Women get healthy with help of YMCA scholarships

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Naomi Collier lost 154 pounds at the YMCA after receiving a scholarship to help with the cost.

Naomi Collier has struggled with weight for years, but she admits she used her first summer membership at the Southside YMCA mainly to hang out at the pool in her spare time. “A friend of mine was a lifeguard, so I came… Continue reading →


Denham Springs man sentenced to 10 years in child porn case

— A Denham Springs man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to 83 counts of pornography involving juveniles. Lawerence J. Richard Jr., 46, was determined to be a member of a peer-to-peer network involved… Continue reading →


Man wearing ‘Duck Dynasty’ type beard tried to rob store early Friday

An armed man sporting a fake beard, resembling the facial hair of men in the popular reality television show “Duck Dynasty,” tried a Halloween morning trick at an Assumption Parish daiquiri shop. But he ended up with… Continue reading →

Zachary Plainsman

13 Questions with Firefighter Rudy Shoats

Rudy Shoats.

NAME: Rudolf “Rudy” Shoats AGE: 45 BIRTHPLACE: West Germany HOMETOWN: Zachary OCCUPATION: Full-time, contract firefighter with the Zachary Fire Department, part-time firefighter with the West Feliciana Fire District and volunteer with the… Continue reading →

East Feliciana Watchman

Spookiest house in town awaits trick-or-treaters

Advocate staff photo by Marcia Willis- Arguably the spookiest house in town, Hill Crest House, at the corner of Bank Street and Feliciana Drive in Clinton, is decorated for Halloween.

It’s black cats, skeletons and ghosts at Hill Crest House at the corner of Bank Street and Feliciana Drive in Clinton. This time of year, the house is arguably the “spookiest house in town” as the eyes of a huge black cat… Continue reading →

St. Francisville Democrat

Creativity front and center at Yellow Leaf Arts Festival

Advocate staff photo by M.W. Willis -- Jewelry designer Catherine Rouchon of Compass Rose and her mother Sharon, from East Feliciania Parish, display sterling silver and gem designs at the Yellow Leaf Festival.

The sun was shining, the bands were playing and creative people from near and far gathered Saturday and Sunday in St. Francisville for the 12th annual Yellow Leaf Arts Festival in Parker Park. About 50 booths featuring hand-crafted items and food clustered… Continue reading →

St. Helena Echo

Senior citizens honored for service

Advocate staff photo by Stephanie Warren -- Gathering Oct. 10 during a St. Helena College and Career Academy football game are senior citizens from the community. Attending the ceremony are, from left, St. Helena College and Career Academy head coach Brandon Brown, Laverne Sims, Charlie Overton Sr., Madeline Hall, the Rev. Peter Donald and St. Helena Parish School Sytem President Richard 'Scott;' Galmon.

Senior citizens of St. Helena Parish were honored Oct. 10 during a home football game at St. Helena College and Career Academy. The academy honored Charlie Overton Sr., Madeline Hall, the Rev. Peter Donald and Laverne Sims for their contributions to… Continue reading →