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Veteran Louisiana journalist and author Tom Aswell’s third nonfiction book, Louisiana’s Rogue Sheriffs: A Culture of Corruption, is scheduled was launched on July 1, Aswell and Claitor’s Book Publishing an-nounced today. The late Louisiana po-litical writer John Magin-nis recognized that pow… Read more

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Dexter is a handsome guy waiting to find his for-ever home. He’s fully vetted, micro-chipped and accepting applications for adoption. Please email adoptions@wbrcouncil.org for more information on adopting Dexter.  Read more

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Buckaroo Bindlestiff, aka Keith Nelson, pleased family audiences last week in Port Allen and Addis with his roping, juggling, and bull whip cracking feats in performances sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Parish Library and funded by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Nelson performs wi… Read more

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On Tuesday, June 18 the West Baton Rouge Library hosted “Your Organized Home” with guest speaker Teresa Taylor, Professional Organizer, Productivity Coach & Trainer, and Owner of A Taylored Space, LLC. Read more

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Guaranty Bank & Trust Company announced a promotion within the bank. The Board of Directors approved the promotion of Mrs. Letha Butler to Assistant Vice-President and Branch Manager of the Maringouin and Grosse Tete Branches. Read more

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 Summer is a busy time for the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.   Library employees  arrange programs and present art and science explorations in ten parish locations throughout June and July.   There are many activities happening at the library, too.  On Thursday morning, last week, the lib… Read more

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Opportunities for “horsing around” are endless in the summer. Horse shows, competitions, sales and trail rides are just a haul away. But hauling your horse during the hot and humid Louisiana summer can pose serious health risks, including dehydration, heatstroke and exhaustion. Read more

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1969 — George Lefebvre Jr., left is shown receiving an award designating him as outstanding Port Allen Lions Club member for the year.  (Unfortunately, the June 20, 1969 edition of the West Side Journal is no longer salvageable in our archives. For that reason we have skipped ahead to June 2… Read more

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The library’s summer reading program theme this year is A Universe of Stories. The theme is centered around Space because this is the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who were part of the U.S. mission, were the first men to walk on th… Read more

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Last week the West Baton Rouge Parish Library presented Asian storyteller and dancer, Surapsari, in two performances of Bharatanatyam, a classic Hindu storytelling dance performed by women in southern India. Bharatanatyam is characterized by bent legs, rhythmic tapping feet, and symbolic han… Read more

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Common lespedeza (Lespedeza striata) is a small summer annual legume with a somewhat wiry prostrate growth habit. The weed develops a woody tap root as it matures during summer months. Leaves have a prominent mid-rib with veins that branch at 45 degree angles. Leaves are oval in shape and co… 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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Jude is a super goofy boy that loves to go on walks and stretch his long legs. He’s hoping to find a for-ever family who would love to spend time doing the same thing. Jude seems to be a 2-year-old Lab and Hound mix. 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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Westside attorney Tom Acosta and his wife, economic developer Mary Acosta, were honored on May 4 during a gala dinner at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Baton Rouge, where they received the cathedral parish's "St. Joseph Apprentice Award" in recognition of their longtime service in liturgic… Read more

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Gramps is an 80-pound love bug. He’s about 4 to 6-years-old and knows basic commands like sit, speak, down, and (when he feels like it) drop it. He’s calm and enjoys spending time in and out of his kennel. Read more

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Emily Nichols, the recent valedictorian at Port Allen High School in Port Allen, Louisiana, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship.  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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1969 — C.W. Hebert, executive director of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission (right) receives the first copy of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge Brochure highlighting the Port from V.M. Shaw (left), manager of Gulf States Utilities Co. Read more