For folks who wish to buy extra copies of The Zachary Advocate & Plainsman or who cannot make it to a store on Thursdays, as an added service, The Plainsman will be sold as a stand-alone newspaper at the following locations throughout Zachary from Thursday until it sells out or until the following Thursday when a new edition is published: Cracker Barrel, 4504 La. 19; Crossroads Grocery, 20190 Plank Road; Jett’s Chevron, 9645 Main St. (La. 64 at Plank Road); Jett’s Food Mart, 4760 Old Scenic Highway (La. 964); and Jett’s Shell, 1080 Church St.

The Plainsman will continue to be found inside The Advocate newspaper at all other locations on Thursdays.

Thank you for your continued support.

Tax-free weekend planned

The 2015 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday is Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-6.

During that time, guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies will be exempt from state and local sales taxes.

The sales tax holiday applies to individual consumer purchases of a wide range of hunting gear. Eligible hunting supplies include: firearms that may be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana; ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm; archery supplies to be used for hunting; apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear manufactured and marketed as being primarily for wear or use while hunting; and off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting.

The exemption does not apply to golf carts, go-carts, dirt bikes, mini-bikes, motorcycles, tractors, motor vehicles that may be legally driven on the streets and highways of Louisiana, or heavy equipment such as cranes, forklifts, backhoes and bulldozers.

By state law, the tax holiday is an annual event that takes place the first consecutive Friday through Sunday each September.

For information, including the full list of eligible purchases, as well as those that do not qualify for the tax exemption, visit

Firepower at Port Hudson

Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, near Zachary, presents Firepower from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Come out and watch a demonstration of Civil War-era weapons. Guests will see how different weapons were loaded, fired and used in battle.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Copper Mill celebrates

Copper Mill Elementary School, 1300 Independence Blvd., Zachary, will celebrate the official unveiling of its gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Zachary Community School District.

The gym is the final in a series of multimillion-dollar construction projects for the school district and its students, approved by Zachary voters.

Senior Crime Expo planned

The East Baton Rouge Parish SALT (Seniors And Lawmen Together) Triad Council invites seniors to the seventh annual Senior Crime Prevention Expo from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Cortana Mall, 9401 Cortana Place, Baton Rouge.

There is no charge to attend.

The purpose of the Expo is to provide information to seniors throughout the parish regarding various services, programs and functions offered by law enforcement agencies, area businesses, nonprofits, hospitals, nursing facilities, clinics, universities and government agencies.

The SALT Triad Council aims to provide attendees with a more comprehensive understanding of the underlying issues related to crime, giving them the tools to take responsibility and minimize the risk, ultimately making the community a safer place for all, a news release said.

A free lunch will be served and giveaways and entertainment featured throughout the day.

For information, call Terri Kaaihue at (225) 937-2129.

Save the Date, Zachary

The following events are upcoming but felt they deserved a “save the date” in the Around Zachary column this week.

So grab a pen, and circle the date on your calendars.

Drive 4UR Community, Sept. 17, and Code Red Chili Cook-off, Sept. 26, both benefiting the LaneRMC Foundation

Chamber Banquet, Oct. 15

Fall Art Crawl, Oct. 23

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and Gleaux Run 5K, both Nov. 6

Pack the Pantry, Nov. 13

Christmas in the Village, Dec. 11

Zachary Christmas Parade, Dec. 12.

Details on these and plenty more events will be featured in Around Zachary, so stay tuned.

Send news and events for Around Zachary to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.