Friday was Patrick Courreges' last day on the job with The Advocate's Acadiana bureau. On Monday, he started his new job as the Department of Natural Resource's public information officer.
After serving seven years in the U.S. Navy, Courreges attended LSU, where he was editor of The Reveille. In 2001, he began working for The Advocate's Capitol bureau and became Acadiana's bureau chief in 2004, covering education and politics.
"I've covered politics and that's always kind of been my interest - governmental coverage," Courreges say. "I had my fair share of the story of the century there - the double hurricane blast. There's not a lot to do that I haven't at least had a taste of." Courreges adds that he believes in government service, doing something for more than just a paycheck. "It's kind of what drew me into journalism too when I was done up with my Navy hitch. And that's what appeals to me here, is doing something for a state I care a lot about. It ain't big, but I feel like I'm doing my part."
Roy Miller, The Advocate's state editor, says the paper has not named a new chief for the Acadiana bureau but is still looking to fill the position.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.