|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!
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
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Pat Bowlen steps down; typhoon caused Taiwan plane crash; Arizona execution botched and more national and international news for Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
Smoked meat, fresh sides and the best boudin around
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
Kelly Guidry Open House
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.