It almost seemed coordinated. The Sunday editions of The Daily Advertiser and The Advocate looked like sister publications yesterday, with both papers going front and center with 1A features on the Atchafalaya Basin that could have almost been companion pieces. The Advocate story, “Corps considering change to water flow into Atchafalaya,” focuses on the Army Corps of Engineers' management of the Old River control structure, with the news that the Corps is looking into altering water flow into the basin with the goal of assisting coastal restoration efforts. The Advertiser story, "Saving the Basin, Part 1: Man Takes Control" — the first installment in an “occasional series” — focuses on, you guessed it, the Army Corps of Engineers' management of the Old River control structure, but with more of an emphasis on its history and impact.
What caused this journalistic convergence on the basin the day after the fourth of July? As far as we know, there hasn’t been any new coordinated campaign out to draw attention to the basin. The editorial staffs must be channeling one another.
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.
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.