Veteran BRPD officer dies of complications from COVID-19, state representative says

A veteran officer of the Baton Rouge Police Department has died due to complications from COVID-19, according to state representative C. Denise Marcelle.

Nonprofits adapting for fundraisers

  Iberville Volunteer Fire faces staffing shortages

  Baton Rouge Blues Festival rescheduled until Fall 2021

  Beloved WAFB anchor Donna Britt passes away

Flaring violations at Louisiana-based plants leads to multi-million dollar settlement

  Officials, community members honor Donna Britt’s legacy

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WAFB employees react to news of Donna Britt’s passing

  Millennial Park CEO working with metro council for restaurants to be able to serve alcohol on premises

  Showcasing Louisiana: Abandoned places

Central Private holding volleyball tournament Jan. 20 to raise money for bulletproof vests for officers

  New Denham Springs Elementary to be complete by fall 2021

  Group of young entrepreneurs working to revitalize parts of North and South Baton Rouge

Boil advisory lifted for Ascension parish

Donaldson area water is safe to drink

  Small businesses are a target for scammers pretending to offer coronavirus aid

The Rêve Coffee Shop and many other small businesses are a target for scammers pretending to offer coronavirus aid.

Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge calls for recommitment to COVID-19 safety protocols in churches and in parish offices throughout the Diocese.

Bishop Michael G. Duca of Baton Rouge today called for a recommitment to COVID-19 safety protocols practiced in churches and in parish offices throughout the diocese.

  Sito Narcisse selected as new EBR Schools superintendent

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board selected Sito Narcisse as the new leader for the school system in a meeting Thursday night.

  103-year-old survivor of Spanish Flu pandemic receives COVID-19 vaccine in Baton Rouge

Bike BR creates petition calling for an end to ban on residents biking to drive-thrus

  St. Vincent de Paul accepting clients as temps drop, in need of donations

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: English Tea Room

  Somebody said you’re not supposed to eat king cake until Jan. 6

  Big Buddy Program: January is National Mentoring Month

  One La. soldier makes the best of his holiday while serving overseas

This holiday season, soldiers overseas say they are grateful for the love and support even if they are miles away from home.

  Baker family’s Christmas a lot brighter thanks to outpouring of help from community

Christmas was looking bleak for the Sheppard family until you stepped in.

  Several Baton Rouge area organizations step up to help the homeless community this Christmas

“Christmas is about hope and rebirth, and Christmas with us is about sharing that hope and love with people who are truly in need."

  ‘I just need a job’: Unemployed La. man who lost home only one of millions hinging on fate of COVID relief bill

“It’s Christmas time, it’s supposed to be the time for family, happiness; this isn’t right.”

  ’Christmas Eve is like Super Bowl Sunday’ - Baton Rouge area pastors expect less crowds this Christmas season, providing online options

Churches can only have 75% capacity in their doors, per Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Phase Two order.

  Bethany Church giving away groceries to 1,000 families

In partnership with Farmers to Families Bethany Church is giving away a week’s worth of groceries to one thousand families this Saturday, December 19.

Rescue Alliance responds to needs with Louisiana pet food bank

Rescue Alliance is responding to meet the needs of the pets families of the communities we serve with another Pet Food Distribution Point being setup to provide pet food to families in need.

Diane Deaton named ‘Honorary Clerk of Court’

Deaton will retire Friday morning after 37 years at WAFB.

  EBR schools, Child Nutrition Program to provide extra meals for children during winter break

The East Baton Rouge School System and the Child Nutrition Program will be providing extra meals over the break.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Old fire truck

When Taquino found her in 2004, the Enola E. was in an old building behind a fire station. She needed more than a little TLC.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge woman runs 50 miles to raise money for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

When the coronavirus caused the cancer center to cancel this year’s gala, Mack said lots of those dollars went with it.

2020 Lip Sync BR competition streaming virtually Tuesday night

This year’s event will stream virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. on zoom and Facebook.

  Diane Deaton announces retirement after 37 years at WAFB

"I’m not leaving Baton Rouge – just sleeping in a little later,” she wrote on Facebook.

  OLOL Children’s Hospital opens Level III Surgical NICU

The 6,700 square foot space has 10 rooms with 11 beds.

  Salvation Army asking for donations to provide clothing, toys to 1,200 children

Organizers with the Salvation Army’s Baton Rouge Corps are asking for donations to help them provide some joy to children in the Baton Rouge area this Christmas.

  That’s a lot of pancakes!

The scent of syrup and sausage filled the air outside Baton Rouge General’s Bluebonnet location Friday morning.

Tired of it: The ugly truth about waste tires

Discarded tires seem to be everywhere, but why is this a problem we cannot seem to solve? The answer is complicated and will require some real innovation to solve.

Officers involved in Koy Moore encounter return to work; investigation continues

Officers placed on leave after LSU football player Koy Moore raised allegations of misconduct have since returned to work, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesperson said.

Donate, research local non-profits through 225 GIVES

225 GIVES is a 24-hour online giving day dedicated to area non-profits.

Ice Skating on the River returns with restrictions

Ice Skating on the River returns for the 30th year. Families are encouraged to buy tickets early as space is limited due to the pandemic.

  Annual neighborhood competition sparks Denham Springs Christmas light show

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and this homeowner is hoping to spread the holiday cheer.

St. Vincent de Paul offering to-go Thanksgiving meals due to pandemic

Thanksgiving will look different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but St. Vincent de Paul will still serve up turkey with all the trimmings.

  Some families going virtual for Thanksgiving this year

Many people may be changing their plans around this Thanksgiving in order to stay safe what with the ongoing pandemic.

  Shoppers make last-minute rush to the grocery store before Thanksgiving

While this year’s Thanksgiving gatherings may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that isn’t stopping many people from doing their last-minute grocery shopping Wednesday night.

  How college students can come home safely for Thanksgiving

Leaders across the state are keeping a close eye on what happens in the days after college communities send students back home.

Krewe of Bacchus announces virtual 2021 Mardi Gras plans

Bacchus announced the krewe would try to make parading a little more normal in an unnormal carnival year affected by COVID-19.

Coast Mardi Gras parade first to be canceled due to COVID risks

As concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, at least one Mardi Gras parade on the Coast has already been canceled due to the pandemic.

  Community outreach event provides people with free flu shots and a turkey

The city of Baton Rouge held a community outreach event at the MLK Community Center on Gus Young Avenue for people in the 7th District.

  All Star Automotive Group donates $10k to American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts

The American Red Cross has been busy in 2020 what with all the hurricanes that have hit Louisiana this season.

How to safely host Thanksgiving dinner during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you plan on hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for family or friends, health experts suggest you keep the invites to a minimum.

  White Light Night returns to mid city amid coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has left many community events in limbo, including Mid-City’s annual White Light Night.

  EBR officials release statement on the status of Mardi Gras for 2021

East Baton Rouge Parish officials released new information regarding the status of 2021 Mardi Gras parades.

  Deadline to apply for rental assistance is Friday

Eligible tenants must meet income requirements and live within the city limits.

  DONATE HERE: OLOL Children’s Hospital Mediathon continues Friday.

Tune in during the event to hear stories of hope and healing from our patients and families.

Mayor Cantrell says she is open to rescheduling Mardi Gras parades

Even though parades won’t be allowed to happen in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, some krewes brought up the possibility of rescheduling parades. Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she won’t rule out that possibility.

Endymion to cancel after mayor’s ‘premature’ carnival announcement

One of the largest krewes to roll in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras season said it plans on cancelling its parade until spring when a vaccine might be available to parade goers.

  2021 Spanish Town ball canceled due to ongoing pandemic; decision on parade still up in the air

The popular ball for the Spanish Town parade in downtown Baton Rouge has been canceled, according to the president of the krewe.

  With parades halted in New Orleans, what will Mardi Gras 2021 look like in Baton Rouge?

With Mardi Gras in New Orleans shaping up to be vastly different than ever before, many are asking what the celebration will look like in Baton Rouge.

  BREC, LSU secure funding to revamp lake system

BREC, LSU and several other community partners have finally secured the funding to move forward with a revamp of the whole lake system.

Van Broussard, ‘King of Swamp Pop’, dies at 83

Ascension Parish musical legend Van Broussard has died, friends say.

Three months until Fat Tuesday; deadline looms for krewes to submit plans

Carnival historian Arthur Hardy says more than a dozen captains claim that social distance requirements on floats were deal breakers

  Death of missing La. teen Quawan Charles investigated as homicide, video evidence collected deputies say

Video shows no one was with 15-year-old Quawan Charles around the time of his death, deputies in the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office reported. The sheriff’s office said the video shows Charles near the area and no one is recorded before or after he is seen on video “for some time."

  Tony Spell loses federal court fight for money, end of COVID restrictions

Tony Spell’s legal arguments against Louisiana’s COVID restrictions didn’t fare well at a hearing earlier in the week.

  Attorney speaks about LSU’s Koy Moore, Alabama’s Traeshon Holden incident with Baton Rouge police officers

LSU football player Koy Moore retained a group of civil rights attorneys after being “violated” by Baton Rouge police officers.

  Drive through tours make return to Celebration in the Oaks

The 2020 Celebration in the Oaks will have a new feel for some and an old familiar feel for others this year as City Park brings back its driving tour.

ACLU, demonstrators speak out over death of Quawan Charles

Demonstrators questioning the possibility that the death of Quawan Charles involves foul play gathered along with the teen’s family Wednesday, Nov. 11, outside of the Iberia Parish Courthouse to demand more information be released.

  Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program goes virtual this year

This year, the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree adoptions program is going all virtual.

  Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church holds lunch for veterans, front line workers on Veterans Day

Some veterans were treated to a hot meal today at the Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Together Baton Rouge announces passing of well-known pastor, Rev. Lee Wesley

Rev. Lee Wesley, pastor at Community Bible Baptist Church in Scotlandville and Plymouth Rock Baptist Church in Plaquemine, has passed away, Together Baton Rouge announced in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 11.

  95-year-old Navy veteran reflects on serving aboard aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill during WWII

On Veterans Day we thank all of those who’ve served our country, like 95-year-old World War II veteran Cotton Lloyd.

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Honoring all who served

  Salvation Army says some kettles will stay in storage unless more bell-ringers volunteer

The Salvation Army of Baton Rouge says it will have to leave about 25 kettles in storage this year because they’re having a hard time finding people to ring the bells.

  City looks to help veteran-owned small businesses suffering during pandemic

While you’re observing Veterans Day, don’t forget to visit your favorite veteran-owned small business, like Lizzie’s Restaurant.

  WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE: 10-month-old boy relies on regular blood transfusions to live

Henry is just like any normal 10-month-old boy. He loves to play and goof off, but Henry has a serious condition.

  BREC leaders seek public input for redesign of Airline Highway Park Fair Grounds

BREC wants to make the Airline High Park Fair Grounds look more like Highland Community or Forest Community Park.

  Four non-profit organizations to open youth opportunity center on Government Street

On Nov. 6, the keys to 4385 Government Street were handed over to the leaders of four Baton Rouge youth organizations, Front Yard Bikes, Big Buddy Program, Humanities Amped, and Line4Line.

  Eat out, give back: Restaurant Week Baton Rouge

Restaurant Week Baton Rouge continues through Nov. 14.

  ER opens at Baton Rouge General community hospital in Prairieville

Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) new hospital and emergency room will soon be open in Ascension Parish.