Southside

Children get their say in planning of playground

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Children work on art projects Saturday at the Gardere Initiative's headquarters.

Three-year-old Nathaniel Hollie spent Saturday morning telling Baton Rouge parks and recreation officials his favorite forms of play, along with many other children of all ages at the Gardere Initiative’s headquarters on Ned Avenue. BREC Assistant Director Diane Drake passed out radio-controlled… Continue reading →

Livingston

Critics claim Livingston’s road overlay list may violate state law

With the contract signed and crews mobilizing within two weeks, Livingston Parish’s road overlay program continues to draw criticism for the roads that made the work list. Residents who previously fought for tougher road standards in the parish have… Continue reading →

Ascension

Attorneys for Bayou Corne residents seek $12 million in fees from settlement

Attorneys who represented Bayou Corne residents in a class-action lawsuit over the Assumption Parish sinkhole are asking a federal judge in New Orleans for legal fees that amount to 25 percent of the $48.1 million settlement award. The request, if granted,… Continue reading →

Southeast

Children get to voice opinions in planning of playground

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Children work on art projects Saturday at the Gardere Initiative's headquarters.

Three-year-old Nathaniel Hollie spent Saturday morning telling Baton Rouge parks and recreation officials his favorite forms of play, along with many other children of all ages at the Gardere Initiative’s headquarters on Ned Avenue. BREC Assistant Director Diane Drake passed out radio-controlled… Continue reading →

Zachary Plainsman

‘Hairspray’ cast to perform at Arts for Autism

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Members of Zachary High's cast of 'Hairspray', rehearsing a scene in January, will reprise their roles March 2 at Arts for Autism, a fundraising showcase at the Manship Theatre. Cast members, from left, are Tony Collins as Seaweed; Kyla Bates as Little Inez, Jamarcus Smith as Pinky; Breann Burson as Penny Pingleton; Emma Dry as Tracy Turnblad; Eric Scherrer as Wilbur Turnblad; Cece Kelly as Edna Turnblad; and Alana Scott as Motormouth Mabel.

The Manship Theatre Student Advisory Board has invited members of Zachary High School’s cast of “Hairspray” to perform at the Arts for Autism fundraising variety show benefiting research for autism spectrum disorder and the local nonprofit, Unlocking Autism. Unlocking Autism was founded… Continue reading →

East Feliciana Watchman

St. Francisville Democrat

Exhibit partners photographer, painters

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Darlene Reaves holds the photograph that inspired the 'Paint My Photograph' exhibit as well as artist Joe Savell's painting, behind them on the wall. Savell owns Backwoods Gallery in St. Francisville where the exhibit is on display through March.

St. Francisville photographer Darlene Reaves is a self-described “Katrina transplant,” having moved to West Feliciana in 2005 following the storm. “I started photographing this beautiful area once I landed here,” said Reaves, a former teacher. “What a treat this is for me.”… Continue reading →

St. Helena Echo