|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.
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.
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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.
Smoked meat, fresh sides and the best boudin around
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
Kelly Guidry Open House
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.