First ‘Values-Based’ School

Istrouma High School will re-open August 9 on the 100th anniversary of the historic school with a new mission: It will be the first “values-based” public school in the state, which means it will emphasize character and core values, while welcoming people of faith. The school will sponsor a student “roundup” from 12 noon to […]

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Chamber EBR Recommends Cleanup

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s Transition Committee asked the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish for its recommendations on economic development.  The Chamber EBR provided the following response: Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish 7515 Jefferson Hwy. #60 Baton Rouge, LA 70806 SETTING:  The City of Baton Rouge has been in a […]

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Bethany to Build New School in SBR

Bethany Church has begun construction of the new Bethany Christian School on the church’s south campus by the three crosses on I-10, according to church administrator Jared Stockstill. The school will include the Cub Club for children from six weeks to three years. Beginning this fall, Bethany Christian School still serve youngsters from K4 to […]

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The Bonfire and Other Secrets from Dr. Laycock’s Goodwood Plantation

[NOTE: After more than 160 years in the possession of only two families, Goodwood Plantation in Baton Rouge has been sold to developer Michael Hogstrom, who plans to preserve and restore the home and build 48 high-end homes on the property] By Woody Jenkins As a boy, I was always fascinated by Goodwood Plantation, sitting […]

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Legislative Auditor Explains Cause of Diversion Canal Delay, What Is Needed

Baton Rouge area legislators led by Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Central) have formed the Task Force on the Comite Diversion Canal in an attempt to speed up the building of the project. The canal would divert water from the Comite River to the Mississippi River when the Comite is approaching flood stage.        The Task Force […]

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Business Prepares for Special Session

Small business owners involved in the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish heard from state legislators about their plans for the Special Session of the Louisiana Legislature scheduled for Feb. 13-22.  After legislators outlined their proposals, the business owners had their say, calling for smarter use of highway dollars on small projects, instead […]

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Mike Gaudet Elected to Fill Vacancy on School Board

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted 5-3 to choose Mike Gaudet to fill the vacancy left by the election of Barbara Freiberg to the Metro Council. Gaudet is a conservative Republican. Gaudet, who retired as division vice president of Albermarle, earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and MBA from LSU. He worked in […]

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Istrouma High to Reopen

One of Supt. Warren Drake’s commitments to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board when he applied for his job was that he would oversee the rebirth of Istrouma High School. Istrouma had once been the largest high school in the state and a mecca of academic and athletic success. But several years ago, the […]

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U. S. Naval Sea Cadets Looking to Expand in the Baton Rouge Area

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Baton Rouge Division is a nationally​ chartered youth organization for boys and girls ages 10-17 who are interested in military service, though there’s no obligation to join the military. The program is not for troubled youth, discipline problems or delinquents. The Sea Cadets are sponsored by the Navy League […]

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Goundbreaking for New Istrouma High

CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY for $22 million in improvements to Istrouma High School on Winbourne Avenue.  The historic school was taken over by the state four years ago and then closed in 2014.  The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board recently reacquired the school and plans to reopen it in August 2017 on the 100th anniversary […]

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