After our official first week in business and the premiere issue of the Zachary Advocate & Plainsman, we are pumped up.

Things went smoothly and once folks saw the product, they understood our goal.

Feedback from everyone has been positive and fantastically encouraging. One of the few complaints: readers want more.

So, we’re working to make that possible and to bring you more news, more photos, more people and more sports more of the time.

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Coffee Call and book club

Members of the Zachary Newcomers Club are reminded that at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 17 the club will meet at the Chocolate Cafe, 5465 Main St., for Coffee Call. The Newcomers will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 in the meeting room at the Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Main St., to watch the movie “A Tale of Two Cities” patterned after Charles Dickens’ book, which the club read in September.

If you’ve lived in the Zachary community for five years or fewer and would like more information on the Zachary Newcomers Club, contact Sylvia Wahoske at (225) 337-1151 or sjwahoske@cox.net.

Chamber banquet is sold out

The Zachary Chamber’s annual business awards banquet is Thursday, Oct. 16.

Awards for small, medium, large and new businesses of the year as well as business person and volunteer will be presented. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m., but this event is sold out.

Sandy Creek homecoming

Homecoming Services at Sandy Creek Baptist Church, 22834 Liberty Road, Pride, are set for 10:15 a.m. Sunday following Bible Study and Sunday School at 9 a.m. Former ministers Brother Carey Long will lead the music, and Brother Dale Phillips will deliver the message for the day. Dinner will follow on church grounds. All are invited to praise, worship and fellowship.

Political platforms

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce and Trae Welch are co-hosting a “get to know your candidates” forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Fellowship Church, 1555 E. Mount Pleasant Road, Zachary.

The forum will include candidates running for the Zachary offices of mayor, city council and school board.

Candidates include:

Mayor: David Amrhein-NP and Randy Perkins-NP

City Council: John Coghlan-R and Laura O’Brien-R (District 3), and Ben Cavin-R and Sharon McKnight-D (District 4)

School Board: Gwen Fuselier-R and Brandy Hughes-Westmoreland-NP (District 2); Marty Hughes-NP and Sharon Samuel-R (District 3); Donna Grice-R and Kenneth Mackie-D (District 4); Lisa Lathon-D, Lee Russell-NP and Heidi Vessel-D (District 6); and Dawn Avants-D and Ann Watkins-D (District 8)

Candidates will be allotted time to discuss their platforms and issues pertinent to their office.

Residents are encouraged to attend and get to know the candidates prior to the Nov. 4 election.

Call Chamber board members Brent Bradley at (225) 261-1221, Karl Kleinpeter at (225) 658-7751 or Randy Olson at (225) 658-4303 with questions.

Zachary candidates unopposed include police chief David McDavid-R; school board members Gaynell Young-D (District 1), Hubie Owen-R (District 5), Beth Kimmel-R (District 7) and David Dayton-R (District 9); and city councilmen Francis Nezianya-NP (District 1), Brandon Noel-R (District 2) and Tommy Womack-D (District 5).

The city of Baker will host a candidates forum for those running for the following offices:

City Court Judge: Kirk Williams-D and Ken Fabre-D

School Board: Elaine Davis-D and Willie Williams Jr.-D (District 1); Dana Carpenter-D and Charles Harris III-D (District 2); Rosatina Johnson-D, Jarrett Landor-D and Troy Watson-D (District 3); Shona Boxie-D, Jerrie Davenport Williams-R and Chequita Hilliard-D (District 4); and Doris Alexander-D and Vanessa Parker-D (District 5).

The forum is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Road.

Paint your pumpkins

Paint your pumpkins from 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 25 at the Baker Heritage Museum, 1606 Main St. Council members and residents of Baker are encouraged to donate a few small pumpkins for this children’s activity.

Ghost stories

Port Hudson Ghost Stories will be told at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in conjunction with Halloween on Oct. 25 at Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Zachary.

A site ranger will regale visitors with a cauldron of ghostly tales and “things that go bump in the night” stories associated with the Port Hudson battlefield.

For more information, call 654-3775 locally or (888) 677-3400 toll free.

Email Around Zachary events to sgill@theadvocate.com by 3 p.m. Thursday or call Stacy Gill at (225) 993-0066.