Michael Doucet, fiddler for BeauSoleil, has been awarded the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Doucet is one of 12 recipients of the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, which include a one-time award of $20,000. Award recipients are judged by a panel on their continuing artistic accomplishments and contributions as practitioners or teachers.
Doucet and his fellow winners will be honored in Washington, D.C., with an awards presentation at Capitol Hill and a concert at George Washington University on Sept. 23. ' SJ
KQIS' WIRTZ JOINS KATC
Last week Tracy Wirtz left her five-year gig at KQIS 102.1 to take Candice Gale's morning show spot at KATC-TV3. The former host of "Fast and Tracy in the Morning," Wirtz also served as the adult contemporary radio station's news and programming director. "It'll be nice to have one major focus," she says.
Though her radio experience dates back to 1988, the 35-year-old mother of three has been on the tube as the commercial face of Courtesy Automotive Group for the past five years, a post she's also leaving for her new job.
Wirtz, who lives in Crowley, has a degree in mass communication and broadcast production and says she's always hoped to land in TV. She hits the morning airwaves mid-month, joining co-host Tom Voinche and meteorologist Dave Baker.
Gale and her husband, Lewis, relocated to Utah ("UL dean and his TV wife head west," May 18). ' LT
ACADIANA CHEFS SPOTLIGHTED
Louisiana Cookin' magazine features two Acadiana-born chefs on its August cover. Holly Goetting, a Lafayette native, rules the kitchen at Charley G's Seafood Grill. She studied under Chef John Folse at Nicholls State, interned at Goose Cove Lodge on the coast of Maine and cooked at Mirabelle in Colorado before returning to Lafayette, where she whipped the pastry station into order before rising to executive chef.
Chuck Subra, born and raised in New Iberia, stirs things up as executive chef of La Cote Brasserie in New Orleans. Subra got his start in cooking working for Peltier's Catering in New Iberia. After culinary school at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, he honed his chops at Versailles Restaurant, Windsor Court and Rene Bistro before being tapped for executive chef at La Cote Brasserie.
The pair, along with New Orleanians Anton Schulte of La Petite Grocery, Bob Iacavone of Cuvee and Kristen Essig (who runs The Savvy Gourmet School of Cooking), were dubbed Louisiana Cookin's "Chefs to Watch" for 2005.
Locals will get a chance to taste Subra and Goetting's creations at a series of guest chef dinners at Clementine in New Iberia. Subra will be cook on July 6, and Goetting makes her way down the Teche on July 20. For reservations, call Clementine at 560-1007. ' MT
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:
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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.