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In recent weeks, the statue of Port Allen’s namesake, Henry Watkins Allen, which sits in Heroes Plaza across from the West Baton Rouge Courthouse, has been thrust to the center stage of a much larger conversation on race, justice and equality. On Sunday, June 28, locals marched through the c… Read more

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This week's issue of the West Side Journal marks the beginning of its 83rd year in publication. L.D. Young, Jr. founded the West Side Journal in 1937. Since then, it has remained as the only newspaper exclusively dedicated to serving the people of West Baton Rouge Parish.  Read more

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A three-year-old drowned at a residence in an above-ground pool on Saturday, July 4, according to the West Baton Rouge Coroner's Office.  Read more

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West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes will serve his fifth term officially beginning on July 1, 2020.  He was sworn into office, Monday afternoon at the Port Allen City Courthouse. Judge William T. Kleinpeter administered the oath and Sheriff Cazes was assisted during the swearing in by… Read more

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The Louisiana Department Education released comprehensive guidelines to start the 2020-21 school year, which include mandates based on the three phases of COVID-19 mitigation, including mandatory face masks for students in third grade and above. Read more

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The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office will conduct Louisiana Highway Safety Commission sponsored campaigns, including Saturation Patrols for “Click It or Ticket It” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”  throughout the 4th of July holiday weekend within the Parish of West Baton Rouge in an ef… Read more

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Editor’s Note: Carolyn Lorio celebrates her 92nd birthday on June 29, 2020. For decades, she has served the West Baton Rouge community through service to children. She is well-known for her community involvement and as the founder of River Road Child Care. Below is a transcript of a Q&A … Read more

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that a Notice of Intent has been issued to enter into a Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) contract with a CMAR contractor for the I-10 widening project from LA 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish to the I-10/12 split… Read more

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On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the freedom of all slaves in the state. General Granger’s news came two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, which proclaimed all slaves wit… Read more