The holidays are over and youth are in school, which means buses are back on the roads and children are walking to school.

The Zachary Police Department reminds motorists to obey all school zones (25 mph) and speed zones and to be vigilant of the laws concerning buses and the use of cellular devices while driving. Using a handheld cellular device in a school zone is illegal. Following too closely or not stopping for a school bus also is against the law.

Motorists are advised to slow down and use extra caution when approaching and passing through a school zone.

Taking the LEAD on Friday

The FBI National Academy Association and partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide are promoting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Friday.

Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift to see your family that night? Most people cannot, but for law enforcement officers, this is a fact of life. As many in the profession will tell you, being a police officer is not a job but a calling.

Take the time to show your support by:

Changing your profile picture on social media to the logo/photo of your local police department

Thanking a police officer

Wearing blue clothing in support of law enforcement

Sending a card of support to your local police department or state agency

Sharing a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media

Asking children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement

Organizing an event or a rally in support of local law enforcement officers

Posting public service announcements supplied by Concerns of Police Survivors to your law enforcement’s Web page or social media pages.

To learn about the Baker and Zachary police departments, visit the Baker Police Department’s website at or the Zachary Police Department’s website,

Swearing in

The inauguration ceremony for Zachary Mayor David Amrhein, City Councilmembers Ben Cavin, Francis Nezianya, Brandon Noel, Laura O’Brien and Tommy Womack, and Police Chief David McDavid, has been set for 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

The six men and one woman will be sworn into office at a ceremony at Fellowship Church, 1555 E. Mount Pleasant Road. Performances by the Zachary High Jazz Band and JROTC as well as Copper Mill and Zachary Elementary school choirs will be featured. Performances by local singers Tess Ricketts and Angela Smith are scheduled. The community is invited to attend. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

“We want to invite citizens to join us as we look to the future of our community with new terms of public service,” said Amrhein.

Coffee call

Coffee Call for the Zachary Newcomers Club is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Chocolate Cafe, 5465 Main St.

The club is open to anyone who has lived in the area for five years or less; however, January is amnesty month, so anyone who would like to participate in club activities is welcome. Activities include lunch outings, coffee, games, tennis, bridge and more.

Contact Sylvia Wahoske at (225) 225-337-1151 or email for information.

Send events, news and photos to Stacy Gill by 3 p.m. Fridays. Email or call (225) 993-0066.