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Mid-City Spot Shows Potential of BR Canals

In a state known for its waterways, it’s amazing how little recreational or commercial use is made of the system of drainage canals that wind through Baton Rouge. The canals such as Ward Creek, Hurricane Creek, and Jones Creek, are filled with rainwater and not sewerage, which has a separate drainage system. Most of the […]

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New Principal at Istrouma

After being closed for the past three years, Istrouma High School in North Baton Rouge is undergoing a $24 million renovation program.  It will open Aug. 9, just in time for the school’s 100th anniversary. The new principal is Reginald Douglas, a veteran educator and currently principal at St. Helena College and Career Academy, where […]

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Gas Tax: $6 Billion Tab

Despite a massive state sales tax increase last year, and flood devastation which left many citizens struggling financially, the Louisiana Legislature is once considering a large tax increase. HB632 to raise gasoline taxes by 17 cents a gallon would raise $550 million a year from consumers, or more than $6 billion over the next 10 […]

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Grief Recovery Fundraiser April 27

On Thursday, April 27, the Grief Recovery Center will host the ninth annual Culinary Arts for Healing Hearts fundraiser, an evening of fine food, beverage sampling, and music by the Chris LeBlanc Band, from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $450 for tables […]

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D.A. Has Diverse Team of Prosecutors

In a parish that is only 51 percent white in registered voters, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore thinks it is essential that all segments of the community be represented in the DA’s office.  It’s essential to build trust, he told the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker Luncheon meeting at Café Américain. “Nationally, only four […]

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Istrouma to Be Modern, High Tech School

The first Istrouma High Roundup last Saturday at Winbourne Elementary School drew parents and prospective students despite a severe thunderstorm. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System and the Istrouma Advisory Committee unveiled plans for a modern, high tech campus when Istrouma High School reopens this fall. The campus will house three schools — an […]

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Brown: Widen Airline Hwy. from 4 to 6 Lanes

Baton Rouge architect Coleman Brown says the most important single thing the city could do to improve transportation is widen Airline Highway from the old Mississippi River Bridge to Florida Boulevard. Brown leads a Mid-City organization devoted to improving Baton Rouge’s transportation, infrastructure, and quality of life at reasonable costs. Brown says building another Mississippi […]

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City Honors Lt. Shawn Anderson

Tragedy came to the parish again in March when another police officer was killed in the line of duty. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Shawn Anderson was shot to death while attempting to question a rape suspect. The shooter also died. Law enforcement officers from across the state and nation, along with thousands of […]

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Scandals Mount at COA

The scandals at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging continue to mount under director Tasha Clark Amar, daughter of District Judge Janice Clark. Last week, the Plummer family accused Clark Amar of swindling them out of $314,000 left by their grandmother, Helen Plummer, a 95-year-old client of the agency who died last month. […]

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Istrouma High to Offer Full Range of Athletics

Istrouma High to Offer Full Range of Athletics

When Istrouma High School re-opens August 9, it will offer a full range of athletics including football and basketball, in keeping with the school’s tradition of athletic success, which includes nine State Championships in football.  The high school football field and gym are being renovating, and an eight-lane track is being built.  Photo: 1955 Istrouma […]

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