Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Steve Cropper & Francis Pavy
In this recent article about legendary guitarist Steve Cropper, check out the painting in the photo. It was painted by local artist Francis Pavy, who was commissioned by Cropper's wife to paint the piece for his 50th birthday.

Horse Farm Court Filing Still A Mystery
The local attorney who filed the UL Lafayette horse farm/Jimmy Davidson property exchange agreement with the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Oct. 20 says he did it to enter the documents into the public record. It's still unclear whether a lawsuit to uphold the controversial agreement is forthcoming.

"All I can tell you is the members of BRE-ARD requested I file it in the conveyance records to protect their interests," says Joe Bouligny Jr. BRE-ARD is the entity comprised of Jerry Brents and Dan Menard, who were to get 36 acres of the horse farm after they bought attorney Davidson's 4 acres and exchanged them with the university. (See Cover-Up.)

The front 36 acres of the Johnston Street horse farm and 4 acres of Davidson's land were originally valued at $3.25 million. After new appraisals on both the horse farm and Davidson property revealed the university would be squandering $4 million, Authement called off the swap in mid-June, though he remains dogged in his quest to buy the Davidson property.

The court filing had community members, especially those associated with Save the Horse Farm, scrambling for an explanation. The university was as blindsided as they were. "We don't know anything about it," UL spokeswoman Julie Dronet says. "Dr. Authement didn't even know anything about it."

It now seems a bit ironic that all of Authement's buddies (surely UL Foundation Board member Davidson is in on this) might be posturing to force him to uphold the tainted agreement by filing suit, especially after Menard told The Independent Weekly last year that he had only the university's best interests at heart. "Everything is ethical, moral and legal," he said about the proposed swap, "and to be perfectly honest, I'm trying to help the university if I can."

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