Reason to Smile

  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.

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

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

  City roads gets smooth upgrade during quarantine period

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

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

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

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  #StandForLocal: Helping to keep the local economy strong

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

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

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

  RPCC holds drive-thru pinning ceremony for nursing grads

Louisiana Warriors Unleashed hosting 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

  Artists brighten boarded up businesses in French Quarter

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

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

  Entergy thanks healthcare workers at Baton Rouge General

  SOLD! Developer to transform two historic properties into modern spaces

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

  Belaire Magnet High celebrates seniors in remarkable way amid ongoing pandemic

Walking across the stage to get a high school diploma is a moment many folks take for granted but for the 147 seniors at Belaire Magnet High School, it is a moment that may not come due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Woman thanks her BRPD hero

Bobbye Butler says “just an example of how officers put their lives on the line and some even go above the call of duty.”

BASF donates $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

BASF has donated $50,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, which has seen increased demand resulting from COVID-19.

Nursing staff at BRG given gift cards thanks to fundraising campaign

Forty-six companies teamed up to give gift cards to those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlikely friendship begins during quarantine with bond over love of baseball

Whether for the love of the game, or for the lack of anything else to do, one teen has made a big impression on his little neighbor.

Louisiana Rising: Songs From Home

WAFB and its sister stations in Louisiana will broadcast a series of statewide virtual concerts.

‘Krewe of Karona’ holds car parade to spread love not virus to senior living community

Families and friends of the residents at Williamsburg Senior Living Community spread their love Friday, May 1 in the form of a car parade.

‘Drive-In WiFi’ initiative allows free internet access while staying in your car

People who usually rely on public resources like libraries for internet access now have a way to take advantage of free WiFi locations during the stay at home order.

  Central brother who dressed up every day at bus stop graduates amid pandemic

Noah Tingle, who gained internet fame greeting his little brother every day at the bus stop, posted pictures in his Central High School cap and gown.

Killeen: Man uses stimulus check to feed neighborhood

A Killeen man says he used his stimulus check to feed his north Killeen neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

  Run club honors fallen BRPD officer Lt. Glenn Hutto Jr.

Team BlueLine held a memorial run Wednesday, April 29 to honor fallen Baton Rouge police officer Lt. Glenn Dale Hutto Jr.

  Car parade held in W Feliciana Parish to celebrate high school seniors

It was a day that certainly didn’t turn out as planned, but they made the most of it.

  Workers on the front lines of COVID-19 treated to boiled crawfish in Pointe Coupee Parish

Workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic were treated to a boiled crawfish in Pointe Coupee Parish Wednesday, April 29.

  BRPD’s mounted patrol visits hospital to say hello to officer injured in shooting

Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department visited the Our Lady of the Lake hospital parking lot Wednesday, April 29 to say hello to Officer Derrick Maglone.

Family members greet new baby from outside hospital, giant sign in hand

These are trying times, especially for family members who cannot properly say hello to their newest addition due to visitation restrictions at hospitals.

  Broadmoor star turns ICU hero

Dr. Richard’s training through a life lived on a different field has prepared him for his biggest test yet.

7-year-old Horry County boy uses allowance money to help struggling families amid pandemic

A 7-year-old boy from the Conway area is making sure he’s using every penny he earns from his allowance goes toward helping people in need.

  FranU holds drive-thru diploma celebration for nursing, respiratory therapy students graduating early

On Monday, April 27, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) held a drive-thru diploma celebration for students graduating early to help with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  1,600+ lbs of pet food donated to healthcare workers by Baton Rouge law firm, pet store

Healthcare workers at Baton Rouge General got the chance to pick up some free pet food Monday thanks to a Baton Rouge law firm and pet store.

Joe Burrow bobblehead shows him towering over Tiger Stadium

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow has something else to smile about ... his very own bobblehead.

Recently laid off firefighter helps fight Crowley house fire

A firefighter recently laid off due to budget concerns suited up and helped fight a house fire.

  Louisiana woman thinks outside the stuffing to create daily scene for kids

Placing a stuffed bear in a window is a fun game that has gotten world-wide attention thanks to the coronvirus, but here in Louisiana, we like to do things a little differently.

  Ministry gives out free meals to truck drivers in WBR Parish

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, truck drivers who have been helping to keep the country going are sometimes forgotten.

  WAFB helps Rep. Ted James reunite with the nurse who cared for him while he was hospitalized for COVID-19

Louisiana State Representative Ted James had all but given up fighting when he was hospitalized for COVID-19 but says one particular nurse pulled him through.

  Nursing home surprises employees with parade

After a long day on the clock, nursing home workers at Colonial Care Retirement Center in Baton Rouge thought it was time for a staff meeting.

  Single mother of 3 gets her stimulus check thanks to Good Samaritan

A Baton Rouge woman received someone else's stimulus check in the mail by mistake and took to social media to find the rightful owner.

Furloughed casino chef shares skills on Facebook live

Local chef shares skills on Facebook live

  Joe Burrow calls Lowe’s employees in his hometown to thank them for working during COVID-19 pandemic

LSU’s former national championship-winning quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to get a big phone call on Thursday, April 23 when he becomes the likely number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Salvation Army invites people to join in #GiveFromHomeDay

The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge joined nonprofits across the country Tuesday for #GiveFromHomeDay.

McDonald’s serving free meals to healthcare workers, first responders

McDonald’s announced Tuesday it would provide free meals to America’s healthcare workers and first responders.

Special delivery! How a family business adjusted to COVID-19 challenges

When the wholesale business took a blow, Southside Produce took the opportunity to cater to a need in the community.

‘Turn COVID-19 on its head a bit’: Show thanks to workers, ring a bell, write a message of appreciation

One woman hopes to inspire community members to uplift those among them who are working to keep services running when thousands are forced to stay home during the global pandemic.

  Nurses fill pews with photos of loved ones for wedding; will skip honeymoon to keep saving lives

Complying with social distancing guidelines to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading meant Clare Seghers and Mel Keefer couldn’t have their loved ones attend their wedding ceremony. So they settled for the next best thing.

Sisters celebrate newborn baby brother through hospital window

Instead of waiting for their parents to return home, the girls and their grandparents decided they wanted to enjoy the special moment together as a family as best as they could.

LSU junior awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship

LSU junior Sarah Procopio, a native of Baton Rouge, and former Baton Rouge Magnet High Bulldog became the 12th Tiger to be awarded the Truman Scholarship.

  Drago’s donates hundreds of meals to area hospitals

The new normal at many restaurants now is a smaller staff and nearly empty dining rooms.

  Baton Rouge DJ isn’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop him from mixing music

Music DJ Mario from Baton Rouge is making waves on social media with his live music parties. With most music venues temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, DJ Mario says he wanted to keep the joy of music in people’s lives, especially during these uncertain times.

  Artist paints mural to spread positive message

Local Baton Rouge artist, Jacob Zumo has painted everyone from Mother Theresa to Lil’ Wayne.

Where to get mudbugs on National Crawfish Day

April 17 is National Crawfish Day! But this year’s celebration is going to look a little different than those past.

WAFB named state’s Best Newscast, other awards from AP

WAFB-TV was named Louisiana’s “Best Newscast” during the announcement of the annual Associated Press awards Friday.

Krewe of Denham Springs donates 3,000 masks to first responders in Livingston Parish

A Mardi Gras krewe has made a donation to first responders in Livingston Parish they can protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  EBR council members partner with Monjunis to feed EMS workers

Two East Baton Rouge Parish council members partnered with the owner of Monjunis restaurant to provide 2free meals to the parish’s EMS workers Thursday, April 16.

  ‘It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done’: man living active lifestyle gets COVID-19, recovers

The guy that hits up the home gym some four to six times per week and pushes life to the limit might not be the first person you’d picture getting the coronavirus.

Baton Rouge restaurants get boost from St. George firefighters

The saving grace for many struggling restaurants are the large bulk orders that have come in from hospitals and places like the St. George Fire Department.