McDonald's honors came in Class II competition, which includes publications across the state with circulation below 50,000; the winners were announced over the weekend in Natchitoches.
Here’s what the judges had to say on the Hud piece: “Too many stories back into the plot. I like how this winning story on Mark Hudspeth breaks fast out of the gate. The aggressive approach keeps the story moving and easy to read. The writer states the coach envisions his Cajuns ‘breaking loose from the bonds of mediocrity and not wasting any time about it.’ In this case, the coach definitely met up with the right reporter.”
McDonald, who also writes a regular golf column for The Daily Advertiser, garnered first place in the pro event writing competition for his coverage of the Louisiana Open golf tournament and a second place for a column on a charity golf event. In all, McDonald took home four firsts, one second and one third, accumulating the most points (points awarded on a 3-2-1 basis for first through third place) in 14 regular writing categories to be named Sports Writer of Year. This year marks the fourth time McDonald has earned the top honor in his career.
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.
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.