Reason to Smile

  Denham Springs store owners gear up for their annual spring festival after a year of cancelling

Denham Springs store owners prepare for their Spring Festival after having to cancel last year due to COVID-19

  ‘Won’t you forgive me’: Homeless man sings beautiful verse with Baton Rouge gospel artist during video shoot

  CAA: Pet adoptions $17 thru St. Patrick’s Day March 17th

  Community Parade for veteran’s 100th Birthday

Central Fire Dept. returns favor from 2016 flood, sends water tanker to north La. hit hard by winter weather

  Sheriff recognizes first responders for ‘swift’ and ‘heroic’ rescue of 4 people from submerged vehicle

  Dog stolen on Essen Lane found, see video here

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  Baton Rouge hospitals welcome first new babies of 2021

  Catholic High athlete gets new outlook on life from LSU School of Engineering

  31-year breast cancer survivor safely celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends

  Southern University Human Jukebox helps spread joy for Christmas

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

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

  Pointe Coupee Sheriff hands out gift cards, meals to struggling families

Pointe Coupee Sheriff Rene Thibodeaux and his team handed out 30 $100 gift cards Tuesday with the help of community donations.

  Homeless veteran surprised with new car

One Army veteran says he was nearly homeless after falling on some hard times and losing his house.

  Diane Deaton retires after 37 years

Diane Deaton gave her last weather forecast on Dec. 18 after 37 years on 9News This Morning.

Diane Deaton named ‘Honorary Clerk of Court’

Deaton will retire Friday morning after 37 years at WAFB.

YWCA Greater Baton Rouge Receives Transformative $2 Million Gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Baton Rouge native wins $50K scholarship from Dr. Pepper to pursue aviation career

  8-year-old Gonzales boy cancer-free after 18 rounds of chemo

Parade honors EBR school principals for hard work this year

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

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

  Bald eagle nursed back to health at LSU vet school ready to be released back into the wild

An injured bald eagle nursed back to health at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is ready to be released back into the wild.

  225 GIVES launches as way for people to donate to non-profits struggling due to pandemic, hurricane season

Major support is on the way for Baton Rouge area non-profit organizations.

  BR church working to help first responders displaced by yet another hurricane

Along with widespread cleanup efforts after yet another hurricane in Louisiana, many groups are working to make sure families get the resources and supplies they need, especially front-line workers who have been displaced.

  Ochsner nurse develops sympathy gift program for families of COVID-19 victims

The nursing staff at one Baton Rouge hospital have developed a program to help heal family members who've lost loved ones to COVID-19.

Former WAFB anchor honored with Kentucky Mic Hall of Fame Award

West anchored in Baton Rouge with other well-known WAFB anchors, George Sells and Donna Britt, between 1982 and 1985.

  Shaq named special reserve sheriff’s deputy in La. parish

Shaq Diesel is now a special member of law enforcement in Louisiana.

  Father, daughter survive tree falling on top of them during Hurricane Delta

“God is so good because there’s no reason we should be alive in here. God put his hand down and said, 'Baby, it’s not your time to go yet,'” Coral Anne Dunn said.

  Ment-2-Fit Mentoring program aims to help youth in high crime areas of Baton Rouge

Tommy Manning and Darrel Jackson are the founders of the Ment-2-Fit Mentoring program.

Reason to Smile: Kindness after chaos

Four hurricanes made landfall in Louisiana during 2020. Amid all the chaos that’s been caused, there are acts of kindness happening all around us.

Man mowing lawns across the country visits veteran in Baton Rouge near end of 50-state tour

Rodney Smith Jr. is on a mission to mow lawns for veterans, the elderly, disabled individuals, and anyone in need of help in all 50 states.

Esports program launches at SU

A varsity esports team is coming to Southern University, with a championship-winning coach at the helm of the program.

  ‘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.

  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.

  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.

VIDEO: Audubon Zoo welcomes critically endangered baby gorilla

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

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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.”

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.

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.

  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.

  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).

  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.

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,

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."

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.

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

Donations to animal shelters to be matched this week in ‘Clear The Shelters’ pet adoption campaign will match funds donated to local animal shelters this week as part of NBCUniversal’s Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign.

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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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

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

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.

  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.

Joe Burrow announces Hunger Relief Fund with Athens food pantry

Bengals quarterback and No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow announced a partnership with the Athens County Food Pantry on Thursday to kick off the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund.

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

The state’s office of veteran affairs is launching Project LOVE, an initiative to show veterans love and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

More than 100 children across Baton Rouge have received a brand new bike courtesy of Front Yard Bikes, a non-profit that focuses on teaching kids how to work on and build their own bikes.

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

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) is launching a letter writing program to show support to veterans during the COVID-19 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.