I have a need for speed, too, which is why I love Cajun Invasion, Lafayette and Louisiana's first Dragon Boat Team. The crew competed recently in the beautiful town of Windsor, Ontario in the International Dragon Boat Races for the Cure. Cajun Invasion teamed up with the Atlanta team to form a team of 20 paddlers, one coach/drummer and one person to steer the boat. On Saturday, July 14 at the FDJ International Dragon Boat Races for the Cure, they raced a 420-meter race and finished 2nd in the Breast Cancer Division. All of the team members received a medal and the team left with a check to donate to any nonprofit organization of their choice. Party Girl has a good indication of which organization is closest to their hearts. On Sunday, a rose ceremony was held for each team to remember the reason they choose to race these boats. Going from event to event, these members race for cures and celebrate life.
Another athlete that always gives back to his community is New England Patriot running back and Carencro icon Kevin Faulk. Party Girl was thrilled to see Kevin substitute his football pads and helmet for a baseball glove and shorts in Boston recently during his three-day fundraiser ' Good Things Come in 3s. The event included a black-tie dinner and celebrity softball tournament, with funds raised through ticket sales, sponsor donations and auctions. Proceeds benefited United Way of Acadiana and United Way of Massachusetts Bay. "Kevin assembled a great group of guys to play in the tournament," says Margaret Trahan, President/CEO United Way of Acadiana. "They all had a great sense of humor which they demonstrated during the game and in the skits they performed between each inning." Trahan threw out the first pitch to Faulk and was relieved to hear the crowd cheer when she delivered a strike right across the plate. Faulk presented a check for $10,269 to United Way of Acadiana. "Kevin has a heart of gold," says Trahan. "He remains committed to his hometown and is a great leader both on and off the field."
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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.
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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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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.