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ZCSD Academic, Financial Issues Discussed

Challenging financial outlook for Zachary School System described by Superintendent By Daniel Duggan

Last Monday night the Zachary Community School System held the first of three districtwide Town Hall style meetings at the new Visual and Performing Arts Center at Zachary High School. A crowd of concerned parents, business leaders and school district employees attended and voiced concerns for the future of the State of Louisiana’s #1 ranked School District. Participants were allowed to submit their questions via text message and handwritten notecards. The near three-hour meeting was mostly an informational session on the significant financial obstacles facing the school district. Zachary School Superintendent Scott Devillier opened the meeting and thanked the robust crowd

Superintendent Scott Devillier addressing the community members in attendance at the first of three town hall style events to discuss impending issues in the school system.

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for attending. “The School district is where it is today because of the strength of the Zachary community,” Devillier said. Prior to the in-depth financial discussions, Dr. Michelle Clayton addressed the ongoing academic instruction and the implementation of a more rigorous college preparatory curriculum for the district. “We celebrate student achievement in Zachary Schools like many schools celebrate sports victories,” Clayton said. Dr. Clayton described the new focus on Advanced Placement curriculum in the High School, as well as dual enrollment with local colleges and universities. This new strategy will help the Zachary Community School performance scores for years to come, Dr. Clay-

ton added. Clayton passed the podium back to Superintendent Devillier who outlined the progressively grim financial picture for the district for the future. “We cut $3 million this 201314 school year, and soon we have to make some tough decisions,” Devillier said. Devillier said in this current 2013-14 School year the Zachary School System has a general operating budget of $54,312,081, of which roughly 60% comes from the State of Louisiana (Minimum Foundation Program), 19% comes from the 79.2 mill property tax on local taxpayers, 17% comes from local sales tax, and the remaining See TOWN HALL on page 12

During this Election Year, The Zachary Post will be interviewing each of our sitting City Councilmen so that the community can get a better sense of the people they elected to represent them. These interviews are non-partisan and do not foreshadow whether they will run for reelection. In addition, The Zachary Post offers each candidate in this year’s elections an opportunity to introduce him or herself to the voting public at no cost. The submission of a statement is entirely voluntary and each candidate may submit one time. As such, the printing of these statements does not represent an endorsement of the candidates by the Zachary Post.

Zachary Councilman Brandon Noel is First of New Generation of Zachary Officials

“As the campaign developed, I began to sense that if people would accept me as a young, hardworking person who really wanted to serve on the Council, that I could get their support. After getting elected in 2010 and taking office, I began to realize how much I really liked serving as a Councilman and being in the “mix of things” going on at the city level.” Noel is a “transplant” to Zachary from across the river and down from Donaldsonville. After graduating from LSU with a degree in Business Administration and with a focus on financing, Noel took a job with a lending company. However, after getting his real estate license, Noel left the lending field and be-

By James Ronald Skains

“I thought my age was going to be a negative factor when I first ran for City Councilman at age 27,” now 31 year old Brandon Noel told the Zachary Post. “However, Í was able to get out in Council District 2 and knock on all the doors in the district, so my youth was a positive factor in that I could do all that walking.” “I know going door-to-door walking is kind of an old fashioned way to campaign, but it worked for me. The first thing I did when I was thinking about running was to talk with some older folks to get their input. They didn’t think age would be much of a factor as long as I was able to convey my thoughts to people in a truthful manner.”

The Zachary City Council’s youngest member, Brandon Noel

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came a real estate agent with Coldwell One Real Estate Brokerage Company. “Actually what got us to Zachary was its great school system,” Noel noted. “My wife Megan had finished her Master’s Degree in education from LSU and was offered a job in the Zachary system. This was in 2004, the year Zachary became the top ranked school system in the state.” “Zachary has been a great fit for us. Megan teaches 3rd grade at Zachary Elementary. It was a connection that Megan had with Steve Nunnery’s wife that actually got us into politics. Steve was thinking about running for Mayor in 2010. We met and talked about my helping him in his campaign, but after a couple of meetings, he suggested that I look closely at running for City Councilman.” “There was an open seat in district 2 because John Coghlan had moved out to Copper Mill which placed him a different council district. In Zachary you get to see the results of your efforts and know that you are helping a lot of people when improvements are made to the City.” “One of the first big city issues that I got involved in was the granting of waivers to place pre-fabricated homes in any area the owners

chose, without going through Planning & Zoning. Maybe my being so vocal on this issue was because of my background in real estate. I am very sensitive to property values.” “A prefabricated home can retain its value if it is well maintained, as is true with any house. But a pre-fabricated home can lose its value very quickly if it is neglected. We’ve all seen pre-fabricated houses in city settings that become eyesores and are a real detriment to property values in the area. I saw firsthand what happened in my hometown, which did not have strict Planning and Zoning regulations. ” Noel certainly did not grow up in a suburban environment. He grew up on the Mulberry Grove Plantation sugar cane land outside of Donaldsonville. His father Buddy Noel stills farms over 2,500 acres of sugar cane each year. His grandfather Lawrence Noel was very involved in getting the homeowners insurance section of the Louisiana Farm Bureau up and running. “There are a lot of exciting things happening for the good of Zachary right now,” Noel explained. “The bypass from 19 into 64 that runs behind Walmart should begin to help the traffic flow on Main Street. It will be very helpful when the widening of Highway 64 begins to take place in the coming months.”

“We used a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City Parish under the Green Light infrastructure program to finance widening Highway 64 West to Barnett Road. At Americana, we will see the roundabout traffic flow system go into effect. This should be great for traffic flow if Americana develops its commercial property as planned.” Noel now holds the distinction of being the first real estate agent to sell a house in the long anticipated Americana development. “I do have a contract on a house with a buyer,” Noel acknowledged. “To my knowledge, it is the first contract on a house in Americana. As a Realtor, you hold your breath until the house actually closes.” “Being both a Realtor and a city councilman fits together pretty well from the timeline standpoint. I have enough flexible time to come by the City Administrator’s office at least one day a week for an update on what all is happening in the City. We have a great Administrator in Chris Calbert, who also writes grants for the City of Zachary. Steve is a great part of the city management team as the CFO.” Noel is also very active in civic affairs in Zachary as a member and director of the Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the local Rotary Club and will serve as its President in 2016-2017.

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Kenny Almond Named New Zachary High School Basketball Coach

Zachary High School is pleased to announce the selection of Coach Kenny Almond as the new Bronco Head Basketball Coach. Coach Almond, brings with him an outstanding 876388 career record and a willingness to lead Bronco Basketball to the next level. Recently selected Mr. Louisiana Basketball for 2014 by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches, Coach Almond led Woodlawn High School to three state championships and had state runner-up finishes at both Woodlawn and Lee High School. He is a three-time state high school coach of the year and a recipient of the 2012 Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Award. His career win total is seventh nationally

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among active high school coaches. “Coach Almond has been successful everywhere he has led. His experience and proven record of success make him the right person to bring our basketball program to the level of excellence our players and community deserve,” said Zachary Principal Wes Watts. Coach Almond has most recently served as the Head Basketball Coach at East Ascension High School. He was selected from a field of 21 applicants. “At this point in my career, I am very excited about the chance to coach at Zachary High School. This is a great opportunity to join a school system and athletic program that is working to get to the top and stay there,” Coach

Almond said. “Coach Almond is the type of winner that we wanted to bring in to our school and community. We are excited about what he hast to offer our basketball program. He is a proven program builder,” said Zachary Athletic Director Jesse Cassard. “I am really grateful to Cornell Bourgeois for giving me the chance to coach at East Ascension. I will really miss the kids and all the people in the community and wish them good luck in the future. I would like to thank all the assistant coaches who helped build a successful basketball program over the last 10 years,” Almond said. Almond replaces Coach Brian Hargroder, who left Zachary, who held the position in the 2013-2014 school year.


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First Baptist Church of Zachary to Continue Annual Mondays for the Master Series First Baptist Church of Zachary, LA invites you to enjoy their annual “Mondays for the Master” revival event Monday nights in July at 7 p.m. Scheduled Speakers: July 7 – Dr. Jimmy Draper (Former SBC President and President Emeritus Lifeway) July 14 – Rev. Buddy Sheriff (Pastor of FBC Lizana in Gulfport, MS) July 21 - Dr. Chuck Pourciau (Pastor of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA) July 28 – Dr. Tim Piland (President Emeritus SBC of Virginia) FBCZ is located @ 4200 Main Street in Zachary, LA (225-6542755). This worship event is free. Childcare will be provided – go to fbcz. org for more.

Zachary Native John Fidanza Drafted in 23rd Round by Arizona Diamondbacks

Former Ballard Baseball star John Fidanza IV, a rifle-armed catcher, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 23rd round of the 2014 MLB first year-player draft on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Fidanza is a former two-time preseason All-American by Rawlings and Perfect Game ... A first team All-State pick as a senior at Ballard High School, garnering honorable mention honors as a junior ... Three-time All-District 27 and Region 7 selection ... Batted .417 with 14 double, 14 home runs and 46 RBI as a senior ... His 14 home runs -- both a school and 7th Region record ... Threw out 70 percent of base runners as a senior ... Batted .437 as a sophomore, ranking eighth in the state ... Drove in 30 as a junior and 31 as a sophomore ... Was invited to the East Coast Pro Showcase and the Area Code Games tryouts in the summer of 2009. 2014: Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series All-Tournament Team selection... Played in 51 games behind the plate, making 44 starts... Threw out 17 of 33 runners stealing... Had a .986 fielding percentage and helped turn four double plays... At the

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len bases... Had go-ahead homer in 8th inning of World Series contest against Tabor 5/26. John F. Fidanza IV... Born July 26, 1992 in Louisville, Ky. ... Son of Dr. John F. Fidanza III(Zachary, LA) and Michelle Mattingly. Has three siblings, Nicole, Anna Maria and Anthony... Psychology major... Father played collegiately at Wagner and professionally with Yankees and White Sox organizations... Spent 2013 season at USC Aiken... Was first-team all-conference selection at Georgia Perimeter College in 2012, taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors by throwing out nearly 75% of runners attempting to steal... Also drove in 26 runs... Began collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University, where he won the 2011 Big South Conference title... Appeared in NCAA regional where he had a double against Clemson... All-state selection at Ballard High School in Louisville... Set school and region single-season home run records with 14 in 2010... Drove in 45 runs senior year and threw out 80% of runners attempting to steal.

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Zachary Council, Mayor Issue Waivers and Discuss Impact Fees By Jen Bayhi-Gennaro

Mayor and Council met for their bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. Following the opening procedures and approval of the May 27 minutes, the mayor called Safety Officer Bob Whitaker to the podium to provide an update on lobbying efforts at the legislature. “We moved this year to allow Zachary—by vote of the people—to place a hotel/motel tax of no more than 5% on hotel occupants,” he said. “It has been passed by both sides and signed by the governor, and it’s in the hands of the council now.” The tax would be dedicated to the youth park and infrastructure. The city of Zachary also had $40,000 earmarked for playground equipment, which was just cut by

$12,000. Whitaker said our representatives kept going back to the table to negotiate to keep that money. “Our representatives have done a fantastic job,” Mayor Amrhein says. “Senator Ward, Broome, Representative Honore and Havard -- they have done real well for us.” The city is hoping to get $1.3 million for a new water tower, however Whitaker said that request has not been approved. Hugh Engels was up next to discuss waivers up for request. Accessory building waivers were granted to both David Collier and Dustin and Brandy Westmoreland. Occupational license waivers were granted for Jennifer Halley’s photography business, Shirley Whitaker’s name change request, and John Mondulick

of Mondulick Builders, provided no signage is involved. The Mayor then opened a public hearing for the adoption of ordinance #2014-09 authorizing the city of Zachary to implement the budgets for the fiscal year commencing on July 1, 2014, and ending on June 30, 2015. This budget included a 3% raise for civil service employees, contingent upon department heads approving the raise at their discretion. If it is approved across the board, the raise is granted across the board, with no discretion. The public hearing was then closed. Bianca Carambat of PEC Engineers requested authorization to advertise for bids for the Mt. Pleasant Rd. widening project, the 2014 Street Rehabilitation Project and the Sewer Project Contract #5. Her requests were approved. The most-discussed item under old business pending final action was that of ordinance #2014-13, amending Sec. 86-5 of the Code of Ordinances increasing the percentage for the charges for installation of gas lines in excess of normal installations from 25% to 35%. It was debated what is considered “normal,” but the gist of it is that if an installation service is normally (for instance) $100, but an abnormal situation requires an excess of manpower or equipment, the additional charge would be $25. This amendment changes that additional charge from $25 to $35. The council also discussed amending Sec 38-43 of the Code of Ordinances relative to increas-

ing fees association with the cutting, removal of weeds, grass, deleterious and unhealthy growth or other noxious matter within the City of Zachary. Some citizens were opting to pay the fine of $40 to have the city mow their lawn, which was considered steep at the time this ordinance was incepted. “We don’t want to be in the grass-cutting business,” Councilman Brandon Noel said. Finally, impact fees were discussed again, the conclusion being that the council needs to discuss this in a workshop. “We live off sales tax. The last thing we want to do is drive business away,” said Councilman John Coghlan. However, it was acknowledged that every city has a fee. The city of Covington charges $3,600 per acre for drainage. Lafayette’s building permits are markedly higher than ours. They don’t all call it an impact fee—some have drainage fees, some have higher building fees, the mayor said, before stating again that they will do a workshop to discuss implementation of the fee.




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Kyle Bennett Makes a Hole-in-One

Local Professional to Attend Annual Meeting of MDRT

Sam Johnson is a Qualifying and Lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table. In June 2014, Sam Johnson attended the annual meeting of the Million Dollar Round Table in Toronto, Canada. The Million Dollar Round Table, which represents the top 1% of financial professionals, is the premier association of financial professionals in the area of life insurance and financial services. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client services. MDRT membership, which is represented by professionals from 450 companies and 74 counSam Johnson tries, is recognized as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. Sam Johnson has been an Agent with State Farm Insurance for over 34 years. His agency offers auto, home and specializes in life insurance and retirement planning.

Kyle Bennett of Zachary made his first hole-in-one on May 31, 2014 (his mother’s birthday) while competing in the Future Tour Championship in Greenville, Mississippi. On hole number 12 of Greenville Country Club, Kyle made his 149-yard tee shot with a 3 wood in the first round of competition on his way to a great score of 86. During a post-round interview with a local TV station, Kyle said that he did not see it go in the hole, but said he knew it went in when his dad started jumping up and down hollering, “It went in, it went in!” !

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New Book: Riding in the Company of Brothers – The Plains Store Rangers By James Ronald Skains

The author, Walter Earl Waddell, is a familiar name to Zachary and Plains residents. Waddell grew up in Plains and graduated from Zachary High School. Waddell now lives and writes in Columbia, South Carolina. He has dedicated the book: “In Memory of the Plains Store – 1903 to 1972.” In recent correspondence with Betty Tucker, President of the Zachary Historical Association, Waddell had this to say about his latest book detailing the history of his hometown. “Thanks for the purchase of the book and for your donation to the Port Hudson State Commemorative Area. I hope my publication adds to a greater understanding of the pivotal role the people of northern East Baton Rouge Parish played during the Civil War,” Waddell continued in his letter to Bet-

ty Tucker. “I also believe The Plains Crossroads is a hidden historical treasure within the City of Zachary and I do hope the former Waddell family home and property can be utilized to further the history of the Battle of the Plains Store and Plains Store Rangers.” Waddell continued, “Let me know if there is any further discussion about utilizing my former home for this purpose. I will gladly make a sizable donation to the project. The Plains crossroads is truly a place where the pathways of history and memory intersect”…Walter Earl. Waddell compares the 115 men on the roster of the Plains Store Rangers to the Saint Crispin’s Day Speech found in playwright William Shakespeare’s Henry V stage play: “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds blood with me shall be my brother.”

For almost 150 years, a store stood at the crossroads of where the road from Baton Rouge to St. Francisville and the road from Port Hudson to Clinton intersected. Until 1903, the Plains Store stood in the northeastern quadrant of the crossroads. After 1903, the Plains Store was located in the southwestern quadrant of the crossroads. The store was closed permanently in 1972, and the Annex Building of the Plains Presbyterian Church now sits today on the former location of the Plains Store. The Calvary Company was formed in May 1862, and rode out to continue their journey through the chaotic and uncertain landscape of the American Civil War. They courageously carried the name of the icon store as their Company name throughout the War. Most of the men in the Plains Store Rangers were from southern East Feliciana Parish and northern East Baton Rouge Parish. The fact was that ADD HIGHLIGHTS.


most of the members of the Rangers had lived and worked in the locale. This somewhat added to the “Band of Brothers” mystique, because many were indeed brothers to other members, or were blood kin and/or or related by marriage. Waddell has twelve sections or chapters in his 121-page book. He begins the book with an introduction, which is followed by a portrait of Captain Gilbert C. Mills. Waddell follows this with a Plains Store Rangers Company Roster, which is indeed of great interest to the reader. Then Waddell uses some two dozen pages each to describe “Cage’s Battalion,” “Logan’s Raiders,” and Scott’s “Calvary Brigade.” The remainder of the book consists of “Epilogue,” “The Plains Store Rangers Record of Military Service,” “Bibliography,” “Sources of Images,” and “About the Author.” In the Epilogue, Waddell notes that only three of the four men who were elected Field Officers for the Plains Store Rangers in 1862, returned to the Plains area after the War. Lt. Colonel John Bryan Cage died in the heat of a battle in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on July 14, 1864. His brother, 1st Lt. William Lynall Cage died in April 1863 from injuries he received in the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862. Captain Gilbert Collins Mills returned to his home in the Plains after the War, but soon left for Waco, Texas to visit the family of Robert T. Young who had moved to See BOOK REVIEW on page 8


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Lane Auxiliary Awards Scholarship to Area Student

Brittany Stagg is the recipient of the 2014 Lane Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship. Stagg, a 2014 graduate of West Feliciana High School, is the daughter of Perry Stagg and Kelley Hawkins. An outstanding student, Stagg had a 4.34 grade point average and was ranked 1st in her class. She was awarded several academic honors while at West Feliciana High School, including the Principal’s List Award, Most Outstanding Student Award, and AP Scholar Award. Brittany also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, WFHS Citizenship Award, and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award. In addition to excelling academically, Brittany had a very busy extracurricular schedule. She was a member of the National Beta Club, Interact Club, Mu Alpha Theta, International Thespian Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Brittany was also a four-year member and Team Captain of the WFHS Varsity Cross Country Team, and a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team. She also volunteered her time for Stuff the Bus, a food drive for the local food pantry, and served as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador and Junior Counselor. Brittany is a member of First Baptist Church of Zachary where she participates in Special Blessings, a special needs ministry. She is also a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Francisville Youth Group and Young Life,

BREC Hosts Public Input Meeting on Golf

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) invites citizens of the parish and local community to express their ideas for the future of BREC’s seven golf courses on Wed., June 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at BREC’s Milton J. Womack Ballroom located in the BREC Administrative Office Building, 6201 Florida Blvd. Consultants from the National Golf Foundation have been hired to evaluate all aspects of BREC’s golf operation, collect ideas from players and residents, and use that information to develop a new long range operations plan for BREC Golf. The consultants will lead the panel discussion. Residents are strongly encouraged to engage in the process. In addition, residents can contribute their ideas through the online forum MindMixer by logging onto The National Golf Foundation is also conducting a scientific survey to collect ideas from the East Baton Rouge community. All of the input they gather will be analyzed for inclusion in the plan. Since January, BREC has been collecting public input to create a strategic plan for all 182 parks in the system. Two areas of the park system, golf and the zoo, will create plans due to the large and more complex nature of both areas. These plans will be presented to the Commission for approval at the end of the year.

BOOK REVIEW Brttany Stagg a non-denominational Christian ministry. Brittany will be attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe, majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy. After completing her undergraduate studies at ULM, she plans to enroll in LSU’s Health and Science Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Each year, the Lane Regional Medical Center Auxiliary awards a $2800 scholarship to a high school graduating senior who is interested in entering the healthcare field. To qualify, the applicant must be a resident of Lane’s service area, Hospital Service District #1, and must have maintained at least an A-B average in high school.

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Texas before the War. Mills soon returned to the Plains area with a new bride, Susan “Cute” Young, daughter of Robert T. Young. Dr. John Welsh Jones was the organizer and first commander of the Plains Store Rangers. However, Dr. Jones completed his military service as a surgeon with the 17th South Carolina Infantry Regiment. After the end of the War, Dr. Jones was returning home on a steamboat that suddenly exploded. Dr. Jones was seriously injured, especially his eyes. With impaired vision at that time, he was forced to give up the practice of medicine, but later did open a drug store in Jackson. By 1869, Dr. Jones’ vision had improved to the point where he was able to resume his medical practice. Later in his medical career, Dr. Jones was se-

lected as superintendent of the Louisiana Insane Asylum in Jackson. During his life, Dr. Jones fathered 10 children with his wife Amarnytha. He died in June of 1916 and was buried in the old Jackson Cemetery. Waddell said about himself in the book’s Introduction: “The Plains crossroads community of the 1950’s with its Plains Store, Plains Presbyterian Church and stately old homes continues to be the unforgettable places of my childhood, and although I now live in South Carolina, I am honored to call the Plains my home, for it is truly a crossroads where the pathways of history and memory intersect.” On November 13, a brief ceremony was held at Port Hudson Commemorative Area at which time Betty Tucker, President of the Zachary Historical Association, presented a copy of the Walter Earl Waddell book to Port Hudson Commemorative Area collection.

Milestones Lester “Scot” Folensbee

“Scot” (Age 64) Passed away peacefully at his home in Zachary, LA on Monday, June 2, 2014. Always a courageous man he fought his lengthy illness with passion. Despite some hard days his sense of humor never faltered and he continued to talk with friends and family from all over the world daily. Scot was born in Hawaii in 1949 to parents Juanita (Dawkins) Follensbee and Albert Follensbee. He lived in New Hampshire and New Jersey in the early years of his life, but was particularly fond of and often spoke of his years living with his grandparents, Lester and Doris Follensbee, in Lebanon, New Hampshire. At 16, Scot joined the US Army and became a highly decorated combat medic in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and 4 Purple Hearts, along with various Valor Awards for his efforts in battle. He was a member of a covert special operations unit Mac V Sog where he earned his nickname “Doc” that would follow him for the remainder of his career. After returning from Vietnam, Scot enrolled in college and earned a BA degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1975 and


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then went on to graduate from Franklin Pierce Law School in 1980. He was a prosecutor and legal advisor in New Hampshire from 1980 to 1985, when he was recruited to the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). As a DSS agent Scot served tours in countries such as Russia, Lebanon, Belgium, Algeria and Thailand. As Team Leader for the MSD (Mobile Security Division), he ran teams of specialists trained in dangerous situations during visits to various classified countries. His missions have been described in books, articles and appeared in a history channel documentary. He was awarded 3 Meritorious Honor Awards, 8 Superior Honor Awards from the State Department and promoted to FE-OC before his retirement as a Special Agent/Senior Advisor. He is survived by his daughter, Lesley Folensbee of North Andover, MA and two grandchildren; wife, Carolyn J. Aldridge of Zachary; brother, Michael Folensbee of New Jersey; brother, Albert Folensbee of Florida; uncle, Roy Follensbee of New Hampshire; and “Brother”, Tom Wilder of Maryland. He was predeceased by his mother, Juanita Dawkins; his nephew, Mike Folensbee; sister, Paula; brother, Jim, and many friends he lost along the way. Funeral arrangements are handled by the Charlet Funeral Home in Louisiana and will be announced upon completion. Services are being planned in Arlington National Cemetery.

Michelle Beck and Jason Tinsley Married March 22

Michelle Lees Beck and Jason Lee Tinsley were wed in a sunset ceremony on March 22, 2014, at the Bennett House in Zachary, Louisiana. Rev. Dickie Davis of Live Oak United Methodist Church officiated. The bride is the daughter of Fred and Jo Ann Lees of Zachary. She is a 1991 graduate of Zachary High School and a current student of Fortis College in Radiologic Technology. She will graduate with an Associate’s Degree in November. The groom is the son of Frosty and Brenda Tinsley. He is a 1989 graduate of Alexandria High School. He is originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and was a member of Acacia Fraternity. He is a twelve-­year employee of Koch Specialty Plant Services. The bride and groom are active members of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church where the bride serves as a lector. The bride wore an ivory taffeta A-­line gown featuring an exquisite illusion lace neckline, pleated bodice and a stunning lace V-­back. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, blue thistle, and Brazilian berries. She wore her sister-­in-­law’s sapphire earrings and her Aunt Ann’s sapphire and diamond bracelet. The groom’s daughter, Kylie Tinsley, attended the bride. The bride presented Kylie with a three stone diamond necklace to represent the joining of their family. The couple will reside in Zachary.

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Hubert Clayton Owen Jr., MD

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me. -The 23rd Psalm. Hubert Clayton Owen Jr. M.D., 85, a resident of Zachary, LA, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Lane Regional Medical Center. Visitation was at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. in Zachary, LA on Friday, June 6, 2014. On Saturday, June 7, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary there was a visitation from 9 a.m. until funeral Mass at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. M. Jeffery Bayhi. A private family burial took place on Monday at the Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary. He is survived

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by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth “Liz” Colmer Owen; one daughter, Karan Elizabeth Owen of Allen, TX; two sons, Hubert “Hubie” Clayton Owen, III of Zachary; Paul Rhea Owen and his wife Deborah, of Zachary and their two daughters, Elizabeth Rhea Owen and Catherine Ann Owen. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Colmer Owen; his parents Hubert Clayton Owen, Sr. and Elizabeth Rhorer Owen; sister and brother-in-law Betty and Carlton McConnell; and in-laws Marvin and Pauline Colmer. Pallbearers will be Marvin “Buddy” Colmer, Randall Colmer, Dr. Darrell Tate, Dr. Howard Martin, Dr. Salvador Lusco, Kim Tate, Mark Tate, and Ralph Tate. Honorary pallbearers will be Laney Mack, Gene Bruner, Leonard Aguillard, John McKee, Russell Bankston, Don Gustafson, Jesse Spears and Bill Noreus. He was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. In his youth, he was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He graduated from Block High School in Jonesville, LA in 1946, where he was the valedictorian. He

attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 1946-1950, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He attended Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans from 1950-1954, where he served as President of the Medical School Student Body. He had an internship at Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport from 19541955 as well as a Residency in Surgery from 1955-1956. He proudly served in the United States Army as a Captain in Nuremburg, Germany from 1956-1958. In 1958, he began his medical practice in Jennings with his longtime best friend, Dr. Darrell Tate. In 1969, he completed a residence in Radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. He then served as a radiologist at Lane Memorial Hospital from 1969 until his retirement in 1991. He served as Chief of Medical Staff in 1973 and 1976 and on numerous medical committees. During this time, he also served at Field Memorial Hospital in Centreville, MS; West Feliciana Hospital in St. Francisville, and Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge. He was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Radiology in September 1988. He was appointed to serve on the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners for the State of Louisiana, Department of Health and Hospitals in 1989. He was a member of the Loui-

siana State Nuclear Medicine Society and served as Vice President. He was a member of the Louisiana State Radiology Society and served as Vice President. He was a member of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was also Certified by the American Board of Radiology. He was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Lane Regional Medical Center by the Metropolitan Council of the City of Baton Rouge, where he served from 19932002. He served as Board Chairman from 1996-2002. He was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company in Zachary. A lifelong Republican, he served as a representative to the 1964 Electoral College. He served on the first Home Rule Charter Commission for the City of Zachary from 1975-1976. He enjoyed his retirement years, playing golf at Fennwood Hills Country Club and taking golfing trips with his buddies. He was an avid fan of the LSU Tigers. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Stephen Speeg, Dr. Michael Castine, and Dr. Boyd Helm and the ICU nursing staff of Lane Regional Medical Center. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Capital Campaign, the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the Zachary Food Pantry.

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4% comes from other local and state sources. The district has a total enrollment this year of 5,483, which has grown from 3,254 when the district began 10 years ago. Devillier said the overwhelming majority of the annual budget goes toward salary and benefits. In the 2013-14 school year the District had 618 employees, including 404 teachers. This human resource expense comprises over 79% of the $54 million annual budget. The average annual starting salary for a Zachary School teacher has increased from $27,776 in 2004 to $46,052 in the 2013-14 school year. Following the latest legislative session, the teachers will again be given a raise this coming year. Devillier continued to explain that one of the largest increases in expenses for the district is because of employee retirement benefits. Because of several factors, including the recent recession and statewide cutbacks, the amount of money the school district must contribute to the State Teachers Retirement System has increased to 27.2% annually or approximately $13,342 per employee compared to only $3,833 in the 2003-04 school year. Following the report from the Superintendent, members of the audience were able to ask questions via text message and notecards. Most were clarifications pertaining to dual enrollment and advanced placement, but several were more specific. One question asked about the


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perception that the Zachary School District is the dumping ground for area homeless students. Dr. Clayton acknowledged that the district does have about 45 homeless students who meet federal guidelines, but that was actually less percent of the total population than other districts in the area. Dr. Clayton added, “Taking in these students is the right thing to do.” Another question asked why the district is spending so many taxpayer resources on Zachary Early Learning Center, and why it should remain open while not being funded by the state, but funded primarily by district taxpayers. Dr. Clayton addressed the statistical evidence of the importance of early childhood education being a cornerstone for future advancement. Several of the questions pertained to the number of students going to Zachary schools that don’t actually live within the district. Devillier detailed the process the district is currently using in its student data verification project. In the spring of 2014, the district began conducting an investigation into concerns of school district border jumping, and will be completed prior to the 2014-15 school year. Devillier said that any students or parents that does not comply would not be enrolled at the beginning of school. In conclusion of the meeting, Superintendent Devillier thanked everyone who participated and invited everyone to participate in the final two Town Hall meetings on June 19 and 24 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Zachary High School campus.

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