Glenn Stokes' mosquito spraying company, Mosquito Control Contractors Inc., will be out of a job in Iberia Parish in April 2006 after nearly a quarter century of doing business with the parish. Following a contentious lawsuit between parish government and Stokes over money squabbles and billing irregularities, MCCI relinquished the source reduction portion of the million-dollar-plus contract. Last week, the parish council voted to change the other half of the MCCI mosquito-spraying contract into an in-house program, ending a 23-year relationship with Stokes. MCCI retains two mosquito-spraying contracts with Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes. ' Mary Tutwiler
GRANT STREET OPTIONS
Grant Street Dancehall's possible move out of downtown ("Grant Street Dancehall to change address?" Nov. 23) has sparked a flurry of public interest that has owner Don Kight exploring more options forÂ the live music venue's future.
"It has been remarkable to hear that Grant Street has meant so much to so many people," he says. "This transition period has been sort of sad for me so it's been nice to hear Grant Street is still so celebrated."
Kight says that he will still likely move the club, but that a couple of parties have approached him about buyingÂ the business. He says Downtown Development Authority also has contacted him and plans to show him other possible downtown venues for the club. Kight is looking for a larger building so he can book more big-name acts and also wants to have guaranteed parking for customers, a rarity for downtown venues.
He's also exploring having a kitchen in the clubÂ and considering locations outside the parish that would allow him to stay openÂ past 2 a.m.Â Along with theÂ new amenities,Â Kight recognizes the importance ofÂ maintaining the club's vintage feel and quality acoustics. "Part of what people love about Grant Street is that it's in an old building," he says. "And being old myself, I'm glad that people appreciate that." ' Nathan Stubbs
OFFENSIVE HEADLINE OF THE WEEK
Last week's Times of Acadiana cover story, on trash pickup in post-Katrina New Orleans, featured the incredibly insensitive headline "Let Them Eat Garbage." TOA added insult to injury with its subhead, "Life in New Orleans gets even dirtier." ' Scott Jordan
SPEAKING OF TONE-DEAF â?¦
An open-letter advertisement from City-Parish President Joey Durel imploring Lafayette residents to write BellSouth and tell the telecom company to stop filing lawsuits challenging LUS' fiber-to-the-home initiative ran in last Sunday's Daily Advertiser. While the gist of the ad ' which was paid for by pro-fiber political action group Lafayette Yes ' is certainly warranted, Durel (or the ad's copywriter) crossed a line by injecting hurricane politics into the discussion. "In light of the recent hurricanes that ravaged our state, Lafayette is attempting to be part of the solution for rebuilding and reinvesting in our own future with our own money, not federal bailouts," the letter said.
If it's referring to BellSouth getting federal assistance, that's unclear. And with New Orleans struggling, coastal restoration funding essential to Louisiana's survival and Washington dragging its feet on relief monies, referring to "federal bailouts" in the context of hurricane damage is unfathomable. ' Scott Jordan
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.