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

Denham Springs police release name of officer in Monday fatal shooting

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Denham Springs Police investigate the scene where a man brandishing a pistol was shot once by a Denham Springs Police officer Monday afternoon. Police Chief Scott Jones said the man was ordered repeatedly to drop his weapon and was shot when the man did not comply.

Denham Springs police have named the officer involved in a fatal shooting Monday afternoon. The officer, Michael Brien LeBlanc, has been placed on administrative leave while the incident remains under investigation, city Detective Glenn Lemoine said Friday evening.… Continue reading →

Ascension

Ascension deputies find ‘Toe’ Nash, booked on flight, failure to register as sex offender

Ascension Parish authorities located Gregory “Toe” Nash — a former professional baseball prospect and convicted sex offender — at a residence off La. 937 shortly after 8 p.m. Friday after receiving several anonymous tips on his whereabouts, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said in… 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