March 25, 2013 8:37 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Testimony has ended in the trial of an East Feliciana Parish man accused of killing an ex-girlfriend and her 3-year-old son, and trying to kill two other children of hers - including his own daughter. Dominique Dantoni Smith is accused of killing Jessica Johnson Palmer... more »
December 26, 2012 8:59 AM
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Progress Point, a business park planned near Acadiana Regional Airport, is on schedule, with designs expected to be complete within the next 90 days. Mike Tarantino, president and CEO of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, tells The Advocate the park is a project of the... more »
May 29, 2012 8:42 AM
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - One of several Iberia Parish school system properties that was for sale is now off the market. The Advocate reports the Iberia Parish Council approved last week the purchase of the former Grand Marais Elementary School in Jeanerette for $75,000, saying it planned to use... more »
April 18, 2012 10:01 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - After 15 minutes of deliberation, a Lake Charles jury found Seth Arceneaux not guilty of starting the blaze that destroyed Millennium Park in January 2011. Millennium Park, a wooden playground built by volunteers, burned in the early morning of Jan. 9, 2011. It has since... more »
April 9, 2012 6:02 AM
SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Sulphur Parks and Recreation Director Norman Farr says the city's newest park should be completed by Dec. 1. The Grove at Heritage Square will be a pedestrian park. The American Press reports - unlike the city's other parks - it won't have playground equipment or ball... more »
March 12, 2012 9:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - BREC's Farr Park Equestrian Center and RV Campground along River Road has some relatively new residents: two bald eagles that may be parents. The nest and the birds were discovered about three weeks ago when a horseback riding instructor saw the nest and informed others... more »
March 5, 2012 6:25 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A man accused of burning a Lake Charles city park will stand trial in April, not Monday as was originally scheduled. Seth Arceneaux faces a charge of simple arson in the blaze that destroyed Millennium Park on Jan. 9, 2011. The American Press said police... more »
February 23, 2012 10:29 AM
SPRINGFIELD, La. (AP) - Tickfaw State Park near Springfield has been closed due to high water. State officials say the Tickfaw River is rising and that the park will be closed until Monday, when the waters are expected to subside. The river is expected to crest at 14 feet Wednesday... more »
February 6, 2012 12:04 AM
Lafayette General honored a Lafayette woman with the Making a Difference award for going above and beyond, giving life saving CPR to a jogger who had collapsed. Monday, January 9th started as any other day for Gary Dodson. He went to work and then around 11:30 went home for lunch... more »
January 27, 2012 9:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Parks in Slidell, La., and Iuka, Miss., are getting federal grants to improve their marinas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Slidell's Heritage Park is getting $1.5 million, with $802,500 going to J.P. Coleman State Park in Iuka. Marinas in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida,... more »
January 23, 2012 10:51 AM
BENTON, La. (AP) - Businessman William "Buddy" Lucky says he feels south Bossier has been forgotten when it comes to kid-friendly sports parks. He says that's why he gave 20 acres to the parish for a park, and agreed to sell it another 40 acres. Parish Attorney Patrick Jackson tells... more »
October 15, 2011 11:53 PM
Beautiful weather and tons of events going on across Acadiana, one of the biggest rivalries though was UL Homecoming verses Festivals Acadians et Creoles.
You couldn't tell that the festival was competing at all for attendance against UL. Thousands packed into Girard Park ready to listen to the sounds... more »
April 24, 2011 11:52 PM
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at West End Park. Officials say one person was shot and transported to a local hospital.
Investigators say the shooting took place just after 7:30 Sunday evening and the extent of the victims injuries are unknown.
April 11, 2011 9:29 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The plan to transform the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's 100-acre horse farm into a park is still very much a work in progress following the City-Parish Council's approval to borrow $6 million to buy the land. City-Parish President Joey Durel says the details of the... more »
December 30, 2010 9:36 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Police say a man's decomposed body was found in a park near downtown Shreveport. Sgt. Bill Goodin says investigators could not even tell the man's race. He says the body was found Wednesday morning against a fence on a wood line near an old baseball field... more »
November 19, 2010 8:07 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Community Foundation of Acadiana says businesses, individuals and local governments have pitched in nearly $300,000 since October to keep Palmetto Island State Park open in Vermilion Parish. Construction on the $13 million park was complete this year, but state budget cuts nearly kept it closed... more »
November 17, 2010 5:05 PM
Today, at a joint announcement with Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), Lt. Governor Scott Angelle announced that $284,000 has been secured for the operations of Palmetto Island State Park. Donors to the Palmetto Island State Park Fund Include: AGL Resources - $75,000 Chesapeake - $35,000 Stir the Pot Fundraiser -... more »
October 22, 2010 2:54 PM
The Opelousas General Hospital sponsored a Paint the Town Pink day on Friday, October 22, 2010. Park Vista Elementary participated by decorating the front of the school as well as doors to various classrooms. ALL Staff members wore pink shirts and about 80% of the student body also wore pink... more »
October 21, 2010 9:50 AM
Lafayette Animal Aid is having Bark in the Park Sunday, October 24th at Girard Park from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
This is a fun family event with dog contests, raffles, fun jump, food, vendor booths, local rescue groups, games, and Krewe des Chiens "Royalty Raffle" drawing for the... more »
October 20, 2010 1:00 PM
Iberia Parish placed four schools on lockdown around 10:00 a.m. as a precaution due to the search for escaped inmate Paul Collins Jr.
Tips led authorities to an apartment complex off Rogers Street. Due to their proximity to the search, Johnston Elementary, Hopkins Elementary, Park Elementary and Anderson Middle... more »
October 18, 2010 12:21 PM
VILLE PLATTE - Join the site naturalist for a relaxing yet informative hike through the woods on Saturday, October 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Louisiana State Arboretum.
The program will introduce participants to the beauty of our different forest types, focusing on the prominent features of... more »
September 30, 2010 10:20 AM
An 18-million dollar state park sitting vacant in Vermilion Parish will open to the public. Lt. Governor Scott Angelle made the announcement this morning. Palmetto State Park was scheduled to open earlier this year after seven years of construction, but due to budget cuts there was no money to open... more »
September 13, 2010 11:57 PM
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is celebrating the win at their first home game of the season. But for some Cajun fans, the euphoria quickly ended as soon as they left the field. Some had to pay nearly $250, after they parked at Westwood Village Shopping Center across Bertrand... more »
August 25, 2010 2:49 PM
As requested, PovertyPointReservoirState Park, Delhi – Guided Trail Hike, 10 a.m. Join a park ranger on a guided tour throughout the park’s trail system to observe wildlife, bird watch, identify flora and fauna and much more. For more information call... more »
August 19, 2010 7:36 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's newest state park opens next week. The Louisiana Office of State Parks says Bogue Chitto State Park, located outside of Franklinton, will host its grand opening on Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with the official ribbon cutting, the park is... more »
August 3, 2010 4:21 PM
BY PATRICK FLANAGAN / THE DAILY IBERIAN
A 7-foot alligator was wrestled and removed from City Park Monday morning.
Tony Migues, director of the city's parks and recreation department, said the gator was first sighted Friday in Devil's Pond, but by Monday morning, it had positioned itself on... more »
July 28, 2010 1:57 PM
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials say one person was killed and two others were injured in a bear attack at a campground north of Yellowstone National Park. Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim says Park County officials reported a male was killed and two others were injured... more »
July 23, 2010 6:48 AM
VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The Chicot State Park is getting an upgrade. The Louisiana Office of State Parks is opening two deluxe lodges on the state park on Aug. 3. Also, the park is adding a new pavilion, fishing pier, boat launch and playground. Stuart Johnson, the assistant secretary... more »
May 19, 2010 10:25 AM
GRETNA, La. (AP) - The death penalty will not be sought for a construction worker accused of snatching a woman from a New Orleans-area park before raping her and killing her. That's according to the Jefferson Parish district attorney, who says the death penalty is being waived to improve the... more »
February 23, 2010 3:45 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state spent $13 million on Palmetto Island State Park, a new park in Vermilion Parish that was supposed to open later this year. But parks officials say Palmetto Island won't be able to open at all, with the funding proposed in Gov. Bobby Jindal's... more »
January 11, 2010 12:48 PM
Detectives arrested 42 year old Jose Segura charging him with First Degree Murder. Segura is accused of fatally shooting 22 year-old Allen Aucoin Junior. Lafayette Police say around 3:30 Sunday afternoon a woman playing tennis at Beaver Park walked into the women's bathroom and found Aucoin shot to death. Aucoin... more »
January 10, 2010 6:58 PM
Lafayette Police have cordoned off part of Beaver Park on Fisher Street after a man's body was found. The white male with a goatee was discovered around 3:30 Sunday afternoon in the women's restroom.
Police were able to identify him but it's being withheld until his family is notified.His... more »
December 7, 2009 12:48 PM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - An Opelousas resident says the city must rename the North Park Civic Center because the man it was recently named after is still alive. Lena Anderson says former Alderman Louis Butler Sr., who also was among the first black sheriff's deputies in St. Landry parish, is... more »
November 26, 2009 11:29 AM
D.P.S. Police Officer Stops Rape In Progress
BATON ROUGE - Late Wednesday night, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) police officer patrolling the Louisiana State Police headquarters campus in Baton Rouge stopped an aggravated rape in progress at BREC's Independence Park.
Shortly before midnight on November 25th, the... more »
November 25, 2009 2:33 PM
Victim Spoils Armed Robbery Attempt
On November 24, 2009, at approximately 10:40 pm, a male and female victim was walking through Girard Park when they were approached by two black males wearing black hooded sweat shirts. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victims and demanded their... more »
November 16, 2009 11:10 PM
Residents of the Youngsville neighborhood Holliday Gardens have a real problem with traffic, theft, and property damage.
Those residents came together to figure out what can be done to curb these problems.
They met with both Lafayette Sheriff's and city police tonight about forming a neighborhood watch.
... more »
November 5, 2009 6:35 PM
Park Vista Elementary officials say they don't agree with how the Department of Social Services handled an alleged case of child abuse. Wednesday, a four year old student showed up at school with severe burns to his feet,allegedly at the hands of his father.
Both the school and D.S.S.... more »
November 4, 2009 6:32 PM
An Opelousas father is accused of putting his child's feet in boiling water.
Opelousas Police say Carey Cortez was upset because the child wet the bed.
The school's principal says the boy arrived this morning walking slowly, saying his feet hurt. His teacher removed his socks and shoes... more »
October 29, 2009 11:14 AM
October is Breast Cancer awareness month and the Susan G Komen foundation is committed to a world without breast cancer. In Louisiana, one in eight women will be diagnosed with some type of cancer, also, Louisiana is number one in breast cancer mortality. This year, Komen Acadiana will hold its... more »
October 23, 2009 7:55 AM
The 4th Annual Jeep Jaunt gets rolling Sunday morning at Celebrity Theatres in Broussard. The 35-mile, police escorted ride takes off at 9:30. For a unique wine tasting experience with cuisine from local chefs, head to Hilliard University Museum this weekend. The Acadiana Wine and Food Festival will offer elegant... more »
October 20, 2009 8:56 AM
The Breaux Bridge man who was convicted of video voyeurism, will learn his fate today (Tuesday, October 20th). 44-year-old Duane Champagne is scheduled to be sentenced. Champagne admitted to taking pictures of young bikini-clad girls at Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge. He faces up to two years in... more »
October 16, 2009 8:37 AM
The International Rice Festival runs through Sunday, October 18th. GMA's Tom Voinche is the Grand Marshall for Saturday's Parade.
The 2nd Annual Boudin Cook-off will be held this Saturday at Parc Sans Souci from 10am-4pm. 20 different meat markets will have samples for 50cents each. Downtown St. Martinville is... more »
October 7, 2009 1:27 PM
Lafayette's Boudin Cook-Off will bring together the top 20 professional and amateur boudin makers from across Louisiana and there will be more than 1,700 pounds of boudin to sample in three categories - traditional, specialty and "unlinked" (not in casing). The free event will be held Oct. 17 from 10:00... more »
September 23, 2009 12:36 AM
Pooches in the Park
Sunday Sept 27th 11 am to 4 pm held at Park des Pont in Breaux Bridge Fundraiser for St. Martin Humane Society. Food, Pet Adoptions, Vendors & Children's Pavilion with Fun Jump, Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Games, Pony Rides.
Open to public.
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