Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux, foreground at left, and Leroy Richard prepare to distribute box fans and bottled water to Lafayette residents.
Dozens of Lafayette residents in need of a respite from the swelter got a little relief Wednesday through the donation of electric fans and bottled water. The donation — 50 fans and 100 cases of water — from Lafayette residents Leroy and Joyce Richard was coordinated by Dist. 4 Lafayette Consolidated Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux and distributed at the Domingue Rec Center on Mudd Avenue. “I’ve been blessed and have everything I need,” Leroy Richard said, “and I’m trying to help somebody else.”
When the Richards decided to make the donation, they contacted Boudreaux, who got in touch with churches and civic groups in his district to find out who needed help the most. “This is God-sent,” Boudreaux said of the donation. “I’ve been trying since in office to let people know about the plight of people in need.” The councilman also indicated that arrangements are being made to get air conditioners to some elderly residents, one of whom actually declined the offer out of fear she couldn’t afford the increased electricity bill.
In less than a week, Boudreaux and his fellow councilmen will vote on an ordinance that would phase out funding for more than a dozen social-service agencies that currently receive a direct cash donation from Lafayette Consolidated Government. Boudreaux tells The Independent Weekly in this week’s cover story that he’ll vote against the measure, and said Wednesday “we still need to do our part as government, but we welcome the participation of the private sector as well.”
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.