But behind Jacob Crouch's sunny disposition was a depression so deep that it led him to take his own life on Dec. 14, 2005. He was only 24 years old.
After his death, McElligott and Crouch's friends threw a 3-day party with three bands to honor their friend. "Jacob loved to throw parties," McElligott says. "He had this annual luau at his house, which we were actually planning on before he committed suicide. So we thought about holding a three-day music festival in his name to honor him." Held in the back yard of friend Josh Landry, the first Crouchstock was held on Memorial Day weekend 2006, with some 500 people in attendance.
The group also raised $30,000 in Crouch's name and formed the Jacob Crouch Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of suicide. This year's Crouchstock, the second event for the group, will serve as the foundation's annual fund raiser. Right now, the foundation's primary purpose is to educate kids about suicide.
"We talk to these kids," McElligott says, "and we give them the facts about suicide because people don't like to talk about it. We're trying to break away from that taboo. It's a very dark subject, but it doesn't have to be. The more we get out there and talk with kids, we can tell them that suicide is caused by depression, which is a mental illness. It doesn't need to be shunned away and put in the closet because that's when the problems start."
Crouchstock kicks off with live music at noon on Saturday, May 12 at Parc International in downtown Lafayette, with performances by The People's Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Travis Matte & The Zydeco Kingpins, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Dustin Ray & Southern Groove, Lil' Nathan and the Zydeco Big Tymers, The Richard Revue and True Man Posse. For more information about Crouchstock and the Jacob Crouch Foundation, visit www.injacobsmemory.org.
A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
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A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
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It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
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An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
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