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Six candidates competing in runoff election for three Baker City Council seats

Troy Watson

The six candidates vying for seats on the Baker City Council agree that boosting economic development is the primary issue for the city’s leaders but have different views about how to address the problem. Two candidates, newcomer Brenda Jackson in District 5, and incumbent Charles Vincent in District 1, were elected in the March 5… Continue reading →

Baker school district holds teacher recruitment fair Thursday

The Baker school district will hold a teacher recruitment fair from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the district’s office at 14750 Plank Road. The district is hiring teachers for every grade level to work at Baker Heights Elementary, Bakerfield Elementary, Baker Middle School, Park Ridge Academic Magnet and Baker High School. For more information,… Continue reading →

Mayor: Baker can’t receive state, federal funds until audit complete

Surprise! Dispatcher delivers baby in Baker police parking lot

Michelle Lewis, Baker Police dispatcher, and mother Courtney Daniels and Daniels' newborn baby Journee Bibbins meet at the hospital after Bibbins was delivered Sunday.

A baby due to enter the world Tuesday in a hospital instead arrived Sunday in the Baker Police Department’s parking lot with the assistance of a dispatcher. Michelle Lewis, the dispatcher, delivered Courtney Daniels’ baby in the department’s parking lot when it became clear Daniels wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time. Daniels, 24, said… Continue reading →

Baker School Board updating district’s policy manual

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With no incumbents running, the races for mayor and police chief in Baker are drawing attention

Religious retreat center planned at old Leland College site in Baker — councilman: ‘this will give Baker the most positive publicity it has ever had’

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Tony Williams, left, and Leandre Sanders, workers with Baton Rouge's Hagen Fence, finish work in Octoboer 2015 installing an aluminum arch-top gate at the Groom Road entrance to the site of the former Leland College in Baker. The  Leland Foundation and the Baton Rouge-based Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association are planning to build a retreat center at the 227-acre site.

Baker officials authorize mayor to sell scrap bronze from Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery

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Baker High staff and students are ‘like buffaloes,’ says superintendent, braving the cold until the heat is returned, hopefully by Wednesday

Baker mayor: 5 parishes, including East Baton Rouge, to face water fee increases to fund saltwater intrusion study

Faculty on ‘fire watch’ as officials seek to replace broken fire alarm system at Bakerfield Elementary

Photo provided by Emily Beck Cogburn -- Nicholas Linton (third from left) with board members (l to r), Shona Boxie, Dana Carpenter, Elaine Davis, Rosatina Johnson, super Herman Brister and Doris Alexander (board).

The fire alarm system at Bakerfield Elementary remains inoperable while the Baker School Board seeks bids for a replacement, officials said Tuesday. In the meantime, the school is on “fire watch,” meaning staff is being extra vigilant about potential fire hazards, Superintendent Herman Brister told the School Board. The system was… Continue reading →

Baker tackles blight with weed, grass ordinance: property owners who don’t cut their yards face fines, seizure

Facility improvements, dual enrollment program helps Baker High improve from D to C school on latest report card

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Baker High School Honors English teacher Laquisha Comeaux has her class write in their journals before starting instruction last month. Baker High has improved from a D to a C grade on its latest report card.

Baker High School’s improvement from a D to a C school was a result of “a lot of pieces coming together,” Principal Traci Morgan told the School Board on Tuesday night. Baker High improved in all the areas measured by the state, rising from 58.8 points in 2013-14, a letter grade of D,… Continue reading →

Baker City Council takes up blight proposal, possible zoo move

The City Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday to fight blight by streamlining the process for levying fines against owners of property determined to be a health or safety hazard. The council will vote on the proposed ordinance at its Sept. 22 meeting. The proposal mirrors state and federal ordinances, allowing the… Continue reading →

Missouri band honors two late LSU band members

. The Uniersity of Missouri band took time during its practice on Wednesday to spell out "LSU" in hour of the Tigers band, which had two former members die within the past three weeks. Fuller Lyon, the Missouri band director, is a former graduate assistant at LSU. The Missouri band posted a picture to its… Continue reading →

Herman Brister says he’s confident he can meet the goals outlined by the Baker School Board

Herman Brister

Baker School Board tightens budget, but finds funds to increase coaches’ stipends at Baker Middle

Herman Brister

The Baker School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a belt-tightening budget for the 2015-16 school year and also to raise stipends for athletic coaches at Baker Middle School. The budget projects $14.7 million in expenditures and $14.9 million in revenues for the 2015-16 school year. Last year, the district had… Continue reading →

Baker City Council to use new guidelines in choosing the next city auditor

Baker school district belt-tightening claims 17 positions already with another 10 to go this week, along with furloughs for administrative staff

Baker City Council approves budget — but not without a lot of questions

Brister proposes major changes for Baker schools: layoffs of nontenured teachers, increasing class sizes, while creating new administrative positions

Herman Brister

Baker police chief, political opponent trade barbs at City Council meeting, and continue their tirade outside

Mike Knaps, left, and William "Bill" Johnson

Baker School Board names Herman Brister Sr. as its next superintendent

Herman Brister

Baker School Board to mull through applications for its next superintendent

Six individuals, including two top administrators in the East Baton Rouge Parish school district and one in Zachary, applied by a Friday deadline to become the next superintendent of public schools in Baker. The Baker School Board is meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, likely behind closed doors, to determine which of these applicants it will bring… Continue reading →

Two of four applications so far for Baker schools superintendent are from East Baton Rouge school administrators

City of Baker agrees to privatize DMV office; wait times promised to be shorter for driver’s licenses, other services

Officials pinpoint two reasons for failing Bakerfield Elementary: teacher absenteeism and staff turnover

More than 40 people attended a Baker School Board work session Tuesday night to hear about a proposed reconstitution plan for Bakerfield Elementary. Bakerfield has received a grade of F from the state Department of Education for the past four years, making it eligible for takeover by the Recovery School District.… Continue reading →

Baker City Council agrees to buy two police SUVs

The City Council agreed Tuesday to spend $80,000 for two new Police Department SUVs, using funds from the city’s traffic division. Although Police Chief Mike Knaps pressed for the purchase, council member Charles Vincent said some of his constituents have questioned why money is being spent on police vehicles… Continue reading →

East Feliciana Police Jury plans to go after disputed sales taxes

Baker City Council kills water, sewer rate hikes

After hearing from a packed room of residents and city employees Tuesday, the Baker City Council again struck down a proposal for sewer and water fee increases. A few residents spoke against the proposal, citing concerns about how the money would be spent and saying that utility… Continue reading →