How Marc Henry’s work in the hospitality industry inspired him to decrease the carbon footprint of his diesel truck
By Heather Miller
With the flip of a switch, Lafayette’s Marc Henry can transform an older model pickup truck designed to run on conventional diesel fuel into a cleaner burning, gas-saving vehicle that emits carbon dioxide levels akin to a cornfield.
The Lafayette Parish School System is scurrying to accommodate the exploding population of students in Youngsville. By Heather Miller
A new elementary school for an ever-growing and overcrowded population of students in Youngsville could be in the works as early as the start of next school year, pending board approval of Lafayette Parish School System Superintendent Pat Cooper’s fix for a problem that at its height left south Lafayette Parish’s two most affluent communities publicly discussing a possible break from the school system.
A familiar face is introducing the country’s top rated fast-food burger to Lafayette this fall.
The Independent’s sister publication ABiz first reported in late 2010 that Billy Jacob, whose family owned and operated Jacob’s Restaurant at Four Corners from 1935-1985, had returned to Louisiana that year from Atlanta to develop the successful Virginia-based chain Five Guys Burgers and Fries and was planning a Lafayette store. Seventeen years before coming home, Jacob worked for Popeyes’ corporate entity as executive chef.
Lafayette’s schools chief is eyeing an intervention model that is thriving in Iberia Parish.
By Heather Miller
As Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper continues to hammer home the centerpieces of his district turnaround plan, one doesn’t have to look farther than neighboring parishes in Acadiana to see a rare prototype of Cooper’s vision that’s been flourishing in Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary parish schools for more than a decade.
Two aspiring journalists have joined The Independent and ABiz staffs as summer interns. Elizabeth Rose, a Lake Charles native and journalism senior at UL Lafayette, is editor-in-chief of the university’s student newspaper The Vermilion and has won Society of Professional Journalists awards in feature and news writing, as well as two Best of the South awards in news writing. Lafayette native Katie Macdonald is a junior in mass communication at LSU and is managing editor of Legacy, LSU’s student magazine.
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