Party Girl also looks forward to the Halliburton Chili Cookoff every year. Since it moved to the Mall of Acadiana, there's plenty of room for cookin' chili and tasting until your lips burn. This year was no different, and highlights included Stone Energy's spirit award-winning skit from Grease, the mall's "exotic" chili and the No.1 winner in the traditional category, Air Logistics. That was some good chili!
River Ranch has been busy as usual, with several new businesses opening just in time for the holidays. Moseley and Hollard and Julie's Etc., located inside the Onebane building, recently cut their ribbons. The shops were decked out for Christmas, and Julie's is the place for gifts. Julie Wimmer, one of the owners, looked radiant and kept saying the shop is a dream come true! Y'all have to pick up one of her Rosemary Garden candles, and try Moseley and Hollard for the man on your list. Congrats to Roy Hollard and Joe Moseley, who met long ago at Gaidry's Menswear, on their dream as well.
I was also lucky enough to be invited to a reception at the home of Ambassador Jean-David Levitte in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to the French government and French firms that have committed a total of more than $20 million to Katrina hurricane relief efforts. As if traveling to D.C. wasn't great enough, PG got to sample the fabulous French wines that were served and finally settled on Mumm's Cordon Rouge champagne for the evening's toast. The Ambassador's residence is a 1905 mansion in Georgetown, and my driver noted that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's personal residence was across the street. Nice neighborhood! Among those in attendance were Joey Durel, Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, Lois Breaux (who helped organize the fÃªte), Cokie Roberts and Lindy Boggs, Mitch Landrieu and Bob Livingston. Nice group, too!
There's always plenty of "local" celebrities to come home to though. The Woman's Foundation's 25th anniversary celebration brought together a wonderful group to celebrate at The Townhouse Nov. 17. Party Girl sat with Gerri and Bo Ramsey and Elaine and Ed Abel, while applauding all the great efforts of the Woman's Foundation. Did y'all know they've given $279,000 in grants since 1988 and received a national Philanthropy Award from the Planned Giving Council the same week as their silver anniversary? Congrats to Rose Cormier and her staff!
Party On! ' PG
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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."
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Marijuana source of disputes for HOAs; experts say still safe to fly; Russian-supported attacks on Ukraine and more national and international news for Friday, July 25, 2014.
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
INDEats and EatLafayette want to give one lucky foodie and friends the most memorable meal — here’s how you can win
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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