Embattled Gonzales Councilman Gary Lacombe resigns; He was target of recall effort

Gary Lacombe

Gonzales City Councilman Gary Lacombe resigned Tuesday, almost two weeks before a recall election targeting him and fellow councilman Timothy Vessel on Dec. 6. Lacombe provided a letter to the Secretary of State’s Office by hand on Tuesday stating his resignation. According to Meg Casper, press secretary with the Secretary of State’s… Continue reading →

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Additional guardsmen dispatched to Ferguson

A row of burned cars sit on the lot of a used car dealer Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Dellwood, Mo. The cars are one example of property damage caused by rioters after a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered additional members of the National Guard to Ferguson, where violent… Continue reading →

Destrehan teacher accused of having sex with student pleads not guilty in St. Charles

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Former Destrehan High teacher Shelley Dufresne, left,  leaves the courthouse after appearing in St. Charles parish Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Former Destrehan High School teacher Shelley Dufresne made her first court appearance Tuesday in St. Charles Parish… Continue reading →

Angola inmates take a step back in time, make sugar cane syrup the old-fashioned way

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Inmate Russell Waxler, right, pulls out 'slack' from a mule-powered sugar cane grinder at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Tuesday, as inmates and corrections staff work together to make syrup from sugar cane planted on the prison's grounds. In background are inmate Pete Clement, left, and Angola Field Operations Captain Marks Allen, center.

Inmate Pete Clement, the mule driver, bit into a syrup-sopped… Continue reading →



It’s Denham Springs vs. Zachary in Friday night football

Scenes from the Denham Springs High School-Zachary High School Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, football game.… Continue reading →

The LSU Tiger band spells out

True BR: Tiger Stadium an iconic destination in Baton Rouge (Video)

Ronnie Haliburton, former LSU player and now Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of LSU facilities and grounds, shares why he believes Tiger Stadium is an iconic part… Continue reading →


Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) shows signs of pain before being briefly taken out of the game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, during their game against Alabama in Tiger Stadium.


‘Duck Dynasty’ star makes ‘Dancing’ finals

ABC photo by Adam Taylor -- Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas react to the judges' scores on Monday night's 'Dancing with the Stars.'

Louisiana contestant Sadie Robertson has made it to Tuesday’s finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The “Duck Dynasty” reality show personality and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas wowed the judges Monday night with a repeat of the… Continue reading →


Facing HIV/AIDS: Years of treating patients illustrated in graphic art of retired psychiatrist

Advocate photo by ROBIN MILLER --  Eric Avery's molded paper woodcuts,  'The Face' project, show the graphic and sometimes horrific course of AIDS. The piece is part of his exhibit, 'The Art of Eric Avery, M.D.: HIV/AIDS Witness, Healer, Survivor,' which runs through Dec. 7 at the LSU School of Art's Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery in the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Warning: Eric Avery pulls no punches. His artwork is graphic and sometimes horrific. But so is the world of HIV/AIDS, where its victims experience a daily dose of fear, despair and hopelessness. Those were the conditions Avery… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro hits the mark from start to finish

Photo by Tim Arnold -- The fig cobbler with brandy sauce at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro was outstanding.

Sometimes eating out is about sustenance, and sometimes it’s the night’s main event. Our party enjoyed the latter recently at Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro in Lafayette. Elegant yet relaxed, we enjoyed good food and good conversation with charming service. The… Continue reading →


Photos: Angola Sugarcane Syrup

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Inmates Ernest Hancock, left, and Rene Gaines work at feeding in sugar cane on a mechanically-driven grinder at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Tuesday,  as inmates and corrections staff work together to make syrup from sugar cane planted on the prison's grounds.

yrup-making day at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Images from the harvest and process of make syrup.… Continue reading →


Common Ground: Thankful for some time to catch up

If your children are not in a holiday camp, chances are they are doing what my children are doing today — watching Netflix movies, snacking and asking questions about which relatives homes they’ll visit tomorrow. Holiday and winter break periods… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Judge rules reporter does not need to testify in Baton Rouge attorney’s defamation lawsuit

A reporter for The Advocate will not have to appear in court as part of a Baton Rouge lawyer’s federal defamation lawsuit against a police detective. In quashing the motion that would have required reporter Jim Mustian to testify… Continue reading →


Baton Rouge security firm acquired by Universal Protection

Baton Rouge security company American Citadel Guard Inc. has been acquired by California-based Universal Protection Service, a division of Universal Services of America and one of the largest providers of security services in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.… Continue reading →

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