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The first 1,000 passengers who book a Visions Airlines flight to Destin/Fort Walton Beach will win a $200 Visa gift card. To qualify, you have to book a vacation package for two adults, including airfare, hotel/resort accommodations, and car rental with a minimum three-night stay. The first 1,000 customers will receive their gift card upon arrival at Northwest Florida Regional Airport located in Fort Walton Beach. These special vacation packages can be booked at www.visionairlines.com or by calling 1-877-FLY-A-JET. Vision Airlines is so confident about its low-priced packages that it urges customers to compare its rates with other online travel companies. (Though it won’t qualify you for the gift card, you can book a flight to Destin/Fort Walton for $39 each way through June 20.) — Leslie Turk
AN ‘UNCONVENTIONAL’ MOM AND POP SHOP
We don’t need no concrete jungle to spur fashion creativity in Acadiana. Forget New York. ’Round here, we give out free dance lessons and fleurs de lis while we sip Budweiser in a “Black & Gold state of mind.” The Gold Machete, a boutique style T-shirt store owned by Ashley Degeyter and Alex Nunez, offers a wide variety of original T-shirt designs with local flavor. The couple’s shop at 317 E. University Ave. is overflowing with one-of-a-kind Saints gear, bright vermilion tees that boast former USL logos, a shirt that pays homage to the hot dog vendor on Jefferson Street — and much more. The duo can customize prints for groups or special occasions that call for 24 shirts or more, and a few local artists have also joined the venture and allow Gold Machete to sell shirts donning original artist prints. Stop by the shop from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or find The Gold Machete’s Facebook page and become a fan. — Heather Miller
FOR THE RECORD
We first heard about the website Kickstarter.com last week when The Ind received an interesting offer from Lafayette musician Bernard Pearce: donate funds to help him finish recording a record and be “one of the good guys.” Kickstarter is a clearinghouse for musicians, filmmakers, performance artists and other creative types to solicit money for cool projects. In Pearce’s case that’s the completion of Without Warning, a record he’s been off-and-on recording for two years in Athens, Ga., with several guest musicians including members of the former Lafayette alt-rock band Urbosleeks, who high-tailed it to Athens over a decade ago in search of hipster fame. Gigging regionally under the guise of One Man Machine, Pearce is also manager of the Tipitina’s Music Co-op in the Hub City, and he’s cleverly incentivized his endeavor: a contribution of $20-$49 gets one a free copy of the CD when it’s completed; $50+ contributions earn a vinyl copy. (Vinyl, baby! It’s still making a come-back!) A $500 donation will send the one man machine to your home to cook a meal for you, the CD and vinyl in tow. Bernard Pearce seriously wants to finish this damn record. To help, log on to Kickstarter.com and search “Bernard Pearce.” — Walter Pierce
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Marijuana source of disputes for HOAs; experts say still safe to fly; Russian-supported attacks on Ukraine and more national and international news for Friday, July 25, 2014.
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
INDEats and EatLafayette want to give one lucky foodie and friends the most memorable meal — here’s how you can win
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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