Miss ZFest 2010 Morgan Albert, left, and Miss ZFest 2011 Deanne Seamon were on hand Wednesday, March 23, to represent this year’s event packed with more carnival rides, games, food and fun than ever before. Albert presented Seamon with her Miss ZFest sash on center stage just moments after the event kicked off.
Thursday, March 24, was Oldies Night at ZFest. In addition to a classic car show and a performance by Anita Leblanc and Westbound Train, a jambalaya cook-off was held. The price to enter the competition was $50, and four contests brought their best jambalaya in an effort to win the “Jambalaya King” title. Mitchel Chauvin, pictured above, won the coveted title. The jambalaya cook-off was judged by Paul Mier of Chris' Specialty Meats and Rodney Terral of Pactec, Inc. in Clinton. Both judges said they chose Chauvin’s jambalaya because of the perfectly cooked rice and all of the great flavor in the meat. Other contestants included James Bunch, Brian Muse and Jacques Robert. All jambalaya was sold for $5. Robert, in connection with Exxon Mobil, donated all his proceeds to various Catholic charities.
The Zachary Community School Board recognized and awarded seven employees at its Thursday, March 24, meeting. The outstanding school support employees of 2010 - 11, from left, are: Laura Moore, Northwestern Middle; Stacey Hodges, Zachary Elementary; Roy Armwood, Port Hudson Career Academy; Johannah Netters, Copper Mill; LaShone Mealy, Zachary Early Learning Center; Harold Foster, Zachary High; and Mary Olson, Northwestern Middle. Congratulations! ZCSB story in the April 6 edition of the Zachary Plainsman-News.
A memory I will always have of Chief Herty is... "I remember back in the early 90's, members from the Zachary Police and Fire Departments played in a softball league in Slaughter. One game in particular, the score was pretty close, and the umpiring crew made a horrible call. John's comment to them was: "I hope ya'll flew in helicopters to get here, because if not, you're on my streets when you leave." It was so funny, we all busted out laughing but John was serious. It was one of the many great times we had together." - Fire Chief Boyce Smith
A memory I will always have of Chief Herty is... "My memory is that you could always find Chief Herty volunteering his time at one of our schools' events. He was unselfish and dedicated to the kids of the Zachary Community School District." - Warren Drake
A memory I will always have of Chief Herty is... "All four years I was in high school, I played basketball. The Chief would keep the stats and announced the players onto the court...I always liked how he would say my name over the mic, 'Shawntell Teset!' He would elongate my name and yell it out like at a professional sporting event. It was pretty cool and always made me feel special." - Officer Shawntell Johnson
A memory I will always have of Chief Herty is... "We were friends for so long, there are dozens of memories I have, but one that will always stand out is taking "the tank" to Katy, Texas, to play softball. It was a green 1970s LTD. Another memory that I will have is playing softball in Slaughter. He and I loved talking sports, and I will miss that very much." - Captain David McDavid