Before I give you the details, I thought this was an opportune time for a brief reminder about who we are and what you can and should expect from The Independent Weekly and all its endeavors.
For starters, we're locally owned. Publishers Steve May and Cherry Fisher May and Associate Publisher Odie Terry have been involved in Louisiana media their whole lives. They started this paper more than three years ago with one core belief: Acadiana readers deserved a newspaper that told the local stories that other media wouldn't touch. A paper that valued investigative reporting, top-notch writing and photography and told stories with an alternative, independent voice that wasn't beholden to corporate interests.
Every employee of The Independent Weekly lives in Acadiana. We're either natives or we've lived in Louisiana for decades. We raise our families here, send our kids to local schools and pay taxes here. We do it because we love it here and can't imagine living anywhere else.
For that reason, we always strive to make The Independent Weekly a reflection of your lives and our lives and the things that matter most in our community. We don't work at The Independent because we're angling for a job promotion from our corporate parent to go work and live in Boise, Idaho or Dallas, Texas. We don't have to follow corporate initiatives from New York or California and take a cookie-cutter approach to writing about our region.
We work here because we care deeply about Acadiana and Louisiana.
That means demanding accountability from our politicians. It entails covering hurricane recovery, health care, education, business, the environment, culture and arts and entertainment. It means taking a stand when we see threats to our quality of life ' and celebrating when we see people moving Acadiana forward in positive ways.
We like a good joke and poking fun when it's warranted, too.
Those philosophies that drive The Independent Weekly are the same ones behind our new daily news service ' The INDsider.
Here's how it works: Sign up online with your e-mail address, and every weekday morning we'll e-mail you our take on the top stories of the day in Acadiana and Louisiana. You'll get a mix of breaking news and succinct analysis of politics, business, arts and entertainment, culture and sports. You can also comment on and discuss any item in The INDsider.
You'll notice in this edition of The Independent that we've renamed our IndBrief news section The INDsider, because we'll be updating items that appear in The INDsider in the print edition each week.
As always, thanks for reading. We hope you enjoy The Independent Weekly and The INDsider as much as we enjoy creating them for you.
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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.