|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!
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
Easy crafts in time for Easter