Beautiful Grand Coteau hosts the 1st Annual Festival of Words from October 15 - 18. It is a four day event that includes poetry, open mic events, storytelling performances, and workshops available to the public. The Festival has something for everyone and includes readings by such authors such as Darrell Bourque, Patricia Cravins, Saddi Khali, Clare L. Martin, Jerry McGuire, John Potier, Lana Maht Wiggins, Reggie Young, and Patrice Melnick.
The festival will also offer classes for children in local schools and workshops for all ages in the evenings. Everyone, young and old, is encouraged to participate and celebrate the beauty of the spoken and written word.
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.