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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)
Can state lawmakers find the nerve — and the votes — to neuter payday lenders?
A calm demeanor has served Gerald Boudreaux well — in his career, passion for sports and in life. And it could be just what his district needs in the state Senate.
Acadiana Catholics* react to Francis
The circumstances surrounding the Jan. 26 fire of the 18,000-square-foot home on Verot School Road seemed strange, but what's even more bizarre is the back-story behind owner Ralph Wadleigh.
Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014: