• By Drew Miller | Photos submitted

This summer, people of South Louisiana will enjoy their favorite outdoor activities, such as barbecuing, camping, and of course, fishing. Many will enter their boats in the early mornings, with rod and reel in hand, and depart for our beautiful and bountiful waters. Dularge native Jean Marma…

  • by John Doucet

They say that “April showers bring May flowers.” I don’t know who “they” are, but they probably weren’t immediately concerned with schools. Around here, it’s more like “April precipitation brings May graduation.” And each May, as I watch our communities prepare for their children’s and grand…

  • By Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Everyone suffers from sleepless nights from time to time. We’ve all been there: You’re tossing and turning, squinting at the clock in the darkness, becoming more anxious as the hours tick by. Finally, you sleep – only to awaken to the blare of the alarm clock a mere two hours later. You drag…


Soaking up the sun is a wonderful part of summer living, but it can have unintended consequences. One of these is an increased risk for skin cancer. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and South Louisiana Medical Associates’ Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Alexis Duke wants to make patients a…

A majority of women will need to seek care from an Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN) during their lifetime. Whether it’s a Pap smear, specialized care for a high-risk pregnancy or management of menopause symptoms, you can rely on Ochsner St. Anne Hospital’s award-winning team of OB/GYN doctors.

  • by Drew Miller photos by Channing Candies

Last year, the Our Lady of the Lake Amazing Half Marathon in Baton Rouge was clouded by weather conditions that were unfavorable for its runners. Houma native, Sunny Downer, felt the cold rain and sleet the day would bring and got back in bed, willing to not even participate in the event. La…

  • By Darian Graivshark Photos by Channing Candies

Cancer is the “c” word that we all dread to hear. We associate it with negative thoughts and outcomes. For some, though, it ignites a light and a flame that motivates happiness within our lives. Kate Stark recently finished her radiation therapy for breast cancer, which she was diagnosed wit…

  • by Keely Diebold | Photos by Channing Candies

Though the distance between Thibodaux and Auburn University may be far, the local mother and daughter team of Elaine and Megan Waguespack stays connected through a close bond and an art business born from a shared love of painting.

  • by Bevi Jimenez photo by Channing Candies

The candles on the cake are lit and a small toy pig is gifted, but the wish has already been granted. And so she smiles, holding tight to her stuffed pig, each one in her collection a sign of the years added to her life. 

  • By Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It’s also one of the most preventable diseases. By making certain changes in your health habits, you can help to prevent death from heart attack and stroke. There are plenty of ways to incorporate heart-healthy hab…

  • by Mary Downer Ditch photos by Channing Candies

In 1979, while making a home visit to inquire about two children who were missing school in Houma, Sister Rosario O’Connell discovered a sick infant lying in filth on the floor of the home and a sibling that wasn’t sure where their mother was. Sister Rosario placed a call to child protective…

  • by Mary Downer Ditch photo by Misty Leigh McElroy

There’s always something special about coming home. On January 1, 2018, Dr. Jay Clune will return home and accept his dream job, becoming the sixth President of Nicholls State University. 

  • by Drew Miller photos by Misty Leigh McElroy

Just after the 2018 New Year’s Day, gym traffic will surge with resolution hopefuls. For Schriever resident Jason Harper, exercising and dieting is not just for the month of January, but a continuous journey that leads to a healthier, longer, and happier life. He has four tips, gained from p…

  • by Drew Miller photo by Channing Candies

Extracurricular, travel, and home services such as tennis lessons, tour guides, and home repair aren’t cheap. Many people micro-manage their budget to afford for these services. Fortunately, there is a new system of banking that has made its way to the Terrebonne-Lafourche area.

  • Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

You’ve heard it time and time again: All things in moderation. Never is this truer than during the holidays. With the plethora of parties comes the all-too-real possibility of overeating. What can you do to avoid packing on pounds at end-of-the-year gatherings? Strategize now to avoid weight…

  • by Drew Miller photos submitted

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” - James 1:27 (ESV)

  • by John LeBoeuf photos by Channing Candies

“Service,” “selfless” and “volunteer” are words that should come as no surprise on a pop quiz about this former teacher’s life. When buzzing around Thibodaux, it should also come as no surprise when you see Luke Ford’s familiar, smiling face at every community event. 

  • by John LeBouef photos by Channing Candies

Ray Marcello has always had a heart to serve. It could even be said that it began with his childhood in church as an altar boy. Coming from a very close-knit family, the Marcello’s owned Quality Furniture Store, on the corner of Levron Street and Main Street, serving as one of the first furn…

  • By Darian Graivshark

Upside Downs, a non-profit organization that services individuals in our community with Down syndrome with recreational activities and awareness, was founded in the heart of Thibodaux in 2016.

  • South Louisiana Medical Associates

South Louisiana Medical Associates is home to a team of driven physicians who combine unrivaled patient services with a passion for community involvement to deliver comprehensive, quality care that embodies the core values of our mission as a healthcare provider.

  • Chrisy Myhand, RN, BSN, Director of Wellness Services

Summer break has ended! As you get your kids back to their school routines don’t forget to get back to your regular fitness routine. Here are a few tips for getting back in shape during back to school season: