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    Tuesday Jul 28 | The Advocate

    A Holden man is accused of firing a shotgun during an argument and the buckshot ricocheted, hitting a man in the neck, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. Melvin Graham, 54, got into an argument Monday with an unnamed man outside his home at 28892 George White Road, the Sheriff's Office wrote in a news release.


  2. Baton Rouge homes painted as part of 12th annual national youth initiativeRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 17 | The Advocate

    Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- The World Changers team of 'Scrape, Spatter and Roll,' and a Baton Rouge police officer enjoy 'frozen cups' made by Gus Young neighborhood resident Cheryl Poole, seated on porch, during a break while the teens scraped and painted her home this week. Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- 'It is so pretty,' says Cheryl Poole, as teen World Changers volunteers put a new coat of paint on her Gus Young neighborhood home earlier this week.


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    Jun 28, 2015 | The Advocate

    Ask The Advocate: Is now the time to privatize DPW? Fix the traffic light on O'Neal Lane at Florida Boulevard Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Department of Public Works employees load sand into trucks in anticipation of possible icy road conditions in January of 2014. Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Department of Public Works employee Robbie Robertson uses a backhoe to dump bags of trash into a waiting dump truck as crews come together to clean up the parade route Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 following the Spanish Town Parade.


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    May 27, 2015 | The Advocate

    A Holden man was killed early Wednesday morning in what is suspected to be a single-vehicle accident in Livingston Parish, State Police have reported. Troopers were called to La.


  5. Holden urges lawmakers to preserve film tax creditsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2015 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, left, greets Doug Blake, center, executive producer of 'Parallax,' a 10-episode sci-fi series that will begin filming in Baton Rouge in June, just before a press conference Wednesday at Celtic Media Centre touting upcoming film projects, and their effect on local employment opportunities. At right is Liza Kelso, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, and just behind Blake is Stephen St. Cyr of Vivid Ink Graphics, a Baton Rouge company that has benefited from local film industry projects.


  6. Livingston Parish voters approve four tax renewals on Saturday ballot by wide marginsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2015 | The Advocate

    Livingston Parish voters approved four property tax renewals Saturday, including a scaled-back version of the health unit tax voters rejected in November. The margin of victory for the health unit was significant, with 4,772 votes, or 66 percent, in favor and 2,460 votes against the proposal, according to complete but unofficial returns posted on the Secretary of State's website.


  7. Our Views: Todaya s voting roundup for Baton RougeRead the original story w/Photo

    May 1, 2015 | The Advocate

    It's an election day again, with a number of tax renewals or other propositions on ballots throughout the Baton Rouge area. Here, we present our recommendations on two significant proposals before voters in Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.


  8. Voters in East Baton Rouge and area parishes to decide Saturday on tax propositions, a run-off raceRead the original story w/Photo

    May 1, 2015 | The Advocate

    Voters across the East Baton Rouge Parish metro area will head to the polls Saturday, considering a slew of property tax proposals that support local governments and schools. In East Baton Rouge Parish, voters protected by the St. George Fire District will consider whether to renew one of the department's existing 1.25 mills property tax and give them an increase of 2 mills.


  9. Metro Buzz: Final days at Redemptorist off limits to reportersRead the original story w/Photo

    May 1, 2015 | The Advocate

    The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge seems anxious that no public attention be drawn to the final days at Redemptorist High School, barring news reporters from covering milestone events like graduation. "Media will not be admitted to cover any school-sponsored events held on or off campus because we want to respect the privacy of Redemptorist students, their families, the faculty and the staff," wrote Donna Carville, diocese media liaison, in a letter to local media outlets.


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    May 1, 2015 | The Advocate

    Livingston Parish deputies believe a screwdriver was used to stab a 17-year-old in the face last month, wounding him so severely, it would be six days before he could talk to detectives. Authorities were called to a home in Holden on April 23 where they found the victim and were able to identify a suspect, but only by his street name, Dragon, according to a Friday news release.


  11. Lanny Keller: A shotgun marriage is still holding togetherRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | The Advocate

    In the long decades of political hostility between New Orleans and the rest of the state, there was probably a lot of satisfaction that the Crescent City was separated from us by swamps and large bodies of water. On the other side, New Orleans probably thought that culture and good food died trying to make the swim to Baton Rouge.


  12. Holden donates more than $10,000 to childrena s museum after Metro Council refuses to waive feesRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2015 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Mayor Kip Holden speaks to the crowd before the groundbreaking of the KnockKnock Children's Museum on Dalrymple Drive Wednesday. Mayor-President Kip Holden donated more than $10,300 of his own savings Thursday to the Knock Knock Children's Museum after the Metro Council rejected a proposal to waive fees to build the museum.


  13. Livingston Parish officials ask voters to take another look at three taxes rejected in 2014Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2015 | The Advocate

    Three Livingston Parish tax renewals that were rejected in 2014 elections are going back before voters on the May 2 ballot. The parish health unit, Live Oak Sports Complex and Holden-area fire department are all asking voters to reconsider their funding requests.


  14. Our Views: In Livingston Parish, a re-do for taxRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2015 | The Advocate

    When local officials in Livingston Parish bungled the presentation of a tax proposal for the health unit, they were punished at the polls last year by rejection of that proposal. On the May 2 ballot, the parish again asks voters to support public health with a 2.5-mill property tax, essentially a 10-year renewal of a long-standing tax, though at a lower millage, thus providing some tax relief.


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    Apr 9, 2015 | The Advocate

    An 18-year-old and two juveniles have been arrested on multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder after an early Wednesday morning drive-by shooting in Holden, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported. The three drove by a mobile home on Weston Hano Road at least three times, firing into the residence where seven people were inside, the Sheriff's Office wrote in a Thursday press release.


  16. Baton Rouge Metro Council votes, approves hundreds of thousands of...Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 8, 2015 | The Advocate

    Baton Rouge Metro Council votes, approves hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives to bring back Miss USA event in 2015 Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Miss USA contestants compete for a spot in the Top 15 during the preliminary competition in June 2014 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- The Miss USA contestants go head to head in pool volleyball game in May 2014 at the L'Auberge Casino.


  17. Earth Day celebration slated for April 19, list of performers releasedRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 1, 2015 | The Advocate

    Louisiana Earth Day is back April 19 to celebrate its 25th year in Baton Rouge with new exhibits and a full lineup of music and entertainment. New exhibits this year include a plant and seed swap, information about alternative fuel vehicles, bike safety for young people and an Earth Market.


  18. Log export operation at port ended with one shipmentRead the original story

    Mar 28, 2015 | The Advocate

    Ralph R. Stewart Jr. had been a Louisiana logger for decades before he became an iconic hope for resumption of large pine log shipments last year from the state to foreign markets. Demand for domestic timber dropped dramatically, as home construction dwindled in the years after the nation's slide into recession in late 2007.


  19. All aboard: Schneider will be host on cruise to CozumelRead the original story

    Mar 21, 2015 | The Advocate

    The actor/producer/writer/singer recently announced "John Schneider Offshore," a four-night trip in November aboard the Carnival Elation with a stop in Cozumel. The fun begins the night before in New Orleans.


  20. Letter: Group preys on votersa fears in brochure claiming tax hikeRead the original story

    Mar 11, 2015 | The Advocate

    Better Together sent a brochure last week to most of the registered voters who signed the St. George petition with a fallacious claim that their taxes will be raised when incorporation occurs. The St. George Committee projects a budget surplus.


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