|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.
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.