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  • Kenner offices closing for Christmas, New Year

    December 20, 2013 8:11 AM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - Officials in Kenner say city offices and the brake tag station will be closed Monday through Wednesday for the Christmas holiday and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Year holiday. There will be no garbage pickup on Christmas or New Year's Day. Garbage routes... more »
  • 'Jane Doe' to be exhumed before Christmas

    December 16, 2013 7:22 AM

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk says the body of an unidentified woman who was hit by a vehicle and killed in south Mississippi in 1998 will be exhumed before Christmas. Relatives of Nelda Louise Hardwick of Lake Charles, La., believe she is the one... more »
  • Harps and Handbells for Christmas

    December 11, 2013 7:15 AM

    Affiliated Blind of Louisiana and Bayou Harp Circle have joined forces to create Harps and Handbells for Christmas. On Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m. a musical Christmas performance by St. Cecilia Children's Handbell Choir, Bayou Harp Circle, and guest musicians and singers will benefit Affiliated Blind of Louisiana. The... more »
  • Loyola New Orleans celebrates Christmas with snow

    December 2, 2013 9:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' weather forecast on Wednesday is calling for snow. That's thanks to Loyola University New Orleans. It will blanket the lawn of the Marquette Horseshoe, fronting historic St. Charles Avenue, with 20 tons of manufactured snow. The annual Sneaux@Loyno event, sponsored by the Office of... more »
  • Youngsville Family Searching for Loved One

    December 26, 2012 7:14 PM

    A family is searching for their 81-year-old loved one after he took off on foot Christmas Eve. 81-year-old Ray Nino disappeared mid-morning on Christmas Eve. He left his step-son's home on Southfork Drive in Youngsville. His family had no idea where he was until Jennings Police told them they found... more »
  • Holiday Shipping Deadline Quickly Approaching

    December 17, 2012 5:06 PM

    It's the last week before Christmas, and today is considered the busiest shipping day of the year for the United States Post Office. The deadline has passed for regular package shipping, but if you use priority or express mail, the deadline is December 22nd. This year, the post... more »
  • ASA Louisiana Christmas Concert

    December 11, 2012 8:11 AM

    Acadiana Symphony Association presents a "Louisiana Christmas" concert at the Heymann Center. This event takes place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm. ASO children's chorus and special guest artist, Sonny Landreth. Traditional holiday favorites will be mixed with original Louisiana music for a musical feast not to be... more »
  • Carencro Country Christmas

    November 30, 2012 10:09 AM

    The Carencro Country Christmas happens at the Carencro Community Center Saturday, December 1, 2012. The Carencro Business Association have planned a traditional family event with area choirs, singers and musicians providing holiday entertainment. There will be booths with arts, crafts, and food from local artists and cooks. Pictures with Santa... more »
  • Sacre` Coeur 20th Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza

    November 29, 2012 9:40 AM

    Sacre` Coeur Kaycee Auxiliary hosts the 20th Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza! It will take place at the Knights of Columbus Home in Crowley. This event takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9am until 3pm. Admission is $1.00, those 12 and younger are free. There will be door prizes... more »
  • Lafayette Optimist Club Christmas Tree Sale

    November 19, 2012 7:33 AM

    The Lafayette Optimist Club will have its annual Christmas Tree sale. The sale starts on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Cajun Field. On Saturday November 24, it will take place at Blackham on account of the UL Ragin Cajuns football game. The sale last until Christmas, and they will be... more »
  • December 27, 2011 9:28 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A man who died with his wife and three grandchildren in a house fire in Connecticut on Christmas had a long career as a safety chief at a liquor company in Kentucky and worked as a department store Santa Claus this season. A day after fire... more »
  • Men forced into shopping at the mall: a holiday tradition?

    December 21, 2011 11:22 PM

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, certainly for those who like to shop 'til they drop but for some men out there, going shopping with the wife or the girlfriend is just a way to stay out of the dog house. So, some just tough it out at... more »
  • Lafayette Lights

    December 20, 2011 2:01 AM

    If you're looking to check out Christmas lights in Lafayette over the next few days, your first stop should be The website details some of the biggest and brightest displays in the area, like the Couvillion family's home at 608 Belle Grove Boulevard in Lafayette. The Couvillion's display... more »
  • Breaux Bridge Business Owners Bring Back Old Fashioned Christmas

    December 14, 2011 7:47 PM

    Breaux Bridge business owners are coming together bringing back an old fashioned Christmas hoping to to attract customers by offering a unique experience. Grover Angelle said he remembers when going into town was much more than just a shopping trip. Angelle's Old Fashioned Burger owner, Grover Angelle, said... more »
  • Reguladores Toys for Tots Drive

    December 4, 2011 12:13 PM

    Many organizations are bracing for a hit this holiday season. A U.S. Census Bureau report shows that the poverty level has increased. More than 16 million children are living in Poverty. This issue not only effects demand but also the ability to give. However, in Acadiana many organizations are trying... more »
  • Hundreds Pack Mall for Christmas Returns and Deals

    December 26, 2010 11:34 PM

    The day after Christmas is the busiest return day for shoppers... and many Acadiana shoppers were doing just that, returning, exchanging,and searching for deals! KATC'S Chris Welty caught up with bargain hunters at the Mall of Acadiana. "Came in for the clearances." "Mainly to get the sales and the... more »
  • Kids Tell KATC How Santa Makes Christmas Eve Journey

    December 24, 2010 7:41 PM

    Before Santa set out for his Christmas Eve journey, KATC's Maddie Garrett caught up with a few last minute Santa visitors and the man himself to find out how you think he makes his annual trip. It's perhaps the most magical night of the year for children, when Santa... more »
  • Troopers Grant Special Christmas Wish

    December 23, 2010 11:10 PM

    A little girl who lost both of her parents in a motorcycle accident is getting a special gift this Chrismas, from an unexpected place. When State Police responded to a deadly motorcycle accident in October, they found out the victims had left a little girl behind, Shaylan Richard. And... more »
  • Families Ask for Basics for Christmas

    December 17, 2010 4:19 PM

    Holiday wish lists are mounting, and they're not just for toys or new appliances. 232-HELP says many Acadiana families are asking for the basics this year. Leigh Petersen with 232-HELP in Lafayette says they've been flooded with calls this holiday season with families asking for help. "They're looking for... more »
  • You can still help the Kaylin Dugas family

    December 17, 2010 7:05 AM

    The holidays are upon us and one Acadiana family needs your help. We told you about Kaylin Dugas and her four children who last weekend lost all of their Christmas presents to burglars. Since we first ran the story our newsroom has been flooded with residents wanting to help.... more »
  • Donations Replace Stolen Christmas Presents

    December 16, 2010 11:52 PM

    After KATC first told you about a family who last weekend lost all of their Christmas presents to burglars, many of you have called us wanting to help. And already on Thursday people from across Acadiana have come together to turn a holiday nightmare into a Christmas miracle. The... more »
  • Christmas Gifts Stolen

    December 15, 2010 7:05 PM

    In Acadia Parish, almost $500 worth of gifts is gone. It's similar to the famous Dr. Suess story, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but this story is all too real for one family. Kaylin Dugas lives in a new subdivision in Rayne with her four children, all under the... more »
  • Toys for Tots Distributed in New Iberia

    December 12, 2010 11:27 PM

    For a few hundred families, the holidays became a bit brighter Sunday all thanks to the "Toys for Tots" campaign. "Nothing at Christmas is not the best thing in the world, so as you know the Marines defend our country's freedom and we come here now and we also... more »
  • New High-Tech Tool to Help Find Most Festive Homes

    December 5, 2010 11:51 PM

    The holiday spirit can be found throughout Lafayette with Christmas lights and decorations going up in every neighborhood. There's now a new high-tech tool to help you find the most festive homes. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas across Acadiana...Just like most families Jaci Russo hits the... more »
  • Festival of Lights in Lafayette Gearing Up

    December 2, 2010 5:13 PM

    The oil center is getting geared-up for Christmas. Tonight a skating rink will be open from 5 pm to 10 pm in the Oil Center, but the official festival kick-off is tomorrow. Mark Attles, Lafayette General Medical Center Director of Community Relations, said "I can remember years ago with the... more »
  • Safe Decorating

    December 1, 2010 7:25 PM

    Christmas decorations are going up all across Acadiana. But, if you haven't decked your home with dazzling lights just yet, energy and fire officials have tips that could save you money and worry. Cleco is encouraging families to swap out old lights with light emitting diode or LED lights.... more »
  • Chorale's Christmas Spirit: Christmas by Candlelight

    November 29, 2010 9:05 AM

    Chorale's Christmas Spirit: Christmas by Candlelight will be at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Tuesday, November 30th & Friday, December 3rd both at 7:30pm. For more information call, (337) 269-8874 or visit,
  • Hanging Christmas Tree

    November 27, 2010 11:42 PM

    Since 1960, one Acadiana family has given a whole new meaning to decking the halls...and the ceilings. For 50 years the Hotards' have hung their Christmas tree from the ceiling. The tradition started when Denis Hotard was just a little boy. Hotard says, "My sister and I kept bugging... more »
  • A Christmas Story

    November 22, 2010 12:51 AM

    The "Acadia Players" are rehearsing for "A Christmas Story"---directed by KATC's very own Tracy Wirtz. It's the christmas classic where Ralphie is on a quest for that "red ryder" b-b gun, always reminded "you'll shoot your eye out". "A Christmas Story" will be performed next Friday, Saturday and Sunday... more »
  • The Festival of Trees

    November 18, 2010 9:56 AM

    The Festival of Trees is a happy holiday event that kicks off the Christmas season with a forest of decorated Christmas trees! The three day festival will be at the Crown Room on Johnston Street. This new location allows for more lights, more activities, and more fun for the... more »
  • Cold weather for Christmas

    December 23, 2009 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It may not be a white Christmas but it sure will be cold across Louisiana. The National Weather Service expects up to 3 inches of rain across northern stretches through Thursday. A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of northeast Louisiana and west... more »
  • Items not acceptable for recycling

    December 23, 2009 10:52 AM

    The Recycling Foundation, Inc/ Lafayette Due to the Christmas and New Years Day holidays we would like to remind residents of items that are not acceptable for recycling: No Styrofoam No foil wrapping paper No ribbons No paper plates No paper cups No plastic utensils No paper towels... more »
  • Holiday Shopping: Parking Lot Safety

    December 20, 2009 7:02 PM

    Getting wrapped up in holiday shopping becomes a problem when you forget to keep safe in parking lots and garages. Many do not realize how important this is until it is too late. One local shopper learned the hard way: a few years back Elaine Darby was robbed at... more »
  • 24th annual Catahoula Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade

    December 20, 2009 6:44 PM

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winning Jockey Calvin Borel was back in his hometown of Catahoula today. Borel served as grand marshall for the 24th annual Catahoula Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade. Crowds lined the streets to see the famous Acadiana jockey and to watch the floats and see the... more »
  • Christmas & New Year holiday waste schedule

    December 17, 2009 3:08 PM

    There will be no garbage, yard waste, or recycling collection on Christmas and New Year's days provided by Allied Waste or the Recycling Foundation in Lafayette. Regular Friday garbage and recycling customers will have collection on the Saturday following each holiday. Excess garbage and large boxes, which does not... more »
  • Wayne Toups and Friends Spread Christmas Cheer

    December 15, 2009 2:17 PM

    Wayne Toups and other well-loved local musicians spread Christmas cheer Tuesday morning. For the second year 97.3 The Dawg rounded up the group to sing to the elderly. The others 6 performers were: Dustin Sonnier, Kip Sonnier, Chalan Thibodeaux, Sal Melancon, Blaine Roy and Gordon Bradberry. They went to... more »
  • Christmas Tree Fire Prevention

    December 11, 2009 2:36 PM

    In just a matter of seconds a Christmas tree can catch fire and spread to the rest of the room. The holiday season is the leading time for home fires, and they often start with Christmas trees and lights, but you can prevent them with a few simple steps: ... more »
  • Catahoula Volunteer Fire Dept Christmas Parade

    December 10, 2009 1:34 PM

    24th Annual Catahoula Volunteer Fire Dept. Christmas Parade December 20, 2009 @ 2:00pm Grand Marshal will be Mr. Calvin (Boo Boo) Borel 2 time Kentucky Derby and 1 time Preakness Stakes winner Registration is in Catahoula Park at 12:00 to 1:30 P.M. Register when you first enter the... more »
  • City of Opelousas Announces Christmas Tree Decoration Contest

    December 7, 2009 10:58 AM

    The City of Opelousas is inviting residents and business owners to show off their Christmas spirit by entering the annual Christmas Decorating Contest. There is no cost to enter the contest, which is open to all residents and businesses within the Opelousas city limits. Awards will be given for... more »
  • Controversial Christmas Signs Posted By LHS Teacher

    December 4, 2009 7:19 PM

    THE RANT : A Lafayette High School teacher could face disciplinary action after a sign he posted in his classroom offended students and fellow employees. What do you think? Should the teacher be disciplined by the school board? Would you be offended if you read this sign. Email more »
  • Abbeville: Downtown Christmas Stroll

    December 3, 2009 3:40 PM

    DESCRIPTION: A family oriented evening of strolling, shopping, and dining. The event features artists, live entertainment, free refreshments, Santa Claus, a drawing for a gift basket give away, and white light holiday displays all within Abbeville's gaily decorated Downtown Historic District. Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be at 5:30... more »
  • Jeanerette's Christmas Celebration

    December 1, 2009 12:14 PM

    The City of Jeanerette's annual Christmas Celebration will be held on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 6pm at the Sugar City Plaza next to City Hall.
  • Rayne's Christmas Parade Rescheduled

    December 1, 2009 11:59 AM

    The City of Rayne's Cultural Director Cheryl McCarty announced this morning that, due to expected inclement weather throughout the day and into the evening, the annual Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 6:00pm. "I'm so disappointed that Santa's arrival in Rayne will be delayed by... more »
  • 2009 Lafayette Christmas Parade

    November 30, 2009 3:56 PM

    Santa is coming to Acadiana! Get ready for Christmas festivities in Lafayette when the Lafayette Christmas Parade rolls on Sunday, December 6th at 3pm. The 17-float parade will travel downtown to the Oil Center and will include at least 10 bands.
  • New Iberia annual Christmas Parade rescheduled

    November 30, 2009 2:06 PM

    New Iberia: The New Iberia annual Christmas Parade will be held on December 7th instead of November 30th. The Lighting Ceremony will start at 5:30pm with the parade following at 6pm. If more information is needed visit
  • The Cost of the 12 Days

    November 30, 2009 11:26 AM

    CYBERSPACE (AP) - Pleasing that "true love" is going to be a slightly more expensive proposition this year - if you plan to use to the "Twelve Days of Christmas" formula. PNC Wealth Management has totaled up the cost of gifting a loved one with everything from the partridge in... more »
  • Acadiana's Christmas Tree Expert

    November 27, 2009 5:43 PM

    Marshall Mugnier of Marshall's Nursery has been in the Christmas tree business for the past 55 years. He goes a little more than an extra mile to bring trees to Acadiana. Mugnier travels all the way to North Carolina to make sure he can get the perfect tree makig... more »
  • Weekend Rundown: November 27, 2009

    November 27, 2009 1:48 PM

    United Blood Services in Lafayette hosts a special Black Friday Blood Drive on Friday. Donors will be entered to win several prizes. If you'd like to donate blood, call 235-LIFE(5433) for more information. Acadiana will be walking in remembrance this Saturday. The 3rd Annual World Aids Walk begins at 11am,... more »
  • Lafayette Christmas Food Drive

    November 27, 2009 12:01 PM

    Nov. 27, 2009 - With just a few weeks remaining in the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive, more donations are needed to help the 16,000 families targeted to receive assistance this year. The food drive ends Dec. 22 in most areas. "Donations have been coming in steadily, but we... more »
  • Holiday Festivities in Lafayette

    November 24, 2009 11:31 AM

    Celebrate the Holidays Downtown 'Twas the Light Before Christmas: The holidays in Downtown Lafayette are always festive as attractions, retailers and restaurants open their doors to the Christmas shopper and to those celebrating the season. This year, the Downtown area focuses on the many events that make the season... more »
  • Christmas Bongs

    November 20, 2009 9:13 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Customs officials say they got a surprise when they found 316,000 glass bongs disguised as Christmas ornaments at the Los Angeles harbor. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that agents found the highly decorated drug pipes in 860 boxes shipped from China. The cargo, estimated... more »
  • Santa's Mail Canceled

    November 20, 2009 9:04 AM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A group of volunteer "elves" in Alaska's frigid interior has set out to save a popular holiday letter service featuring the North Pole's most beloved icon. The group is looking to counter a decision by the U.S. Postal Service to end a program begun in 1954... more »
  • File closes the Fall 2009 Downtown Alive!

    November 19, 2009 8:51 AM

    Filé closes the Fall 2009 Downtown Alive! Series with the traditional November 25 performance Lafayette, La.- A community tradition for 26 years and a popular staple in Acadiana's cultural and social calendar, Downtown Alive! (DTA!) finishes the Fall 2009 season with a DTA! tradition, on Wednesday, November 25, 2009... more »
  • Wal-Mart focused on bringing families tremendous savings this holiday season

    November 18, 2009 9:34 AM

    Walmart Serves Up a Week of Early Savings with Prices Like The Day-After-Thanksgiving Retailer Offers Deep Price Reductions Starting This Weekend on Select Toys, Vizio HDTV and a $40 Gift Card with Select "Hero" Gaming Packages BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Nov. 17, 2009) - Focused on bringing families tremendous savings this... more »
  • JC Penny and Salvation Army: Angel Giving Tree

    November 17, 2009 11:46 AM

    JCPENNEY AND THE SALVATION ARMY LAUNCH LARGEST ONLINE ANGEL GIVING TREE PROGRAM ( Launches Today to Help Children and Seniors in Need This Christmas) PLANO, Texas (Dec. 17, 2009) - J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) and The Salvation Army are joining forces this Christmas season to... more »
  • Shoe Box Gifts Needed by Thanksgiving

    November 13, 2009 2:15 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 13, 2009-Today the Lafayette community is a picture of compassion in action-as families are working hard to collect thousands of gift-filled shoe boxes. Their efforts are part of Operation Christmas Child, a kids-helping-kids project that uses these simple gifts to let hurting children know that they are... more »
  • Red Kettle Volunteers Needed

    November 12, 2009 11:42 AM

    LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - The Lafayette Corps of The Salvation Army needs volunteers in the Lafayette, La. area this holiday season for its annual Red Kettle Campaign. The campaign collects funds to support local charitable services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for... more »
  • Lafayette collects for Samaritan's Purse

    October 27, 2009 9:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE COLLECTS GIFTS FOR SAMARITAN'S PURSE AND THE WORLD'S LARGEST CHRISTMAS PROJECT Nov. 16-23: Lafayette Hopes to Gather 8,000 Gift-Filled Shoe Boxes for Hurting Children Overseas LAFAYETTE, La., Oct. 26, 2009-Christmas is arriving early all over Lafayette, as local churches prepare to serve as collection points for Operation... more »
  • Weekend Rundown: October 23, 2009

    October 23, 2009 7:55 AM

    The 4th Annual Jeep Jaunt gets rolling Sunday morning at Celebrity Theatres in Broussard. The 35-mile, police escorted ride takes off at 9:30. For a unique wine tasting experience with cuisine from local chefs, head to Hilliard University Museum this weekend. The Acadiana Wine and Food Festival will offer elegant... more »
  • Performers needed at Acadian Village this Christmas

    October 19, 2009 3:23 PM

    Entertainers are needed for the upcoming Noel Acadien au Village scheduled for December 4-23 in Acadian Village. The Cox Pavilion Stage is booked, but LARC still needs small groups for the AT & T Pioneers Chapel. Small choirs, gospel groups, acoustic bands, storytellers would be a great fit! Christmas... more »
  • Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping Opportunities

    October 8, 2009 12:14 PM

    Barnes & Noble still has "gift wrapping openings" for those who would like to help wrap Christmas presents. Selected dates are November 27 & 29 as well as December 14 - 17 and 24th. For more information call the Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager at 989-4142.

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