If you've ever heard a Hank Williams song, you've heard Helms on the steel guitar. He was the last surviving member of Williams' Drifting Cowboys band and in recent years was a frequent performer in Acadiana, particularly at the country music shows held at the Liberty Theatre in Eunice, playing eight shows over the the last six years. He was also the subject of the 2006 Independent feature piece, "Country Comes to Town."
LUS Director Terry Huval (also an alum of Jambalaya Cajun Band and the Liberty shows) says of Helms: "He enjoyed our music, our food and our culture and was always ready to join us. He was the last Drifting Cowboy and had become one of my closest and dearest friends. I will miss him."
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.