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Caliente a “hot” spot for Mexican food craving

Ricardo Barraza set an ambitious goal for himself: He wanted to open his own restaurant by the time he was 22 years old. He didn’t miss by much when he opened Caliente Mexican Craving in Central at 23. After finishing high school in Paras, Coahuila, Mexico, Barraza came to the U.S. and worked at restaurants in Pensacola, Fla., Hammond and then Baton Rouge. “I’ve always been in the restaurant business, since I was 17,” said Barraza. “I started washing dishes then worked my way up to busboy, server and then manager. I learned as much as I could about the business.” That knowledge helped him when he moved to Central and opened Caliente Mexican Craving in December of...

Caliente a “hot” spot for Mexican food craving
posted on: Jul 10, 2013

WF Parish Hospital earns prestigious recognition again

You can’t blame Lee Chastant if he’s pretty enthusiastic these days. For the second straight year, West Feliciana Parish Hospital has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access hospitals for patient perspective in the country by the National Rural Health Association. “We’re proud of it,” said Chastant, WFPH’s CEO. “It’s an independent survey of patients and we were chosen based on patient satisfaction.” The award will be presented in October in Austin at the NRHA’s annual conference. In all, 60 hospitals out of more than 1,400 with 25 beds or less in the United States were announced, 20 per each category of performance: The three evaluation categories were:             Quality Index: A rating of hospital performance...

WF Parish Hospital earns prestigious recognition again
posted on: Jun 25, 2013

Zachary Driving Academy rolls out “green” CNG Civic

Zachary Driving Academy owner Jeanette Boggs recently purchased a 2012 Honda Civic GX that is one of the first cars in the Zachary area that is exclusively fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). Because CNG vehicles are still relatively rare, they can only be refueled at two stations in Baton Rouge. Still, Brenda Dugas, manager of Zachary Driving Academy for the past eight years, says it’s worth it. The last time she filled up the car, the cost of CNG was $1.69 per gallon compared to more than $3.18 for gasoline. “It pays for itself in fuel cost,” said Dugas. “It averages 33 to 34 miles per gallon and when you figure we drive 40-41 miles per student,...

Zachary Driving Academy rolls out “green” CNG Civic
posted on: May 9, 2013

Lane RMC begins construction on radiation oncology center

At a recent Zachary Rotary Club luncheon, Frank Ragsdale reminisced about the day he met radiologist Dr. Will Russell. Ragsdale had just been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “I sat in his office and cried and he hugged me and prayed with me,” said Ragsdale. “He and his staff were wonderful to me during my treatment.” Ragsdale, who ultimately won his cancer battle, credited the level of compassion he received from Dr. Russell along with his expertise as being a major comfort during his treatment. Ragsdale hopes those same qualities will be available when Lane Regional Medical Center begins to treat cancer patients later this year. Thanks to a joint venture, Lane Regional and Baton Rouge General are building...

Lane RMC begins construction on radiation oncology center
posted on: Apr 15, 2013

Dinner in the Field showcases Slow Food movement

Published February 2013: The third annual Dinner in the Field and Farm Tour is scheduled for March 24 at Oakland Plantation in Gurley. The event showcases a movement that is growing, a movement that promotes clean, healthy, local foods as well as the farmers and the producers behind them. The popular Dinner in the Field is a fund-raiser for Slow Food Baton Rouge, which is part of an organization that is focusing on ways to help Americans eat healthier with more organically-grown and farm-raised foods. According to www.slowfoodbr.org, Slow Food is a movement that “envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is food for them, good for the people who grow it and good...

Dinner in the Field showcases Slow Food movement
posted on: Feb 21, 2013

Planet Beach a popular full-service contemporary spa

Relax…Glow…Renew…at Planet Beach. Tiffany Craven knows that very well. She was a customer at Planet Beach Contempo Spa in Zachary for two years, then she and her husband, Al, decided to buy the local franchise, located at 4783 Secretary Drive in Zachary, last April. Since then, she’s turned the business into a popular state-of-the-art spa destination. “We’re not just a tanning salon, we’re a complete hands-free spa at a touch of a button and a fraction of the cost,” said Craven, who has four employees. Planet Beach is a national franchise with hundreds of locations helping people look good and feel good for reasonable rates. In fact, now’s a good time to check out Planet Beach because they’re...

Planet Beach a popular full-service contemporary spa
posted on: Jan 18, 2013

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