Lafayette education officials seek help from legislative delegation

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Burnell LeJuene speaks to a group of school board employees and local legislators on issues affecting the school system during a breakfast Monday at the W.D. and Mary Baker Smith Career Center in Lafayette.

Lafayette Parish School System leaders appealed to their state representatives and senator for help in supporting legislation during the upcoming session that could provide fixes to accountability issues, critical teacher shortages and school and student health services funding. Some of the issues were discussed last year at the school system’s annual legislative breakfast, such as making… Continue reading →

View All Latest News

Lafayette airport served more than a half-million passengers in 2014; sixth record-breaking year

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- A plane sits at the terminal of the Lafayette Regional Airport in Lafayette.

Historic black church in New Iberia destroyed by fire

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- The Little Zorah Baptist Church was destroyed by fire over the weekend in New Iberia.

Less than 12 hours after a Sunday evening service at Little Zorah Baptist Church in New Iberia, only… Continue reading →

BP to call first witnesses as it fights for lesser oil spill penalty

FILE - In this June 4, 2010, file photo, Steve Gardner scrapes oil from the sand along a 700-yard long strip of oil that washed up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. Pictures of fouled beaches and dead, oil-coated birds flashed on a courtroom screen as attorneys for the federal government outlined their case Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in New Orleans, for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) ORG XMIT: GARV202

It will be oil giant BP’s turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for… Continue reading →



Southern’s ‘Human Jukebox’ performs in Atlanta

Southern University’s marching band, known as the “Human Jukebox,” took to the field at Atlanta’s Georgiadome Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, competing against eight other historically black universities.… Continue reading →

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Riverdale High School's Donte Jackson, left, eludes the grasp of Grace King High School's Leronta Butler, right, during a football game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers

The first time Riverdale coach Brett Bonnafons saw film of Donte Jackson was during Jackson’s sophomore year. He was so impressed that his initial two-word… Continue reading →


LSU's Jalen Mills headed to trial in early April for simple battery charge, could face 6 months in prison or $1,000 fine

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior safety Jalen Mills

LSU defensive back Jalen Mills will head to trial on April 8 for a charge of simple battery. A trial date was set during a status hearing last week, court records show, and it could impact Mills’ participation in spring practice.… Continue reading →


Hollywood sign seekers disrupt neighborhood

Apps, maps and blogs are helping tourists find their way up curvy roads in search of the best view of the iconic Hollywood Sign. But the increased congestion is driving frustrated residents to take action.… Continue reading →


Getting their kicks: Get ready to smile at Of Moving Color’s ‘Kick it Out’ show

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Marlon Grigsby, left, and Rebecca Sawyer practice their steps -- the smiles comes naturally -- to 'A Wink and a Smile' for Of Moving Colors' upcoming 'Kick It Out.'

Smiles are contagious in the studio on Sunday afternoons. That’s when the cast of 80 youngsters gathers in the Powell Moise School of Dance to rehearse for Of Moving Colors’ annual community show “Kick It Out.” The show… Continue reading →

Food & Dining

Red beans and rice: A take on the classic Louisiana dish from Food Network’s Melissa D’Arabian

This Jan. 12, 2015 photo shows red beans and rice in Concord, N.H. This is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

When I was growing up, beans and rice were an end-of-month staple. As money got tight, my mom would whip up a beans and rice casserole, a healthy, budget-friendly choice that stretched our pantry a bit longer. Not that we necessarily appreciated… Continue reading →


Photos: Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Kyle Holzl of San Diego attempts to keep himself warm before the New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Race in New Orleans, La. Sunday, on Jan. 25, 2015.

More than 13,000 registered for the race that began near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and winded its way through the CBD, the French Quarter, along the Esplanade and Bayou St. John ridges and to the lakefront before ending at City Park. Approximately 3,500 took… Continue reading →


Common Ground: Teen readers to pick their top books

The polls don’t lie. If you think teen readers are a dying group, then it might be worth visiting Scotlandville Magnet High today when hundreds of students will cast ballots for the year’s top teen book. The 2015 Louisiana Teen… Continue reading →

Police & Fire

Ascension Parish escapee recaptured

A man who escaped Monday while in the custody of an Ascension Parish deputy and still in handcuffs was recaptured Tuesday. Ricard Rodriguez, who is accused of sex crimes in Georgia, ran from a deputy with his hands cuffed behind his… Continue reading →


Americana in Zachary buys nearby land for commercial development

The developers of Americana in Zachary have purchased a 36.5-acre tract across the highway from the traditional neighborhood development that they plan to put to use as commercial property. EV-Americana North bought the land for $1.4 million in a deal that was… Continue reading →

Today’s Front Page

Front page image for this publication Subscribe to the eEdition