Four years after the levees failed following Hurricane Katrina and much of New Orleans was inundated, the Lower 9th Ward remains a desolate, overgrown district that shows few signs of recovery. Lafayette photographer Travis Gauthier was in the stricken earlier this week and has posted a series of haunting infrared images of the Lower 9th titled "Ghosts."
Gauthier describes the area as a "ghost town" in which there is one occupied house every three or four blocks, and entire city blocks are void of any homes. The photographer says his journey to the Lower 9th was part of a commercial shoot for a bank that offers grants for low-income housing.
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.