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
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
Volcano recovery suspended; Mossad recruiting online; high fees in Ferguson and more national and international news for Monday, September 29, 2014.
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.
Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives Friday, with anti-Obama speeches from the likes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau — yeah, that Pat Juneau, the BP claims administrator whose fate Barbier will soon decide.
But retirees and employees who face the higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs responded angrily, telling lawmakers that they shouldn't be held responsible for what they consider the Jindal administration's mismanagement of the Office of Group Benefits.
Indictment accuses ‘chef’ who claims to work for the needy of stealing from a disabled man in his care.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the state employee health insurance program will face a dire financial scenario without the heavily criticized changes planned by the administration.
Louisiana's last execution was in 2010, and plans for the next lethal injection have been put on hold amid an ongoing legal dispute about the drugs that would be used. More than 80 people are on death row, awaiting execution, in Louisiana.
If the Saints' defense hasn't corrected early season errors it could be in for a long Sunday night.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is traveling to the Citgo refinery near Lake Charles to highlight her successful stalling of a bill to impose sanctions against human-rights abusers in Venezuela's government.
Gov. Bobby Jindal will be spending his next few days in the key presidential campaign states of New Hampshire and Iowa.
The Chamber’s Empower PAC has endorsed its second candidate for this year’s LPSB elections, announcing it will support the reelection campaign of District 5 incumbent Kermit Bouillion.
And he just lost the frat-bro vote!
Republican congressional candidate Zach Dasher is getting an advertising assist from his famous "Duck Dynasty" family.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration skipped required legal steps in making changes to the health insurance plans that cover state employees, teachers and retirees, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.