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Electoral College Votes for Trump

For a few minutes on Monday, Dec. 19, eight Louisianians were among the most powerful people in the world, because they had the absolute power to elect the next President of the United States.  Under the U. S. Constitution, the voters choose electors, and the electors choose the President. During ceremonies in the Senate chamber […]

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Metro Council Sworn In for 2017-2021

East Baton Rouge Parish has a combined city-parish form of government.  The Mayor-President is Mayor of the City of Baton Rouge and President of the Parish.  The Metro Council governs both the city and parish.  However, three municipalities also exist within the parish — Baker, Central, and Zachary — each with its own Mayor and […]

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Remarkable Moments in Baton Rouge History

There are many remarkable moments in the history of Baton Rouge.  Here are a few of my favorites: The Red Stick or Istrouma •In 1699, French noblemen and explorers Iberville and Bienville sighted a large cypress tree stained with animal blood on the banks of the Mississippi.  It was called Istrouma and served as the […]

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No. 2 in City-Parish Government

Metro Council member Scott Wilson was elected Mayor Pro-Tem by fellow members of the Council.  Wilson will serve as the leader of the Metro Council and as No. 2 leader in parish government.  The new Mayor Pro-Tem has represented Central on the Metro Council for the past eight years. He is a conservative Republican.

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New EBR Parish Mayor-President

Former state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, a Democrat, was elected Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish on December 10 over Sen. Bodi White of Central, a Republican.  Broome was sworn in Jan. 2, 2017.  The long-time legislator will serve a four-year term.

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Baton Rouge 1817-2017

Although there may not be much fan fare, the City of Baton Rouge will mark its 200th birthday this month. Gov. Jacques Villere signed the Act of Incorporation on Jan. 17, 1817. The city, which serves as Louisiana’s capital, has a population of 229,426 (2013), while an estimated 830,480 people live in the greater Baton Rouge area. […]

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Six Metro Council Seats on Ballot Dec. 10 Will Determine Direction of City-Parish

Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish filled six of the 12 seats on the Metro Council in the Nov. 8 election. The remaining six seats will be filled in runoff elections set for Saturday, Dec. 10. The current party alignment on the council is seven Republicans and five Democrats, although party seldom plays a role […]

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Attorney Says Political Activities of COA Violate Wide Range of State, Federal Laws

Baton Rouge attorney Chris Alexander unveiled findings of his investigation of the political activities of the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging. Alexander says he documented violations of state and federal campaign finance laws, the Louisiana Constitution’s prohibition on the use of public funds to support or oppose a candidate or proposition on the […]

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Superintendent Drake Holds Luncheon

East Baton Rouge Parish schools Supt. Warren Drake reported on the status of the school system this week at the Superintendent’s Luncheon.  Some of the facts and figures were: • 41,000 students including 2,000 pre-k •    84 school sites and centers •    9 percent of students have disabilities •    4 percent are English language learners […]

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Daniel Wesley Joins Elite Group of Central Heroes Led by Homer Wise

Before young Daniel Wesley risked his wife to try to save April Beck this past Sunday, four Central men had become well known in their community for remarkable acts of courage that lives. Here are their stories: HOMER WISE Homer Wise grew up off Joor Road in Central during the Depression.  His family was poor […]

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