Plunging enrollment key issue in closure of Redemptorist High, Junior High in May 2015

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Diocese of Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench, center, speaks at a press conference Friday morning, announcing that  low enrollment will cause the closing of Redemptorist Junior and Senior High Schools at the end of the current school year (June 30, 2015), but that Redemptorist Elementary will remain open. Melanie Verges, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, is at right, and Geraldine Bordelon, a member of the Catholic Diocesan Schools Advisory Board, is at left at the announcement, held at the Catholic Life Center.

Diocese of Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench announced Friday that Redemptorist Senior and Junior High school will be closing at the end of this school year in May due to declining enrollment. Continue reading →

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Metro Buzz: Roper accuses Metro Council member of violating court orders

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Baton Rouge City Hall

Fired Parish Attorney Mary Roper has accused Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle of breaking court orders not… Continue reading →

BRAF: St. George would have to hike property taxes if incorporation effort succeeds

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --  Dustin Yates, right, helps Rebecca Mouk sign up during a petition drive for supporters of the City of St. George outside Louisiana Lagniappe on Bluebonnet Boulevard. in Baton Rouge in this January 2014 Advocate file photo.

If St. George successfully incorporates and becomes a new city, the new government and school board would have… Continue reading →

Family remembers Baton Rouge shooting victim as charismatic, loving young man

Photo provided by Jordan Douglas -- Christian Allen

Whether he was making music, relaxing with friends or playing with his newborn son, Christian Allen always knew… 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 →

Associated Press photo by Mark AlmondLSUs Jordan Mickey looks to shoot in front of UABs Tosin Mehinti during the second half of Thursday's game. LSU won 79-70.

Video: LSU forward Jordan Mickey says the Tigers' adjustments paid off against Alabama-Birmingham

. LSU forward Jordan Mickey scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the Tigers' 79-70 victory at Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday. Click… Continue reading →


Rabalais: Wrapping up Christmas gifts for the LSU football team

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) and LSU head coach Les Miles celebrate as they head to the locker room after the Tiger's 30-27 win over Florida, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Before I dash out to finish my Christmas shopping (don’t judge me), here are a few presents I’d like to bestow on the LSU football family: -- For coach Les Miles, a fresh white LSU hat to wear during the… Continue reading →


‘Annie’ star Quvenzhané Wallis talks about acting, school and future dreams

Invision/AP photo by EVAN AGOSTINI -- Actress Quvenzhane Wallis attends the world premiere of  'Annie' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York Dec. 7.

Quvenzhané Wallis, the 11-year-old actress who received an Oscar nomination for her performance in the Louisiana-set fable “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” wants to make acting a career. An animal lover who travels with her tiny Yorkie poodle, Sammie, she wants to be… Continue reading →


Dads and their children build mangers for Christmas lesson

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Sawyer Earnest, 7, pounds in the nails to hold the legs on a manger she and her father Todd built during a Manger Build family-bonding activity at Parkview Baptist Church.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

The Plant: Whimsical name, seriously good food

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Plant restaurant in Plaquemine offers a whole new take on shrimp and grits.

First, a confession: We’re kind of partial to businesses with a hint of cleverness in their names. Not having been to The Library bar off LSU’s campus, we still can’t help but enjoy the wry joke as students tell others of their evening… Continue reading →


Photos: BRPD toy giveaway

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Santa arrives in the Baton Rouge Police bearcat during a toy giveaway sponsored by department at Audubon Elementary, Friday, Dec. 19.

Baton Rouge Police Department “adopted” Audubon Elementary this holiday season. Officers delivered approximately 1,000 toys donated by officers to children at the school Friday morning.… Continue reading →


Edward Pratt: A little girl’s Christmas letter

Maybe, just maybe, she’s doing something right, Qiana Thomas-Armstead thought when she saw a Christmas letter that her 7-year-old daughter wrote to a terminally ill little girl. “It brought tears to my eyes,” Thomas-Armstead said. “It got me over a tough period… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Baton Rouge Crime Blotter: Two booked in rape of intoxicated woman

Baton Rouge police on Wednesday arrested two men accused of raping an intoxicated woman. Readd Paul Lacoste, 23, and Damian Jefferson, 25, were drinking vodka Sunday at the victim’s apartment, according to an arrest report. Once the woman… Continue reading →


Louisiana adds 21,800 jobs over past 12 months

Louisiana added 21,800 nonfarm jobs over the past 12 months, while the state’s unemployment rate edged up for the seventh straight month in November to 6.5 percent as even more people sought work. “The sustained growth in Louisiana’s labor force is dramatic,”… Continue reading →

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