Adam Lemoine was also in for a sneaky birthday surprise. After returning from an intimate dinner at Ruth's Chris, his girlfriend Valerie Keller drove him back to his River Ranch home. She parked under the balcony and let the top down on her convertible just as friends and family revealed a huge birthday banner with his picture on it! A surprise dessert and champagne reception awaited Adam, who turned 42. His brother Tim and wife Tonya provided the incredible homemade baklava, and other family members joining in the celebration included his mother Annabelle, brother Lenny and nephew Emile.
NiteTown's George Favaloro outdid himself by bringing the Songwriter's Tour to the Heymann Center Feb. 26. Party Girl saw just about everybody in town there, from Julie Calzone to Sheriff Mike Neustrom and his family to Marce Lacouture and Rex Moroux. And I just had to corner Judi Gunn and get a look at her new engagement ring. The pre-party at Ã la carte was just fabulous, and Party Girl filled up on cabbage rolls and shrimp remoulade before the concert. But more impressive were Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark up on stage, with only their guitars and their voices. They went down the line, each singing a song while the others watched and listened intently. Lyle Lovett opened with "Her First Mistake," which made several mentions of south Louisiana. Party Girl predicts he'll be back here soon. And John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me" nearly brought a tear to my eye. That man can sing! But the lesser known Joe Ely and Guy Clark were equally as entertaining, singing about bar fights, rattlesnakes and homegrown tomatoes. Lucky Renee Ory had the pleasure of meeting the group backstage and visiting with Lyle Lovett. "He's my favorite singer of all time," she says. "I loved it."
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
Our View: It’s reasonable, temporary and invests in Lafayette’s future.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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