Senator Rick Ward talks roads: $9.2 billion

project prompts change in LA. 1/415 Connector route

The LA Highway 1/ 415 Connector route plans have taken a detour after the announcement in November of a renewable fuel complex on the west bank of the Mississippi River near Port Allen. The $9.2 billion Grön Fuels complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge will use a portion of land near Intracoastal Waterway that was originally pegged for the connector route from La. 415 to La. 1. Senator Rick Ward said the state is tasked with redesigning that piece of the puzzle and remains optimistic that the redesign will be complete by summer. 

For more on the changes to the route, click here

Proposal by Sen. Rick Ward could fund local road projects


A proposal by state Sen. Rick Ward could allow parishes to decide on a constitutional amendment to tax gasoline sales as a way to fund local road projects.

Ward, R-Port Allen, plans to bring the issue before lawmakers when the state legislature heads into its regular session Monday, April 12.

His proposal would call for a statewide constitutional amendment that would let each parish vote whether they want to pay a few cents more per gallon at the pump for road repairs or new streets.

Read more on his proposal here.

Three people injured in three-car wreck on Saturday

Three people were injured in a wreck involving three cars in Brusly on Saturday. The three cars collided at East St. Francis Street and LA-1 late afternoon Saturday. Three people went to the hospital following the incident. 


For more details on the crash, click here

Port Allen High School Esports Club

receives state-of-the-art computer lab

The Port Allen High School Competitive Esports Club was selected by the High School Esports League (HSEL) to receive a state-of-the-art gaming lab and have all of their competition fees paid for the 2021-22 school year. Port Allen was one of 25 high schools in the nation selected by the HSEL Roadshow Program sponsored by Intel, ASUS and the Army National Guard. 

Students are excited about the lab and potential scholarship opportunities from competes, Team Captain Renwick Douglas told The West Side Journal. 

The team currently competes in Super Smash Bros., Call of Duty and similar multiplayer competitive Esports. The competitions are fun and games, but they are also opportunities for students to earn valuable college scholarships. Engineering teacher Matthe Clark advises the club. 

Learn more about the Port Allen High School Competitive Esports Club here

Local pre-k students celebrate first publication

Pre-K students at Caneview K-8 recently published their first book, titled ABC Handprint Book. The students spent four weeks planning, writing and illustrating the book. It is available to parents for purchase as a keepsake. 

For more information about the ABC Handprint Book click here.


Sports News

Lady Panthers rack up 18 hits, tour Cecilia 21-3

There was no stopping the Lady Panthers as they cruised to a 21-3 win on the road over Cecilia in five innings Monday night. Brusly (13-6) had 18 hits to go with the 21 runs. Claire Suter and Laila Clark had four hits apiece to lead Brusly. Suter drove in five runs and Clark finished the game with four RBIs.

Lady Panthers basketball team caps off special season with All-District honors

After a season that saw the Lady Panthers earn the No. 4 seed and a semifinal berth, the team produced two members on the 7-3A All-District team in Tia Anderson and Laila Clark, as well as the Defensive MVP in Alayah Gedward.

Senior Jashyree Bell earned honorable mention.

For more on their season and awards, click here

Brusly baseball team looking for win after four straight losses

Despite earning more hits in the game, Brusly fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 5-0 loss to St. Amant at home Monday night.

It was Brusly’s fourth straight loss and the team’s record dropped to 6-9 on the season. 

For more on the game, click here.

Upcoming Events


West Baton Rouge Eggstravaganza

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library and Museum are teaming up once again to host the Annual West Baton Rouge Egg-stravaganza on Sunday, March 28, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Festivities include an egg hunt, appearance by the Easter Bunny, crafts to go, music and activities like pin the tail on the bunny. The Egg-stravaganza will be held on the grounds of the West Baton Rouge Museum.

Historical Happy Hour

Every fourth Wednesday, the drinks are on you and the history is on the house at the West Baton Rouge Museum Juke Joint from 6 until 8 p.m. After being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Historical Happy Hour made its debut again with music by Blues musician and songwriter Marty Christian on Friday, March 19. The monthly event features different history-centric entertainment, including trivia, live music or lectures. Historical Happy Hour is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit 

Red Stick Classic Scale Contest

Hosted by the Baton Rouge RC Club at Kissner Field in West Baton Rouge Friday, April 9 at 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 11 a 3 p.m. 

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