Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
A literary arts organization is working to make students and other youth more proficient in literacy through creative writing and performance in select public schools of Baton Rouge.
Forward Arts Inc. was originally a division of the Big Buddy Program, but it has kick-started its own venture to provide public school students with free creative writing and poetry workshops in 2014. The organization services students by holding in-school programs and events such as a monthly open mic and a city-wide poetry slam festival for teens.
"It is a part of the mission of Forward Arts to provide learning opportunities for young people via the arts," said Program Director Donney Rose, "Specifically our programming focuses on helping students become more expressive and proficient writers through the genre of poetry."
Rose graduated from Southern University and is a former employee of the EBR Parish School System. He is also certified in Advancing Youth Development, and became a teaching artist in 2007.
"We also provide performance opportunities for students outside the school setting," said Rose, who is also a veteran performance poet of 14 years.
The program, called the ‘WordPlay Writing Project', enrolls a total of approximately 120 students in four public schools: Dutchtown High, Port Allen High, Baton Rouge High, and Glasgow Middle School. In 2014, Forward Arts will be trying to add Southeast Middle School, McKinley High, Glen Oaks High, and Broadmoor High School to their roster. In addition, Forward Arts includes a weekly after-school writing workshop.
The Project was spearheaded by Rose and Executive Director Chancelier Skidmore. Skidmore is a top ranking world slam poetry competitor. His work has been published in the anthology, Spoken Word Revolution Redux by Sourcebooks mediaFusion and the New Delta Review by the LSU Press.
The organization's open mic forum allows students to show off their writing skills through performance.
Ja'Marcus Goudeaux, a student at East Feliciana High School, explains in a Forward Arts YouTube campaign video how the program has given him a voice. "Before poetry, I didn't know how to express myself. I was just quiet about all of the problems in my life," he continued, "there was just something about advocating my feelings to others. I felt like I could use that ability to be somebody."
"Our programming is multi-tiered. At our monthly teen open mic, ‘Freshhhh Heat', we have an audience of 200 [or more] youth, with an average of 30 youths performing per event," said Rose.
At the beginning of December, Forward Arts Inc. launched Spring Forward, an online fundraising campaign to sponsor WordPlay. Officials from the organization disclosed that the funds are needed because the selected schools cannot "afford the cost of residencies due to budget constraints."
The campaign is aimed at raising $15,000. "So far we have raised $1,277. We definitely have a ways to go," Rose explained. And it seems they are determined to make their goal so that students from across the parish can continue to express themselves through literary arts.
According to the website, the next scheduled performance of the Freshhhh Heat Teen Open Mic & Poetry Slam is set for January 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Admission for the event is $5.00.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>