Protest Leaders Meet with GOP Leaders

Rep. Ted James and businessman Cleve Dunn, Jr. addressed the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon Tuesday on behalf of black leaders who want to keep protests in Baton Rouge peaceful and constructive. Dunn said, “We’ve seen others tear down their communities, and we want to  make sure that doesn’t happen here. We’ve been on the ground […]

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The Week Baton Rouge Became a Community

Growing up and living as I have my entire life in the inner city of Baton Rouge, I remember a time when Baton Rouge was a real community, not just a random collection of people seemingly without much in common.  It was a place where neighbors knew one another and were involved in each other’s […]

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Investigation in Hands of FBI, Obama Justice Dept.

Protesters have called for the immediate dismissal of the two Baton Rouge police officers involved in the shooting and their immediate arrest on murder or other appropriate charges. However, immediately after the shooting, Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mayor-President Kip Holden, Police Chief Carl Dabadie, and DA Hillar Moore all agreed to have the U.S. Department […]

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Thousands Take to Streets to Demand Arrest of BR Police

A 37-year-old Baton Rouge man, Alton Sterling, was shot to death early on the morning of Tuesday, July 5, by Baton Rouge police officers responding to a “man with a gun” call from 911 on North Foster Drive at Fairfields. Two videos of the shooting surfaced online almost immediately. They raised doubts about whether the […]

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Louisiana’s Best Community Newspaper

The staff of Community Press, LLC, publishers of the Capital City News and Central City News, was honored at the 136th Annual Convention of the Louisiana Press Association in Lake Charles Saturday, June 18. The newspapers received some of journalism’s top awards at the state level. Most important was First Place in the General Excellence […]

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Saving Istrouma History from Destruction

Istrouma High School, which closed two years ago, is about to undergo a $22 million renovation program, in order to prepare it re-open in August 2017 on the 100th anniversary of the famous North Baton Rouge school. Supt. Warren Drake appointed the Istrouma Advisory Committee to assist him with the transition. Two weeks ago, the […]

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In Times of Trouble, Love Wins Out!

The eyes of the world have been on Baton Rouge for the past week. We have been on television, in the newspaper, and all over the Internet. The media have wrongly presented our city as a violent, hostile place.  If you have family from outside Baton Rouge, you’ve probably gotten concerned calls asking “Are you […]

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Life in Mid-City: No Signs Of ‘Divided’ Baton Rouge

As demonstrations began last week to protest the shooting of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers, the national media was portraying Baton Rouge as a “divided city.” However, in the inner city of Baton Rouge near the scene of the shooting, life went on as normal, and citizens reported that racial tension was minimal […]

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Supt. Drake Moves Forward on Plan To Re-Open IHS For Fall of 2017

Following up on his commitment to reopen Istrouma High School and make it a centerpiece for the North Baton Rouge community, Supt. Warren Drake has authorized a design team to complete plans for a $20 million renovation of the school. The design is supposed to be complete later this month and let out for bids.  […]

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Dr. Josh Parker Begins Orthodontics Practice

Dr. Josh Parker of Parker Orthodontics was born and raised in Baton Rouge. He graduated from Central Private High School and received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from LSU. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the LSU School of Dentistry. While in school, Dr. Parker was a member of several honor […]

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Dr. Tony LoBue Gets New Associate

Dr. Daniellé White has joined the staff at Crossroads Animal Hospital, led by Dr. Tony LoBue, local veterinarian and former Central City Councilman. Dr. White graduated from Biloxi High School in Biloxi, MS, in 2003. She attended Mississippi State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 2008. After completing her undergraduate […]

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Dearman’s to Re-Open in Bocage Center

When William Dearman opened Dearman’s Drug Store in 1960 in what was then the Twin Cedars Shopping Center, he specialized in the personal touch. For 40 years, customers, their children, and their grandchildren came to know Mr. Dearman and his staff for their service and friendly advice. In 1960, a lot of drugstores still had […]

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Central Mom Begins Practice of Medicine

Years of sacrifice and hard work are finally paying off for Amanda and Neal Watts, both 2002 graduates of Central High School. During her high school years, you might have watched Amanda play for the Lady Wildcats softball team.  Or she might have waited on you at Indian Mound Grocery Store, which is owned by […]

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Galen, Angela Iverstine to Bring Products From Their St. Helena Farm to Tables of BR

In 2009, Central High School grad Galen Iverstine earned his degree in political science from LSU and considered three options — military service, law school, or graduate school.  During a school project, he became aware of the environmental, social, and economic impact of today’s industrialized food system and how it has marginalized family farms over […]

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