Many leaders pin hopes on Warren Drake to reverse discontent over schools that fueled push to create City of St. George

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The ascension of Warren Drake to EBR School Superintendent has raised hopes anew that he can do what others have failed to, to heal the breach in this city over public education that led to the St. George incorporation movement. Unlike past superintendents, Drake is a local son, a respected educator, a former principal of BR high school and former supt. of the top-rated Zachary school district.

As the fight over St. George shifts to the courts, many local leaders are pinning their hopes on new East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake to reverse the discontent over the schools that led to the push to create a new city with an independent school system. They’re hoping the 63-year-old Drake will be able to… Continue reading →

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La. performers to sing at national July 4th events

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Three Louisiana natives will be in the spotlight at two national Independence Day celebrations Saturday. Ponchatoula native and Elvis performer Brandon Bennett will play the famous Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Bennett’s performance will be part of Continue reading →

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Baton Rouge men nearly gave up on finding love, become first same-sex couple to wed in parish

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Justice of the Peace Moses Evans, Jr., jokes around with newlyweds Ronald Granger and Madison Maddux at Evans' Chapel, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

Madison Maddux and Ronald Granger had each “given up” a little over three years ago, disappointed by the string of bad relationships that seemed to come standard issue with dating. So after they met in a bar in Memphis, Tennessee, Granger was surprised… Continue reading →

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