Southside

Lessons come closer to home as students learn about Louisiana tribes

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- First graders including, left to right, Landon Prechter, Owen Connison, CC Pickering, Chloe Clement and Reese Perron mime drawing back the 'string' on their 'bows,' during the performance of the Buffalo Dance at St. George Catholic School, which has revamped its Thanksgiving pageant into a learning opportunity about Native American culture in Louisiana.

The first-graders at St. George Catholic School have been learning a version of the buffalo dance, a Native American call for a successful hunt, for the past 20 years as part of their Thanksgiving celebration at the school, said Michelle Ventola, a… Continue reading →

Livingston

Suspect identified, sought in Hammond shootings

The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect in a shooting Monday that sent two men to the hospital. Deputies are asking the public for help finding 22-year-old Louis L. Perry Jr., of Hammond, who is wanted… Continue reading →

Ascension

Racism, obstruction of government claims fly in Gonzales; councilman resigns, another up for recall

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Gonzales City Council member Timothy Vessel Sr. waits for the start of the council meeting on June 23.

A rift in Gonzales framed by allegations of obstructionist government on one side and racism on the other led to the resignation of a City Council member Tuesday and a second councilman headed to a Dec. 6 Continue reading →

Southeast

Lessons come closer to home as students learn about Louisiana tribes

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- First graders including, left to right, Landon Prechter, Owen Connison, CC Pickering, Chloe Clement and Reese Perron mime drawing back the 'string' on their 'bows,' during the performance of the Buffalo Dance at St. George Catholic School, which has revamped its Thanksgiving pageant into a learning opportunity about Native American culture in Louisiana.

The first-graders at St. George Catholic School have been learning a version of the buffalo dance, a Native American call for a successful hunt, for the past 20 years as part of their Thanksgiving celebration at the school, said Michelle Ventola, a… Continue reading →

Zachary Plainsman

Putting some PEP in their steps

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Early Learning teachers  Sheri Broussard, Tonya Fullerton, Carla Connor and Lauren Felder, from left, perform a dance number to the Jackson 5's 'ABC' during a community pep rally Nov. 20 celebrating Zachary's 10 years as the top school district in the state.

The Zachary Community School District’s story practically writes itself — 10 years at No. 1 following the decision 11 years ago to gain independence from East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Each year, the district credits maintaining standards of excellence, a student-centered philosophy… Continue reading →

East Feliciana Watchman

East Feliciana coroner may be first to receive a salary

St. Francisville Democrat

Angola inmates make sugar cane syrup the old-fashioned way

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Inmate Russell Waxler, right, pulls out 'slack' from a mule-powered sugar cane grinder at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Tuesday, as inmates and corrections staff work together to make syrup from sugar cane planted on the prison's grounds. In background are inmate Pete Clement, left, and Angola Field Operations Captain Marks Allen, center.

Inmate Pete Clement, the mule driver, bit into a syrup-sopped biscuit as armed prison guards looked on. “Boy, that is good!” he said. Tuesday was syrup-making day at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Last… Continue reading →

St. Helena Echo

Decorating the mansion’s halls

Advocate staff photo by Stephanie Warren -- Talented Visual Arts Students at St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy were honored by First Lady Supriya Jindal with an invitation to decorate Christmas ornaments for the Governor’s Mansion trees.  In front row from left are fourth grade student Xavier Webber, fourth grade student Demond George, fourth grade student Jesus Gonzales, third grade student Ja’Myria Robertson, third grade student, second grade student Christopher Johnson, third grade student James Causey and fourth grade student Antione Baker.Pictured in middle row from left are third grade student  La’keria Martin, third grade student  Christopher Brumfield,Jr., fifth grade student  Meosha Martin, fifth grade student Jakiya Johnson,  fifth grade student Darrick Johnson,  fifth grade student Mya Martin, fourth grade student Caden Harvey,  fourth grade student  Marcus Higginbothan, fifth grade student  Da’mya Taylor, and fifth grade student Ken Jackson. Not pictured is third grade student Dedrico Robinson. Pictured in back row from left are  Jo’el Givens, M.Ed., Talented Visual Arts Educator, Shannon Scott, Co-Principal SHATA, Donna Jackson, Co-Principal SHATA, and Donna Reno, M.Ed., Chief of Innovation St Helena Schools.

Visual arts students at St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy were invited by Supriya Jindal to decorate Christmas ornaments for trees at the Governor’s Mansion. The students’ ornaments represented a combination of Louisiana’s rich culture and many sports and the joy… Continue reading →