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Main Street Grocery a fixture in town since 1950s For anyone who grew up in Richardsontown in the 1950’s and the 1960’s, the Main Street Grocery was a fixture. First located on the north side of Long Avenue, the store was just a very small country store in a very old building. It would be full of kids in the morning before the school bus arrived and was a place to spend a nickel or a dime on gum or candy while waiting for that yellow chariot. The store later moved to the south side of Long Avenue. It was larger and brighter and was the first big change in that neighborhood in many, many years. By 1989 that new store

was sold to Carolyn Duckworth. Now, the store is owned and operated by the Duckworth family, Carl, Carolyn, Michelle and Rocky. “We bought it from Travis on June 15, 1989,” said Duckworth. The new store soon grew too small. There just wasn’t enough room to offer a variety of anything, and some items just couldn’t be accommodated at all. Then came the move of October 2007. With no space available to add on to the store on Main Street, a decision had to be made: Where do we move that will best suit our customers? The answer, it turned

out, was 1205 S. Columbia St., just about four blocks from the old location. Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., the new store offers a full line of groceries, plus a bakery and a deli. The produce is always fresh, and the prices competitive. If you need help finding anything, the friendly and courteous staff is always ready to point you in the right direction. Give Carolyn Duckworth a call at 732-4625 or just stop by. She loves to take care of her customers. “They’re the only reason we’re here. My customers are the best customers.”

Residents can relax in this peaceful environment.

Resthaven Living Center receives high marks Resthaven Living Center, located at 1301 Harrison St., Bogalusa, is a skilled rehab nursing facility that was selected as Premier Rehab’s Facility of the Year with staffing that has been rated 4 of 5 stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The facility specializes in physical therapy, occupation therapy and speech therapy designed to increase residents’ safety and function to allow greater independence in their environment. We also provide long term care for those who need extended care services There is a registered nurse on staff 24 hours per day. IV Therapy is also provided at the facility, reducing the need for a hospital stay. There is a dentist, podiatrist and a psychiatrist available for monthly visits. The administrator is


The facility’s new chapel.

Lisa Fairchild. The owner is Steve Pigott. The facility’s’ business

hours are from 8a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Rocky’s Med Shoppe offers fast, friendly service Not feeling well or need a prescription filled? Stop by Rocky’s Med Shoppe today. As a pharmacist with 36 years’ experience, Rocky Foil, along with his wife, Donna, and their staff, Cassi Creel, Katie Davis, Jenney Adams, Luke Kemp and Michelle Kennedy, will be glad to help you with all your healthcare

needs. Located at 133 Cumberland St., in Bogalusa, they offer fast, friendly service as well as all-day city delivery. If you don’t need it delivered you can request an express refill on our Website at w w w. r o c k y s m e d You can also call 732-5874 and it will be ready for you to

pick up at your convenience. You may also bring your script to 133 Cumberland St., anytime between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. We accept LA Medicaid, Medicare Part D and most insurance plans.

Parish Credit has been serving area for 40 years When you have financial needs, Parish Credit has the expertise to help you. For more than 40 years, Parish Credit has served the needs of the residents of Washington Parish. Located at 951 Washington St in Franklinton, Parish Credit has a wide variety of services to meet your needs. In fact, at Parish Credit, no loan is too small or too big — from real estate loans, first and second mortgages, 100 percent home equity financing to bill consolidation loans — there’s a solution to your financial needs. The service-oriented staff, led by manager Alan Stafford, wants to make sure your experience is a pleasant one and always strives to put customers first. Alan, a native of Washington Parish, has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial industry and is joined on the staff by Johnnie Charbonnet and Cody

Shown are, from left, Jim Adams, Matt Thomas, Brad Lively, Judson Mizell and Terri Whitehead.

Adams and Associates a leader in electrical, AC field Experience does matter. For 49 years Adams and Associates, Inc., has served the electrical and air conditioning contracting needs of Washington Parish and the Northshore region. Owner Jim Adams has put together a staff knowledgeable, of trained professionals to serve every need you might have. Specializing in electrical construction service and repair and con-

ditioning construction service and repair, Adams & Associates is a state licensed mechanical contractor and carries most major brands. In addition, Jim Adams is the acknowledged leader in generator systems design and installation in South Louisiana. Open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Adams & Associates, Inc., is located at 304 Memphis

St. in Bogalusa. The phone number is 7350126. There’s more than one electrical and air conditioning contractor in Bogalusa, but the difference between Adams and everybody else is the fact that at Adams it’s not what they do, but how they do it! So, whether your needs are electrical or air conditioning, Adams & Associates can solve your problems.

Shown are Alan Stafford, left, and Cody Wise. Johnnie Charbonnet is not pictured.

Wise. At Parish Credit, it doesn’t matter who you owe or how much you owe them, they are here to help with all of your financial needs. Including vacation loans, home repairs, back-toschool or off-to-college. At Parish Credit, you

can always count on fast, courteous and confidential service. So next time you have a financial need think of Parish Credit. Just look for the big sign at 951 Washington St in downtown Franklinton, or call 839-5616 for more information.


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DeLuca’s Expressions in Gold has recently expanded its showroom DeLuca’s Expressions in Gold is a 32-year-old family-owned business featuring a fine selection of jewelry, gifts and Home Décor. Visit our newly expanded showroom and let one of our knowledgeable staff members assist you in choosing that perfect gift. The store, located at 842 N. Collins Blvd., Suite A, in Covington, has garnered a loyal customer base over the years that store owner Janet DeLuca and her staff continue to serve with that personal touch. The store features a wide selection of Home Décor merchandise. Their baby gifts and men’s gifts lines are outstanding. Many gifts can be engraved or stamped. You will find gifts for any special occasion at DeLuca’s. Brands carried by DeLuca’s include Chamilia, Waxing Poetic, Fossil, Kameleon, Julio Designs, Lenox and Reed & Barton. The store also carries Citizen watches and monogram jewelry. They do metal monogram for your home as well. “We have loyal customers who trust us with their jewelry needs and continue to support and grow small businesses,” DeLuca said. “We enjoy

what we do and really love getting to know our customers and enjoy sharing in their special moments.” DeLuca’s does onsite jewelry repair, including optical repair, with a certified jeweler on staff. Jewelry appraisal is also available. The store features 14kt and diamond jewelry as well as monogram jewelry, sterling silver and a large selection of fashion jewelry. DeLuca’s also offers computerized engraving with design options that are limitless. They can also etch on glass and stamp leather. The wedding registry service has DeLuca’s newly expanded showroom. been expanded. We invite you to come by and register for “ Unique Home Décor” gifts to personalize your home. The store offers complimentary gift wrapping and jewelry cleaning. DeLuca’s Expressions in Gold is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store’s website is, and their telephone number is 892-2317. Visit them at

Above, staff members are, from left, front: Ellen Knight and owner Janet Deluca; and second row: Trudy Oalmann, Ashley Knope and Charlie DeLuca.

Charlie DeLuca.


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Washington-St. Tammany Electric celebrating 75th birthday this year A 75th anniversary celebration is under way at Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative. The co-op received its charter to operate as a nonprofit organization from the state of Louisiana on Feb. 4, 1938, just as cooperatives were popping up to power the dairy industry across rural America. Co-ops like WST are owned by the people they serve, and the members have the opportunity to elect representation on the board of directors. They are the voice of the co-op, and help create policies and procedures by which it runs. Instrumental in the inception of WST was Mr. Lyle Killingsworth. He was hired by WST as a lineman in 1941. Helping build our lines and establishing our system he advanced quickly to General Manager by 1947. Mr. Killingsworth remained as General Manager until his retirement in 1984; making him the longest sitting General Manager, 37 years, in WST history. His career with the co-op spanned 47 years. He was respected and admired by the Board of Directors and employees. Mr. Lyle was known for taking outage calls at his home when the



office was closed. He brought us from our infancy into adulthood. His commitment and dedication to the co-op was and still is a testament to our existence. Another important figure in WST history is Mrs. Pat Jones. She Served as General Manager from 1992 until 1995.

She will forever be recognized as the first woman in the state of Louisiana to serve as a co-op manager and the second in the country. The lobby of the Franklinton branch is currently decorated in a birthday theme, and members are invited to stop in and look at pictures from the co-op’s

early days. More information about the anniversary, including photos, a video and a history of the co-op, are available online at or check us out on facebook. In addition to its main office in Franklinton, WST has branch Abita in offices

Springs, Folsom, and Slidell. The co-op currently has more than 50,000 meters, approximately 129 employees and in excess of 5,000 miles of distribution line. Today Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative is the lowest cost electric provider in the tri-parish area.

Remember: Washington-St Tammany Electric has the POWER to save you money. “If you begin to think about how far we’ve come in the past 75 years, what do you think the next 75 years will bring? We look forward to experiencing those years with you.” stated Schloegel.

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Circle T Farm Supply features a number of antiques collected over the years by owners Dean and Becky Thomas.

Circle T has new gift shop, retains old farm store feel Circle T Farm Supply, LLC is a one-stop shop for a large variety of merchandise and features a new expanded retail “concept” store. The Franklinton store, owned by Dean and Becky Thomas, is a showplace of antiques that the couple has collected over the years as they envisioned how the store would look in the future and how they could make it a more enjoyable experience for customers. They hope you will come in and enjoy seeing all of the old pieces that will probably remind you of days gone by! This 26-year-old business specializes in the application of seed and

fertilizer on farm land, bulk landscaping materials and offers heavy equipment work, such as dozer, side boom mower, track hoe and more. Feed brands include Science Diet, Purina and Nutrena. Circle T carries a variety of other brands such as Wrangler, Justin flip and Georgia flops, Muck boots. The store will soon carry a line of Justin and Ferrini boots and New Balance tennis shoes. They also sell toys, including brands such as John Deere, Fisher Price, Breyer, Daisy BB and Radio Flyer. Circle T sells all of your garden needs including

Miracle Gro products, summer flags, pesticides and more . They now have a new gift shop, which has many unique items and a selection of antiques. Located at 1610 Washington St., Circle T Farm Supply prides itself in excellent customer service and an “old farm store” atmosphere. The store has been family owned since 1987 and offers personal service to its customers. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The telephone number is (985) 8395408.


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Star Equipment Hammond business is full line Kubota dealer Star Equipment, located a 42254 E. I-55 Service Road in Hammond, is a full-line Kubota dealer, selling products and equipment necessary for lawn, agriculture and construction projects. The business is owned by Charles and Trudy Ciolino, and they have 45 years of experience in tractor and equipment sales. Besides the Kubota brand, which features equipment such as lawn mowers, tractors, RTVs, skid steer and excavators, Star Equipment also carries Woods, Bush Hog, Land Pride and Rhino products and equipment. The owners pride themselves in treating each customer as an individual and getting them the best value available for their par-


ticular needs. The store has excellent service and parts departments, which bring customers to Hammond from long distances. The store features a knowledgeable, friendly staff available to ser-

vice your sales, parts or service needs. Star Equipment’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The phone number is (985) 345-7891.

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Esma’s Second Time Around on Columbia Street.

Esma’s Antiques and Esma’s Second Time Around offer a glimpse into the past Esma’s Antiques and Esma’s Second Time Around offer shoppers a glimpse into the past. Esma’s Antiques, located at 521 Louisiana Ave., offers antiques and collectibles such as old doors and windows, antique bricks and “just want for fun” stuff. Esma’s Second Time Around, located on Columbia Street in downtown Bogalusa, sells new and used furniture, oddities, vinyl records and formal and wedding dresses, just to name a few examples. Esma Irvine is owner of both stores, with a total of 17 years in business combined. “We consign and sell for anyone, so shop often at both stores so you don’t miss a treasure,” Esma said. New items arrive daily, she said, and the stores have nice, helpful staffs to assist customers in their search. While Esma’s Antiques has been a fixture in Bogalusa for quite some time, the Columbia Street store is fairly new and is a mission of love for Irvine, hoping to do her part to restore the downtown area of Bogalusa. Her store is located in the former Berensons and Western Auto locations. “If you missed Columbia Street in its hey day, you really missed something,” she said. “Ask around. It was the place to be with great stores and restaurants. People loved it, and I miss that very much. I wanted to do my part to try and bring back something that would

Esma’s Second Time Around employees are, from left, Stephanie Hartfield and son Landon, Joanna Williamson and Laurie Steinwinder.

Esma’s Antiques on Louisiana Avenue.

bring good memories to Columbia back Street.” Esma said customers’ purchases have helped restore the building, as it has received a new roof, two new air conditioning and heating units, “so much wood and plumbing work, miles of electrical wire and electrical panel boxes.” “We still have a ways to go but are thankful for your support,” she said. daughter, Esma’s Hartfield, Stephanie and her grandson, 9year-old Landon, are

the new managers of the Columbia Street store and “are doing a great job,” Esma said. “Check out the display windows, which are alive with excitement like Columbia Street used to be,” she said. *** A year-and-a-half ago Esma and Bryan “Monk” Irvine bought Redi Rooter from Kelly Adams, and the business was renamed Better Drain Cleaning. Redi former The Rooter was an established business for 33 years.


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Shown are, from left, seated: Michelle Goode and Mary Melanco; and standing, Shay Wilson and Duane Billings.

Lee Finance Co. loaning money for 50 years When you think about a finance company, you probably think about a place to go to refinance your car or maybe get a small personal loan for a vacation or a visit to the dentist. Finance companies offer all of those and more. Lee Finance Co. has been in business for 50 years, helping the citizens of Bogalusa to

fund their dreams and help pay for those unexpected emergencies. This family-owned business offers consumer loans, automobile financing and furniture, vacation and tax loans, and you can also qualify for a mortgage. Need some papers notarized? Lee Finance has two notaries on staff. If you don’t like to

deal with banks and would rather the more relaxed atmosphere found in a consumer loan office, Manager Duane Billings invites you to call Lee Finance at 735-6526 and speak with one of their friendly and qualified employees. Or you can drop by their office at 344 MLK Drive. Isn’t it time for that dream come true?

Patten’s Metal Express High quality, quick production and friendly service are Patten’s foundation Patten’s is continuing to respond to reconstruction needs in Washington Parish and the surrounding areas. Due to the installation of a roll-former in July of 2006, our ability to produce metal roofing products more quickly has increased. It has doubled the amount of products being produced, which in turn leads to a faster turnaround for the customer. High quality products and friendly service have been the foundation of our business. Patten’s offers two patterns: “R” panel, which is more commercial, and “X” panel,

Brown-McGehee has served parish since 1934 Brown-McGehee Funeral Home, 610 Avenue F in Bogalusa, was established in 1934 and continues to serve families of Washington Parish with comfortable, attractive and convenient facilities. The funeral home has a team of experienced and capable people. Tony Collett, counselor, director and funeral home manager, has been with Brown- McGehee for the past 33 years. He has two children, Leslie and Jonathan, and two grand-

children, McKenna and Ladon. Dana Bennett, funeral director/counselor, has 35 years’ experience. He is married to Ruth Hayward Bennett and has five children and seven grandchildren. Ruth Hayward Bennett is employed at Brown-McGehee as a hostess along with Melanie Neal. Brandon Hunt, a Bogalusa native, is the maintenance supervisor at Brown-McGehee. He supervises all graveside funeral prepara-

tions. He is the father of two children, Madison Thomas and Mackenzie Hunt. Wendall Seal, with 21 years of service, is in charge of the maintenance at Hillview Memorial Gardens, the cemetery used by BrownMcGehee Funeral Home. Seal is married to Cathy McGehee, and they have two children, Jason and McKayla. Don Miley and Norman Wayne Grant assist with operations at BMFH (night services).

which is smaller ribbed and preferred for homes. Large metal coils are formed into desired panel designs and lengths specified by the customer. Any length can be produced as long as the customer can haul it. All are manufactured on-site at the Franklinton plant. Patten’s sells materials within a 50-60 mile radius of the Franklinton area and two other locations, also to do-it-yourself customers, roofers and building contractors. Patten’s now sells bolt-up building packages that are available in different sizes.

Patten’s is a family owned and operated business. Family members run the sales department, oversee the production and maintain an adequate inventory. Patten’s would like to express their gratitude to their customers and to all of the people who have helped them become successful in their business endeavor. They hope to continue to be the supplier of all your future roofing and building needs. “The best people in the world live in this area, and we are proud to call this place our home.”

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Parish Tractor has one of largest selections of inventory in Southeast Parish Tractor, located at 1602 S. Main St. in Poplarville, is one of Kuboda’s largest dealerships in the Southeast. Owned by Lee Parish, Parish Tractor specializes in heavy equipment, compact tractors and mowing equipment and prides itself on having one of the largest selections of inventory in the Southeast. Brands carried include Kubota, Vermeer, Hustler, Land Pride, Bush Hog, Woods, Tufline, Athens and Fella. Parish Tractor’s parts


department is well stocked with parts for nearly every make and model of tractor and the most needed parts for Kubota. The store can drop ship any part to your home for a minimum charge. The parts department employees have over 25 years of service and are well versed in parts. Parish Tractor’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The telephone number is (601)795-4521, and the website is

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Resource Bank celebrates 15 years of service Resource Bank is proud to have been serving our communities since 1998. Locally owned and operated by over 350 shareholders, Resource Bank is committed to being the finest true community bank. Serving on Resource’s Board of Directors are Richard F. Knight, Chairman; Chris Keller, Vice Chairman and CEO; Chandler Craig, President; David Lindsey, COO; David A. Briggs Jr., Mike Burris, Dennis Crowe, Maura Donahue and Katherine McCloskey Gibert. Community banking encompasses providing “High Quality Service,” knowledgeable personnel and active community participation. Service provided by Resource means that clients are greeted as they enter our facilities, every effort is made to eliminate waiting time, decision making authority is granted to customer contact personnel and that you would enjoy the Resource Bank experience. The personnel at Resource Bank provide assistance with underwriting real estate, analyzing cash flows and debt service coverage for small businesses, and personal financial analysis. Employees at Resource are motivated and enthusiastic members of local civic and organizacharitable tions. Part of our vision is to help our clients realize their financial goals. Our promise is to persistently develop and implement ways to better serve you. Resource has recently developed

Bogalusa employees are, from left, Bridget Owens, Hannah Saucier, Jenny Smith, Susan Miller and Erika Parker.

Franklinton employees are, from left, manager Cindy Allen, Angela Callender, Danielle Barber, Joy Wilson and Denise Blackwell.

and launched a mobile banking application. By downloading the RB Mobile App on your smart phone, clients can check balances, transfer funds, pay bills and view recent transactions. Later this summer, the ability to make check deposits by phone will be an added feature. Resource Bank has also taken into consideration the needs of local business owners. FreeSource Business Checking is available to provide free checking for qualifying businesses. In addition, Resource Bank’s premier business products include RPM desktop check processing, cash management and payroll services. Our success

depends on the success of our clients, and we thank you for your continued loyalty. Within an effort to offer exciting products, we accept the challenge of keeping up with the need for innovative products without losing our personal touch. Resource is here to prove that after fifteen years we remain, “Your Bank for Our Community.” See everything Resource Bank has to offer you online at Should you have any questions regarding products or services offered by Resource Bank, please contact Cindy Allen, Branch Manager, and her experienced staff in both Bogalusa and Franklinton.

Angela Phillips is shown working in the lab.

Eye Save Optical specializes in same-day service If you need optical goods and services, look no further than Eye Save Optical, located at 2801. S. Columbia in Bogalusa. At Eye Save Optical the focus is on the customer “Since opening our doors 20 years ago we have focused on friendly service, quality and competitive pricing. It’s not difficult to treat people like you want to be treated. Most importantly, be fair; if it is broke, fix it. You don’t have to make a dollar every time a customer walks in. A little no charge ‘fix it’ every once in a while goes a long way. We know that if you take care of your customer, they will take

care of you,” said owner Stewart Cage. Whether you need new glasses or just want to look at another style, you can find what you need at Eye Save. Brand names available include Coach, D+G, Versace, Oakley, Maui Jim, Kate Spade, Silhouette, Flexon, Christian Dior, Nine West and many more. Additionally, routine eye exams are available five days a week and on Saturday by appointment. Eye Save Optical offers state of the art technology with an onsite Anti-Reflective and digital processing laboratory, making them the only full serv-

ice lab of its kind in the state of Louisiana. Eye Save Optical Lab is constantly expanding and offering the best digitally processed lenses available. It is open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday and specializes in same day service. The lab also specializes in customer satisfaction and fast, friendly service. There is no reason to go anywhere else for your eye care needs. Get the price, service, quality, and selection you need right here at home. For more information, call 735-3937.


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Customers can find gifts locally at Little Feet Boutique Little Feet Boutique, located at 1050 Tanglewood Drive in Franklinton, allows people to shop local and find many gifts at comparable prices without having to driving out of town, a plus since gas prices are high. Owned by Amanda Deas and Delaine Thomas and in business for four years, Little Feet Boutique specializes in mono-

Regional Health Care Center treats Mind, Body and Spirit Regional Health Care Center, APMC, has moved to a new location at 537 Kentucky Ave., Suite A. The health care center, owned for 42 years by Rogelio A. Casama, MD, provides primary care medicine, urgent care medicine, internal medicine, CDL physicals, basic physicals and the L.E.A.R.N.S. Diet program. “We practice holistic medicine for the Body,

Mind and Spirit,” Casama said. “We also practice preventative medicine for adults and geriatric patients.” All patients are offered some TLC. “We give glory to the greatest physician of all, our Lord and Savior,” Casama said. The health care center has been in Bogalusa for more than 40 years because it cares about its patients. It agrees with the AMA

in the spirituality of healing patients. The center offers same day urgent care appointments and next day appointments in most cases. “We inject humor and laughter in our medical practice,” Casama said. hours are Office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The telephone number is (985) 735-8382.

gramming, appliqué, shower registries, special orders and preorder sales. There are hundreds of designs to choose from. The owners say, “Bring us and idea and we can do it!” A variety of brands are carried, including Feltman Brothers, Kalencom, Luna B, MudPie, Remember Nguyen, Baby Deer, Sun-San Sandals, Miss-tee-v-us, Prince Lionheart and

many more. Boys and girls styles are available, with up to eight and 10 carried in some brands. A wide selection of different baby gifts is available, and the owners can personalize any birthday party with the perfect shirt, dress, bib, etc. For more information, call 839-4477 or visit the Little Feet Boutique Facebook page.

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Competitive prices at Barber’s allow you to shop at home Barber’s Auto and Paint Supply offers a complete line of auto body supplies and automotive paints as well as bumper-to-bumper auto parts. The store, owned by Eric and Danielle Barber, features good hometown prices that are competitive with national chains. This allows shoppers to stay in town and shop local without sacrificing lower costs.

Barber’s Auto and Paint Supply features years of body shop experience and paint and restoration work. They will also mix custom paints for customers. Brands carried include Dupont, Sherwin Williams Automotive Paint, AC Delco, Motorcraft, Continental Batteries, Moog, Gates, Standard Ignition, Stant, Monroe Shocks, Dorman, Four Seasons

and Fel-Pro. Barber’s will also set up paint kits for all your hobby needs, including antiques, tractors, hot rods, motorcyles, four-wheelers and marine. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store is located at 208 Alabama Ave. The telephone number is 735-6506

Rawl’s Pharmacy helping citizens of Mt. Hermon Since the opening of Rawls Pharmacy, Mt. Hermon residents have a drug store right in their neighborhood. The “mom and pop pharmacy” is owned by Jeremy Rawls and his wife, Samantha. For eight years after graduating from pharmacy school, Rawls worked at a Wal-Mart pharmacy, but he began to think that big retail was not the place for him any longer. “You didn’t have time to talk to customers like you need to and counsel them properly,” he said. Rawls, who grew up in Pine, now resides in Tylertown, Miss. In deciding to open his own drug store, he said he “wanted to get into the independent scene” and move closer to home. He and his wife chose to open a pharmacy in Mt. Hermon since there was not one already, and they felt the store could be a help to the citizens there. “We didn’t want to just build right under some other people and try to compete with

Direct Wireless is much more than a cell phone store Direct Wireless, located at 985 Washington St., in Franklinton, is an authorized retailer of AT&T. Direct Wireless is much more than just a cell phone store. It provides a variety of AT&T home services as well. Direct Wireless offers home AT&T DSL, phone service, Direct TV, Uverse high speed internet, Uverse home

phone and Uverse TV. We also offer cell phone plans tailored to meet each individual customer’s needs. Direct Wireless has been in business for 18 years providing friendly customer service with a team of representatives ready to assist you in all your wired and wireless needs. Direct Wireless car-

ries a wide variety of cell phones, iPads and accessories. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please call us today at 985-795-0040 and a trained representative will be happy to help you with all your wired and wireless needs.

them or anything,” he said. “We wanted to actually be of service to the community.” “(There’s) nothing like really owning your own (business) and being the one responsible for the community and everything. I just love it.” “Here, I’ve been able to actually help people,” he said. “Like, they’ll show me what they’re going to sign up for and I’ve been able to say, ‘OK, this is what that’s going to mean. Here’s the cost of all your medicines, and this is what you’re deductible is going to be.’” In addition to medication, the merchandise at Rawls Pharmacy

includes snacks and gift items like jewelry, candles and handbags. “As far as the selection of stuff that we have, we tried to get a representative sample of what you would find in a small drug store, and we’re planning to expand in the gift area,” Rawls said. The pharmacy’s hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Rawls said. The response from the community, Rawls said, has been very positive. “We’ve had tremendous support from the community so far, and I really thank them for that,” he said.

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Napa technicians have 75 years combined experience Napa Auto Parts & Auto Care, 205 Superior Ave., Bogalusa, carries a full line of auto parts and also has four fulltime ASE certified technicians to handle any and all jobs you can’t or don’t want to tackle, such as air conditioning, transmissions and brakes, and routine maintenance like oil changes and alignments. The store also sells all brands of tires. Allen and Cheryl Puckett bought the business, which has been around for at least 50 years, in 1998. They are proud of the fact their technicians have more than 75 years’ of combined

Service department employees are, from left, Roe Calderone, Leon Lachney, Margie Calderone, Mark Breland and Joey Hume.

experience, “so no problem is too big.” They work on all makes and models of vehicles and offer nationwide Napa Auto Care warranty on all repairs. The parts department

Parts department employees are Ben Kennedy, left, and Armand Verger.

is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The service department’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Owners are Cheryl and Allen Puckett

Romano Insurance & Investment Group Company offers variety of services Romano Insurance & Investment Group, located at 14295 Highway 21 Suite D in Bogalusa, is a financial service company that has expertise in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, certificates of deposit, life insurance, retirement plans, IRAs and individual plans. The business is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Owner Joe Romano said the firm offers structured CDs, gold, silver, a large bond inventory and a large number of life insurance companies from which to choose. He said the staff has experience and qualifications in the investment business. Romano has two certifications through the College of Financial Planning. Romano can be reached at 732-3314.



Zellco Federal Credit Union Zellco serving area since 1935 Zellco Federal Credit Union was organized in 1935 as a not-for-profit organization owned by its members. Since 1935 Zellco has expanded to serve all of Washington Parish, Pearl River County, Marion County and rural St. Tammany Parish. Even though the name has changed over the years, the reason it was started has remained the same. The philosophy is to provide quality financial service to all credit union members at a reasonable cost. Zellco works to meet the financial needs of its members. Zellco is

the one place to go for all your financial needs. It has stayed competitive with other financial institutions. Services include free checking accounts, savings accounts, share certificates, IRAs, debit and ATM cards and free online banking with bill payer. Zellco offers loans at reasonable rates for all purposes: new or used autos, mortgages for land or homes, unsecured signature loans, boat, motor and trailer loans, travel trailer and RV loans and motorcycle and ATV loans. All loan decisions are made locally. See one of

our friendly loan officers when you need a loan. Zellco’s main office is located at 520 Avenue V in Bogalusa (985-732Branches are 7522). located at 431 Richmond St. in Bogalusa (985-7324599) and 824 11th Avenue in Franklinton (985-839-9955), Columbia, Miss., at 547 Eagle Day Drive (601-731-2245) and at 64724 Highway 41, Suite E, Pearl River (985-863-7393). Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday Friday. ATMs are available 24 hours a day. Check out the website at

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Need concrete? Call Thigpen Concrete Materials When you need concrete and you need it fast, whom do you call? Why, Thigpen Concrete, of course. Area contractors know that they can count on Thigpen to meet their needs quickly and reliably. Thigpen Concrete Inc., is Materials, owned and operated by

Bob Smith, a man with many years of concrete experience under his belt. Thigpen’s is the place to go for your ready mixed concrete and many other construction materials. They provide concrete, not only to area contractors but also to farmers and homeown-

ers as well. Located at 1125 Hancock St. in Franklinton, Bob Smith’s Thigpen Concrete is the place to go in Washington when you’re looking for the best materials at a good price anchored by great service. Give him a call at 8392215 to get a quote on your next job.



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New car business on the rise at Bill Hood Ford-Lincoln The auto industry is alive and well according to James “Bubba” Lauderdale, managing partner at Bill Hood Ford-Lincoln in Hammond. “At the beginning of the recession, the U.S. Auto Industry was tracking 15.5 million new cars per year,” said Lauderdale. Although American auto companies such as Ford, Chrysler and General Motors were on the verge of collapse in 2008, experts have seen a slow but sure recovery for the industry as a whole. “Our new car business is up 15 percent versus last year. The pre-owned car business has really grown for our group over the last three years. In fact, it has almost doubled since 2009. Our group, which consists of three retail operations — two in Hammond, one in Ponchatoula — in Tangipahoa Parish, stocks $5 million in inventory and retails an average of 250 units per month,” he continued. Lauderdale has been in the automobile business since 1975. Bill

Hood Ford was established in 1986, and the managing partner said that the group is “clearly” the leader of preowned sales in southeast Louisiana. “Our company roots are almost 90 years old in the auto business here in Southeast Louisiana, beginning in 1929 with Chevy in Amite,” said Lauderdale. The business is currently constructing two state-of-the-art preowned vehicle outlet centers in Hammond. Lauderdale said the two most popular models are the Nissan Altima and the Ford F-150 pickup truck. Consumers can find plenty of information about all of the vehicles they stock on the company’s website, www.billhood- “Our website contains information, including 27 photos per price and vehicle, equipment listings on every vehicle in stock. The entire transaction, from first contact, to negotiation, trade appraisal, to sale completion can be handled online. We typically have one huge sales event per month, usually marketed via direct mail and email,” said Lauderdale. Most importantly, Lauderdale said that all Bill Hood customers can expect exceptional customer service. “We pride ourselves in providing great quality, affordable transportation, and expert, friendly service after the sale,” he said.

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Clayton House Marketplace has ever changing, one-of-a-kind treasures For over 40 years, Cordell Furniture was a family owned home furnishings store. Over the years, owners received many requests from local artists, craftsman and antique pickers to lease space within the store. Owners also fielded requests from customers to help sell their used items when they purchased new items from Cordell’s. The store was not setup to handle these requests, but owners always entertained the notion of one day opening their own consignment shop or market. Clayton House Marketplace is the realization of that idea. In August of 2012, owner Jim Cordell opened the 35,000-square-foot building for the local public to use as a marketplace for buying and selling new and gently

used items. Two options are available for sellers, straight consignment of goods with no up front cost or a dedicated booth rental space for a monthly fee. “Even with all the great options available for buyers and sellers online, we still believe in a strong market for local goods,” Cordell said. “For used and oneof-a-kind items, you can’t replace a handson approach. Our goal

is to offer a clean, friendly option for buyers and sellers to exchange goods. ” Clayton House Marketplace features more than 70 local vendors under one roof selling antiques, shabby chic, fine art, custom furniture, reclaimed wood furniture, collectibles and more. It is an ever-changing home furniture, accessories, collectibles and crafts consignment store filled with one-ofa-kind treasures, with new treasures appearing every day. “There are a lot of talented local folks who did not have a place to sell their wares — until now. Painted furniture and reclaimed wood furniture is really popular. We also sell the supplies to refinish your own pieces,” says Cordell. Products include fur-

Bogalusa Credit has loans for any reason Bogalusa Credit Inc., located at 322 Austin St. in Bogalusa, is set up to handle many finance needs of residents throughout the area. The finance company has been in business since 1993. Bogalusa Credit Inc. specializes in granting loans for any reason, and it is known for fast, friendly service. The manager of Bogalusa Credit Inc. is Tina Lobrano, who is pleased to discuss matters of financial importance with customers.

Sedan Crain is the loan officer at Bogalusa Credit Inc. and is capable of handling the many loan applications that come through the business. Patricia Breeding is the customer service representative, and she is happy to serve the needs of the customers. The business hours of Bogalusa Credit Inc. are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bogalusa Credit Inc. can be reached by telephone at (985) 735-5540.

niture, rugs, serving trays, polished sterling silver, pottery, vases and urns, designer elements, lamps, framed art and prints, collectibles, throw rugs, accent tables, screen polished dividers, brass, accent chairs, candlesticks, framed mirrors and antiques. Cordell said this has given shoppers more of an opportunity to buy local. “We have locally made or refinished solid wood furniture, not particle board from China,” Cordell added. The business is located at 1600 Collins Boulevard in Covington. Hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. Clayton House Marketplace: 985-892-6368 or


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Shown are, from left, Karoline Lott, Christina Doyle, Marlina Jones and Y.A. “Buck” Moseley.

Moseley’s Jewelers has tradition of quality Tradition. Quality. Integrity. Moseley’s Jewelers and gold buying store is located at 336 Michigan in Bogalusa. Employees Karoline Lott, Christine Doyle and Buck Moseley will pay you top dollar for your gold, silver and more. Moseley’s will help you get the most money for your valuables. When you talk about tradition and quality, it’s just natural that Moseley’s comes to mind. It was in 1945 that Y.H. “Hubert” and Ruby Moseley started what has become a tradition of quality. Their son Y.H. “Buck” and his wife, Linda, carry on that tradition. Additionally, the man-

ufacturing segment of the business has also grown to include the refining of gold and the production, casting and finishing of fine jewelry. Master Jeweler Buck Moseley specializes in the creation of one-of-akind, high quality pieces, making Moseley’s the only true jewelry manufacturer on the Northshore. Darlene Hazelwood is bookkeeper. In Franklinton, Tami Wareham is the manager, while Casey Magee, Brenda Penny and Casey Hepting join Buck and Linda in providing quality service. Moseley’s offers inhouse, full service watch repair specializing in Rolex Omega and other fine timepieces as

well as electronic, heirloom and antique watches. Buck Moseley, with more than 53 years’ experience as a registered watchmaker, personally does the entire fine watch repair himself. Moseley’s prides itself in providing quality, service and honest value. The owners and staff thank their past and future customers for their business and for the opportunity to serve them. Moseley’s has two locations to serve you: 974 Washington St. in Franklinton and 336 Michigan in Bogalusa. The phone numbers for each location are 8393396 for Franklinton and 732-3500 for Bogalusa.

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Mack Grubbs offers great deals on great vehicles For more than 28 years, Mack Grubbs has been the place to go for the best prices on new and pre-owned vehicles. Our friendly sales staff will make your shopping experience pleasurable and hassle free. You will get a great deal on a great vehicle without being pressured. Mack Grubbs is the only dealership in the area offering sales and service on seven different new vehicle brands, all of which are proudly American made. We

also have a great selection of pre-owned vehicles to fit any budget. You can view our preowned inventory online at Our award-winning service department is staffed by factory certified technicians. We can perform warranty work on any of the brands we sell as well as routine maintenance. Our parts department is well stocked and offers vehicle acces-

sories, tires and batteries. Since closing our location in Bogalusa, we have consolidated our staff and inventory to the Columbia, Miss., stores. Many of the employees that you were accustomed to seeing in Bogalusa are now ready to serve you in Columbia. We invite all of our friends, neighbors, and customers to take the short 35-minute drive to Columbia for any automotive needs.

CP’s Drug Store Serving Bogalusa for more than 49 years CP’s Drug Store has been in business for three years, but its predecessor, Pepe’s Drug Store, was in business 46 years. The pharmacy is located at 426 Avenue B in Bogalusa and can be

reached at 732-0444. CP’s accepts all insurance plans, has a drive-window and offers fast, friendly service. Owner Charles Pepe has been a licensed pharmacist since 1981.

Shown are, from left, Michelle Davis, Charles Pepe and Terri Flynn.

Charles Pepe Jr. is shown in front of Pepe’s Drug Store in 1983. Pepe was 2 years old when his father started the original business in 1961.

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CARE Physical Therapy provides hands on care CARE Physical Therapy, located at 1202 Sunset Drive, has provided quality, hands-on care to patients in Bogalusa for the past 12 years. Owner Jay Schultz, M.P.T. wants to promote well being and fitness for everyone in the community. If you’re in pain from musculoskeletal dysfunction, you’re a great candidate for physical therapy. They specialize in orthopedics, joint back replacement, needs, spine pain, generalized weakness rehab and neurological rehab. CARE Physical Therapy can help post-surgical patients restore their normal move-

Bogalusa staff members are, from left: Kyle Varnado, Tammy Mixon, Jake Runfalo, Libby Mitchell, Peggy Williams and Jim Stringfield.

Magee Financial helping families more than 58 years Magee Financial has been helping families for 58 years. Magee Financials success has come from a strong belief in dedicated service to the financial needs of the good, honest hardworking people of Washington Parish. Magee Financial offers a variety of loans, all tailored to fit your budget. Each member

of Magee Financials staff is fully prepared to offer you quick, confidential service with competitive rates. At each of the Magee Financial offices, you will always find friendly people, because friendliness is very important to us. With real estate loans (first or second mortgage, with no application fee, no appraisal fee, no sur-

vey cost and low closing, plus 100 percent Home Equity Financing) Magee financial can meet a variety of financial needs. Our personnel will work with you to tailor a loan for your personal needs. Magee Financial is tested and proven the BEST and easiest place to borrow MONEY. Loans can be from $300 to $300,000.

Franklinton staff members are, from left, first row: Ruth Horning, Donna Magee and Terri Moak; and second row: Jason Thomassen, Neil Fowler, Scott Moody, Joe Magee.

ments. Pre-surgery therapy can equip patients with the strength and mobility to speed their recovery post-op. At CARE Physical Therapy, the people are friendly and they offer hands-on treatment in a positive and pleasant environment. The staff is easy to work with and they take a lot pride in improving people’s quality of life. They genuinely care. CARE Physical Therapy has introduced a new way to treat muscle pain, trigger point dry needling. This is an effective and efficient therapy method for the treatment of myofascial trigger points. Trigger point dry needling’s

approach is based on Western anatomical and physiological principles. The technique utilizes fine solid acupuncture needles to release trigger points in muscle, but in all other aspects it is different than traditional acupuncture. A benefit of this treatment is a decrease in the tightness and the pain associated with a particular muscle. For quality, one-onone care for all age groups, including gericall CARE atric, Physical Therapy at 735-1426. They are open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.

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Paige Lawnmower: Recognized as 1 of the Top 10 dealers nationwide Paige’s first store opened in Bogalusa 33 years ago Paige Lawnmower of Mandeville was recognized for its sales performance at the 2013 Dixie Chopper National Sales Meeting last fall. Hundreds of dealers representing Dixie Chopper, maker of the world’s fastest lawnmower, flocked to Indianapolis to watch the unveiling of the 2013 product line and preview upcoming programs. During the awards dinner, a small number of dealers were acknowledged for their performance during the 2012 sales season. Silver, gold, and platinum awards were given to dealers from across the country who achieved predetermined goals. A dealer’s performance is based on sales of service parts, accessories, and complete mowers. Paige Lawnmower won 1 of the top awards. Paige Lawnmower is a business that is no stranger to the Northshore. Started by William Paige in Bogalusa 33 years ago, this familyrun business moved to

Mandeville 19 years ago and opened a store on U.S. Highway 190, then moved to the present location at 1998 Surgi Drive in Mandeville in February 2001. Paige’s son, Jason, who is co-owner and manager of the store, said Paige Lawnmower sells a large selection of lawnmowers, trimmers and blowers as well as doing lawnmower repair. The Paige family also has a landscape business, with two crews of two men each, mowing lawns and doing landscaping on a full-time basis. But the lawnmower business is their main occupation. The shop has mowers by Dixie Chopper, Snapper and Toro, as well as edgers and trimmers made by Redmax and Shindaiwa. Jason said they have certified factorytrained mechanics in the store who can repair all the machines they sell. “We enjoy solving a client’s problem and the challenges that we face with the complexity of modern mach-

Accepting the award on behalf of Paige Lawn Mower are Jason Paige, center, and William Paige, right, shown with Simon Wilson, CEO of Dixie Chopper.

ines,” Jason said. Jason believes it is his family’s attitude toward the customer that is the key to their success. “We treat all our customers equally and with integrity,” Jason said. Paige Lawnmower’s success can also be attributed to having one of the largest lawn-

mower parts departments in St. Tammany Parish. Their business is centrally located, with more than adequate parking for the customer. Paige Lawnmower is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Their phone number is 624-4822.



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2013 business showcase for web  
2013 business showcase for web  

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