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West Side Journal Review for June 7

Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Local World War II veteran Judd Dukes shared his memories of storming the beach at Omaha at just 17 years old. Read more about Mr. Dukes and see photos of our visit here.

The Justice for Fatrell Organization is calling on the City Council to create a Community Oversight Board, saying the trust with the Port Allen Police Department is tarnished. The organization formed in response to the 2017 murder of Fatrell Queen, which remains unsolved. Learn what a Community Oversight Board is and where the organization is at in the process here.

A former Brusly town traffic ticket clerk was arrested after detectives discovered more than $80,000 in cash deposits missing. Carlisa Askins worked for the town for 7 years and was charged with Felony Theft (in excess of $25k) and Malfeasance in Office. You can read more about the investigation here.

The Best Little Poboy House in Port Allen closed its doors last week, but the previous owner Michael Broussard said the shop already has a new owner and will re-open shortly. The new owners have asked to remain anonymous until they make a formal announcement. Broussard said the concept and menu will likely remain the same. Here’s how the Poboy shop started.

Other stories:

RaceTrac opened in Addis this week. 

Local Pastor takes on Great Cycling Challenge to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Lane’s Corner Cafe opens in Addis. The cafe offers southern comfort foods with daily lunch, dinner and dessert specials. 

Calling all West Side Scouts! The West Baton Rouge Museum will open the “Prepared for Life: Scouting in WBR” exhibit tomorrow with a special scout reunion beginning at 6 p.m. 

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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