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
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
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:
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.