FOND OF FONVILLE
Fonville Winans had been to Louisiana before — in 1928 to work construction. But in 1932 he really got into Louisiana. And it got into him and he never left. The celebrated photographer’s black and white images of the people and places of coastal Louisiana, shot during a sometimes arduous excursion along the bayous and canals during the summer of 1932, are a well-known and invaluable account. Less familiar is the detailed journal he kept during the three-month sojourn, now published with scores of photographs in Cruise of the Pintail: A Journal ($35 hardcover, LSU Press). Written in an easy prose style with an eye for detail, Winan’s journal begins on Tuesday, June 6, 1932, the day he and friend Bob Owen drove out of Fort Worth in a Model T Ford to pick up a third companion, Don Horridge, in Marshall, Texas. Their destination was Morgan City and a nautically challenged, rudderless sailboat called the Pintail waiting at the dock. “All day we traveled through the hills and swamps and the farther south we got, the more enchanting became the country,” Winans writes the next day. The same can be said of the journal: the deeper into it we get the more enchanting it becomes, chronicling through mid September of the same year a journey through landscapes and cultures that were mostly exotic and unknown, even to Louisianans living outside the coastal parishes. In composite, Cruise of the Pintail is a captivating portrait of a Cajun culture unperturbed by the advance of American civilization, and of the adventurous young photographer who brought it to life. — Walter Pierce
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
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Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
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The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
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.
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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."
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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.
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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.