Durel: ‘I continue to be baffled by the decisions this council makes’

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Katina Richard, adoption coordinator for the Lafayette Animal Shelter, carries two puppies to see their mother, who came in to the shelter heartworm positive, on Tuesday afternoon. Richard said the puppies are about fourteen weeks old, and will be going up for adoption soon.

A proposal by City-Parish President Joey Durel to support animal control services with property taxes now legally restricted to mosquito control and the parish health unit died a quick death at Tuesday’s City-Parish Council meeting. Also on Tuesday, the council signed off on an agreement to lease the University… Continue reading →

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Letter: Community support needed

The Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council is a coalition of independent education stakeholder groups with a common commitment to improve overall academic achievement, eliminate the achievement gap… Continue reading →


Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

Video: The Spirit of 45

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the… Continue reading →




Food & Dining

Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake

Associated Press photo by Matthew Mead -- Honey Applesauce Snack Cake With Orange Glaze has loads of fiber, healthy whole grains and a good taste.

My grandma Ursula relied on honey to solve nearly any culinary or health problem. Have a nagging nighttime cough? Swallow a spoonful of honey. Chocolate sauce not smooth enough? A dab of honey will do it. My mom loved honey,… Continue reading →



Police & Fire

Deputies search for man who flees drug deal, discards gun

Jyrah Bringier

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a convicted felon who fled from a suspected drug deal in Donaldsonville last week, leaving behind a handgun, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said. Jyrah Bringier, 22, 128 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville,… Continue reading →


Norco renewable diesel plant returning to operation

The Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco is expected to return to production next week, according to joint-venture partner Darling Ingredients. The facility has been shut down since an explosion and fire on Aug. 3. Darling said the start-up process began on… Continue reading →