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Slight progress on BR blight

Saturday, 23 May 2015 23:25 Written by
For more than a year, Victor Crain’s home has been an eyesore for his neighbors on May Belle Court — an otherwise well-kept neighborhood street where almost all of the yards feature manicured flower beds and freshly mowed lawns. But Crain’s property was flooded with garbage bags and debris. His backyard was so overloaded with junk that he put up white tarps to block the neighbors’ views. That’s in violation of city-parish blight
Kased’s opens second store, offering A WIDE RANGE OF CUISINES
Saturday, 23 May 2015 23:08 Written by
After years of operating a halal meat market and international food store in Kenner, Nabil Kased has opened a second store in Baton Rouge. Kased’s International Market sells a wide range of products, including European chocolates, Arab cheeses and Indian pickles. The store also has a butcher counter, selling freshly cut beef, lamb and goat. “Most stores sell Mediterranean or Middle Eastern products or are Asian/Indian stores, but our store is actually international,”
Geymann’s persistence helps shape Common Core accord
Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:54 Written by
After three years of trying to undo Common Core, state Rep. Brett Geymann, of Lake Charles, thinks his side finally has hit something like paydirt. Geymann is the polite but persistent leader of the anti-Common Core forces in the Legislature. It all started when his sister, Leslie Truax, a high school history teacher in Lake Charles, called him one day in 2012 to share her concerns about the new academic standards that were
Donation boxes raise eyebrows
Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:16 Written by
The stenciled letters on the white clothing donation bins popping up in Acadiana read, “RECYCLE TO BETTER HUMANITY,” but some charity groups question whether there is a good cause behind the motto. “In the last month, they’ve kind of come out of nowhere,” said Kelly Courville, of Goodwill Industries of Acadiana, a group known for selling donated apparel at its retail stores to support education and job training programs. The boxes have been
Rebate program puts kids in private schools
Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:16 Written by
Louisiana spent more than $40 million this year on private school tuition vouchers for low-income children, yet still turned away 4,000 applicants. Despite the demand — and the fact that vouchers are a policy priority for Gov. Bobby Jindal — the program isn’t expected to grow for the next school year. In response, t he state Department of Education is quietly switching gears to expand another small program that helps poor children attend
Higher education bills are in the home stretch
Saturday, 23 May 2015 21:52 Written by
When higher education leaders started gearing up for the legislative session, they had a short list of requests. First and foremost, they wanted to be spared from potentially devastating cuts to state funding for universities and colleges. As the Legislature continues its work on the budget, that threat appears to have lessened somewhat. The rest of the higher education legislative wish list has been winding its way through the Capitol, with three weeks
Golf teaches children life skills
Saturday, 23 May 2015 21:28 Written by
Noah Wilkinson and Cameron Dilney sat cross-legged on the green as BREC kicked off its PGA Junior League golf play at City Park Saturday morning. The 8-year-old teammates are in the first class of developing golfers in BREC’s new program, what BREC Golf Director Mike Raby called “golf’s version of Little League.” The PGA of America launched the Junior League initiative in 2011 in four cities, offering a team-based “scramble” format of play
Palmetto Man killed on U.S. 167
Saturday, 23 May 2015 21:23 Written by
A pedestrian was killed after he was hit by an oncoming car on U.S. 167 near Interstate 49 Friday night, Louisiana State Police reported. Michael Andrus, 41, of Palmetto, was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 167 at about 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by the car, the State Police report says. Betty Robert, 61, of Opelousas, was driving her 1998 Mercury Marquis when she hit the man walking across the federal
BIG PARTY down in the South
Saturday, 23 May 2015 21:06 Written by
The cowboy boots and hat-clad crowds have been coming to Tiger Stadium for the past six Memorial Day weekends for Bayou Country Superfest — an event often touted since its 2010 inception as an economic driver that fills up local hotels with people from nearly every other state and even some foreign countries. Superfest organizer Quint Davis was expecting to sell more than 100,000 tickets earlier this week. Closer to home, though, locals
Man killed on U.S. 167 Friday
Saturday, 23 May 2015 20:58 Written by
A pedestrian was killed after he was hit by an oncoming car on U.S. 167 near Interstate 49 Friday night, Louisiana State Police reported. Michael Andrus, 41, of Palmetto, was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 167 at about 9:30 p.m. when he was hit by the car, the State Police report says. Betty Robert, 61, of Opelousas, was driving her 1998 Mercury Marquis when she hit the man walking across the federal
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