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Why Moving Zoo Is a Bad, Costly Idea

The Board of Commissioners of BREC is expected to meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 to consider whether to authorize the closing of the Baton Rouge Zoo south of Baker and construction of a new zoo on Airline Highway near the Ascension Parish line. The March 22 meeting will be held at BREC […]

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How a Prominent Civil Rights Leader, Acie Belton, Set in Motion St. George

People in Baton Rouge should open their minds to the idea of incorporating the new City of St. George, especially when we realize how it all got started. In Louisiana, any community of 300 or more people anywhere in the state outside an incorporated municipality has the right to file a petition calling for an […]

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Istrouma Kiwanis Works on Program Of Service in North Baton Rouge

The Istrouma Kiwanis Club, founded in November 2017, is busy pursuing its Program of Service for North Baton Rouge. The organization meets twice a month — on the first Monday of the month at 12 noon at Doe’s Eat Place on Government and on the third Monday at 5 p.m. in the Istrouma High Alumni […]

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St. George: Odds-on Favorite

When the movement to incorporate a new city in the southeast part of East Baton Rouge Parish began in earnest four years ago, it was given little chance of success by most elected officials, media, and business leaders. Today, quite the opposite is true. When organizers of St. George announced two weeks ago that they […]

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NAACP, GOP in Dialogue

With Attorney General Jeff Landry poised at any time to report on his investigation of the Alton Sterling and announce whether there will be prosecutions, some local black and Republican leaders have opened a dialogue between the two groups. Top leaders of the state and local chapters of the NAACP were invited to speak about […]

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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: 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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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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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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