! Mind you, there is a slight problem with these dazzling numbers. The problem is, the 38 percent failure rate does not include all the “failing schools” that have been taken away from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System over the past few years. These are the numbers from the remaining “successful” schools. The worldwide of the East Baton Rouge is kept alive by clinging to one notion above all: Zachary and Central do not exist. If Zachary and Central exist, then everything we know and love about our great school system in EBR must be a lie. So they don’t exist! Do you notice that in Baton Rouge, you almost never hear anything about the Zachary school system? Do you know that it’s the No.

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A Milestone for Charles Valluzzo Family

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McDonald’s 50th Birthday in BR

CHARLIE VALLUZZO celebrated 50 years of his family’s operating the McDonald’s restaurants in the Baton Rouge area with a birthday party and the “McDonald’s shake.”

BATON ROUGE — Charlie Valluzzo and the Valluzzo family celebrated 50 years in the McDonald’s business with a birthday party at their original McDonald’s on Plank Road. It was an emotional time for Valluzzo as he paid tribute to all of those who have made his family business a success: • His father, who started the business. • The hundreds of thousands of customers who patronize the stores. • Suppliers such as Coca Cola, who make the business possible. • More than 1,500 local employees who serve the community. • The members of the Valluzzo family who have worked long hours and endured many sacrifices to keep the business going. Valluzzo recounted many memories of the business, including the time his employees prepared 15,000 burgers in 30 minutes to serve hand-

icapped kids. McDonald’s and the Valluzzo family have been almost everywhere in Baton Rouge when a need has arisen — from the Jr. Olympics and Sr. Olympics to Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins, Woman’s Hospital, the Salvation Army, and the Red Cross. “McDonald’s taught us to give back to our community, and we have felt that was our obligation,” he said. Many of the firm’s customers came by to return the thanks and sample the original 15-cent burgers, which were served. Some such as Amy Plaisance of Parents magazine said her success YOU’S — Greg Brown, Amy Plaisance, publisher of Parents, Mr. and Mrs. would not have been possible with- THANK Charles Valluzzo, and Clerk of Court Doug Welborn. Mrs. Plaisance said the success of out Charlie Valluzzo and McDon- Parents magazine would not have been possible without Charlie Valluzzo and McDonald’s. ald’s. “When no one else believed in us, he did!” she said. Valluzzo toasted the first 50 years and the next 50 to come. — Woody Jenkins

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EBR, Near Bottom, Claims ‘Great Gains’ 2012 - 2013 Comparison of Average Percent of Students at Basic & Above District Code

Spring 2012 Spring 2013 (Grades 3-8) (Grades 3-8) If the number>0, then highlighted as green STATE LOUISIANA STATEWIDE 68 69 1 067 ZACHARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 87 89 2 069 CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 83 86 3 036 ORLEANS PARISH 83 84 1 038 PLAQUEMINES PARISH 82 83 1 045 ST. CHARLES PARISH 79 82 3 058 VERNON PARISH 81 82 1 063 WEST FELICIANA PARISH 83 82 -1 052 ST. TAMMANY PARISH 80 81 1 032 LIVINGSTON PARISH 81 81 0 044 ST. BERNARD PARISH 75 79 4 003 ASCENSION PARISH 77 79 2 002 ALLEN PARISH 77 77 0 008 BOSSIER PARISH 74 76 2 027 JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH 77 76 -1 037 OUACHITA PARISH 77 76 -1 030 LASALLE PARISH 78 76 -2 062 WEST CARROLL PARISH 75 Basic & Above 3 2012 - 2013 Comparison of Average Percent of72Students at 010 CALCASIEU PARISH 73 75 2 Change from 2012 to 012 CAMERON PARISH 74 74 0 2013 (Grades 3-8) Spring 057District VERMILION PARISHDistrict Name 712012 Spring 732013 2 Code (Grades 3-8) (Grades 3-8) If the number>0, then 006 BEAUREGARD PARISH 72 73 1 highlighted 020 EVANGELINE PARISH 69 72 3 as green STATE LOUISIANA STATEWIDE 68 69 022 GRANT PARISH 71 72 1 043 SABINE PARISH 72 72 0 029 LAFOURCHE PARISH 68 71 3 Page 1 of 4 047 ST. JAMES PARISH 70 71 1 055 TERREBONNE PARISH 71 71 0 031 LINCOLN PARISH 69 70 1 051 ST. MARY PARISH 70 70 0 061 WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH 70 70 0 016 DESOTO PARISH 67 69 2 028 LAFAYETTE PARISH 69 69 0 023 IBERIA PARISH 67 68 1 064 WINN PARISH 67 68 1 011 CALDWELL PARISH 66 67 1 040 RAPIDES PARISH 67 67 0 001 ACADIA PARISH 64 66 2 026 JEFFERSON PARISH 64 66 2 004 ASSUMPTION PARISH 68 66 -2 013 CATAHOULA PARISH 66 Basic & Above -4 2012 - 2013 Comparison of Average Percent of70Students at 024 IBERVILLE PARISH 60 65 5 Change from 2012 to 050 ST. MARTIN PARISH 63 65 2 2013 (Grades 3-8) Spring 059District WASHINGTON PARISH 632012 Spring 652013 2 District Name Code (Grades 3-8) (Grades 3-8) If the number>0, then 025 JACKSON PARISH 65 65 0 highlighted 060 WEBSTER PARISH 63 64 1 as green STATE LOUISIANA 68 69 1 015 CONCORDIASTATEWIDE PARISH 63 63 0 065 CITY OF MONROE SCHOOL DISTRICT 66 63 -3 017 EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH 60 62 2 Page 2 of 4 048 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH 61 62 1 049 ST. LANDRY PARISH 62 62 0 007 BIENVILLE PARISH 59 61 2 009 CADDO PARISH 60 60 0 053 TANGIPAHOA PARISH 60 60 0 021 FRANKLIN PARISH 58 59 1 041 RED RIVER PARISH 60 59 -1 019 EAST FELICIANA PARISH 53 58 5 035 NATCHITOCHES PARISH 58 58 0 039 POINTE COUPEE PARISH 59 58 -1 RNO RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT—NEW ORLEANS 51 57 6 042 RICHLAND PARISH 56 56 0 034 MOREHOUSE PARISH 56 55 -1 005 AVOYELLES PARISH 54 54 0 056 UNION PARISH 52 Basic & Above -5 2012 - 2013 Comparison of Average Percent of57Students at 018 EAST CARROLL PARISH 62 51 -11 Change from 2012 to 066 CITY OF BOGALUSA SCHOOL DISTRICT 50 50 0 2013 (Grades 3-8) Spring 014District CLAIBORNE PARISHDistrict Name 512012 Spring 482013 -3 Code (Grades 3-8) (Grades 3-8) If the number>0, then 054 TENSAS PARISH 49 46 -3 highlighted 068 CITY OF BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT 42 42 0 as green STATE LOUISIANA STATEWIDE 68 69 1 033 MADISON PARISH 49 41 -8 RBR RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT—BATON ROUGE NA 37 NA 046 ST. HELENA PARISH 48 37 -11 Page 3 of 4 RLA RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT—LOUISIANA 33 31 -2 NA = Not Available District Name

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EBR Schools Makes Great Gains in School Performance Scores Baton Rouge, LA—EBR Schools has increased its overall proficiency for LEAP and iLEAP tests from 2012 to 2013. The two point increase in one year demonstrates steady and sustainable growth. EBR Schools ranks 7 of the 71 districts with an overall eightpoint growth in proficiency rates over the past four years. Highlights of the school performance data include: - Greater emphasis on ELA and Math has resulted in substantial gains. At the 4th Grade Level, 19 of the 50 elementary schools saw double digit growth in ELA proficiency. There have also been substantial increases in the Advanced and Mastery achievement levels for Math and ELA. - 11 schools had improvement in all LEAP tests. - EBR Promotion rates for the high-stakes grades (4th and 8th Grade) continue to improve. This year’s 4th graders saw a gain of 4 points for all test takers and 5 points for all new testers. This year's 8th graders saw a gain of 2 points for all testers and 1 point for new testers. - In a preliminary look at EBR’s AUS (Academically Unacceptable School) schools, the district is optimistic that several schools will be coming out of AUS status, but the district is still waiting for incentive point and high school information from the state. “We are pleased that our schools continue to improve performance,” said Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., Superintendent of EBR Schools, “but we know we still have work to do to help our students.” Dr. Taylor added, “these proficiency gains show that this district is not only making significant progress, but that we are meeting the needs of a student population that has a variety of needs. We could not have made these gains without the hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators, school support personnel and supportive parents.” ###

Talking Points of EBR Schools Cannot Mask Reality of Scores

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

BATON ROUGE — Once again, the “talking points” of government agencies have come face-to-face with reality. In this case, the Louisiana Department of Education has released test scores for school systems across the state. Yet, despite a dismal performance by students in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, the public relations department of the school system claimed the system made “great gains.” In fact, only 62 percent of East Baton Rouge Parish student “passed” the state’s LEAP and iLEAP exams, while 38 percent failed. But, actually, the results were much worse than that, because these numbers do not include the test results from the “failing” schools that have been taken away from the East Baton Rouge system by the state. These

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results — and a 38 percent failure rate in grades three through eight — are from the parish’s “successful” schools. The results were much different at two so-called “breakaway” school districts — Zachary and Central — which are now ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state respectively. In Zachary, only 52 percent of the students are white, but the black students in Zachary out-perform white students in many parishes, such as Jefferson. In Central, 58 percent of the students are in the free or reduced lunch program. Test scores in the public schools often have far-reaching consequences for communities, as families make decisions about where to buy a home and make plans for their future.

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More Citizens Prepare to Defend Themselves

Chamber EBR Gun Training Class Trained, Well-Armed Citizenry Best Way To Fight BR Crime, Chamber EBR Says

BATON ROUGE — The Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge has completed another Gun Safety Course at the Baker Range in Baker, and 24 more local residents are better qualified to use their firearms to defend themselves. The Chamber EBR offers the course periodically throughout the year free of charge. Former Sheriff Greg Phares, Gordon Hutchinson, and other qualified firearms instructors donate their time. Phares said the crime problem and citizens’ concern about gun control are driving more and more people to purchase firearms and seek training. The Chamber EBR’s course is open to any resident of the parish, but it especially urges women to participate. Phares said firearms are the great equalizer that allows females to be able to live on their own and come and go without having to rely on a man for protection, as they have throughout history. The Chamber EBR is composed of small business owners. For information, go to or email chairman Woody Jenkins at woodyjenkins@hotmail. com.

CHAMBER EBR GUN SAFETY COURSE taught by former Sheriff Greg Phares (above left) was covered by WAFB-TV reporter Kelsey Davis, who decided to try her hand at the shooting range. She ended up being a good shot, landing most of her bullets in the kill zone. Phares emphasized the importance of ladies being armed and trained to defend themselves.

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Lizzie Wicker: Not Your Ordinary Kicker

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CENTRAL — Lizzie Wicker is not your ordinary high school placekicker, although you might have seen her on the sidelines during the spring football game between Central High and Northside of Lafayette last week. The aspiring young athlete hopes to make the Wildcats’ varsity team this fall. But football is just one of Lizzie’s

LOUISIANA’S OUR LITTLE MISS SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT — Two Central Private School students were crowned at Louisiana’s Our Little Miss Pageant in Jennings. Anna Calire Reily (left) was crowned Louisiana’s Our Little Miss, 7-9 year olds and Iva Faye Martel (right) was crowned Louisiana’s Miss La Petite, 3-6 year olds. Being crowned allows both girls to represent Louisiana in the World Pageant to be held in New Orleans on July 9 through 15. Our Little Miss is an all natural pageant with no glitz or glamour. This pageant system focuses on instilling confidence, poise, and manners.

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What’s Happening Around Capital City

BATON ROUGE — Events coming up in and around the capital city: Saturday, June 1 Fundraiser • 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Central High Bowling Team will hold a fundraiser at the Piggly Wiggly, 9702 Greenwell Springs. They will be selling jambalaya, hamburgers with chips, and hot dogs with chips for $5. All proceeds will got towards the bowling team’s 2013-14 season and help pay for new equipment, team jerseys and shirts, and fees. Come support your Wildcats. June 3 through 6 Bitty Kitty Dance Camp 9 a.m. to 12 noon The Central High School Kittens will host a Bitty Kitty Dance Camp. Cost is $60 and can be paid in the form of a check to Central High School. June 3 through 6 Central Basketball Youth Camp 9 a.m. to 12 noon The camp will teach young basketball players the basic skills and assist young players in improving already learned skills. The camp is offered to boys between the ages of 7-13 and is broken into two groups, SEC for younger athletes and the NBA for the older athletes. Campers will be instructed by Central High basketball staff and current players. Contact Coach Ron Lewis at or 261-2780. June 3 through 7 Vacation Bible School 9 a.m. to 12 noon Fellowship Baptist Church, 14512 Greenwell Springs, will have Vacation Bible School. The theme this is year

NICOLAS DYKES, a student at Central Private School, won first place in his 62 kg class at the Louisiana High School weightlifting Championship. His highest lifts were 198-pound snatch and 242-pound clean and jerk. Nicolas also received the Weightlifting Championship Outstanding Lifter award.

SARAH HOLLIDAY RECOGNIZED — On Thursday, May 23, State Rep. Valarie Hodges led the recognition of Sarah Holliday for her leadership in the Republican Party as an immediate past Region 6 vice president for the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women and all of her involvement in the party. Shown are Rep. Valarie Hodges, Rep. Barry Ivey, Sarah Holliday, and Rep. Lenar Whitney.

is “Colossal Coaster World.” Kids will explore ways to face fears and learn to trust God. Every child who has finished kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to attend. For information, call 261-8903. Friday, June 7 Meet Warren Morris 3 to 5 p.m. Meet 1996 NCAA College World Series hero and LSU baseball legend Warren Morris at Red River Bank, 14545 Wax Road in Central. Saturday, June 8 Eddie Robinson Sr. Football Camp • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 3rd Annual Eddie Robinson Sr. Foundation Football Camp will be held at McKinley High School, 800 East McKinley St. The day will consist of professional training, motivational speakers, football techniques, and sharing a vision for the future of our youth. Free t-shirt and refreshments will be provided for all participants. For information, email or call 389-5140. Saturday, June 8 Prenatal & Infant Care Class 10 a.m. Lane Regional Medical Center will offer a free prenatal and infant care class in the staff development classroom. Partners are encouraged to attend. Child care is not provided. Registration is required. For information or to register, call 654-5263. Saturday, June 8 Fundraiser Performance • 1 p.m. BRBT’s Youth Ballet will hold a special fundraiser performance at The Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court. The proceeds will help expand their community outreach. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for

children. For information, contact Nicole Naquin or Will Bove at 7668379 or email or will@batonrougeballet. org. June 10 and 11 Wildcat Girls’ Basketball Camp • 9 to 11 p.m. Central High School will host its 2nd Annual Wildcat Girls’ Basketball Camp. Cost is $60 and is open to ages 6 through 12. For information, contact Matt Edwards at 281-6702. June 10 through 13 Soccer Camp • 8:30 to 12 noon Coach Melton and Central High School will host a Soccer Camp for 3rd to 8th grade boys and girls at Central Middle. For information, contact Mike Forbes at June 10 through 14 Vacation Bible School Berean Ministries, 6565 Morgan Road, will have Vacation Bible School. The theme this is year is “Kids Stand Strong for God.” For information, contact Pam at 2611994. June 10 through 14 Vacation Bible School 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration is now open for Broadmoor United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School, “Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together.” Children currently enrolled in Pre-K to 5th grade are invited to attend. Registration is $12 per child. Broadmoor United Methodist is located at 10230 Mollylea Drive. For information, contact Christi Domingue-Rangel at 247-9974 or Tuesday, June 11 Diabetes Support Group • 2 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. For information, contact Sherri Brady, R.N. at 6584583. June 13, 20, and 21 Hot Summer Nights & Cool Jazz The popular “Hot Summer Nights & Cool Jazz” concert series returns to the LSU School of Music Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $20; LSU faculty, staff, and senior tickets are $15; and LSU students tickets are $10, with student I.D. Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling 578-6941. Saturday, June 15 Celebration • 1 to 5 p.m. A Juneteenth Celebration will be held at Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Ave. Come join the celebration with great food, festivities, music, and fun. For information, contact Twahna Harris at 389-3182 or Cheryl Ford at 389-7805. Saturday, June 15 Dance • 7 to 10 p.m. A dance, featuring Elvis tribute artist Jay Dupuis and Band, will be held at Kristenwood, 14025 Greenwell Springs Road. Dance is open to anyone 21 years or older. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at St. Alphonsus Parish Office, 14040 Greenwell Springs Road. June 17 through 19 Todd McClure Youth Football Camp • 6 to 8 p.m. Coach Sid Edwards and Central See MORE on Page 13

. Class Reunions , Saturday, June 8 Central High Class of ’63 The Central High Class of 1963 will hold their 50th reunion from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Ellen Smith Frazier, daughter of CHS principal J.A. Smith. Classmates may contact the reunion committee at or at Class of 1963, 11116 Sullivan Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818 for registration and questionnaire details. Saturday, June 15 Bellingrath Reunion There will be a Bellingrath Reunion at the new Middle School cafeteria from 4 to 8 p.m. It will be for faculty, staff, students, parents, and

grandparents who were involved with Bellingrath from 1966 to 2000. Only adults are invited. Go to www. to register and get more information. If you are interested in helping with the reunion, there will be a meeting at Berean Ministries Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 17 Istrouma Class of ’73 Reunion Istrouma High Class of ’73 will have a reunion at Kristenwood, 14025 Greenwell Springs. Contact Rhona C. Watson, 654-7716 or or Debbie or Danny Wellman, 261-8358 or

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Milestones Births • Engagements • Weddings • Deaths Anniversaries • Reunions


Samantha McCauley and Justin Creel announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

McCauley, Creel Announce Their Engagement

CENTRAL — Mr. and Mrs. Lionel McCauley, II of Prairieville and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Satterwhite of Zachary are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Samantha Lynn to Justin Blake Creel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Creel of Central. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lionel and Winnie McCauley of Pride, Rosalie Firmin of Simmesport, William and pat Satterwhite of Plaquemine, Freddie and Burnie Roussel of Sorrento, and the late William Wheeler of Zachary. Samantha is enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University in early childhood education and will graduate in December. Her fiancé is the grandson of Jim and Linda Davies of Central and the late Ivy and Billie Creel of Central.

INNIS — Alaina Kaye Kent of Pride and Arthur Dillon LaCour of Batchelor will marry in a 5:30 p.m. ceremony Saturday, June 8, 2013, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Innis.

Justin Creel and Samantha McCauley

Justin graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor of science degree and receiving the highest honor, the President’s Award. He will continue his studies at LSU Medical School in Shreveport this fall. The couple will honeymoon in Jamaica and reside in Shreveport after exchanging their vows on June 28.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Keith and Melissa Kent of Pride. She is the granddaughter of John David and Carmen Marquez of Denham Springs and the late Huey and Judy Kent of Pride. She was a 2007 graduate of Central High School and is a student at Southeastern Louisiana University and will be graduating in December with her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Her fiancé is the son of Chris Buhler and the late Travis Buhler of Denham Springs and Jacques and Tilly LaCour of Batchelor. He is the grandson of Ret. Lt. Col. Clayton Humphreys and the late Lene Humphreys, the late Ovide B. LaCour, III and the late Fern Laurent LaCour, all of Batchelor. He was a 2004 graduate of Live Oak High School and a 2010 graduate of Louisiana State University in Alexandria with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is employed with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division.

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High will host the 3rd Annual Todd McClure Youth Football Camp. Cost is $20 for ages 5 to incoming freshmen. Pre-register online at June 17 through 20 Volleyball Camp Michelle LeBouef will host two sessions of Volleyball Camps. Session 1: June 17 through 20, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost is $100 and is open to all incoming 5th through 8th graders. Session 2: July 15 through 17, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost is $75 and is open to all incoming 2nd through 5th graders.

Allison Rust and Cadet Jacob Forbes will wed June 1 at the U.S. Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs.

Allison Rust and Cadet Jacob Forbes To Marry June 1 in Colorado Springs

Alaina Kent and Arthur LaCour to Wed June 8 at St. Stephens Episcopal

Arthur LaCour and Alaina Kent


Registration deadline is May 31. For information, contact Michele LeBouef at June 17 through 21 Sports Fitness Camp for Girls The 2nd Annual Central Middle School Sports Fitness Camp for Girls will be held at the Central Middle School gym. Cost is $75 and includes camp shirt. 9 a.m. to 12 noon — incoming 2nd through 5th grade and 1 to 4 p.m. — incoming 5th through 8th grade. For information, contact Monica McClure at or Nicole Aucoin at

COLORADO SPRINGS — Allison Rust of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Cadet Jacob Forbes of Kingwood, Texas will marry in an 11:30 a.m. ceremony Saturday, June 1 at the United States Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The bride-elect is the daughter of Wayne and Lisa Rust of Colorado Springs. She is the granddaughter of Richard and Joan Rust of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the late Ed and Marilyn Huth of Cornersville, Ind. Allison is a graduate of Christian Cottage School and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her fiancé is the son of Doug and Jolie Horner of Celebration, Fla. and Scott and Kellie Forbes of Kingwood, Texas. He is the grandson of Fred and Julie Nance of Prairieville and the late Larry Mosby of Baton Rouge, Stan and Virgie Forbes of Central, and Clemon and Jean Mullins of Central.


In the May 2 edition, the groom parents names were wrong in the McNeal and Manuel annoucement. It should have read Ronald Manuel and Darlene Geddes.

Allison Rust and Jacob Forbes

Cadet Forbes graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and will attend graduate school at the United States Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

. Births , Beau Blue Baker

Dustin and Felicia Baker of Central are proud to announce the birth of their son, Beau Blue. Beau was born Sept. 4, 2012, at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed five pounds, 15 ounces. Proud grandparents are Sandra Dale and Blue and Betty Baker, all of Clinton.

Jackson Chapman Mann

Josh and Ballard Jackson Mann of Central are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Chapman. Jackson was born Feb. 22, 2013, at Woman’s Hospital. He weighed seven pounds and was 20.5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Jeff and Kim Mann of Walker and Cameron and Kim Jackson of Gloster, Miss. Great-grandparents are Dalton and Helen Mann of Baton Rouge, Cecil and Connie Chapman of Newton, Texas, Fred and Sammie Ballard of Leland, Miss., and Mike and Mae Milton of Matthews, N.C.

Annabelle Lucille Meador

Weslee and Danielle Meador of Prairieville are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Annabelle Lucille. Annabelle was born April 5, 2013 at Woman’s Hospital. She weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Bobby and Wendy Meador of Pride and David and Karen Songe of Prairieville. Great-grandparents are Marion Songe of Slidell, Mary Sue Meador of Baton Rouge, Volean Hughes of Pride, and Brian Reauther of Barataria.

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St. Michael Honors Student Warrior

BATON ROUGE — The 2013 St. Michael High School Warrior Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, May 23 at Ashley Manor. Recognized were two Alumni of the Year, two Warrior Sword winners, and two athlete inductees into the Warrior Wall of Honor. The two athletes inducted into the Wall of Honor this year are both from the class of 1999. Jayme Chikos was the school’s all-time basketball scorer and all-time basketball assist leader. She went on to play college basketball at Elon University where she still holds the all-time school assist leader there. She lettered all four years at Elon, was the captain, and became the Big South Conference all-time career assist leader. Laurel Huber Chiarmonte had an exemplary track, soccer, and cross country high school athletic career. She was a four-time all-district soccer player, a two-time cross country champion, and an EBR cross country champion. In addition, she was a three-time state track individual champion. Each year, an alumni at least five years out from graduation, is chosen as the Alumni of the Year. This year, two graduates who give back to their alma mater were honored — Dena Rispone Balart ’93 and Sarah Edwards ’05. Balart gives back to St. Michael and the greater Baton Rouge community as well. She is an active Warrior Alumni Association member who served on her Reunion Planning Committee and actively participates in the Auction Social each year. She serves as an Alumni Class Representative and has been very involved in Career Day, Open House, and the Auction Social for which she has

Alumni of the Year Sarah Edwards and Dena Rispone Balart

worked registration, the bank, and procurement for the silent and live auctions. Finally, the Warrior Sword Award is the highest honor bestowed by the school to individuals who exemplify outstanding Christian values and in the spirit of good will serve others and the community. This year two adults and one graduating senior received Warrior Sword Awards. The adult Sword Award recipients were faculty member, Cathy Brouillette, and consummate volunteer, Gary Carville. Brouillette, who retires this year as one of the school’s original teachers 29 years ago, has touched just about every aspect of St. Michael High School. From serving on the initial

Warrior Sword winner Alexander Ruch and Ellen Lee

committee to choose the school colors and mascot to starting the original Warrior Dance Team and Student Ambassador Program to finding time in between to teach math, Cathy has been a tremendous asset to St. Michael. Carville has also touched so many different and varied areas of SMHS including assistant coaching for cross country, tennis and soccer, as well as driving the school bus for athletic and club events. “These awards and this annual dinner give us a moment each year to honor and recognize those members of the St. Michael family who truly help and have helped to make the school what it is today,” said Director of Advancement, Lee DeGeneres. “It is individuals such as these who are

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Wildcats Shine in Annual Spring Game

Central Has Its Way with Northside

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Wildcat’s sideline during the spring game against Northside of Lafayette

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CENTRAL — The Central Wildcats had their way with Northside of Lafayette in last Thursday’s spring football game at Wildcat Stadium. Central’s offensive coordinator David Simoneaux said was very pleased with the team’s progress, and he praised the work of the team. Simoneaux’s offense showed outstanding speed. Several running backs ran for long gains. Speedster Gary Triplett was out with a hamstring injury. “It was a very good scrimmage,” he said. “We played well on both sides of the football. It was very physical. The defense was strong. They allowed no big

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plays or scores. On defense, we’re a lot farther along than in the past. Strong on the line, linebackers, and defensive secondary. Coach Hilton’s expertise and hard work are really paying off for this team.” Simoneaux said it will be a busy summer for the Wildcats. They start working out Tuesday at 7 a.m and will work four days a week. “They put mind, body, and soul into it,” he said. Simoneaux said the team will be doing some sevenon-seven work. Simoneaux will be coordinating weight room activities for the football, basketball, and baseball teams.

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