State Sen. Don Cravins, Jr., the Democratic challenger to Republican Congressman Charles Boustany, raised some $41,000 more than his incumbent opponent over the most recent fundraising period, from July 1 - Aug. 17. Cravins raised $147,920 in the pre-primary filing period, while Boustany brought in $106,725, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission earlier this week. Boustany is still working with a more sizeable campaign warchest; He reported having $681,121 cash on hand. Cravins’ total cash on hand for the Nov. 5 election is now $186,461.
In a press release announcing his latest fundraising totals, Cravins notes that approximately 60 percent of his campaign funds have come from Louisiana donors. “As I travel throughout Southwest Louisiana,” he says, “the one response I’m continuously getting is that people are ready for new leadership in Washington.”
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.