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Society swell sashays 

Nell Nolan departs the T-P after 34 years

  Last week in media wars: Nell Nolan, who chronicled New Orleans' social scene and kept scrupulous track of debutantes for The Times-Picayune, will be "retiring" her column after 34 years, according to a brief July 19 on NOLA.com. Unmentioned in the item: Nolan will be taking her alliterative brand of party coverage to the paper's competition, The Advocate — following in the heels of longtime former T-P party photographer Steven Forster.

  "We think Nell and her column are an important part of the civic and cultural life of the community, and she and we believe New Orleans should have a daily newspaper," Advocate editor Peter Kovacs told Gambit. As for when readers could expect to see Nolan's alliterative prose back in print, Kovacs said he had no timetable.

  Hitting the social circuit for The T-P will be party-loving Sue Strachan, currently PR director for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and former editor of the society gloss mag St. Charles Avenue.

  In other news, T-P business reporter Richard Thompson was the latest defection to The Advocate, where he'll be covering news from the River Parishes, while the T-P hired Todd Price — the paper's longtime stringer and former Gambit food critic — who had been covering the city's drinks scene (he'll be writing about food). — KEVIN ALLMAN

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