|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.
A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
Fiery style for game day
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
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High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
Three bedroom Port Barre cottage or three bedroom historic district Opelousas home
No laboring for shoppers this holiday
It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage