Reason to Smile

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

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

Award-winning Southeastern student broadcaster overcomes disability

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

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

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

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

  Back the Blue cookout provides meals to BRPD

Giving campaign inspired by national coin shortage

  Baton Rouge mayor’s office says mask mandate seeing results

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

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

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.

Tails wagging in anticipation for reopening of dog park

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

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.

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.

Jrue and Lauren Holiday pledge millions to variety of charities

  92-year old bikes 92-miles for birthday

Joe Burrow announces Hunger Relief Fund with Athens food pantry

  Project LOVE initiative asks people to send letters to veterans during COVID-19

  Hoping to give kids a better memory of 2020, Front Yard Bikes gives 100+ kids brand new bikes

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs launches letter-writing program to help support vets during pandemic

WATCH: Cam Jordan surprises Saints super fan living in isolation in assisted living facility

The surprise phone call brought her to tears

Wallet returned 6 years after being lost becomes message of hope

A seemingly insignificant gesture that inspires hope and joy is almost never fully appreciated in the moment. In the moment, it just seems like the right thing to do.

Todd Graves to help restaurants struggling due to pandemic in new TV show

Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves will star in an upcoming docuseries Restaurant Recovery in which he will help restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Local artist helps raise money for OLOLCH through live painting

A local artist used his skills to host a live fundraiser for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health.

Rescue Alliance hosting drive-thru emergency pet food giveaway in Denham Springs

The organization will be hosting the drive-thru food bank at Agape Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20.

  BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo extends 50-cent admission hours in June

The special offer is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Baton Rouge Zoo.

'I’m a survivor’-Woman survives heart surgery, brain tumor, COVID-19

Malinda Nettle is one of the recent survivors of COVID-19 at Marrero Healthcare Center.

  Daughter of BRPD corporal hosts lemonade stand fundraiser

All proceeds will go to the families of Lt. Glen Dale Hutto Jr. and Cpl. Derrick Maglone.

  Community steps up: Save rate, fostering efforts increase at Companion Animal Alliance

Hundreds have stepped up to foster and adopt pets during the pandemic.

  Ochsner marks more than 10 days in a row ventilator-free for COVID-19 patients

Ochsner Baton Rouge is celebrating today (June 9) because the hospital just marked 250 consecutive hours without a COVID-19 patient on a ventilator.

  Volunteer-staffed Zachary Food Pantry serves double the clients despite fewer team members

Since the initial stay at home orders issued by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the food pantry has seen nearly double the number of clients needing food.

Baton Rouge Gallery working with local artists to feature over 60 original artworks on face masks

The Baton Rouge Gallery is partnering with over 60 of its member artists to feature their original works on face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Man stops to help mom, daughter with flat tire near Baton Rouge, makes two new friends

His random act of kindness is getting praise all across social media.

  Mother who contracted COVID-19 just days after giving birth released from hospital 52 days later

After 52 days at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Stephanie Melancon, 41, was released May 29 to a hallway lined with staff celebrating her release.

History-making SpaceX-NASA launch

Two U.S. astronauts are set to take a historic flight into space, the only question now is whether the weather will cooperate.

  Baton Rouge General says thank you, sends off 100+ medical sailors with second line parade

The staff at Baton Rouge General (BRG) said goodbye to more than 100 sailors Friday, May 29 with a true Louisiana sendoff: a second line parade.

  It’s a girl! Meet Elizabeth Vowell’s new baby

There’s a new addition to the WAFB family!

Cash Money Records founders pay rent for hundreds of Uptown tenants

Cash Money Records is hoping to ease the stress of paying rent for some Uptown residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ochsner employees to be treated to second free concert

Employees at Ochsner in Baton Rouge will be treated to their second free concert.

  After running 26 marathons in 26 days, Rachel Jillson surpasses fundraising goal

For 26 days Rachel Jillson ran 26 consecutive marathons. She battled fatigue, sore muscles, and the elements, running mile after mile, all to raise money for Front Yard Bikes.

Mother holds newborn for first time after spending 72 days hospitalized with Covid-19

Trichelle McDaniel came to Touro's Emergency Room on March 11th with flu-like symptoms. She was 35 weeks pregnant. It was soon discovered she was positive for Covid-19. She went into preterm labor and had to undergo an emergency C-section.

New portion of Downtown Greenway unintentionally merges past versions of East Blvd.

The median on East Boulevard has a new life thanks to the expansion of the Downtown Greenway. But before moving forward, let’s take a look back to see what was there before.

  Miss. neighborhood turns cul-de-sac into ultimate ‘sandlot’

Many are searching for ways to keep themselves entertained during these tough times. One neighborhood in Oak Grove has transformed a cul-de-sac into an epic game of “sandlot" baseball.

  West Monroe student defies odds, defeats 4 different types of cancer to graduate high school

A West Monroe High School senior’s journey to graduate this spring is unlike anything you’ve probably ever come across.

  City roads gets smooth upgrade during quarantine period

Much of Baton Rouge returned to work on Friday, May 15, and when they did, they may have noticed a few differences during their daily commute.

  La. Farm Bureau president released from hospital after 64 days battling COVID-19

The longtime president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation just spent his 72nd birthday hooked up to a ventilator at Baton Rouge General. He has now been hospitalized for 57 days.

  Viral Positivity fundraiser launched to support, uplift, and raise money for healthcare workers

A fundraising initiative that started back in 2016 was revived Tuesday, May 19 and given a new name to support front-line workers. It’s called Viral Positivity and the non-profit has already raised over $23,000.

Celebrate the front line with a virtual second line on May 19

In Louisiana, there’s no better way to thank those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic than with a secondline.

  #StandForLocal: Helping to keep the local economy strong

Fear of what the pandemic is doing to our local economy cannot be ignored. That’s why WAFB launched #StandForLocal.

  Murphy Law Firm, United Cajun Navy, others team up to deliver PPE to area hospitals

Murphy Law Firm, the United Cajun Navy, and others teamed up Monday, May 18 to deliver face shields, face masks, and hand sanitizer to four Baton Rouge area hospitals.

  After a coma and 56 days fighting coronavirus in hospital, woman goes home to street lined with family, friends

In the stories of survival, sometimes there are some minor miracles. In the case of Marieliese Falcon, known as “Ghee Ghee,” consider it a major miracle.

  LSU’s PPE operation PMAC creates 20,000 gowns in 30 days

LSU officials say the university’s effort to use the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) as a facility to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) has ended after being a huge success.

  RPCC holds drive-thru pinning ceremony for nursing grads

An atypical pinning ceremony was held Saturday, May 17, for nursing graduates at the River Parishes Community College in Gonzales.

Louisiana Warriors Unleashed hosting Virtual Warrior Dash to raise money for veterans, first responders in need of service dogs

The non-profit organization, Louisiana Warriors Unleashed, is hosting a Virtual Warrior Dash to raise money for veterans, first responders in need of service dogs.

  500th coronavirus patient leaves Baton Rouge General Mid-City

When Beverly McCray rolled out the doors Friday, May 15, she marked the 500th COVID survivor to leave BRG Mid-City and the staff sent her off in grand fashion.

More than 4k diplomas awarded at LSU virtual graduation

More than 4,000 spring graduates were honored Friday, May 15 during LSU’s virtual graduation celebration.

Livingston Parish Public Schools offers virtual summer enrichment program

Livingston Parish Public Schools announced Friday, May 15 that the district will offer its students a virtual summer enrichment program to better prepare them for the next level of instruction they will receive in the upcoming school year.

  Former President Obama set to honor SU grads with virtual celebration

Graduates of the Southern University System will be honored by former President Barack Obama as part of a virtual celebration geared toward HBCUs.

Shaq and Snoop Dogg to host virtual graduation Friday

Grab your cap and gown class of 2020 because Raising Cane’s wants to help you celebrate your accomplishments with help from Snoop Dog DJ Snoopadelic) and Shaquille O’Neal (DJ Diesel).

  Artists brighten boarded up businesses in French Quarter

Artists paint murals on boarded up businesses in the French Quarter, which will be auctioned off.

  BRG nurse working in COVID-19 unit reunited with family after 7 weeks

It has been seven weeks since Paul Douzat has been able to hug his family.

Bike to Work Day: Keep rolling forward with change during Phase 1 of reopening

Much of Louisiana will return to work on Friday, May 15 and that day happens to coincide with National Bike to Work Day.

  Entergy thanks healthcare workers at Baton Rouge General

Entergy employees safely gathered at Baton Rouge General hospital Wednesday, May 13 to say “thank you” to healthcare workers.

  SOLD! Developer to transform two historic properties into modern spaces

Two historic properties located in the heart of the city have been purchased by Anthony Kimble and he sees a bright future for the previously neglected landscape.

Zachary families can receive free food Wednesday through mobile distribution

Zachary families in need will be able to collect food through a free mobile distribution event Wednesday, May 13.

FranU to hold second drive-thru graduation celebration for students Saturday

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) is holding a second drive-thru graduation ceremony for its students Saturday, May 16.

  Ochsner employees in Baton Rouge treated to free concert

Ochsner employees in Baton Rouge were treated to a special concert to thank them for all their hard work.

  Principal at Sherwood Middle puts together parade to honor teachers and students

Teachers lined the parking lot, while students and parents drove through with music and posters to show how much they are appreciated and missed.

  Mom beats COVID-19 in time for Mother’s Day weekend

Tera Greene is the 350th COVID-19 survivor to be discharged from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital to date.

  Honoring Nurses: Baton Rouge General ER nurse says ‘we do it because that’s what we do’

Terra Eubanks is a mother of three, with another on the way, an ER nurse at Baton Rouge General, and beat COVID-19 herself.

  Top Ladies of Distinction community service group provides goodie bags for kids

A community service group in Baton Rouge hoped to put smiles on a few kids’ faces Friday with a bag of goodies.

Cabela’s donates 10,000 masks to OLOL

Cabela’s in Gonzales donated 10,000 masks to Our Lady of the Lake on Friday, May 8.

  Company launches #LetsSingLouisiana challenge to get meals for needy families

A new campaign across the state of Louisiana has launched to encourage people to submit videos of themselves singing “You Are My Sunshine” because it will mean meals for those needing them.

The Human Jukebox named ‘Most Ground Shaking Marching Band’ of 2020 Rose Bowl parade

It’s pretty clear the Human Jukebox never disappoints.

  COVID Conqueror: 28-year-old survivor gets epic hospital sendoff

There’s not always a reason to celebrate inside the COVID-19 ICU at Our Lady of the Lake, but this week was different.

  Healthcare workers in Pointe Coupee Parish thanked with free meals

There was lots of support Wednesday (May 6) for hundreds of healthcare workers in Pointe Coupee Parish.

  Seniors at St. Amant High School celebrate with graduation parade

Seniors at St. Amant High School celebrated their graduation by participating in a parade in the town.

  VIDEO: Blue Angels flyover honors front line workers during COVID-19 recovery

The U.S Navy's Blue Angels will honor front line workers with a flyover Wednesday