Confident and kind, Flower Picker protagonist Amelia is not afraid to be herself. In 17-year-old author Olivia Marie Spallino’s literary debut, Amelia wholeheartedly tackles difficult subjects of bullying, heartbreak and disappointment in entertaining neighborhood adventures. As the story progresses, readers witness Amelia grow from her experiences and develop a strengthened sense of confidence and self-discovery. Although Spallino says that Flower Picker is a work of fiction, she does acknowledge that the novel “is not a true story, but a story based on true events.” Today, Spallino travels to local schools promoting her book and writing. “I’m very passionate about writing,” Spallino says as she describes the visits. “I could talk for hours about what I love.” With its positive messages regarding self-confidence and acceptance, Flower Picker is perfect for middle-school readers. It is available for $12.95 at And Books Too, The Little Paintbrush, J & R Educational Supplies, The Book Rack, A-Bryan’s Jewelers, Coccolare Spa and Teche Drugs and Gifts. You can also find it in New Iberia at Books on the Teche or in Opelousas at the Back In Time Café and Teacher’s Playground. The Kindle version of Flower Picker is for sale in the Amazon Kindle store. – Katie Macdonald
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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