Oct 5, 2013
Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling -- When Baton Rouge's Scott...
In 1995, when Scott and Bonita Hollingsworth bought a 67-year-old wooden yacht named Bon Conge, they thought the hard part would be getting it home from Maryland.
Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office Searching for Burglary Suspect
The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding a suspect wanted for burglary.
Buzz on Business: Louisiana jobless insurance claims drop
<![CDATA[Stone Lakes Homeowners Association members will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ayers Career College, 8820 Jewella Ave. in Shreveport. Guest speakers will be Tira Glover, a representative of the Area 3 Neighborhood Assistance Team, and Shreveport police Cpl. Monique Robinson, a liaison officer. Call Bonita Bandaries at (318) 635-7335 or send email to her at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. BATON ROUGE -- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week that ended Feb. 16 decreased from the previous week's total. State Labor Department figures show the number of initial claims decreased to 2,426 from the previous week's total of 2,829. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,007 initial claims. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,821 from the previous week's total of 3,177. Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week that ended Feb. 16 decreased to 29,100 compared to 29,781 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 30,433 from the previous week's average of 31,309. HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States by one last week to 1,761, according to Baker Hughes Inc. In its weekly report, the Houston-based oil field services company says 1,329 rigs were actively exploring for oil and 428 for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes counted 1,981 working rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Pennsylvania gained six rigs last week, Texas' count rose by five and Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado and West Virginia each gained a rig. Oklahoma lost nine rigs, North Dakota shed four, Wyoming's count decreased by two and Louisiana and New Mexico each lost a rig. California's count remained unchanged. The nation's rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999. WASHINGTON -- Smithfield Packing Co. is recalling about 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that was distributed in 11 states, including Louisiana, plus the District of Columbia. The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that the Virginia company recalled certain containers of a product called "Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll" because they might contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves. The problem with the sausage that was produced Jan. 11 was discovered after the company received two consumer complaints. There have been no reports of injury. In addition to Louisiana and the District of Columbia, the sausage was distributed in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Consumers with questions about the recall should call toll-free at (877) 933-4625. -- From Staff and Wire Reports
Caddo votes to pursue consultants for superintendent search
Video streaming by Ustream Despite public outcry, the Caddo Parish School Board voted Tuesday to move forward in seeking a consultant to find its next superintendent.
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Pineville High School Class of 1963 reunion set for April 27
<![CDATA[The Pineville High School class of 1963 reunion will be held April 27, at the Diamond Grill 924, Third St. in Alexandria. The reunion committee is seeking information and current addresses for the following graduates: Leon Ball, John Boles, Mary Jane Brossett, Bonita Clements Whitter, Betty Kay Miller, Wanda Shelton, Sandra Simpson Giansante, Mack Winstead, Rita Ewing Salles, John Paul Selby, Delores Jeannie Goble, Mary Elaine Lachney, Don McNichols, Glenda Oliver, and Leona Pollard. Information regarding graduates contact the committee at (318) 640-0547 or email email@example.com.