Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank needs your help to keep up with demand

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has felt a great demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  What fans need to know before LSU season opener

  Celebration of Life for Remy Hidalgo scheduled for Saturday

  Start of City Lakes revamp project delayed until at least October

  Organizations push voters to register online, in-person ahead of election

Livingston Parish announces trick-or-treating hours, but urges people to be cautious

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Mr. Milkshake creates art in a cup

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Ascension Parish School Board asking for public’s input in branding for new high school in Prairieville

  BRPD holds blood drive in honor of DSHS football player Remy Hidalgo

  A dollar donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank stretches further than a dollar at the grocery store

  BREC reopening parks, basketball courts, pavilions, more

  The Blood Center in BR, NOLA areas puts out call for blood for Denham football player who collapsed during practice

  Hurricane Laura blood drive: Why you should donate

  BBB hosts annual Shred Fest for community

Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana hosts 13th annual free Shred Fest

  Longtime blood donor encourages Baton Rouge community to get back in the donation chairs again

One woman has been a regular donor since 1996 but hasn’t been able to donate through the pandemic. This week was her first day back in the chair since February.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: ‘Lost Bayou’ film makes world premiere

Watching the film Lost Bayou is a haunting journey. The story follows a struggling addict forced to reconnect with her estranged father aboard his secluded houseboat. She ends up making a chilling discovery that leads the pair deeper into the swamp.

  Economist Loren Scott outlines Baton Rouge area’s economic trends for 2021-22

The annual Business Report’s celebration of the 2020 Top 100 Private Companies will be virtual this year due to the pandemic and for the first time WAFB will livestream the keynote speaker for all to see.

Salvation Army’s bells toll early to offset impacts of COVID-19

Burbank dog park resuming normal hours

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host modified version of Boo at the Zoo due to COVID-19

Zachary police assist victims in Baker shooting

  Make a plan, prep for families evacuating

  WAFB partners with Rouses for Hurricane Laura food donation drive

  Produce giveaway for families affected by COVID-19, Hurricane Laura scheduled in Baton Rouge Sept. 12

Two organizations, Baptist Builders International and GoDay Enterprises will be hosting a drive-thru produce giveaway for families affected by COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura.

  Hogs for the Cause helps Baton Rouge family with child dealing with brain cancer

Since 2009, Hogs for the Cause has blessed 1,100 families burdened with pediatric brain tumors.

  Officials break ground on new Southside Elementary School

State representatives and administration members of Southside Elementary School gathered Thursday, Sept. 10 for a groundbreaking ceremony for a brand new school.

Barn Hill Preserve names baby giraffe T’Challa after ‘Black Panther’ character

Staff members at the wildlife sanctuary Barn Hill Preserve are caring for a new baby giraffe and have given him the name of “T’Challla.”

VIDEO: Audubon Zoo welcomes critically endangered baby gorilla

This is the first gorilla birth at Audubon Zoo in 24 years

  Baton Rouge film maker takes new movie on the road

The romantic comedy was originally intended to run in theaters, but plans were halted due to theaters closing for the COVID-19 pandemic.

LifeShare in critical need of donations, surgeries put at risk due to blood shortage

Organizers with the LifeShare Blood Center say there is an emergency need for blood across the Baton Rouge area as the center is unable to support the need of local hospitals.

  How to grill safely this Labor Day

According to the National Fire Protection Association, charcoal grills account for 1,300 residential fires a year.

How to help Hurricane Laura victims

As families return to a hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, the need for necessary food and supplies is overwhelming.

Rescue Alliance setting up a pet food giveaway in Cameron Parish

The Rescue Alliance along with the Humane Society of Louisiana has scheduled a pet food giveaway in Cameron Parish for Monday, September 7, from 2 p.m. - 4 pm.

Audubon Insectarium to close Canal St. location, will combine with Aquarium of the Americas

Work will begin as soon as November and the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will not reopen in its current location

Blood donations in critical need following Hurricane Laura

Health officials are asking people across Louisiana to consider donating blood to replenish the supply in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

Volunteers in Ascension Parish collecting donations for SWLA at Lamar Dixon

Ascension Parish leaders and Volunteer Ascension will be collecting donations at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center until Friday, Sept 4 for families recovering from Hurricane Laura.

  Greater Baton Rouge State Fair canceled due to pandemic; fair has only closed one other time

Organizers of the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair announced Wednesday, Sept. 2 that the fair will not open this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris to speak at SU event in September

Registration fees begin at $10.

Hurricane Laura survivors: apply for disaster aid

Federal funding is available to some families and businesses impacted by Hurricane Laura.

Multiple organizations in Ascension Parish collecting supplies for Hurricane Laura victims

Multiple organizations in Ascension Parish are partnering up to collect supplies for victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

  Community Foundation of SWLA activates relief fund for Hurricane Laura victims

The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana is raising money to issue grants to local non-profits that will help people recover from Hurricane Laura, which is currently barreling in on southwest Louisiana.

  Memorial service honors late Lt. Vickie Salassi Wax for service in law enforcement

In French Settlement, people gathered for a parade and memorial service to honor local police officers and the late Lt. Vickie Salassi Wax.

  Local Arc Fundraisers get creative to keep their doors open during the pandemic

Local non-profits around the Baton Rouge area have been struggling due to the pandemic, especially certain facilities who cater to those with special needs.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: 94-year-old woman works through pandemic serving lunch at Baton Rouge grocery store

It’s the only job she has ever held, unless you count wife and mother of six.

  Theatre Baton Rouge struggling during pandemic, but has plan to get performers back in the spotlight

Baton Rouge area performers are getting creative, because as the show business saying goes... the show must go on (even if that means performing in front of a smaller audience).

Our Lady of the Lake partners with Baton Rouge Community College Partner for workforce development program

Our Lady of the Lake is partnering with Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) in a workforce development program creating a pipeline for those interested in healthcare careers.

  Register for Tyrann Mathieu speaking series to curb violence in Louisiana youth

Tyrann Mathieu is giving back to his home state yet again.

Zachary Fire Department earns Class 1 rating

The City of Zachary has announced that the Zachary Fire Department has earned a Class 1 rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana.

BREC hosting drive-in movie marathon ‘Wheels & Reels’ Aug. 29

BREC will host a drive-in style movie marathon at Airline Highway Park Fairgrounds Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  Mural splashes light on historic neighborhood seeking renaissance

Despite growing up in a city more than an hour away, Lafayette-native Bryson Boutte now has a deep connection to a historic Baton Rouge neighborhood that is receiving renewed interest from investors.

BRCC welcomes back students

Leaders of Baton Rouge Community College have been working for months to ensure students feel comfortable when they come to campus Aug. 17.

  7-year-old helps raise money for safety vest for police officers

Seven year old helps raise money for safety vest for police officers.

Thousands of signs printed as Jesus 2020 campaign grows

Organizers behind the movement say more than 6,200 signs have been printed and sent to nine states.

Ochsner Baton Rouge offers free coronavirus antibody test to blood, platelet donors

On Wednesday, August 19, the Ochsner Bloodmobile will park and accept donations at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge from 10AM-5PM. All successful blood and platelet donors will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test.

University Lakes Project set to restart in September

Phase I of the University Lakes Project is scheduled to restart in September, a project to help rehabilitate the lakes surrounding LSU’s campus.

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: New restaurant at The Myrtles serving up ‘contemporary history’

A popular attraction in West Feliciana Parish known for its rich history and paranormal activity just got a face lift.

  Southern University ramps efforts to protect students from COVID-19 as classes resume

Students return to class Southern University on Wednesday, August 11.

  CareSouth donates $1.4M to Southern University

Healthcare provider CareSouth Medical and Dental is donating $1.4 million to Southern University in Baton Rouge.

  CareSouth hosting produce giveaways in Baton Rouge area through Friday

CareSouth Medical and Dental will be hosting drive-thru produce giveaways at its clinics in Baton Rouge, Zachary, Plaquemine, and Donaldsonville Aug. 11 through 14.

  Southern University Law Center reopens with enhanced safety procedures

Southern University Law Center prepares to reopen.

  EBR students return to school; virtual learning begins

Students in East Baton Rouge Parish School System begin virtual school Aug. 10.

Livingston Parish Schools welcome back students

It’s the first day of in-class instruction for some students in Livingston Parish.

  Registration now open for Spark Box summer initiative free activity kits for kids

Attention parents! Registration is now open for Boo Milton’s Spark Box summer initiative for kids.

  More giveaways around Baton Rouge after unemployment benefits expire

Government benefits have expired, and families around the nation are still struggling to provide. The capitol city is stepping up in order to help families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

BR Ballet Theatre’s annual holiday classic, The Nutcracker, canceled due to ongoing pandemic

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre (BRBT) will not be performing its annual holiday classic, The Nutcracker, A Tale from the Bayou.

  BRG, United Cajun Navy partner to give boxes of food to employees working on front lines

Baton Rouge General (BRG) employees working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic were treated to a little surprise Friday morning (Aug. 7).

Restaurants participating in Eat Fit Dine Out Day Aug. 7

Eat Fit BR makes it easier for people who are trying to eat better, live better and feel better.

  Baton Rouge Krewe of Apollo cancels 2021 Mardi Gras ball

Bal Masque XL will take place in 2022 instead.

  Baton Rouge animal shelter saves more lives than ever during pandemic thanks to foster program

Since the pandemic began, animal adoption numbers have decreased, causing some shelters to make difficult decisions about the animals for which they provide care. However, Companion Animal Alliance (CAA) is actually saving more animal lives due the increase in fostering.

  Gretna man arrives home to fanfare after 2,500 mile canoe trip down Mississippi River

Gretna resident Joey Cargol paddled 2,552 miles down the Mississippi River

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Group uncovers forgotten plantation cemeteries

There’s something hidden in the sugarcane fields of West Baton Rouge Parish.

  Man whose equipment was stolen days before launch of new business calls on community to be vigilant

Days before Jordan Touchet was scheduled to launch his lawn care business, he says someone stole $2,000 worth of equipment from his trailer.

GBR Food Bank hosting free food giveaway at Cortana Mall Saturday, Aug. 8

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is hosting a free food distribution event Saturday, Aug. 8 to help families facing food insecurity as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  Assess the Need aims to support schools, students in need

Assess the Need Supply Drive asking for donations to support students in need.

  Move-in day different for freshman students moving onto Southern University’s campus amid pandemic

Box by box, student by student, incoming Southern University freshmen moved into the dorms on campus Tuesday, Aug. 4.

EBRSO hosting virtual cyber-security event to give parents tips on protecting their children in virtual classrooms

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) will be hosting a virtual cyber-security event for parents.

Award-winning Southeastern student broadcaster overcomes disability

The Southeastern Louisiana University graduate shares his journey of growing up with cerebral palsy in his documentary, “12 seconds at birth,” which will debut on the Southeastern Channel on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.

LSU Museum of Art distributes art kits to Baton Rouge children amid coronavirus

LSU MOA is distributing art kits to children with limited access to arts education in under-invested neighborhoods at sites in North Baton Rouge, Gardere and Eden Park.

  Women serving women: Power Pump Girls, a social impact club dedicated to serving women

Women serving women is one of the goals for a Baton Rouge based social impact club that is making waves across the Capital City.

State Fire Marshal K-9 Monty retires after nearly a decade of service

Monty, a 10-year-old Labrador who joined the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2012, officially retired Friday, July 31 after nearly a decade of service.

Donations to animal shelters to be matched this week in ‘Clear The Shelters’ pet adoption campaign

GreaterGood.org will match funds donated to local animal shelters this week as part of NBCUniversal’s Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign.