And we're pleased and honored to report that The Independent Weekly won a number of prestigious awards.
â?¢ Managing Editor R. Reese Fuller and Contributing Writer Mary Tutwiler both earned honorable mentions in the Best Feature Story or Series category. Fuller was recognized for his piece on the closing of Hamilton's Club, while Tutwiler garnered praise for her story on her father's death after his evacuation from Hurricane Katrina.
â?¢ Contributing Photographer Robin May won honorable mention for Best Photo Essay for her photographs of New Orleans evacuees stranded on Causeway Boulevard.
â?¢ Staff Writer Nathan Stubbs earned an honorable mention in the Best Education/Literacy Story for his cover story on the challenges facing N.P. Moss Middle School.
â?¢ Senior Editor Leslie Turk won third place for Best Investigative or In-depth Story or Series for her continuing writing and reporting on the UL Lafayette horse farm land-swap deal.
â?¢ In the Community Service Award category, our annual Lecture Series ' which presents distinguished speakers from the educational, business, environmental communities and more ' earned second place honors.
We also won a number of first-place honors, in diverse categories:
â?¢ Contributing writer and Independent Weekly film critic Shala Carlson earned two first place awards: her profile of Abdalla's closing won Best Business Story, and her review of Good Night, and Good Luck won for Best Review.
â?¢ Stubbs took first place honors for Best Environmental Story, for his cover story on the battle for south Louisiana's cypress forests.
â?¢ Contributor Lili LeGardeur's cover story on CAFTA and the state of the Louisiana sugarcane industry won first place for Best Agricultural Story.
â?¢ And in recognition of the work of the entire Independent Weekly editorial and production staff, our Sept. 7 issue covering the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina won first place for Best Special Issue/Section Dedicated to Editorial.
Kudos also to The Independent's advertising and production staff, which took home seven awards, three of which were first place honors, for advertising design and sales promotions.
The NNA awards continue a banner year for our newspaper. In May, we won top honors in 21 categories and earned a total of 50 awards from the Louisiana Press Association. In June, we were admitted for membership in the national Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.
And most importantly, we've been working behind the scenes the past few months on some major new editorial projects. You'll be able to read the first fruits of our efforts in the coming weeks, and we think you'll like what you see. Stay tuned.
Scott Jordan won first place in the NNA's editorial category for "We Need Faith ' and Answers," his first post-Katrina editorial.
At a recent fundraiser held not far from the banks of Capitol Lake, Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, spent more time eyeing the water body than the influencers at the party.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, April 21, 2014:
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.