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Zachary Voters Choose Judge, Renew Tax ......... Chamber Announces Continued Growth ............ Star AG Receives GOLD Award ......................... Zachary Resident Requires Heart Transplant .... Christmas Parade Lineup ................................... Hometown Hero #5: Sharon Phenald ................. Toomey Belanger Holds Open House ................. City & Community .............................................. Sports .................................................................. Classifieds .......................................................... Calendar of Events ............................................. CIS Reaccredited ................................................
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Zachary Voters Choose Judge, Renew Tax
to settle several runoff races and propositions left over from the November 6 ballot. In the capital region, the associate justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court topped the ballot. Republican Jeff Hughes won Saturday’s runoff election for the District 5 seat on the seven-member Louisiana Supreme Court by 6 percentage points over Democrat John Michael Guidry. In complete but unofficial returns, Hughes had 52,939 votes, or 53 percent, to Guidry’s 47,259 votes, or 47 percent. Hughes’ Judge Jeff Hughes will represent District 5 on the Louisi- win gives Republicans a 4-3 majority on the ana Supreme Court. state’s highest court, and Hughes becomes by Daniel Duggan the first Republican to represent the Across the state on Saturday, voters turned out in light numbers seat vacated by retiring Chief Justice Kitty Kimball. Only 19.5 per-
Chamber Announces Continued Growth
cent of registered voters cast their ballots in the runoff for Supreme Court compared to the November 6 primary which attracted 66.2 percent turnout. Hughes, 60, currently serves on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal. South of Zachary, in the East Baton Rouge Metro Council’s District 2 runoff election, Chauna BanksDaniel was victorious over former Baker Councilman and Mayor Leroy Davis by an almost 72-28 percent margin. In another contentious judges race, Judge Mike McDonald was easily re-elected Saturday to the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal. McDonald, a 66 year-old Republican from Baton Rouge, defeated Baton Rouge lawyer and Democrat Gideon Carter III, 57, in a runoff election. McDonald collected 28,958 votes, or 61.5 percent, to Carter’s 18,126 votes, or 38.5 percent. In the Zachary Community School District, a 10 year 38.2 mill
With 2013 just around the corner, the Zachary Chamber of Commerce has some upcoming changes in the new year, according to a news release received last week. The chamber will be adding more membership advantages and increased marketing initiatives, many of which will be technology-based, to tackle topics most requested from its members. The chamber has also promoted Charmaine Efferson to chamber manager. Efferson will be managing the daily operations of the chamber and will lead efforts for continuous membership improvement. Charmaine, who has been with the chamber for over two years, has been instrumental in streamlining systems and processes, improving communications and implementing technology to improve overall chamber business operations. The chamber also announced that Greg McDougall will be retiring in January. In the news release, the chamber thanked him “for his years of service and dedication to
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Star AG Receives GOLD Award for Employer of the Year by
Jim Odom, Kelley Odom, Barbara “Bobbie” Odom, and James Odom of the Star AG in Jackson pose for a picture prior to a reception in their honor at the Old State Capitol for the GOLD Award 2012 Louisiana Employer of the Year. The Star AG was nominated by Beth Dawson.
Wednesday morning a large crowd of business owners, disability activists, and educators from around Louisiana packed a chamber at the Old State Capitol to honor the 2012 recipients of the Governor's Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Awards (GOLD Awards.) Local businessman Jim Odom, whose family owns the Star Associated Grocer in Jackson, LA, won the statewide top award for Employer of the Year. The GOLD Employer of the Year award is presented to employers whose contributions have advanced the opportunities of individuals with disabilities or for those who have been selfless in serving the disabled com-
munity in Louisiana; it also recognizes employers that actively recruits, hires and accommodates employees with disabilities. “We just try to do the right thing and be good neighbors. There are several group homes in the Jackson area, and we try to help citizens with developmental disabilities seamlessly assimilate into society to create effective partnerships for the betterment of our community,” Jim Odom said during his acceptance speech. Star AG has made it a priority to offer opportunities to developmentally disabled people for decades , according to East Feliciana School Board Member Beth Dawson. Dawson nominated Star AG for the prestigious award.
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Zachary Resident Requires Heart Transplant CHAMBER GROWTH Brian Spillman, a Zachary resident for the past eight years, was recently admitted to Ochsner in New Orleans in order to start the process for a heart transplant. Brian has been a diabetic since he was eight years old. Now, at age 39, heart disease caused by his diabetes has progressed to the point that a transplant has been recommended. Brian is married to Amy Spillman and has two teenaged boys, both of whom attend Zachary schools. A state championship coach and teacher, Brian has had to stop working due to his health condition. Family and friends are rallying around the Spillmans to help them fundraise for the upcoming medical bills. A raffle has been organized for a Remington.308 rifle with scope. Tickets are $2 each and the raffle will be held on January 27, 2013. Raffle tickets are presently being sold at Davis Gun and Pawn in Baker and Dry’s Pharmacy in Zachary. All proceeds will go to Brian’s medical and travel expenses. The family also has an account set up at Chase bank and donations
may be made at any Zachary or Baton Rouge branch. “God has blessed with an awesome group of family and friends and a loving church family that has been there with us so far. We would appreciate any help … and please remember our family in your prayers,” said Amy Spillman.
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The Zachary Fire Department is starting a fire prevention program by providing and installing smoke detectors to those who do not have smoke detectors or cannot install them. The smoke detectors are being donated by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. The department is currently accepting applications; please provide names, addresses, number of people in the
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residence, and a phone number of people or families who might benefit from this service using the application form at this link: http://sfm.dps. louisiana.gov/doc/savealife/smoke_ alarm_grant_app.pdf Installation of smoke-detectors will begin after the holidays, once the need has been determined. For more information, call Ronald Hives at the ZFD at 225-654-0026.
the Chamber and the community. He is truly a pillar of this community and has gone above and beyond in service to our membership and organization.” McDougall will remain as a Chamber Ambassador. The chamber also plans to advertise for a part-time administrative assistant to help carry out both chamber and economic development goals, helping to improve overall operations and increase value for its members. Interested individuals may visit the chamber website at www.zacharychamber.com. Additionally, the chamber will be hiring a short-term, project-based intern to help with information technology and graphic design.
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property tax renewal for school operations narrowly passed by a 5248 percent margin. Since the beginning of the Zachary Community School System, the community has consistently supported higher taxes for building campuses, teacher salaries, and operations by wide margins. Despite little opposition, the tax renewal passed by a little more than 100 votes, causing some supporters of the Zachary schools to rethink how well the district communicates with the public concerning fiscal policy.
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This year, the parade will begin line-up at 3 p.m. and will commence at 3:45 p.m. LeBlanc’s parking lot will once again be the staging area and the parade will ends at City Hall. The annual Open House celebration will follow the parade immediately allowing community members to see the Christmas tree lighting and enjoy some shopping. Here is the official line-up for the 2012 Zachary Christmas Parade.
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#5 Sharon Phenald
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they inspire sweeping change in a community or touch hundreds of lives through their service. But just as often, a hero quietly helps a single individual, perhaps, as in Sharon Phenald’s case, making a life-changing decision ultimately affecting the course of her life as well as the life of the child who entered her life in an uncommon way. Almost 15 years ago at age 48, Sharon Phenald (or Aunt Shine as her family members affectionately call her) was pretty much set in her ways. She enjoyed her life, had great friends, was single with a grown son, and enjoyed her career working in the administrative side of the home health industry. Then she received a call from the women’s prison from one of her nieces. “Aunt Shine, I am in trouble. I am in prison for drugs, and I am pregnant. I don’t know what to do,” Sharon remembers her niece saying. Sharon knew that her niece was a drug addict who wasn’t likely to get her life together, but she helped her get out of prison, pleading with her to take care of herself for the sake of the baby. It wasn’t long before her niece disappeared into the drug culture for several more months before being arrested again. Once again, Sharon received a phone call from her niece at the women’s prison. “Aunt Shine, I am going to have
Over the past five weeks, the Zachary Post and Feliciana Explorer have featured the finalists for the Hometown Heroes award. Voting will take place over the course of four weeks, starting Monday, December 17, 2012. The individual YOU choose as your hero will be awarded $500 to be donated to the charitable organization of his or her choice. Visit zacharypost.com.
this baby soon; and I need you to take her till I get out,” her niece implored. Sharon wanted to help her niece, but finances were tight and she really couldn’t afford a baby at the time. It would just be too much. That night as Sharon lay in bed,
Finally, the day arrived. Sharon remembered: “I received a phone call from my niece saying that she was in labor, in custody, and that if no one came to get the baby then the infant would be separated from her and sent to an institution or orphanage where prisoners’ babies go
she prayed about what she should do. “Just have faith,” is what Sharon recalled feeling God saying to her. “Have faith.” As the days before the birth of the baby passed, Sharon remembers feeling a heavy burden on her heart, still unsure what to do. She relied on her faith to guide her through the dark moments as she stayed in and out of communication with her niece during the last few weeks of the pregnancy.
because no one else in her family would help with the baby.” At that moment a total peace passed over Sharon; she knew what she had to do. On the way out the door, she told a few of her friends, “I am going to bring the baby home with me!” When Sharon arrived at the hospital, her niece had just given birth to a baby girl. Sharon followed the nurse back to her niece’s room, and as soon as she laid eyes on her, the
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The Zachary Fire Department was able to present a check for $2,033.87 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation– Baton Rouge affiliate last Friday afternoon. The fire department raised funds via its Pink Helmet Campaign for which 52 local businesses purchased pink regulation helmets to be worn by firefighters at all calls during the month of October. Captain Gordon Lipscomb, who suggested the fundraiser, said their initial goal was to sell 22 helmets, a number that they far surpassed. The pink helmets were returned to the businesses in November to be displayed until next year when they will have to “buy back” the helmets with an additional donation.
This year, the cost of purchasing the helmets was part of the $300 donation. Assuming the same number of donors next year, the contribution to Susan G. Komen should be quite a bit larger. Upon accepting the check, Janet Dewey-Kollen with the Susan G.Komen Baton Rouge affiliate, which serves 10 parishes, explained the check will enable the organization, for instance, to provide approximately 20 mammograms, which cost $100 to conduct. In this way, they can offer under-served women the best chance at beating breast cancer–early detection. “I can’t say how much we appreciate it,” said Dewey-Kollen upon receiving the check.
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Congratulations to the Zachary Colts AA-Team and AAA-Team for defeating St. Martinville Tigers AA-Team and AAA-Teams, respectively, in the 2012 Good Faith Bowl on November 10, 2012. The 2012 Good Faith Bowl was played in St. Martinville, Louisiana. Pictured are the Zachary Colts AA-Team (top) and the AAA-Team (left) celebrating their victories.
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Manufactured home (newly remodeled) for rent in East Feliciana Parish in the Bluff Creek area over looking a beautiful lake. Very private. Looking for a “quiet” tenant. $200 deposit and $750 a month. Serious inquires only. Call 225405-5933. Part-time Administrative Asst for Zachary Chamber (20 hours per week plus events as needed.) Must be a team player with strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills and attention to detail.Proficiency in Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, and Excel is required.Prior experience with Quickbooks or similar bookkeeping program, as well as experience with website administration and social media a plus.Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment while maintaining positive attitude and strong customer service skills. Please visitwww.zacharychamber. com for more information. 9-1-1-Call Takers - The East Feliciana Parish Emergency Communications Commission is seeking applications for 9-1-1 Call Takers. Minimum Qualifications: HS Diploma, Type 35 WPM, Good Communication Skills, Must be able to multi-task, Experience Preferred. Apply at the East Feliciana Parish Emergency Communications Commission office located at 12486 Feliciana Drive, Clinton, Louisiana; M-F 7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
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Events in the Zachary Area Lane Auxiliary Jewelry Sale December 13, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. December 14, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Lane Regional Medical Center is hosting their Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories $5 sale. The event will take place in the Conference room West Wing and is sponsored by the Lane Auxiliary. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. OLLI Jackson Christmas Tour December 12, 9:45 a.m. The tour group will visit a private home, Roseneath, and learn from the owners about the home, collections and furnishings. Following will be a tour of Millbank Bed and Breakfast, the Old Jackson Post Office, Old Centenary Inn and the Southern Belle Railway dining car. All locations will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. Call the LSU OLLI office at 225-578-6763 to register for the tour. Enrollment is limited to 35; cost is $15. A Traditional Christmas Dinner December 14 This December, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will be dressed in period holiday decorations, highlighting Christmas traditions passed down through the historic Turnbull and Bowman families. On Saturday, December 14, the Turnbull-Bowman Traditional Christmas Dinner will be cooked, down-hearth, in the Old Kitchen outbuilding. Admission applies. For more information call 225635-3110. 7th Annual Running of the Ebenezer Scrooge Memorial Reindeer Race December 15, 3 p.m. The zany reindeer race, which takes place on Charter St. in downtown Jackson, will take place at 3 p.m. The public is invited to
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watch the holiday antics of paraders. Christmas at Rosedown December 15-16 Enjoy the 10th annual “Christmas at Rosedown” celebration will be held. The weekend will feature 19th century crafts demonstrations and activities, including music, dancing, down-hearth cooking and hayrides. Just in time for the holidays, the Rosedown Plantation historic gardens are filled with the colors of Christmas. Admission applies. For more information call 225-635-3110. Families of the Zachary Public Cemetery Meeting | December 13 6:30 p.m. Meeting is for anyone who has experienced problems or has questions or concerns about the Zachary Public Cemetery, or other local cemeteries. Open to the public and will be held at the Best Western Zachary Inn Conference Room located at 4030 Hwy 19, Zachary, Space is limited and seating will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Veteran’s Remembrance Wreath-Laying Ceremony | December 15, 11 a.m. Members of the Civil Air Patrol, representatives from the military services, veterans and their families are invited to Port Hudson National Cemetery for “Wreaths Across America”, a remembrance wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s veterans. The theme is “Then, Now and Forever” and is sponsored by The Civil Air Patrol, veterans service organizations and citizens to honor veterans of each branch of the military, the Merchant Marine as well as Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action. The cemetery is located at 20978 Port Hickey Rd. in Zachary. For more information on the ceremony, contact
Rex Kern at 225-654-3767 or visit www. wreathsacrossamerica.org. Christmas Parade & Open House December 15, 4 p.m. This year, the Zachary Christmas Parade will roll at a different time, 4 p.m. and travel through downtown Zachary. Immediately following will be the annual Open House celebration with local businesses open for late-night shopping and fun. Kids’ Christmas Eve Service December 24, 4 p.m. Zachary United Methodist Church is dedicating an entire Christmas Eve service open to all children, and their families, of the community. On Monday, December 24, this child-centered service will explore the Birth of Christ through simple, yet engaging, messages, music and prayer. Open communion will also be offered for children and their parents. The Zachary United Methodist Church is located at 4205 Church Street in Zachary. For more information, contact Cyndi Hadden at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 225654-2389. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 24, 5:30 p.m. This special service, presented by the Zachary United Methodist Church, will offer hymns and candlelight will offer traditional bible readings, congregational singing, candle lighting, and open communion. Join us as we take a moment out of the busy holiday season to come together and remember the true meaning of Christmas. Service begins at 5:30pm, Monday, December 24, at Zachary United Methodist Church, 4205 Church Street in Zachary. For more information, call 225654-2389.
There’s something to do every day in the Zachary area. From choir performances and rodeos to Main Street markets and special library programming for children, Zachary is rich in cultural and social activities. If you have an event you would like the public to know about, send and email to email@example.com. Space allowing, your event will be included for free in the Event Calendar section.
Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) nuclear laboratories have been granted reaccreditation for three years by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), which acknowledges the facility’s commitment to high-quality patient care and quality diagnostic testing. To earn this accreditation, CIS’s 10 nuclear laboratories, including the one in Zachary, underwent rigorous examinations of operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC only grants accreditation to facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process and detailed case study review. Nuclear cardiology procedures are used to assess both cardiac function and blood flow to the heart muscle. By using nuclear procedures, physicians are able to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease and may also discover important information regarding the potential occurrence of future heart attacks. With a team of nearly 500 dedicated team members, CIS serves communities throughout Louisiana, as well as national and international patients, at its 13 clinics. CIS consistently positions itself at the forefront of technology by providing the most up-to-date technology coupled with compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 29 years of service to south Louisiana. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-4252565 or visit www.cardio.com.
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