Attendance for Zachary Early Learning Center's ribbon cutting and open house was high last Tuesday, Dec. 7. The Zachary Community School District's newest addition to its grade cluster configuration opened Nov. 30 on 62 acres and includes 22 classrooms, each with their own bathroom and playground, a media center, and 14 sections of pre-k for 247 students under the age of 5. ZELC Principal, Cynthia Myers, and Assistant Principal Angela Cassard, thanked the teachers in attendance but said the teachers wouldn't be where they are without the para-professionals. ZELC administrators, school district personnel and school board members, including recently elected Kenneth Mackie and Donny Dykes, were in attendance as were children, their parents and community leaders. Those who assisted with the ribbon cutting included Scott Swilley, Jonathan Benda, Hubie Owen, Superintendent Warren Drake, Cynthia Myers, Angela Cassard, David Dayton, Sharon Samuel, Jannie Rogers and Scott Devillier.
Rotarian James Lipscomb, left, asked Rotarian Chip Mills to speak at the service organization's Thursday, Dec. 2 meeting. Mills, the new executive director of economic development for the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, told his fellow-Rotarians he is hoping the Zachary City Council will adopt a new economic development strategic plan at the next meeting on Dec. 14. Mills has been working with leaders in Zachary to develop the plan which began in 2008. "This Council and mayor have had a lot of foresight in getting this thing [strategic plan] developed," Mills said. "We have strong leadership in this community. Rotarians, Kiwanians and an excellent Chamber board are very engaged - not all municipalities are as successful in trying to accomplish [economic development], and they've tried."
Kennedy Parker, a second-grader at Zachary Elementary, had her drawing chosen as the Zachary Community School District's annual Christmas card. Parker's artistic rendition of Christmas will be mailed to local and state agencies and was chosen from over 300 entries within the ZCSD. ABOVE: Parker with Superintendent Warren Drake at the Dec. 2 school board meeting. Background: Hubie Owen.
The driver of a gray Jeep Cherokee was transported to Lane Regional Medical Center after colliding with the driver of a white Sierra truck Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 7, said an EBRSO officer on the scene. The officer said the driver of the Jeep was east bound on Highway 64 when the driver of the truck failed to yield to the Jeep while making a left turn at a stop sign on Highway 410. The Jeep rolled over after being hit on the front passenger side, and the woman driving sustained minor to moderate injuries, said the EBRSO officer.
Zachary High student Cary Myers, seated center, signed a baseball scholarship with Louisiana College Monday, Dec. 6. "[Myers] is very well deserving of it," said Head Baseball Coach Jesse Cassard. "He's worked his butt off not only on the field but also academically. I'm proud to say that he's a player at Zachary High School." Standing, from left: Baseball coaches Greg Williams, Jesse Cassard and Craig Castello. Seated: Cary Myers, center, with his parents Jill and William Myers.
A tow truck driver works to load a crashed vehicle onto his truck after a collision Monday, Nov. 29, at Plank and Lower-Zachary Road. Sgt. Sean Pratt and other ZPD officers directed traffic around the accident for about an hour after the crash. An officer on the scene said one person was taken to Lane Regional Medical Center for moderate injuries.
Zachary High students Devan Othmer, Danielle Greer, Chelse Jonsen and Bria Williams, pictured from left, recently won the Greater Baton Rouge Literacy Coalition PSA contest aimed at promoting strong literacy skills. Under the guidance of WBRZ, the students filmed their PSA's Monday, Nov. 29, and visited Channel 2 for editing on Tuesday. The students will be on WBRZ's 2une In for the premier of their PSA's Friday morning, Dec. 3. The PSA's will air throughout the Great Baton Rouge area over the next several months. Pick up a copy of the Plainsman Wednesday, Dec. 8, for more details.
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Plains Masonic Lodge #135 F&AM in Zachary installed their officers for 2011. The officers are front row, from left: Carly Burnette-Tyler, J.V.; Williams-Junior Warden; Mike Schwendimann-Treasurer; and Robert Mason-Worshipful Master. Middle row, from left: Robert Burnette-Junior Deacon; Jason Broussard-Junior Steward; and Leonce Bourque-Chaplain. Back row, from left: Scott Turner-Senior Warden; Louis Bartus-Senior Deacon; John Herty-Secretary; and Don Griffin- Master of Ceremonies.