Last month, it seemed the boys Top 28 state high school
basketball tournament was bound for Shreveport. That was following the LHSAA
executive committee’s decision to reject the lone bid for the tournament from
the Cajundome based on its $55,000 facility fee and open up the bid process
again to allow for Shreveport’s CenturyTel Arena to enter the picture. LHSAA
Commissioner Kenny Henderson told The Independent that the Cajundome’s facility
fee was unacceptable. The dome says it needs the facility fee to stem financial
In the new round of bids, the Cajundome’s facility fee
was $50,000, compared to no charge in bids from the CenturyTel Arena and New
Orleans’ Lakefront Arena. However, Lafayette officials were able to sell
committee members on the centralized location and community support that has
made the tournament a success in Lafayette. The Advocate reports Commissioner
Kenny Henderson telling the committee, “When you look at it in terms of
distance, population and proximity, Lafayette is in the best interest of our
schools. Shreveport would be in the best interest of the LHSAA, financially,
but only if attendance is the same.” The Cajundome holds eight of the
tournament’s top 10 attendance records.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.