INDEPENDENCE: LOUISIANA’S “LITTLE ITALY”

By: LaTasha Baker INDEPENDENCE- In 1852, a village named “Uncle Sam” was a project of the New Orleans and Nashville Rail Road Company. According to Bill Dorman, Amite librarian in the Genealogy Department said that these companies planned to establish a settlement and sell land to develop the area, but never got off the ground. […]

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SINGLE MOTHER SUCCEEDS AGAINST ALL ODDS

By LaTasha Baker HAMMOND-Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni, Sandra Broussard, 64, began her journey in motherhood at the age of seven years old. Despite being denied an education during her childhood, multiple pregnancies, abusive relationships, divorced and a widower, Broussard defied the odds and pursued her dreams for education. Broussard was the eldest of eight siblings. […]

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NO MORE SHEETS

NO MORE SHEETS By:  LaTasha Baker COVINGTON- Tuesday, 23-year-old Stephanie Johnson, had her youth group laughing so hard, they were falling on the floor during an activity at Celebrate Recovery. Stephanie Johnson volunteers for the Celebrate Recovery program every Tuesday. She is a team leader for one of the base groups of the Celebration Recovery […]

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The Pursuit of Living

THE PURSUIT OF LIVING Fighting is what Louisiana resident, Martha Robertson Mitchell does every day. The 38-year-old fighter, currently undefeated, faced her toughest opponent in 2013. After two weeks in Acoma, Martha opened her eyes and was surrounded by tubes from the ventilator, a tracheal tube lodged in her throat and her hands restrained to […]

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Pass It On

PASS IT ON The gift of giving back to the community is like running in a race with teammates. One runner starts and passes the baton to the next teammate who continues to run until he reaches the next runner. Likewise, successful business people are inspired to share the knowledge of their success to help […]

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