• Reason to Smile

  ‘An angel. She loved everyone of you:’ family, friends remember long-time LSU dining hall employee

If you ate The 5 on LSU’s campus, odds are you knew Ms. Joyce.
  • Laura Recovery

  Ascension Parish students donate to kids affected by Hurricane Laura

In Ascension Parish, students in Christie Freshwater’s 4th grade class at Lakeside Primary School are bringing in donations to give to those affected by Hurricane Laura, which made landfall exactly two weeks ago on Aug. 27.
  • Reason to Smile

  Zachary boy undergoing cancer treatment gets surprise from Dreams Come True of Louisiana

A 5-year-old boy in Zachary got a special surprise Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the form of a brand new tree house.
  • Top Story

VIDEO: Audubon Zoo welcomes critically endangered baby gorilla

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

99-year-old COVID-19 patient released from hospital, days before her 100th birthday

On Wednesday, 99-year-old Anna Jo Thomas was released from Covenant Health after being hospitalized for COVID-19. She was hospitalized for a week and was sent home with a large celebration and a birthday cake. You see, she will turn 100 years old on Sept. 19.
  • Top Story

St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office hires first female K9 handler

Sheriff Blaise Smith and the deputies from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office are welcoming the newest K9 handler, Danielle Wilson.
  • Education

  Teachers, staff at Sherwood Middle treated to breakfast, school supplies from Cox

Teachers and staff members at Sherwood Middle School got a special treat Wednesday morning.
  • Community

  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.
  • Top Story

  Seniors at La. healthcare facility looking for pen pals across the country

Beverly in Room 302 says she enjoys “card, dancing, snacks, and getting into trouble.”
  • Reason to Smile

ACT OF KINDNESS: Good Samaritan finds and returns SEC Championship ring to former LSU great

McMakin played at LSU in the early to mid-1970s and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1976.
  • Reason to Smile

Family drives hours to see girl’s first day of kindergarten

A photo of little Kinsley Wright’s loved ones peering through a window to see her start her first day of kindergarten shows their dedication, but it fails to reveal the distances they’ll go out of passion for family.
  • 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.


Tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach, sends beach chairs flying

  The Golden Band from Tigerland prepares for game day

RECALL: Saws, bike could cause injury

Woodlawn High teacher placed on leave after sharing racist post

Woodlawn High School teacher Tammie Hauptman was placed on leave after sharing several racist Facebook posts.