Welcome to DrumBeats, the electronic home of The Drum, bringing community news from Ponchatoula to Baton Rouge.

As you know, Hurricane Ida tore through the state and significantly damaged our parish. Citywide, we have started the long process of rebuilding. For The Drum, rebuilding means re-imaging ways to publish and distribute the news you have come to expect. This begins with the newsletter you are reading now: DrumBeats.

Through these DrumBeats, The Drum staff delivers thoughtful reporting and local features to your inbox, while breaking news, event announcements, and DrumRolls are continuously shared on social media @theDrumNews.

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Why? Because community news matters. Subscribe now and never miss a Beat. Get full access to DrumBeats and exclusive features. Every new issue features stories that display the strength, intelligence, and celebrations of communities across South Louisiana. Take a moment, stroll through DrumBeats, and read our archives. And invite others to read DrumBeats.

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Community newspaper covering Ponchatoula, Hammond, and Baton Rouge since 1986. Send tips by email to news at thedrumnewspaper dot info to Eddie Ponds publisher.
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