Not too many of us can say we're already our thinnest, given that we're not even through the first month of the New Year. But The Daily Advertiser's strict new diet of dwindling content has earned it the dubious honor of one of the lightest in parent company Gannett's 102 dailies in the U.S. and U.K. People in communities with Gannett-owned newspapers across the country have been weighing in on the weightlessness of their paper.
"Mondays and Tuesdays for the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, are 16 pages," one blogger wrote on Gannett Blog, which is run by a former Gannett editor. (The single-section paper is actually 18 pages today.)
Right after the anonymous posting about Lafayette, another blogger had this to say: "I was talking with a friend at church and she said, 'What's happening with the paper? Is it drying up or what?' ... I assumed she had read about the unpaid furloughs and started talking about that. No, she missed the story online about the furloughs but was coming to this conclusion just from the light weight of the papers lately."
Read more about The Daily Advertiser's troubles in this week's issue of The Independent Weekly, out on newsstands Wednesday.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.