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James Dipuma donates a toy for Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade outside the Watson Walmart Saturday. Watching are Shawn Lang, deputy, Damon Buckhalter, father and Elizabeth Buckhalter; sister. Deputies will be taking donations during the Christmas season in front of the Walmarts in Watson, Walker and Denham Springs.

Pet stores can sell tarantulas in Denham By Alice Dowty The Livingston Parish News

DENHAM SPRINGS — During a four-minute meeting Monday, councilmen legalized the sale of tarantulas on a 4-1 vote. The change in the ordinance listing which animals cannot be sold legally in the city was introduced Nov. 13 and a public hearing was scheduled for Monday night. Nobody showed up to speak for or against tarantula sales. Councilman Lori Lamm-Williams cast the only dissenting vote, saying she understood that local residents could already buy tarantulas in Baton Rouge and bring the spiders back home to Denham Springs. She said her vote was a protest against careless owners who let exotic pets escape. Lamm-Williams said an escaped “pet” python once

“came to visit” her home. The legalization of tarantula sales benefits the local Petco store, which was losing potential tarantula business to pet stores in Baton Rouge, said Mayor Jimmy Durbin. Denham Springs Petco Manager Ron Young said after the meeting that tarantulas would be ordered this week and could arrive as soon as next week. The spiders will definitely be on sale in Den-


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ham Springs for Christmas gifts, he said. Stores make an effort to stock only male or only female tarantulas, Young said. A customer who buys from stores in different areas takes the risk of getting a pair that will produce a lot of offspring. Before Monday’s four-minute meeting started, Durbin said a notice to proceed with the widening of La. 3003 (Rushing Road west of South Range Avenue) was expected next week. The road is getting a third lane between South Range Avenue and Home Depot, with the initial pipe-laying work starting near Don’s Seafood. Durbin also said the Stage Zero feasibility study had been completed on an I-12 / Pete’s Highway interchange.

DENHAM SPRINGS — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has defied a growing trend favoring Republicans in Louisiana to win three consecutive terms in Washington, D.C., and the 16-year veteran hopes to do it again. Monday night she raised a reported $50,000 here during a fundraiser at the home of Mayor Jimmy and Maurice Durbin, longtime friends. At least half of the 100 guests gathered were Republicans, including numerous public officials, but most appeared eager to put aside party to meet their senior senator in the current majority party. Mayor Durbin told the group she is now among the top 10 most powerful senators in Washington. Yet the theme of the night was local constituent service as four residents gave testi-

monials about how she and her staff helped them and their families. “I always thought I represent 100 percent of the state, those who voted for me and those who didn’t,” Landrieu said. After surviving her first two Senate races by razor thin margins, then winning her last one by 6 percent, she has learned the value of campaigning early, which brought her to Denham Springs two years before her next election date. That same day she addressed a “smart growth” conference in Baton Rouge following a weekend of networking in New Orleans at the Bayou Classic football game between Grambling and Southern universities. Local residents Kayla Johnson, Juanita Zach-


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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is flanked by her two longtime friends Jimmy and Maurice Durbin, who hosted a fundraiser for her Monday in Denham Springs.

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LIVINGSTON — Compared to last month, turnout for early voting in the runoffs has been sparse, though officials are still impressed. “It’s been busier than I thought it would have been,” said Deputy Registrar of Voters Jared Andrews Wednesday after counting up a total of early 930 votes cast parishwide. Nearly 14 percent of those were cast from Walker, where eight candidates are in a runoff for four at-large seats on the Board of Aldermen. The only other race anywhere is a runoff for state Supreme Court Justice from District 5 between Livingston Parish resident Jeff Hughes, a Republican, and East Baton Rouge(225)665-5176 Parish| resident Fax (225) 667-0167

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7,624 Livingston Parish voters cast ballots early for the Nov. 6 election. The early voting period began Saturday and continues daily from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. through this Saturday at the Registrar of Voters Office in Livingston. “I figured it would be dead, but so far it’s been pretty steady,” Andrews said, “though nothing like last month.” Those voting early for the Nov. 6 presidential election discovered long lines awaiting them, while that is not a problem this time around. As of Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., 930 early votes included 648 who came in person and 282 ballots received through the mail. In Walker, 128 votes were cast, 107 in person and 21 by mail, Andrews said.

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8 vie for 4 spots in Walker By Alice Dowty The Livingston Parish News

WALKER — Eight alderman candidates are running for four seats in Walker’s Dec. 8 runoff. Early voting at the Registrar of Voter’s Office in Livingston ends Saturday at 6 p.m. The Walker alderman candidates are Jim Goins, Gary Griffin, Debra Keller, Scarlett Major, John Wilder, Paul Roberts Jr., Jack Summerell, and Jon Davis. The candidates recently gave their views on issues facing Walker, including a controversial 4-1 vote by current aldermen in July that ruined a $1 million restaurant deal. Aldermen changed a zoning ordinance in a way that gave Revival Temple on La. 447 the final say on whether the restaurant could build as planned on the adjacent lot. “I want to maintain the dignity of the areas around our churches. We need a plan to bring in restaurants without allowing bars to open next to churches and schools,” said 19-year-old candidate Jon Davis. “This has been presented as an either/or proposition. Anyone who cannot come up with a plan to protect our churches and bring in restaurants at the same time frankly should not be running for public office.” According to state law, a municipality cannot require more than 300 ft. between a church and a business selling alcohol. A municipality can require less than 300 ft., depending on the way aldermen decide how the distance between the two buildings will be measured. After the 2010 referendum, when Walker voters approved liquor sales, aldermen adopted the “walking method” of measurement, the same method used in surrounding communities and parishes. After the large restaurant was proposed for the lot next to Revival Temple, Alderman Scarlett Major asked other aldermen to switch to the “straight line” measurement method. This required building behind Blockbuster Video, and changing other design plans, which the restaurant business was not willing to do. They did offer to sell only beer and wine, no hard liquor, according to the landowner. Major’s proposal also gave the church (and other facilities named in state law) the authority to issue a waiver allowing such a restaurant to be built closer. Jack Summerell suggested the alternative of “straight line” measurement with a 250-ft. buffer zone, together with the consent waiver. Summerell’s compromise died for lack of a second and Major’s proposal passed 4-1. Candidate John Wilder said he thinks the vote set a bad precedent. “We should allow business op-

portunities for our city, not change ordinances to stall or stop them,” Wilder said. “I would be willing to compromise on this ordinance to ensure the property would not end up 50 ft. from the church, but not 300 ft. ‘straight line’ either.” On Nov. 6, voters elected one alderman, Tracy Girlinghouse, who is a member of the Revival Temple congregation. Girlinghouse said his church membership makes no difference in the way he will approach his job as an alderman. Major and another candidate, Gary Griffin, also Revival Temple members, made the same point. “I do want restaurants to come to our city,” Major said.  “I am in favor of restaurants in Walker,” said Griffin. “I do not think the ordinance needs to be rescinded, possibly only clarified.” Candidate Jim Goins pointed out the need for Walker’s new elected leaders to work together. “We will go through a period of reorganization,” Goins said. “The time has come to put aside our differences and work together for the betterment of our city and families.” Candidates Paul Roberts Jr. and Debra Keller said Walker needs more retail stores and quality restaurants, without elaborating on the zoning issue. Summerell said he thinks that aldermen should be guided by a majority of their constituents when trying to frame an ordinance. “Of all the people that voted (in Walker’s alcohol referendum), 64 percent voted for restaurants to be allowed within the city limits of Walker, knowing full well that they might serve, or would serve, alcohol with a meal. Their rights were revoked when the (zoning) ordinance was changed,” Summerell said. In addition to restaurant issues, Walker’s new Board of Aldermen will be deciding how much money to spend on the Police Department. All candidates said they would support the needs of the Police Department, but did not say how, or how much. Former Police Chief Hunter Grimes said before his resignation this year that Police operations were underfunded and needed a larger and more secure facility. Major said she is in favor of adding police officers. Revenue from Police Department fines and forfeits amounted to $558,053 last year. Total Walker Police Department spending came to $1,983,696, which meant that $1.4 million needed to come from revenue sources other than fines, according to Walker’s 2011 audit. The proposed 2013 budget calls for spending $2,115,017 on the PoWALKER Page A3

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The feasibility study narrowed the number of possible designs down from 18 to three. The next stage in the approval process is an environmental assessment, and the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will advertise for an engineering firm to evaluate the three finalists, Durbin said. Durbin also said the city was demolishing a house at 721 Poplar St. When the owner of the condemned house did not arrange to have the demolition done, the city invoked its right to do the work and send the owner a bill. The city will also dispose of the rubble, Durbin said. During condemnation hearings earlier this year, building official Rick Foster told Councilmen that the house

meets the legal definition of “unfit for human habitation.” The house has “multiple deficiencies” in its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and the ceiling shows water damage, Foster reported. The electricity is shut off, and the house has had no water or sewer service since April. Foster noted a pipe in the back yard that would leak if water service resumed. A storage shed and parts of the house are full, creating fire, health, and safety hazards. Foster also noted animal feces among the rubbish. Lamm-Williams, who lives on Poplar Street, said the house cannot be secured and “people are in and out of there all the time; we don’t know who they are.”

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This rubble was all that remained Tuesday morning of a condemned house on Poplar Street after city workers demolished the structure.

Walker candidates discuss issues From A2 lice Department. Major said she wanted improvements for both the Police and the Animal Shelter. Walker spent $195,949 on Animal Control last year. Elected officials need a good head for business, said Debra Keller, who owns a small business with her husband. “Walker’s utilities (water, sewer and natural gas) are a service to the people and a way to bring in new business,” Keller said. “Walker’s natural gas business, which extends all the way to the St. Helena Parish line, has been a money-maker for the city, and I think we need to continue to make good business decisions about expanding. If we can’t go north, let’s go south.” Last year, Walker Gas Department revenues of $4,441,029 exceeded expenses by $1,342,771, allowing $900,000 to be transferred to the General Fund. Water Department revenues of $929,519 exceeded expenses by $126,989. “Economic times are not, in my opinion, going to get any better in the foreseeable future for obvious reasons,” said Jim Goins. “We must take advantage of the best resources, and most qualified individuals, to run a city with a $13.2 million budget.” Keller, the only Democrat on the ballot, said she learned from doorto-door campaigning that many voters want a local community center on park property, a multi-purpose facility for basketball, volleyball, family reunions, wedding receptions, and

senior citizen activities. “If we want to keep a close-knit community as we grow, then we have to work at it,” Keller said. The only way to make good decisions is to involve the residents in planning big projects, she said. Summerell said planning should begin with consideration of the least expensive way to way to accomplish an objective. Wilder agreed, saying Walker’s Police Department might possibly be moved and combined with an enlarged administrative building. Candidates know that voters are not in the mood for new property taxes. Griffin said he would not be in favor of calling an election to raise a millage for a project such as a new police station. All candidates endorsed spending on Walker’s Parks and Recreation programs, without giving specifics about where additional money might come from as the population grows. The city’s proposed 2013 budget calls for spending $327,770 on Parks and Recreation. Without new funding sources, police protection, parks and recreation, animal control and other services will need to be funded mainly through the town’s natural gas department and sales taxes. The current elected officials adopted a master plan that will allow the city to keep pace with population growth, if certain ordinances are passed now. “The plan is very broad, yet specific when it comes to the needs of a growing city,” Summerell said. “It’s also

very ambitious, as it is a 20-year plan. If we don’t do some type of planning now, we will suffer many of the same consequences we are experiencing right now on a much larger scale.” Wilder said the city needs to make the most of the assets it has now, in order to create new development areas. If development is done with an eye to the future, then the city will be ready for the challenges to come and will not lose the sense of community it has now. “If we are going to continue to provide the services we are providing today, we need additional income bases, such as restaurants and retail businesses,” Summerell said. Walker sells water, sewer and natural gas outside its corporate limits, but only collects sales taxes inside the city limits of Walker. “Smart growth does not mean some sort of government-controlled society,” Davis said. “But let’s work together to make sure that the buildings and landscaping on our main highways are beautiful and coordinated in the years ahead. “The city of Covington, Louisiana, is a great example of a small town that grew rapidly and became one of the most beautiful places in America. We should follow its example,” Davis said. “I would lead a team of city leaders to visit other Louisiana cities that have planned smart growth. We can learn from others’ successes and failures. We need not reinvent the wheel to make Walker more beautiful each year.”

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‘Obama has opened the whole issue of Benghazi-gate.’ Jeff David column. Thursday, November 29, 2012

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President overplays his winning hand

hen Barack Obama won the presidency four years ago, the American people also awarded him with two years of complete Democratic control in Washington. With his party standing as a majority in both the House and the Senate, the new President flexed his political muscles and jammed both Obamacare and the Stimulus Program through the process and into law. This time around, however, things are slightly different. The Democrats won the presidency again, all right. And they enjoyed a net gain in the Senate giving them a 55-seat majority beginning in January. But in the House, the Republicans, thanks to majorityminority districts, retain full control. With Speaker John Boehner standing in the way, the President will ultimately be forced to yield on several important economic points. Despite this important difference between his power four years ago and his power now, Barack Obama has emerged from his electoral victory with a glow of selfconfidence that may well prove to be woefully unjustified under the circumstances. Obama has informed the Republican majority in the House that he will sign no economic bill which retains the so-called Bush tax cuts on the top five percent of incomes, roughly $250,000 a year and up. The President, perhaps rightly, believes that the recent election gave him a mandate to tax the rich, and along with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid has made this the centerpiece of his economic negotiations. But the President’s negotiations with Boehner over the Fiscal Cliff scheduled for December 31 have proved back page news compared to the second stack of political chips the nation’s chief executive has pushed out on the table. Despite her controversial appearances on five Sunday talk shows in the days after Benghazi, current U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s name has been floated by the White House as the successor to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Rice, 48, possesses strong academic qualifications. A child of well-educated and successful parents, Rice attended the prestigious girls’ school in Washington, the Cathedral School, where she excelled as both an athlete and a scholar. She went to Stanford, then to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship where she ultimately obtained a Ph.D. in foreign affairs. Her work background includes stints in the Clinton White House as

well as at the liberal think tank Brookings Institution where her mother is currently employed. Obama appointed Clinton as Secretary of State with Rice as her heir-apparent in a potential second ways term. As U.N. Ambasand means sador, Rice followed Jeff M. David the Clinton policy line, radically changing the American policies that had been followed under Bush and his hard-line conservative U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. Rice has been particularly criticized by Republicans for her support of increased funding for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and CulSusan Rice tural Organization. UNESCO has often been accused of supporting communist and socialist causes throughout the world. The President’s suggestion of Rice’s name as his next Secretary of State brought instant negative reaction from Republican leaders in the Senate where a majority vote must be obtained in order for Rice to be confirmed. Rice suffered a particularly debilitating setback Wednesday of this week when moderate Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins suggested to reporters that Democratic Senator John Kerry would make a better choice. Collins’ remarks were particularly hurtful to Rice’s chances because Republican opposition had been characterized as “sexist” by some female members of Congress and the media. The President’s political overconfidence may have led him into a trap from which he cannot now extricate himself, even if he withdraws Rice’s name and inserts Kerry’s instead. By pushing Susan Rice out on the table, Obama has opened the whole issue of Benghazi-gate, why it occurred, and who contrived to make up false information about the event. Clearly, the pitch Rice gave on the Sunday talk shows was contrived to cover up what really happened


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his was not the year that coaching change speculation was supposed to erupt at LSU. It’s not as if the Tigers are headed into the SEC championship game when Michigan comes calling for one of its own, as happened in 2007. Les Miles passed on that opportunity, or the opportunity passed on him, whatever side you choose to believe. He went on to have the good fortune to back into the national championship game, adding to his resume which now includes two SEC titles and three SEC West titles in eight years, two BCS championship appearances and one crystal football. Despite that, Miles will be measured by the Nick Saban standard as long as he is at LSU and with Saban poised to win his third title at Alabama this season, that shadow only looms larger. Meanwhile, LSU goes to a minor bowl. Still, it was a surprise this week when news leaked out that Arkansas might be pursuing the coach who once obliviously mispronounced the name of that state “R-Kansas.” The rumor was that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a Razorback alum, is willing to sweeten Miles’ pay package by a cool million dollars plus a year to lure him away from LSU. Given what happened to Gene Chizak this week just two years after winning a national championship at Auburn, Miles would be crazy not to at least study such an option, though he knows his prospects for championship seasons at LSU will always loom brighter on the horizon. After all, LSU has better facilities, more athletes in state and is competitive nationally for recruiting. For that reason, he is likely to use Arkansas now as bait for a contract extension, if that hasn’t already happened. Expectations will be forever higher at LSU. It’s no accident that Miles is one of only four coaches who have won BCS titles who remain at their schools. (The others are Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, Mack Brown at Texas and Saban at Alabama.) As long as he stays in Baton Rouge, Miles will be expected to win a national championship every year. Anything less will leave him on a hot seat despite his winning percentage (.810) that exceeds both Bear Bryant and Nick Saban. Then again, Miles is exactly the kind of guy who wouldn’t have it any other way.

At LSU, Les Miles continues to live in the shadow of Nick Saban. So what about Arkansas?


and place the blame on anti-Muslim propaganda. Such a view would make the occurrence consistent with the President’s assertion that anti-American Muslim groups are dead. The question that is clearly begged is: Who sent Rice out with the contrived message? Or, in the immortal words of Watergate: What did the President know, and when did he know it? Rice’s message was a political message, not an informative message. If it was a political message, then those in charge of the politics inside the White House had the final word on what was to be said about Benghazi and who was to say it. The FBI, the CIA, and the National Security Advisor’s staff may have touched the message, but it was the political people who finally approved it and, in fact, threw Susan Rice to the wolves with false information. Clearly either David Axelrod or David Plouffe or both of them, the grand architects of the Obama campaigns, made the final decision on what Ms. Rice was to say, and where and when she was to say it. And just as clearly, no such decision would have been made without the final approval of the President of the United States. Obama had best come clean, and come clean soon, or the cover-up will bury him just as it did Richard Nixon. Remember, the Watergate investigation came on the heels of Nixon’s reelection win over George McGovern, a win by a far greater margin than Barack Obama’s. Jeff M. David is the Publisher of The Livingston Parish News. Jeff David tweets at

Feds could derail voucher law

n what may have been the apex of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s power and influence over the Legislature, his team pressed nonstop to push through a far-reaching packpOLITICS age of education bills John Maginnis in the first three weeks of this year’s session, which is considered warp speed at the Capitol. The centerpiece of those laws, establishing a statewide voucher program by which over 5,000 public school students are having their tuition paid to attend private and church schools, faces challenges in state and federal courts. A ruling handed down this week does not bode well for Jindal’s new order for education, while it might also change the course of schooling, again, for many of those 5,000 children. Trial was scheduled to start on Wednesday in state district court in Baton Rouge on a lawsuit brought by two major teacher unions and 43 local school boards, who are challenging the constitutionality of how the vouchers are funded and how the law was passed. But earlier this week, the voucher law was dealt a heavy blow when a federal judge ruled that it, along with a law revamping teacher tenure, conflicts with his school desegregation order in Tangipahoa Parish. While his ruling only affects one parish, dozens of other school districts under desegregation orders in Louisiana could be on their way to federal court soon to raise the same point. There are multiple issues in both suits, but central to both are the school boards’ claims that the state is illegally diverting local tax dollars, dedicated to public schools, to pay to send students to private schools. The suit in state court claims that practice violates the state constitution. In the Tangipahoa case in federal court, the school board argues that using local funds for vouchers makes it impossible for it to comply with the judge’s order mandating new school construction and magnet school programs. In both cases, the state’s response is pretty simple: there are no local funds in vouchers. With over $40 million running through the voucher program, it would seem not hard to sort out where the money comes from. Yet that debate has raged from the time the voucher

bill was filed. The Legislature supports public education through the Minimum Foundation Program, which allocates $3.3 billion in state money to the 69 school districts according to a complex formula, based largely on enrollment and the taxable wealth in each district. So the state portion for each district varies according to how much each parish or municipality is capable of raising for its local share. The Jindal administration realized from the start that to use local tax dollars to finance vouchers would not only raise a constitutional issue but also create a major political obstacle in the Legislature. So, as the bill was written, the state deducts from what the MFP pays to local districts an amount nearly equal to the state portion and what the districts raise locally. Technically, only state dollars go to vouchers, but the school boards argue that in reality they are being docked for both the state and local portions for each voucher student. The state’s lawyers did not seem overly concerned with the school boards and teacher unions suits, since, normally, state courts give wide latitude to the will of the Legislature and the governor. Those concerns heightened, however, when U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle ordered the state Department of Education into federal court to show that it was not getting in the way of his desegregation order. At Monday’s hearing, apparently he did not buy the semantics of the state’s argument that no local money was being used. Instead, the judge agreed with the local school district’s position that the voucher law, however it is worded, results in the school board having less local money to carry out the judge’s order in the 47-year-old desegregation case. The state, of course, can appeal, but it may soon have to fight on new fronts. Since many of the school boards suing the state also are under a desegregation order, they no doubt will go into federal court soon to argue that the voucher and tenure laws interfere with their compliance efforts too, thus threatening to make hash of the governor’s new order for education. Like other governors before him, Jindal may find that his power and control at the Capitol end at the federal courthouse steps. John Maginnis is a Louisiana political commentator and author and publisher of the Louisiana Political Fax Weekly. His web site is

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Who’s afraid of the fiscal cliff?

ere the average Republican asked for a succinct statement of his views on taxation, he or she might respond thus: “U.S. tax rates are too high for the world we must compete in. The tax burden — federal, state, local, together — is too heavy. We need to cut tax rates to free up our private and productive sector and pull this economy out of the ditch.” This core conviction holds the party together. Yet today the leadership is about to abandon this conviction to sign on to higher tax rates or revenues, while the economy is nearing stall speed. Yet, two years ago, President Obama himself extended the Bush tax cuts because, he said, you do not raise taxes in a recovering economy. Why are Republicans negotiating this capitulation? Because they have been warned that if they do not sign on to a tax hike, they will take us all over a fiscal cliff. If we go over, Republicans are being told, you will be responsible for tax hikes on all Americans as the Bush tax cuts expire on Jan. 1. You will be responsible for a surge in tax rates on dividends, interest, capital gains, estates. You will be responsible for an automatic sequester catastrophic to the national defense. This is the pistol Obama is pointing at the GOP. This is extortion. Republicans are being told that they either vote for something they believe to be wrong and ruinous — or get something worse. Pay the ransom, fellas, Obama is demanding, or take the blame for a second recession. Like the Panama Canal debate that made Ronald Reagan a hero, this is a defining moment. No GOP senator who agreed to the CarterTorrijos treaty ever made it onto a national ticket. What are the perils for Republicans who sign on to an Obama deal? They will sever themselves permanently from much of



the base of the party. While their votes may ensure that tax rates or revenues rise, they will have no assurance that the promised spending cuts will ever be made. Even Reagan Patrick fell victim to this bait-and-switch. Buchanan Then, if the tax hikes slow the economy, Republican collaborators will share the blame. Not only will they have gone back on their word, they will have damaged the recovery. What would be their argument for re-election? If you believe higher tax rates or tax revenues would be like poisoning an already weak economy, why would you collaborate in administering that poison? Why not just say no? Having lost the presidency and seats in both houses, Republicans should not partner with a president with whom they disagree on principle. They should act as the loyal opposition in a parliamentary system whose duty it is to oppose, to offer an alternative agenda and to wait upon the success or failure of the government, as Labor is doing in Britain and the conservatives are doing in France. What should Speaker John

Boehner do? Tell the president politely that America’s problem is not that we are taxed too little but that we spend too much — and the GOP will not sign on either to tax rate or tax revenue increases. For Republicans believe that would further injure the economy — especially an economy limping along at between 1 and 2 percent growth. Then Boehner should depart the White House, go back up to the Hill and urge his Republican caucus to do two things. Pass an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and block its automatic rise from 4.2 percent of wages to 6.2 percent. To raise that tax now and scoop off the discretionary income of most of America’s families in this anemic economy makes no sense economically or politically. The House should then vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for another

year, with a pledge to do tax reform — lowering tax rates in return for culling, cutting or capping deductions for the well-to-do in the new year. Then let Harry Reid work his will. If the Senate votes to let Social Security taxes rise, let Harry and his party explain this to the middle class that gets hammered in January. If the Senate votes to let the Bush tax cuts lapse for those over $200,000, decide in the caucus whether to negotiate — or to go home for Christmas and New Year’s. As for the automatic sequester that would impose $100 billion in cuts next year, half in defense, do nothing. Let it take effect. The budget has to be cut, and while these cuts are heavy on defense, the depth and mixture can be adjusted in the new year. If Republicans walk away from tax negotiations with the White House, market investors, anticipating a sharp rise in tax rates on dividends, interest and capital gains next year, will start dumping stocks, bonds and investments to take advantage of the last year of lower taxes. The market may tank. Let the party of high taxes explain it.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at


I would like to send a big thank you out to Debbie Stewart, her husband, and her son for the kindness they showed to me when I was involved in an auto accident on Nov. 16, 2012, in front of Denham Springs Beauty College. I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t been there! May God bless you! — Betty Parker.

I would just like to

commend Mayor Jimmy Durbin and his wife Maurice Durbin for their commitment to Denham Springs and its citizens. I met them about seven years ago, and they are two of the kindest, most caring people with whom I have ever been associated. I am a former Marine, disabled Veteran, and retired Postal worker. I was retired from the post office because of my disability. I was denied Social Security benefits and felt like I was banging my head against the wall. The Durbins learned of my plight and connected me to Senator Mary Landrieu’s office. My case was reviewed again, and my benefits were approved within six months. There was no reason for the Durbins to help me other than their genuine concern for my well being. The same can be said for Sen. Landrieu’s office. I am just a regular guy who needed some help. The Durbins and Senator Landrieu (and staff) have changed my life for the better, and I will always be grateful. I am also a Republican, which goes to show that party affiliation means nothing when it comes to helping someone in distress. — David Felder.

Our court system is a

mess in Livingston. It is tragic that a person is arrested and can be held for months before even getting his/her first hearing date. A person tends to lose everything and has to start over, even if they are found not guilty. After three days, a person should get their first court date, and be released so they can at least work and contribute to society. I am saying this unless it is a violent crime. It is constitutional! A man is innocent until proven guilty in a court, and is not treated as such in Livingston. It is embarrassing for the citizens here that our system is such a mess.

What’s the point with

this parish council? Looks like Ricks just does what he wants and the district attorney has his back. I hope they stand up soon or we won’t have a parish much longer!

This is to the people

running around during the night, mostly on Pine, Oak and Poplar streets, painting vehicles and road signs with “RB” and “R” being written backwards. They are also writing “rebirth” on vehicles and houses. I hope you get caught and have to clean every sign. This has been going on for over a week.

I stopped drinking the

kool-aid about Jindal a long time ago and I’m a Republican. Can you say the same, Democrat?

When Obama opens his mouth, out comes a lie every single time. End of story.

Well Mr. Ricks, you

are showing that you

are going to do what you want to do without any approval from the council and run this parish your way. You do not care what we voted you in to do and you are not doing what is best for this parish. You may think you have fooled us but we are seeing just what you are doing and you just might find you won’t have a job in three years.

I just got our 2012

property tax bill. What happened to the 15% increase that was in the letters the assessors office sent out earlier this year? Our increase is about a 75% increase! To expect people to pay that after a major holiday just bites. We were expecting the 15% increase and felt we could handle it, but this 75% increase has our head spinning.

We all know Live Oak

schools are some of the best. My kids are “A” students. Sadly, the schools have chosen not to teach spelling, and I can easily see my kids struggling to spell some words. The teachers are also giving an average of three hours of homework each night. I’m still waiting on my payroll check. I never thought I would seek a different school district, but I am.

I see the newly elected mayor of Walker and his goons are continuing their Machiavellian campaign even after the election is over. First, the lies: They can’t name a single former parish employee who went to work for Walker after Grimmer lost the election because there weren’t any. Then, the threats and intimidation: Employees are going to lose their

jobs. Classy, boys. What next? Running nice restaurants out of town?

In response to the

comment, “Unions may have been a good idea at the start but now appear to be the greatest outsource of jobs. When unions make such high demands on companies, company owners will either close or move to a friendlier environment.” When unions are strong, they are able to ensure that workers are paid fair wages, have safe working conditions, and a place in corporate decision-making processes. Unions also promote legislation that supports the middle class such as Social Security, college workstudy programs, and the minimum wage. When labor lost its seat at the bargaining table, middle class incomes went south. The only way the middle class has been able to keep their standard of living was to put their wife to work, while at the same time those at the top have seen their wealth quadruple. Unions are good for growing the middle class.

Denham Springs Animal Control is a

useless bureaucracy! I have made countless calls to them over the past few weeks. What does it take to get them to do their job? I have a neighbor that is letting their vicious dogs roam free and attacking my dog, requiring surgery. Animal Control has yet to even make a visit to the dog’s owner. Do your job!

This is in response to

the comment, “Sacrifices, lie and cover-ups were made for the reelection of President

Obama. Destruction of America Part II is here to stay.” Here we go again, four more years of conspiracy theories from the likes of Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, and Flush Limbaugh. God must like stupid people because he sure made a lot of them. He loves Livingston Parish, too, because this place is the capitol of Stupid.

How long is the Liv-

ingston Parish Council going to let Ricks run them over and just do what he wants?

The ER in Walker is a

joke. They are understaffed and just entirely too slow. Hopefully someone is paying attention and will make the proper changes. The facility is nice! I would never go there or take my child there. Hopefully they get it together.

Good wages and benefits are key to

quality of life, supporting families and providing a reliable tax base for education, infrastructure and public services. The annual median income in non-union states is $6,185 less than union states, according to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau. Non-union states generally have higher

poverty rates, less access to health care and lower-performing schools. Non-union states such as Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas have lower wages and a poorer quality of life. Strong unions build a strong middle class. If you don’t believe this, just look at the relationship between the decrease in union membership and middle class incomes over the past 40 years.

Mr. Ricks has proven

himself over and over again to be for nothing except his own personal gain and that of his friends. So go ahead and be an idiot and vote for him again!




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18 years for molesting teen By Alice Dowty The Livingston Parish News

LIVINGSTON — A Buddy Ellis Road resident received an 18-year jail sentence Nov. 15 for molestation of a 13-yearold girl, according to District Attorney Scott Perrilloux. Grant Elliot Paul Johnson, Johnson 34, entered a guilty plea before Judge Ernest Drake, Perrilloux said. Assistant District Attorney Mathew Belser said that in 2011, the girl told her grandmother about being molested by Johnson on two separate occasions that year. The grandmother told the victim’s mother, and the mother then demanded that Johnson turn himself over to the authorities, Belser said. The Sheriff’s Office and Walker Police investigated the case, and Johnson admitted to the acts of sexual abuse, Belser said. The girl and her family were consulted prior to Johnson’s plea and gave victim impact statements before Johnson was sentenced, Belser said.

LIVINGSTON— District Attorney Scott Perrilloux reports that the following sentences were among those handed down by Judge Ernest Drake on April 23-24: Ashley David, 29, Fordoche,

LA, pled guilty to DWI (controlled dangerous substance). She received a suspended sixmonth sentence; was placed on probation for two years and fined $900 plus court costs. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement course, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Ralph Dematteo III, 27, Marrero, LA, pled guilty to DWI (first offense). He received a suspended six-month sentence; was placed on probation for two years and fined $975 plus court costs. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement course, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Trenten McManus, 21, Holden, pled guilty to DWI (controlled dangerous substance). He received a suspended sixmonth sentence; was placed on probation for two years and fined $900 plus court costs. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement course, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Stephen Meunier, 27, Walker, pled guilty to DWI (controlled dangerous substance). He received a suspended sixmonth sentence; was placed on probation for two years and fined $900 plus court costs. Defendant was also

Springfield moves toward water system By Alice Dowty The Livingston Parish News

SPRINGFIELD — The town is $400,000 closer to getting a municipal water system, Mayor Charlie Martin told aldermen Nov. 21. The state Bond Commission has approved the sale of $800,000 in bonds so far. Martin said he is working with Rep. Clay Schexnayder and the rest of the Livingston Parish delegation to get state authorization for another $400,000. That last $400,000 would bring the authorized bond sale amount up to $1.2 million, the total needed to construct a water distribution system in Springfield. “We expect that final $400,000 during the next legislative session,” Martin said. In other business, aldermen voted 3-2 against rescinding an old ordinance dealing with livestock inside the town limits. Nobody from the audience spoke on the subject during the public hearing that preceded the vote. The livestock controversy began months ago with a specific complaint about animals being kept next to a restaurant. An old livestock ordinance, which had not been enforced for decades, was unearthed. In October, town attorney Brian Abels said ordinances that are not enforced for many years are ripe for a legal challenge. The ordinance may not need to be rescinded because years of non-enforcement have likely made it unenforceable for all practical purposes, Abels said. Aldermen Tommy Abels and Marsha Sherburne voted to get the old law off the books anyway, saying residents want to keep their animals, but do not like the idea of keeping chickens and livestock while there is an ordinance against it.

Aldermen Mary Ann Bissel, John Vicknair and Mildred Cowsar voted not to rescind the livestock ordinance. Martin said the old livestock ordinance became an issue after two business owners disagreed over a dumpster. A fence went up, and goats and chickens were moved into an area next to a restaurant, Martin said. Town officials have been working on a replacement ordinance that protects the rights of town residents who live next door to goats, chickens, pigs, cows and horses without imposing a financial hardship on the animal owners. The task proved harder than expected. Some livestock owners have large properties, whereas others keep animals closer to their neighbors.

ordered to complete a driver’s improvement course, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Michelle Stine, 36, Albany, pled guilty to DWI (controlled dangerous substance). She received a suspended sixmonth sentence; was placed on probation for two years and fined $900 plus court costs. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement course, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work.

The following sentences were handed down by Judge Bruce Bennett on April 30: Marshall Bagot, 33, Baton

Rouge, pled no contest to Driving while Intoxicated (second offense). He was given credit for time served. Adrian R. Calee, 28, Baton Rouge, pled no contest to Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances by Fraud (two counts), and Attempted Possession of Stolen Controlled Dangerous Substances by Fruad. He was sentenced to five years for each count of the first offense, and two and one half years for the second offense, with all time served concurrently. Allison A. Campbell, 28, Denham Springs, pled no contest to Possession of Schedule II Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana. She received a suspended three-year sentence; was placed on three years probation; ordered to pay court costs and undergo a substance abuse evaluation. Wayne R. Cupit, 18, Denham Springs, pled no contest to Misdemeanor Theft. He was given credit for time served.

Brandon M. Foster, 21, Denham Springs, pled no contest to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was sentenced to serve five years. Barry Dale Gill, 45, Holden, pled no contest to Creation/ Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory, and Possession of Schedule II Drugs. The sentence was deferred and Gill was placed on five years probation. He must also pay court costs and attend Drug Court. Tonya L. Honeycutt, 38, Denham Springs, pled no contest to Possession of Schedule II Drugs (two counts). The sentence was deferred and Honeycutt was placed on five years probation. She must also pay court costs and complete Drug Court. Robert S. Lessard, 47, Maurepas, pled no contest to Simple Burglary. He was sentenced to serve two years. Jeremy Ricard, 25, Baton Rouge, pled no contest to Flight from an Officer (misdemeanor), and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. He was given credit for time served. The following sentences were handed down by Judge Bruce Bennett on May 1: Wendy Brady, 20, Holden, pled

no contest to DWI (first offense). Imposition of sentence was deferred under article 894. Defendant was placed on probation for two years and fined $588. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement program, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Katrina Carroll, 19, Walker, pled no contest to DWI (first offense). Imposition

of sentence was deferred under article 894. Defendant was placed on probation for two years and fined $1,038. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement program, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Chrystal Carter, 30, Prairieville, pled no contest to DWI (first offense). Imposition of sentence was deferred under article 894. Defendant was placed on probation for two years and fined $588. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement program, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Corey Dabadie, 20, Denham Springs, pled no contest to DWI (controlled dangerous substance). Imposition of sentence was deferred under article 894. Defendant was placed on probation for two years and fined $1,038.00. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement program, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work. Neil Dixon, 48, Denham Springs, pled no contest to DWI (first offense). Imposition of sentence was deferred under article 894. Defendant was placed on probation for two years and fined $688. Defendant was also ordered to complete a driver’s improvement program, attend a victim’s impact panel, receive substance abuse evaluation, and complete four days of community service work.


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I obituaries Steven Alexander

A resident of French Settlement, Steven Vance Alexander died at his home on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. He was 59. Visitation will be at Freedom Church in Livingston from 9 a.m. until funeral service at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. Interment will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Prairieville. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Fontenot Alexander; father, Harold T. Alexander; daughters, Rebecca Fontenot and Elizabeth Branch; sons, Michael Alexander and Steven Alexander; sister, Julia Webber; brother, Howard Alexander; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Owen Alexander. He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services, St. Amant. 225-644-9683.

Margie Bankston

A resident of Holden, Margie Evon Richardson Bankston died early Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 81. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Holden. She retired from Hammond State School and she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 235 in Livingston. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home, Livingston, on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m., conducted by Brother Carl Rushing and Pastor Clay Osborne. Burial will follow in Lard Cemetery in Holden. She is survived by two daughters, Clara Osborne and Barbara Hodges of Holden; two sons, Kenneth Bankston and Clyde Bankston Jr. of Holden; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Phillip Richardson and Myrtis Richardson; husband, Clyde Bankston Sr.; son, Lester Phillip Bankston; sister, Mrs. Vinnie Mae Neal; and five brothers, John and Leon Sanders, LD Travis, Grady Richardson and O.C. Richardson. Sign the online guest book at www.

Timothy Bell

A resident of Denham Springs, Timothy Edward Bell died on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He was 51. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Bell; two sons, Brandon Karrras and Richard Furlow; stepsons, Matthew Fortier and Cody Martin; stepdaughter, Amber Cook; and four grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents,

William and Carolyn Bell. Private services will be held at a later date. Sign the online guest book at

Charles Comeaux

A resident of Denham Springs, Charles Wayne Comeaux died early Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at the Carpenter House after suffering a stroke. He was 73, a long-time barber in Denham Springs and a former Police Juror and school bus driver. He was beloved by his daughters and was affectionately known as “Paw Paw” by his grandchildren and great-grandchild. Visitation was held Saturday and Sunday at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs. The Rev. Howard Peak conducted the religious services in the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in Evergreen Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Linda Byrd Comeaux; two daughters and sonsin-law, Monica C. Martin and husband Louis M. Martin Jr., and Sandy C. Trahan and husband John D. Trahan; three grandchildren, Ashley M. Trahan, Christopher R. Martin and Kelsey L. Martin; one great-grandson, Aiden N. Quinn; two brothers, Calvin A. Comeaux and Clarence “Gootsie” Comeaux; and three sisters, Melba Marie “Sis” DeLatte, Hilda Faye Zachary and Dorothy C. Peak. He was preceded in death by parents, John Charles Comeaux and Ella Dee Cook Comeaux Meadows; step-father, Marvin Meadows; brother, Jesse W. Comeaux; and sister, Velma Lou Reeves. He loved to spend time with his family, fishing and gardening. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Carpenter House. Sign the online guest book at

Dorothy Dake

A retired bookkeeper, Dorothy Ursula Bourgoyne Percle “Nanna” Dake passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Harvest Manor. She was a resident of Denham Springs and a native of Plaquemine. She was 77. Visitation was at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Plaquemine, on Monday until Mass of Christian Burial, conducted by the Rev. Cleo J. Milano. Interment was in Grace Memorial Park, Plaquemine. She is survived by three sons, Alan (Ceclia) Percle of Baton Rouge, Mark (Donna) Percle of Baton Rouge, and Kyle (Judy) Percle of Denham Springs; one sister, Murral Brown of Plaquemine; two brothers, Elliot (Simone) Bourgoyne of Port Allen and Cyril (Maxine) Bourgoyne of Donaldsonville; seven grandchildren,

Derek (Brandy) Percle, Rebecca, DeWayne, Darion, Kaitlin, Emily and Callie Percle; and two great-grandchildren, Brennan and Aiden Percle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Telesphore and Alice Devillier Bourgoyne; and brothers, Telesphore, Matthew, Nathan, Bernard, Arnold, Gordon and Harvey Bourgoyne. Pallbearers were Derek, DeWayne and Darion Percle; Alan, Mark and Kyle Percle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude. Share sympathies, condolences, and memories online at www.wilbertservices. com.

Blake Daniel

A resident of Denham Springs, Blake Ashton Daniel died on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. He was 25. Visitation was held Sunday at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs. Brother Charles Ray Smith conducted religious services in the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery. He is survived by parents, Larry Don and Mary Bunch Daniel; two brothers, Brandon and Bradley Daniel; niece, Brooke Ashton Daniel; grandparents, Wanda and Danny Doughty, Mike and Denise Daniel and Ruby Bunch; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Striley Bunch. Sign the online guest book at

Leon DiMarco

Leon Peter DiMarco, born Nov. 6, 1950, went to be with his heavenly father at 6:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at his residence. He was a native of New Orleans and a resident of Independence and Livingston Parish. He was a tree cutter by profession. Leon was an avid hog hunter using only his dogs and was affectionately known as “Hog Man”. Leon leaves behind his loving wife, Elizabeth DiMarco; three sons, Michael, Leon and Daniel; two brothers, Larry and Lemuel; and three grandchildren, Mary, Luke and Madeline. He was preceded in death by his first parents, Lucien and Lucille; brother, Lucien; sister, Lena; and sister-in-law, Beverly. Relatives and friends of the family were invited to attend the religious services from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, west of Hammond, on Tuesday. The family requested that visiting be observed at the funeral home chapel on Monday and Tuesday until the funeral service. The Rev. Sammy Smith officiated the services. Condolences and other information are available online at www.thompsoncares. com. Arrangements

have been entrusted to Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home.

Charles Dixon

Charles “Charlie” Leonard Dixon of French Settlement passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Regency Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. He was a retired computer engineer at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and served his country in the army during the Korean War. He is survived by his sister, Susan Juanette Baker and husband Dariel Baker; brother-in-law, Bill Campbell; 12 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and his gang of friends at the river in French Settlement. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Gertrude Dixon; father, Matthew Allen Dixon; brother, Bert Dixon and sister-in-law, Emily Dixon; sister, Elaine Barnett and brother-in-law Roy Barnett; and sister, Dixie Campbell. Visitation was held Monday and Tuesday at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs until funeral service. Burial was in Denham Springs Memorial Cemetery following the funeral service. For more information, visit

Erdman Guitreau

A native of French Settlement and resident of St. Amant, Erdman John “Tunney” Guitreau passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. He was 84 years old and a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Effie Jewel Michael Guitreau of St. Amant; daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Tommy Brown of St. Amant; two sisters, Mabel Felps of Gonzales and Paula Brown of French Settlement; and a granddaughter, Nicole Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander David Jr. and Esta Marie Decareaux Guitrau; daughter, Tracy Guitreau; and three brothers, Raymond Paul Guitrau, Donald Guitrau, and Vernon Guitrau. Visitation was

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at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Monday and Tuesday until funeral service, conducted by Deacon Jimmy Little. Burial followed in Faithful United Methodist Church Cemetery in St. Amant. He was a member of Gonzales American Legion Post #81, past commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #45, past commander of the V.F.W. Post 3693, past sector leader of the National Order of Trench Rats Dugout #591: Royal Colony Golden Rodent/ Red Eyed Gnawer. To offer condolences to the family, visit www.

Wanda Harrison

Wanda “Polly” Courtney Harrison of Holden passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Golden Age Nursing Home. She was born June 24, 1923, and was 89 years old. She was a stay at home mom and cared for all of her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Harmon; son, Richard Harrison and wife Monica; grandchildren, Lisa Soniat, Kim Dees, David, DeWayne, and Gary Harmon, and Cody Harrison; and greatgrandchildren, Ashlyn and Kendra Harmon, Whitney Reese, and Stephanie and Kelsie Harmon. She was preceded in death by her spouse, T.C. Harrison; daughter, Carolyn Blount; great-grandson, Robert Earl Dees; father, Dallas Courtney; mother, Angelina Courtney; sister, Audrey Grantham and husband Oliver; and brothers, Carter Courtney and wife Eva, and Dallas Courtney and wife Cecil. Pallbearers were DeWayne and Gary Harmon, Cody Harrison, Dru Dees, and Luther Arnette. Honorary pallbearers were Norman Grantham and Dwight Blount. Special thanks to the staff at Golden Age Nursing Home and Life Care Hospice for all the loving care given to Mrs. Wanda. Visitation was at Seale Funeral Home in Livingston on Monday until funeral service, officiated by Chaplain

Jimmy Womach. Burial was in Courtney Cemetery in Holden. For more information, visit www.

Edward Lavergne

Edward Eugene Lavergne, 75, a native of Opelousas and a resident of Denham Springs, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. A father, grandfather, brother and friend, Edward was truly loved and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his children, Robin Crifasi and husband Philip, Belinda Lavergne, and Micah Chaney and wife Lona; grandchildren, Ashley and husband Jimbo, Kirk, Trent, Cody, Dillon, Luke, Kimberly, Kendra, Megan, Jodi, Candice, Ashley, Jaimi, Kayla and Scottie; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Hebert and husband Charles, and Freddie Brooking; sisterin-law, Audrey Lavergne; and lifelong friend, Emma Sargent. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Inez Lavergne; children, Glenda Lavergne, Sheila Louque, Frederick and Wade Lavergne; brother, Jack D. Lavergne; godfather, Austin Lavergne; and former wife and good friend, Alice Lavergne. Visitation was at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Monday and Tuesday until service time. Interment followed in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Trent Crifasi, Cody Crifasi, Kirk Louque, Mark Hebert, Walter Leach, and Dale Talbot.

Gloria Milton

A resident of Amite, Gloria Miller Milton died on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 29, 1942, in Independence and was 69 years of age. She is survived by her five sisters, Lorraine Singleton, Roseland, Peggy Trabona, Amite, Carol Cosgrove, Ponchatoula, Liz Davis, Amite and Sally Cannon, Amite; two brothers, Ken Miller, Amite and Todd Miller, Albany; and numerous nieces and nephews. She OBITUARIES Page A8

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Obituaries From A7 was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Rita Miller; sister, Patricia Easley; and brother, Larry Miller. The family would like to thank Generations Hospice and staff for their excellent care. Visitation was at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, on Monday until religious services on Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Darryl Miller. Interment was in Killian Chapel Cemetery, Amite. For an online guest book, visit

Vera Ridgedell

A resident of Amite, Vera Brown Ridgedell died at 4:12 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born July 4, 1942, in Tangipahoa and was 70 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Edward Ridgedell, Amite; children, Debbie Graham, Kentwood, Charlotte Lee, Osyka, Miss., Ronald Lawrence Ridgedell, Livingston, Angelica Ridgedell, Walker, and Ronald Bergeron, Amite; sisters, Juanita Ballard, Kentwood, Connie Risen, Pensacola, Fla., and Diane Creel, Roseland; brother, Ronnie Brown, Roseland; six grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Brown; brother, Sidney Ray Brown; daughter, Emily Whatinpoo; and grandson, Christopher Graham. Visitation was at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, until religious services on Monday, conducted by the Rev. Mike Woodard. Interment was in Briar Patch Cemetery, Loranger. Pallbearers were Jordan Carcama, Kevin Thorski, Ronald Bergeron, Desmond Franklin, Mark Tarver, Donnie King and Henry Ballard. For an online guest book, visit www.

William Spillman

William Ray “Billy” Spillman died on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Affinity Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. He was 71 years old, a native of Jackson and a resident of St. Francisville. He was retired from the Ethyl Corp. Services are pending with Charlet Funeral Home. Inc., Thursday morning. He is survived by five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Jean Lanoue and husband Charles of Jackson, Ann Spaccarotella and husband Carmen “Sonny” of Lavonia, MI, Myrtle Netterville and husband Spurgeon “S.L.” of Gloster, Miss., Nancy Jordan of Denham Springs, and Kay Bigner and husband Sherman of Centreville, Miss.; brother and sisterin-law, Carl L. Spillman and wife Mary of Baton Rouge; numerous nieces and nephews; and daugh-

ter, Nikki Spillman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton L. and Addie P. Spillman; and brother-in-law, Michael Jordan. Pallbearers will be William Bigner, Al Kirkland, Chris Lanoue, Charles “Chuck” Spillman, and Jesse W. Metz Jr. Honorary pallbearer is Frank Spillman. He was a veteran of Vietnam, having served in the Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge in 1966. He also served in the Navy. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at

Joan Stafford

Joan Alfano Stafford, 73, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Walker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Denham Springs. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and sister. Her family and friends will miss her dearly. Visitation was at Seale Funeral Home, Livingston, on Wednesday until service. Burial was in Hiram Stafford Cemetery, Walker. She is survived by her husband, Steve Stafford; children, Shannon Guidroz and husband, James, Steve Stafford II and wife Julie, and Jason Stafford; grandchildren, Ashton Jensen, Erica, Tommy, Cheyenne and Madelyn Stafford; great-grandchildren, Faith and Paris Jensen; brother, Vincent Alfano; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jason Stafford Jr.; parents, Breece and Moree Sanders Alfano; and sister, Delores Leinbaugh. Sign the online guest book at www.

Anna Belle Tolleson

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Anna Belle Tolleson died peacefully in her home in Denham Springs, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. She was 92 years old and a native of Cleburne, Texas. Visitation was at St. Alban’s Episcopal Chapel on the L.S.U. campus on Saturday, followed by the Rite of Christian Burial, the Rev. Howard L’Enfant officiating. A coffee hour followed the service. Music was provided by Brad Pope, organist and Amanda Kay Van, soloist. Anna Belle is survived by her daughter, Jean Ann Tolleson L’Enfant and son-in-law Howard W. L’Enfant; daughter-in-law, Ann Tolleson; granddaughter, Alicia Tolleson Jackson and grandson-in-law, James E. Jackson III; two great-grandchildren, James Alexander Jackson and Katelyn Elizabeth Jackson; nieces and nephews; and her two dearest friends, Phyllis Hartman and Nell Blair. She was preceded in death by her husband,

Guy C. “Bill” Tolleson; son, Billy Lynn Tolleson; parents; and a brother and sister. Anna Belle earned a Master’s Degree in Education from LSU in 1973, completed 30 hours towards a Ph. D. in Education and was certified in Guidance. She retired from teaching after many years of inspiring, challenging and delighting her students. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Denham Springs, Daughters of the American Revolution, Phi Lambda Pi Honor Society, Denham Springs Campers’ Club, Les Amis Ville Club (Old Friends Club) and Denham Springs Bridge Club. Pallbearers were James E. Jackson, III, Alex Jackson, Dr. Trent James, Jack Hartman, Lendell Martin and Mark Barnett. Anna Belle’s family gives thanks to God for the loving care provided by Dr. Ted Kemp, Betty Davis Horton, Debora McPhail, Kay Van, Amedisys Home Health and Amedisys Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Hospital at

Joseph Young

A native of Baton Rouge and resident of Denham Springs, Joseph Sitman Young passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. He was 91 years old, a retired carpenter, and a veteran of the Navy, who fought in WWII, serving on the USS Polaris. He is survived by seven children, John Young, David Young, Ronald Young and wife Mary, Patricia Hale and husband Bill, Michael Young, Phillip Young, and Andrew Young and wife Merri; six brothers and sisters; 27 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Addie G. Young; two sons, Joseph Young Jr. and Leroy Young Sr.; parents, Sam and Corrine Gautreau Young; brother, Alvin Young; and sister, Joyce Gautreau. Visitation was at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales, on Sunday and Monday until funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Mark Stermer. Burial was in the Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary. To offer condolences to the family, visit

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Sen. Mary Landrieu is surrounded by Denham Springs residents she has helped as constituents recently. They include (from left) David Felder, Kayla Johnson, Juanita Zachary, and Kim and Shawn Grantham. At left, the Senator converses with Parish President Layton Ricks and Councilman Joan Landry.

Landrieu keeps her politics local From A1 ary, David Felder and Shawn Grantham all offered testimonials about the effectiveness of her office in helping them through tough problems. Johnson needed help to get her Marine son Blake transferred back to Walter Reed Army Hospital while recovering from a head wound suffered in battle in Iraq. Johnson had been told he would be paralyzed for life and could never have children, but he proved that prognosis wrong both by walking again and becoming a father. That might not have happened without the assist from their senator. Zachary and her husband Roy needed help getting an appointment for their daughter at the Mayo Clinic. She said the family travelled to Minnesota, but after a week of waiting around in their hotel, found themselves caught in a bureaucratic nightmare between the hospital and their insurance company. She said Maurice Durbin got her in contact with Landrieu case worker Shannon Langhart, who used her influence to get the appointment the next day. Grantham and Felder received similar assistance to deal with medical issues from their senator, who said she regards government as an extension of the community when the community lacks the resources needed to help someone with dire problems. Among the elected officials attending the event were Parish

President Layton Ricks and Parish Councilmen Sonya Collins and Joan Landry, City Council members John Wascom, Annie Fugler, Chris Davis and Arthur Perkins and former Councilman Rene Delahoussaye, Ward 2 City Marshal Jerry Denton, 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux and Clerk of Court Tommy Sullivan. All but Perkins and Delahoussaye are Republicans. Also attending were Walker Mayor-elect Rick Ramsey and candidate for Alderman Debra Keller, as well as future Denham Springs mayoral candidate Gerard Landry who will likely face Wascom in the race to succeed Durbin when he retires after this term. Another guest was Hammond attorney Lila Hogan, an announced candidate for a newly created family judge position in 2014. She may turn out to be one of the few Democrats in local races to share the ticket with Landrieu. The senator, regarded as one of the most conservative Democrats in the nation, said she is open to negotiations on how to solve the fiscal cliff crisis, clinging to neither party line for solutions. As Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the former Louisiana State Treasurer plans to focus much of her attention on tax reforms to close loopholes that would raise revenues without necessarily increasing tax rates.


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The Livingston Parish News

andy Land is coming to life at local libraries next month, with staff members taking on the roles of game board characters on a winding path of 134 colored squares. More than 60 children played the life-sized Candy Land game Nov. 20 at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch. The Albany-Springfield Branch is holding their own giant Candy Land game on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., as is the South Branch on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. The children lined up and then advanced, often helped by a parent, along the game square path according to their own deck of color cards. If the top card was red, the child moved ahead to the next red-colored square. Some cards directed the children to skip ahead (or back) to special locations, such as Gramma Nutt’s Peanut Brittle House, Gum Drop Mountain, or the Candy Cane Forest. At home, playing on a conventional game board, backward trips are bad news, but children playing life-sized Candy Land enjoyed prolonging the game. Two visits to Gramma Nutt meant two helpings of peanut brittle. “When you’re playing the board game, you’re more likely to lose if you have to go back to the beginning,” said Michael Wheeler, one of the older players at age 10. “But in the life-size game, you get more candy if you have to go back.” “My favorite was the candy canes, because I got to go back there twice,” said Jadyn Nicholson, 9. All agreed that becoming a game piece was more fun than moving plastic gingerbread men around a normal-sized board. Denham Springs/Walker Branch Youth Librarian Kaylin Sibley, who played Princess Frostine, said she got the idea of a life-size Candy Land from pictures on the Internet. Schoolteacher Eleanor Abbott invented Candy Land in 1948 while recuperating from polio in San Diego, Calif. Abbott contacted the Milton Bradley Company, which bought the rights to the game. It reached the general public in 1949 and sold for $1. A boy and a girl are pictured in the bottom left-hand corner of the original game board, setting out on the Candy Land trail. The boy has a line on one leg, suggesting a brace used by many polio victims. The next edition kept the boy and girl, but took out the line on the boy’s leg. Abbott’s game gave crippled children something new to play, and also gave parents of children who were not infected a safe inside game, away from public playgrounds and swimming pools.

Polio may have infected between 35,000 and 50,000 a year in the United States between 1951 and 1953. The danger was all but eliminated by mass vaccinations after 1955, but Candy Land remained a popular game for young children, and about 40 million games have been sold to date, according to Hasbro Inc., the company that makes Candy Land today. Candy Land is the classic introduction to the world of “racing” board games, in which each player tries to reach a destination first. To enjoy Candy Land, players only need a willingness to play by rules, some imagination and color recognition. At least four versions have been marketed over the years. Grandparents who buy the game will be surprised to see today’s game board. Abbott’s original game board consisted of a twisting path of colored squares that passed locations with candy names. In the 1980s, characters were introduced, and 10 or 12 years ago, the cast of characters changed somewhat. The tokens are now plastic gingerbread men. The game’s storyline is loosely focused on King Kandy, who needs help finding the Candy Castle. Players find the castle by moving their gingerbread pawns along the rainbow squares, which take them past residents of King Kandy’s realm. Librarians and library associates used a lot of imagination to create a giant, three-dimensional game board using cardboard cylinders, pool “noodles,” boxes, Christmas wrap, and other household items. “I liked the houses. They weren’t as big as real houses, but they were bigger than the houses in the game,” said Braelyn Chapman, age 6. Ellen Albert, dressed as Gramma Nutt (renamed Gramma Gooey in 2010), lives in a house made of peanut brittle and offered the real candy to the children passing by. Princess Lolly, played by Melissa Verett, handed out lollipops. The winner of the game is the player who reaches the king’s home (Candy Castle) first. (Not surprisingly, the winner at the library was one of the first children in line.) Changes made to the game over the years give greater creative leeway to library associates manufacturing a giant game board, but have irked some Candy Land conservatives who would like better explanations for the changes. At one time, players were on safe ground inferring that Queen Frostine was the King’s wife, and that Princess Lolly was his daughter. This familiar royal family disin-

Among the stops on the life-sized Candy Land game board at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library are (from top) Jadyn Nicholson, 9, receiving a candy cane at the Peppermint Forest; Licorice Castle; Library Associate Melissa Verett dressed as Princess Lolly; Library Associate Ellen Albert dressed as Grandma Nutt at Peanut Brittle House; Trinity Wawak, 8, the first player to reach the end of the game at Candy Castle; Gumdrop Mountains; and Kaitlyn Hoover, Alyssa Belleu and Rachel Wheeler, all of Walker, eating their ice cream at the end of the game.

tegrated in 2002, when the Frostine character was demoted from a queen to a princess, and Princess Lolly lost all claim to royalty and became plain “Lolly.” At the library, however, Lolly retained her royalty. “I liked meeting Princess Lolly, but only because lollypops are my favorite candy,” said Wesley Coon, age 7. Locations, such as Lollipop Woods, used to exist without characters. Then people were added, including Mr. Mint, who emerged from the Peppermint Forest. Some place names on the board received subtle changes. Candy Land Swamp was drained of its molasses (an unfamiliar substance to modern children) and re-filled with chocolate. The game changed significantly with the elimination of Plumpy the Plumpa Troll. Plumpy will be remembered as the card that sent game pieces back almost to the beginning of the 134-square trail, a journey that already seemed pretty long to unenthusiastic players. Plumpy was replaced by the benevolent Mama Gingertree, “the first friendly face you see in Candy Land,” according to the official Candy Land website. Other hard luck factors were softened. In the old days, three of the colored spaces had a dot. A player who landed on any space with a dot could not advance until he drew a card with a color matching the square. In 2004, the dots were changed to “licorice spaces,” and players who landed on one of them simply lost a turn. Controversy once surrounded the mechanics of winning. The rules said the first player to draw a card that put him past the last square won the game. But what card would that be? Some said the winner needed to draw a violet card, the color of the last square. In 2004, the manufacturer cleared that up by making the last square a rainbow, leaving no doubt that any color card would put a player into the Candy Castle. Children playing the library game agreed it was an improvement on the smallscale version, partly because real candy was involved. “It’s way better than the board game because when you reach the Candy Castle, you get real ice cream,” said Trevor Chapman, 9.

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Thursday, November 29 The Elvis Experience

Sheriff’s Christmas Crusade

The Sheriff’s Christmas Crusade is accepting applications for gifts for needy children at the Sheriff’s Training Center in east Walker, next to Woodside Landfill at 29225 Woodside Drive. Applications can be made at the training facility on Nov. 29 and 30 and also Dec. 3-7, between 8:30 a.m. and noon, and then between 1-3 p.m. each of those days. Applicants need to bring proof of residency in Livingston Parish, such as a utility bill or school records. Proof of income is also needed for all members of the household. Proof of food stamps will be accepted as a proof of income (but not food stamp cards). A birth certificate for each child is also needed. School records, WIC vouchers (with the child’s date of birth), or medical records will also be accepted as proof of the child’s birthday. For more information, call Elaine at 686-2241, ext. 331. Deputies are taking donations between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Denham Springs Wal-Mart, Watson Wal-Mart, Walker Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops, and Sam’s Club on Nov. 29, Dec. 1, Dec. 6 and Dec. 8. Donations made payable to Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade can be mailed to P.O. Box 1515, Livingston LA 70754.

Take a holiday photo

Have your holiday photo taken in front of our very own holiday backdrop at the Watson Library. Afterwards, we will e-mail you a copy of your photo in both a regular and a holiday card format. We can even include family pets, if requested and notified ahead of time. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required for different time slots on the following dates: Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 664-3963 to register.

WOW volunteer meeting

Join the Women Outreaching Women (WOW) Volunteer Team. WOW will hold a volunteer meeting on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at 26876 4-H Club Road in Denham Springs. Volunteers are needed in many different areas. Whatever your gifts and talents are, we have something for you to do. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering with WOW, feel free to attend this meeting to learn more about how WOW helps the community. Call Stacie at 791-3940 or send an e-mail to

Holiday Chef’s Evening

On Nov. 29, Denham Springs Main Street will present their annual Holiday Chef’s Evening and Wine Tasting Event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local chefs, located in shops in the Antique District, will prepare special foods. Wine will be provided by Republic National Distributing Company. Tickets are advanced sales only and are $25 per person. Tickets are now on sale at Old City Hall, 115 Mattie St., in the Antique District in Denham Springs. Only 300 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit Main Street Denham Springs. Call 664-3867 or 665-2048.

Blood drive at DSJH

Denham Springs Junior High School is sponsoring a blood drive on Nov. 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone 18 or older is invited to participate. For more information, send an e-mail to

Friday, November 30 ABC Angels toy drive

ABC Angels is a local non-profit organization that is planning a Christmas project for children with disabilities and developmental delays from low income families or families going through financial hardships. ABC Angels is asking for donations of new and unwrapped clothing and toys. Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase items for the toy drive. Deadline is Nov. 30. Donations may be dropped off at ABC Angels, 680 Centerville St., Denham Springs. For more information, call Kelli Morgan at 456-3771 or 667-4014.

DS Christmas Parade

The deadline to enter the parade is Nov. 30. The 2012 Denham Springs Christmas Parade announces Grand Marshal Scott Innes, well known for voicing Warner Brothers characters Scooby Doo, Shaggy and Scrappy Doo. Innes children’s show, Hal & Al, is featured on Cox Cable Channel 4. This year’s theme is “A Cartoon Christmas.” Innes will be driving the Mystery Machine in the parade. Sponsorships are being offered for the first time this year and will showcase local businesses with additional exposure and opportunity. Parade entries are encouraged to decorate their floats in a “Cartoon” theme. Entry fee is $100 for non-chamber members and $75 for chamber members. The parade will roll Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Interested participants can contact the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce at 6658155 or visit for parade applications.

“Dinner with the King,” Jason Baiglio, presents The Elvis Experience to benefit the Historic Carter House Society Inc. (HCHS) on Nov. 30 in the Carter Plantation Magnolia Ballroom. Doors open with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m., dinner served at 7:30 p.m., and show/dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased at the door. The cost will include a 3-course gourmet dinner with a glass of wine, show/ dancing. HCHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose goal is to restore the Carter House in Carter Plantation, Springfield. The house, built between 1817 and 1820, is on the National Historic Register and can be scheduled for special events.

Pet Adoption Day Swampy Paws Canine Rescue will hold a pet adoption event on Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Petco in Denham Springs. For more information, call 772-8836 or 772-2448.

Saturday, December 1 “Big Dog Garage Sale” Pet Aid is hosting a “Big Dog Garage Sale” on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon to benefit the Denham Springs Animal Shelter. The garage sale will be held at 933 Florida (Hwy. 190) inside the large warehouse, next to the beauty school. To make donations, call 938-3215. The Denham Springs Animal Shelter, located on Bowman St. off River Road, has numerous dogs, puppies, cats and kittens waiting to be adopted.

“Country Christmas” The “Old Time Country Christmas” will be held Dec. 1 at the Old South Jamboree at 7 p.m. featuring some traditional Christmas music with a country flavor as well as some current country Christmas songs by singers like Brad Paisley and others.

Benefit for Lynwood Clark A jambalaya benefit for Lynwood Clark, cancer patient, will be held at Walker Pentecostal Church, 9969 Florida Blvd., on Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jambalaya will be cooked by Dennis and Darlene Lott. For more information, call 938-0282.

Christmas Tea The Walker Baptist Women’s Ministry presents “Christmas Tea in the Woodlands” on Dec. 1 at Walker Baptist Church, 10696 Florida Blvd., Walker, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies are invited. Call 665-8368.

Blood drive at Shady Bower Shady Bower Church, Walker North Road, will hold a blood drive on Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the UBS Bus. Sign up at and enter sponsor code: shady. Every donor will receive a special gift.

Breakfast with Santa Have breakfast with Santa on Dec. 1 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fire Station, located on Florida Blvd., across from the library at Eden Church Road. The cost is $5, which includes breakfast, photo and a craft. All proceeds will go towards equipment for the fire station.

Tween holiday soap making Visit the Denham Springs-Walker Library on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. to make your own gifts of holiday shaped soap, bath fizzies, and beautiful packaging to wrap it in. For ages 8-12 only. Registration is required for this event. To register, call 665-8118.

Christmas in Walker The City of Walker’s Christmas celebration begins at 1 p.m. on Dec. 1, with a Christmas parade through downtown Walker. All are invited to participate, and there is no entry fee. You can walk, drive a golf cart or ATV, travel in a stylish old-time car, pull a wagon, ride in a truck and trailer or go all out with a festive float. You must complete an entry form available at http://christmas. Deadline to register is Nov. 29. At dusk that same day is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, lighting up a 30 foot live tree adorned with more than 1,600 feet of lights and hundreds of ornaments hand-crafted by our local first graders. One lucky artist will be chosen to flip the switch. At 6 p.m., Sidney Hutchinson Park will be transformed into the Walker Wonderland with thousands of lights and animated displays and nightly Movies Under the Stars featuring family-friendly movies on the big screen. The park is open nightly for tours and movies from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 31. On Dec. 15, visit the Country Christmas Festival beginning at 4 p.m. Stroll through Walker Wonderland, sing with caroling choirs, ride the Polar Express around the park, bounce around or slide down inflatables, drink free hot chocolate, dine on festival cuisine, and await the arrival of Santa Claus. Don’t miss Ho Ho Sneaux, a white Christmas to the park. Admission is free for all attractions.

Sunday, December 2 2012 Tour of Homes The Family Resource Clinic’s 15th annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held Dec. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the event. Your ticket will allow you to tour luxury homes in the Denham Springs/Watson area. Go inside the homes and then enjoy refreshments before you leave. As a courtesy to the homeowner, smoking is prohibited, and shoes that could possibly damage floors should not be worn. Homes on tour are on Little Wood Drive, Pine Graves Road, Carnoustie Way and Chateau Jon. Tickets are on sale now at Wholly Ground in Walker, Silks and Craft in Denham Springs and the Family Resource Clinic in Livingston. See Page B6.

Winter Wonderland Festival The 4th Annual St. Joseph Catholic Church Winter Wonderland Food Festival: A Taste of French Settlement will be held Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plates of food are $7 and will include sauce patate, brisket and pork loin, barbecue ribs, seafood fettuccine, jambalaya, hot wings and a large selection of side dishes. There will be food from other restaurants including Dutch’s and Hill Top’s. A sweet shop will feature a large selection of homemade cakes and candy. There will be more than 40 craft booths, a car show and free activities for children including hay rides, face painting, inflatables ($3) and pictures with Santa ($5). GraceNotes, Contemporary Christian music, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; St. Joseph Children’s Bell Choir, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; lighting of the St. Joseph Campus, 5:30 p.m.; and large firework display, 6 p.m. The church is located at 15710 Hwy. 16, French Settlement.

Honey Bee Festival The 9th annual Louisiana Honey Bee Festival pageant will be held at the original Walker High gym. On Dec. 2, we will crown the 9th royalty. Girls/ladies age divisions are: 0-11 months, 12-23 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4-5 years and 6-8 years. Entry fee is $40. Attire is Sunday Best and 100 percent natural. Event starts at 10 a.m. sharp. At 2 p.m., Miss (1823 years) interviews start at 3 p.m. sharp. Ages 9-11 years, 12-14 (preteen), 15-17 (teen), Ms. or Mrs. Woman (18-23) attire is long gowns, and full/hair and make-up is allowed. Custom HB Crowns, black and gold HB banner, Custom HB Medals. To register or for more information, send an e-mail to or call 969-6403. Proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Monday, December 3 Springfield Parade The Springfield Christmas Parade will start at the Amvets parking lot on the corner of La. 42 and La. 43 Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. (line up at 6 p.m.) and go east on La. 42 and down Main Street then right at Cherry to the Fire Station for free refreshments and photos with Santa for $5. Call 294-3150.

Tuesday, December 4 Drinking Water Protection The Livingston Parish Drinking Water Protection Program will hold its first committee meeting in the City Hall Conference Room at 941 Government Dr., Denham Springs, on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

Wednesday, December 5 WOW fireworks volunteers Women Outreaching Women needs volunteers beginning Dec. 5 to help with setting up our fireworks building. This is an opportunity for you or your Youth Group to gain experience in customer service, pricing, stocking, cashiering skills, etc. Contact Andy at 791-3940 or facilitator@

Republican Women The Livingston Parish Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting on Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the The Wholly Grounds, 27988 Walker S. Road, Walker. Guest speaker will be Judge Jeff Hughes. There will be a representative from the Sheriff’s Office to accept donations for the Christmas Toy Drive. The meeting will also be a homecoming of all past members to come enjoy lunch with old friends. The public is also invited to attend. There is a charge for lunch. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Terri Day at 931-9206 or e-mail

Thursday, December 6 Northside’s 50th Birthday The 50th birthday celebration of Northside Elementary School will be held Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. All former principals, teachers, and students as well as present students and parents are invited to attend.

Christmas in the Pines Historic Macedonia Baptist Church will host its fourth annual Christmas in the Pines celebration on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. including a live nativity. The service will include special music and congregational singing of traditional Christmas carols in an old-fashioned setting. Service will be followed by food and fellowship. Call Brother Roger Dunlap at 664-7411 or Joy Hull at 777-4772.

Friday, December 7 LPCC Christmas Concert The 22nd Annual Christmas Concert will be held Dec. 7 at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson at 7 p.m. The concert will feature three choirs: The Apprentice Choir (K-2nd grade), Chorus (3rd grade – high school), and Chorale, our only auditioned, touring choir (4th grade – high school). The choirs will be performing traditional Christmas favorites as well as works by master composers. Tickets are $5, and are available for purchase every Tuesday during regular choir rehearsals at New Covenant Baptist Church on Florida Blvd., Denham Springs, from 4:30 – 7:15 p.m. Tickets are also available at the door on concert night. A free nursery is provided during the concert for children under 4. Visit

Senior Christmas Dance The Livingston Council on Aging will hold a Christmas dance for seniors age 60 and older on Dec. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Senior Center in Denham Springs, located next to City Hall. Live music will be provided by Heat Wave, which plays swamp pop, country and blues. The cost is $6 per person or $10 per couple. Refreshments will be served along with coffee, tea and water. A soft drink machine is in the building, 50 cents each. No alcoholic beverages. Call 664-9343.

Saturday, December 8 Christmas pet adoptions Come out early and pick out a pet this holiday season. Many beautiful puppies, kittens and several adult dogs and cats will be up for adoption. This event is being held on the Denham Springs Christmas parade route at Walgreens, 101 Florida Blvd., at Range Ave. Adoption fees vary and include mandatory spay/ neuter and age appropriate vaccinations. The SPCA of Livingston is a 501(c)3, all volunteer animal rescue and in-home fostering program located in Livingston Parish. They work to rescue animals across south Louisiana that are located in high kill shelters. In addition, they have several community outreach programs to assist those in need. For more information, contact Director Terri Dunlap at 788-6940.

Sunday, December 9 Hebron Holiday Helpers Hebron Baptist Church, 24063 Hwy. 16, Denham Springs, will offer a program, Hebron Holiday Helpers, to offer free childcare (bed babies - 5th grade) and free gift wrapping to the community on Dec. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Registration forms are available and can be submitted at http://hbcdenham. org/#/holiday-helpers. For more information, call 665-6278.

Chorale Concert at ICC Immaculate Conception Catholic Church presents a free Chorale Concert on Dec. 9 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. On Dec. 10, all choirs will sing at the Denham Springs Christmas Tree Lighting.

Monday, December 10 DS Christmas Tree Lighting Lighting of the Denham Springs Christmas Tree at Train Station Park will be held Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and will include a mini concert by the Livingston Parish Children Choirs and the Denham Springs High School Band. There will be free hot chocolate served by Christ Community Church. The event is cosponsored by the city and the Kiwanis Club, who will collect unwrapped toys for the LPSO Christmas Crusade for Kids.

Retired teachers luncheon The Christmas luncheon for the Livingston Parish Retired Teachers will be held Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. Make your reservation by calling Pat Pope at 664-4068 or Lanelle Dugas at 664-4686. All retired teachers and their guests are invited to attend. David Easley will provide the entertainment. The Coming Up column runs regularly in the lifestyle section as space permits and includes free announcements of special events occurring in Livingston Parish involving non-profit civic and other organizations. To place an announcement call 665-5176 or 567-9721 or e-mail to


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Submitted by john gaeta

Marie Prokop (left) of St. Margaret Ladies Auxiliary of Albany, who won second place in the Louisiana Ladies Auxiliary Association Annual State Bake/Taste Contest with her caramel pecan pie, is pictured with St. Margaret Auxiliary President Lydia Brabham. She was awarded an apron with the LLAA emblem at the event hosted by the St. Louis Bayou Blue Auxiliary in Houma.

Republican Women

The Livingston Parish Republican Women raffled a patriotic afghan at the November meeting. It was won by Julie Robinson and crocheted by Kay Burleigh. The group honored Veterans and had as their guest speaker Lynn King, Chairman of the Livingston Parish Veterans Association. King spoke about the importance of honoring local veterans, which the LPVA planned to do on Nov. 10 with a meal at Walker High School followed by a parade.

Beta Lambda of KKI

The Beta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota, a professional

teacher’s organization, held their monthly meeting at the home of Karen Schmitt Oct. 25. The ladies enjoyed sandwiches, fresh vegetables and a selection of desserts and chips prepared by the hostesses: Jennifer Harris, Kathryn Blackwell, and Mary Cambre. Joe Murphy, a supervisor at the Livingston Parish School Board, was the guest speaker. He spoke about school accountability and performance scores. A short business meeting was conducted by the president, Mary Cambre. Members also brought donations for the Christmas family.  – Laura Dunlap

Fireplace safety


hanksgiving is a great time of the year — great food, family, friends and a time to reflect on the many blessings. We even had a big frost, and I was able to light a fire. I am not sure Santa will want to come down my chimney before I get it cleaned. Safety is important when using a wood burning fireplace. One of the big concerns is the buildup of creosote on the inside of the chimney walls. Not only will it make Santa’s suit black, it is highly flammable and can result in a chimney fire. This kind of hot fire can damage your chimney and catch your home on fire. Creosote is a tar-like substance that is created when burning green wood and soft wood species. Green wood will burn at a lower temperature because a lot of the heat will be used to burn off the residual moisture in the logs, and this will allow for the buildup of more creosote. Creosote is also of greater concern in wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts because they burn at lower temperatures to get a longer heat output. Drier firewood will produce less creosote. Many people purchase firewood and do not know how long it has been cut. So how do you know if your wood is too green? Seasoned wood is dry wood, and you can tell by looking at the ends of the blocks of firewood. You will see cracks in the wood which are left from the drying process. For this winter you will need to hire a chimney sweep to check and clean your chimney or do it yourself. You can certainly look up the chimney to see if you have creosote buildup. Usually it is best to use a mirror and a flash light from the inside the house. The creosote will show up as a black tar on the inside walls of the chimney. Creosote removal is better left to the professionals as they have the proper tools and skill level to make it a safe job. They use stiff brushes to

Submitted by Laura Dunlap

Beta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota met Oct. 25 in the home of Karen Schmitt (left), who is pictured with (from left) hostesses Brenda Gates and Jennifer Harris, guest speaker Joe Murphy, and hostesses Kathryn Blackwell and Mary Cambre. Submitted

Julie Robinson (left) holds up the patriotic afghan she won in a raffle at the November meeting of the Livingston Parish Republican Women along with Kay Burleigh, who crocheted it. Seated behind them is guest speaker, Lynn King, chairman of the Livingston Parish Veterans Association.

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scrub the chimney walls, and they will have to do some of the work from the Sharpe’s roof. GravPoint ity can be your enemy Kenny Sharpe up on the roof, plus there are overhead electrical lines for added danger. Did I mention the mess that this can make on the floor if you are inexperienced?


Black Friday should have prompted you to start thinking about a Christmas tree. Local Christmas tree farms are open and have a good selection of fresh trees that will fit that special place in your home. If you are not ready to start decorating, most farms will allow you to tag a tree and come back later to pick it up. For those of you who are not going to cut a tree from a farm, be sure to select a fresh one. It takes a while for the distribution chain to get trees this far south, so trees could have been cut for several weeks before you purchase them. Check for freshness by feeling the needles and giving them a slight tug. The needles should be soft and pliable and not easily pulled out. The tree should have a strong smell if it is fresh. Bounce the tree and see if needles readily fall out; they should not. Once you select your tree, cut a ½ inch off of the bottom of the trunk and stick it in a bucket of water. Make sure to keep it well watered to keep it fresh. Dry trees are a fire hazard. Now is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm; house fires dramatically increase with the use of winter heating and Christmas lights. Kenny Sharpe is county agent with the LSU Cooperative Extension Service in Livingston Parish. For more information on these or related topics contact Kenny at 225-686-3020 or visit www.

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Church Bulletin

Abundant Life Church The Sunday morning worship service is held at 10 a.m. Baby dedications are held the first Sunday of each month. The next baby dedication will be Dec. 2. Communion is held the second Sunday of each month. Water baptisms are held the third Sunday of each month. The Coffee Shop is open Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. The Monday Night Prayer meeting is held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. To learn more about Oneighty-Youth, a student ministry, visit www.myspace. com/oneightyds. The group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Wildfire is the Middle School Student Ministry of the church and meets each Wednesday night at the Rock. The game room and café open at 6:30 p.m., and the service is held from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 665-7000. Agape Baptist Church Bible study is held Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Church services are held Sundays at 11 a.m. Fellowship supper is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. with a Bible study and prayer service to follow. For more information, call 664-2622. Christ Community Church Christmas in the Parking Lot will be held Dec. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, live music, family nativity pictures, outside movie, popcorn, crafts and hot chocolate. Everything is free. For more information, call 572-2180 or go to Denham Springs First Baptist Church The men’s mentor group will meet at the church on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering will be collected Dec. 2. The Parents’ Day Out will be held on Dec. 8. Contact the church office at 664-4102 for more details. The children’s “Christmas Shoe Tree” musical will be held Dec. 9 during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The children’s ministry has partnered with “Sole 4 Souls.” They are hoping to help the world one shoe and one soul at a time. A shoe donation box is located in the fellowship hall for donations. Sunday church services: 8:15 a.m. traditional service; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Bible study; 10:45 a.m. contemporary service. For more information, visit www. or call the church office at 664-4102.

Hebron Baptist Church Hebron Holiday Helpers offer free childcare (bed babies - 5th grade) and free gift wrapping to the community on Dec. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Registration forms are available and can be submitted at holiday-helpers. Donations for Blessing Bags for Church Rock Reservation, N.M., will be collected until Dec. 9. Items needed include diapers, wipes, men and women’s clothes, towels and washcloths, small toys, crayons, dental items, hair items, mittens/gloves, socks, coloring books, $10 Wal-Mart gift cards, sweatshirts (no hoodies), colored pencils and sharpeners, and new shoes. Blessing bags is being sponsored by Children in Action. “One Night in Bethlehem” will be held Dec. 15 and 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be an outdoor walk-through event filled with choirs singing Most High. As you travel the streets of Bethlehem Marketplace, you will be greeted by Bethlehem townspeople as they share the story of the birth of Jesus. There will be a live nativity scene and animals. For more information, call the church office at 665-6278. Historic Macedonia Baptist Church The 4th Annual Christmas in the Pines celebration will be held Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. including a live nativity. The service will include special music and congregational singing of traditional Christmas carols in an old-fashioned setting. Service will be followed by food and fellowship. Call Pastor Brother Roger Dunlap at 664-7411 or Joy Hull at 777-4772. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Christmas Coraggio Cafe will be held Dec. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Main Hall. Enjoy food and music and entertainment by the Youth Group. Concessions and Christmas items will be sold. No admission fee. Young at Heart Christmas luncheon will be held Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. $3 for members and $7.50 for non-members. Purchase tickets in the church office or by calling 665-3202, 665-4023 or 6640070. The deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 5. Food barrels are at the entrance and the Main Hall for non-perishable food items to be distributed for Christmas food baskets for the needy. Items needed are cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, corn bread dressing mix, dry beans, cake mix and rice. Visit or call 665-5359.

Miracle Place Church Miracle Place Church, formerly Life Giving Church, is located at 2130 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs. Services times are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. with Bishop Ricky Sinclair and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Rip Rittell. For more information, call 775-4321. Satsuma Baptist Church Work on the renovation of the youth building has resumed on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Help with this project will be greatly appreciated. The Youth Christmas Party will be held Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the home of Otis and Shannon Voss. The Children’s Christmas Party will be held Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Nancy McCon’s Adult Ladies Class will have a Christmas lunch in the fellowship hall at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18. If you can help in the nursery or in teaching children’s church on a rotating basis, sign the appropriate list on the front pew. For more information, call the church office at 686-2563. Shady Bower Pentecostal Church A blood drive will be held Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the UBS Bus. Sign up online at and enter sponsor code: shady. Every donor will receive a special gift. Sunday services are held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday Women’s Prayer is held at 10 a.m. Wednesday service is held at 7 p.m. For more information, call 571-8793. St. Joseph Catholic Church The 4th Annual St. Joseph Catholic Church Winter Wonderland Food Festival: A Taste of French Settlement will be held Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plates of food are $7 and will include sauce patate, brisket and pork loin, barbecue ribs, seafood fettuccine, jambalaya, hot wings and a large selection of side dishes. There will be food from other restaurants including Dutch’s and Hill Top’s. A sweet shop will feature a large selection of homemade cakes and candy. There will be more than 40 craft booths, a car show and free activities for children including hay rides, face painting, inflatables ($3) and pictures with Santa ($5). More fun at the festival includes: GraceNotes, Contemporary Christian music, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; St. Joseph Children’s Bell Choir, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; lighting of the St. Joseph Campus, 5:30 p.m.; and a large firework display, 6 p.m. For more information, call 698-3110.

St. Margaret Catholic Church The Youth Group is selling raffle tickets for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 to win a handmade afghan by Sister Gloria Marie. The drawing will be held Dec. 1. The Altar Society will be sponsoring the Community Family Christmas Tree this year. Get your ornament ready. St. Margaret and St. Thomas are in need of new vestments for the priest celebrant and potentially for deacons who might be assigned this parish. You may purchase one of these vestments in memory of deceased loved ones. A memorial label will be placed inside any vestments purchased with your intention in mind. Contact Fr. Jamin. Visits to the hospitalized and infirm are made regularly. Contact Fr. Jamin. Sunday Mass is held at 10 a.m. The telephone prayer line is 567-2074. Call 567-3573 or visit www. Walker Baptist Church Walker Baptist Women’s Ministry presents “Christmas Tea in the Woodlands” in Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All ladies are invited. The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be held Dec. 8 at 7 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All men are invited. The NGO (Never Grow Old) Senior Adult Christmas Luncheon will be held Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All senior adults are invited. Food Pantry is open on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Application, ID, and proof of residency are required. Early Sunday Worship is held at 8 a.m. Sunday School/Bible Study is held at 9:15 a.m. Late services are held at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship services are held at 6 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 665-8368. Walker Pentecostal Church Jambalaya benefit for Lynwood Clark will be held Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jambalaya will be cooked by Dennis and Darlene Lott. For more information, call 938-0282. Watson Baptist Church Sunday Men’s Prayer is held at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school is held at 9:15 a.m. Sunday worship service is held at 10:15 a.m. Choir rehearsals are held Sundays at 5 p.m. The Wednesday Bible Study, prayer meeting and youth Bible study are held at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 667-8818 or visit

Livingston Parish APOSTOLIC CHURCH Anchor Apostolic Church

Dean Walsworth, Pastor, 13513 Florida Blvd., Livingston • 572-3846

Praise Temple Apostolic Pentecostal Church 12825 Arnold Rd., Walker

First Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ Lockhart Rd., Denham Springs • 665-8123

Harvest Time Apostolic Church 25229 Gilles Rd., Hwy. 42, Springfield

Holden Faith Apostolic Church

26660 James Chapel Rd., South Holden • 517-2934

Livingwater Apostolic Church

Judson Baptist Church 32470 N. Walker Rd., Walker • 665-5481

Killian First Baptist Church 27994 Hwy. 22., Killian • 695-6581

Live Oak Baptist Church 35603 Coxe Ave., Denham Springs • 243-6138

Living Water Fellowship Full Gospel

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Old Ferry Rd., Head of Island • 698-3110

12119 Florida Blvd., Walker • 667-1602

New Life Tabernacle U S 190, Satsuma, LA

Shady Bower Pentecostal Church

Macedonia Baptist Church

Hwy. 190 East, Walker • 664-0457

Redeeming Life

34685 Hwy 1036, Holden • 777-4602

Magnolia Baptist Church

Denham Springs Church of Christ 118 St. Louis St., Denham Springs • 665-5261

Unity Prayer Center

Maurepas Baptist Church

New Testament Church of Christ

28145 Frost Road, Livingston • 686-1518

Midway Baptist


28450 S. Red Oak Rd., Livingston • 686-7402

21445 La. 442, Holden • 567-9540

Midway Baptist Church 27284 S. Satsuma Rd., Livingston • 698-9412

Mount Hope Baptist Church

1022 Myrtle St., Denham Springs • 664-8208

Chapelwood Church of God 2119 Tower St., Denham Springs • 772-6371

N. Walker Rd., Walker • 571-8793

31291 Walker N, Walker • 667-6400

Victory Temple Pentecostal Church Watson United Pentecostal Church Hwy. 16, Watson • 665-6978

Walker Pentecostal Church

Mount Olive Baptist Church


New Beginnings Baptist Church

Denham Springs First Ward


206 Sullivan St., Denham Springs • 665-1928

Hwy. 190, Denham Springs • 664-3163

Dunn Rd., Denham Springs • 664-5074

Freedom Worship Center

9768 Florida Blvd., Walker, LA

25367 Riverton Ave., Denham Springs • 664-7671

37818 Reinninger Rd., Denham Springs • 664-7532

Denham Springs Second Ward

New Bethlehem Church

New Covenant Baptist Church

25367 Riverton Ave., Denham Springs • 665-1581

25353 Walker South Rd., Walker • 664-2622


New Day Christian Centre

Church of Christ in Walker

Hatchell Lane, Denham Springs • 664-3386

26490 Frost Rd., Livingston • 698-9031

Hwy. 42, Springfield • 294-3881

8327 Lockhart Rd., Denham Springs • 665-0374

Magnolia Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ

First Assembly of God

New Covenant Pentecostal Church

29589 S. Poplar, Livingston • 665-5359

Lockhart Rd. Baptist Church

24309 Hwy. 22, Maurepas • 695-3120


Frost Rd., Livingston • 567-1751

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


29050 George White Rd., Springfield, LA • 294- 4400

27952 South Red Oaks, Livingston • 686-3700

8333 Rosewood St., Denham Springs • 791-9512

Livingston • 686-7322

12750 Florida Blvd., Walker • 667-3138

Faith Fellowship Pentecostal Church of God 10779 Yarlin St., Denham Springs • 791-5879

Redeemed Fellowship Hwy 1019, Watson • 665-4313

Agape Baptist Church

215 Florida Ave., Denham Springs • 664-0858

New Zion Baptist Church


Amite Baptist Church

126 E. St., Denham Springs • 664-7269

7100 Amite Church Rd., Denham Springs • 665-2762.

Northside Baptist Church

St. Francis Episcopal Church

Beech Ridge Baptist Church

200 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs • 664-3161

Corner of Maple & The Angelian Way, Denham Springs • 665-2707


34319 Weiss Rd., Livingston • 686-7508

Oak View Baptist Church 27364 Hwy 63 Livingston • 225-686-2030

Hwy. 43, Hungarian Settlement • 567-2098

20149 Circle Dr., Livingston • 686-2368

Bethlehem Baptist Church

One Life Baptist Church


18310 Hwy. 22, Port Vincent • 588-5310

10767 Florida Blvd, Walker • 664-3214

Calvary Baptist Church

7000 Gloryland Way, Denham Springs • 667-4679


S. Walker Rd., Walker • 665-6969

Corbin United Methodist Church

Abundant Life Church

Mayer St., Walker

Edgewood Dr., Denham Springs • 665-7000

Faith Crossing United Methodist Church

Bethel Fellowship Church

108 Business Park, Suite C, Denham Springs • 243-6094

Hwy. 1025 Arnold Rd., Walker • 665-3813

36890 Hwy. 16, Denham Springs • 664-1278

First United Methodist Church

Bible Missionary Church

36474 Weiss Rd / Hwy 63, Walker • 667-2588

James Chapel United Methodist Church

Calvary Worship Center

First United Methodist Church of Corbin

Christian Center Church

Bethel Baptist Church Hwy. 43 South, Albany • 567-3666

9270 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs • 665-2117

Cane Market Rd. Baptist Church 35652 Cane Market Rd., Denham Springs • 665-6846

Carroll Baptist Church

Hwy. 1024 East, 6 miles north of Walker • 665-1061

Christ's Community Church 8139 Florida Blvd., Denham Springs • 791-9333

Colyell Baptist Church 19524 La. Hwy. 42, Livingston • 698-6243

Cornerstone Baptist Mission 26890 S. Satsuma Rd., Satsuma, La.

Don Avenue Baptist Church 1010 Don Ave., Denham Springs • 665-5150

Open Door Baptist Church Plainview Baptist Church Pine Grove Baptist Church

21949 Hwy. 444 near Bayou Barbary, Livingston • 698-6137

Red Oak Baptist Church 28760 S. Red Oak Rd., Livingston • 686-2588

Riverside Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church

Satsuma Baptist Church 29896 Satsuma Rd., Livingston • 686-2563

Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witnesses

316 Centerville NW, Denham Springs • 665-8995 28200 James Chapel Rd., Holden • 567-1007

Doyle Baptist Church

Southside Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church

South Walker Baptist Church

Faith Baptist Church

Second Zion Travel Baptist Church

Faith Missionary Baptist Church

Springville Baptist Church

Huff Chapel Rd., Killian • 225-695-6846

Faithway Baptist Mission

St. Paul's Baptist Church

Hwy. 16, Watson • 664-4801

7572 Vincent Rd., Denham Springs • 665-5868

30100 Mayer St., Walker

13719 Hammack Rd., Walker • 665-0463

North Walker Rd., 6 mi. north of Walker • 664-5672

17884 Hwy. 42, Livingston • 698-6018

Head of Island, LA

Huff Chapel United Methodist

30993 Hwy. 16 N., Denham Springs

Livingston Parish • 294-2720

Live Oak United Methodist Church

20745 Utah St., Livingston • 686-2341

10453 Arnold Rd., Denham Springs • 664-7249

Friendship United Methodist Church

31575 Bankston Rd., Holden • 567-9629

Head of Island, LA

La. Hwy. 190, Holden

28336 La. Hwy. 442, Albany, LA • 567-2473

29725 S. Poplar St., Livingston • 686-7808

Old Fellow's Lodge, Thornton Ln., Denham Springs • 665-3848

Mangum Chapel United Methodist Church

Fellowship Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Albany Hwy. 190, Albany • 664-3163

First Baptist Church of Denham Springs 308 River Rd., Denham Springs•664-4102

First Baptist Church of French Settlement 16735 La. Hwy 16S, French Settlement • 698-9994 / 567-5649

First Baptist Church of Head of Island 19114 Hwy. 22, Head of Island, La • 698-9222

The Word & The Way True Believers Baptist Church True Light Baptist Church

13451 True Light Land (off Walker North)• 667-9590

Livingston Methodist Church

Cane Mkt. Rd., north of Walker • 686-2132

Victory Baptist Church

Robert United Methodist Church

Walker Baptist Church

Springfield United Methodist Church

31449 North Corbin Road, Walker • 667-2487

201 Julia St., Denham Springs • 664-7979

First Baptist Church of Holden

10696 Florida Blvd., Walker • 665-8368

First Baptist Church of Livingston

27929 Hwy 1037 • 225-294-5530

St. James United Methodist Church

Fundamental Baptist Church


Walker United Methodist Church

30130 Hwy 441 Holden • 567-9368

29770 S Magnolia, Livingston • 686-2314

24240 S. Frost Rd., 9 mi. South of I-12, Livingston • 698-6157 or 698-3802

Woodland Baptist Church

Glory Baptist Church

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Grace Baptist Temple

St. Joseph Catholic Church

32165 Walnut Street, Springfield • 294-3372 31390 Hwy. 22, Springfield • 294-6717 Stump St., Walker • 664-7770

28450 Red Oak Rd., Livingston

Hatchell Ln., Denham Springs • 665-5359

222 Range Ave., Denham Springs

15710 Hwy 16, French Settlement • 698-3110


St. Margaret Catholic Church

Hwy. 43 N., Albany, LA • 567-3464

Grace Bible Baptist Church Wax Rd., Denham Springs • 664-3557

Gray's Creek Baptist Church 21039 Hwy. 16, Denham Springs • 665-2127

30300 Catholic Hall Rd. (Hwy 43-S & I-12) Albany • 567-3573

Greater Third Zion Baptist Church

St. Mary Catholic Church

Greater St. Mark Baptist Church

St. Stephen Catholic Church

23956 Hwy. 22, Maurepas • 386-3312 13590 Dunn St., Walker • 664-2742

Harmony Baptist Church

Bear Island Rd, Bear Island • 665-5359

23248 Hwy Whitehall (Maurepas)• 695-6310

Albany United Pentecostal First United Pentecostal Church S. Range Ave., Denham Springs • 665-2792

Holden Pentecostal Church Hwy. 441 South, Holden

House of God Hebrew Pentecostal

11930 Fla. Blvd., Suite A , Twin Oaks, Walker, La

Hebron Baptist Church

St. Thomas Catholic Church

24063 Hwy. 16 South, Denham Springs • 665-6278

32121 Main St. Springfield • 567-3573

Hillside Baptist Church

St. William Catholic Church

Lighthouse Pentecostal Church

Hwy 42 & Hwy 16, Port Vincent • 698-3110

Arnold Rd., Denham Springs • 665-6909

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Mission

Livingston Pentecostal Church

31320 Old B.R. Hwy., Albany • 567-3212

Albany Hungarian Presbyterian Church

Joe Bell, Pastor , 13542 Dunn St., Walker


Barnett Rd., Denham Springs • 665-1680 Hwy. 442. Springfield, LA

8774 Dave Clark Rd., Denham Springs • 667-4331

Christian Fellowship Church 13701 Vincent Place Ave., Denham Springs • 698-3807

Church of God Intensive Care Ministry 429 Josephine St., Denham Springs • 664-6293

Christian Freedom Center 10161 Florida Blvd., Walker • 667-0610

Church of The Living God 9257 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs 665-5591

Church of The Open Bible 12825 Arnold Rd., Walker • 665-7914

Community Chapel 35490 Walker North • 667-6601

Crossway Church 10161 Florida Blvd., Walker • 665-1423

Denham Springs 7th Day Adventist Church Hwy. 16 at Cook Rd., Denham Springs • 664-9829

Faith Family Church 33719 Hwy 16, Watson • 664-5066

First Church of God in Christ 515 Rodeo St., Denham Springs

Freedom Fellowship Satsuma Rd, Satsuma • 698-9143

Glory of God Worship Center 1114 Rodeo Dr (East of Pete’s Hwy) • 791-4464

Gloryland Church of God in Christ Fla. Ave. East, Walker • 665-0456

Grace Community Bible Church

1000 Cockerham Rd., Denham Springs • 664-0971

Grace Full Gospel Christian Fellowship 7519 Amite Church Rd., • 667-1612

Grace Restoration Church 1116 Florida Ave SW • 665-4004

Greater Faith Outreach Church of God in Christ


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Honor rolls published below are for the first 9-weeks grading period of the 2012-13 school year.

Freshwater Elementary School All A's 1st Grade

Andrew Paul Alford Baleigh Rose Alleman Nathan Hugh Bailey Summer Lynn Bailey Saban Grey Bell Tristan Elias Calhoun Keegan Paul Cambre Ryleigh Nicole Carnegie Noelle Mckenzie Chutz Anthony Gage Crochet Taylor Grace Darbonne Luke David Derstine Tyler Eugene Duke Dawson Grant Johnson Joel Andrew Kieronski William Joseph Langley Thomas Nathan Midkiff Anna Marie Parker Casey Michael Plauche Mia Emily Scherp Dylan Lucas Scholl Braxton Aiden Seal Elizabeth Hattie Smith Ian Troy Smith Maria Hortense Vincent Braeden James Zeringue 2nd Grade Adelaide Mae Brasseaux Katelynn Nicole Collins Faith Conpean Lily Rose David Sadie Charisse Dufrene Keaira Eliese Gross Ada Renee Ishler Kaylie Alyssa Martin James Augustus Mason Hayden Michael Murphy Lawson Patrick Navarre Ethan Connor O'Bryan Grace Elle Schlette

3rd Grade

Hayden James Hand Hannah Marie Hudnall Chase Edward Hull Sydney Grace Junot Kyle Kieronski Mackenzie Lucille Riegling Matthew Benjamin Scherp Braedon Ashton Seal Briyden Michael Spillers Brady Layne Vidrine Karlee Faye Whittington 4th Grade Claire Audrey Button Bailey Marie Darbonne Dalana Danielle Gill Victoria Leigh Landry

5th Grade

Colby Michael Elrod Julia Grace Murphy Madelyn Rose Vaughn Tyler Anthony Zeringue

All A's and B's 1st Grade

Alexandra Aguilar Juan Ernesto Campos Madison A. Ann Ducote Grace Elizabeth Garner Jeanne Marie Henry Darius De'A ndre Holmes Montrell Tyquillas Johnson Emily Grace Kayda Gage Kyle Kelley Nekira Bree Lewis Emily Rose Mason Alaina Grace Mellenthin Nevaeh Kylee Moran Seth Matthew Niederhofer Zachery Glenn Ortego Coy Lane Pierce Brady Vincent Smith Cameron Lee Terry Hayden Alex Watson Tristan Archer Wilcox Zachery Williamson Kol Milton Windham 2nd Grade Hayden Jeremy Baio Carli Grace Boucher Hope Vera Butler Emily Marie Danos Jessica Delyn Davis Madison Rose Ducote Trevor Sage Galloway Ian Joseph Guarisco Christian Eugene Huff Trace Lee Humphrey Kelsea Antoinette Johnson Skyler Kailie Johnson Brandon Duane Long Faron Wayne Long Jonah Michael McCrory Matthew Ryan Powell Ella Mattox Price Carter Ashford Rhodus Kaidence Roppolo Anthony Michael Spinnato Landon Gabriel Szubinski Matthew James

Wagner Jennifer Lynn Woolsey 3rd Grade Brianna Leigh Bailey Madison Elizabeth Bailey Jonathan Henry Baio Elizabeth Ashleigh Baudoin Madelyn Jenell Belcher Masen John Bonner Jai Beckett Calhoun Cavin Douglas Chambers Wyatt Santiago Dartt Larson Fabre Daylea Danae Gill Meghan Elaine Hedglin Miranda Renee Logan Bailea Noel McCartney Carter Daniel Normand Meagan Ruth Normand Jesse Stewart Prine Hannah Michelle Ross Zoe Lynn Verret Clayton Gage Williamson Dominique Michelle Wilson

4th Grade

Cameron Connor Beall Aidan Nathaniel Calhoun Logan Alexander Collins Cami Sue Creel Isaac James Duplantis Hannah Nicole Harris McKenzie Dale Hoover Colin Martina Macias Gage Alexander Matejowsky Ashley Olivia Poole Hannah Tate Dakota Ashlyn Thibodeaux Broderick Pierce Wong

5th Grade

Rebekah Lynn Atkinson Micah Joseph DugasEmma Catherine Elsea Alexis Elizabeth Guinn Lauren Nichole Hedglin Taylor Grace Moak Noah Stone Newbol Ian Michael Sumrall Peyton Davis Varnado

Frost Elementary School All A's 1st Grade

Destiny Erin Renee Atkins Isabella Michelle Billiot Blade Douglas Jenkins Brooke Adrian Karpinski Mason James Maier Emma Mikhail Roshto Ariel Victoria Rowell Michael Landon Sharp Carrah Elise Wheat

Alexa Elise Ardoin Faith Beck Emily Marie Brashier Claire Elizabeth Cullen Kayleigh Nicole Johnson Hunter Champ Morales William Paul Rowell Cristina Nicole Russell Rowyn Olivia Spears Stephan Paul Vanhorn Austin Joseph Watts Dalton Kage Wheat

4th Grade

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Family Resource Clinic

THE FAMILY RESOURCE CLINIC’S 15TH ANNUAL Tour of Homes will receive visitors Dec. 2 at five beautiful homes with diverse architectural styles, interior designs and holiday decorations. By Carol Stuart


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omes on the Family Resource Clinic's 15th Annual Tour of Homes on Dec. 2 will include five different architectural styles in a wide range of sizes, interior designs and special features. In view of the golf course at Greystone are a smaller home at 25555 Winged Foot Court owned by bachelor Ross Bourgeois with several hands-on personal touches and a much larger home owned by Todd and Elizabeth Quirk at 25812 Carnoustie Way. The Quirk home includes an elaborate outdoor living area in a backyard overlooking Hole 2 of the golf course. Terry and Candy Borne's property at 8106 Pink Graves Road also has a pool and separate structure in the backyard, theirs a large workshop. The Borne interior offers unusual spaces including two laundry rooms and six walk-in closets. While the Bourgeois, Quirk and Borne homes were all built in this decade, Ronald and Peggy Langlois built their log home at 38311 Little Wood Drive nearly 30 years ago with assistance from his cousin Ken Labin every weekend for two years. It looks (deliberately) even older. Asked repeatedly to open their home for the tour, they finally succumbed this year and decorated the house before leaving for the annual Thanksgiving family reunion. "I know I'll be tired of the decorations by Christmas," Peggy said. No photos or information was available on the fifth home at 993 Chateau Jon owned by Ryan and Jamie Crane. The Family Resource Clinic is a non-profit organization that helps those facing serious life challenges such as hunger, abuse, disasters, and crisis pregnancies by providing counseling, ultrasounds, and practical assistance. Visitors may begin the tour at any of the homes, which will be open from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Tickets for the tour are $12 in advance and $15 at any of the homes on Dec. 2, the day of the tour. Advance tickets are available at Silks & Crafts in Denham Springs, at Wholly Ground Coffee House in Walker, and at the Family Resource Clinic facility in Livingston. For more information, call the Clinic at 686-1123.

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Todd and Elizabeth Quirk's French Provincial house at 25812 Carnoustie Way, built in 2008, is both a comfortable family home and a wonderful place to entertain. The 3,449 square feet of living space includes an open floor plan on the ground floor with keeping, pantry, kitchen and buffet serving area with a rack for glasses and an ice machine cut out into the den which opens to a formal dining area. Upstairs are four bedrooms, three and a half baths and a playroom with a wet bar. Special features of these rooms include a dream master bedroom closet with wood floor, cabinets including shoe racks to the ceiling and a built-in dresser. Outside are real copper gutters, beautiful landscaping and an amazing backyard with an Eduardo Jenkins gunnite pool with walk-in entry and seating for swimmers at stools across a counter from a sunken outdoor kitchen.

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Ross Bourgeois designed his contemporary home at 25555 Winged Foot Court with Jackie Covington five years ago and did some of the work himself, including the scored concrete floors throughout the 2,508 square feet of living space. The living area has an open floor plan with kitchen, den, living room and breakfast area opening into each other. Slab granite is used in the kitchen with pecan wood cabinets and in the bathrooms and the countertops and the sink in the large garage. He also built the mantel, above, in the living room, which also contains an old barber's chair. Bourgeois counts the view over the golf course and excellent neighbors as additional positive features of the Greystone home.

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Ronald and Peggy Langlois live at 38311 Little Wood Drive in a log home they built themselves in the early 80s when their children were in elementary school. The 3,785 feet includes a ground floor with living, utility, dining and family rooms, a kitchen and a half bath. Upstairs are three bedrooms and another bath. They incorporated many salvaged items including wainscoting from her grandfather's barn, doors from her uncle's old home and a tub her mother salvaged from an old boarding house. At right, the kitchen is all vintage with a monitor-top refrigerator that actually works, a Roper Stove, a wood burning stove and numerous utensils, packages and posters from pre50s times. Modern appliances are hidden behind a screen door in the corner.

Terry and Candy Borne had their country style home built at 8106 Pink Graves Road in 2001 to accommodate themselves and two children, Nicholas and Christina, now grown. A living room, at right, with built in bookcases and china cabinet, shares a double-sided fireplace with a large kitchen and comfortable breakfast bar. The downstairs also includes an exceptionally large master suite of bedroom, office, bathroom and work-out room. Upstairs are two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom connected through a large playroom to an area containing three additional bedrooms with their own kitchen and den that can be used as a separate apartment. A study room, two laundry rooms and six walk-in closets complete the 5,000 square feet of living space.


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15th Anniversary Preview 7:30 p.m, evening sky viewing Nov. 30; $6 kids class on Stars 10 a.m., evening sky viewing 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, BR. 768-9948. Holiday Chef’s Evening and Wine Tasting Event at 20+ shops in the Antique District of Denham Springs. Nov. 29, 7-9 p.m. $25 Tickets advanced sales only at Old City Hall, 115 Mattie St. Proceeds to Main Street Denham Springs. 664-3867. Downtown Festival of Lights with tree lighting, movies, music, ice skating, theatrical performances in downtown BR, Santa in the Senate at Old State Capitol, open house with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Old Governor’s Mansion, more. Nov. 30, 4-9 p.m. Walker Christmas parade. From Walker High east on Burgess Road, south on Walker South, west on U.S. 190, north on Palmetto to Burgess and back to Walker High. Dec. 1, 1 p.m. Tree lighting at U.S. 190 and La. 447 follows at dusk. 6654356. Hammond Christmas Parade “A Country Christmas” with battle of the Bands. University Center to N. General Pershing, to N. Dakota to Oak to Charles to Magnolia to W. Thomas to NW Railroad to Oak to Tornado. Dec. 1, 5 p.m. 985-345-4457. Rural Life Christmas 19th C. Christmas festivities with costumed reenactors, music, hay rides, free cookies and cider, bonfire, Papa Noel, more on authentic buildings and grounds. LSU Rural Life Museum off Essen at I-10, BR. Dec. 2, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $7 (under 11 free). 765-2437. Children’s Christmas Festival and parade. Waterfront Park, Plaquemine. Dec. 2. 687-2029. Christmas Tour of Homes to benefit Family Resource Clinic. Dec. 2, 1:305:30 p.m. $15 ($12 advanced). Details page B6. Winter Wonderland Food Festival and Taste of Local Restaurants, 40 craft and other vendors, children’s activities, hay ride, sweet shop, face painting, car show, live music, fireworks, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 15710 La. 16, French Settlement. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Springfield Christmas Parade. Amvets on La. 42 at La. 43 to Main Street, to Cherry to Fire Station for free refreshments and $5 photos with Santa. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. 2943150. Festival of Lights. Natchitoches. Through Jan. 6. 800-259-1714. christmasfestival. com. Zoolights. BR Zoo, Dec. 1-30 except Dec. 24, 25. 775-3877. Baton Rouge Arts Market with 70 juried artists, demonstration, children’s activities; and Main Street Market at 5th and Main. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 8 a.m.-noon. 344-8558. Louisiana Renaissance Festival with jousting, period costumed stage and strolling players, games, food, crafts, more. Weekends Nov. 30-Dec.10. River Road, Hammond. 866-249-1138. Messenger’s Christmas Land with over 70,000 lights and 30 animated displays. Plantation Blvd. in Plantation Estates a mile south of I-12, DS. Dec. 1-27, 6-8 p.m. 664-9933. Walker Winter Wonderland in Sidney Hutchinson Park with a million lights, inflatables and animated displays. Dec. 1-30, 6-9 p.m. with movies on outdoor screen at 6 p.m. 665-4356. christmas. Denham Springs Christmas Parade with “A Cartoon Christmas” theme. South on Range from DSHS to Florida, then west to Veterans Blvd. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. 665-8155. Tickfaw State Park offers a water park, camping, picnicking, canoeing, walking tours, videos, nature talks, demonstrations and activities, including Wildcrafts for Kids.

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Mississippi Hayride Jam. 3080 Hwy 98E. McComb, Miss. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 6:3010:30 p.m. Free. 601-248-6847. BRSO Masterworks IV concert ,“Home for the Holidays,” featuring soprano Mara Bonde and the BRSO Chorus. Baton Rouge River Center Theatre. Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 2, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. $25-$55. 383-0500. tobyMac. Baton Rouge River Center Arena. 275 South River Road. Nov. 30, 7 p.m. $41.50-$46.65. 389-3030 or 800-7453000. Old South Jamboree presents “An Old Time Country Christmas” with traditional and current country Christmas songs by the entire cast of singers. Old South Theater, U.S. 190 1 mile west of La. 447, Walker. Dec. 1, 7 p.m. (doors and refreshments 5:30). $10 (ages 6-12 $5, under 6 free). 936-0349. Family sing-along matinee of holiday classics and lighthearted favorites with the BR Symphony and Chorus. Baton Rouge River Center Theatre. Dec. 2, 3 p.m. 3830500. SLU Chorus and Women’s Chorale and Northshore Choral Society Christmas Concert. First Baptist Church, West Morris, Hammond. Dec. 2, 3 p.m. 985549-2184. LSU A Capella Choir Candlelight Christmas Concert “Heaven and Earth in Little Space” alternates songs and readings from world literature going back 1,000 years. LSU Union Theater. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. $20. Aaron Neville Holiday Show. Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. Dec. 3, 4, 7:30 p.m. $100. 383-0500, ext. 100. 344-0334. Listening Room Jazz Concerts: John Hebert, jazz bassist. Hartley/Vey Studio Theater, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., BR. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. $10. 344-8558.


“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a regional premiere by Playmakers. Reilly Theatre, LSU. Dec. 6 (pay what you can), 7, 7 p.m.; Dec. 8, 15, 11 a.m.; Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 2 p.m. $15. 578-6996. playmakersbr. org.


Dinner with the King, with Jason Baglio’s The Elvis Experience, 3-course gourmet dinner and dancing. Carter Plantation Magnolia Ballroom. Nov. 30, cash bar 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:30. $60 proceeds benefit the Historic Carter House Society Inc. Tickets at 747-0660 or carterhousesociety@gmail. com by Nov. 23.


Bear Creek Saloon, Montpelier: Justin Adams, Dec. 1. 777-4868. Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Atrium, River Road: Charles Wilson, Nov. 30. 3818346. Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s, 214 Third St., BR: Toby Tomplay, Nov. 29; Letters in Red, Nov. 30. 636-2442. Boutin’s Restaurant, 8322 Bluebonnet Boulevard, BR: Coobie Joe, Nov. 29, Dec. 6; Jay Cormier & The Breaux Bridge Playboys, Nov. 30; Lee Benoit, Dec. 1; Lee & Val Benoit, Dec. 3; Mel Chavis, Dec. 4; Al Berard & Friends, Dec. 5. 819-9862. Canal Bank Club, French Settlement: Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, Dec. 1. 698-9074. Cate Street Pub, Hammond: The River City Hit Squad, Nov. 30; Werewolf, Dec. 1. 985-345-5059. Chelsea’s Cafe, 2857 Perkins Road, BR: Octavious, Ghost in the Gallows, Nov. 30; American Thrift resents, Dec. 1. 387-3679. Crazy Dave’s, 28293 Frost Road, Suite A, Livingston: Will Wesley, Nov. 30; La. 1, Dec. 1. 686-2121.


Double D Daiquiris, 32334 Hwy. 16, DS: Pat-E & Ryan, Nov. 29; Silverhook Band, Nov. 30. 343-5688. Jones Boys Hall of Fame, 7755 Magnolia Beach Road, Suite A: free line dance lessons, Nov. 29; Kozmic Kowboyz, Nov. 30; Jones Boys & The Hall of Fame Band, Dec. 1; Mickey & Jack, Dec. 2; Mickey, Jack, Mark & Billy, Dec. 5. 371-6730. La Carreta’s, 135 Veterans Blvd, DS: Silverhook Duo, Nov. 29; Doug Owens, Nov. 30; karaoke, Dec. 5. 271-9999. Magnolia Sports Bar, 6865 Magnolia Bridge Road, DS: Jolly Roger Karaoke, Nov. 29; Stone Envie, Nov. 30; Winter Rock Fest with Undun, Full Circle, Money Shot and 4 Mob Jam, Dec. 1. 667-0205. Moonlight Inn, French Settlement: Chris Leblanc & Big Luther Kent, Nov. 30; Lil’ Bit Meaux, Dec. 1. 698-6759. Park Place, Gonzales: Bryce & Neal, Nov. 29; Typikal Reasons, Nov. 30. 644-8901. Phil Brady’s Bar & Grill, 4848 Government St., BR: blues jam with Jonathan “Boogie” Long, Nov. 29; Peter Novelli, Nov. 30; Rae & The 2nd Line, Dec. 1; jitterbug lessons, Dec. 4; blues jam with Josh Garrett, Dec. 6. 927-3786. The Spanish Moon, 1109 Highland Road, BR: 80s night with Nosh Jee & Josh McLin, Nov. 29, Dec. 6; Akil the MC/DJ T Minus One of Jurassic 5, Syllable Seven, Kladni Figures, Tiny Ach, Nov. 30; Big History, Dec. 1. 383-6666. Sullivan’s Steak House, 5252 Corporate Blvd., BR: Storywood, Nov. 23; Press 1 for English, Nov. 24; Anteeks, Nov. 29. 9251161. Texas Club, 456 Donmoor: Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Nov. 30. 928-4655 or 800745-3000. Triage Nite Club, 51494 La. 16, DS: Chris Gray, Nov. 30. 665-4121. TriageNiteClub. com. Varsity Theatre, Highland Road, BR: Archnemesis, Perry Gaffney Jr., Nov. 30; Khris Royal of Rebelution & Dark Matter, Dec. 6. 383-7018.


Wade Smith’s Woodwerks. Arts Council of Livingston Parish Gallery, 133 Hummell St., DS. Through November. 664-1168. Recovered Cache c. 1812, West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Through Dec. 2. 336-2422. Jenny Authement, Theresa Herrera, Michael W. Howes, Steve Schmidt. Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, 1442 City Park Lane. Through December. 383-1470. www. Artwork of Jane Dedon. South Branch Library, 23477 La. 444. Through December. 698-3015. Works of Bonnie Smith Williams; The Christmas diorama of Janet Wilson. Denham Springs-Walker Library, 8101 U.S. 190, DS. During December. 665-8818. Kit/Kat Photography by Kitty Kuhnert and Kathy Reeves. Main Branch Library, 20390 Iowa St., Livingston. Through December. 686-2436. Quilts by Watson Quilters; U.S. veterans service memorabilia. Watson Branch Library, 36581 Outback Road. During December. 664-3963. Holiday quilts by various contributors; snowman collection of Connie Shipp. Albany-Springfield Branch Library, 26941 La. 43. During December. 567-1441. www. Train Memorabilia from the LASM Collection. Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road, BR., through Jan. 6, 2013. 344-5272. Tree decorated with Marlinspike knotting; collection of Christmas villages. Old City Hall, 115 Mattie St., DS.

Through January. 667-7512. Becoming Louisiana: The Path to Statehood, a traveling exhibit. Walker Museum, 29350 Walker South Road. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Through January. Free. Welcome.html. Planes Trains and Automobiles (toys) during the holidays; Once Upon a Time, through Feb. 10; Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter, through March; Cascade of Color: Gabriel Dawe, through April 7. Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Gallery, LSU Museum of Art. Shaw Center, Lafayette at Convention, BR. 389-7180.


Preschool Story Time: Albany-Springfield Library, Thursdays, 10 a.m. (ages 0-4), 567-1441; Denham Springs-Walker Library, Mondays and rerun Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. (9:45 a.m. babies and toddlers), 665-8118; Watson Library, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., 6643963; Livingston Branch, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (babies too), 686-2436; and South Branch, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. (babies too), 698-3015. “The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox” by Maggie O’Farrell discussed by Bookies. South Branch Library, 23477 La. 444. Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m. 698-3015. Beginners and refresher, crochet a baby washcloth for ages 13-up. Arts Council classroom, 133 Hummell St., DS. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 9-10:30 a.m. $75. Call 664-1168 for supplies and registration. artslivingston. org. Beginners Knitting for ages 13-up. Arts Council classroom, 133 Hummell St., DS. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 10:30 a.m-noon. $75. Call 664-1168 for supplies and registration. Holiday Soap Making for tweens. Denham Springs-Walker Library, 8101 U.S. 190, DS. Dec. 1, 11 a.m. Regisration required at 665-8818. “The Christmas Train” by David Baldacci discussed by adult book club. AlbanySpringfield Branch Library, 26941 La. 43. Dec. 3, 10 a.m. 567-1441. Vintage Junkie Workshop – Sneauxman Box for ages high school to adult. Arts Council classroom, 133 Hummell St., DS. Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m. $30 includes supplies. 664-1168. Crafty Christmas Ornaments followed by Open Mic Night. Watson Branch Library, 36581 Outback Road. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. 664-3963. Young Writers Club. Denham SpringsWalker Library, 8101 U.S. 190, DS. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. 665-8818.


Louisiana Art & Science Museum and Pennington Planetarium with art galleries (see Exhibits), children’s interactive rooms and Dr. Spark on Saturday, Solar System Gallery, Hall of Astronomers, Space theater: digital movie “Mayan Prophecies” through Dec. 30; Sky shows, “Kaluka’hina: the Enchanted Reef” through Dec. 30, “Season of Light” through Dec. 30, “The Life of Trees,” through June 30; Visual music, “Pink Floyd: The Wall” through Dec. 29, “Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon” Dec. 1 through July 6. 100 S. River Road, BR. 344-5272.


Trey Sonz, Dec. 27; The Global Warming Tour featuring Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, Dec. 6; Justin Bieber, Jan. 15, 2013. NO Arena, 1501 Girod St. 344-0334. Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour, April 29. Lafayette Cajundome. 3440334.


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Kathy Mayeux joined the staff of the Livingston Parish Library Denham Springs- Mayeux Walker Branch five years ago and has made her presence felt in a very positive way. As the new facilitator of the adult book club, she renamed it the Eclectic Book Club and expanded the range of literature the group reads and the number of people attending. It now meets each third

Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with about 10 people each time. During December, the group is reading James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small," and during January they will read "Rising Tide" by John M. Barry. Mayeux also does outreach, taking library programs four times a year, bringing jokes and skits to the Livingston Activity Center and providing another program to residents of La Plantation Retirement Home. "We do seasonal crafts and readings, some light and comedic

and others seasonal serious works," Mayeux said. Beyond these efforts, Mayeux, whose previous career was teaching writing at the university level at both Baton Rouge Community College and LSU, has brought that special skill to her work at the library. The Writer's Circle she founded in 2008 with seven original members has now swollen to 30, with 15 to 20 of them attending each monthly meeting on the first Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The writers share and critique each

others' work and also benefit from the guests Mayeux brings in to speak to them. Some have spoken about the many methods now available to publish their work, but most are outside authors and illustrators. "They love getting together," Mayeux said. "I have discovered that writers love to talk to each other." The group also hosts an annual Mystery Dinner Theater for which they write the script and provide other writing services when she requests them. Six of the Writer's

Circle members were among the published authors selling their signed books at the recent Holiday Book Bazaar. "Even the authors who don't sell enjoy getting together for that event," Mayeux said. More recently, Mayeux has extended her reach to include a Young Writers Circle, which meets twice monthly at their own request, after both the book club and adult writers. Between five and 12 writers attend each meeting. The group is currently working on an anthology that will

contain a short story and two poems by each of them. Mayeux said of her work, "I feel like I am filling a really central role for the library, plus I enjoy every minute of working with patrons and also the book club and writers because we are developing both readers and writers here."


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Honored on Veterans Day Seated beside each other at the Veterans Day Program before the Veterans Day Parade in Walker are (from left) special guest, Commander Peters, the captain of the USS Louisiana attack submarine stationed in Spokane, Wash.; Grand Marshal of the Parade Bill Matthews, 87, of Walker, a Navy veteran of World War II who participated in four island invasions in the South Pacific, including the first Phillipine invasion at Leyte Gulf, another in the Phillipines and two in New Guinea; and special guest, actor Gerry Rush, a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam who played one of the original Little Rascals and took over the role of Gabby Hayes on the Roy Rogers show. Submitted

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LPCC Halloween rehearsal

Dressed in costume at their Halloween rehearsal are Livingston Parish Children’s Choir members (from left, front) Hope Rogers, Melanie Wascom, (middle) Aubrey Johnson, Samantha Bock, Ella Otken, director Barbara Walker, Emily Otken, Austin Bonfanti, Kaitlyn Harris, Mary-Grace Eddington, (back) Charity Rogers, Marian Luzier, Hannah Turner, Deanna Luneau, KK Kendrick and Elizabeth Haley. The choirs will perform in concert Dec. 7 at Live Oak United Methodist Church.

Historic Carter House gets face lift The Carter House located in Carter Plantation just outside Springfield just got a face lift thanks to the Historic Carter House Society Inc. (HCHS). The HCHS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose goal is to restore the Carter House, raised enough money to begin a portion of the restoration that is badly needed. Phase I of the restoration project was to start on the outside of the house, so this is where the work began. The front columns had holes; shutters were dangling, swinging or missing; the doors were faded, weathered and worn; the lean-tos were dilapidated; and paint was needed all over. All these items had deteriorated due to exposure to the elements and lack of maintenance, so the HCHS Board had the work started on these items. Bids for the work were obtained from several contractors, and the contract was awarded to JRW Renovations, L.L.C., from New Orleans. The organization plans to continue its mission to raise additional money in order to complete the restoration work because Phase I covers less than half the work needed on the house. As additional funds are raised, the work will continue around the sides and back of the house. After the outside work is complete, the HCHS will begin planning for the repairs needed on the inside of the house. Work will continue to items on the list that include landscaping, additional outdoor lighting, and restoring the barn. A lot of work needs to be done, and the Board, residents, and property owners in Carter Plantation know how important it is that this project continues until the restoration is complete. In order to raise the funds, the group is researching grants, charging a nominal rental fee for use of the house for special events, and continuing to hold fundraisers. Also, the house and grounds offer a beautiful setting for special events and especially photographs. Individuals or groups can make arrangements to schedule tours of the house by calling the HCHS. While on the tour, they will learn that the Carter House is the oldest plantation home in “The Free State of Livingston” as well as more history about the house. The plantation dates back to 1804 when the land was acquired by James Rheams under a Spanish land grant. The most interesting fact is that Mr. Rheams sold the property to Thomas Freeman, a free man of color, who built the house during the period of 1817-1820. HCHS continues to research its history, and should anyone have information they would like to share, HCHS would appreciate hearing from you. The HCHS accepts members into the organization for a fee of $30 for Individuals and $40 for a Family. Donations are tax deductible since the organization is a 501(c)3. Any monetary amount is welcome, and HCHS would be extremely excited to see some corporations make a contribution. You can obtain information about the organization, membership, and donations by going to their website: historic-society/, by email at carterhousesociety@, or give them a call at 225-747-0660.


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History in Springfield


Bulldogs hold off Tigers, move to semis



| Springfield (11-1, no. 4 seed) at John Curtis (12-0, no. 1 seed), 7 p.m.


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SPRINGFIELD — The party began early and could have ended early as well if not for a defensive stand. “It’s a huge thing not only for our program, but for the community,” Coach Ryan Serpas said after the late heroics locked down a hardfought 34-28 Class 2A quarterfinal playoff win over Many Friday night. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment for these seniors who have worked their butts off to get to this point, and I couldn’t be prouder of these guys and the effort that they put into this season.” Many fans began tailgating outside “the Dogpound” Friday afternoon in anticipation of the first quarterfinal football playoff in Springfield High School history inside a packed stadium. The Bulldogs then went out to deliver a dominating offensive performance, led by junior running back Gharmaine Ashton, who piled up 154 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Springfield

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| John Curtis (1) vs. Springfield (4) | Evangel (2) vs. University Lab (3) LHSAA/State Farm Prep Classic December 7 and 8 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans | Class 2A finals — Noon Saturday cranked out 248 rushing yards, yet never had a moment to relax. Clinging to a 28-21 lead midway in the fourth quarter, the Bulldog offense failed to finish a drive inside the 10, and Many’s scrappy Tigers seemed to have all the momentum needed for a comeback. That’s when the Springfield defense came through. With third and three at the 17, defensive backs Thomas Armstrong and Joseph Kemp held Many SPRINGFIELD Page C6

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Springfield defensive back Kimanae Claiborne scrambles for a 76-yard interception return as Many receiver Carson McManus gives chase. Many had tried a fake punt on the play that backfired and led to an easy score for the Bulldogs before halftime.

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SPRINGFIELD – For Springfield, the road to the Superdome will have to make a stop in Kenner first. And there, the Bulldogs must face their most formidable opponent yet, 23-time state champion John Curtis. Although the Patriots are based in River Ridge, Curtis’ home field is Muss Bertolino Playground stadium in Kenner. Kickoff for the Class 2A state semifinal match-up is set for 7 p.m. No. 4 seeded Springfield, which is making the school’s first-ever semifinal appearance, is sporting a programbest 11-1 record, while the defending Class 2A champions Curtis is 12-0, along with entering the playoffs at the top seed. The victor will move on to the LHSAA-State Farm Prep Classic for the Class 2A State Championship Game next Saturday (Dec. 8) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Kickoff is at noon.


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|Springfield 62, Albany 28

|John Curtis 26, St. Paul 7

|Springfield 21, DeLaSalle 0

|John Curtis 33, Plant Tampa, Fla. 3

|Live Oak 38, Springfield 6

|John Curtis 34, East St. John 7

|Springfield 49, Grace King 16

|John Curtis 56, Cohen 0

|Springfield 34, Pope John Paul II 24

|John Curtis 59, Riverside 0

|Springfield 47, St. Helena Central 14

|John Curtis 48, Carver 14

|Springfield 51, Pine 6

|John Curtis 50, Newman 0

|Springfield 30, Northlake Christian 12

|John Curtis 55, Clark 0

|Springfield 28, St. Thomas Aquinas 20

|John Curtis 50, South Plaquemines 0

|Springfield 24, Northeast 6

|John Curtis 64, Pope John Paul II 0

|Springfield 32, Northlake Christian 19

|John Curtis 50, North Webster 6

|Springfield 34, Many 28

|John Curtis 62, Riverside 10

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Many defensive back Carson Mcmanus chases after Springfield running back Gharmine Ashston on a 51-yard run straight up the middle. Awaiting the Springfield-Curtis winner will be the winner between University High and Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport. Springfield becomes only the second 11-man high school football team from the parish to play in a state semifinal contest. The other was

Denham Springs back in 1972 when they defeated Haughton 19-15. The Yellow Jackets went on to play Hahnville in the Class 3A state championship game, but lost via first downs, after the game ended in a 26-26 deadlock. The Bulldogs are also the last public school left in Class 2A,

which has been dominated by private schools in recent decades. Springfield, which played in its first-ever quarterfinal game last Friday, defeated No. 21 seed Many 34-28 at The Dog Pound. While Springfield head coach Ryan Serpas is taking the Bulldogs into more unchartered

waters, Curtis’ legendary head coach J. T. Curtis has racked up 23 state titles in its previous 36 football campaigns. From 1975 to 2008, Curtis picked up 22 of those state titles, but after a two-year stint where they had to settle for state runners-up, they once again brought home the trophy last year.

Curtis defeated Winnfield 33-3 to win the state title in 2011 to cap a perfect 14-0 season. In the previous two seasons, the Patriots fell to Evangel by the scores of 28-14 and 18-13 respectively in the title games. J.T. Curtis, who is the SEMIFINAL Page C6

Basketball Roundup

Denham, Walker girls dominant to start season Boys Roundup Albany (boys) 68 Maurepas 37

ALBANY – Logan Link and Ray McCarrol combined for 25 points, as Albany toppled Maurepas in Tres Bridges Tournament action last Saturday. The senior forward Link took scoring honors for the Hornets with 15 points, while junior center McCarrol tossed in 10. Albany, which spread the ball around offensively, also had Curnell Miller with nine points, Scott Hasson and Quincy Sykes with seven points apiece, Josh McClain with six, Landon Morgan five, Justin Thompson



four, Ben McClain three and Louis Sansovich two. Maurepas was led senior Aaron Johnson with 10 points, followed by junior Jace Berthelot with eight, sophomore Donovan Thibodeaux with six, senior Garret Moticheck four, sophomore Darrian Bouquet three and juniors Denver Delatte and Justin Cooper with two points each, as well as two points by



freshman Chaz Scivicque.

Girls Roundup Denham Springs 60 Broadmoor (girls) 47

Fresh-off winning two out of three at the Marksville Tournament over the Thanksgiving holidays, Denham Springs returned to confines of the Grady Hornsby Gym and defeated Class 4A Broadmoor 60-47 in nondistrict action Monday. Junior Caletria Curtis

led the Lady Jackets with 22 points, while fellow junior Carlisha Kinchen was also in double-figures with 12. Denham Springs held a slim 6-point lead (31-25) at halftime, but then rolled over the Lady Buccaneers 17-8 advantage in the third period. Seniors Brianna Ensminger and Katie Patterson complemented the top two Jacket scorers with eight points apiece. Broadmoor was paced by Shantrell Lamar with 14 points, and Mikayla Crockett and Erica Teschke with 11 points apiece. While Coach Shelly LaPrarie’s Lady Jackets improved to 3-1 on the

year, Broadmoor, with its first loss of the season, is also now 3-1. Broadmoor 12  13   8  14 —   47 Denham 14  17  17  12 —   60 DENHAM SPRINGS: 22, Carlisha Kinchen 12, Brianna Ensminger 8, Katie Patterson 8, Rachael Riley 5, Mary Beth Hughes 3, Dreisha Landry 2; BROADMOOR: Shantrell Lamar 14, Mikayla Crockett 11, Erica Teschke 11, Honchea Thornton 5, Samia Irvin 3, Asa Hayes 3.

Walker (girls) 77 Independence 33

WALKER – After opening the regular season with a road win over Central Lafouche, new head coach Korey Arnold picked up his first win inside the Glenn Ellis Gym Monday, as the LadyCats improved to 2-0 with a 44point blowout win over

Independence. Walker stormed out to a 25-6 lead after the first period and despite scoring just three of those points in the second period, pulled into halftime with a comfortable 28-16 advantage. Freshman Lexi McMorris poured in a game-high 23 points for the LadyCats, including three of Walker’s six 3-point buckets on the night. Senior Megan Strange, who also connected on a basket from outside the circle, finished with 13 points, while sophomore BASKETBALL Page C4

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Coach Jay Artigues, SLU head baseball coach, will be the guest speaker at the next Denham Springs Athletic Association (DSAA) meeting at Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Entering his eighth year at the helm of the Lions baseball program, Artigues has had five straight 30-win seasons, including a school record 40 victories in 2010. This event will be in lieu of the regular DSAA meeting that would have been held on Dec. 17. All current and prospective DSAA members are encouraged to attend and enjoy a buffet dinner courtesy of Big Mike’s.

Two baseball players needed

The 12-year-old Major 2013 tournament team will be holding tryouts to pick two more players. Call (225) 330-9231 or (225) 773-4802 to schedule an individual tryout.

Teach Me More Thanksgiving Camp

A hitting/pitching camp will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, at North Park, with hitting lessons from 9 a.m. until noon and pitching from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $25 per session or $40 for both. For more information, call Jim McChristian at 225305-0862.

Sports Shorts regularly publishes items of interest to the Livingston Parish sports community concerning programs and events such as registrations, tryouts, benefits and other activities. To submit an item for Sports Shorts, call 665-5176, fax to 667-0167 or e-mail to


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Lady Jackets help host major basketball statewide tournament

From C1 guard Baylie Stears came off the bench and also scored in double-figures with 11 points. Senior starting guard Mi’ca Lowe tossed in nine, including a pair of 3-point buckets. Ordaisha Colston was Independence’s highscorer with 13 points. The Class 3A Lady Tigers slipped to 2-2 on the year.

Independence 6  10   8   9 —   33 Walker 25  13  26  13 —   77 WALKER: Lexi McMorris 23, Megan Strange 13, Bayley Stears 11, Mi’ca Lowe 9, Keeona Brown 8, Amy Sanders 6, Jamie Gibson 4, Alyssa Ard 2, Tia Zachary 1; INDEPENDENCE: Ordaisha Colston 13, Jaireh Brumfield 7, Ireyon Keith 4, Jasmine Bastiste 4, Ariel Higginbotham 4, Andrielle Kelly 2.

Runnels (girls) 35 Springfield 31

SPRINGFIELD – Runnels outscored Springfield 10-4 in the fourth period to erase a two-point deficit as the Lady Raiders spoiled Lisa Thornton’s coaching debut with the Lady Bulldogs, 35-31 Monday. Springfield jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the first period, but that turned out to be the only doubledigit scoring quarter for the Lady Bulldogs, as

they were outscored 27-18 over the final three periods in the non-district loss. Sophomore Brittany Bennett scored the bulk of Springfield’s points with a game-high 24, while the only two other Lady Bulldogs to score were juniors Chelsey Ellsworth with four and Samara Scott with three. Runnels 8   6  11  10 —   35 Springfield 13   6   8   4 —   31 RUNNELS: R. Fennell 11, J. Ethridge 10, A. Kumler 8, J. Deshotels 4, S. Bass 2, O. Neiland 2.SPRINGFIELD: Brittany Bennett 24, Chelsey Ellsworth 4, Samara Scott 3.

The Vertias Challenge (at St. Thomas Aquinas) (third game) Albany 49 Ponchatoula 46

HAMMOND – Albany closed its Thanksgiving roundrobin at the St. Thomas Aquinas Vertias Challenge by capturing its second win in three days, 49-46 over Ponchatoula. First-year Hornets head coach Kris Goff’s squad opened up with a 70-60 loss to Bogalusa, but bounced back on Tuesday with a 58-54 win over Evangel Christian Academy. Logan Link, who was in double-figures in all three games for Albany,

led the Hornets with 14 points against the Green Wave. Landon Morgan followed with nine points, while Ray McCarol tossed in eight. D.J. Mobley was highscorer for Ponchatoula with 19 points.

(Second game) Albany 58 Evangel 54

HAMMOND – Logan Link and Josh McClain combined for 22 points, as Albany downed Evangel Christian Academy 58-54 on the second day of the Vertias Challenge at St. Thomas Aquinas. Link led a well-balanced Hornets’ scoring attack with 12 points, followed by McClain with 19, while teammate Logan Morgan had eight and Quincy Sykes, Ray McCarrol and Justin Thompson had seven points apiece. Scott Hasson and Elijah Callahan rounded out Albany’s scoring with six and two points respectively. Evangel’s Tim Stokes led all scorers with 17 points.

(First game) Bogalusa 70 Albany (boys) 60

HAMMOND – The Lum-

berjacks of Bogalusa chopped down Albany on the opening day of The Vertias Challenge, 70-60. The 10-point loss overshadowed a 21-point performance by Albany’s Ray McCarrol. Teammates Quincy Sykes and Logan Link were also in double-figures with 11 points apiece.

First Baptist Tournament French Settlement (girls) 54 First Baptist Christian 5

Host First Baptist was no match for French Settlement, as the Lady Lions barged out to a 31-3 lead at halftime and coasted to a 49-point win. Ashton Gill was highscorer for FSHS with 10 points.

French Settlement (girls) 44 Archbishop Hannan 30

Baylie Kuhl scored 15 points, as the Lions toppled Archbishop Hannan on the second day of action.

Louis Frey (Boys) Classic at Ascension Catholic High School

DONALDSONVILLE – University High defeated French Settlement 69-34 on its way to capturing the Louis Frey Classic this past week at Ascension Catholic High School. Senor Cody Sage led

the Lions’ effort with 10 points. French Settlement opened the tournament with an 80-42 win over host ACHS, with Justin Lobell leading the way with 19 points, while Lions teammate Luke McMorris was also in double-figures with 10.

Denham hosts part of Episcopal/St. Michael Tournament

Denham Springs’ Lady Jackets will once again help host the St. Michael’s/Episcopal Girls Basketball Tournament, which got underway on Wednesday, highlighted by a DSHS-University High match-up inside the Grady Hornsby Gym. The Hornsby Gym will host games on the remaining three nights of the round-robin event, which concludes on Saturday. The Lady Jackets are the only parish team participating among 16 schools from all over the state. Along with co-hosts St. Michael’s and Episcopal of Baton Rouge, who will also feature games at their respective gyms the remainder of the way, other participating

schools include Airline, Loyola Prep, Byrd, Ouachita and West Ouachita; Pineville and Benton, St. James from Assumption Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas of Hammond, Metairie-based Archbishop Chapelle and St. Joseph’s Academy and University High of Baton Rouge. DSHS will play host to Ouachita in the nightcap of double-header at 7 p.m. inside the Hornsby Gym, with St. Thomas Aquinas taking on Benton in the first game at 5:30. On Friday, Denham Springs will host a triple-header with the Lady Jackets taking on Archbishop Chapelle in the middle game at 6:30. Pineville will tangle with St. James in the opener at 5, while St. Thomas Aquinas will match-up against University High in the closer at 8. On Saturday, the four-game line-up at the Hornsby gym begins at 9 a.m. with Byrd taking on Chapelle, followed by Denham Springs and Airline at 10:30, Chapelle versus Ouachita at noon and Byrd taking on UHigh in the closing game at 1:30 p.m.

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senior running back Cortez Sweet to two yards. Because visiting Coach Jess Curtis wasn’t sure his Tigers would get the ball back if they punted, he chose to roll the dice on fourth and one at his own 19, and Springfield made him pay. Defensive lineman Chris Carter and linebacker Tanner Wells stuffed Sweet on a power play up the middle to turn over the ball to the Springfield offense at point blank range with four minutes left. This time the Bulldogs finished the drive, scoring the all important insurance touchdown from the 3 on an end around to Kimanae Claiborne for a 34-21 lead. Sophomore quarterback Xavier Dias then led the Tigers on a nine-play, 80-yard drive, scoring himself from the 9 with 1:51 left, but after Springfield’s Wild recovered the ensuing onside kick, the Bulldogs ran out the clock. In fact, on the first play of the final possession, Ashton punctuated a stellar night with a 10yard run for a first down, helping assure his team an 11-1 record and the uncharted territory of a semifinal game. Only one other Springfield team has won 11 games. The Bulldogs of 2006 finished the regular season 10-0, then won a first round playoff game before losing in round two. Springfield would likely have 12 wins this year if not for Hurricane Isaac, which forced the cancellation of the Bulldogs’ trip to Mt. Hermon on opening week. Now Springfield, the 4th seed and last public school remaining alive in Class 2A, will be a huge underdog to the most storied program in Louisiana history, 12-0 and top seed John Curtis, which was ranked number one in the nation earlier this season and has won 24 state championships since its founding in 1962. “I did it with my line,” said Ashton of the way he carried the Bulldogs on his back from the opening possession. “They protected me and they told me just follow and I listened to them. As

long as I follow them, I feel like I can go through anybody’s defense.” One of those linemen, senior center Wade Wheat, opened huge holes for Ashton less than a week after a Sunday fire destroyed his family’s home and all their possessions. In addition, as a punter he boomed both of his kicks on the night an identical 53 yards. “He’s a great person to be around and for him to go through that tragedy this week it broke my heart all week long,” Serpas said of the threeyear starter who anchors his line. “But he’s been in good spirits about it all week long. Having this win tonight hopefully that can take his mind off it. He’s our best offensive lineman and he’s so smart up front and can make sure we’re in the right play and makes all our line checks.” Ashton opened the game with a 31-yard jaunt that started a 65-yard scoring march to an 8-0 lead. Ironically, Springfield eventually scored on a fourth down pass from Shaquille Smith to a wide open Zach Clark and Ashton walked into the end zone for the twopoint conversion. The Bulldogs would throw only one more pass the rest of the night, a similar shot to the end zone on fourth down that would be caught just outside the boundary for an incompletion. Many was able to tighten the score two possessions later after a fumble recovery by defensive lineman Ivy Jackson at the Springfield 42. From there it took nine plays and a roughing the passer penalty to set up fullback Tyler Adamson for a second down dive for the score from the 6. Claiborne and Wild stopped Sweet short of the line on a two-point conversion, leaving the Bulldogs ahead 8-6 just four plays into the second quarter. After both teams traded punts, Springfield marched 53 yards for its second score, using eight plays with the aid of two penalties before Ashton took a quick opener into the end zone standing up from the 5. Perhaps the play of the night followed

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Many defender Jacob Green grabs Springfield quarterback Shaquille Smith from behind on a 13-yard run. Springfield amassed 248 yards rushing. with a two-point conversion as Ashton, wrapped up three yards short of the goal and about to go down, flipped the ball underhanded to Smith, who was standing in the end zone. The 16-6 lead was good, but six plays later, a backfired fake punt by Many made things even better for the home team. Dias, who also serves as the punter, attempted to toss a pass to Carson Mcmanus on a fourth and one at the Springfield 39. Claiborne intercepted the ball at the 33 and returned it 67 yards to the Many 9 with 1:20 left in the half. On the next play, Ashton spun away from a tackle and backpedalled to the 1. Smith followed that up with a dive six inches from the goal, and on third down Ashton walked in for his second TD of the night with 14 seconds to go before halftime. This time Smith was tackled short of the end zone on the two-point conversion try and the Bulldogs settled for a 22-6 intermission lead. Despite the home team’s momentum, Many made it a new ball game with 6:45 to go in the third quarter when McManus caught a pass from Dias at midfield and got loose down the left sideline for a 59-yard

score. Dias threw to a wide open Chris Hopkins for the two-point conversion to close the difference to 22-19. “That team is definitely a great team and they left it all out on the field,” Serpas said of his opponent. “They have no reason to hang their heads. They really fought all the way through, even though they were down at halftime. They showed a lot of spirit. It seemed like we would make a play and then they would come back and make a play. Fortunately for us we had the lead and we were able to close it out.” Springfield answered immediately, needing just four plays to do it. After a pickup of three yards on first down, Ashton broke loose on a second down trap play for 51 yards to the Many 18. Conscious on the next play of being gashed again on the inside, the Tiger defense underestimated the speed of Clark, who took an option pitch to the right and nearly scored. He was pushed out at the 2, setting up a first and goal for Ashton to score on the next play. Smith threw incomplete to Joseph Kemp on a two-point attempt, but Springfield led 28-14 with 5:52 in the third quarter. Then it was Many’s

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On fourth down and 9-yards to go, Springfield wide receiver Zack Clark catches a pass in the in end zone from quarterback Shaquille Smith for a 37-yard touchdown. turn to mount a 10-play, 56-yard drive sparked primarily by the scrambling quarterback Diaz. The sophomore twice eluded what looked like sure sacks, the first time completing a 26-yard pass to Mcmanus for a first at the Bulldog 27, the second on a jailbreak from there to the 11. Eventually, Sweet finished the drive with a 6-yard run and Peppi Kennedy, a straight-away kicker, tacked on the extra point. While Springfield went into the fourth quarter leading 28-21, the Bulldogs appeared poised to put the game away when they drove 44 yards in 11 plays before stalling at the 10. On a fourth and goal from there, Smith heaved his second pass of the night and Claiborne caught it, but his foot came down just beyond the back of the end zone. Many’s ill-fated fourth down gamble at the 19 would give Springfield the second chance the Bulldogs did not mess up this time, but even a 34-21 lead didn’t feel safe when Diaz led the Tigers on their drive that cut the margin back to six points following Kennedy’s second kick. Serpas said afterward that he allowed his defense to play a little

too soft to prevent the big play. Many, a 6-4 team that reached the quarterfinals with two playoff upsets before finishing the year 8-5, will be a far cry from the team Springfield faces next. “We’ve got to move on and play the giant Curtis, but we’ve been doubted all year long and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Serpas said. “We’re going to prepare and be ready to go.”


Springfield Many 16 First downs 16 248 Yards rushing 154 33 Yards passing 147 281 Total yards 301 2-1-0 Att-com-int 16-7-1 2-53 Punts-avg 3-32 1-1 Fumbles-lost 0-0 7-82 Penalties 11-94 Score by quarters: Many 0   6  15   7  —  28 Springfield  8  14   6   6  —  34 Scoring summary: SHS — Zach Clark 33 pass from Shaquille Smith (Gharmaine Ashton run) MHS — Tyler Adamson 1 run (Run failed) SHS — Ashton 5 run (Smith pass from Ashton) SHS — Ashton 1 run (Run failed) MHS — Carson Mcmanus 59 pass from Xavier Dias (Chris Hopkins pass from Dias) SHS — Ashton 2 run (Pass failed) MHS — Cortez Sweet 6 run (Peppi Kennedy kick) SHS — Kimanae Claiborne 3 run (Run failed) MHS — Diaz 9 run (Kennedy kick)

Semifinal pairs perennial John Curtis against Springfield From C1 only coach the Patriots have ever had, has a career won-loss record of 511-54-6. John Curtis is averaging 58 points per game in its first three playoff contests. The Patriots opened with a 64-0 romp over one of Springfield’s district foes, Pope John Paul II, in the bi-district round, followed by a 50-6 win over North Webster in the regionals and 62-10 over Riverside last week in its quarterfinal contest. Although John Curtis is well known over the years for its highly successful option-oriented attack, the Patriots are averaging 126 yards per game in the air this season, which still pales in comparison to its 244 yard-per-game average on the ground. Curtis runs the ball three times for every one it throws, and picks up 9.1 yards per run from scrimmage. Senior quarterback Patrick Morton (5-11, 180) has completed 60 of 94 of his passes (64 percent) for 1,390 yards with 18 touchdowns and no interceptions. His longest completion of the year was of 72 yards. Junior wide receiver Malachi Dupre (6-3, 180) has 32 receptions for 731 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has an incredible 23-yard-per-

catch average and hauled in that 72-yard reception from Morton. Sophomore Abby Touzet (6-2, 215) has completed 10 of 22 for 129 yards in limited action this year, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Patriots have two ball carriers with over 600 yards on the ground and have evenly split a combined 26 rushing touchdowns. Both are also averaging doubledigits in yards in per carry. Senior Sherman Badie (5-10, 190) has rushed for 659 yards on 59 carries (11.17 avg.) with 13 carries, with his longest run from scrimmage this season of 64 yards. He also has nine receptions for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow senior Tevin Hornton (5-11, 190) is averaging 10.93 yards per carry with 623 yards on 57 carries. He has 13 touchdowns with a longest run of 70 yards. Also averaging in double-digits per carry are junior George Moreira (5-10, 200) with 350 yards on 30 totes (11.8 avg.) with seven touchdowns and sophomore Dontae Jones (5-9. 185) with 15.8 yards per carry with 14 rushes for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Raekwon James (5-10, 185) has 30 carries for 269 yards (9.0 avg.)

with eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Patriots are led by senior defensive back Duke Riley (6-0, 175) with 99 tackles, 76 of them solos. Curtis senior linebacker Eric Thomas (5-10, 220) has 55 solo tackles out of his 72 total tackles on the season, while junior linebacker Kenny Young (6-1, 210) has 52 solos out of his 66 tackles on the year. Curtis has recorded 41 quarterback sacks on the season, with senior outside linebacker Baron Clofer (5-9, 190) having seven, Thomas six and senior outside linebacker Fred Beauford (6-1, 205) and senior lineman Cyle Cortez (6-2, 260) with five apiece. The Patriots have also picked off 19 passes, with sophomore DB Hunter Dale (6-0, 185) leading the way with four interceptions, followed by seniors Richard Allen (5-10, 185) and Jacoby Cooper (5-9, 175), along with junior Mattrell McGraw (6-0, 180) with three each. While Curtis is more diversified in its offense, Springfield lives by the run. Springfield’s running game is averaging 300 yards per game this season, with running back Gharmaine Ashton and quarterback Shaquille Smith accounting for 1,839 yards between the two.

Ashton, who was sidelined with an injury and missed a couple of games late in the regular season, has 967 yards on 128 carries for a 7.6 yardper-carry average. Along with averaging 120 yards per game, he also has scored four touchdowns. Smith has 872 yards on 138 keepers (6.3 avg.) with 18 rushing touchdowns. Smith has also completed 8 of 20 passes for 104 yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Combined with the season’s starting quarterback Joseph Kemp’s numbers (7-for-15 for 256 yards and four touchdowns), the Bulldogs’ passing game has netted just 360 total yards or a 32.7 yards-per-game average. Running back Kimanae Claiborne has 542 yards on 67 carries (8.1 avg.) with 12 TDs, while fullback Tanner Wild has 155 yards on 45 totes (3.4 avg.) with four touchdowns and Zach Clark 195 yards on 24 carries with two scores. Defensively, Wild leads the way for the Bulldogs with 105 tackles, with 67 solos. Wild had 14 tackles last week against Many, with nine solos. Teammate Thomas Armstrong, who had 12 tackles last week, including eight solos, has raised his numbers on the season to 95 total

tackles with 67 solos as well. Others leading the way for the Springfield defense are Claiborne (38 tackles/23 solos); Josh Taylor (36/28); Claiborne

(38/23); Michael Jackson (34/22); Chris Carter (31/23); two-way player Smith (29/25); Joseph Kemp (25/19); Darien Schneider (23/17); and Clark (20/16).

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