A STARLOTTE IS BORN
You may not know Starlotte Dawn Smith, but she knows Lafayette. The UL alumna was a member the UL water ski team in the mid 1990s, named to the All-America team, competed in the World University Trophy Games and collected more than 10 national championships. In 1999, Smith moved to Tinsel Town to pursue a career in acting. She’s really earned her bread and butter as a stunt double and stunt driver — the gal is talented! — appearing in such movies as Mission, Impossible and Déjà Vu and on the television series America’s Most Wanted. Smith found her true talent behind the scenes as a producer, and her most recent major motion picture, La Cucina, is out on DVD. The romantic drama centering around food and set mostly in kitchens (there’s your Louisiana influence) stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Joaquim de Almeida (24), Rachel Hunter (former super model) and Leisha Hailey, and picked up Best Feature and Best Screenplay awards at several film festivals. It’s available through Amazon and other online retailers for about 20 bucks. Support your hometown, world champion, water skiing, stunt doubling, movie producer! — Walter Pierce
MARDI GRAS ’DO
Jymmye Shafer’s second Mardi Gras of designing and manufacturing festive barrettes and headbands suffered a setback, as the demand for her Saints hair accessories took up most of the budding entrepreneur’s spare time. “I’ve just been too overwhelmed with the Saints; they sold like crazy,” says Shafer, who is playing catchup now that Mardi Gras is only days away. You can find her colorful feathered creations — a perfect accent for the reveler who dresses from head to toe or those of us who prefer just a splash of festive color to help celebrate the season — exclusively in Lafayette at Artesia (where she works as assistant manager) or online at littlebirdie1113.etsy.com. The Mardi Gras barrettes come in small, medium (pictured) and large and retail for $14-$18. The headbands are $16-$24. Artesia is located at 2513 Johnston St. Call 232-8441. — Leslie Turk
FUNK SOUL BROTHERS
Venerable New Orleans groovsters Galactic are back with a new release, Ya-Ka-May. It’s Galactic’s first full length album of new material since 2007’s From the Corner to the Block, which featured the band’s collaborations with an array of hip hop MCs, including Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na and New Orleans’ own Juvenile. Ya-Ka-May, which takes its name from a multi-ethnic noodle stew common in Crescent City corner stores, continues its collaborative tradition with the band, this time calling on artists from across New Orleans’ wide musical spectrum to lend their voices to the mix. From elder statesmen Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Walter “Wolfman” Washington to young turks Trombone Shorty and “sissy” rappers Katey Red and Sissy Nobby, the city’s talents are well represented here, blended into an eclectic soup to feed your cravings, just in time for Mardi Gras. Ya-Ka-May retails $13.99 is available at most music retailers. — Nathan Stubbs
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.