Lessons from the Great Flood of August 2017

We asked our readers to tell us what they learned from the flood of August 2016 and past year of trying to recover from it. Their fascinating answers are found on Pages 4-7 and 10 of this newspaper. You probably won’t be able to put it down! But we also wanted to answer that question […]

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BR City Judge Candidates in Oct. 14 Election To Replace Judge Suzan Ponder Who Retired

CANDIDATES FOR CITY JUDGE (left to right) Whitney Higginbotham Green (R), Chris Hester (R), Carson Marcantel (R), Johnell Matthews (D), and Judy Moore Vendetto (R) will address the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish at 12 noon Tuesday, August 22 at Café Américain, 7521 Jefferson Hwy. They will joined by Democrat Janice Miller […]

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Supt. Drake Opens Istrouma

East Baton Rouge Parish Supt. Warren Drake fulfilled a major promise last week with the re-opening of Istrouma High School in North Baton Rouge. Istrouma, once the largest school in the state, was closed by the State Department of Education three years ago, and there were no plans to re-open. However, the closure of Istrouma […]

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Special Election for Baton Rouge City Judge

Veteran Baton Rouge City Judge Suzan Ponder retired June 30, and a special election to fill her position is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14. As of Thursday, five candidates had qualfied to run for the seat which is elected from a subdistrict in South Baton Rouge.  They are: •    Chris Hester, Republican •    Carson Marcantel, […]

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Three Major GOP Candidates Seek Treasurer’s Post In Oct. 14 Primary

With the election of State Treasurer to the United States Senate last year, his deputy Ron J. Henson became Treasurer until a special election could be held Oct. 14. On July 12, qualifying opened for that spot and as of Thursday, five candidates had qualified: •    Former Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis, a Republican from […]

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Pockets of Prosperity in Struggling City-Parish

Pockets of Prosperity in Struggling City-Parish

For years, there have been well-justified complaining that too much of our state budget is tied up in so-called dedicated funds. This is money locked up by the Louisiana Constitution or state statutes, which can only be used for certain specified purposes — not necessarily for what the greatest needs in the state may be. […]

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Proposal Would Keep BR Zoo in NBR, While Adding 1,200 Acres for Recreation

The Board of Commissioners of BREC is preparing for its Aug. 24 meeting and a possible vote on whether to move the Baton Rouge Zoo out of North Baton Rouge to an unspecified location in South Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish representing small business owners across the parish […]

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Panel to Speak on Investigative Reporting

Panel to Speak on Investigative Reporting

Four Baton Rouge journalists will discuss the role of investigative reporter in Louisiana’s capital city at the Chamber of Commerce of East Baton Rouge Parish meeting. The meeting will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, July 25 at Café Américain, 7521 Jefferson Hwy. Top journalists Chris Nakamoto of WBRZ-TV, Andrea Gallo of The Advocate, and […]

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Battle of Baton Rouge Ceremonies Aug. 5

As part of the 1817-2017 Baton Rouge Bicentennial Celebration, the annual Commemoration of the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge will be enriched with educational displays and special guests sharing Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s history, archaeology, cultural, and medical past. The free event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Magnolia Cemetery, 422 N. […]

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Istrouma to Re-open August 9

Principal Reginald Douglas expects to get the keys to the newly-renovated Istrouma High School from contractor Lincoln Builders on Monday, July 24, which will give his new faculty and staff a little over two weeks to move in and set up before the first day of class on Wednesday, Aug. 9. The opening of school […]

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