|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!
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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