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 →


Judge allows engineering firm to seek payment in Livingston Parish’s ongoing Gustav cleanup controversy

After months of debating whether to sue its monitoring firms, Livingston Parish now has no choice but to square off in court against the firm that oversaw a portion of the $59 million in Hurricane Gustav debris removal that FEMA has refused… Continue reading →


Gonzales council gives nod to interim appointments after Vessel recall, Lacombe resignation

Two chairs at the council table were empty — one vacated by a recall, the other by a resignation — when the Gonzales City Council on Wednesday approved a temporary replacement for one of those positions and recommended… 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 →