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Gene Simmons, 93, Retired Principal

Arnold Eugene (Gene) Simmons of Baton Rouge passed away on Feb. 12, 2021 at the age of 93 with Gloria, his wife of 74 years, at his side. Gene was born in Baton Rouge to Lille and Shelton Simmons. He was a graduate of Istrouma High School where he was on the football and basketball […]

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Carolyn Shelton, Long-Time Christian Warrior

 Carolyn Louise Thompson Shelton was born in Baton Rouge on May 6, 1947. She loved remembering her childhood in simpler times where days were filled with trips to the river, playing football with the neighborhood kids, and devoted family prayer.  Later in life she would give the same roots to her own family. Being a […]

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Gov. Mike Foster: The Peoples’ Governor

Former Gov. Mike Foster passed away Sunday at his home, Oaklawn Manor, in Franklin. With his passing, Louisiana lost its best governor since the mid-1950’s, and I lost a dear friend. Mike Foster never worried much about polls or getting reelected, but doing the right thing for the people of the state seemed always to […]

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Central Schools Mourn Lt. Carter

Members of the Central Community School System are mourning the loss of Lt. Terry Carter, Sr., longtime sheriff’s deputy who has been assigned as School Resources Officer for Central schools. Lt. Carter reportedly died of a heart attack while out of town with his family. Central schools Supt. Jason Fountain said, “We are just devastated. […]

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Les Strange Passes Away at Age 76

MS, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He was a retired boilermaker with Local 582.   A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Les is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Strange; son Scott and wife Sheila Strange of St. Francisville; daughter, Kristy and husband, Kevin Hearld of […]

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Onnan “Ross” Primm, Jr., 1960 CHS Grad

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Onnan “Ross” Primm, Jr., loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 78.  Ross is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Grogan Primm; children: Deirdre “Dee” Primm McGill, Kimberly Primm Wiggins, Stephen Stasny and Wesley Stasny; grandchildren: Meghan Walker, Hali Talley, Kelsey McGill, Harry Wiggins, Jr., […]

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Hutch Hutchinson Passed Away, Was Active at Fellowship Baptist

“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that […]

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Central Residents Came Out to Honor EBR Sheriff Lieutenant Steven Whitstine

Steven D. “Slim, Whit, Tex MacGyver” Whitstine, 42, born on August 3, 1976, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 6:30 a.m. His passions were his family, friends, K-9s, entertaining, art, and music. He leaves behind to cherish his life and memory his wife of 20 years, Elisha Whitstine; son and his wife, Jude and […]

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President George Bush As I Knew Him

The news that President Bush died put a lump in my throat as I began to remember all the many kindnesses he bestowed on my wife Diane and me and our family. He was a true and faithful friend! One of my favorite times was our trip with President Bush to Honduras in 1998 to […]

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Danny & Cheryl Brown: A Love Story

The passing of Danny Brown last month could be reported as a loss to Baton Rouge of a master photojournalist who covered such historic events as the Apollo moon landings and the career of LSU All-America Pistol Pete Maravich. Or the focus might be on the intimate access he had at the Governor’s Mansion during […]

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