Tuesday, June 27, 2017
NEW ROADS — The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury is firing off letters to state leaders and the railroad company that has decided to double the rate of speed its trains travel through the city.
Monday, June 26, 2017
It appears state District Judge J. Robin Free will continue his job with Iberville Parish government following his impending retirement from the bench.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Hoping to improve water quality in False River, Pointe Coupee Parish leaders are exploring regulating how retaining walls and erosion prevention structures along the oxbow lake’s shorelines are built.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Embattled state District Judge J. Robin Free resigned Friday, just three weeks before he was set to return to the bench after a yearlong suspension.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
NEW ROADS — The City Council Tuesday night unanimously entered into an agreement with the state and a railroad company for nearly $3 million worth of upgrades to railroad crossings in the city.
PORT ALLEN — Mayor Richard Lee said he was unaware of a state law prohibition that will nullify his two tie-breaking votes when the City Council deadlocked over proposed ordinances to raise utility rates.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A dispute between the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury and a contractor who jurors accuse of doing shoddy work on more than 30 roads could soon be headed for court.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Plaquemine Mayor Ed Reeves hasn’t given up on his effort to obtain a “quiet zone” status for his city that would prohibit trains traveling through from sounding their horns. But he’s making a significant change in the wake of a public outcry over …
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
PLAQUEMINE — Mayor Ed Reeves' efforts to silence the ear-piercing horns from the trains that barrel through his town nearly every hour of every day may have been derailed Wednesday night due to the outpouring of opposition residents expressed at h…
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
NEW ROADS — Pointe Coupee Parish Juror Cornell Dukes Tuesday night reiterated his concerns to fellow jurors over a railroad company's recent decision to double the rate of speed its trains will travel through New Roads.
Monday, June 12, 2017
West Baton Rouge first- and second-graders put their creative skills to the test Monday, making stop-motion animation videos on the first day of a two-day STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp at Port Allen High School. A STE…
Saturday, June 10, 2017
PLAQUEMINE — Residents soon will get a chance to weigh in on a project near and dear to Mayor Ed Reeves' heart — establishing a quiet zone that would prevent trains from blaring ear-piercing horns during their frequent treks through town.
Friday, June 09, 2017
NEW ROADS — A railroad company's recent announcement that it's doubling the rate of speed their trains travel through New Roads is getting polarizing reactions from elected officials.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
PORT ALLEN — The City Council is considering a 10 percent rate increase for water, sewer and gas services for both residents and commercial businesses.
Monday, June 05, 2017
Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon advised the public Monday not to enter flooded parts of the parish by car or boat unless "it's absolutely necessary."
Monday, June 05, 2017
Saturday, June 03, 2017
GRAMERCY — More than six months after the old Noranda Alumina plant emerged from federal bankruptcy reorganization, the plant's new owners are seeking state authority to become the largest emitter of mercury into Louisiana's skies, according to fe…
Friday, June 02, 2017
The mother of two children whose father died during an intense confrontation with several Plaquemine police officers a year ago has filed a $6 million federal lawsuit against the city, police chief and the police department.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
PORT ALLEN — Residents and local businesses likely will pay a little more for water, sewer and gas beginning this summer if the City Council imposes proposed rate increases recommended by Mayor Richard Lee's administration.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
NEW ROADS — The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Tuesday approved a drawdown schedule for False River which locks in place another human-induced manipulation of the lake's water level for later this year, and future drawdowns every three years …
Saturday, May 20, 2017
PLAQUEMINE — It was only supposed to take a few weeks and cost around $2 million to upgrade the air conditioning system at the Iberville Parish courthouse, but it hasn't turned out that way.
Friday, May 19, 2017
An environmental group has asked a judge to review a recent decision by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality granting an air permit modification to a St. Gabriel industrial facility, arguing that the agency failed to meet its obligati…
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The state highway department lifted load limits Wednesday for the northbound La. 1 bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, WBRZ reported.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
PLAQUEMINE — Iberville Parish has launched an interactive website leaders hope will strength their efforts to convince federal and state officials that any new Mississippi River bridge to address the region's growing traffic needs happens in their…
GRAMERCY — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a 15-hour search for a tugboat crewman suspected of going overboard late Sunday night in the Mississippi River near St. James Parish.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Suspended state judge J. Robin Free has been harassing speed-enforcement officers with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and threatening that he will investigate them when he returns to the bench next month, claims a high-ranking law en…
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Making a turn along U.S. 190 in Livonia soon might be a much less dangerous undertaking as the state moves forward with long overdue upgrades.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Nearly two weeks after former Democratic State Sen. Troy Brown resigned from office in mid-February following his admissions of violence against women, Brown sounded the alarm on Facebook about what he saw as a distinct possibility in the coming s…
Friday, May 12, 2017
Early voting begins 8:30 a.m. Saturday to decide which of two Ascension Parish Democrats will replace Troy Brown as the state senator for parts of eight parishes along the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche.
ST. GABRIEL — The Louisiana Environmental Action Network is compiling a community-wide health assessment at the request of residents who say they fear industrial plants near their homes here are ruining their health and leading some to an early death.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
A West Baton Rouge Parish councilwoman is suing the city of Port Allen, its police chief and others over her arrest last year in which she was accused of using social media to threaten and intimidate her grandson's school bus driver.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
PORT ALLEN — Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic dream of racial unity couldn't be realized Wednesday night in a City Council vote, split along racial lines, to rename a portion of a state highway that runs through the city in honor of the slain civ…
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
NEW ROADS — A recent Attorney General's opinion regarding Pointe Coupee Parish's new home rule charter was at the heart of a debate Tuesday night that sparked name-calling and squabbling among members of the Police Jury.
Monday, May 08, 2017
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
If state lawmakers want to see fewer inmates escape from work-release programs, they should tag them with more prison time, not electronic ankle bracelets, a spokesman for the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says.
Monday, May 01, 2017
PORT ALLEN — The state highway department lifted load limits Monday for the southbound La. 1 bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway after emergency repairs were finished and DOTD plans to have limits on the companion northbound bridge lifted by mid…
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Democrats Warren Harang III and Edward "Ed" Price were the top finishers in a 13-candidate race Saturday to replace former state Sen. Troy Brown and will square off in a runoff election May 27.
PLAQUEMINE — If it weren't for the railroad, this Iberville Parish city likely wouldn't have been the epicenter of commerce it was in the late 1800s.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday had to capture yet another one of its work-release inmates who walked off from a job sit.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
BRUSLY — A police officer recently resigned from the town's police department after showing up and losing her cool at a police call involving her brother.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
ST. GABRIEL — It was a "no" vote across the board from the City Council Thursday night on a zoning and variance request from a local chemical company hoping to expand its facility.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Louisiana State Police on Wednesday released the identity of a Plaquemine man fatally hit by a vehicle Monday night in Iberville Parish.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
NEW ROADS — City leaders are using the opening of a name-brand chain hotel as the perfect opportunity to generate new revenue for economic development in one of New Roads' burgeoning business corridors.
Friday, April 14, 2017
The Dow Chemical Co. is launching a new mentoring program in Iberville Parish aimed at molding at-risk young black males into tomorrow's leaders.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
NEW ROADS — Residents of flood-prone Pecan Acres weren’t buying what Pointe Coupee Parish was selling as a possible solution to their flooding problems at a meeting Tuesday night.
Monday, April 10, 2017
PLAQUEMINE — The Iberville Parish School Board on Monday approved redesign plans that will translate into major changes for the faculty and students at several of the district's C-graded schools.
Friday, April 07, 2017
NEW ROADS — The City Council has decided to allocate $60,000 to try to address a recent outbreak of petty thefts and other crimes by local teens.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Truck drivers carrying loads to many plants and businesses in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes can no longer zip along La. 1 — at least for now — creating a logistical nightmare for industry and government officials.