This is, of course, the year that our fair city is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Le Marquis de la Fayette, our namesake. And since many historians suggest that Le Marquis was close enough to our nation's first president to be his adopted son, Party Girl knew that the Annual George Washington Ball was a 'definite' on the party calendar this year. Hosted annually by the local chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, it's a presentation of Debutantes and Young Patriots (as the gentlemen are called) and a celebration of each family's relationship to the brave soldiers who served in our nation's first army. The understated, elegant ceremony is steeped in tradition and was simply lovely. It's hard to say which family ' The Henkes or The Moodys ' was best represented. Joining the soiree (wouldn't Le Marquis love that Party Girl learned at least un petite peu in French class?) were Lauren and Jason Mott, T. J. Fontenot with his daughters Cassie, Jackie and Mary Gayle and their spouses.
How well do you balance life's work and play? Members of The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce can hold their own in that regard and proved it once again at the recent Building Community Conference at Toledo Bend. This year's ambitious agenda made it a little harder than usual; in fact the only people Party Girl saw in golf carts all weekend were chamber staff moving supplies between events! Attendees made up for it after hours. Lynne Durel's chocolate fountain was popular in the LUS suite, and Mike Skinner's chili suggested he's ready for a hot campaign for district attorney next year. When you see Trey Hill, ask him about the pork roast in the Atmos Energy suite, and where did Judy Briscoe come up with that awesome Catfish Louisiana for the Home Bank suite? The generous sponsors made sure no one went hungry ' food for thought, you might say. Party Girl learned a wee bit about Texas Hold 'Em and held her own at the karaoke microphone, although Doug Meaux and Don Bacque were the crowd favorites. I just can't pass up a chance to join in when the singing starts. We are familyâ?¦ I love all my sisters and meâ?¦..
Party On! Â' PG
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Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.
BP says it recently obtained correspondence between Patrick Juneau's Lafayette law firm and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility showing he argued for liberal compensation, flexible documentation requirements and other terms that would help Louisiana claimants at BP's expense.
The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff’s cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White’s family, have earned an investigation by federal officials.
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With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.