Baton Rouge authorities expand search for missing 4-year-old boy

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Law enforcement officers talk with family members of  a missing 4-year-old boy Monday as they search near his home on Robertson street.

Authorities have expanded the search for a missing four year old boy on Monday afternoon, as no new leads have emerged. More than 50 officers have canvassed homes near where the boy was last seen, according to Baton Rouge Police. The FBI, EBR Sheriff’s Office and Center for Missing and Exploited Children are all involved in the search, said… Continue reading →

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Ask The Advocate: Firewood — a lesson before buying

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Esses Smith sells cords of firewood, as well as smaller stacks, at 8074 Pecue Lane.

Q. With our mild winters here, I and some acquaintances depend on our fireplaces… Continue reading →

Sources: A&M has contacted LSU defensive coordinator Chavis who hasn't signed Tigers' new deal

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis watches pregame warmups before the Tigers' win over Sam Houston State on Sept. 6.

Texas A&M has reached out to LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis about its open coordinator position, multiple… Continue reading →

Police seek man who allegedly kidnapped 7-year-old girl from BREC park, sexually assaulted her

Photo provided by BRPD -- Police released a picture of a car relevant to the investigation of a kidnapping on Dec, 13, 2014, at Gus Young Park. The car is described as a golden or tan Nissan Maxima with four doors.

A man who authorities are trying to identify kidnapped a young girl from a BREC park one day… Continue reading →



BRPD, Santa deliver toys to Audubon Elementary students

Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department welcomed Santa Claus to Audubon Elementary Friday and helped the man in red deliver gifts to students.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Madeleine Smith, 14 months, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree as the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans plays one of four Christmas concerts in south Louisiana Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at the Northshore Harbor Center near Slidell. The Marines will return to Slidell on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for their annual Toys for Tots distribution.

Video: Wishing you Happy Holidays from The Advocate

The Advocate gives a different type of breaking news notification. Leslie and Donney Rose deliver a holiday poem to Advocate followers to wish readers and web users a… Continue reading →


Video: LSU left tackle La'el Collins says he wants to take everything in when he plays his last game for the Tigers in the Music City Bowl

. LSU left tackle La'el Collins talks about his collegiate career and playing in his last game with the Tigers in the Music City Bowl. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →


Southern film critics name ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ top film

Photo provided by Fox Searchlight -- From left, Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori star in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

The Southeastern Film Critics Association named “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” writer-director Wes Anderson’s ensemble comedy set in central Europe between the world wars, its top movie of 2014. Writer-director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” an epic story of a boy filmed over a… Continue reading →


It’s ‘just a bite,’ but experts blame grazing the holiday spread for packing on pounds

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 11-20-07. 00009696a. Alphabet Soup: Tracy Kock's Christmas food.

It’s called grazing. That mindless movement of hand to mouth, hand to mouth, over and over again. And this is the grazing season, where just like cows on the levee, we park ourselves next to the holiday spread and chew and… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

At home in a revived historic hotel, Covington’s Oxlot 9 is making a case for road trip dining

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Chef Jeffrey Hansell works in his open kitchen at Oxlot 9, a Covington restaurant for Southern cuisine.

The streets of Covington were predictably quiet as we approached the Southern Hotel on a recent weeknight. Less expected was the bustle we found inside the hotel. Small groups of people seemed to be on self-guided tours,… Continue reading →


Lafayette temple setting for Hanukkah celebration

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Rabbi Barry Weinstein and Gail Johnson dance to Cajun music during a Chanukah celebration at Temple Shalom in Lafayette Sunday Dec. 21, 2014.

A Hanukkah celebration was held at Temple Shalom in Lafayette Sunday Dec. 21, 2014.Continue reading →


Hillyer: Might Dardenne make a run at Vitter? Race for Louisiana governor could surprise

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne leads a town hall meeting on tourism and economic growth Wednesday at Vermilionville in Lafayette.

Unhatched political chickens? Don’t count them, of course. Especially in a Louisiana governor’s race, like the one about to kick into gear early in 2015. In early spring of 1987, a Tulane law student and former intern in Bob Livingston’s congressional… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Lafayette police look for man who threw lit fireworks at protesters

Authorities are investigating a Saturday afternoon incident in which someone threw lit firecrackers into a crowd of protesters right after a Lafayette demonstration against police brutality. A man got out of a white pickup truck and threw the fireworks — “like Black… Continue reading →


Two Piggly Wiggly stores rebranded as Shoppers Value Foods

Two local Piggly Wiggly grocery stores have been rebranded as Shoppers Value Foods, which sells items for 10 percent above what they cost the supermarket. The stores at 5355 Government St. and 9702 Greenwell Springs Road are the first two in the… Continue reading →

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