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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"I have never seen anyone who worked harder for our people than Sen. Mary Landrieu, so I would like to share a synopsis of a few of the many things she has done to help Louisiana."
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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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.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
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A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.