• Reason to Smile

  Doctors said he wouldn’t be able to move his feet again after he was shot in the spine. A year later, he’s walking.

Puckett was accidentally shot in the back by one of his closest friends. The bullet severed part of his spinal cord, and pierced his kidney.
  • COVID-19

  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).
  • Community

  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.
  • Education

13-year-old Guinness World Record holder from Harvey wins national spelling bee

After six days, 18 hours, and 504 words delivered through 31 rounds of spelling, 13 year old Zaila Avant-Garde, a 7th grader from Harvey, LA, beat out 88 of the best young spellers in the country to win the first ever Kaplan Online Spelling Bee,
  • State

La. man and pet bloodhound find man reported missing in wooded area

“I was shocked. I was thinking you know it’s been 4 days, the chances aren’t real good."
  • Reason to Smile

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.
  • Reason to Smile

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.
  • Reason to Smile

Local siblings providing “Psalm 91 Boxes” to help the community through COVID-19

Local siblings providing “Psalm 91 Boxes” to help the community through COVID-19
  • Adopt A Pet

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.
  • Business

Education software leader’s move to Louisiana to bring nearly 400 jobs to Lafayette area

SchoolMint, an education software company, is expanding its operation in Lafayette and is expected to create about 400 jobs.
  • Top Story

  Back the Blue cookout provides meals to BRPD

Small acts of kindness have been happening all over the Baton Rouge area and one group of people decided to feed the Baton Rouge Police Department.
  • News

Giving campaign inspired by national coin shortage

At least one business has launched a giving campaign to try and address two problems created by COVID-19.
  • COVID-19

  Baton Rouge mayor’s office says mask mandate seeing results

It has been three weeks now since EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued an executive order that people wear face masks while out in public, and since then, the mayor’s office says there has been a notable decrease in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Baton Rouge.
  • COVID-19

  Teen builds sanitizing boxes, donates them to Baton Rouge hospitals to help fight spread of COVID-19

Instead of sitting around the house during the pandemic, Savannah Cecchini, 17, decided to build 16 UV-C light sanitizing boxes to help doctors and nurses prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Baton Rouge hospitals.
  • Reason to Smile

  93-year-old WWII vet walks 100-miles for Liberty Road Challenge

George Bryant is used to traveling hundreds of miles at a time. The World War II veteran was drafted into the Army in 1945 and spent the end of the war transporting messages as a courier in Austria
  • National

Struggling single mother donates lottery winnings to Mo. officer shot in line of duty

A Missouri woman donated her $100 lottery winnings to an injured officer, so police paid it forward and raised money for her.
  • Reason to Smile

Tails wagging in anticipation for reopening of dog park

BREC’s Burbank Dog will open starting Monday, July 20 at 4 p.m.
  • Community

This little piggy went to market... literally

For the first time in months, going to the grocery store was fun, not scary, all thanks to a pig.
  • Top Story

Avoyelles Parish woman sewing special ‘smile masks'

Wearing a face mask every day is something we’re all getting used to, but for those who need to be able to see a person’s facial expressions or lips - mask-wearing brings up an entirely new challenge in an already challenging world for some.
  • Pelicans

Jrue and Lauren Holiday pledge millions to variety of charities

Two weeks before the Pelicans’ season resumes in Orlando, veteran guard Jrue Holiday announced Wednesday that he and his wife, Lauren, are donating his game checks for the remainder of the season.
  • Reason to Smile

  92-year old bikes 92-miles for birthday

Ducote says it’s not just the start or the finish or the medals that makes getting on his bike everyday so special.


  Teenage Chili’s hostess reportedly attacked by large group of women after trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines