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MID TAP holding drive-thru crawfish, jambalaya fundraiser to benefit cancer patients & employees experiencing hardship

Mid-Tap, a bar and grill in Baton Rouge known for its wide variety of self-serve beer taps, is holding a fundraiser to benefit cancer patients and employees of Mid-Tap currently experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teacher learns new tricks to help keep kids active during coronavirus

Baton Rouge Blues Festival to launch online music sessions in April

Neighborhood grows its solidarity with quarantine challenge

  Non-profit set to feed furloughed hospitality workers in Baton Rouge

Louisianans always find a #ReasonToSmile; what’s yours?

  'We’ll get through this together’: 4-yr-old twins want to give people hope

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BR agency creates custom t-shirts to build community spirit, raise money for first responders

Music teacher creates virtual song with students at time when a ‘Little Light’ is needed

BR toy company, businesses team up to help keep kids busy

  Meet the newest member of the WAFB family

  Church leaders find ways to reach church members

  Love conquers coronavirus: Husband visits wife daily through nursing home window

  Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge to give out backpacks with supplies to stay busy during coronavirus pandemic

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge will be distributing 500 “Club-on-the-Geaux” backpacks with supplies and fun activities for Club members to do to stay busy during their time out of school.

Heroic fisherman is reunited with puppies

We’re all in need of a good story right now, so what could scratch that itch better than a bunch of puppies.

  WAFB wins several LAB awards including ‘Station of the Year’

For the fifth consecutive year, WAFB-TV has been named “Television Station of the Year” by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB).

  Donna Britt inducted into LAB Hall of Fame

Longtime WAFB anchor, Donna Britt, was among four people inducted in the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Tuesday, March 10.

  Best friends celebrate 91 years sharing life’s ups and downs

  Flags to the Finish: Never to win, only to help others

Flock to Spanish Town once again for annual neighborhood yard sale

Drew Brees gets a buzz for charity

Kindergartner dresses as school security officer for ‘Dress as Your Favorite Person Day’

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo now a sensory friendly facility

  Livingston Parish woman wins big on ‘The Price is Right’

The third time turned out to be the charm for a Livingston Parish woman who won thousands of dollars on the March 3 episode of the CBS daytime game show, The Price is Right.

BRCC free adult education classes begin Monday

Baton Rouge Community College will offer an adult education class in the Gardere area of Baton Rouge beginning on March 2.

Young LSU fan stoked after directing band at basketball game

Hundreds of WAFB’s viewers brought a smile to 7-year-old Caylix Kallhoff’s face by sharing a video of him conducting LSU’s band at a women’s basketball game earlier in the week.

Livingston teens celebrated for rescuing elderly driver from sinking car

Teenagers, Tristian Hilbun, 17, and Sadie Forbes, 16, are praised for rescuing an elderly driver from her sinking car.

Are you jumping for joy? It’s leap day

Leap day keeps our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun.

  LSU SGA surveys students about problem areas for pedestrians on campus

LSU has taken steps to create more infrastructure to accommodate a pedestrian friendly campus, but safety starts with awareness.

  Baton Rouge General welcomes Mardi Gras baby, hosts parade for patients

Nurses in Baton Rouge General hospital’s skilled nursing unit hosted a Mardi Gras Day parade for patients on Feb. 25.

  World War II veteran celebrates 99th birthday

World War II veteran Leroy Poydras celebrated his 99th birthday with many friends and family members. Poydras says there are hidden secrets to his long life. Whatever it is, he is hopeful it takes him to see his next birthday.

Parade proposal makes for unforgettable Mardi Gras fun

While some might be struggling to remember the Krewe of Neptune parade in downtown Biloxi, it was a night at least two people will surely never forget.

  Residents treated to Mardi Gras experience at St. Clare Manor Nursing Home

Madi Gras comes for residents at St. Clare Manor Nursing Home.

Feb. 20 is National Love Your Pet Day!

Pamper your fur babies today.

  Coach O and his wife Kelly deliver baskets of hopes to kids at OLOL Children’s Hospital

The Orgerons and the LSU spirit squad visited Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital on Feb. 18 to pep up the spirits of patients.

  LSU safety Jacoby Stevens inspires youth at Glasgow Middle School

LSU Safety Jacoby Stevens is using his position on the field to inspire the youth.

  WAFB’s Scottie Hunter among 7 honored for community service

WAFB’s Scottie Hunter is among seven people who were honored for distinguished service and leadership in the Baton Rouge community on Sunday, Feb. 16.

  Volunteers spend Saturday cleaning up Baton Rouge graffiti

Councilwoman Tara Wicker is asking for your help to clean up graffiti in the Mid City and downtown areas.

Fall in love with the new heART Trail

Hearts of all different sizes now decorate portions of the sidewalk in downtown Baton Rouge to mark the path for the heART Trail.

  Live Oak cheer squads win UCA national, world championships

Live Oak cheerleaders won national and world championships at a UCA event in Orlando, Fla.

  Special surgery helps boy with cerebral palsy continue to exceed expectations

A little boy with cerebral palsy from St. Helena Parish is beating the odds thanks to a tendon releasing surgery he had about two months ago.

  Crawfish controversy: Do you dip your crawfish in sauce?

A TV station in Houston posted a very important question on Twitter Tuesday, Feb. 11 asking its followers if they liked to dip their crawfish in sauce. One of the choices was just a little bit unusual.

Take a look at ‘09 Elton John wearing an LSU polo

If you don't remember Elton John wearing an LSU polo while playing tennis, don't worry, it seems as though nobody does.

  More than 250 guests attend special needs prom sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation

In Ascension Parish Friday night (Feb. 7), a lot of people got to take part in an unforgettable prom night.

  Louisiana author, musician serenades patients at children’s hospital

Louisiana author and musician Marc Broussard joined Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser Thursday, Feb. 6 for a sing-along and reading with patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Dancing with a purpose: Woman with down syndrome teaches dance class

The young dancers at the Martha Mayer School of Dance perfect their craft, nailing every step along the way. While the goal is to blend in with the team, there’s one person in the sea of black leotards who stands out because of what she’s had to overcome to get there.

  WAFB’s Donna Britt to be inducted into Manship School Hall of Fame at 2020 gala

Former WAFB anchor, Donna Britt, is set to be inducted into the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame. Three others will also be inducted at the ceremony, which will be held March 30.

10 years ago, Demi Lovato tweeted about singing at the Super Bowl ‘one day’

Dreams do come true.

  Tiger fans help kick off LSU baseball season at Baseball Fan Fest

There’s no one more hyped than an LSU sports fan, and Tiger fans were definitely excited during LSU’s Baseball Fan Fest at Alex Box Stadium.

  Monroe veteran helps find home for fellow 83-year-old Korean War vet

A Monroe army veteran helped another vet who had been homeless for years.

  Chef John Folse receives lifetime achievement award

Chef John Folse, who hosts Stirrin’ It Up on 9News at 5, was presented with a big honor Wednesday night.

Louisiana school makes 300 Valentines cards for troops overseas

Ashley Hatcher's class at Maurepas High School took part in the Baton Rouge Soldier Outreach Program's Valentine initiative.

Southern University Law Center named #2 best law school for African Americans by preLaw magazine

Southern University Law Center was recently ranked second on a list of the best law schools for African American students across the country by preLaw magazine.

#TeamHolly raises over $320,000 in memory of Holly Clegg

A group of organizers and family members of famed Baton Rouge food writer Holly Clegg raised $328,000 in her memory to benefit cancer research.

Mickey Smith Jr. wins GRAMMY Museum’s Music Educator Award

Maplewood Middle School music teacher Mickey Smith has received a national honor.

  Lion dance entertains Baton Rouge students ahead of Chinese New Year

The performance was a part of the school's Chinese culture celebration, and 2020 is the year of the rat.

  Daycare surprises soldier returning from Middle East as he picks up his 5-year-old daughter

Robbie Martin got quite the surprise Thursday afternoon.

Baton Rouge woman wins new roof from Garcia Roofing and WAFB

A Baton Rouge woman has a new roof thanks to Garcia Roofing and WAFB.

  St. George FD buys four rescue boats thanks to donation from Firehouse Subs

The St. George Fire Department is getting a big boost thanks to Firehouse Subs.

Overnight social media craze propels painter into pastry business

One picture had Magen Cheramie and her family scrambling to draw up a business model overnight.

Republic Finance presents JDRF with $150K donation check

The fight against type one diabetes got a big boost today in Baton Rouge.

  How a hug can help your child

Jan. 21 is National Hugging Day.

  Iberville Parish’s youngest council member attends first meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 21 was a big day for a young trailblazer in Iberville Parish. The youngest council member in the history of the parish attended his first meeting.

Mayor’s free Fitness Stroll now rescheduled after being canceled due to severe weather

The mayor’s community-wide, free Fitness Stroll event, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 11, but was canceled due to severe weather, has now been rescheduled.

  Thousands volunteer by picking up trash, painting murals for MLK Walls Project

Volunteers helped pick up trash and paint an old building, all in an effort to revitalize parts of north Baton Rouge.

  Volunteers get their hands dirty during MLK service event with Front Yard Bikes

Volunteers were getting their hands dirty over at Front Yard Bikes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

More LSU students crowned champions after Esports team dominates tournament in New York

LSU’s competitive gaming team is bringing home medals after winning the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) Power Five Esports Invitational in New York.

  LSU Tigers celebrate national championship win with parade, fanfare

The LSU football team celebrated with the Baton Rouge community with a parade and much fanfare after the team’s national championship game win.

  LSU fans in Baton Rouge get their picture taken with national championship trophy

Lots of LSU fans in Baton Rouge took advantage of a photo opp with the national championship trophy.

Disney classics returning to big screen at Movie Tavern

Four of Disney's classic and most iconic movies are returning to the big screen

Hammond brewery offering free service industry sign language classes

The folks at Gnar Bar are doing more than just brewing up delicious booze, they’re offering sign language classes for service industry professionals.

  LSU returns to Baton Rouge after national championship victory

The national champions have returned!

  Baton Rouge fans still celebrating LSU’s national championship win

The cheering continued at the LSU campus on Tuesday as the Tigers returned home from New Orleans.

9-year-old LSU superfan from Alabama witnesses national championship win

A young LSU superfan from Alabama got to enjoy the sights and sounds of LSU’s historic national championship in New Orleans.

  Baton Rouge toy company to host Mardi Gras ball to benefit Companion Animal Alliance

The company hopes the project will bring awareness to the “Lonely Hearts,” animals who have been in the shelter for a long period of time.

Zachary woman honors five soldiers by treating them to meal at Raising Cane’s

Five soldiers were treated to a meal at a Raising Cane’s location in Zachary after stumbling in while wearing their uniform, a popular Facebook post says.

  Kelly Orgeron joined by LSU, Clemson fans volunteering at food bank ahead of game

LSU and Clemson fans came together in New Orleans for a good cause. Fans from both teams worked together to package about nine thousand pounds of rice.

  LSU alum ’Greedy’ Williams helps kick off National Championship weekend

- Former LSU football player and current cornerback for the Cleveland browns, Andraez “Greedy” Williams, helped kick off National Championship weekend Saturday, Jan. 11, by signing more than 200 autographs at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

  Baton Rouge Green celebrates Arbor Day with tree-planting at main library

The Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard now has a pop of color outside, thanks to Baton Rouge Green.

  Scamming the Scammer: How an LSU fan turned the tables on someone selling fake tickets

Kevin Maverick went to his first LSU game in 1996. He was hooked.

  LSU and Clemson come together to feed the hungry before championship game

LSU and Clemson will come together on Saturday, Jan. 11 to help feed the hungry before the National Championship game.