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
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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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.