The Lafayette Registrar of Voter’s office was “extremely busy” this morning, with the onslaught of people eager to cast their votes early. Tuesday’s count was 1,040 voters, with waits of up to 30 minutes to enter the voting booth. This morning, the wait is down to 10-20 minutes. While it’s busy at the courthouse, the numbers are normal for presidential elections, says Charlene Meaux, Lafayette’s Registrar of Voters. In Iberia Parish, 611 people voted yesterday. “It’s about what I expected” says Iberia Parish registrar Mildred Adams. Overall numbers are up, says Adams, because anyone can vote early, a change in the rules which in previous years called for “absentee voters” to have an excuse in order to vote before election day. Early voting continues through Oct. 28.
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.