36 teams compete in Diocesan Quiz Bowl

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Students from St. Jude Catholic School's fifth- and sixth-grade quiz bowl team discuss their answer to a question in the final round of the Diocesan Quiz Bowl on Saturday at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School in Baton Rouge.

Students in a rainbow of Catholic school uniforms swarmed the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church gym on Saturday along with parents, coaches and supporters at the Diocesan Quiz Bowl. Thirty-six teams, a total of 216 students representing 18 different parochial… Continue reading →


Search of Walker home finds about $10,000 in illegal drugs, $22,000 in cash, Livingston Parish deputies say

A search of a Walker home found about $10,000 worth of illegal narcotics and resulted in the arrest of the homeowner on drug counts, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday. Joe Mooney, 26, of 33701 Duff Road in Walker, is… Continue reading →


Plantation owners seeking answers about mercury pollution

CONVENT — The owners of two historic plantations in St. James Parish asked the Parish Council Wednesday to pay for tests that would determine whether the Noranda Alumina plant near Gramercy is causing mercury soil contamination. Norman Marmillion,… Continue reading →


THRIVE aids cancer survivor in battle

Photos provided by SCOTT MILLER -- Lucia Hamilton, director of pastoral care at Our Lady of the Lake, presents  Hero's Journey: Spiritual Transformation Through A Medical Crisis at Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Institute's lecture hall on Feb. 27. The seminar is part of an ongoing program of surviorship services available to anyone in the Baton Rouge metro area who has been diagnosed with cancer of any kind.

When Jennifer LeBlanc found a lump in her right breast on April 27, she was 37, and she worried. She’d just been to her annual gynecological check up two weeks before, and she worried that it was already there and had gone… Continue reading →


Govt. Street project meeting to be rescheduled

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- George Bolinger, left, acts as flagman and Jaquevias Groves, right, uses the prism pole in November as part of the survey crew in the area of Government and Camelia Streets.

New restaurants, shops and a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere are all the hype for the future of Government Street, but the project still has a long way to go. The public has not yet had the chance to weigh in on the upgrades that… Continue reading →

Zachary Plainsman

Students dress up for Living History Day

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- 'My name is Benjamin Franklin. I was known as one of the founding fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. I was a writer and inventor best known for my experiment with a kite and key. My face is on the $100 bill. I was born in 1706 in Boston and died in 1790 in Philadelphia.' - Charlie Melder, Karen Collins' class, Rollins Place Elementary

Just like a doll or toy that speaks or walks when you pull a string or press a button, second-graders at Rollins Place Elementary in Zachary brought history to life Feb. 20 during Living History Day. Dressed as famous historical figures,… Continue reading →

East Feliciana Watchman

Police jury tables variance request

The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Monday tabled a request for a subdivision variance for a lot in the Port Hudson area that may have been approved through earlier action by parish officials. The Planning and Zoning… Continue reading →

St. Francisville Democrat

Audubon Pilgrimage features Retreat

Photo provided by Amanda McKinney -- Retreat Plantation

Appearing at the 44th annual Audubon Pilgrimage on March 20-22 for the first time is Retreat Plantation, which was built about 1823 and first owned by Sarah Bingman and her husband, Stephen Cobb. After Cobb’s death, Bingman married… Continue reading →

St. Helena Echo

First responders get pipeline safety lessons

Advocate staff photo by Stephanie Warren -- First responders in St. Helena Parish learn about pipeline safety and what to do in the event of an emergency during a meeting Feb. 25. at the Police Jury building in Greensburg.

St. Helena Parish first responders learned about pipeline safety during a Feb. 25 meeting with representatives of Colonial and Plantation Pipeline companies at the Police Jury building in Greensburg. St. Helena Parish Homeland Security Operations Manager Rita Allen said it is important… Continue reading →