In 2017, the pages of The Zachary Advocate and Plainsman were filled with stories of life in the area.

We've pulled together a recap of the year as seen through our favorite stories. Here's a rundown of happenings from July to December.


Zachary Police Chief David McDavid told members of the City Council that shoplifting at the Zachary Walmart was causing problems for his officers. He said half of the theft incidents handled by his officers from January to June were at the Walmart location in the city.

A July 20 story highlighted the efforts of Mike and Chloe McCleary to raise money for the Zachary Food Pantry by selling sno-balls. The couple donated the tips at their sno-ball stand to the food pantry. The couple also takes part in the Empty Bowl project to fight hunger.

Advocate contributor Frances Y. Spencer spent lots of time around the city capturing moments with her camera. In July, she found a family fishing at The Wharf.

A July 27 story outlined the fun at an end-of-summer reading party at the Zachary branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce welcomed new director Taylor Watts in July. 


An Aug. 10 article told the story of Zachary High School graduate Savannah Samuels' part in a cancer breakthrough. She spent her summer working at Howard University's College of Medicine, where she was part of a breakthrough in liver cancer research.

Zachary Community School District schools opened for the new year on Aug. 9.


Over the objections of residents worried a proposed subdivision may cause their properties to flood, the Zachary City Council, at a September meeting, approved preliminary plans for the 620-house development on the western side of the city. The unanimous vote allows the developer to move forward with the approval process for Zachary Trails, which would sit on 313 acres near Old Scenic Highway and Flanacher Road. The preliminary plans were recommended for approval at the Zachary Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Sept. 6.

The parks commission and the Zachary community celebrated the new school year and renovations to the Rita Street Park on Sept. 17. The original party was postponed due to extensive rains in August. The Back-to-School Bash and playground ribbon-cutting was a collaborative effort that involved BREC, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Day School.

Facebook helped a group of Zachary residents send help to Houston-area victims of Hurricane Harvey. Friends at Zachary United Methodist Church dove into a project after Carla Murray, who wasn’t even in Louisiana at the time, saw a post shared by a friend in Lafayette. The original post, from DeRidder, shows a purse with a list of hygiene items to put into the bag along with cash and a personal note.

At a September meeting, the Zachary police chief announced that his department began a one-year trial period of using body cameras.

Zachary residents gathered in September for the inaugural Taste of Zachary to raise money for scholarships.


An Oct. 5 story highlighted the efforts of a new animal rescue group, Must Luv Dogs. The group started thanks to the efforts of Cindy Shotwell.

The Zachary High School Band of Blue competed in the Dutchtown Marching Festival in Geismar.

Zachary High School staged a production of "A Few Good Men."


Plans for a 323-lot subdivision proposed near Mount Pleasant and Flanacher roads finally cleared the Zachary City Council in November, after two previous delays related to traffic and sewerage concerns. When the plans for Fairview Gardens, being developed by Lonesome Development LLC, initially came before the council in August, the developer ended up pulling the item from the agenda when residents voiced their opposition, saying it would bring too much traffic to the area. The plans also did not comply with lot sizing requirements. The developer returned with modified plans in October, only to have the council table the item because no plans were in place for treating sewerage.

A Nov. 30 story highlighted the efforts of First Baptist Church to collect shoe boxes filled with supplies for Operation Christmas Child, which provides the boxes around the world.


The Zachary Historic Village was the spot to be on Dec. 1 as the citys annual Christmas in the Village kicked off the holiday season.

More than 3 inches of snow fell in Zachary on Dec. 8. Residents took advantage of the rare event, many sending us photos from the day.

The Zachary High School Broncos ended the season with a state championship win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.