The Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission this week awarded $160,000 in Visitor Enterprise Grants to 20 Lafayette Parish civic, cultural and economic-development organizations at an awards luncheon held in, of all places, St. Martin Parish.
Recipients range from Acadian Village and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and the Upper Lafayette Economic Foundation. LCVC has been awarding VE Grants since 1997; to date the commission has handed out more than $2.2 million. Grant recipients are designated via a committee review process. State Sen. Mike Michot, R-Lafayette, was on hand at the luncheon to distribute the grants.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.