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A high school classmate recently died and it reminded me of my high school days at Port Allen High School in the 1960’s. Young men, like myself, who lived “out in the country” faced a recurring dilemma—transportation to and from after school practice. Our coaches came up with a solution to t… Read more

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Yesterday, I bought gladiolas. They are nearly three feet tall and bright fuchsia. It is safe to say they are the most exciting thing to appear at my desk in ages.  Read more

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Infrastructure is a critical aspect of everyday life. It supports our transportation system and stimulates economic growth for the country. At the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for our residents and businesses… Read more

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Writer’s note: I have lived close to the Mississippi River for over 60 years and have witnessed first hand the pollution and decline of this great wonder of the world.  A few days ago we read about another potential disaster where billions of plastic pellets,”nurdles” were spilled into the r… Read more

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Reader Alert: This week, I, Toni King received a letter from the Social Security office regarding my special needs sister’s benefits and an amazing SCAM ALERT was on the back of the envelope that her Social Security letter was in.  I felt it was my duty to America and the Toni Says newspaper… Read more

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Party time is over. Republicans have just ended their national nominating convention, while Democrats capped theirs off last week. Throughout both conventions, speakers directed their firepower at the “enemy,” the opposing political party incapable of doing anything well.But what Republican … Read more

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A generation or so ago, people didn’t just retire from work – many of them also withdrew from a whole range of social and communal activities. But now, it’s different: The large Baby Boom cohort, and no doubt future ones, are insisting on an active lifestyle and continued involvement in thei… Read more

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Thursday afternoon, July 23rd, 2020, I spoke with the last commissioned officer to investigate both the murder of Thomas Hotard and the disappearance of Audrey Moate. And I asked the retired St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s deputy if he had been following my work on the case. Read more

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The Richardson family is displeased with the Attorney General Office’s decision declining to charge the officer that killed our loved one. We feel that the justice system has failed us. The case should have been heard by the Grand Jury and not by a person who is biased and refuses to hold an… Read more

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It’s unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest “industries” has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you’ll want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself. Read more

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Halfway between Hammond and New Orleans, turning onto Frenier Road leads travelers to Lake Pontchartrain, a 30-mile lake, surrounded at the road’s end by snake-infested swampland, a wilderness frequented by deer, alligator, black bear, and an occasional murderer. Read more

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In May of this year, the editor of The West Side Journal asked me to review three Port Allen homicides. Studying the facts surrounding the murders of Fatrell Queen, Dedrick Jackson, and Larry Profit, I found myself haunted by something accused serial killer Frankie Richard said to me shortly… Read more

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It’s harder to keep in touch with people these days. Things are opening up but it’s going to be a while before we hop in a car and visit people the way we used to. Read more

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The recent market volatility has affected just about everybody’s financial and investment situations – so, if you were planning to retire soon, will it still be possible? Read more

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My name is Clay Elliott CFP®, AAMS®, CRPC®, financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. I am proud to announce my partnership with The Westside Journal to publish weekly Financial Focus articles to provide the community with information on the markets, financial planning and other finan… Read more

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It’s harder to keep in touch with people these days. Things are opening up but it’s going to be a while before we hop in a car and visit people the way we used to. Read more

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On a Friday, May 2, 2008, a 58-year-old Sunday school teacher named Barbara Blount disappeared from her rural home north of Holden, Louisiana. Relatives found her doors unlocked, her car missing, and her kitchen cabinets opened with pots and pans stacked on the kitchen floor. Read more

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Wow! Was the word that came into my thoughts when I saw the video of a Police Officer intentionally misusing his authority and power to inflict serious bodily harm to another human being. This act was committed with no conviction that he was in the process of intentionally harming another hu… Read more

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One of the best parts of working at the newspaper is drop-in visits from locals. People come in the office all the time to renew their subscription and lament about anything from speeding vehicles to unsolved murders to sewer backing up in their homes when it rains. Read more

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When I was a teenager my siblings and I spent so much time on the phone we had a children’s line. Sounds extravagant until you consider that the head of our family was one of three MDs in Ascension Parish. There were no answering machines in the 60s, the nearest hospital was in Baton Rouge a… Read more

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Stepping up and staying in –What a fitting motto for the amazing people who serve West Baton Rouge Parish! From doctors and health care workers on the front line, to our 911 Communicators and first responders, to the caring people who are helping their neighbor next door West Baton Rouge Par… Read more

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While COVID-19 has brought unsurpassed levels of fear, anxiety and tragedy, it has also provided an opportunity for us to redefine the word hero. Recently, we have experienced a shift in focus of what is important to each of us and thus, who we consider our heroes.  Read more

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Working at a library and being friends with lots of moms has taught me that there are more than enough parenting books in the world. It seems like every few months there’s a new method or technique to try out, or another country we should be imitating so our kids will grow up to be geniuses.… Read more

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Often the first question I get when meeting someone new  — whether at a Parish Council meeting or while enjoying a beer  — is “where are you from?”  Read more

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Distylium is a native of China and a member of the witch hazel family. It has gorgeous blue-green foliage on wide-spreading, horizontally arching branches that grow in layers, giving it a swirling appearance. It’s unlike any growth seen in an evergreen shrub. It made its debut in the late 19… Read more

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In Summer many of us try to confine our outside chores at home to early morning and late afternoon to avoid the worst of the heat. It is in those twilight hours that you will see bats flying around catching insects to eat. Read more

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Last week on “Family Feud,” the clue was “We asked 100 people ‘Name something you shouldn’t be ashamed of.’ ” One of the contestant’s answers was “Gettin’ old.” I don’t know who was more taken aback, me or Steve Harvey. Read more