Coalition appeals to Parish Council to help reduce youth substance abuse

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Substance abuse among youth in West Baton Rouge Parish may be a tough topic to tackle, but local students and leaders are seeking to do just that by increasing greater collaboration with the community.

Leading the charge is the West Baton Rouge Healthy Community Coalition (WBRHCC), a network of community members with varying areas of expertise. Their end goal: reduce youth substance abuse in the parish through community collaboration.


Candidates qualify for La. Governor

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Eight candidates qualified last week to be named the next Governor of Louisiana.

Top contenders include public commissioner Scott Angelle, a Republican candidate from Breaux Bridge; Lt. Gov. John “Jay” Dardenne, of Baton Rouge; state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat of Amite; and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican of Metairie.

Additional contenders for the gubernatorial race include Beryl Billiot, of Kentwood (no party listed); Cary Deaton, a Democrat of Metairie; Jeremy “J.W.” Odom, of Natchitoches (no party); and S.L. Simpson, a Democrat of Shreveport.


100 years of Addis

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Photo by Quinn Welsch/The West Side Journl

It was a weekend of fun in the old Baton Rouge Junction, commonly known as the town of Addis, as locals celebrated the railroad town’s centennial with a parade, live music, dancing and enough jambalaya to stop a train dead in its tracks.

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