An exhibition titled “Huey Long and the Noble Experiment: Prohibition in Louisiana” is set to open at the West Baton Rouge Museum on May 7.

The exhibit, which will run through Sept. 4, will complement the National Endowment for the Humanities On the Road exhibit “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” which also will be on display at the museum this summer.

Long wasn’t the first Louisiana governor to contest Prohibition after U.S. Congress’ 1919 decision to ratify the 18th Amendment, banning the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages in the country.

The Huey Long exhibit explores what happened during the “dry” years in the “wettest” state in the country during his tenure.

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Early voting in WBR Parish

Stacy Ryan, registrar of voters for West Baton Rouge Parish, has announced early voting for the May 14 general election to fill the vacant House District 29 seat will begin Saturday and end May 7.

Hours for early voting are 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day at the Registrar of Voters Office located in the courthouse annex building.

Democrats Edmond Jordan and Vereta Lee are facing off in the runoff following the April 9 primaries.

The District 29 seat represents a sprawling district that stretches through north Baton Rouge and crosses the Mississippi River to include Port Allen and Brusly.

Jordan serves as vice president of South Louisiana Charter Foundation Inc., a nonprofit board that has contracted with for-profit Charter Schools USA to run three schools in the Baton Rouge area.

Lee is in her 10th year on the School Board. She also works as a student support services supervisor for the Baker school system and previously worked as a teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish.

BRCC nursing program

Baton Rouge Community College is offering an eight-week certified nursing assistant program on its Plaquemine campus.

The course will be held from June 6 to July 2. Upon completion, graduates will be qualified to work as a certified nursing assistant. The course also serves as a prerequisite for those entering the college’s licensed practical nurse program next fall.

Classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Payment plans are available.

Applicants must take an entrance test, which can be met through acceptable Compass or ACT reading scores. Applicants are required to submit a state-level criminal background check and health screening.

For information, call Lorraine Raffray at (225) 687-5507.

Swimming lessons for kids

The Dow Westside YMCA and West Baton Rouge Parish Parks and Recreation Department have partnered to offer swimming lessons this summer for local children between the ages of 3 and 12 at Williams and Lee Park in Port Allen.

The first 30 new participants to each of the four sessions will be accepted. There is a fee of $10 per participant for each session.

The sessions are scheduled from May 31 to June 10; June 14 to June 24; June 28 to July 8; and July 12 to July 22. Each lesson will be 30 minutes and children will be divided into the following age groups: 3 to 5; 6 to 9; and 10 to 12.

Anyone interested must register at the parish’s Parks and Recreation Department in the Government Complex Building, or they can contact Jessica Huckaby, of the Dow Westside YMCA, at (225) 687-1123.

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