Two of Lafayette’s best known Republicans have retained their
upper-echelon status with the state GOP. At Saturday’s GOP State
Central Committee meeting in Baton Rouge, Charlie Buckels was elected
vice-chairman of the party. Buckels, who was defeated by Democrat Dale
Bayard in a 2007 run for District 7 BESE representative, was previously
Local banker Ross Little, Jr., meanwhile, was re-elected national
committeeman. It’s a coveted title that means Little is one of three
Louisianians (along with the party’s chairman and national
committeewoman) who will represent the state’s interests at the two
annual meetings held by the Republican National Committee.
In political terms, Little’s position also brings with it a
fundraising element, so he’s one of the folks to know if you need
Together, Buckels and Little likewise hold seats on the state
party’s executive committee, where controversial decisions and
endorsements are often made.
Party Chairman Roger Villere also sailed to re-election this weekend,
while former Legislative Auditor Dan Kyle was selected as the new
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.