Life After The Weekend: Dec. 30

Here we are. The end of the decade and beginning the '20s.

by Clint Durrett
December 30, 2019

Here we are: the end of the decade and beginning the 2020s. After all the partaking of the festivities of the holiday season, New Orleans’ stamina has to hold fast with Carnival season just days away. While many of us have been busy with the bustle of the holidays, the news didn’t stop in the Crescent City as the year came to a close. Unfortunately, news is filled with feelings across the spectrum of human emotion — and that includes the tragic heartache of the loss of a local sports journalist. While I put a focus on the lighter fare of what’s happening in New Orleans on Very Local, we acknowledge and honor the memory of those we lose. Carley McCord — a local sports journalist — died in a plane crash Saturday. We will provide information below on the story that rattled us all over the past few days, and while we try to move forward amid the tragedy, our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all who knew her. – Clint


City mourns loss of local sports journalist Carley McCord

One of five people killed in a plane crash Saturday in Lafayette was a local sports journalist. Carley McCord, 30, was en route to Atlanta to watch the LSU Tigers play Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl. The small, twin-engine airplane crashed less than 2 miles from the airport. Several others were injured. McCord was a freelance reporter for several networks, including the WDSU sports team, Cox Sports Television and ESPN3. She was the daughter-in-law of Steve Ensminger — the offensive coordinator for LSU. An outpouring of condolences filled social media over the weekend. Statements on her death were issued by local sports teams and WDSU.  “Carley’s passion for sports journalism and her deep knowledge of Louisiana sports, from high school to the professional ranks, made her an exceptional journalist,” WDSU said in a statement. The cause of the crash is under investigation. (WDSU)

Louisiana has nation’s highest imprisonment rate

After criminal justice reforms passed in 2017, Louisiana ranked second as America’s prison capital to Oklahoma for the first time in decades, a report from reported. However, that title was short-lived. After similar changes in Oklahoma, Louisiana returned to the top spot in prisoners per capita. According to the newspaper, Oklahoma’s incarceration rate was recently reported at 653 per 100,000 residents compared to Louisiana’s 683. Both states remain firmly above all others in prisoners per capita, the paper reported. (


Saints to play Vikings in wild card round of NFL playoffs

The Saints are the path to playoffs and will host the Minnesota Vikings in the wild card round. The Black and Gold finished the season with a 13-3 record. The team bested the Panthers 42-10 on Sunday. The game against the Vikings will take place Jan. 5 at 12:05 p.m. If the Saints triumph over the Vikings, they will travel to Green Bay next. (WWLTV)


New Orleans airport complaints, delays continue on baggage system

Baggage woes and delays at the new New Orleans airport seem to be a continuing issue. According to, officials said issues related to the new terminal’s baggage handling system had been remedied Saturday, but complaints about missing bags and delayed flights continued to surface Sunday. Flyers took to social media, reporting conveyor belt-related issues for checked bags arriving at and departing MSY hours after the airport said Saturday that all baggage handling systems were functioning properly. (


Quick Headlines

Carjacking suspect accused of hitting pregnant woman with her own car surrenders to police (WWLTV)

10, 11, 12-year-old arrested in connection with robberies in New Orleans (WDSU)

Beloved New Orleans barber, activist Chill Wilson dead at 51 (WDSU)

After 35 years, New Orleans is changing the way it regulates Entergy (The Lens) 

Some Kennedy HS students move on, others still working toward diplomas (The Lens)


What’s Happening This Week



NOAGE Walking Group | 6:10 p.m. | Bayou Beer Garden | Free

Want to get a jump-start on those New Year’s resolutions? The NOAGE Walking Group takes to the Lafitte Greenway every Monday. No matter what your age, gender, body type or fitness level, everyone is welcome. Whether that’s running, jogging, leisurely walking or using a wheelchair or walker, this group is for you. If you are worried that you’ll be left behind, don’t. Someone will walk with you. If you are the fastest person there, we’ll see you at the finish line. 


Noon Year’s Eve | 9:30 a.m. | Louisiana Children’s Museum | $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers

So you’ve got your NYE party plans down but need something to wear the kids out? Celebrate NYE early at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. At the stroke of noon on the event lawn, bells will ring, bubbles will flow and beach balls will bounce! There will be a second line and special activities like face painting, paper bag hat decorating and more crafts and activities.

New Year’s Eve | Midnight | Jackson Square | Free

There are lots of NYE parties across the city, but the big bash is at Jackson Square. A fleur-de-lis drops during the countdown to midnight, and there’s a fireworks show over the Mississippi River at the stroke of 12. 

Wednesday – Happy New Year!

Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar | Noon to 3 p.m. | Auction House Market | $35

It’s not New Orleans without a little booze to wake you up! The Mayhaw is hosting a brunch with a bottomless bloody mary bar to kick off the roaring 2020s! Food features breakfast classics from Auction House Market vendors.


Fast Time’s ’80s Dance Night | 10 p.m until | One Eyed Jacks | $5 cover

This dance party started in 1984 — as we hit 2020, there’s no sign of it stopping. Sure, there are regulars who attend every week, but newcomers are always welcome at this thriving party in the Quarter. Click here to read more about this decade’s old disco. 


Wizard World Comic Con | 4 to 10 p.m | Morial Convention Center | Ticket prices vary

Celebrate the best in pop culture when Wizard World returns to New Orleans, January 3-5 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Meet “Outlander” stars featuring Sam Heughan plus “Smallville” headliners Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum and others, as well as world-class artists, exhibitors and cosplayers, and participate in entertaining, interesting programming panels all weekend long. Tickets start at $35, kids 10 and under free.


Our Stuff

Hi. I’m Clint. I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year. I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home. I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care...

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