|Front row, left to right, are 97.3 the Dawg employees Shelley Kilburn, Ramsey Leigh (2009 Colgate Country Showdown champin), Stephanie Crist, Krista Romero and Bruce Mikels. Back row are the Dawg’s Scott Bryant and Jude Walker||Stephanie Crist, Chris Mulkey and Pam Begnaud
|Judges Ken Holloway, Tracy Wirtz, Chris Foreman and Eddie Bodin
||Brittany Polaski – runner-up, KK Bellamy – 3rd place winner, and champion Ramsey Leigh|
|Leslie Burnum, Tina Shannon and Kristina Thurman||Mia Landry and Nadia Elsayed|
|Amy Pearce, Nadia Elsayed, Kristie Showalter and Judy Pellerault||Guests chat in the exquisite lobby|
|A sampling of some of the skin care Nouriche offers||Lance Beauchamp and James Deshotels|
|Beth Canterbury checks out one of the brochures|
Party Girl ditched her 4-inch stilettos for a night and pulled on her finest pair of boots to head on over to the annual Colgate Country Showdown hosted by 97.3 The Dawg. Sponsored by Service Chevrolet at Cowboys Night Club on a hot Saturday night, the event was a full house as eight phenomenal contestants vied to be the first-place singer. As they sang their hearts out, Blaine Roy and Second Wind provided the live backup music. This year’s champion was 16-year-old Ramsey Leigh of New Iberia. Leigh is not new to the spotlight as she has been singing with Acadiana music great Hunter Hayes for the past few years. This year’s panel of expert judges included TV and movie actor/producer/musician Chris Mulkey. Chris currently stars in the TNT show, Saving Grace, with Holly Hunter. Also judging was Eddie Bodin of Juicy Pear Studios in Crowley, Tracy Wirtz of Good Morning Acadiana on KATC-TV3, Christian Country award-winning music legend Ken Holloway, and Chris Foreman, owner of Stage Call Productions and production manager for the Cajundome.
Nouriche, a wellness and aesthetics medical spa in River Ranch, recently held an open house to give the public a glimpse of its magnificent facilities. Fresh fruits, veggies, and cheeses lined tables throughout the office, and champagne corks continuously popped. Guests were encouraged to tour the entire office space, which includes state of the art technologies and beautifully decorated rooms to give clients the best and most pleasant experience possible. The entire staff was on hand to answer questions about everything from procedures to skin care regimens. Dr. Kelly Cobb was also there to educate guests on the newest innovations that health care centers could offer. Nouriche offers five different categories of treatments: medical spa, laser center, weight loss/wellness, body contouring and medical practice, and it has numerous options and procedures available for Party Girls of all ages!
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.