Former Gov. Roemer Pens Autobiography

Buddy Roemer represented Louisiana for eight years in the United States Congress before being elected Governor in 1987. He served one term as governor before Edwin Edwards returned to power in 1991. In 2012, Roemer briefly ran for President. Over the years, the former governor built a prominent bank and mostly stayed out of politics. […]

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Sheriff Talks About Causes of Crime in EBR

In an address to the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux addressed the root causes of crime in East Baton Rouge Parish. He said, “Most  of our crime is committed by people addicted to drugs or alcohol. The average offender has a 7th grade education. Also, when I started, 25 percent of our jail […]

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A Look Back at Buckskin Bill, an Icon Who Entertained Generations in EBR

EDITOR’S NOTE: Baton Rouge television icon Bill Black, or Buckskin Bill, as he was known, passed away last week after more than 60 years’ service to the Baton Rouge community.  Much has been written about Buckskin Bill since he died, but we wanted to offer a contemporary view of Buckskin when his show was in […]

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Sheriff Gautreaux Needs More Officers

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux told the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon the past 18 months was the hardest in his memory. First, there was the Alton Sterling shooting, followed by protests and demonstrations. Then the assassination of three police officers. This was followed by the Great Flood of 2016, which left much of the parish in devastation. […]

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Sheriff Says We Are Failing to Instill Values in Young People

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says the crime problem starts in the home. “We used to have a triangle that confronted us at Home, School and Church. We all got the same message. Right over wrong. Good over evil. Do the right thing! But today for many that triangle is non-existent. They may not get it at […]

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Good Samaritan’s Arm Crushed While Helping Woman Change Tire on Joor Rd.

David Perkins, the 19-year-old son of former Rep. Tony Perkins and wife Lawana is apparently “a chip off the old block.” Last Friday, Perkins, who was scheduled to report for National Guard training in February, stopped to help a lady who had a flat fire on Joor Road. However, something went wrong, and the car […]

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Gov. Roemer Discusses Autobiography

Readers expecting a review of his political career or a defense of his political philosophy might be disappointed by former Gov. Buddy Roemer’s recently released autobiography, Scopena. But Scopena is much more than that.  It is a deeply personal view of the influences that made Buddy Roemer the political leader he was and the man […]

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Istrouma Football Team Spends Day with Central High Players, Coaches

Two weeks ago, the entire Istrouma High football team got on a school bus and rode to Central High, where they spent most of a day, observing an A school (as determined by the State Department of Education) and making new friends. The Istrouma athletes were paired up with boys who play the same position […]

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Sheriff: EBR Needs Prison

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux told the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon it is urgent that East Baton Rouge build a new Parish Prison. The prison has been at its capacity of 1,700 for years and has 500 more inmates who are being housed by other sheriffs at the expense of EBR taxpayers. The sheriff said the parish […]

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Istrouma Centennial

The 100th anniversary of the founding of Istrouma High School was celebrated with a week-long series of events that drew students, parents, faculty, alumni, and members of the North Baton Rouge community to the campus of Istrouma High. Principal Reginald Douglas said the Centennial Celebration was a huge success and that attendance at the many […]

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Gen. Bobby Efferson, IHS ’61, Honored by LSU

Brig. Gen. Bobby Efferson, a certified American hero, grew up on Seneca Street near the corner of Plank Road and Choctaw Drive in the 1950’s. In 1969, during the Vietnam War, Bobby was an Air Force 1st lieutenant flying combat missions out of Thailand. On one fateful day, another pilot went down on the border with […]

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After Today, You Will Never Look at a Newspaper The Same Way Again: Welcome to the 21st Century!

It’s really quite obvious, isn’t it?  Newspapers have to compete with television, radio, and cable.  Even more to the point, they have to compete with computers, the Internet, smartphones and every manner of new device. So newspapers have to change — or die. Well, this newspaper is not going to die! Rather, we will be […]

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Breakfast with Santa Claus

The new Istrouma Kiwanis Club will launch its program of service with a community-wide Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Istrouma High School gym. Everyone living in 70805 is invited to come and enjoy the event. Admission is free for children age 1 to 10 but everyone must have a ticket. Complimentary […]

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Brig. Gen. Bob Efferson Credits Istrouma With Instilling Values Essential to Success

Brig. Gen. Bob L. Efferson was mobilization assistant to the Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base and Air Force Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb. The command comprises 10 expeditionary wings and is the Air Force component for USSTRATCOM, providing nuclear and computer network operations capability for the Air Force. Eighth […]

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Istrouma Advisory Committee Completes Successful 2017 Centennial Celebration

Twice a year, the greats and near-greats of LSU football from the 1950’s to 1970’s gather for a reunion.  It’s a time for the players to see one another, reminisce, and tell stories, “some of which are actually true,” according to Mark Lumpkin, who organizes the event. Lumpkin was the leading scorer on the LSU […]

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