Southeast Crime Blotter for Dec. 8-14, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14: Assault / Battery 17000 BLOCK, MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE, DEC. 13, 3:00 a.m.… Continue reading →


FEMA grants helping owners of Livingston Parish properties battered by floods, hurricanes

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- A car and trailer sit in floodwaters in the Maurepas area of Livingston Parish on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.  An $11 million FEMA grant being used to purchase flood-prone properties in Livingston Parish and either tear them down or raise them above flood levels has been applied to many properties along La. 22 in the parish. Within the next year and a half, the parish plans to look over  90 flood-risk properties, most of them which will be elevated in accordance with flood standards. According to the grant, property owners will pay a quarter of the cost to raise their property, with the parish covering the remainder.

La. 22 winds along the Amite River for a stretch in south Livingston Parish, where homes tower on stilts or rest on stacks of bricks or cinder blocks. A few small buildings and mobile homes sit… Continue reading →


‘We finally did it’ — construction to start on long-awaited Ascension DPW building in Donaldsonville

A long-awaited and much-debated building in Donaldsonville to house Ascension Parish public works equipment and employees appears to be a month from construction after the Parish Council backed a key funding agreement Thursday. The 8,155-square-foot facility is planned for 5 acres… Continue reading →


Gingerbread houses more than just sweet treats for Southside woman

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- Melissa Parrino adds peppermint detailing to her gingerbread replica of the Orangarie.

Melissa Parrino has many niches, but her daughter, Katie Guitreau, who works at the LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Gardens, agrees that baking is one of them. It goes a little deeper than just baking, though. Parrino builds gingerbread houses, and fairly elaborate ones… Continue reading →

Zachary Plainsman

Council OKs restaurant site plan

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Mayor David Amrhein and City Councilmen meet Dec. 9 for the last meeting of 2014. Amrhein and members recognized eight-year Councilman John Coghlan of District 3 and 13-year Councilman Dan Wallis of District 4. Coghlan lost the Nov. 4 election to Laura O'Brien and Wallis is retiring. Ben Cavin won Wallis's seat over Sharon McKnight. Wallis is seated and standing, from left, are Francis Nezianya, Amrhein, Tommy Womack, Coghlan and Brandon Noel.

The Zachary City Council at its Dec. 9 meeting agreed with planning and zoning’s recommendation to approve the site plan review for Zaxby’s restaurant. If all goes according to schedule, the restaurant should begin construction in March and take about four months… Continue reading →

East Feliciana Watchman

Teams take to Jackson streets for annual race

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Teams in the ninth-annual Ebenezer Scrooge Reindeer Races in Jackson competed Dec. 13 to see which team was the champ. The races are sponsored by the Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee. First place team and overall winner was St. Francisville Mayor Billy D'Aquilla and Marcus McGehee, and second place team was Clinton Mayor Lori Ann Bell and Police Chief Fred Dunn. Competing teams included Town Marshall Larry Sagely and Natile Busillo; tax assessor Jeff Gardner and Garrett Gardner; Jackson town treasurer Holli Gilmore and Noel Gilmore; Scotty Dawson and Chris Guillot of the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department; and Norwood Alderman Willie Duncan and his wife Tonia Duncan. The 'O-Fish-Al, O-Fish-Al' was Jim Hendrickson of JTEC with participating 'O-Fish-Als' Martin MacDarmaid and Katrina Pearson, among several others.

The ninth annual unconventional, if not zany, Ebenezer Scrooge Reindeer Races presented by the Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee took off Saturday in the town of Jackson. Jim Hendrickson, of JTEC, whose title for the event was “O-Fish-Al,” initiated the first of four… Continue reading →

St. Francisville Democrat

Around West Feliciana: St. Francisville mayor takes 1st in Ebenezer Scrooge Reindeer Races

Stacy Gill

Congratulations are in order for St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla and his sleigh, Buttercup. The West Feliciana mayor is the winner of East Feliciana’s ninth annual Ebenezer Scrooge Reindeer Races held Saturday in the town of Jackson. D’Aquilla partnered with East… Continue reading →

St. Helena Echo

Around St. Helena: Last minute this, last minute that

We’ve all taken notice of the Christmas decorations in the stores for months, yet still forgot to buy something for that special someone, in-laws or the office Christmas party secret Santa game. Shopping locally is always your best bet for finding… Continue reading →