|Award-winning interior designers, from left: Lissa Schmit, Michelle Thibodeaux, Marie Olivier Lukaszeski, Dione Bourgeois Sonnier and Larayne Ainsworth Guidroz.||Winning architects and designers in the residential category are, from left: John Maak, Randy Rivera, Timmie Dumatrait and Mark Owen Pritchard.
|Charleston Mayor Joe Riley addresses the sell-out crowd.||In the commercial category, architects submitted 13 projects that won awards. Among the winners, from left: Jay Chase, Don Breaux, Sidney Bourgeois, Gwen Richard, Kirby Pécot, Charles Beazley, Gene Sellers, Natalie M. Fraychineaud and Glenn Angelle. Not pictured: Hector LaSala, Greg Walls, Chad Abell and Norman Chenevert.
|City-Parish President Joey Durel introduced the keynote speaker.||Mayor Riley chatting with Elaine Abell|
|Dewitt David and Sue Billet||Cheryl Williams and Vita Guidry|
|Representing the Realtor Association of Acadiana, from left: Ree Mer, Ken Simeral, Nancy Marcotte, Mary Plaisance, Bill Braniff, Mary Jane Bauer and Walter Campbell|
Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joe Riley received a standing ovation from a capacity crowd following his remarks at the recent Smart Growth Luncheon and INDesign Awards. His 45-minute presentation included an overview of the mix of growth management principles that have earned him the national reputation he enjoys as the nine-term mayor of one of the most progressive cities in America. Among the highlights of Riley’s administration: tenacious preservation of the city’s indigenous and historic architecture; the development of purposeful parks and public spaces; creative solutions to affordable housing needs; and attractive design for new public buildings.
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel introduced the visiting mayor and hosted a reception for him following the luncheon. It included a roundtable discussion for community leaders and members of Durel’s cabinet who are involved in planning-related issues facing Lafayette Consolidated Government. After a productive exchange, Durel accepted Riley’s invitation to visit Charleston and continue the dialogue.
Twenty-two projects were recognized for excellence in architecture and interior design as part of this year’s INDesign Awards. The event is part of The Independent Weekly’s Lecture Series that is presented annually by IberiaBank. Supporting sponsors for the fifth annual Smart Growth Luncheon include Van Eaton & Romero Realtors, River Ranch Development Corporation, Sugar Mill Pond Development Corporation, Allen & Gooch Law Firm, and Darnall, Sikes, Gardes and Frederick CPAs.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
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Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thursday’s explosion aboard an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico is now under investigation by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
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Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Four hours after inviting supporters to a rally with Sen. Marco Rubio, Bill Cassidy claimed that Mary Landrieu “voted against stopping executive amnesty.”
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.
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The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
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The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
It was only a few months ago when the LPSB held the school system’s purse strings with a death grip, but oh how board President Hunter Beasley's demeanor seems to be changing with the ouster of Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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