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Central Mayor Says Future Looks Bright

Central Mayor Says Future Looks Bright

Central Mayor Jr. Shelton gave his first annual State of the City address last week, and all of the major news media in Baton Rouge were there to cover the story including the Advocate, Times-Picayune, Business Report, WAFB-TV, and WBRZ-TV. Here are some of the major points Mayor Shelton made: • Central is a land […]

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$3.4 Million to Improve Greenwell Springs Road

$3.4 Million to Improve Greenwell Springs Road

For years, the narrow, two-lane stretch of Greenwell Springs Road inside the City of Central has been the scene of countless traffic accidents and many fatalities. The road, which has been used since the 1850’s, has never been upgraded to reflect the high traffic counts of the 21st century.  There are no shoulders, steep dropoffs […]

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Two Major Events for Christians at LSU Jan. 24

Two Major Events for Christians at LSU Jan. 24

Two major events of interest to Christians will be held on the LSU campus Saturday, Jan. 24, and leaders of the two have decided to combine some of their activities. The annual Louisiana Life March, which normally goes from the Old State Capitol to the new State Capitol, had to be moved this year because […]

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Few Signatures Invalid

Few Signatures Invalid

East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Elaine Lamb and her staff have been examining the authenticity of more than 18,200 signatures on a petition calling for an election to incorporate the proposed City of St. George. So far, the petition is holding up well, Lamb said.  “All of our staff are working on this, […]

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Visit of KCS Christmas Train

Visit of KCS Christmas Train

The Kansas City Southern’s Christmas Train visited Baton Rouge last Friday, and more than 3,000 area residents climbed aboard to enjoy the unique Christmas experience offered by the railroad. The train, which resembles the Polar Express, is decorated inside and out.  Touring the inside is an exciting experience but even the outside warms the hearts […]

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Incumbents Reelected

Incumbents Reelected

Voters in Central reelected three incumbent members of the Central Community School Board Tuesday, keeping the seven-member school board intact, despite a spirited challenge. Central school board member and former board chairman Sharon Browning was the leading vote-getter.  She won 72 percent of the votes in District 7 against Felicia Braud, who received 28 percent.  […]

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EBR GOP Squares Off with EBR Demos

EBR GOP Squares Off with EBR Demos

With the primary election scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4, the national election is focused on the battle between Democrats and Republicans, but that is not the case here in East Baton Rouge Parish.  In this parish, most districts are either heavily Democratic or heavily Republican.  Only in a minority of districts do Democrats and Republicans […]

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Caldwell vs. Piedrahita: Hottest Judge Race

Caldwell vs. Piedrahita: Hottest Judge Race

District Judge Mike Caldwell faces his most serious challenge in 18 years on the bench from Baton Rouge attorney Randy Piedrahita. Piedrahita has criticized Caldwell for refusing to hear criminal cases for 17 of the past 18 years and carrying a light load of civil cases.  He says the state Constitution and the backlog of […]

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Mayor Shelton: Central Lost Hero

Mayor Shelton: Central Lost Hero

During Celebration of Life ceremonies honoring the late Ralph Washington, Central Mayor Jr. Shelton praised Washington as “a public servant in the truest sense of the word.”  Shelton said Washington, who served as Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Central from the city’s formation in July 2005 until July 1, 2014, “walked softly but carried a […]

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Will EBR or St. George Be More Diverse?

Opponents of the incorporation of St. George have argued that a St. George-based school system would be less diverse than the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, but an analysis of enrollment figures raises doubts about that claim.  EBR, which has 64 one-race schools, has a diversity rate of 10.6 percent, compared to 18.1 percent […]

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