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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BRAF Asks for $60 Million in New Taxes

Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will go to the polls on Saturday, Dec. 10 to vote on five tax proposals, including one that would be paid entirely to a private, non-governmental organization. The first proposition on the ballot is a 1.5 mill property tax increase that would hit taxpayers for $60 million over the […]

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Why We Urge ‘No’ Vote On Five Tax Proposals

On Tuesday night, the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish met to discuss the five tax proposals on the Dec. 10 election ballot. Four of the propositions would impose new local property taxes and hereby increase existing taxes  by more than $660 million. A fifth proposal would renew the 1/2-cent […]

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Daniel Wesley: Central’s Homegrown Hero

A 17-year-old Central High School senior is being hailed as a hero after he risked his life to try to save a murder victim. The murderer told Daniel, “If you help her, I will kill you!” and he did his best to do just that! Daniel Wesley, known at Central High for his strong school […]

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Dec. 10: It’s About Turnout

Since the City-Parish form of government was adopted in 1949, three Mayor-Presidents have come from outside the City of Baton Rouge, but never has the parish leader come from Central. That could change Dec. 10 when voters go to the polls to choose between Democrat Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge and Republican Bodi White […]

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