Parkview Baptist baseball team couples volunteerism, faith

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Patsy DeShazo, center, got help from Parkview Baptist baseball team members and volunteers to load three truckloads of food from the Associated Grocer's trade show for donation to the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Gathering are, first row from left, Darius Jones, Matthew Perret, Brendan Aguillard, Brett Boone, William Nelson, Wesley Jackson and Brennan Cunningham; second row, J.P. Veal, Hunter Joubert, Patsy DeShazo, Madison Rumfola, Sydney Tonguis and Patrick Hart; third row, Marshall Saucier, Chandler McClure, Graham Peavy, Hayden Pickens, Jared Kilcrease, Hunter Tyler and Payton Heap; and fourth row,  Adam Tarver, Eric Wharton, Andrew Lemoine and Wes Anderson.

For the Parkview Baptist High School baseball team, showing up to load trucks for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank wasn’t much different than any team exercise, really. Instead of tossing a baseball, they were passing boxes of food left… Continue reading →


Motorcyclist killed in Livingston Parish crash

A motorcyclist was killed when he ran off the road shortly after 6 p.m. Friday on La. 22, east of La. 16 in Livingston Parish, according to State Police. James B. Geter, 46, of Maurepas, was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound… Continue reading →


‘Turnaround’ plan yielding positive results for Ascension schools

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Third grade teachers at Lowery Elementary, from lower left clockwise around table, Mark Bell, Katie Holmwood, Allison Saunders, Kaycee Smith, Samantha Waldrop, Monica Irving, Amber Landry and Katie Esteves, work together on ways to help their students better learn math, in one of the group meetings that happens daily for all the teachers at the Donaldsonville school.

— The staff at Lowery Elementary in Donaldsonville celebrated when it learned recently the school’s score on state assessments moved up a letter grade, from an F to a D. While far from the honor roll, the achievement… Continue reading →

Zachary Plainsman

Candle-making teen enjoys sweet smell of success

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Taylor Bice, 17, owner of Lagniappe Candle Company, is a Zachary native and Slaughter resident. The teen entrepreneur makes, markets and ships her own fragrant, paraffin soy wax candles. Bice attends Louisiana Connections Academy and will graduate in June.

A turning point in 17-year-old Taylor Bice’s life was when her hobby of candle-making became an authentic business. The decision to go into the candle business, the Zachary native says, came when she realized she could make a better quality candle than… Continue reading →

East Feliciana Watchman

Fallen officers honored at memorial

Advocate staff photo by Stephanie Warren -- U.S. Marshall Henry Whitehorn was the keynote speaker at the memorial ceremony and expressed how honored he was to take part in the event.

A memorial honoring law enforcement officers who died on duty was unveiled Oct. 16 during a ceremony on the grounds of the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton. Dozens of members of law enforcement, public officials, community members and the families of… Continue reading →

St. Francisville Democrat

Settlement in the works in lawsuit over West Feliciana land

Parish President Kevin Couhig emerged from a 40-minute executive session Monday with a compromise plan to resolve a lawsuit stalemate, avert an expensive trial and possibly end a contentious issue that has caused bitter… Continue reading →

St. Helena Echo

Actress Alfre Woodard spends time at St. Helena school

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Actress Alfre Woodard interacts with a group of 6th graders at St. Helena Arts/ Tech Academy kicking off its Turnaround Arts Program on Monday, October 13, 2014 in Greensburg.

Grammy-nominated actress Alfre Woodard swayed and danced to the beat of the drums and wailing trumpets as she made her way to the entrance of St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy. Once inside the school, students listened as Woodard and… Continue reading →