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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

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When I was 10 years old, I had what some might call an epiphany. My fifth-grade class was missing something revolutionary, and I was going to do something about it. Read more

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving urges the House to pass legislation that would close loop-holes in current law allowing first-time drunk driving offenders to avoid ignition interlock devices. Read more

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Karen McManus’s One of Us is Lying is a young adult mystery that adult readers will enjoy. The story is narrated by four people: all murder suspects. McManus mentioned that one of her influences for this book was The Breakfast Club, and the influence is obvious from the initial set-up. A joc… Read more

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I noticed the other day that many people refer to the Cajun dish of smothered corn as “corn maque choux.” I know I’m being picky, but since this dish is always made with corn as the main ingredient, why include the word “corn” in the name? It’s redundant, like “hot water heater” and “hose pi… Read more

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They have many different common names and cover several different species, but one thing they all have in common is they are a nuisance to people and livestock. Read more

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Nearly 75 percent of Americans perceive global climate change to be a critically serious issue and are attempting to make sustainable lifestyle changes to combat it, according to a report compiled by the Pew Research Center. While there are many ways in which you can become more eco-friendly… Read more

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One way to add to the beauty of the landscape and increase the value of your property is to create landscape beds. Traditionally, most beds are created surrounding the house, particularly jutting out from the front and back foundations and creating a framework to accent the home. When planti… Read more

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Do you find yourself constantly distracted by technology? Do you mindlessly pick up your phone over and over throughout the day without having a reason? Maybe this isn’t you, maybe you’re the person who isn’t on a phone, looking around at all the other distracted people. Whether you’re addic… Read more

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As a middle-schooler with naturally curly hair during a time when pin-straight tresses were all the rage, I spent hours in the mirror with my 400-degree flat-iron every morning. My grandmother often scoffed at my futile attempts to tame my mane, and annoyingly reminded me, “You don’t need to… Read more

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Sometime in the 1940s my great-grandfather, who fought for the Confederacy and spoke only French, told my aunts and uncles that their kids would go to school with black children. Naturally, everyone thought he had either had too much bourbon or was just plain balmy. Jim Crowe and the Dixiecr… Read more

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When I was a kid we lived in the country far from city lights. One night my cousin Clifford showed me the major constellations and pointed out the planets that were visible in the sky that evening. I’ve been a star-gazing fool ever since. Read more

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Marie Kondo is a Japanese consultant and author whose new Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” shows people how to declutter their homes and ultimately challenge the perils of American consumerism. In the series, Kondo and her interpreter Marie Iida venture to Los Angeles homes in hope… Read more

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With the new year, many people resolve to make healthier food choices. Some may think it is more expensive to buy healthy foods, but with a little know-how and some planning, buying fruits and vegetables can be cost effective for the whole family. Here are a few tips to shop smarter: Read more