As Twelfth Night kicked off the Mardi Gras season, so did the 12th Night Revelers with karaoke, dancing and beautiful flowers at River Oaks. (A party can never have too many fabulous flower arrangements.) The group has celebrated every 12th night for a fitting 12 years now and annually names next year's royalty before the night ends. King Joe Broussard and Queen Konie Heard really raised the bar this year, and Michel Heard and Vicki Milam will take over the reigns in 2006. Those celebrating included Judy and Robert Wade, David and Gina Calagero, George and Martha Latiolais, Phyllis and Gene Walters and Mo and Charles Trent. Sisters Kasi Comeaux, Queen Konie and Kerry Champagne also hit the karaoke machine for a rendition of "We Are Family" (the girls are three of seven sisters), while Martha, Phyllis, Gina, Konie and Judy demanded some "Respect."
At the Les Brigands de Lafitte Ball at the Frem Boustany Ballroom of the Heymann Center, governors masked as characters from the region, and Ed Preis presided as a most festive Jean Lafitte. The tropical theme produced characters from Jimmy Buffett to RastaMan, and Queen Renee Judice handled the raucous krewe with grace and charm. Among the attendees were Chris Fisher, Susan Strait, Jeanie Simon, Lilly Billeaud, Donna Mellington, Ann Laurent and Sterling LeJeune, Elaine Abel, Mimi Colvin, Missy Ross and Barry and Claire Bohn. And everybody had, well, a ball!
The Krewe of Brew, aka Marcello's Brewmasters Club, had a ball at Ken Wells' Travels with Barley booksigning and beer tasting recently. The Wall Street Journal's Wells, a native of Bayou Black, traveled the country to answer the question, "Where's the perfect beer joint?" Attendees of the signing got answers to that question and more, in addition to a chance to visit with fellow novelist Sharon Arms Doucet. Del Leggett and president of the Brewmasters Club Jim Boudreaux also enjoyed the hops.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
Summertime floral with panache
Three bedroom St. Martinville traditional or three bedroom Lafayette contemporary cottage
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
Meat, cheese and veggies piled high on Texas toast
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.