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Photos: Drum corp clinic helps teach kids music, life goals

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From left to right, Joshua Mason, 10, Drum Major Tzyon Williams, 7, Braylon Barnes, 10, and Quintin Williams, 11, perform Saturday at the Spencer Drum Clinic on Dallas Drive.

The Spencer Drum Clinic, run by retired teacher and former Southern University Band section leader Kelvin Spencer and his wife Perlinda Spencer, helps young kids by teaching them about music and the values of discipline and studying, to reach their goals. He teaches the drumming classes, including how to read music, and she takes care of a myriad… Continue reading →

Photos: Acadiana mourns Mayci Breaux, Jillian Johnson — two young women treasured in their communities, taken by violence

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Dondie LeBlanc Breaux, the mother of Mayci Breaux, right, grieves outside of The Church of the Assumption following a funeral mass for Mayci on Monday in Franklin.

Family, friends and comunity members gathered to mourn the victims in last week's mass theater shooting during funerals and memorial services.… Continue reading →

Photos: BREC center groundbreaking

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- BREC Supt. Carolyn McKnight, center, digs in at a groundbreaking for the Anna T. Jordan Recreation Center Saturday at BREC's Anna T. Jordan Community Park, at 1750 Stilt Street. She's flanked by, from left to right, Jamie Cleveland, 11, EBR Mayor-President Kip Holden, Landon Briggs, 10, Tourian Barton, 8, April Hawthorne, Legislative Asst. to Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, Anna T. Jordan Park program coordinator Kendall Aguillard, Seth Barton, 6, his sister Madisyn Barton, 3, and Recreation Manager Dominique Barlow.

A groundbreaking for the Anna T. Jordan Recreation Center was held on Saturday. The center, which includes a fitness center, computer lab, and more, was funded by state construction dollars. After the event there was a Community Music and Heritage Festival… Continue reading →

Photos: Candlelight vigil held Friday night on UL-Lafayette campus for victims of theater shooting

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana State Rep Stephen Ortego holds the Acadian Flag along with students in the Quad on the campus of Louisiana-Lafayette Friday July 24, 2015 for a candlelight vigil in honor for the victims of Thursday nights shooting at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, La..

Images from the day after the tragic shooting at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Photos: Scenes from the Grand 16 Theatre shooting in Lafayette

Police surround the Grand Theatre following a deadly shooting Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (Brad Kemp/The Advocate via AP)

Law enforcement and other emergency personnel responded to the scene of a shooting at the Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette Thursday.… Continue reading →