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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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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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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Race for Mayor-President

After 12 years in office, Mayor-President Kip Holden is term-limited and cannot run again. Now the Nov. 8 election to replace Holden is wide open with several prominent Democrats and Republicans seeking the post.  Under the City-Parish Plan of Government, the jobs of Mayor of the City of Baton Rouge and President of East Baton Rouge Parish are […]

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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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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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Sen. Jeff Sessions Would Be Excellent for VP

People Are Wondering who Donald Trump will choose for Vice President. Sen. Jeff Sessions would be a great choice. First, let me discuss two myths that are widely believed. •Myth No. 1 – If we nominate so-and-so, we will carry a certain state. The usual suspect this time is John Kasich. If we just nominate […]

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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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Istrouma to Reopen on 100th Anniversary

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will let a $20 million contract to renovate Istrouma High with construction beginning in August. After being closed since 2014, the school will reopen in August 2017 on its 100th anniversary. Supt. Warren Drake appointed the Istrouma Advisory Committee to advise him on issues related to reopening the […]

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Istrouma Group Advises Supt. Drake

After nearly one year on the job, East Baton Rouge Parish schools Supt. Warren Drake is well on his way to fulfilling one of his major commitments — the re-opening of Istrouma High School, once the largest high school in the state and believed by alumni to be one of the best.  Known for its […]

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Dem, GOP Leaders Meet

The parties may be at war in Washington, but in Baton Rouge, leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties are working together to promote the democratic process.  Democratic chairlady Carolyn Hill and Republican chairman Woody Jenkins had lunch last month to discuss possible joint projects including co-sponsoring debates and mock elections in schools this fall.

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Father of Right to Work Ed Steimel Laid to Rest

Ed Steimel, one of the most influential Louisianians of the 20th Century, passed away April 6 at the age of 94.  Steimel was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas, on January 20, 1922.  He studied journalism at Arkansas State and moved to Baton Rouge in 1951 to work for Public Affairs Research Council, where was executive director […]

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Legislators on Sanctuary Cities, Liberty

Legislators handling key bills on sanctuary cities and religious liberty described their legislation at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish. Rep. Jay Morris (R-Monroe) is the author of HB 453 on sanctuary cities.  A so-called sanctuary city is a city which has a policy against turning over illegal aliens […]

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Patriots’ Day Traces Conflicts with Islam

A packed house at Annual Patriots’ Day at the Rural Life Museum heard guest speaker Bill Federer review the history of Islam and its aggression against the West, spanning the past 1,500 years. Using a comprehensive slideshow and many sources from Islam, Federer showed the Muslim conquest of the Middle East, North Africa, and much […]

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