And here's to United Way for its annual Awards Banquet at the Hilton Lafayette. United Way celebrated a remarkable year, honoring givers and volunteers who rose to the challenge after the hurricanes. Party Girl was so proud to hear all the amazing stories about the way this community came together to help victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. For the first time in its history, United Way recognized two local churches, The Family Church and Progressive Baptist Church, with the prestigious Cornerstone Award and Community Partner Award, respectively. And the Outstanding Community Partner Award went to FoodNet for its collaborative efforts in donating food and service. Event emcee Dee Stanley, joined by his wife Blue Rolfes, kept the crowd entertained through dinner. The big joke was that Joey Durel sent him a Blackberry message from across the room that said the dessert ' Strawberry Napoleon ' was terrific!
Speaking of food, crawfish always inspires celebrations, and George Crain's birthday falls in the peak of crawfish season each year. The result is the best back yard mudbugs and a great blend of folks for mixing and mingling. His wife Merilyn had their country garden in Vermilion Parish in beautiful spring flower. Guests started to gather as a glowing sunset lit up the western sky. Among them were Richard and Kathy Broussard, Mike and Melanie McKenzie, Ronnie Foreman, Mickey and Melinda Mangham, George's daughter Carolyn and son Creighton and many more friends.
Stay tuned for a full Festival International recap, coming soon!
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Comfy feet for long days
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.