Tracy Wirtz has been a fixture in the Lafayette media landscape for more than 30 years. Her career began in radio, she transitioned to television for about two decades, and returned to her radio roots in 2023. A lifelong resident of south Louisiana, she enjoys writing about Cajun culture and what makes the area unique and interesting. Tracy is also proud to be part of a great team that keeps our beloved Acadiana informed and connected.
Police in Crowley, Louisiana, Looking for Masked Suspect
Acadia Parish Crime Stoppers has issued a call for information to help police in Crowley, Louisiana, solve the burglary of a business.
LOOK: Find Out If Your Kid’s South Louisiana School Made the Grade
The Louisiana Department of Education released performance scores for school systems across the state on Monday, November 13. Overall, statewide scores improved and surpassed pre-pandemic levels with an increase of 1.4 points, and the majority of schools in Acadiana made the grade.
Talkin’ Trash: Lafayette Consolidated Government, AWS Know about Hiccups, Request Customers’ Help
Acadiana Waste Services, or AWS, is assuming collection services in Lafayette and the unincorporated areas of the parish, and both the company and Lafayette Consolidated Government have acknowledged that they have experienced "operational hiccups" as they work to establish service to residents.
Pictures of Patriotism: A Photo Diary from the Mother of a Louisiana Veteran
The word "veteran" conjures up different images for different people. For me, it looked like the silhouette of a soldier or veteran in front of the American flag on a truck plaquard or a bumper sticker proclaiming "God bless America." But in 2017, this Louisiana mother became acutely aware that patriotism is more than a bumper sticker.
Cajun Crawfish Cornbread Dressing Recipe, a Mouth-Watering South Louisiana Favorite
My family loves Cajun Crawfish Cornbread Dressing. The recipe is easy, whether you live in Louisiana or not. Guaranteed crowd pleaser!
Louisiana Law Enforcement Community Grieving Over Shooting Death of St. Landry Parish Officer
Members of the St. Landry Parish law enforcement community are mourning the loss of one of their own. He was shot defending a young woman who felt threated by her ex-boyfriend.
Chilling Details in Louisiana Child Trafficking Arrests Hint at Similar Crimes Outside Acadiana
New information has emerged about child sex trafficking arrests in St. Mary and Lafayette. Details hint at connections to similar crimes outside of Louisiana.
LA 347 Closure UPDATE: Fog & Smoke Conditions Improve in South Louisiana
Louisiana State Police have closed LA 347 between Col. Jeff Deblanc Pkwy and LA 96 in St. Martin Parish due to heavy smoke and fog in the area.
Calling All Veterans and Patriots! First-Ever Veterans Day Parade to Roll Through Lafayette, Louisiana
Calling all veterans and patriots! Lafayette Consolidated Government is hosting the Inaugural Veterans Day Parade and invites people of across Louisiana to show their gratitude for the service of our current and former members of the military.
Murder of Grandmother in Henderson, Louisiana, Uncovers Sinister Story of Alleged Abuse
The arrest of a Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, man on first-degree murder charges on Wednesday, November 1, uncovered a more sinister story that ended in the death of his child's grandmother and the injuring of the mother.
21 Things Cajuns Say Must Be on the Table for a South Louisiana Thanksgiving Dinner
What will you serve for Thanksgiving? Every year, we stick to the traditional dishes that my family enjoys, but I wanted to add something new to our holiday fare. I took to social media to crowd source and ask my south Louisiana friends what must-have dishes they include during the holidays.
Deputies Arrest Opelousas, Louisiana Sex Offender After He Offers Them Halloween Candy
Louisiana law prohibits sex offenders from distributing treats on Halloween or any other holiday to children under the age of 18, under penalty of imprisonment for 6 months to 3 years. The law didn't stop one Opelousas man who was registered as a sex offender from participating in a church celebration with children in attendance on Halloween night.
Louisiana Mother Charged with Murder After Infant Dies of Meth Overdose
An Acadia Parish woman is charged with murder in the death of her infant. South Louisiana law enforcement officials say the baby died of a meth overdose.
Police Need Help Identifying Victim and Suspect in Hit and Run in Abbeville, Louisiana
Abbeville, Louisiana, Police need help identifying the person struck by a hit and run driver on Tuesday, October 31. They are also looking for the driver of the vehicle that not only hit the pedestrian, but is also suspected of a hit and run minutes before.
Information Updated in Abbeville Hit and Run
Abbeville, Louisiana, Police are searching for a heavily tattooed man accused of not one, but two hit and run incidents.
What You Need to Know About the New Louisiana Black Bear Hunting Season
The Louisiana Wildlife Commission has approved times and locations Louisiana Black Bear hunting season. Make sure you know all the rules and are prepared to head out.
WATCH: Locked and Loaded Louisiana Lady Sends Black Bear Scampering
The black bear population has nearly doubled in Louisiana in less than 10 years. One of my best friends can certainly attest to that fact, since this lady was locked and loaded, and sent the bear scampering!
Words and Phrases You Should Know Before You Visit Louisiana
Our Colorado relatives recently visited the family in Rayne and Lafayette. It's been a while since they've visited Louisiana, but they've become accustomed to the words and phrases we use, even if they have no idea what we're talking about.
New Iberia Police Hope Speed Cameras Will Slow People Down
To keep students safe and encourage drivers to obey speed limits, New Iberia Police have launched "an automated traffic enforcement program" around four schools in the city.
New Iberia, Louisiana, Homeowner Found Hoarding Dozens of Ill, Pregnant Cats
The Humane Society of Louisiana needs support. The group was called to a house to rescue cats being kept in "deplorable conditions."